Abacos Travel

The Abaco Cays are a string of islands that line the Atlantic side of the island of Great Abaco, Bahamas 180 miles from Florida – a one hour flight from southeastern Florida cities. The big island of Great Abaco, and seven of its cays are habitable, four of which have settlements. All have accommodations and restaurants. The number one attraction of the area is the Abaconian waters and beaches and their offerings. This includes fishing, snorkeling, beach combing, shell collecting, and picnicking.  The beaches are bountiful and beautiful and found on both the Oceanside and Sea of Abaco side of the Cays. Mainland Abaco has beaches on both depending on location. The ocean beaches for the most part are only attainable by land as rental boats are not permitted in the ocean. It is the ocean side, however where you’ll find the reefs for snorkeling and diving, many of which are right off the beach. The Sea of Abaco beaches are just as beautiful (less reefs) and easily accessible by rental boat.

If you are adventurous and a boater with some navigation experience, you might want to pick up at least a 22′ boat from Rainbow Rentals or other rental agency in Marsh Harbour as we often do. Then trek north the 30 miles to Green Turtle for a few days then south to Hope Town for a few more using each as a base for local exploration. This inter island approach will require boating experience. The downside to this approach is weather. It could be unpleasant on the day you’ve committed to pick up or return your rental boat.

Fish, conch, land crabs, and rock lobster—called craw fish by the locals—have long been the bedrock of local cuisine. Although a few menus, mostly in upscale resorts, feature dishes with international influences, most restaurants in the Abacos still serve simple Bahamian fare, with a few nods to American tastes. There are some fancier restaurants in Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay, and Hope Town, but most restaurants are relaxed about attire and reasonably priced. Some offer live music, and shape the nightlife scene on weekends.  Abaco Travel is for the adventurous, the beach loves, and the dreamers.  See what all they have to offer.  For more information on the best beaches of The Abacos, visit The Best Beaches in the Bahamas Guide.


This is weather that you can quickly get used to. The trade winds have blessed them with warm year-round weather, with winter lows averaging a comfortable 70 degrees Fahrenheit and summer highs with high humidity at around 80–90, with a gentle dip at night of just 5 to 7 degrees. The result? A climate where you can have fun anytime of the day, any season.

The hurricane season lasts from June to November, but that shouldn’t discourage the visitor at all. Reports of bad weather are often less than accurate, causing some U.S. visitors to cancel their vacations for no reason. If the reports do turn out to be TRUE, many Bahamian hotels have a Hurricane Cancellation Policy that mitigates risk. Visitors who cancel during a hurricane can receive an immediate refund with no penalties. If you do happen to get caught in a hurricane, despite everything, hotels will continue to offer courteous service and extend the lowest possible rate.

Even paradise needs to cool off with a little rain now and then. The islands have rain year-round, which explains the lush vegetation. Squalls and thundershowers pass through quickly, so the rain never has to ruin your day. May and June are the months with most rain, typically with about twice as much falling in the northern islands as in the southern ones.

Getting to the Abacos

Two airports serve The Abacos: Marsh Harbour International Airport (MHH) and Treasure Cay International Airport (TCB), plus there are airstrips at Moore’s Island, Sandy Point, Scotland’s Cay and Spanish Cay. Frequent domestic and international service is available. Chartered air can be arranged through any certified carrier. By sea, you can travel from Nassau with Bahamas Ferry Services on a fully air-conditioned vessel, or a mail boat that provides service to several towns on a weekly (or more frequent) basis. From Grand Bahama Island, Pinder’s Ferry operates twice daily, leaving from McLean’s Town in the East. The fare is $50 one way.

Marinas here see the height of activity in spring through fall. If you’re bringing your own boat over, there is every imaginable support and service available, and the marina/resorts offer pools and restaurants along with comfortable rooms. Visiting boaters must clear Customs and Immigration at the nearest designated Official Port of Entry – Green Turtle Cay, Marsh Harbour, Spanish Cay, Treasure Cay, or Walker’s Cay. As you enter port, fly the yellow quarantine flag and notify Customs of your arrival. No one other than the captain is permitted to leave the boat until your vessel has been cleared.

