Located in the center of The Abacos, Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina puts guests in the middle of an array of barrier reefs and islands. A world of untouched beaches, sparkling open water, and history-laden villages extend in every direction. With colorful names like Man-O-War, Hope Town, New Plymouth and Guana Cay, the settlements are preferred stops for island hopping adventurers.
There’s no better way to experience the Out Islands than from the water. You can explore a different part of the islands each day and never return to the same one twice.
There are as many ways to explore as there are sights to see. A convenient ferry system connects Marsh Harbour with the major outlying cays and islands. You can sail or cruise in your own boat, rent a boat, or arrange for a charter with a knowledgeable local captain. Set sail for a picnic on a deserted beach, snorkel an unexplored reef, or cruise into port for dinner. There’s no limit to what you will discover!
Embark On An Unforgettable Bahamas Island Resort Vacation Filled With Adventure
As the hub of the Abacos, Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina offers a majestic gateway to an exhilarating array of barrier reefs and islands. A world of pink beaches, sparkling open water, and history-laden villages extends in every direction. The crescent of islets surrounding our Bahamas island resort was settled by British Loyalists after the end of the War of Independence. They built sturdy seafaring villages with colorful names like Man-O-War, Hope Town, New Plymouth and Guana Cay. These settlements and the beautiful islands they inhabit have made for the perfect island hopping adventures for generations of families who frequent our legendary Bahamas island hotel.
There are as many ways to explore as there are sights to see. A convenient ferry system connects Marsh Harbour with the major outlying cays and islands. You can sail or cruise in your own boat, rent a boat, or arrange for a charter with a knowledgeable local captain.
So pack a lunch and set sail for a picnic on a deserted Hope Town beach. Snorkel an unexplored Man O’ War Cay reef, or cruise into Green Turtle Cay for dinner. There’s no limit to what you will discover about the Bahamas’ Out Islands, from the museums and majestic lighthouses of Elbow Cay to the deserted beaches and island lifestyle of Great Guana Cay. No matter how long your visit with us, you could explore a different beach or island each day and never return to the same one twice.
One of the more popular island hideaways, and certainly among the largest, Bahamas Hopetown is home to the most famous landmark in the Abacos – the red and white striped lighthouse. After docking at the Lighthouse Marina near the base of the 1863 lighthouse, a climb up the lighthouse’s 101 steps to a breathtaking view of the outlying Parrot Cays and Elbow Cay’s enclosed harbor is well worth the effort.
Elbow Cay Abaco offers fabulous sights and activities. The Wyannie Malone Museum houses the rich history of Hopetown and Elbow Cay, displaying fascinating artifacts that date back to the earliest settlers. Numerous shops feature local island art, crafts, and gifts, and small grocery stores and bakeries are on virtually every corner. Some of the most superb beaches and snorkeling can also be found here.
Hopetown Bahamas, A Charming Day Trip For Families, Couples, And Groups
Man O’ War Cay Abaco, Bahamas, A Seafarer’s Paradise
Easily accessible from Marsh Harbour by ferry, Man O’ War Cay, Bahamas is the most active boat-building center in the area, known as the “nautical capital” of the Abacos. Boats of all types visit Abaco Man-O-War for maintenance and repair. The famous Joe Albury – whose family dates back several generations on this cay – continues to craft sailing dinghies, model hulls and gifts in his studio, all made from Abaco hardwoods. The Sail Shop offers visitors the opportunity to observe the process of sails and canvas bags being created.
Man-O-War is quite a conservative, family-oriented town. It is a “dry” island; there are no liquor stores but the many colorful restaurants, shops, bakeries, quaint churches and a lovely beach offer plenty to do and see. Renting a bicycle is often a perfect way to explore Man-O-War.
Visit Picturesque Bahamas Green Turtle Cay
One of the oldest settlements in Abaco is appropriately named Green Turtle Cay for its striking emerald waters. A very popular cruising destination, Bahamas Green Turtle Cay provides a variety of well-protected anchorages for boaters. As with all of Abacos’ splendid islands, its beaches and views are spectacular.
History buffs will revel in the sights of New Plymouth, settled after the American Revolution by loyalists to King George III of England. Reminiscent of a turn-of-the century New England seaside village, this quaint, colonial town offers visitors the opportunity to stroll down charming lanes filled lined with pastel-painted gingerbread homes, gift shops, and restaurants.
Little Harbour, Abaco, An Unspoiled And Secluded Escape
Years ago, quaint Little Harbour, Bahamas was only accessible by boat, but, due to the recent development of roadways, it is now accessible by car from Marsh Harbour. Another of the Abacos under-populated yet uniquely interesting places, Little Harbour has been appreciated for decades by Abaconians, yachtsmen, travelers, and serious art collectors.
The most significant attraction is the Johnston Studios & Art Foundry, housing the artwork of Randolph v Johnston, internationally known for his wax-casting bronze sculptures. Pete’s Pub, a treasured waterfront, open-air restaurant run by Randolph Johnston’s son Pete, is also located in Little Harbour. The Pub is actually fashioned out of the pilothouse and deck-house of the sailing ship “Langosta”, one of the Johnston family’s original live-aboards.
Diving, snorkeling, shelling, cave exploring are just of a few of the pastimes in Abaco Little Harbour. You’ll need plenty of local knowledge to get into the Harbour, or lots of skilled seamanship and an excellent eye for Bahamian waters. However, it’s well worth the extra effort!