Overview – Abacos, Bahamas
Enjoy island-hopping from one picturesque spot to the next on a Abacos yacht charter. 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.
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Events & Activities – Abacos, Bahamas
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.
Here’s a preview of a few things you can expect during your trip with Virgin Island Sailing®:
- White sand beaches, crystal blue waters, a near-constant gentle breeze for fabulous chartering and days of tropical sunshine
- Short distance cruising between neighboring islands around the Great Abaco charter region, like Elbow Cay, Man-O-War Cay, and many more
- Fresh, local Bahamiam cuisine, from fine dining to famous beach bars (like Nipper’s at Great Guana Cay)
- Abundant access to water activities— like snorkeling and diving lively reefs— and miles of warm, swim-worthy waters
A Few of the Best Places to Visit in Abacos, Bahamas:
- 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
Weather & Seasons – Abacos, Bahamas
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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Sample Itinerary - Bahamas - Abacos
1 hour | 5 miles
- Shopping and recreational opportunities
- Climb the lighthouse
After your chart and boat briefings, a leisurely sail to Hope Town is a must. The delightfully welcoming and easy-going ambiance will let you fully unwind as you explore the white sand beaches and local restaurants. Shops selling locally produced arts and crafts, clothing and jewelry are sprinkled throughout the town exemplifying the traditional West Indies charm. Take your snorkel gear to the beach around the elkhorn coral and explore the abundance of sea life and then enjoy dinner ashore later.
Man O’ War Cay
1 hour | 4 miles
- Excellent snorkeling and diving
- Local restaurants and shops
Divers can stop at “Johnny’s Cay” on the way and experience the incredible marine life, regardless of experience level. A busy boat building island, Man-O-War Cay is perfect for exploration and excursions. A morning walk on Man O’ War could take you over to the ocean side of the island with your mask and snorkel. Head out for Guana Cay and then stop at Fowl Cay for snorkeling on the way. Man-O-War Cay can be explored easily by bike or golf cart. Visit the local gift shops and restaurants, and the boat building shops. Take advantage the delicious offerings of the local bakeries.
3.5 hours | 20 miles
- Excellent Snorkeling
- Swimming and sunbathing
Encircled by a stunning sandy white beach Little Harbour provides a protected anchorage, overlooked by a deserted lighthouse. The picturesque and secluded anchorage provides for a perfect day of relaxation, sunbathing, and swimming. A variety of marine life can also be found in the crystal blue waters, such as sea turtles and porpoises. North Beach has a magnificent coral reef that, which makes it an excellent spot for snorkeling and the bone-fishing is excellent in Bight of Old Robinson. For the adventure seekers, on the western side there are authentic pirate caves at the foot of the cliffs that are worth exploring.
Great Guana Cay
4 hours | 28 miles
- Snorkeling and diving
- Sunbathe on white-sand beach
- Explore the island by bike or golf cart
Great Guana Cay is a terrific place to swim, snorkel, and dive. The island has one of the most extensive and best preserved staghorn and elkhorn coral reefs in the West Indies. The island itself is home to a spectacular assortment of rare and native birds, including white-tailed tropic birds and white-crowned pigeons, and is perfect to explore by bicycle or golf cart. After your full day of activities anchor at Fisher’s Bay and then head over to Nippers for a delicious dinner and relaxing in their 2 level pools.
Green Turtle Cay
2.5 hours | 15 miles
- Snorkeling and diving
- Deep sea fishing
- Swimming pool and resort facilities
Green Turtle Cay is the northernmost and most popular cay in the Abacos. Visit the quaint village of New Plymouth, with its narrow streets, white picket fences, and brightly painted buildings, and be treated to the unique history of the island. Indulge in the delicacies of popular restaurants and peruse the charming local gift shops. Explore the stunning beaches and the secluded coves said to hold the spirits of 17th century spirits. The unspoiled, crystal blue Bahamian waters offer fantastic snorkeling, diving, and deep-sea fishing experiences.
1 hour | 8 miles
- Scuba diving
- Deep Sea Fishing
Ashore you will find a stunning, white sandy, crescent-shaped beach that stretches out over three miles just waiting to be enjoyed and is one of National Geographic’s Top Ten beaches in the world. Sunbathe, swim, windsurf, snorkel off the beach, go on a diving expedition, or for those who want to golf, this is the place. Fishing is extremely popular here, particularly sport-fly and bone-fishing, with plenty of yellowfin, grouper, snapper, marlin, wahoo, barracuda, and tuna. The annual Treasure Cay Billfish Championships in May. You may also want to take some time and explore the Blue Holes, which are large underwater caverns (sinkholes) that make for a great diving experience.
Matt Lowe’s Cay
2.5 hours | 14 miles
- Peaceful anchorage with a picture-postcard view
Head from Treasure Cay to Matt Lowes Cay for the last night onboard. You will need to have dinner onboard your vessel. Stopping to swim at lunch in the Sea of Abaco. You will be able to see the lighthouse at Hope Town sending its signal to mariners as a great memory of this trip.
BACK TO MARINA
45-60 minutes | 3 miles
Pick up the anchor early for one last short adventure to return your yacht. Soak in the Caribbean sun all the way.
Travel Info – Abacos, Bahamas
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.
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