Transportation Between the Islands

Bahama Ferry

Bahamas Ferries are fast air-conditioned catamarans which mostly operate from Nassau to several other islands and return. This is one of the most popular yet reasonably priced option to travel between islands.  They connect Nassau with Abaco (South Abaco Terminal), Andros (Fresh Creek), Eluthera (several docks), Exuma (George Town), Grand Bahama (Freeport) and Long Island (Simms dock). There are also direct ferry connections between Abaco and Grand Bahama (Freeport).

The ferry service is quite regular and time of travel depends on the distance. The ferry schedule is published in the official website bahamasferries.com separately for each season (i.e. summer schedule, spring schedule, winter schedule etc).  Your ferry trip can last from couple of hours to even overnight travel depending on destination. For example average time taken from Nassau to Harbor Island in Eleuthera is about 2 hours 40 minutes with an adult one-way fare in the Main Cabin of $81 including taxes, in Voyager Class $93. Note that the round trip fares are cheaper compared to two one-way fares.  For more information on Bahama ferries call them at 242-323-2166, or visit them on the web at Bahama Ferries.

Bahama Air

This is the national airline of Bahamas and mostly availed by frequent travelers and tourists who like to save on time in lieu of extra cost. Bahamas Air connects Nassau’s Lynden Pindling Airport to various airports in the out islands. Bahamas Air also flies to a few international airports including Fort Lauderdale, Miami, West Pam Beach in Florida (USA), Orlando (USA) as well as Cuba, Haiti etc.

However, note that frequent congestion at Nassau airport, long delays and sub-par services are quite common. There have been several passenger complaints on these. If you are hopping through islands via Nassau (for example between Freeport in Grand Bahama to Deadman’s Cay of Long Island enroute Nassau), there is a possibility that either you miss the connecting flight from Nassau or the connecting flight too would be delayed in order to accommodate passengers in the joining flight.

Mail Boats

This slow traditional ferry service has been in operation since the old days when faster methods were not available. They are known as mail boats because they were once used to carry mails and cargo. Today they are essentially cargo freighters carrying mainly container items between various islands in the Bahamas. However carrying passengers is now a mainstream business of mail boats.

It’s the cheapest form of transport between islands in Bahamas, but it’s also the slowest. So if you have all the time in the world and don’t care for great comfort, then mail boats can be a great economical option to transfer between islands, and also a great way to travel and chat with the locals.  All these mail boats are privately operated but under the direction of the Bahamian Chief of Transportation. There are around 20 such mail boats, all of which operate from the Potters Cay of Nassau which is located below the eastern bridge that connects Nassau with Paradise Island.

Rental Car

When renting a car in the Abacos, the process is fairly simple and straight forward. You must be 25-years-old or older, have a driver’s license from your country of origin or an International Driver’s License, and a credit card with enough of an available balance to cover the cost and a deposit on the car. If all of these things are in order, you should have no trouble getting the keys. You can expect to pay anywhere from $65 to $100 a day for a rental in the Abacos, depending simply on which type of vehicle you want to rent and when you visit the islands.

As mentioned, not every island in the Abacos has rental cars on the island.  Green Turtle Cay and Elbow Cay are both good examples of this. In this case, most tourists will choose to rent a golf cart instead. Golf carts can be rented in either gas or electric, and tourists need only be 21-years-old with a valid driver’s license.  I recommend renting with Rental Wheels.  They are are centrally located in Marsh Harbour but many of their vehicles are delivered to the airport for your arrival.  With a pre-arranged contract, the vehicle will be outside the terminal of your arrival for your convenience with maps and directions to wherever you may be staying.  For more information on Rental Wheels call 242-367-4643, or reserve your car at RentalWheels.com.

Green Turtle Cay

This tiny 3-mile-by-½-mile island is steeped in Loyalist history; some residents can trace their heritage back more than 200 years. Dotted with ancestral New England–style cottage homes, the cay is surrounded by several deep bays, sounds, bone fish flats, and irresistible beaches. New Plymouth, first settled in 1783, is Green Turtle’s main community. Many of its approximately 550 residents earn a living by diving for conch or selling lobster and fish. If you are looking for a quiet out of the way place with remote islands and beaches where you’ll have a good chance to be alone to yourself then Green Turtle and its village of New Plymouth is the place to go. There is plenty to do on the Island with a golf cart and perfect for family travel. And if you rent a boat (a 15 – 17 footer will do), the uninhabited islands just 15-20 minutes to it’s north are loaded with beaches on the protected bay side where you can pretend to be the only people in the world.

