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.
You'll discover a large number of beaches to consider visiting in the area. Whether you'd rather be part of a busy beach scene, or you enjoy relaxing in a secluded area, you can find a beach that fits your preferences. You can click on the beach names to read a detailed article concerning that part of the coast.
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.
A second option worth considering is Nathan’s Bay Beach. You will need a boat if you want to visit this beach. While it is accesible by car, you will still need to get onto Elbow Cay first, and that will need to be by boat.
Treasure Cay Beach: A side road off Treasure Cay Road nearby Treasure Cay Golf Club leads to Treasure Cay Beach.
These examples are merely a few of what's on the island. Those interested can get more details on this page.
Assuming you like to expand your knowledge of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum during your time on Abaco.
One popular destination 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 common landmark for vacationers 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 provides you with some details regarding some the museums available in the area.
|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|
Visitors can discover some other intriguing sites to visit on Abaco.
A landmark worth visiting 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 following chart summarizes some details regarding other kinds of attractions of interest to travelers.
|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|
Pelican Cays National Park is one of the most enjoyable 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.
Fowl Cays National Park is another outdoor attraction you might want to consider. Established in 2009, this is one of the newer national parks in the region. The reserve measures in at 1,920 acres and features a colorful barrier reef.
Abaco has other nature attractions. Click to view our page about natural attractions in this area.
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