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ABACOS

Abacos

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B

Fox
Town Mount
Hope

Yachting and the Abacos go together like wind and sail; the chain is known as ‘The Sailing
Capital of the World.’ Visitors hire boats to wander the boomerang-shaped chain that has
130-mile-long Abaco, the nation’s third-largest settlement, and many smaller cays stretching
200 miles from Walker’s Cay in the northwest to Cherokee Sound in the southeast.

Little
Abaco

SLEEPING
Miramar Cottage.......................2 D3
Oeisha’s Resort........................(see 3)
Pete & Gay’s Guest House.........3 B5
Sandy Beach Hideaway............(see 4)
Seashell Beach Club...................4 C4
Spanish Cay Inn & Marina..........5 B1
Villa Poincianna.......................(see 2)
Zef Fessenden's shacks............(see 6)

OCEAN

Cooper’s
Town
Bo
Cedar
ot
Harbour
le
Hw
Rock
y
Harbour Cays
Treasure Cay
Airport

ὈὈ
ὈὈ

Manjack Cay
9
7

See Green Turtle
Cay Map (p168)

10

No Name Cay
Whale
Cay

8

2

See Great Guana
Cay Map (p163)

Great Guana
Cay

See Treasure Cay Map (p166)

Sea of
Abaco

Lightbourne
Cay

See Man-O' War
Cay Map (p161)

Fowl Cay
National Reserve

See Marsh Harbour Map (p149)

Little

Bahamas

Bank

3

Spring
City

The Marls

Great
Abaco

The inshore waters of the Sea of Abaco are also home to bottlenose dolphins. There is
Abacos National Park, made for hikers and bird-watchers seeking endangered Bahama parrots, plus the exuberant onshore fun of sailing regattas and summer goombay festivities.

Mastic Point
Hard Bargain

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4

Cornwall Point

Northwest
Providence

HIGHLIGHTS

Pelican
Park

Tilloo Cay
Lubber’s Quarters Cay

Pelican Cays
Land & Sea Park
Sandy Cay Reef
Lynyard Cay

Little Harbour

Lake City

More
Island

See Elbow Cay
Map (p156)

2

Marsh Harbour
International
Airport

26º30'N

Hw

Coral-reef gardens beckon; walk off village beaches like Great Guana Cay for easy snorkeling, head to deeper waters for fabulous sportfishing, and experience the marine marvels
of Fowl Cay National Reserve among special diving sites.

