The Abacos is one of the main island groups in The Bahamas. This archipelago is a 120-mile chain of idyllic cays connected by short distances of ocean — perfect for island-hopping by sailboat or motor yacht. The boomerang-shaped island group is located east of Florida, floating in the Abacos Sea and surrounded by warm Bahamian 80°F weather most of the year. Bareboat and crewed catamaran charters alike escape to this tropical getaway for days of water activities— like awe-inspiring, shallow-water snorkeling and diving— peaceful sunbathing and picturesque views.
But that’s not all; your Abacos yacht charter goes beyond the excellent sailing and white sand beaches. You can also immerse yourself in the rich island culture, amongst local shops, restaurants and historical landmarks. Whether you’re splashing around the waters of Tahiti Beach on Elbow Cay or strolling the quaint streets of New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay, there’s something for everyone on a trip to the Abacos.
With so many exciting things to do on your Abacos, Bahamas yacht charter, you’re practically guaranteed a sensational vacation. Cruising around the Sea of Abaco, you’ll discover quiet cays and sheltered marine life in surrounding reefs. Enjoy Bahamian food, unbelievable scenic vistas and island festivities that make you feel like a real local. Grab your sunglasses and get ready to anchor around some of the world’s most revered harbours.
Hope Town & Elbow Cay. Elbow Cay is just a short sail from Abaco, in fact, it’s not far from the Leonard M. Thompson International Airport at Marsh Harbour where many arrive. Hope Town, the cay’s village, features rich history, beautiful landmarks and Bahamian beachside dining. Our charter guests love to walk the town’s narrow streets, where cars are forbidden and shops are explored by foot, bike or golf cart. See nautical memorabilia and artifacts at Wyannie Malone Museum. Then, head over to the iconic Hope Town Lighthouse and get a picture in front of the famous red and white-striped tower. Bareboaters can even stock up on provisions at one of the oldest shops in town: Vernon’s.
New Plymouth & Green Turtle Cay. This lively cay gets its name for the majestic green sea turtles who call these waters home. The Green Turtle Cay region offers sensational snorkeling around the reefs or serene relaxation in Gillam Bay. The village of New Plymouth features New England-influenced architecture, with white picket fences and brightly painted structures. Stop by the Memorial Sculpture Gardens to learn about Bahamian history or take the children to Captain Roland Roberts House Environmental Center to learn about the exotic reef systems. Just south of Green Turtle Cay is an uninhabited island called No Name Cay, where you can swim with pigs in Abaco!
Treasure Cay. Walk the 3.5-mile crescent-shaped expanse of soft white sand along Treasure Cay Beach. It’s stunning blue waters have earned it a spot on Caribbean Travel & Life’s Top 10 Beaches in the region— and with such beauty, we understand why. Stroll from the water’s edge to Coco Beach Bar & Grill for tropical drinks and some local, fresh-caught seafood in the sun. The area features many other beaches— like Brigantine, Sandpiper and Buckingham— for near-endless splashing and fun. Golfers can’t resist the 18-hole golf course and Blue Hole lovers often stop at Treasure Cay’s 254 feet deep blue hole, located inland at the center of Pine Forest.
Those in Abaco sure know how to celebrate! From exciting concerts to irresistible Bahamian dishes, these cultural activities and gatherings are a great way for vacationers to join in on island life. Buy local, one-of-a-kind crafts, participate in water sports and experience unique entertainment. Pencil in time for one of these exciting festivals during your Abacos islands getaway.
New Year’s Junkanoo Parade
Arts for the Parks
Bahamas Great Abaco Classic
Abaco “Love Rush” Junkanoo Weekend
People to People Winter Residents’ Reception
Sea Spray Abaco Challenge
FRIENDS of the Reef Ball
Hope Town Heritage Day
Barefoot Man Concert
Abaco Anglers Fishing Tournament
White Marlin Roundup
Easter Monday celebrations
Annual Island Roots Heritage Festival
Bahamas Billfish Champion-ship Series (BBC)
Goombay Summer Festival
Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Invitational
Goombay Summer Festival
Annual Treasure Cay Billfish Championship
Annual Five Towns Regatta Time in Abaco
Bahamas Independence Celebration
Sands ÔMan in the Boat Sculling Championships
All Abaco Sailing Regatta
Abaco Open Water Swim
National Heroes Day Holiday
Annual Guy Fawkes & Bone-Fire Celebrations
Annual Abaco Open Golf Tournament & Family Weekend Festival
Annual Arts & Crafts Festival
Annual Christmas Junkanoo Competition
Annual Abaco Christmas Festival
Abacos is a consistently popular destination for sailors who enjoy its trade winds, sunshine and warm climate. While yacht charters hit the water every month, spring is usually the region’s high season, known for its light rain and ideal temperatures. Like many other tropical destinations, winter is also popular, but the air and water temperatures can be too cool for those desiring toasty conditions; though our Northernmost clients don’t seem to mind!
The strongest winds can occur in the Bahamas from December through February, when temperatures drop to the upper 70s°F, thanks to Atlantic cold fronts. Abacos has similar weather to Miami, Florida, being that it’s only 150 miles from the sunshine state. Because of this, we always recommend packing a sweater for the evenings, after the sun dips and temperatures drop.
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As a popular destination for boat charters, it’s no surprise that airlines have made getting to Abacos fairly convenient. Major airlines like Delta and American Airlines offer nonstop flights to Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, while others like JetBlue and United have a connecting flight.
Land at the Leonard M. Thompson International Airport— formerly known as the Marsh Harbour Airport (MHH). From there, it’s a short 10 minute car ride to your charter marina.
Do you have questions about getting to or returning from your Abacos, Bahamas yacht charter? We can recommend lodging— like staying at the Conch Inn— and help you plan land excursions, should you wish to extend your vacation. We also offer trip insurance options and can share insider advice on where to stock up on provisions. Our team is only a phone call away.