The Abacos are not Miami or Nassau.
The Abacos are for those whose nighttime activities require no more than nice restaurants and an occasional Calypso band with dancing.
Evenings are spent reading, playing games, listening to music, or watching TV. The sea of Abaco is a protected body of water with miles and miles of calm sandy beaches and several quaint villages for you to explore.
There are many places for you to cross the islands or take your boat to get deserted ocean beaches. Snorkeling and skin diving can be done in shallow or deep water and the choices are numerous. For the true diving enthusiast, the reefs are magnificent with wrecks, two underwater marine parks, and miles and miles of reefs to explore on the ocean side of the islands.
Combine this with the clearest water in the world and that spells beautiful diving. Fishing is great and includes: Wahoo, grouper, snapper, marlin, tuna, sailfish, bonefish, and dolphin. Other species can be found just a short distance offshore. There are excellent local guides and charters available at reasonable prices.
Places to visit:
- Elbow Cay: Hope Town has, as previously described, roads to explore around the whole island. TAHITI BEACH, on the south end of the island, looks like the South Seas. There are lovely ocean beaches almost the whole northern end of the island and ocean reefs for diving.
bullet Man-O-War Cay: The boat building capital of the Out Islands. Beautiful village, beaches, nice walks, several restaurants and snack bars for lunch with ice cream, milk shakes and sandwiches, sail loft for great ditty bags, hats, etc.; Several other gift and craft shops as well. Ocean reefs for diving, including the wreck of the U.S.S. Adirondack with its cannon still on the sea floor. Wonderful walks to both ends of the island. There is a marina for gas and oil.
- Marsh Harbour: CAPITOL of the area (approx. 3500 people) with banks, supermarkets, restaurants, marinas, hardware stores, sporting goods (including diving and fishing equipment). Not as picturesque as Elbow Cay and other settlements and does not have an ocean beach. You can rent a car or motorbike here for further exploration of Great Abaco. There are also several doctors and dentists.
- Guana Cay: Guana Harbour Club for lunch, drinks, a swim in the pool, and some of the nicest beaches in the Bahamas (both sides of the island). There is also Nipper’s Restaurant on the beach serving lunch and dinner with a nice atmosphere. Here is a little known tip. Enter the lagoon between Scotland Cay and Guana by drifting over the shallow bar of the southern most opening. Its fabulous inside and you can enter the ocean on a nice day by watching out for the reefs. Once outside there are numerous reefs off the south end of Guana but be carefull getting to them. the DIVING IS FANTASTIC here. The key is a calm day which enables you to see. Also, the very northern end of the island on the ocean side has one of the finest beaches you will ever see. the water is deep almost to the beach and to the reefs where the diving is great.
- Little Harbour: Home of the late Randolph Johnson, a famous sculptor, his talented family, and resident artists. Visit their studio (during visiting hours – see “Yachtsman’s Guide) and you can see how he used the lost wax method of casting. His pieces have been sold throughout the world. Visiting Little Harbour for the spot alone would be worthwhile. Be sure to read his most interesting book about his family moving to the Bahamas (in our book collection).
- Pelican Cays and Sea Park. Beautiful area with extensive reefs and beaches in the protected Sea of Abaco. You could explore this area for weeks. See the “Yachtsman’s Guide” or “Guide to the Abacos” in the house for many other places to visit.