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Abaco Island, Bahamas

The Abaco islands are the second largest of the Bahamas' Out Island groupings. The major islands are Great and Little Abaco.

Location: 106 miles northeast of Nassau
Size: 649 square miles
Population: 13,170
Currency: Bahamian dollar
Language: English
Tourism info: Call Abaco Islands Visitor Information at 242-367-3067.
Getting there from Nassau: Fly with Abaco Air, Bahamasair, Cat Island Air, Southern Air or private air charter. Bahamas Ferries provides high-speed ferry service to Sandy Point. The Mailboat costs $40 one way and takes seven hours.

Bahamas Abaco Island


Unlike the rest of the Bahamas, Tourism in the Abacos is at its peak during summer yachting months. [Bahamas Map]

The Pelican Cay National Park is an underwater preserve; or, the Abaco National Park, a 20,000 acre site in southern Abaco encompassing the nesting area and habitat of the Abaco Parrot.

Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island is the third largest town in the Bahamas, after Nassau and Freeport. Despite the commercial activity, it still retains the laid-back style of the Out Islands.

The sparsely inhabited cays east of Great Abaco form the protected cruising grounds of the Sea of Abaco, dubbed "the sailing capital of the world." The Sea of Abaco is the site of summer fishing tournaments and regattas that see local and visiting yachtsmen competing in ocean racing and fishing derbies.

Castaway Cay, seven miles off the tip of Sandy Point, is Disney Cruise Lines’ private island where the Disney Magic, visits twice weekly.

Treasure Cay, 25 miles north of Marsh Harbour, boasts a world-class 31/2-mile beach and an 18-hole golf course.

Peter de Savary’s Abaco Club at Winding Bay is an exclusive 600-acre sporting preserve and residential complex. It has the Bahamas’ only tropical links-style golf course and a 21/2-mile beach. Large beachfront and waterfront lots in this pristine island sellg for an average of $1 million an acre.

Getting around

Nearby settlements include: Hope Town, with its picture postcard candy-striped lighthouse; Man O War Cay, famed for boat building, sail making and the Wyannie Malone Museum; Guana Cay, with excellent fishing; and Green Turtle Cay, with New England-style architecture and a 150-year-old residence housing the Albert Lowe Museum.

Inter-island Bahamas mailboats depart from Nassau and run weekly roundtrip to and from all islands.

Taxi service is available. Although metered rates vary by island, they are reasonable and are fixed by law. Bicycles are also available for rent at most popular tourist centers.

Rental cars are also available. You can use your home driver’s license for up to three months, but remember, when you take to the road, British rules apply, so keep to the left.

Pedestrians should remember to look right before crossing streets.


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The CIA factbook says the Bahamas are a stable, developing nation with an economy heavily dependent on tourism and offshore banking

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