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Restaurants (Green Turtle)

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$$  Ballyhoo Bar & Grill

This casual eatery on the water in the Bluff House Marina offers tasty meals. Sitting under an umbrella on the deck is the best way to enjoy the view of the sailboat-filled harbor, but you can also eat in the air-conditioned pub-style dining room. Menu choices range from standard Bahamian (conch fritters and burgers) to new American (roasted pork tenderloin with salsa, salads with goat cheese and roasted vegetables). Another fun option is to enjoy a rum drink from the bar while catching some rays at the pool.  For more information call 242-365–4200, or visit them on the web at Ballyhoo Bar & Grill.

$$  Green Turtle Club Dining

Breakfast and lunch are served harbor side on a covered, screened-in patio, while dinner takes place in the elegant dining room. 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. For those who prefer a casual environment, an à la carte dinner menu is available outside on the enclosed patio.  For more information call 242-365–4271, or visit them on the web at Green Turtle Club Dining.

$$  Lizard Bar & Grill

Dine poolside overlooking the Leeward Yacht Club marina at this casual bar and grill. The grilled lobster or fresh catch (which can be jerked, blackened, grilled, or fried) are popular menu choices as are the conch burger and conch fritters. Wash it all down with a potent Leaning Lizard. For more information call 242-365–4191, or visit them on the web at Lizard Bar & Grill.

Treasure Cay

Treasure Cay is the resort area on Abacos mainland (not a cay anymore). It boasts one of the worlds 10 most beautiful beaches with two resort areas at its edge. Visit the marina with the usual resort amenities; shops, restaurants, a grocery and liquor store, and bakery. There is a boat rental agency, a dive shop, and ferry that runs to Guana Cay.

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Guana Cay

Guana Cay has a picturesque small settlement, with bars & restaurants scattered about the island. One bar, “Nippers” is of some international renown, and is the big draw on the island with occasional concerts and Sunday pig roasts. There is also a couple gift shops plus a grocery and liquor store on the island. There is even a dive center. Guana Cay is the Abacos playground with its 7 mile long magnificent snorkeling beach and bar hopping feel. It’s a must see if possible. You’ll need to use the ferry to get back and forth to Marsh Harbour.

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Restaurants (Guana Cay)

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$$  Nipper’s Beach Bar & Grill

With awesome ocean views and a snorkeling reef just 10 yards off its perfect beach, this cool bar and restaurant is a must-visit hangout. Linger over a lunch of burgers and sandwiches or a dinner of steak and lobster, then chill out in the two-tiered pool. Nurse a “Nipper Tripper”—a frozen concoction of five rums and two juices. If you down more than one or two of these, you’ll be happy to take advantage of the Nippermobile, which provides free transport to and from the cay’s public dock. Every Sunday, everybody who is anybody, or not, revels in the all-day party disguised as a pig roast.  For more information call 242-365–5111, or visit them on the web at Nipper’s Beach Bar & Grill.

$$  Sunsetters

Sit indoors to soak up the cool air-conditioning or outdoors on the open deck overlooking the Sea of Abaco while enjoying a cool beverage and enjoying some of the best Bahamian food available on island. The conch and fresh fish are always a hit, and Thursday night’s wings special is only beat by the one pound of ribs for $10 on Saturday nights.  For more information call 242-365–5175, or visit them on  Facebook at Sunsetters.

Man O War Cay

Man O War Cay is a day stop for most visitors. It is the quietest of the four major cays yet a busy place.  There are limited restaurants and the island is alcohol free, as Man-O-War is the only “dry island”. There is a canvas shop of some notoriety, model boat builder and a couple gift shops and food store. It’s a stop on the Marsh Harbour ferry. It has wonderful snorkeling at its off shore reefs.

