The Abacos

The Abacos is a little Bahamas in itself, with Great Abacos, Little Abacos and a barrier of small cays. Considered as the world’s best sailing destination, the Abacos is a great choice for yachters and holidaymakers looking for amazing chartering locations. Located in the northern part of the Bahamas, it is called the Bahamas Out Islands or Family Islands. Filled with white sandy beaches, pristine waters, lush mangroves, clapboard homes, beach resorts, fishing lodges, diving sites, and bonefishing locations, the Abacos is heaven for vacationers. If you are coming to the Bahamas or Nassau on your next vacation, you should not miss visiting this magnificent beach destination. At Yacht Charters Nassau, we help our clients escape the real world and come to this paradise on our luxury yacht charter, to ensure you the most memorable vacation of your life. Before you rush to book your Private boat charter in Bahamas, check out this travel guide to plan your itinerary properly.

National Parks of the Abacos

The Abacos has a 320-km long coastline and an abundance of national parks. The Bahamas National Trust maintains 6 national parks in the AbacosIslands.

  • Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park: This park has 2, 100 acres of land and sea area that boasts beautiful underwater caves, coral reefs, terrestrial plants and various marine species.
  • Abaco National Park: This is 20,500acres of pine forest that serves as the habitat of about 1000 Bahama parrots. Established in 1994, this park is located in South Abacos.
  • Black Sound Cay National Reserve: This is 2 acres of park land that is a perfect destination for bikers, golf cart riders and bird watchers. The park is acoppiceand mangrove habitat. It gives shelter to waterfowl and migratory birds.
  • Walker's Cay National Park: This park was established to protect the great barrier reef system located off the coast of Walker’s Cay. Scuba divers come here to enjoy the underwater experience it provides.
  • Tilloo Cay National Reserve: With a size of 11 acres, this park is a nesting habitat for seabirds. Located in Hope Town, you can come here and relax while watching these beautiful birds.
  • Fowl Cays National Park: Located in Central Abacos, this 1,920 acred reserve boasts reefs that are a great option for snorkeling and diving.
  • Other national parks you can visit are East Abaco Creeks National Park, South Abaco Blue Holes National Park, and Cross Harbour and The Marls National Park.

Marsh Harbour

It is the commercial center of the Abacos Islands. It has two international airports, many hotels and restaurants, shops, cafes and more. This lively downtown has everything you need in a city with the beauty of quiet beaches. The town has a pristine mangrove habitat and open shallows where you will find a variety of wildlife and fisheries. Visitors come here to enjoy kayaking, boating, fishing, snorkeling, playing tennis and to enjoy shopping.

Cays of the Abacos

The islands and cays of the Abacos form a boomerang-shape chain, creating naturally protected waters. That’s why this area is a favorite cruising ground for yachtsmen and vacationers. If you are hiring our yacht charters Nassau, we suggest you visit these cays during your stay here:

  • Treasure Cay: It is a magnificent resort destination where you get to interact with Green turtles, stingrays, swimming pigs and nurse sharks. From destination weddings, snorkeling and diving tours to fishing trips, Treasure Cay has something for everyone. It has a fabulous marina with hotels, restaurants and more. It has a well-manicured golf course to complete your trip to the Abacos. Don’t forget to visit Treasure Cay Bahamas Blue Hole and experience nature’s wonder at its best. If you are an American Revolutionary War aficionado, definitely visit Carlton Settlement Ruins.
  • Green Turtle Cay: It is another amazing destination for snorkeling and scuba diving. Fishing is also a great sport here. This cay has deep bays, beautiful sounds and extravagant beaches. Partake in fishing, enjoy beaches and relax like there is no tomorrow.
  • Baker’s Bay: This cay is known for its Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club, marina with restaurants and shopping facilities as well as its’ tennis court. On the Atlantic side of the bay, you can enjoy snorkeling.
  • Man O War Cay: It is a perfect mooring and anchorage site. Enjoy the beach and do some shopping here.
  • Other Cays: Great Guana Cay, Lubbers Quarters, White Sound, Sandy Cay, Lynard Cay, Johnny’s Cay, Fowl Cay, Tilloo Cay and some 100 more cays.

