The Best of the Abaco Islands – In the Abacos Islands Bahamas you’ll feel content in this uncrowded environment, yet with the accommodations and services you desire. Sea kayaking in pristine protected areas provides a rewarding sense of adventure. Conventional activities like golf, tennis, and beach volleyball are also available. Of course doing nothing at all is a highly rated activity here.
This is the Bahamas, so don’t neglect activities happening in one of its most magnificent assets—the water. Snorkeling and diving have long been staple activities for visitors. The islands’ calm, naturally protected waters, have helped the area become the Bahamas’ sailing capital. The Abacos play host annually to internationally famous regattas and to a half-dozen game-fish tournaments.
From island-long stretches to strips as short as your boat, with powder-white to pink to warm-cream sand, the roar of the surf or the silence of a slow-rising tide, the Abacos have a beach suited to everyone’s liking. And most likely, you’ll find a secluded spot to call your own. Visit The Best Beaches in the Bahamas Guide for information on all of the Grand Bahama beaches, or visit us on Pinterest.
Abaco Islands Weather – When to Visit
The best time to visit the Abacos Islands is from mid-December to mid-April, the country’s peak season. Though temperatures here are great year-round (they rarely dip below 60 degrees), the islands fall within the hurricane belt, so hurricanes may be a factor between June 1 and Nov. 30 (the Atlantic hurricane season). Most of these months (plus May) also fall within the region’s rainy season, which can leave you with fewer days spent enjoying the islands’ outdoor activities. But keep in mind that mid-December to mid-April’s sublime weather attracts hordes of tourists, so prices will be at their highest and crowds at their thickest during these months.
Best Beaches in the Abaco Islands
Guana Cay Beach
The beaches on Guana Cay stretch along much of the island’s ocean side and are often only separated by rocky outcroppings. The sand here is slightly courser and is more cream color, with speckles of pink from wave-ground corals. Surfing is popular here, too, especially on the northern beaches. The North Side Beach, as it is known by locals, offers both long quiet walks and Sunday pig roasts at Nippers restaurant, one of the best beach parties in the Bahamas.
Treasure Cay Beach
Treasure Cay Beach is the most picturesque and most visited beach on the Bahamian island of Big Abaco. It is located near the eponymous resort village on the northern outskirts of the island, not far from Marsh Harbor. This coast is always on the list of the top ten beaches in the Bahamas and is the perfect place for a day trip from Marsh Harbor.
Located on the southern tip of Elbow Cay, this picturesque beach with soft white sand is lined with coconut trees and arcs out into calm clear water. It is secluded, accessible only on foot, bike or by boat, and you’re guaranteed to find a stretch of beach to call your own. This is a perfect spot for swimming, to collect shells, starfish and sand dollars, especially during low tide when there is an endless sand bar.
Sandy Point Beach
Located on the southwest tip of Great Abaco, 40-miles south of Marsh Harbour sits Sandy Point Beach. A large number of seashells makes this one of the best beaches in The Bahamas.
Pelican Cay Beach
In a protected park, this is a great spot for snorkeling and diving on nearby Sandy Cay reef. The cay is small and between two ocean cuts, so the water drops off quickly but its location is also what nurtures the beach’s pure white sand. If you get restless, ruins of an old house are hidden in overgrowth at the top of the cay, and offer fantastic views of the park.
