Abaco Beach Resort and Marina has a long history dating back to 1955 when it was a single wooden building, known as the Great Abaco Club owned by an American named Walter Blair. Great Abaco Club played host to many Hollywood celebrities of the day, including Lana Turner and Cary Grant, among others.
In 1967 the building was destroyed by fire and Mr. Blair later sold the property to Capt. Leonard Thompson, a Bahamian who lived in New Providence at the time. After relocating to Marsh Harbour from Nassau, in 1977 Capt. Thomson began construction of a new hotel that opened in 1979. The twenty-room hotel soon became a favorite to locals and attracted many celebrity guests.
In 1985, the Bahamian father-son duo of Garth and Peter Sweeting along with Jack Albury purchased the hotel and the adjoining property, which they developed as Boat Harbour Marina. In 1993 the group was joined by the current owners, Peter’s son Andrew Sweeting and fellow countryman Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Alexiou, who brought with him considerable experience in the construction of residences, offices, shopping centers, marinas, and hotels, including the famed Club Med in San Salvador. It was at this time that the hotel and marina properties were joined as one and renamed Abaco Beach Resort and Marina.
Their vision of a place of abundant natural beauty, classic island hospitality, first-class boating, and endless adventure is now a reality.