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Restaurants (Man O War Cay)

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$$  Dock & Dine

The only full-fare restaurant on the island sits on a covered deck overlooking the sheltered harbor. The nautical decor makes for a nice place to eat and enjoy. No liquor is served on this dry island. Food is basic Bahamian and American style with everything from salads to burgers and wraps. Try their twist on a local favorite: “chicken in da bag” is fried chicken served on a pile of fries, doused in ketchup and hot sauce, and wrapped up in foil and a paper bag to soak up the grease.  For more information call 242-365–6380, or visit them on Facebook at Dock & Dine.

Marsh Harbour

Marsh Harbour is the commercial hub of the Abacos, and you’ll need a rental car even to get to Marsh. There is one resort in town, The Abaco Beach Resort. It’s geared for sport fisherman because of their large marina and many tournaments. It’s a short walk to “restaurant row” and the harbor life. Marsh Harbour makes for a great location to explore the big island and it’s settlements to the south such as Cherokee and Little Harbour. You might want to hire a guide and look for Parrots while on the way to Hole in the Wall Lighthouse.  Marsh Harbour is the home of numerous charter fleets where you can charter a boat with or without a captain.

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Lubbers Quarters

Lubbers Quarters is where one really has to rough it.  There is no provisioning of any kind here, but there are two restaurants on the island.  You definitely need a boat here as the ferry charges “charter rates”, to get you to and from. The good news is it’s only a short hop to Hope Town (10 Min. by boat). Lubbers has a picturesque quiet beach on its western shore and just “across the street” on Lubbers eastern shore is popular Tahiti Beach on Elbow Cay.

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Elbow Cay

Five-mile-long Elbow Cay’s main attraction is the charming village of Hope Town. The saltbox cottages—painted in bright colors—with their white picket fences, flowering gardens, and porches and sills decorated with conch shells, will remind you of a New England seaside community, Bahamian style. Most of the 300-odd residents’ families have lived here for several generations, in some cases as many as 10. For an interesting walking or bicycling tour of Hope Town, follow the two narrow lanes that circle the village and harbor. (Most of the village is closed to motor vehicles.)

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Restaurants (Elbow Cay)

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$$  Abaco Inn Restaurant

Set in the country-club-style main lodge splashed with lively Bahamian colors and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide an incredible view of the ocean, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to guests and visitors in classic island style. 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 mahi mahi can be prepared to your liking. There’s also craw fish 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.

$$  Firefly Bar & Grill

Ask anyone in the Abacos where you must eat during your stay and there’s a good chance this is it. 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.  For more information call 242-366–0145, or visit them on the web at Firefly Bar & Grill.

$  Cap’n Jack’s Restaurant & Bar

There are a handful of booths and a small rowdy bar, but most of this casual eatery’s seating is out on the pink-and-white-striped dock–patio. Locals, boat people, and land-based tourists gather here every day for value-priced eats and drinks. The menu is nothing fancy, but provides reliable grouper burgers, pork chops, fresh fish catch-of-the-day, and cracked conch. When it’s in season, there’s sometimes a lobster special. Cap’n Jack’s serves three meals a day, offers a full bar, and has live music Friday nights and a DJ Wednesday and Saturday nights. There are nightly drink specials and a different event each night, from trivia to bingo and a Saturday-morning mimosa special.  For more information call 242-366–0247, or visit them on the web at Cap’n Jack’s Restaurant & Bar.

$$$  Great Harbour Room

While casual attire is fine, this restaurant overlooking the harbor feels like an upscale establishment with dimmed lighting, quiet music, and especially attentive service. Start off with a creamy white conch chowder. From there it’s anything from lamb chops, lobster, duck breast, or even the Seafood Supreme–-a medley of sautéed lobster, shrimp, and scallops in a white- wine-cream-and-Parmesan sauce. The wine list is one of the most extensive on the island and Prime Rib Sunday is a special treat that requires a reservation.  For more information call 242-366–0095, or visit them on the web at Great Harbour Room.

The Abacos Sights

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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.

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Off the Great Abaco Highway at the turn in the road that takes you to Sandy Point, a rugged, single-lane dirt track leads you to this navigational lighthouse that stands on Great Abaco’s southern tip. The lighthouse was constructed in 1838 against local opposition from islanders who depended on salvaging shipwrecks for their livelihood. Over the years the lighthouse has survived sabotage and hurricanes, and was automated in 1995 to continue serving maritime interests. The Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation has leased the site to monitor whale movements and conduct other ocean studies.

