Abaco Islands

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About Abaco Islands

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 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.

What not to miss

  • Take a day trip to Castaway Cay modeled on a remote desert island. The Walt Disney owned venture has plenty of activities for all the family!
  • Climb the 100 steps to the top of Hope Town Lighthouse for tremendous views across the region
  • Explore some of the many stunning beaches in the area.

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!

The best places to stay in the Abaco Islands

For families

  • The Abaco inn is a tropical charmer right on the beachfront. As well as palm print and cane furniture, there are hammocks and large balconies. Villas have kitchens, but there's also an outstanding seafood restaurant with a sunset-facing bar.
  • The Bahama Beach Club is a beautiful apartment hotel right on the beach with modern, tropical, decor, manicured gardens and great seafood served in the beachside restaurant. There's plenty of room and facilities for all!
  • The Hope Town Harbour Lodge is a small, pretty hotel with spectacular Atlantic views. Their larger suites also have kitchenettes and living rooms and there's an excellent kid's club specialising in sailing.

For divers and sailors

  • The Seascape Inn is a collection of rustic, beachfront cottages with simple, but charming, features and spectacular views. The gardens surrounding the five cottages are lush. But it's not all simplicity, there's an excellent restaurant serving international food.
  • The Green Turtle Club & Marina is a secluded 30 room resort right on the beach. Expect quiet, friendly character, surrounded by lush gardens. And there's an excellent Bahamian restaurant.
  • The Hope Town Inn & Marina is a colonial style hotel set behind its own marina - so there's a bit of a nautical theme. Most rooms have kitchens, but the restaurant has a pretty delicious looking seafood menu. As well as being ideal for sailors, this is also a great spot for divers and snorkelers.

For island life

  • The Sea Spray Resort, on Elbow Cay, is a collection of villas with their own marina,along with a pool, sun terrace and excellent seafood restaurant. You're also well located for diving or snorkelling excursions and you'll often find there's live music in the bar.
  • The Ocean Frontier Hideaway offers accommodation in simple, clapboard cottages, right against a private beach, so this is ideal if you're looking for a castaway kind of experience - but with kitchens, a BBQ area, a library and a friendly beach bar.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner Booking.com where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.

Travel Information

  • The main airport on the Abaco Islands is Marsh Harbour, on the main island. While you can also get the ferry from Nassua to Hope Town, but this takes a slightly longer time of 12 hours to get to the Island.
  • Between November and April is the best of year to visit if you want the least amount of rain to disrupt your stay! With temperatures also ranging from 20-25 degrees.
  • If you wish to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Abaco Islands

  • Abaco inn Bahamas 14 rooms from £117

    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.

    Beach Life  -  The reefs and waters surrounding hotel are outstanding for surfing, snorkelling and fishing
    Groups  -  Suites with kitchens, enormous wrap-around balconies, lounges and lively bar
    Fishing  -  Abaco Inn offers our Fisherman’s Catch – a service allowing you to enjoy a dinner of your own catch prepared for you by the chef
    Surfing  -  Hotel beach waters offers one of the best breaks in all of Abaco; surf shops nearby
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Hope Town Inn & Marina Hope Town, Bahamas 15 rooms from £121

    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.

    Families  -  Contemporary decor and full modern kitchens, makes life very easy for families to prepare picnics and light dinners
    Active Holiday  -  With its own marina, sailing is on the doorstep, as well as snorkel trips, day trips to other islands and fishing
    Diving  -  Plenty of dive shops nearby to take you to underwater caves, ship wrecks, ever changing marine life
    Great walks  -  Along hidden Tahiti Beach
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  • Sea Spray Resort Abaco, Bahamas from £128

    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.

    Local exploring  -  With its own marina making island exploring effortless, as are diving and snorkelling in the nearby reef
    Sailing  -  Rental sail or powerboats can be arranged through the Marina office
    Sights nearby  -  Hope Town Light House
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Hope Town Harbour Lodge Abaco, Bahamas 25 rooms from £129

    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.

    Families  -  Larger suites with kitchenettes and living rooms are ideal for families; excellent kids club and sailing trips
    Sights nearby  -  Hope Town Lighthouse
    Sailing  -  From Abaco Marina
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Green Turtle Club & Marina Abaco, Bahamas 30 rooms from £148

    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.

    Hideaway  -  Although only a 15 minute ferry ride, the island feels secluded, with bird filled mangroves and coral reefs to yourself
    Birdwatching  -  Bahama Yellow-Throat, Cuban Emerald Hummingbird, Red-legged Thrush, Olive-capped Warbler
    Full of character
    On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.
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  • Ocean Frontier Hideaway Abaco, Bahamas from £156

    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.

    Hideaway  -  Cottages are set within sprawling gardens and with a private beach, and nearby marina, you can enjoy ultimate peace and quiet
    Sailing  -  Rental nearby, cays are usually no more than 10 to 40 minutes apart making it ideal day tripping
    Fishing  -  The guides offer full and half day excursions, for groups and private charters
    Diving  -  The hotel can arrange equipment rental
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  • Bahama Beach Club Great Abaco Island, Bahamas from £195

    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.

    Romantic Break  -  Secluded apartments in manicured gardens, with dolphin boat trips, white sand picnics or scuba diving
    Families  -  Apartments come with full kitchens and plenty of living space for all; child appropriate watersports
    Fishing  -  Discover big-game monsters like tarpon, wahoo, sailfish, and blue marlin
    Swimming Pool  -  Two outdoor freshwater pools
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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