120 islands make up a ‘necklace of gems’ that form the Abacos - a paradise of uninhabited paradise 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 and many are home to luxury yachts, plus there's plenty of fishing and diving. 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 opportunities.
Just a 20-minute water taxi ride from Marsh Harbour, you'll discover enchanting Hope Town. Situated on an almost landlocked harbour, overlooked by a 120-ft candy-striped lighthouse, Hope Town is as idyllic as it sounds. The beaches 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. With the convenience of a boat, you can explore all the cays and underwater sea park on your own schedule. Explore the entire island by renting a golf cart, Kayak or some bikes. Learn more about Hope Town and its history at the Wyannie Malone museum.
Want to learn how to sail? There are tours offered hourly, half-day, and all-day adventures and there isn't a better place to do it.
Accessible by car or taxi, you'll adore Treasure Cay. This hotel, golf and marina development is wrapped around a beach with the whitest, softest sand you've ever put your toes in. Three and a half miles of seclusion and azure seas await you. Bring a picnics and come prepared to swim with the turtles.
Green Turtle Cay
A 20 minute scenic ferry ride across the Sea of Abaco will bring you to one of the barrier islands off mainland Great Abaco. This lush cay is only only three miles long and perfect for couples or families. The cay is small enough to explore on foot, although most choose to rent a golf cart. Turtle Cay has a large barrier reef running alongside the island making it ideal for snorkelling and diving. You may wish to consider boat hire from the marina as the calm waters are ideal for sea, ocean and bonefishing or just floating around paradise.
Where to Stay in The Abacos?
We've included a few of our favourites to give you an idea of the calibre of hotels and resorts. We are happy to discuss all of your accommodation options.
Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina - Green Turtle Cay - simply 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, luxury bonefish resort, a birder’s paradise and perfect tropical hideaway all rolled into one.
Bahamas Beach Club - Treasure Cay - located amidst lush, tropical grounds, this luxury beachfront condominium resort is situated on one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Each of the two - five bedroom beachfront condos are fully equipped and include spacious kitchens and cable TV. Several restaurants and grocery stores are located nearby.
Hope Town Harbour Lodge - Elbow Cay - this casually classy boutique lodge is set in the heart of Hope Town on a two-mile stretch of private white sandy beach. Relax in the hammocks, lounge by the pool, or enjoy snorkelling from the beach. In the evening enjoy a romantic dinner by candlelight overlooking the harbour.