Less than a 25-minute flight from Nassau/Paradise Island or 45 minutes from south Florida, the Abacos consists of its own 120-mile-long island chain, basically a mini-Bahamas complete with its own Out Islands. Great Abaco Island and Little Abaco serve as the “mainland,” with a string of barrier islands separating them from the Atlantic.
Abaco is home to Marsh Harbour, the “bright lights and big city” of the Out Islands. And to put that into perspective, Marsh Harbour has exactly one traffic light (the only operative one in all The Bahamas Out Islands!). Along with having a great selection of hotels, restaurants and bars, Marsh Harbour is charter boat central, with several full-service marinas. There are no cruise ships, no high-rise hotels, no crowds. Just mile after untainted mile of tropical beauty tinged in a thousand shades of blue. It’s different out here.
The Abaco Islands appeal to travelers who are true connoisseurs of Caribbean island life, to those who want their tropical vacations to be unique and at their own pace. One visits the Abacos to experience authentic off-the-beaten-path destinations and activities. The owners and developers understand this and specialize in putting together packages that ensure you’ll see and experience the best of these Bahamian secluded islands. Add to that the uniqueness of Bahamian culture, history and the welcoming laid-back friendliness of Abaconians, and you’ve found the tropical island vacation you’ve been dreaming about.
More so than any other Caribbean islands, the Abaco islands are absolute beach-lovers and water-lovers playgrounds, offering unparalleled collections of the region’s best beaches, best snorkeling and diving, and the best fishing, kayaking, boating and sailing, bird-watching and ecotravel. They also offer a unique culture born of seafaring European adventurers, African heritage and traditions that combine to create the distinctly colorful and decidedly welcoming Bahamian way of life.
The Abacos were settled by English colonists who remained loyal to the crown after the American Revolutionary War, which is why the settlements like Hope Town on Elbow Cay and New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay have the look of New England fishing towns complete with picket fences and gingerbread trim – of course with the distinctive Bahamian touch of pastel colors.