The Abaco Islands are a group of islands and barrier cays in the northern Bahamas, east of southern Florida. Dive sites include Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park with its underwater caves and colourful coral reefs. Turtles, eagle rays and sharks populate Walker’s Cay National Park in the far northwest. Numerous marinas dot the coast, offering boat access to the Sea of Abaco’s shallow, navigable waters.
The Abacos island chain is a boating, fishing, and sailing paradise. But it’s not just the sea that attracts travellers from around the world. Those who prefer to explore by land will find charming colonial towns, championship golf courses, and countless hotels, restaurants, and bars.
This chain of islands and cays, divided loosely into North, Central and South Abaco, spans 120 miles. Savvy travellers know that to truly experience The Abacos, you must venture beyond one island.
The Abaco Islands lie in the northern Bahamas. The main islands are Great Abaco and Little Abaco. There are several smaller barrier cays, of which the northernmost are Walker’s Cay and its sister island Grand Cay. To the south, the next inhabited islands are Spanish Cay and Green Turtle Cay, with its settlement of New Plymouth, Great Guana Cay, private Scotland Cay, Man-O-War Cay, and Elbow Cay, with its settlement of Hope Town. Southernmost are Tilloo Cay and Lubbers Quarters. Another of note off Abaco’s western shore is Gorda Cay, now a Disney-
On the Big Island of Abaco is Marsh Harbour, the Abacos’ commercial hub and the Bahamas’ third largest city, plus the resort area of Treasure Cay. Both have airports. A few mainland settlements of significance are Coopers Town and Fox Town in the north and Cherokee and Sandy Point in the south. Administratively, the Abaco Islands constitute seven of the 31 Local Government Districts of the Bahamas: Grand Cay, North Abaco, Green Turtle Cay, Central Abaco, South Abaco, Moore’s Island, and Hope Town.
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Join Members of the Battle Ground Bahamas Yellowfin Tuna Fishing Tournament for a second year, June 2-4, 2022, for two days of fishing on Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas.
Whether you’re a first-timer casting a line from a pier or a deep-sea fanatic eager to beat one of over 50 world records set here, The Bahamas is the ultimate fishing destination. The surrounding waters are bountiful, with everything from prized marlin to elusive bonefish, and 16 islands offer countless experiences.
The Abaco Islands, based on Little Abaco in the north and Great Abaco contains some of the world’s most fascinating geography, particularly in the hundreds of Abaco Sound cays and the maze-like mangrove wonderland known as the Marls.
The most important breakdown of the Abaco Islands is the separation of Little Abaco and Great Abaco. In the map, I used a yellow color to indicate Little Abaco.
Additionally, there is a long string of barrier islands that form the delineation between the the Atlantic Ocean and the Lucayan Sea. These include islands such as Spanish Cay, Walker Cay, Grand Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Great Guana Cay, Scotland Cay, Man-O-War Cay, Elbow Cay, Tilloo cay and Lubbers Quarters. south of Abaco is Gorda Cay, where Disney keeps a private cruise ship island.