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Upon arrival in Hope Town Harbour you’ll first see a much-photographed Bahamas landmark, an 89-foot-tall, peppermint-stripe lighthouse built in 1838. The lighthouse is the last hand-turned, kerosene-fueled beacon in operation. Monday through Saturday from 9 to 5 and Sunday from 10 to 2 you can climb up the spiral staircase to the top for a superb view of the sea and the nearby cays. There are 101 steps in all and there is no graceful way for an adult to crawl through the small door onto the viewing platform that goes all the way around the top. There’s no road between the lighthouse and the town proper. You can use your own boat to cross the harbor or catch a ride on the ferry before it leaves to go back to Marsh Harbour, but if you take a ferry it probably won’t be back for at least an hour.

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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.


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If shelling and solitude are your thing, venture 50 miles southwest of Marsh Harbour to the sleepy fishing village of Sandy Point. Large shells wash up on the sandy beaches, making it great for a stroll and shelling. The best spot for picking up one of nature’s souvenirs is between the picnic site and Rocky Point. Well offshore is the private island Castaway Cay, where Disney Cruise Line guests spend a day.

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A half-hour drive south of Marsh Harbour is a crudely marked electric pole directing you to turn right onto an old logging trail. A short drive down this road takes you to an incredible blue hole. It was featured by National Geographic in 2010 for the fossils found deep within it. Though you cannot dive this hole, you can swim in it.

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This small beach at the southern tip of Elbow Cay is a popular boater’s stop. The soft white sand is well protected from the close ocean cut by thick vegetation, a few barrier cays, and shallow water. This shallow area is popular for shelling, and of course simply relaxing and watching the tide rise. At low tide, the true beauty of this beach is revealed when a long sand spit emerges, perfect for picnics. It’s great for young children, as the water on one side of the spit is ankle deep, stays calm, and remains warm. During peak season the beach can become a bit crowded.

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This beach is world famous for its expanse of truly powder-like sand and breathtaking turquoise water. In front of the handful of hotels lining the beach are bar and grill spots with a couple of shade-bearing huts. The rest of the beach is clear from development, since the land is privately owned, and almost clear of footprints. With a top-notch marina across the road and lunch a short stroll away, you have luxury; a walk farther down the beach gives you a quiet escape.  Here you will find food and drink, parking (no fee),  toilets, and water sports.  it has great sunrises, swimming, and it great for walking.

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You’ll need a car or at least a bicycle to visit this natural wonder, but it’s worth the trek. Scientists believe the Treasure Cay Blue Hole is 200 feet deep, but feel free to dip your toes into the crystal clear blue waters or make a splash swinging from one of the rope swings tied to surrounding pine trees. The water is both salt and fresh and there is no known marine life in the blue hole.

Restaurants (Great Abaco Island)

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$$$  Angler’s Restaurant

Dine on roasted rack of lamb with garlic mashed potatoes or a broiled lobster tail while overlooking gleaming rows of yachts moored in the Boat Harbour Marina at the Abaco Beach Resort. White tablecloths with fresh orchid arrangements and sea-blue napkins folded like seashells create an experience a step up from typical island dining. It’s not uncommon to see guests dressed in sport coats and cocktail dresses fresh off a stunning mega yacht alongside other guests in shorts and T-shirts with kids in tow. Everyone can enjoy fresh grilled catch of the day—don’t pass up the grilled wahoo—seafood pastas, Bahamian chicken, or charbroiled steaks.  For dessert try the calorie-drenched guava duff. Angler’s is also the only place to get a cooked breakfast along the main tourist drag in Marsh Harbour.   For more information call 242-367–2158, or visit them on the web at Angler’s Restaurant.

$$$  Curly Tails Restaurant & Bar

Enjoy kick-back harbor-side dining for lunch and dinner at the Conch Inn Hotel and Marina. Savor your meal outside on the open-air deck. At lunch, salads, burgers, cracked conch, and grouper fillets go great with a cold Kalik. For dinner, go casual at the large bar upstairs, or opt for something more upscale in the downstairs air-conditioned dining room. Chicken stuffed with local johhnycake or blackened grouper, snapper, mahi mahi, or tuna are traditional favorites. If you’re into sunsets, don’t miss the daily happy hour. Sample a frozen Tail Curler or a Curlytini to go with your conch fritters. There’s also live music every Thursday and Saturday night.  For more information call 242-367–4444, or visit them on the web at Curly Tails Restaurant & Bar.

