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The Boating Capital ofThe Bahamas

The Abacos island chain is a boating, fishing, and sailing paradise. But it’s not just the sea that attracts travellers from around the world. Those who prefer to explore by land will find charming colonial towns, championship golf courses, and countless hotels, restaurants, and bars.

The Lay of The Land

This chain of islands and cays, divided loosely into North, Central and South Abaco, spans 120 miles. Savvy travellers know that to truly experience The Abacos, you must venture beyond one island.

Great Abaco

The main and largest island, Great Abaco has two international airports: Leonard M. Thompson International Airport, located in Marsh Harbour, and Treasure Cay Airport, in the settlement by the same name.

Elbow Cay

Across the water from Marsh Harbour is Elbow Cay, home to picturesque Hope Town and the unmistakable Elbow Reef Lighthouse. Elbow Cay is accessible by private boat or regularly scheduled ferry from Marsh Harbour.

Great Guana Cay

Great Guana is small but notorious for its five-mile white sand beach and the lively Grabbers—a quintessential island hopping stop in The Abacos.

Man-o-War Cay

Famous for its boat-building activity dating back to the 1800s, Man-o-War Cay is accessible by boat or ferry from Marsh Harbour.

Green Turtle Cay

Home to the colonial settlement of New Plymouth and the birthplace of the Goombay Smash, visitors can choose to stay on Green Turtle Cay, or visit for the day via boat or local ferry.

The Lay of The Land

This chain of islands and cays, divided loosely into North, Central and South Abaco, spans 120 miles. Savvy travellers know that to truly experience The Abacos, you must venture beyond one island.

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Stories A Place Where Artists Gather

Tucked away at the end of a winding unpaved road in Great Abaco is the creative world of The Johnston Art Foundry.

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Stories The Fight for the Big Catch

It’s fishing for the big catch, and the stakes are high. It’s a competition against the world’s best with a grand prize on the line– a blue marlin.

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Stories The Last Light of Its Kind

Elbow Cay

Meet the lighthouse keeper of the historic Elbow Reef Lighthouse, an icon on the banks of Hope Town and the last working, kerosene-burning lighthouse in the world. Although it is currently closed to visitors, it continues to shine - and its faithful keepers look forward to, once again, welcoming lighthouse lovers from around the world.

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Stories Enduring Beauty

Translucent seas, sun-drenched docks, weathered piers and colourful gardens. And that’s just what’s happening above the waves. Explore the Abacos’ breathtaking natural beauty from above and below.

Island Resorts & Retreats Where to Stay

Hotels

As unique and diverse as the island itself, accommodations in The Abacos include beachfront bungalows, luxury villas, and four-star boutique hotels.

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The Highlights New England Flair

After the American Revolution, British Loyalists left to establish homesteads in The Abacos. Today, their influence is reflected in the colonial-style homes of Hope Town and New Plymouth in Green Turtle Cay. Rent a golf cart, the main form of transport on these islands, and take a ride down their picturesque streets.

The Highlights Boating’s Epicenter

Boaters of all kinds—from sailing purists to powerboaters, novices to seasoned captains—are drawn to The Abacos from around the world. With 17 marinas sprinkled throughout the island chain, visitors can island hop with ease.

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The Highlights Elbow Reef Lighthouse

Elbow Cay

The Abacos’ most famous landmark is the candy-striped Elbow Reef Lighthouse on Elbow Cay. Built in 1862, this manually-operated lighthouse is the last of its kind in The Bahamas. Climb the spiral staircase to the top to be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding islands.

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The Highlights Abaco-Built Boats

Man-O-War Cay

The local tradition of building boats by hand has been passed down for centuries. Man-O-War Cay is the centre of that trade in The Abacos, where some residents are renowned for their superior workmanship.

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The Highlights Tahiti Beach

Elbow Cay

Secluded Tahiti Beach is accessible only by bike, boat or foot. The beautiful white sand holds a secret: at low tide, an endless sandbar is revealed, extending the beach into the beautiful blue water.

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Things To Do Dive The Catacombs

Storied shipwrecks, shallow coral reefs, sea turtles and Caribbean reef sharks make The Abacos a surprisingly diverse dive destination. Among the top dive sites is The Catacombs near Green Turtle Cay, a sun-splashed coral garden of turtles, tropical fish and eagle rays at an accessible 40 feet.

