Personally, one thing I really like about the Abacos is that even within the chartering areas one can find uninhabited islands and quite possibly have an entire bay, if not an entire island to yourself.
If more isolated places are something you enjoy:
Powell - many beaches
Manjack - has a great trail system and long ocean beach
No Name Cay
Spoil cay - stay the night, few boats do.
Deep Sea/Snake Cay
Bucaroon Bay has some small beaches to the left (NW) which are rarely visited. I think the large house is not occupied. The beach to the south of it has some ruins in the woods and path through to the mangrove "lake" behind. You'll feel like you are in another world. Several small beaches north of the house as well.
Of course, one never knows when other boats may show up. A large boat at anchor
with a 60 foot mast
can act as a magnet to other boats.
For snorkeling I like:
off the tip of Great Guana - Anchor
in Baker's Bay and take the dinghy
around. They have moorings now.
Fowl Cay near Man-O-War
just north of Elbow
are nice as well, but are a little more out there.
Sandy Cay - if surge isn't too strong.
I have heard good things about the Pelican Cay reef near Green Turtle, but have yet to snorkel on it myself.
My favorite, accessible swimming beaches:
Pelican Cays, (The ones near Tilloo)
Deep Sea Cay
Treasure Cay Peninsula
My favorite towns are Hope Town and New Plymouth on Green Turtle. Pineapples on Green Turtle is nice and has free internet
. The little liquor store near the landing sells beer
at reasonable prices (by Bahamas
standards) and has very reasonable lunch prices. It's popular with the locals. The Blue Bee Bar and Wrecking Tree are other restauarnt/bars popular with cruisers and is Sundowners in the evening. In Hope Town, I like eating out on the warf at Captain
Jacks and it's worth going up the light house.
If you like exploring, anchor off which ever side of the snake cay peninsula is appropriate and take your dinghy
through the "creek" behind Deep Sea Cay with 1/2 tide or better.
Pete's Place in Little Harbour is a nice stop featuring a beach bar/restaurant and sculpture gallery. If by chance they are doing a casting at the foundry, I recommend watching.
In Marsh Harbour, Curly Tails right next to Tui Marine
(Moorings/Sunsail/Conch Inn) is one of my favorite places to grab a drink or dinner. Great view of the Harbour just after sunset from the upstairs. I prefer to provision myself at the grocery store to having the Moorings do it. The store will hail a cab for you back to The Moorings - Saves money
and you get to eat what you want.
If you want a sheltered night on a mooring
, Treasure Cay is sheltered and the affordable mooring
fee includes use of their showers and pool. (You can pay for a shower
at Pineapples on G.T. as well.)
I have an Abacos page I'm working on with photos of many of the islands. It's in progress and a bit rough, but may be helpful.
Have a great charter