$$  Jib Room

Expect casual lunches of hot wings, conch burgers, fish nuggets, and steak wraps in this harbor-view restaurant and bar, located inside the Marsh Harbour Marina. Dinner is served twice a week, and these “barbecue nights” are especially popular; on Wednesday it’s baby back ribs, fish, chicken, potato salad, slaw, and baked beans. On Saturday it’s grilled steak, featuring New York strip, with fish and chicken as options along with baked potatoes and salad. If you’re dying for a steak after a steady fish diet, these are the best in the Abacos. Unless you’re staying on this side of the harbor, you’ll need a car or taxi to get here, or expect a long walk from the main street.  For more information call 242-367–2700,  or visit them on the web at Jib Room.

$$  Pete’s Pub

Next door to Pete’s Gallery is an outdoor tiki-hut restaurant and bar where you can wiggle your toes in the sand while you chow down on fresh seafood, burgers, and cold tropical drinks. Try the mango-glazed grouper, lemon-pepper mahi mahi, or coconut cracked conch while you kick back and enjoy the view of the harbor. If you want to be part of the local scene, don’t miss the wild-pig roasts, which happen whenever big events take place. It’s a long drive, so in the slow season, it’s best to call ahead to make sure they’re open.  For more information call 242-577–5487, or visit them on the web at Pete’s Pub.

$$$  Spinnaker Restaurant & Lounge

Ceramic-tiled floors, rattan furniture, and floral-print tablecloths accent this large resort restaurant—250 guests fit in the air-conditioned main dining area and the adjacent screened-in outdoor patio—and bar at the Treasure Cay Marina. Dinner boasts an international flair and each night there’s a special theme: Sunday is Italian Pasta Night; Monday and Saturday choose from prime rib, duck, lamb, steaks, and lobster on the Deluxe menu; Wednesday is Caribbean Delights; and Friday is the popular Bahamian Buffet. Even with reservations you often have to wait, but you can relax in the lounge and enjoy an array of cocktails and frozen rum drinks.  For more information call 242-365–8801, or visit them on the web at Spinnaker Restaurant & Lounge.


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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.

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This is a great piano bar and lounge.  Stop by for live music Thursday and Saturday nights.  For more information call 242-367–4444, or visit them on the web at Curly Tails.

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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.  For more information call 242-365–5133, or visit them on the web at Grabbers Bar & Grill.

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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. (Or not—many Goombay novices underestimate the drink’s potency, and end up making it an early night.) 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.  For more information call 242-365–4181, or visit them on the web at Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar.

Top Abacos Hotels

Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour

The Abaco Beach Resort is a property that provides its guests with a private beach area, a restaurant and bar on site, an outdoor pool and sun terraces. Free Wi-Fi access is also available.  The rooms are air-conditioned and include a balcony offering sea views, cable TV and a wardrobe. The private bathroom features a hairdryer and may have either a bathtub or shower.  The restaurant serves international and typical local food, and there is a pool bar that provides snacks and drinks.  Abaco Beach Resort has a harbor on site with electricity and fueling services available. There is also a customs and an immigration clearance office provided for arrivals by sea.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour.

Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort

Located on a peninsula linked to Great Abaco Island, this casual beach resort is home to a 150-slip marina and par-72, championship golf course designed by Dick Wilson.  A five-minute walk from the main hotel area brings guests to a nearly six-km (four-mi) curved beach of powdery white sand sloping gently into the turquoise Atlantic Ocean.  Pastel buildings fronting the marina hold 80 air-conditioned rooms with kitchenettes. Rooms have patios or balconies bordered by garden foliage or providing marina views.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort.

Hope Town Harbour Lodge

This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Hope Town Harbour Lodge is located in the Elbow Cay and offers its guests a beachfront property with private beach area, outdoor pools for adults and children.  The air-conditioned accommodations offered by Hope Town Harbour Lodge are decorated with light colors and some colorful details. They have modern and simple furniture and all feature sea views from the balconies. The bathrooms provide toiletries and hairdryers.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hope Town Harbour Lodge.

Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina

Set on the island of Green Turtle Cay and overlooking the Sea of Abaco, Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina offers a private beach, tropical gardens, an outdoor pool and a large private marina. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.  Rooms at Bluff House feature charming colonial-style decor with wooden floors, a seating area with sofa bed and balcony with expansive Sea views. All rooms have air-conditioning, flat-screen satellite TV, Free WiFi, coffee maker and mini-refrigerator. The bathrooms are private with shower.  The Ballyhoo Bar & Grill overlooks the marina and pool and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. You can also enjoy lunch and tropical drinks overlooking the Sea of Abaco at the Tranquil Turtle Beach Bar.  Scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding can all be arranged, and you can also organize golf, boat rental and deep-sea fishing trips. Golf carts can be hired on property, and the historic village of New Plymouth is just 15 minutes away by golf cart.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina.

Bahama Beach Club Resort

This beautiful resort is on a white-sand beach in Treasure Cay and features an on-site fitness center, a freshwater pool and an ocean-front hot tub. Bahama Beach Club also has free Wi-Fi.  Each air-conditioned apartment at this property has a modern, full kitchen with an extra-large refrigerator, as well as a sitting and dining area. They also include a cable TV and a wardrobe.  The on-site restaurant serves fresh seafood, and guests can enjoy pool-side dining and drinks. Other dining options are within 1 miles of the property.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Bahama Beach Club Resort.


  1. Taq'uee Hicks

    The Abaco Cays are a string of islands that line the Atlantic side of the island of Great Abaco and theyre the most beautiful islands. I enjoy seeing and interacting with the Fish, conch, land crabs, and rock lobster. I was shocked to learn that only two airports serve The Abacos: Marsh Harbour International Airport (MHH) and Treasure Cay International Airport (TCB).

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, but actually two airports is more than some other islands have 🙂  It is a beautiful location, and really some of the best islands in the Caribbean 🙂

  2. Ken

    I’ve been waiting to go on a trip, but I think it’ll be a while till I am available to hit the road.
    With your help I see what I’m missing out on though. It’s only motivated me further to go get money to take my dream vacation. Thanks again for your help!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Ken!  And it would be a dream vacation for sure!  One of those destinations that would be unforgettable!  Thank for visiting Abacos Travel.

  3. Eileen Momanyi

    This beautiful island looks like paradise in the making!
    I sure would love to visit here, just looking at the white sands and the cools waves of the sea is just so refreshing!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It is paradise! I am glad you enjoyed the photos and information. Yes, it is a great bucket list item. Thanks for visiting Abacos Travel!

  4. Lee

    After just getting back from a little city break to Barcelona, me and my wife feel that we need another vacation to get over this one. There was no public transport for 2 of the 4 days we were there because of protests and strikes and my wife has now got blisters on her feet from the amount of walking we were doing. Still had a great time but we’ve said that the next vacation needs to be a relaxing beach holiday and The Abaco Cays sounds like the perfect destination. Thanks for making me aware of this beautiful location and now to start saving.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are so welcome. Wow, I could not imagine having no public transport for 2 days. That would be kind of a drag! I generally do not rent a car in foreign countries. I prefer to stick to Taxis and buses. May be a little more expensive, but I feel more comfortable not driving in another country. Thanks for reading and I am glad you enjoyed reading Abacos Travel 🙂

  5. Vic

    What an informative post. The images are so alluring. Have got to visit these beautiful islands of the Abacos. When is the best time of the year to travel there if I want to avoid the crowds?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you enjoyed reading about the Abacos. The best time to travel and have less crowds is going to be mid-April thru mid-December. You will also enjoy up to 60% lower prices in hotels. Thank you for visiting Abacos Travel.

  6. carol

    Going to the Abaco Cays seem to be a great beach destination. The scenery of those cays are beautiful, seems quiet and peaceful, so very inviting. Just the right kind of vacation I would want after some hard work. Glad to know that there is a regular ferry service so you can get to explore some other Bahama islands.. This post is getting me pumped up for some snorkeling and local seafood cuisine. Is there a favorite cay for diving?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Marsh Harbour is going to be the best place for diving. First, you can rent anything you need here and get a tour guide to take you out for dives. If you want to dive the Abacos, then head here. Yes, the Abaco Cays are beautiful and really just a great beach destination. Thank you for visiting Abacos Travel!

