Start Planning Your The Bahamas Vacation
If you feel more at home in the water than on land, then perhaps you belong in the Abacos. Surrounded by calm, clear water sprinkled with several charming islands, the Abacos is the ultimate destination for water activities. You’ll be happy to know that the Abacos attracts international boaters and is known as one of the top sailing and boating destinations in the entire world. But if you prefer to have your feet firmly planted on the ground, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the Abacos too. Nature-lovers, adventure-seekers and just about anyone who wants to escape modern life will love it here. There are historic colonial towns with great sights, beaches with just about any kind of watersport, plus a nice selection of hotels and bars. And all of it takes place against the gorgeous, calming backdrop of turquoise waters. Regardless of whether you like your flippers in the water or your feet in the sand, there’s plenty to see and do in the Abacos.
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Mapping Out the Bahamas
With over 700 islands and 2,000 cays sprinkled across the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, the Bahamas can be kind of confusing without a guide. Lucky for you, we've got you covered.
The most popular islands you've probably heard of are New Providence, home to Nassau and Paradise Island, and Grand Bahama Island.
However, there are numerous other small islands that make up the Bahamas, and they're typically known as the Out Islands. These beautiful, more pristine islands are true gems in the Caribbean. The most popular tourist region in the Out Islands is the Abacos. But whether you stay on the mainlands or adventure to the Out Islands, you'll love every minute in the Bahamas.
Spot a Rare Animal at Abaco National Park
If you’re hoping to run into the rare Abaco parrot you just might spot him amidst this 20,500-acre sea of pine forest and mangrove wilderness.
You can start your hunt for him on the southern tip of Great Abaco Island at Abaco National Park. This is also a designated a preservation area by the Bahamas Government. What does that mean to you?
Well it means that when you visit here, you'll see several exotic species like the white-crowned pigeon, iguanas and Bahama Mockingbirds. If you're not really into animals, then the breathtaking views of Caribbean Pine are also worth a visit. Plus, you can tell your friends you ventured through one of the last intact wilderness areas in North America.
Dive Into the Abacos
Dive into a scuba experience unlike any other! You'll love the dive sites in the Abacos. You see, what makes the diving waters in the Abacos really awesome is that they’re relatively shallow, usually 60 feet or less.
That means you don't have to go very far to propel through crystal waters and jet past a mix of mysterious caverns and crazy, colorful fish.
If you’re the daring type, head to Walker’s Cay where you can go on a shark dive and mingle with danger. If you prefer friendly groupers, try Green Turtle Cay instead. But make sure not to miss the Catacombs, a shallow dive in a cavern full of tropical fish.
Whatever your diving style, the Abacos have you covered.
Lighting up the Skies
What’s red and white and candy-striped? Nope, we’re not talking about a candy cane, but this landmark is just as sweet.
Hope Town Lighthouse is one of the most famous landmarks in the Bahamas and one of the last remaining manual, kerosene-powered lighthouses in the entire world!
Climb up its 101 steps to the view the lantern itself and look out at breathtaking views of the outlying cays. Or, just hang out at the marina below for snacks and great photo ops of this must-see site.
Join the Crew and Sail Away
As home to world-class sailing conditions, the Abacos offer you the opportunity to rent a boat and play captain for a day!
With your own vessel, you can captain the seas and explore the pristine cays and secret coves at your own leisure. If bareboating (captaining a ship on your own) isn’t your thing, just play it safe and let others do all the work by joining a boat crew.
Whatever you choose, you’ve got to spend some time out on the water to experience its calm, crystal beauty that surrounds this island chain.
Loyalist Sculpture Garden
Want a brief history of the Bahamas but don’t really want to hit the books? Then visit the Loyalist Sculpture Garden instead.
Here you can walk amongst 24 busts and 6 full-bronze figures of notable Bahamians and prominent figures who played an important role in the history of the Abacos.
Impress your friends with more than just a great tan from your Caribbean vacation. Wow them with your amazing photos and impressive tales of what happened to the Loyalists of the American Revolution in 1783.
Abacos Quick Facts
120 volts AC; American appliances are fully compatible
All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from the Bahamas.
Water is safe for drinking
Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)
November to May