The Out Islands of the Bahamas - The Abacos120 islands make up a ‘necklace of gems’ that form the Abacos; islands which to this day are an uninhabited paradise of islets, cays and beaches. The Abaco Islands are a sailing playground par excellence, yet there’s even more to them than that. There's Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco, the bustling capital of this chain, and Treasure Cay, both packing a funky assortment of family-run hotels, villas, superb restaurants and lively nightspots.
Nestling around these two thriving centres in outlying cays, are picture-perfect villages of white and pastel-coloured clapboard houses. Marinas abound throughout the cays, and many are home to magnificent luxury yachts. Fishing and diving are also popular activities here. Deep-sea fishing generally takes place off the Abaco cays, where the drop-off from the reef to the Atlantic is steep, and the shallow marshy flats to the west of Great Abaco are ideal for ‘bonefishermen’. Deep walls, reefs and a multitude of shipwrecks provide excellent diving territory right around the Abacos.
Elbow CayOn Elbow Cay, just a 20-minute water taxi ride from Marsh Harbour, you'll discover the enchanting New England-style, Hope Town, on an almost landlocked harbour, overlooked by a fabulously photogenic 120-ft candy-striped lighthouse. Hope Town is a quaint village, whether you just want to relax in the sun, or would like to head out on the water, there is something here for you. The beaches on the island are covered in fine, white and pink sand, and the water is crystal clear. These islands are a part of the National Park, and are located across from Sandy Cay, where you will find great snorkelling.
Want to learn how to sail ? There are tours offered hourly, half-day, and all-day adventures, whether you want learn the basics of boating, get out on the water, tour nearby settlements, or hit up a few local spots for great food and delicious drinks.
Accessible by car hire or taxi, you'll adore Treasure Cay on Great Abaco Island, a hotel, golf and marina development wrapped around a beach with the whitest softest sand you've ever seen, and considered one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Here three and a half miles of secluded white sand and endless azure seas await you,with beach picnics and swimming with the turtles the order of the day.
Green Turtle Cay
A 20 minute scenic ferry ride across the Sea of Abaco will bring you to Green Turtle Cay, one of the barrier islands off mainland Great Abaco. This lush, hilly, cay is only only three miles long and perfect for couples and families alike. The cay is small enough to explore on foot, although most people choose to rent a golf cart.Turtle Cay has a large barrier reef running along side the island making it ideal for snorkelling and diving. You may wish to consider boat hire from the marina here, the calm waters are ideal for sea, ocean, bonefishing or for heading off to a deserted beach.
Where to Stay in The Abacos?
We recommend the following properties but are happy to discuss other options available to you.
Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina - Green Turtle Cay - Bluff House is one of the most beautiful pieces of property on Green Turtle Cay. Situated between the Sea of Abaco and White Sound, this colonial-style property is set on 12 tropical acres of land stretching across the width of Green Turtle Cay.
The Delphi Club - Designed in the style of an 18th century colonial plantation house, with large wrap-around verandahs, the 8-bedroom hotel is perched above a truly incredible beach. It’s a romantic getaway, a luxury bonefish resort, a birder’s paradise and the perfect tropical hideaway all rolled into one…