Attractions on Abaco

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Consisting of two main islands and a string of much smaller ones in the surrounding waters, the attractions of the Abacos could take you from beaches to forest, and even underwater.  There are a few museums that touch on the history, culture, and art of the area, but for the most part you'll find things to do here revolve around the outdoors. 

Beaches

Guana Cay Beach

You'll find several beaches to visit in the area. Whether you enjoy people watching, or you prefer a quieter spot, you can find a beach that appeals to you. Just click on the name of each beach for a detailed article concerning that part of the coast.

If you are looking for a place to snorkel, a beach offering that option is Sandy Cay. There are two beaches on this private island. Once faces to the west and the other to the south east, totaling 800 feet of some of the softest, whitest sand imaginable.

A second option that beach-goers can consider is Guana Cay Beach. Though local controversy surrounds the nearby, newly-built Baker's Golf Course over coral reef conservation issues, the beach remains as serene as ever and the water crystal-clear.

Nathan’s Bay Beach: There is a line of trees that back the beach, offering guests plenty of shade from the hot sun. However, there is not much sand between the trees and the water, so be careful of the tides or you might get wet.

Attractions Map

Of course, you can find a wide range of beaches to choose from in the area. Readers can find out more by clicking on this link.

Museums

If you enjoy learning about other people and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Wyannie Malone Museum. It is Hopetown, in eastern Abaco. Named after Hope Town's founder, this museum showcases the history of the area with photography and artifacts. They host events for the island's Heritage Day and track the genealogy of the Malone family.

Another landmark worth visiting is Albert Lowe Museum. It is Green Turtle Cay, in northwestern Abaco. Before islands like Green Turtle Cay were easily accessible through air travel and modern sailing, European colonist still lived on them. The Albert Lowe Museum takes a look at one families life and hardships on this tropical frontier.

Cetacean Museum: This specialized museum is dedicated to the long and rich history of whaling. While the practices has for the most part died out over the years, whaling was a very influential industry for much of the early and pre-industrial era world, providing the world with oil.

The following table summarizes a few details concerning some the museums you might enjoy in the area.

Museums In Abaco
Name Phone Location Island
Albert Lowe Museum (242) 367-4094 6.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Treasure Cay Green Turtle Cay
Cetacean Museum -- 0.0 mi. South-Southeast of Central Hopetown Elbow Cay
Wyannie Malone Museum (242) 366-0293 0.0 mi. North of Central Hopetown Elbow Cay

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Travelers will experience some other worthwhile attractions on Abaco.

One popular destination is Memorial Sculpture Garden. It is Green Turtle Cay, in northwestern Abaco. The Memorial Sculpture Garden contains 24 busts of important Bahamians who represent different islands. The centerpiece of the garden is two life-sized bronze statues of a black girl and a white girl, one holding a conch and the other the Union Jack.

The chart just below provides you with more information on the other kinds of sites of interest to visitors.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In Abaco
Name Type Location Island
Hopetown Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central Hopetown Elbow Cay
Memorial Sculpture Garden Monument 6.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Treasure Cay Green Turtle Cay

Natural Attractions

Pelican Cays National Park is one of the more frequently visited natural attractions. Established in 1972, this land and sea park is comprised of Channel Rock, Gaulding Cay, the southern portion of Sandy Cay as well as their surrounding waters. It is a popular destination among snorkelers because of the great underwater biodiversity, coral reefs, and underwater caves.

A second place you might want to visit is Fowl Cays National Park. Established in 2009, this is one of the newer national parks in the region. The reserve measures in at 3,200 acres or 3.6 sq miles, featuring a colorful barrier reef.

Abaco has many other nature attractions. To visit our complete page about natural attractions in this area, follow this link.

 

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