The Abacos spread east of Grand Bahama, a beautiful crescent of little cays, atolls and islands, much loved by both divers and sailors. Their reefs are spectacular viewed from both above and below the surface. Most of the best places to stay in the Abaco Islands can be found on Great Abaco and Little Abaco, or else they'll be a resort with their very own private island.
While many of the Bahama's 'Out Islands' are considered sleepy, the beauty of the Abacos, and their popularity with both the sailing and diving community, mean that they can actually feel quite buzzy at some times of year.
As well as the water fun on offer here, the Abaco Islands have some paradise-perfect stretches of sandy beach - namely Treasure Cay, which is frequently seen in 'Top Ten Beach' lists, and some great attractions and atmospheric museums. Don't miss a pootle over to Elbow Cay on the ferry. You can visit Hope Town, famous for its pretty pastel shaded clapboad houses, and see its candy striped lighthouse - which saved about a ship a month from the treacherous reefs, when it was built in 1863.
As with all popular Caribbean destinations, the best places to stay in the Abaco Islands will be very busy during peak season. So get organised and book your holiday early. Otherwise, plan your trip during quieter months, when you'll really get to appreciate those empty pristine beaches!
Lovely beachfront resort on Abaco. Rooms have tropical print fabrics, hammocks and large balconies. Outdoor pool and manicured gardens, beach access. Villas have kitchens. Outstanding seafood cuisine and sunset-facing ambient bar. Plethora of watersports on the doorstep; great choice for groups.
Hope Town, Bahamas
Colonial style hotel on its own marina. Charming rooms have exposed beams, creamy walls and modern nautical furnishings, most with kitchens. Outdoor pool, sun terrace, marina access. Fresh seafood menu and Bahamian cocktail bar with live music. A lovely choice for families.
Villa resort with marina on Elbow Cay. Rooms are contemporary with tiled floors, large balconies and kitchens. Outdoor pool and sun terrace. The Boat House restaurant serves good international and seafood cuisine, often with live music. Quiet with excellent location.
Pretty hotel with spectacular Atlantic views on Elbow Cay, off Abaco. Rooms have terracotta floors, French doors with balconies and pine furniture. Outdoor pool, garden and library. Superb dining with views across the harbour. Idyllic, friendly and quiet.
Secluded island resort on the beach. Rooms are full of character with opulent fabrics, nautical accents and Caribbean dark wood furniture. Outdoor pool, gardens and library. Excellent Bahamian cuisine in ocean front restaurant. Quiet, idyllic and friendly.
Simple clapperboard cottages on a private beach. Interiors are cozy with pine tongue & groove walls, large private sundecks, kitchens and tiled floors. Outdoor pool, BBQ area and library. Light snacks available from friendly beach bar. Very secluded, lots of space and superb beach.
Great Abaco Island, Bahamas
Beautiful apartment resort on the beach. Interiors have tiled floors, rattan furniture, modern artworks and kitchens. Outdoor pool, manicured gardens, beach access and gym. Great international and seafood cuisine in beach front restaurant. Stunning views, outstanding beach and friendly service.