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Things To Do Skip From
Cay To Cay

The calm Abaco Sea and the diverse islands of the Abaco chain make sailing from cay to cay a true delight. Whether you island hop on your private boat or take the local ferries, no trip to The Abacos is complete without some seafaring.

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Things To Do Visit The Foundry

Little Harbour

Located on a remote corner of Great Abaco Island, Pete Johnston’s Art Gallery and Foundry provides guests with the opportunity to tour a working foundry and admire the works of art it has produced. Top the adventure off with drinks at Pete’s Pub.

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Things To Do Haul In A Prized Predator

Just a few minutes offshore, the Sea of Abaco plunges 5,000 ft into the Atlantic. Here, giant predators like blue marlin, sailfish, and tuna cruise the waters. Anglers looking for a prize catch (and the worthy fight that comes with the title) are drawn to The Abacos year-round, whether on their own or for one of the annual tournaments.

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Fresh Island Flavours Drinks & Dining

Restaurants

From no-frills to fine dining, it’s easy to eat (and drink) well in The Abacos. After all, The Bahamas’ most famous drink, the Goombay Smash, was invented here.

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The Abacos

Little Harbour
Marsh Harbour
Treasure Cay
Sandy Point
Man-o-War Cay
Spanish Cay
Moore's Island
Tilloo Cay
Lubbers Quarters Cay
Grand Cay
Great Abaco
Great Guana Cay
Elbow Cay
Green Turtle Cay
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Little Harbour

Settled by famed artist Randolph Johnston and his wife Margot in 1951, Little Harbour has become something of a remote artists' colony best reached by boat. Today it is home to the Johnston Art Gallery & Foundry and Pete's Pub.

Marsh Harbour

The commercial centre of The Abacos, Marsh Harbour has a growing number of shops, cafés, and restaurants travellers love with Treasure Cay, Sandy Point, and Little Harbour offering a slower pace.

Treasure Cay

Serene and secluded, the resort district of Treasure Cay boasts crystal-clear waters and white-sand beaches.

Sandy Point

The southernmost settlement on Great Abaco, Sandy Point is the site of the annual Homecoming and Conch Fest. It is served by regional Sandy Point Airport.

Man-o-War Cay

Man-o-War Cay

One of the earliest colonial settlements in The Abacos, Man-O-War is most well-known for its boat building tradition. The quaint cay, a living testament to its long history, is reachable by ferry via Marsh Harbour.

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Spanish Cay

Spanish Cay

An idyllic private island resort, only 3 miles long, Spanish Cay’s 81-slip marina accommodates yachts up to 250 ft and offers Customs and Immigration as an official Port of Entry.

Moore's Island

Moore's Island

Tilloo Cay

Tilloo Cay

This small cay located south of Hope Town is home to Tilloo Cay Reserve.

Lubbers Quarters Cay

Lubbers Quarters Cay

Located 3 miles south of Hope Town, the cay was uninhabited until the 1930s. This small cay has roughly 30 full time residents and is reachable only by private or chartered boat.

Grand Cay

Great Abaco

Great Abaco

Great Abaco is home to Marsh Harbour, The Abaco’s commercial hub, and to resort district Treasure Cay in the north. The island has multiple official ports of entry, including the Leonard M Thompson International Airport.

Great Guana Cay

Great Guana Cay

Five miles of white sand beach and the thriving coral reefs that surround it, make Great Guana Cay a popular destination for day trippers, snorkelers, and sea turtles.

Elbow Cay

Elbow Cay

Elbow Cay’s Hope Town is an early British Loyalist settlement dating back to 1785. The town’s colonial architecture has been exceptionally well-preserved. Neighboring Elbow Reef is home to the famous Elbow Reef Lighthouse.

Green Turtle Cay

Green Turtle Cay

Reachable only by boat—private or ferry from the ‘mainland’—Green Turtle Cay’s main settlement, New Plymouth is well-known for its picturesque colonial architecture. The public dock serves as an official Port of Entry.

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Sandy Point Airport

The Sandy Point Airport serves Sandy Point in the southern end of Great Abaco.

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Leonard M. Thompson International Airport

Formerly known as Marsh Harbour International Airport, it is one of the busiest international gateways into the country.

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Treasure Cay International Airport

Located in Treasure Cay, in north Great Abaco, Treasure Cay International Airport, welcomes international guests and connects to Marsh Harbour via regional flights.

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