180 miles from Florida lies the northernmost set of Bahamian islands, The Abaco Cays where boating is a must! These keys are short on ferries but most of the cays are accessible only via sea, what they lack in ferries they make up in spectacular beaches, National Geographic standard sea life and one of the top 10 beaches in the world. So if you want to sail around alone, have beaches to yourself with the distinct possibility of not encountering another soul all week, then this is your perfect destination. This is one of those truly unique ‘off the grid’ destinations which are rare in current times.
The Abaco sea is deceptively clear and very shallow, excluding large yachts which draw a considerable draft but perfect for large catamarans with a less of a draft. The shallows make for crystal clear water, if you are enthusiastic about fishing, spear fishing, lobster catching or snorkeling you will not want for locations to practice. Apart from an astonishing about of natural beauty and water-bound activities, you will experience an old worldly charm, life in the Abacos is not at all like the fast-paced action of the larger islands such as Nassau, instead, you will find a beautiful welcoming community-based environment full of friendly people.
Just a short 1-hour hop over the pond from South Florida will land you on Great Abaco, from there a 20 min taxi will take you from the airport to Marsh Harbour, which is the jump-off point for most mariners. Once in Marsh Harbour, you will settle onboard and if time is with you, take a short hop over to Man-O-War Cay for the afternoon. Man-O-War Cay is well known as a very reserved ‘dry’ island, perfect for a sundown stroll and mini exploration of the local crafts and beautiful church before returning to your all-inclusive yacht for cocktails and dinner.
Today we take a beautiful long reach south to Little Harbour, there will be plenty of opportunity for ‘no-filter’ photography and reclining on the deck. Once safely moored up in Little Harbour you can start learning about its fascinating history. 70 years ago a family, after being wrecked in a storm set up their homestead in the caves of this cove. The Late Randolf Johnson was not only a professor but also an artist who set up a Bronze foundry in Little Harbour, once word of his talents spread he was commissioned to produce several important pieces for both the Bahamian government and private owners. Today the Foundry and Caves still exist under the care of Mr. Johnson's descendants, you will find his sons restaurant and bar – Pete’s Pub and Gallery, which is not to be missed.
Leaving early for another beautiful sail, we head back north to Treasure Cay. On the way we are going to make a stop for lunch at Tahiti beach off Elbow Cay, anchoring off this beach will give you an opportunity for swimming, snorkeling and playing with the yachts toys before commencing the afternoon sail. Treasure Cay is one of the top 10 beaches in the world, you will be astonished at the powdery consistency of the bone white sand and the lack of people adorning this sensational beach. There is one bar and marina that you can visit but you will want to spend so much time on this perfect beach that it will be time for your hand cooked dinner from your yacht's chef before you know it!
Great Guana Cay is on the cards for today. Take the opportunity of the sail to throw out the lines and do a little deep sea fishing, if you are lucky you may pull in a nice fat red snapper for your personal chef to prepare and cook on the yachts grill. Once you arrive at Guana, Foul Cay is the perfect spot to snorkel before lunch and then the infamous Grabbers and Nipper’s is open every day for great food ashore and an endless night of reggae dancing with the fun-loving inhabitants of Great Guana Cay.
After coffee and breakfast, you will sail on to Green Turtle Cay where you can spend the day on this exquisitely kept Caribbean island whilst the yacht is safely tied up in the Marina. The residents of this island pride themselves on the maintenance and grooming of the flowers that adorn the prim candy-colored houses. Feel free to hike or hire ATV’s to explore the many pristine snorkel spots and beaches this island holds
Hope Town is the destination of the day. Setting sail for Hope Town opens some fantastic time to relax on the deck, fish and stop off at the odd snorkeling spot. Once you get to the Marina on the inside of Hope Town, you will find a quaint little cove equipped with its own adorable candy cane lighthouse. Spend the day exploring the lighthouse, find out its historical significance before hitting the museum, hiking and then off to one of the many pristine beaches on offer, or you could content yourself with a wondering the cobblestone streets and many boutiques for some keepsakes to remind you of your trip
Sadly we head back to Marsh Harbour today. After an amazing breakfast, the captain will squeeze in one last early morning snorkel before sailing across the Abaco sea to our home port. One on the dock its time to pack up and meet the taxi for the return flight, but don’t worry we can help you plan your return or next exciting nautical adventure.