Outer Islands

Elbow Reef Lighthouse, Hope Town

Abaco consists of two main islands connected together (Great Abaco and Little Abaco).  The Great Abaco Island extends some 90 miles long, but is not more than four miles wide on average.

  

The Great and Little Abaco islands are accompanied by a long chain of smaller islands (Cays pronounced Keys) ringing the eastern side of Abaco.  All of these islands together are often referred to as "The Abacos."  The Abacos are part of the "Bahamas Out Islands" or the "Family Islands."  

 

Some of the more notable Abaco islands include Elbow Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Man O War Cay, Great Guana Cay, and Lubbers Quarters.  There are 100 plus Cays and small islands in all! 

 

Elbow  Cay & Hope Town (Founded in 1789)

View from Elbow Reef Lighthouse, Hope TownElbow Cay and it's quaint Village of Hope Town offer lots of paths and lovely beaches to explore. Here you will find the famous red and white striped lighthouse seen in many of the Bahamian tourist brochures.  It is described as the most photographed island in the Bahamas.  From the lighthouse to it's brightly painted houses all punctuated with flowering shrubs and plants.  When in Hope Town a must see experience is a visit to the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum.  Here you'll step back to earlier times in this island settlement surrounded by artifacts of the era.

 

Green  Turtle Cay

Green Turtle CayGreen Turtle Cay and it's Village of New Plymouth was originally settled by the loyalists in the 1770's. The quaint brightly colored picturesque village can be walked in less than 10 minutes end to end or about two hours covering all the side streets and stopping in every store, including having a Goombay Smash at Miss Emily's.  Finding places is as easy as asking somebody in the street and then it won't be more than 5 minutes from where you're standing!

 

Man O War  Cay

Man O War Cay Man O War Cay is a busy boat building island of God fearing (no alcohol sold on this island), hard-working folks. This is the island of the Alburys, 70% of which can trace their ancestry to the first Albury who settled on this island in the 1870's.  Ironically Man O War is the island most overlooked.  Man O War is a great spot for all kinds of quality boat work and parts.  No yachtsman should miss it; especially if in need of repairs.  Marina facilities are available, however, restaurants and lodging is sparse as compared to the other cays.  And as the name might imply, they also rent boats, which they will deliver to you at neighboring cays.

 

Great Guana  Cay

Nippers, Great Guana Cay After skirting Whale Cay you'll first encounter Bakers Bay, a lovely crescent mile or two beach on north Great Guana Cay.  Bakers Bay consists of a golf course, 200 plus slip marina and hundred plus condos on the property.  Great Guana Cay is a picturesque small settlement with a couple souvenir shops, food store and liquor store.  Guana's settlement makes one feel you are really on an "Out Island" unless you are caught in the foot traffic headed to Nippers.  Now one of the hottest spots in all of the Cays (supposedly named after the no-see-ums).  It is a trendsetting place that lives up to it's reputation.  It's on a bluff overlooking their snorkeling beach and ocean.  Access is only by boat or ferry from Marsh Harbour.  Often you find Johnny Nipper himself bartending.  Every Sunday they serve a Hawaiian style pig roast; which attracts folks and yachtsmen from all over the cays.  The Barefoot Man, who's CD's are in every gift shop makes an annual appearance here!

 

Lubbers  Quarters

Cracker Ps, Lubbers QuartersAs with every out island, Lubbers too has it's popular watering hole.  Cracker P's, is named after a somewhat of an eccentric character for years back.  Cracker's is also known for their full moon parties.  Food wise, it would be a cheeseburger in paradise of course or their house specialty, coconut marinated conch grilled and served in a pouch.  It's a great spot for an afternoon Kalik or dinner on the way back from wherever, or Tahiti Beach just across the way.  It's perched high and has a great view of the Abaco Sound.  Lubbers Quarters is also the home of the elusive Yahoe or Chickcarnie as it is sometime called.

 

 

 

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