  7. David Donahue

    I could only imagine ever being able to go to the Bahamas. I spent a lot of time surfing growing up and would love to surf there but mostly take a boat out and just enjoy the scenery. You’re post really gives a visitor a look at what to expect. Well written and love the video. Well done and maybe I’ll go someday!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I hope the information on Abacos Travel nudged you a little 🙂 It really is a great beach destination. And yes, you would enjoy surfing here. Thank you so much for reading Abacos Travel!

  8. brad

    What a beautiful travel destination. But does it still look the same after Hurricane Irma and now Hurricane Maria about to do the same? Will these be travel destinations for this year? Hopefully yes as they will need the tourist dollars to start the rebuild!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      They were not hit by Irma. I don’t know about Maria. A lot of the destinations that were hit, plan on having everything (tourist wise) rebuilt before the tourist season. And yes, I think that visiting is a way of showing our support to these countries….along with the added benefit of great beaches, wonderful weather and just a having a great beach vacation! Thanks for visiting Brad!

  9. Ha

    Thank you for the detailed information regarding Abacos. I love the fact that you mentioned about hurricane season and information about it to ease travelers like myself from the impulsive cancellation. I didn’t realize that there are so many different ways to get there.

    From the pictures, the beach looks very serene and calm. I am wondering if there would be any surf for surfing at any particular location? Do you have any recommendations for any interesting location for scuba diving or snorkeling as well?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, there is surfing every where in the Abacos.  For diving and snorkeling, you want to definitely go to Mermaid Reef off of Great Abaco, as well as Sand Cay Reef which is between Man O War Cay and Sandy Cay.  Of course there is diving and snorkeling any where really, but these two reefs should not be missed.

  10. marta

    I am lucky I am going for a holiday tomorrow otherwise I would just read and read your page. I love traveling and places like you have described are on my bucket list, I feel like my list has just grown bigger. Thanks for all the details. They are the best. Great photos as well!!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Glad you enjoyed and can add more wonderful beach destinations to your bucket list.  Mine is quite long as well 🙂

  11. Phil

    Hi there
    Many thanks for the informative and detailed post. I would suggest that this place is just an awesome experience to visit and going by the images, there is so much to do and see.
    Its just blue turquiose seas and white sand from one end of the island to the next.
    This destination has everything going for it and is definitely one for the bucket list.
    I noticed that National Geographic gave part of this island a mention, so that is great advertisisng and confirms its potential as a tourist destination.
    Thanks again and best wishes
    Cheers Phil Browne

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Phil!  Yes, it does deserve attention and the Abacos are beautiful and yes, a beach destination that deserves to be on your bucket list.  Let me know if you need any other information.

  12. Ganardineroporcjc

    Hi Matty,
    Beautiful island “Great Abaco” located in the Bahamas, a place I would say heavenly, to meet and enjoy with family.
    I also love that you give us the possibility to practice sports fishing and to arrive in my own boat. I would like to ask you some queries about prices and what is the best time of the year to visit it can be? Thank you so much!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The Abacos has a wonderful climate year round, so there really is no bad time to visit.  You can enjoy yourself and the lovely weather any time of year really.  What would you like prices on?  I can help you price anything out, just shoot me an email and I will be glad to provide it for you.

  13. Candice

    WOW! It’s gorgeous! This post is packed with detailed information. I’m so glad I got to read this. I dream of traveling and this will be on my destination list. I see myself living there actually. The video was an excellent touch. My husband has a little experience diving and I can’t wait to learn. Have you been here?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I have not been to the Abacos.  It is on my bucket list though, and hoping to make it there next summer.  It is gorgeous for sure.   Thanks for reading Candice.

  14. starduzt

    OMG this site is beautiful! Abacos on my way! Been a long time and am planning to fly to the Abacos and see a long time friend in surprise … looking at these amazing beaches in Abacos makes me wanna have to pack now -my friend told me then that this may not that too far from the great barrier … ok, lemme check my travel schedule for November 2017 …

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Well, thank you for visiting.  If you need any help with your plans, or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!  


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