5 things to know before you visit Abaco, Bahamas
Where to stay
My two top recommendations for where to stay are Abaco Beach Resort and Bahama Beach Club. I stayed at both resorts. Bahamas Beach Club is a luxury condo-style accommodation in Treasure Cay a more quiet part of Abaco. We stayed at this gorgeous 10 people condo overlooking the Caribbean sea. There are two properties on the property. I honestly didn’t want to leave cos I felt at home there. It is further in town and is a great location to be if you plan to explore the different cays.
Abaco Beach Resort and Marina is located in Marsh Arbor (a major city in Abaco) and is closer to the airport. I absolutely loved my stay here. The service here rivals any 5-star resort and I am still dreaming of the steak I had at The Bistro. One of two restaurants on the property. Our room overlooked the beach and I loved that they had kid-friendly amenities on site.
I highly recommend renting a car here so you can easily drive around the 120-mile Island of The Abacos. Visa cards are widely accepted vs Mastercard. There are taxis available too just in case you don’t want to drive. There is no rideshare service here. Golf carts (available for rent) are also a great way to explore.
The US Dollar is accepted everywhere in Abaco so you don’t have to worry about changing more. The exchange rate is (1 to 1 ) A dollar for a Bahamian dollar. The tip here is to bring cash as some places don’t accept cards.
Lots of reconstruction due to Hurricane Dorian
Hurricane Dorian did a number in Abaco and they’re still recovering so you will see lots of construction and rebuilding happening but it won’t take away from your time there.
Essentials to bring with you
Bring lots of sunscreens and repellants with deets. You’re in the tropics so you will be in nature and the sun a lot so come prepared. Raincoats, light jackets depending on the time of the year (it was chilly most mornings and on our last year I needed my sweater) Shorts, slippers, swimsuit, and sunglasses too.
5 things to do in The Abaco Islands, Bahamas
Island hop to the different Cays
Abaco is famous for its unique cay and every single one has something different to offer. You can easily explore multiple cays in a day and my next things to do shows you how. I loved my time in Green Turtle Cay. You can find out more about the different cays by clicking HERE.
Spend the day with Brendals Dive Center & Tour for a fun day of water activities
Brendals Dive Center has been around for a while and for good reason. It is the perfect excursion for your trip to Abaco. (Excursions can be tailored to your needs)It was definitely the highlight of my time in Abaco. I got a great time spending an entire day at sea with our captain Kyle Stevens. I got to snorkel for the first time, I also hand-feed stingrays, and hung with the nurse sharks at Mun Jack Cay. I also got to feed the swimming pigs of No Name Cay.
Explore different restaurants
Must add to your itinerary is exploring other restaurants on the Island. Head to Bluff House for some delicious food. Everything we had was so good! Try their Conch Fritters, Conch burgers, and Fish Tacos (the fish tasted so fresh!) I also got to eat at Snappas another popular spot in Marsh Harbor with great food. FireFly Bar & Grill in Hope Town offers great drinks, one of the best views of the Island, and delicious food.
Hopetown is a lively part of Abaco where lots of locals and tourists hang out. Here you will see the famous Lighthouse of Abaco (worth climbing the 100-plus steps for the killer view from the top) It was bustling with shops, lots of restaurants, and more. I would say if you’re looking for nightlife, visit Hopetown. It has more to offer including beautiful Tahiti Beach one of many in this town.
Spend as much time on the different pristine beaches
One thing there isn’t a shortage of in Abaco is pristine beaches! From cay to cay, the water was clear and I was super impressed that all the beaches were clean. I have never seen anything like this in all my travels. Tahiti Beach in Hope Town was one of the most beautiful ones I got to spend time on.
If you’re looking for huge resorts (mostly condos, beach clubs, and small resorts)with lots of nightclubs Abaco isn’t for you but if you want a good time, snorkeling, boating, all the water sports, time on the beach, and chilled vibes you will love Abaco! You can find out more about The Abacos by clicking HERE.
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