14 Reasons To Visit South Abaco Bahamas

Calm waters, warm breezes and panoramic beauty make South Abaco a boating and sailing paradise. But it’s not just the sea that attracts travelers from around the world. Those who prefer to explore by land will find countless hotels, restaurants, bars and unique adventures throughout South Abaco. “In the Abacos alone there are as many spectacular stretches of sand as you’d find in any entire country that considers itself a world-class beach destination.”

1. Boating Capital Of The World

The Abacos are one of the world’s top boating and sailing destinations and have been The Bahamas’ boating capital since colonial times. The number and variety of islands make this an island hopper’s paradise. Learn more here.

2. Wild Parrots - Parrot Fly Zones

The Abacos are a bird-watcher’s paradise and one of the few places in The Bahamas where you can find the endangered green Abaco or “Bahama” parrot, mainly in South Abaco near Hole-In-The-Wall. A subspecies of the Cuban Amazon parrot, they are known to be the only species of parrot throughout the Caribbean that nests in the ground.

3. Fisherman’s paradise!

Bonefishing in the Bahamas has reached near cult status among fly fishermen in recent years. With legendary spots such as Bonefish Flats and Hole in the Wall, South Abaco is the place to be if you want an unforgettable fishing trip. Blackfly Lodge gives the serious fly anglers another incredible destination to pursue their sport.

4. Incredible diving and snorkeling spots

Dive Abaco is a must in South Abaco. They specialize in scuba & snorkel trips, dive/hotel packages, resort lessons, scuba instruction, guided underwater tours, shark & wreck dives, sunset cruises, island tours, private charters and much more!

5. Pete’s Pub

If you want to experience an authentic island bar, this is your place. Where else can you enjoy a fresh cracked conch right before your eyes? There’s a reason it’s top rated on Trip Advisor. There’s even an art gallery next door to the Pub here! Peter Johnston built the Gallery in 1992 right on the beach, overlooking the harbour. Peter is a Bahamian Sculptor known for his prolific work as a naturalist and sculptor of marine wild life. Mr. Johnston is recognized as master craftsman and is one of the most celebrated Bahamian artists.

6. Iconic Long Dock at Cherokee Sound

23 miles south of Marsh Harbour on the east coast of Great Abaco, Cherokee Sound is as beautiful as it is isolated. Swim, fish, tan, and relax here.

7. Sunday Brunch at Schooner Bay

Dining in paradise, is there anything better?

Located on Great Abaco in the Bahamas, Schooner Bay is an authentic harbour village designed according to the principles of New Urbanism. This cherished island destination is only a short flight from Nassau or South Florida. Schooner Bay offers an idyllic island lifestyle in a golf-cart and pedestrian friendly village setting. The Marina, Blackfly Lodge, Lightbourn Farms and the entire village invite you for a visit. Tranquil beaches, pristine forests, eco-adventures, infinite fishing and water sports await you here!

8. Albury’s Ferry Service

Albury’s Ferry, a family business, is known to customers for its impeccably run schedule and small acts of kindness. Since 1959, they’ll be your #1 choice for cay-hoping. They service: Marsh Harbour, Man-O-War Cay, Hope Town, Great Guana Cay, and Scotland Cay. Charters are available on request.

9. Sandy Point

Sandy Point is a quaint little town ready to explore. If you’re looking for seashells on the beach, this is the perfect spot. Afterwards, you can meet the fishermen at the dock and take home today’s fresh catch ready for the grille.

10. Blue Holes

These mysterious treasures are unique as they are beautiful. The Bahamas are quickly becoming famous for their massive “blue holes”. These blue holes are flooded caves that commonly get about a hundred feet deep. The hole is vertical, but multiple caves branch off of the main chamber for thousands of feet in several directions. Unless you are an experienced diver, it is recommended you sign on with a guide. Read more about the incredible Blue Holes here.

11. Ironshore Photo Spot

The Ironshore, which is located at Schooner Bay, is the perfect spot to grab some unique photo’s of South Abaco. Stop by the quaint harbour village to get to one of the best photo shots on the island. After you take the trail to the top to get your photo, spend the day on the pink sand beaches!

12. Lightbourne’s Hydroponic Farm

Lightbourne’s Hydroponic Farm, also located at Schooner Bay, uses innovative vertical hydroponic methods to grow fresh produce. Be sure to put this place on your South Abaco bucket list as farm-to-table produce doesn’t get any fresher than this!

13. Road 50 Beach

Beautiful and isolated, the tide pools here are an incredible sight. Some are even as big as three Olympic sized swimming pools! This hidden secret is a local’s favorite as most days you will have the entire beach to yourself!

14. There’s endless unique adventures here, but South Abaco can best be summed up in just 2 words: Get Here!

Designed by Architect Donald Dean, the 46,000 square foot international terminal at the Marsh Harbour International Airport is complete and is open for business! Which leaves one question: What are you waiting for?

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