An aerial view of Hope Town

Top Cruising Destinations: Immerse Yourself in the Beauty of Abaco

The Islands of the Bahamas have long been a sought-after yachting destination, famous for beautiful beaches, crystal blue waters, rich history, and vibrant island flare. While many people have had the opportunity to explore larger tourist cities like Nassau and Lucaya, not as many have had the chance to experience the authenticity of the Abaco Islands and the beauty hidden in the cays that reside around the mainland. As we creep into winter and the cold weather starts to settle in, there is no better place to escape the elements than the Islands of Abaco.

Marsh Harbour is the third largest city in the Bahamas and the commercial hub of the Abaco Islands. It is home to the Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbor — the largest marina and hotel in Marsh Harbour and also home to our Waypoints® affiliate, Cruise Abaco, located at the Boat Harbour Marina. The resort hosts several events throughout the year and is well-known within the sport-fishing community. This island is also home to Bahamas Underground which offers guided dive trips administered by veteran underwater cave explorers. Marsh Harbour has a variety of street vendors and local restaurants that will please everyone in the group.

When you’re ready to head off the main island, Man-O-War Cay is just one of the beautiful destinations located in in the boomerang-shaped barrier to the mainland of Abaco. This small village has an economy that relies heavily on boat building and has a reputation amongst sailors as being an excellent stop for boat parts and repairs. This island is also home to the Heritage Museum, which explores the fascinating lineage of the Albury family and delves into the island history of boat building. When you’re ready to kick back and relax, Dock & Dine Restaurant offers lunch and dinner fare and is loved by tourists and locals alike.

A lighthouse in Hope Town

Hope Town is another charming village located about 200 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida on Elbow Cay. It boasts a vibrant island culture, stunning beaches, and local cuisine while still maintaining close proximity to world-class sailing, fishing, diving, and snorkeling. It is home to one of the most famous and recognizable landmarks in Abaco — the Hope Town Lighthouse. It is one of the last remaining manual lighthouses in the world and was built in 1864 to guide ships away from the expansive Elbow Reef. After sightseeing, head on over to Cap’n Jack’s for an open-air dining experience. Offering up a selection of local Bahamian cuisine and island drinks, this place is a local favorite.

There are a plethora of amazing destinations to visit on your sail around Abaco. A few include:

Charter a yacht through our partner Cruise Abaco in the Bahamas, a part of our Waypoints® division, and get exploring!