Best Abaco Islands Restaurants
Abaco Inn Restaurant $11 – 30
Fresh-baked bread, fruit, and egg dishes are breakfast highlights. But where the restaurant really shines is in its servings of the freshest seafood on the island. At lunch, sample the grilled grouper or spicy cracked conch. For dinner, grilled wahoo, hog snapper, or mahimahi can be prepared to your liking. There’s also crawfish in season-blackened, grilled, fried, or coconut fried, as well as escargot. When you make your reservation, ask for a table on the enclosed patio overlooking the ocean. Telephone: 242-366–0133 Web: Abaco Inn Restaurant
Firefly Bar & Grill $11 – 30
Whether you pull in by golf cart or tie up by boat, it’s worth the trip. Owned by the developers of Firefly Vodkas, this bar carries the full line along with the Mo-Tea-To, their take on the mojito, and the Fly Swatter, a delicious mixture that’s a closely guarded secret. Seafood is their specialty and the extensive menu makes choosing just one dish a challenge. Locals travel from throughout the Abaco island chain to enjoy lunch or dinner here and catch one of the best views of the Sea of Abaco. Telephone: 242-366–0145 Web: Firefly Bar & Grill
Green Turtle Club Dining $11 – 30
At lunch, treat yourself to a lobster salad, lobster corn chowder, cheeseburger, or grilled grouper sandwich. Dinner is where the club really shines, transporting you back to the 1920s with elegant dining beneath antique chandeliers. The steaks are among the best around. The jumbo lobster and artichoke ravioli, Coconut Curry Seafood Hotpot, and Stone Crab Souffle are just some of the temptations on the extensive menu. For dessert, try the guava crème brûlée. Telephone: 242-365–4271 Web: Green Turtle Club Dining
Treasure Sands Club $31 – 60
A large pool surrounded by lounge chairs and a sound system give this spot a very South Beach vibe. For lunch, enjoy a lobster club or top the already decadent TSC Premium Burger with fried lobster and avocado. For dinner, select from the pastas, seafood, duck, lamb, short ribs, or steak Diane. Finish it up with a Grand Marnier souflé and an “adult” coffee. Sunday brunch is a mix of Continental, American, and Bahamian classics. Telephone: 242-365–9385 Web: Treasure Sands Club
Wally’s $11 – 30
This is the Abacos’ most popular restaurant—the place to go for good food, potent rum cocktails, and serious people-watching. Lunch is a scene, especially if you sit outside, where you’ll find a mix of locals, tourists, and boat people munching on Greek or Caesar salads, spicy grouper, and mahimahi burgers. Inside there’s a stylish bar, a boutique, and three dining rooms, all adorned with Haitian-style paintings. Dinner is served every night except Sunday and the menu includes creamy curried shrimp, mahimahi Provençal, or a filet mignon smothered in a mushroom sauce, as well as a daily sashimi. Save room for the key lime pie or Bahamian bread pudding. Telephone: 242-367–2074 Web: Wally’s
Best Abaco Islands Nightlife
Each evening Cap’n Jack’s offers a different event, including bingo and trivia, along with drink specials. After 9 pm on Wednesday there is DJ music. This is a popular spot for young adults. For more information call 242-366–0247, or visit them on the web at Cap’n Jacks.
Grabber’s Bar & Grill
This is a popular local spot on weekend nights. There’s music and the Guana Grabber, a potent frozen drink designed to lighten any mood. Telephone: 242-365–5133 Web: Grabber’s Bar & Grill
At night, Green Turtle can be deader than dead or surprisingly lively. Bet on the latter if the local favorites, the Gully Roosters, are playing anywhere on the island. Known locally as just the Roosters, this reggae-calypso band is the most popular in the Abacos. Its mix of original tunes and covers can coax even the most reluctant reveler onto the dance floor. The band’s schedule is erratic, but they play every Wednesday at 9 pm under the Buttonwood tree at the Green Turtle Club during the high season. Telephone: 242-365-4227 Web: Gully Roosters
Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar
Other nighttime options include a visit to Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar, where you might find a singing, carousing crowd knocking back the world-famous Goombay Smash. Mrs. Emily Cooper, creator of the popular Goombay Smash drink, passed away in 1997, but her daughter Violet continues to serve up the famous rum, pineapple juice, and apricot brandy concoction. The actual recipe is top secret, and in spite of many imitators throughout the islands, you’ll never taste a Goombay this good anywhere else. It’s worth a special trip to try one. Telephone: 242-365–4181 Web: Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar
Pineapples Bar & Grill
On the water in front of the Other Shore Club and Marina, this bar has a hopping happy hour from 4 to 6 daily and live music every Friday at 8. Telephone: 242-365–4039 Web: Pineapples Bar & Grill