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After the American Revolution, colonists loyal to the British crown fled the United States and took refuge here. Their architectural and cultural influences are still in evidence in pockets throughout the 120-mile long chain.
Great Abaco and Little Abaco are the main islands, surrounded by countless cays, although only a handful are inhabited. The cruising community looms large. On one side is the Atlantic Ocean with the world’s third largest barrier reef and protected underwater parks; the Sea of Abaco is on the other. Sailors refer to the sea as the marine highway for the sheltered passage it offers to many of the most visited cays.
The Abacos is considered one of the top boating and fishing destinations in the world. Record-breaking catches are not uncommon. The sport of bonefishing is especially popular in these waters.
Easily accessible to major cities on the U.S. East Coast, the crescent-shaped chain has two international airports as well as ferry service from Nassau and Grand Bahamas.
Vacation homeowners come for a pace that’s slower and more relaxed than in some other area of the Bahamas.
Properties in the Bahamas’ out islands, including Abacos, are especially sought-after.
Marsh Harbour is the commercial hub of Great Abaco Island and the third largest town in the Bahamas after Nassau and Freeport. Prime cottages and villas are on its eastern shore. North of Marsh Harbour is the resort area of Treasure Cay with a three-mile powder sand beach and 18-hole golf course.
On the island of Green Turtle Cay, New Plymouth Village is one of several areas that has the feel of a new England fishing port. Some residents can still trace their lineage back to British loyalists. Waterfront colonial and plantation-style homes are among the cay’s luxury housing stock. Another jewel is Elbow Cay noted for its famous candy-striped lighthouse and pastel-colored cottages.