ATLANTIC

Angel Fish 5
Point
SC

1

Casuarina
Point
4

6

Cherokee Sound

Great A
ba

Most folks live in Abaco’s Marsh Harbour, a quiet working town with a small tourist center,
or on the Loyalist Cays of Elbow, Man O’ War, Great Guana and Green Turtle. Tight-knit families
and expats live in colourful gingerbread houses adorned with white fascia, and painted
flowers, fish and turtles. Their blo...
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Abacos
Yachting and the Abacos go together like wind and sail; the chain is known as ‘The Sailing
Capital of the World.’ Visitors hire boats to wander the boomerang-shaped chain that has
130-mile-long Abaco, the nation’s third-largest settlement, and many smaller cays stretching
200 miles from Walker’s Cay in the northwest to Cherokee Sound in the southeast.
Most folks live in Abaco’s Marsh Harbour, a quiet working town with a small tourist center,
or on the Loyalist Cays of Elbow, Man O’ War, Great Guana and Green Turtle. Tight-knit families
and expats live in colourful gingerbread houses adorned with white fascia, and painted
flowers, fish and turtles. Their bloomfilled gardens are framed by picket fences which line
the narrow streets where cars are banned and people go about their day on foot, golf cart
or bicycle. The cays vary in size and character, but all have glorious white-sand beaches
and little cottages to rent, so that you can happily play at island living.
Coral-reef gardens beckon; walk off village beaches like Great Guana Cay for easy snor-
keling, head to deeper waters for fabulous sportfishing, and experience the marine marvels
of Fowl Cay National Reserve among special diving sites.
The inshore waters of the Sea of Abaco are also home to bottlenose dolphins. There is
Abacos National Park, made for hikers and bird-watchers seeking endangered Bahama par-
rots, plus the exuberant onshore fun of sailing regattas and summer goombay festivities.
History
After decimating the Lucayan Indian popu-
lation on ‘Habacoa,’ early Spanish explorers
moved on to more fruitful lands. It was not
until the American Revolution, when nu-
merous loyalists left the newly independent
USA in the 1700s and settled in the Abacos,
that a thriving population began.
Their names linger on today in quaint
communities whose residents cherish their
past and independence. On the eve of in-
dependence in 1972, Loyalist Abaconians
petitioned the Queen to be made a British
crown colony, separate from the Bahamas.
Upon refusal, some even contemplated a
revolution. Each cay still follows its own
HIGHLIGHTS
Snorkel or dive with stingrays, angelfish and
flounder at Pelican Cays Land & Sea Park
( p160 ), followed with a cold beer at nearby Pete’s
Pub & Gallery ( p164 )
Whiz down Elbow Cay’s length on a golf cart and stroll
pretty Hope Town ( p155 )
Lounge in the brilliant azure seas off the dazzling white
crescent of Treasure Cay Beach ( p165 ), one of the world’s
top 10 beaches
Hire a boat and head for Tilloo Cay ( p160 ) to spot the rare
and beautiful tropicbird
Sip a rum-laced Goombay Smash in the affable and tiny
Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar ( p171 ) on Green Turtle Cay
TELEPHONE CODE: 242 POPULATION: 14,815 AREA: 650 SQ MILES
Sea Park
Cays Land &
Green Turtle Cay
Tilloo Cay
Treasure Cay Beach
Hope Town
Pelican
5
4
D
1
3
2
BAC
Walker's Cay (32mi)
To Grand Cays (30mi);
P r o v i d e n c e
N o r t h w e s t
O C E A N
A T L A N T I C
C h a n n e l
Abaco
Sea of
Channel
Northeast Providence
Little Harbour
Town
Cooper’s
Hope
Mount
Town
Fox
Harbour
Cedar
Haven
Crown
City
Spring
Point
Casuarina
Hard Bargain
Sandy Point
Crossing Rocks
Cherokee Sound
Lake City
National Reserve
Fowl Cay
Park
Pelican
Sandy Cay Reef
Lighthouse
Hole-in-the-Wall
Land & Sea Park
Pelican Cays
Park
National
Abaco
27º00'N
26º30'N
26º00'N
77º30'W
77º00'W
Harbour Cays
Rock
Cay
Lightbourne
Abaco
Great
Cay
Whale
Abaco
Little
Cay
Great Guana
Lubber’s Quarters Cay
Island
More
Gorda Cay
Manjack Cay
No Name Cay
Lynyard Cay
Spanish Cay
Tilloo Cay
L i t t l e B a h a m a s B a n k
Point
Angel Fish
Rock Point
Point
Cross Harbour
The Marls
Cornwall Point
Mastic Point
Airport
International
Marsh Harbour
Airport
Treasure Cay
Airstrip
Sandy Point
See Marsh Harbour Map (p149)
See Treasure Cay Map (p166)
See Elbow Cay
Map (p156)
Cay Map (p161)
See Man-O' War
Cay Map (p163)
See Great Guana
Cay Map (p168)
See Green Turtle
SC
Abaco Hwy
Great
Bootle Hwy
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2
7
5
3
4
9
8
6
10
10
9
8
7
TRANSPORT
6
EATING
5
4
3
2
SLEEPING
1
SIGHTS & ACTIVITIES
Green Turtle Ferry....................
B2
Gas Station................................. B2
Gas Station................................. B2
Cornish Car Rentals....................
B2
Airport Dock..........................(see 10)
Yahoe's Sand Bar & Grill..........(see 2)
Pete’s Pub & Gallery..................
D4
Restaurant & Bar..................(see 3)
Nancy's Seaside Inn,
Gully's Restaurant & Bar........(see 10)
Zef Fessenden's shacks............(see 6)
Villa Poincianna.......................(see 2)
Spanish Cay Inn & Marina..........
B1
Seashell Beach Club...................
C4
Sandy Beach Hideaway............(see 4)
Pete & Gay’s Guest House.........
B5
Oeisha’s Resort........................(see 3)
Miramar Cottage.......................
D3
Different of Abaco Nature Park.. C4
Bronze Foundry & Gallery........(see 6)
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