Aerial view of the harbour, beach and lighthouse in Hope Town on Elbow Cay off the island of Abaco, Bahamas.

5 Must-See Places in the Abacos Islands

Calling all island hoppers! If you dream of white sand and turquoise waters, then the Abacos Islands has you covered. A sailor’s haven, the Abacos islands, is a 120-mile long chain of islands dotted with coves and cays that are sure to delight. Charter with Cruise Abaco and explore these must-see destinations:

Abaco Beach

Home of the Abaco Beach Resort, the area combines upscale resort amenities and the “out island” roots of the region. This is a great place to start your trip with its full-service marina and easy access to the neighboring towns and cays. At the resort you’ll be able to kayak, paddleboard, play giant chess, or simply soak some rays on the beach.

Man-O-War Cay

Man-O-War Cay (named after the frigate bird) is a 2.5 mile long stretch of sand where the community is small and tightly knit. Known as the boat-building capital of the Bahamas, you can still see traditional Abaco wooden dinghies along the waterfront. Golf-carts are a popular mode of transportation and you’ll find several rental places in town.

Elbow Reef Lighthouse

Elbow Reef Lighthouse is possibly the most recognizable landmark in the Abacos. Standing at 89 feet tall, the candy-striped structure has been guiding boats safely into its harbor for over 150 years. The lighthouse is a 101-step climb, but at the top you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views. 

Foul Cay Underwater Park

The Foul Cay Underwater Park is a snorkeler’s paradise. The collection of reef and coral is home to turtles, lionfish, grouper, and snapper– just to name a few! Several local dive shops offer organized trips and there is a small beach that is perfect for a picnic.

Guana Cay

If you’re looking for a lively scene then stop by Nipper’s Beach Bar in the Guana Cay. Nipper’s throws a Pig Roast party every Sunday. The spot is hard to miss with its candy-colored picket fence outlining the perimeter of the bar. Enjoy your day on the beach with a rum cocktail in hand and take in the live local entertainment.

Start planning your trip to the Bahamas today! Cruise Abaco offers bareboat charters as well as a unique concept of “Captained by Day, Bareboat by Night.” All of our boats are outfitted with solar panels, have well-equipped galleys and are individually decorated to make you feel like you’re at home on a private yacht. Our charter specialists are available 24/7  to guide you on your personally crafted yacht experience, providing you with anything you need from local knowledge to operational information and beyond. Contact Cruise Abaco to start planning your tropical vacation today.