I'll be trading time for a cat there this winter myself.
Where to go depends on what you prefer. One thing I like about the Abacos is the diversity of opportunities - great snorkeling, quaint towns and resorts and many isolated anchorages
. I'm not aware of another charter
location where one can have an island to themselves half the nights out if they wish.
For quaint towns, I prefer New Plymouth on Green Turtle and Hope Town on Elbow
Cay. Both have a few eateries, bars, small grocery stores and shops.
Treasure Cay offers a very protected anchorage and for a small fee you get to use the resort facilities including their pool. - If water
is limited and people want a long, hot shower
midway through - it may suit the bill. Also note, it's where you'll also have many other boats anchored close by.
Anchorages, I often have to myself or find minimal boats at include: Powell, maybe Manjack, No name, Whale, maybe spoil Cay, Water
Cay and maybe the Deep Sea Cay area. I enjoyed the high water dinghy
ride through the "creek" behind there. The Pelican Cays are a nice day stop most boaters pass by.
My favorite snorkeling has been off the N tip of Great Guana, off Fowl Cay, NE of Elbow
and Sandy Cay.
Little Harbour offers good all weather
protection, with a fun beach bar and gallery. Great to watch them pour molds if you catch them at the right time.
The water can be a bit chilly some winters so it might be worth your while to bring a thin shortie wetsuit if you are a water person. Cold fronts can bring some strong winds, but the protection and shallow banks keep the sea state down, so appropriate reefing makes even windy conditions reasonably pleasant sailing. Given the shallow water, it really pays to get to know the tides and exactly what you'll have beneath you at low tide. That can mean the difference between being tucked in and out in the slop.
I'm not much of a group party person, but Marsh Harbour, Nippers, maybe G.T. at times and maybe Treasure are the closest you will likely find to that.
I have photos of most of the islands at bahamasmariner.com/abaocs
Have a great charter