The Abaco Islands in the Bahamas

The Abaco Islands, often referred to as Abaco, are a cluster of islands, islets, and rocky outcrops that form an archipelago, to the east of Grand Bahama island, that stretches for more than 100 miles, from Walker’s Cay in the northeast Bahamas, all the way down to Hole in the Wall in the southwest. It is the second largest grouping of islands in the Bahamas. Abaco, aside from being the most affluent and most-visited of the Out Islands, is also the most developed. Marsh Harbour, its capital city, is the third largest city in the Bahamas.

Map of the Abaco Islands

But, with more than 650 square miles of almost deserted land and a total population of around 11,000, Abaco is hardly a bustling metropolis. Still, there’s plenty to see and do and the available amenities are, for the most part, modern.

The Abacos are a mixture of isolated, dusty settlements and neat towns and villages that might have been lifted straight out of New England. Pastel-colored clapboard houses and white picket fences contrast sharply with dusty, bumpy, deserted roads. The Abacos offer sun-drenched beaches, warm ocean breezes, tropical trees and flowers, and quiet country lanes. More than 50 species of wild and tropical birds inhabit the islands, along with wild boar, several species of lizards and, in the surrounding waters, bonefish. Most of the men earn their living from the ocean.

The Abacos offer all sorts of spectacular outdoor activities, including sailing, sport fishing, sea kayaking, snorkeling, wreck diving, boating, guided island hopping, beach picnics, all-day island safaris, bird-watching and nature tours, hiking, fishing, biking, shelling, and on and on.

Most of the settlements on the Abacos sprang up along the east side of the main island. On the other islands, including Great Guana, Man-O-War Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Elbow Cay, and Little Abaco, a number of quaint little towns have grown up, named New Plymouth, Hope Town, Cooper’s Town and Treasure Cay.

The principle city, Marsh Harbour, is a dusty little town somewhat reminiscent of a frontier town in the American west. Stand here for a moment or two and you might expect to see a tumbleweed roll across the road beneath the town’s single, lonely stop-light.
Founded by American loyalists in 1784, Marsh Harbour is located close to the center of the Abaco island chain and is the gateway to the nearby island settlements of Great Guana Cay, Man-O-War Cay and Hope Town. Almost everything begins and ends in Marsh Harbour.

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Getting There:

For visitors arriving by air, the Bahamas are served through Nassau by most US airlines and by international airlines from Canada and Europe, and to a slightly more limited degree through Freeport.

The Out Islands are served mainly by Bahamas Air via connections in Nassau and Freeport.

The Bahamas is also a major destination for the cruise ship industry

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