The Abacos are a string of Bahamian islands located approximately 175 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida. The “mainland” is Great Abaco. It is the third-largest island in the Bahamas. It has a curve of cays just a few miles offshore creating the protected Sea of Abaco. Again, perfect for a Bahamas Yacht Charter sailing excursion or a day trip powerboating. This area is historically different from other areas in the Bahamas. The population of the Abacos Bahamas descended from Loyalists during the War of Independence from the United States. These blonde-haired, blue-eyed Abaconians have given up wrecking and rum-running. However, they still work in traditional occupations, farming, fishing, and boat building.
Small guest houses and family-run hotels, as well as private home rentals, allow for a more personal experience. Tourists can instantly embrace the relaxed culture and feel like locals. You will cruise in an area, comprised of Great Abaco and Little Abaco. Along with a delightful string of cays to the east. Begin in the center at quaint Man-O-War Cay.
The beach at Treasure Cay is one of National Geographic’s Top 10! Significantly, it offers great snorkeling locations. A Marine Park is another attraction at Fowl Cay. The cultural appeal of Green Turtle Cay is evident. Particularly with its museum, sculpture gardens, and dining at Green Turtle Club.
Visible for miles is the historic lighthouse of Hope Town, a candy-striped sentinel on the southeastern reef. You can sail south to Pelican Cays National Park from there. Surely, you will be amazed by the vast collection of colorful corals and sea life. Certainly, you will see giant starfish that are scattered along the sandy bottom for miles. Sail The Abacos on your Bahamas yacht charter vacation, and you won’t believe your eyes!
8 Days / 7 Nights Abacos Yacht Charter Vacation Itinerary
From Hope Town on Elbow Cay to Treasure Cay beach, there is so much to explore in the Abacos Islands!
Here is a sample Itinerary for your Abacos Bahamas Yacht Charter Adventure.
Day 1: Elbow Cay
In the Abacos Bahamas, Hope Town is the main settlement on Elbow Cay A picturesque village built around a protected harbor. Also, the perfect place to start your Abacos Yacht Charter. It looks as if it might have been picked up in New England and dropped in the Abacos. In addition, for the history buffs, we suggest visiting the Wyannie Malone Museum. During the visit attain a fascinating picture of how this area was part of the American Revolution. Moreover, Hope Town is the location of the candy-striped Elbow Reef Lighthouse, built-in 1863. A landmark in the Abacos for generations. Especially, make sure to climb the one hundred and one steps to the top for a stunning view over the Sea of Abaco.
Day 2: Man-O-War Cay in Abacos Bahamas
Located on the north side of Great Abaco Island, you will find Man-O-War Cay. Originally a Loyalist settlement, the population remains fiercely loyal to the British crown. As a matter of fact a long narrow island, about 2 1/2 miles (4 km) long and only 10 meters wide at its narrowest point. With this in mind, have fun exploring Man-O-War Cay easily by bike or golf cart, which is how the locals get around. Watch out for the infamous Miss Lola and her golf cart. She has it laden with her freshly baked and scrumptious cinnamon buns. In addition, snorkeling, beach-combing, and bone fishing are just a hint of things that can be enjoyed here.
Day 3: Green Turtle Cay
Also, discover secluded coves teeming with the ghosts of 17th-century pirates and beaches ideal for reef snorkeling. Do not miss Coco Beach. In fact, a place of serene beauty with a stunning crescent-shaped beach lined with tropical Casuarina pine trees. Two marinas attached to resorts at the northern end of the island offer a warm, Bahamian welcome to visiting sailors. Further, you will have access to excellent facilities at the recently renovated Bluff House Marina on White Sound. Also, enjoy fine and casual dining there and at The Green Turtle, plus the invigorating sound of live music on most nights.
Since the 1950’s a welcoming community of artists has called this picturesque and secluded village, Little Harbour, home. It is located on the east side of Great Abaco Island. Art enthusiasts will appreciate the Johnston family’s famous life-size marine bronzes, furniture, and jewelry. Indeed, the beautiful and inviting sandy beach on Little Harbour offers a sheltered anchorage. A deserted lighthouse overlooks this protected harbor. Pete’s Pub, located on the beach and owned by Pete Johnston, serves lunch and a legendary rum punch. Be sure to try the fish burger and then relax on the seashore. And adore porpoises and sea turtles that swim in the clear blue waters of the harbor. Particularly, the magnificent coral reef on North Beach makes for a fascinating snorkeling spot. The bone-fishing is excellent in Bight of Old Robinson.
Day 5: Great Guana Cay Abacos Bahamas
Enjoy a walk on the 5 1/2 mile long beach on Great Guana Cay, in the Abacos Bahamas. Truly, a remote and scenic island. Bird lovers will find delight in the forested interior of Great Guana Cay. Surprisingly, a great variety of native and rare birds call this home. On the island’s beaches, you can expect to find loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles. Have fun snorkeling or diving here. In fact, Great Guana Cay has one of the longest and best-preserved elkhorn and staghorn coral reefs in the West Indies. Great Guana Cay has acquired a reputation as a party island. Nipper’s is the most famous of the local hangouts. On a Sunday, check out the famous pig roast, sample a rum cocktail, and listen to live music. This is stress-free living at its best.
Day 6: New Plymouth
On your 6th day of exploring you may want to head back to Green Turtle Cay. To explore the charming picture-postcard village of New Plymouth. It is often said to resemble a living museum. New Plymouth was originally settled in 1783 by Loyalists, in fact, American colonists, who fled New England at the time of the American Revolution. Quaint clapboard cottages and white picket fences on the New Plymouth waterfront look as if they have been transplanted directly from New England. The Albert Lowe Museum in the town is housed in a meticulously restored Loyalist house. Moreover, you can check out a remarkable collection of artifacts, furniture, and photographs.
Not to mention, this town is a popular stop-off for yacht charters with plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants to interest modern-day sailors. The Ocean Blue Gallery has a unique collection of work by local artists. Also, the Wrecking Tree Bar and Restaurant on the waterfront is renowned for its grouper fritters. There are many restaurants and bars to choose from. You are certain to find a relaxed place to chill out when you need of a drink to restore equilibrium.
Day 7: Treasure Cay Abacos Bahamas
Treasure Cay beach was named one of National Geographic Top Ten beaches in the world and it’s easy to see why. This alluring, white-sand beach that stretches over three miles must be enjoyed. It never seems to get too crowded. Fishing is big on Treasure Cay, particularly sport-fly and bone-fishing. Marlin, tuna, yellowfin, snapper, barracuda, grouper, and wahoo all there for the catching. The island hosts the annual Treasure Cay Billfish Championships in May. Surprisingly, on land, there is an eighteen-hole championship golf course at the Treasure Cay Golf Club, the only one in the Abacos. Plus it offers several excellent tennis courts. By the same token, if that all sounds too energetic, you can always take time out and hit the Tipsy Seagull for a few drinks and shoot the breeze with other sailors…
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Whether it is deep-sea diving, snorkeling, or on-land sight seeing that interests you most, we will build an Abacos Bahamas yacht charter itinerary that best suits your interests and desires. This is just a sample of what your yacht charter adventure in the Bahamas may look like. Furthermore, weather – or other outside factors – may require your Captain to set an alternative course for the duration of your trip. “As the wind blows, so shall the sail”.