Beaches of the Abacos

  • Tahiti Beach: This is a picturesque beach lined with coconut trees. During low tide, you can see a wide sand bar where you can collect shells and sand dollars. Enjoy the views and soak in the Bahaman sun here.
  • Manjack Beach: take a short ride from Green Turtle Cay to reach Manjack Cay. This is a privately owned beach and unspoiled. Come here for swimming, shelling and picnicking.
  • Hope Town Beach: This beach runs from Elbow Cay to St. James Methodist Church in the town. You can enjoy snorkeling and collecting sea glass here.
  • Bita Bay Beach: Located near the Atlantic Ocean, this beach is a sandy cove perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
  • Gilliam Bay Beach: Another powdery white sandy beach. Walk, relax, sunbathe, or swim.
  • Great Guana Cay Beach: This 7-mile long beach offers amazing views of the Atlantic's pristine waters. This beach is known for beachcombing, swimming and snorkeling.
  • Gilliam Bay Beach: This 7-mile long beach offers amazing views of the Atlantic's pristine waters. This beach is known for beachcombing, swimming and snorkeling.
  • Abaco Beach Resort: This resort has a 40-acre prime beachfront with palm trees, beach chairs, and amazing views. Bring your family and enjoy some time swimming, snorkeling and relaxing.
  • Other beaches: North Pointe Beach, Middle Beach, Coco Bay Beach, Crossing Rocks Beach, Cherokee Sound Beach and more.

Top Hotels and Restaurants in the Abacos

  • Restaurants: From quaint bakeries, harbor-side dining, to bars, you will find a variety of restaurants to enjoy Bahamian-style dishes. Top recommendations are Abaco Inn Restaurant, Curly Tails Restaurant and Bar, Green Turtle Club Dining, Junovia's Diner, Pete’s Pub, Treasure Sand Club, Wally’s, Angler’s Restaurant, Ballyhoo Bar and Grill, Coco Beach Bar, Cap'n Jack's Restaurant and Bar, Dock & Dine, Harbour’s Edge, Harvey’s Island Grill, etc.
  • Hotels: The Abacos Islands are filled with beachfront resorts, villas and luxurious hotels. Here are the top hotels you can consider for your stay: Abaco Inn, Green Turtle Club and Marina, Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina, Pelican Beach Villas, Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina, Butterfly Haven by Living Easy Abaco and more.

Water Activities To Enjoy in the Abacos

  • Fishing: Fishing is a popular activity in this part of the Bahamas because of the abundance of marine animals. We provide fishing charters in Treasure Cay, Marsh Harbour, Green Turtle Cay, and other beaches where fish species are available in large numbers. The Abacos waters are home to blue marlin, sailfish, tuna, mahi-mahi, bonefish, snapper, grouper and more.
  • Snorkeling and Diving: As we mentioned earlier, every beach in the Abacos is ideal for snorkeling and diving activities. Top locations for snorkeling are Hope Town Reef, Fowl Cay Reef, Spanish Cannon, White Hole, Wreckers Reef, Jeanette's Reef, Smugglers Rest, Pelican Park, Blue Strip Reef, Mermaid Reef, Sandy Cay Reef, Spiral Cavern and more. You can see a plethora of corals, barracudas, sea urchins, spiked basketballs, angelfish, elkhorn coral, grouper, eagle raysetc.
  • Snor Boating: The coastline of the Abacos is so beautiful that some visitors come here to just enjoy sailing and boating. That’s why it’s deemed the Sailing Capital of the World. Charter one of our luxury yachts and enjoy the pleasant weather, views and the Abacos.
  • Other activities: Replace, with kayaking, swimming, beachcombing, shell collecting, golfing and hiking.

With a wonderful selection of beaches, cays, beach resorts, restaurants, water activities and coral reefs, you will be pampered by nature in the Abacos Islands. At Yacht Charters Nassau, we have a collection of luxury vessel options to make your stay in the Abacos a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We will take you to the cays you want, beaches you wish to explore and water sports you would like to try. Contact our charter expert now to book your yacht! We will guide you through the booking process and help you plan your itinerary accordingly. Reach us for the best Exumas Yacht Rental , Exumas Yacht Charter, Exumas Boat Rental, Exumas Boat Charter Rose Island Yacht Charter, Rose Island Yacht Rental, Harbour Island Yacht Charter , Harbour Island Boat Charter Harbour Island Yacht Rental, Harbour Island Boat Rental