Natural Attractions on Abaco

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From flourishing tropical gardens and nature reserves to coral reef systems below the sea, natural attractions abound throughout the islands of the Abacos.  Whatever you're interested in, there is an activity for you: hiking, birding, snorkeling, diving; you can do it all.  

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Attractions Map

Do you want to enjoy more of your vacation under the open sky? You may be happy to find out that the area has several nature preserves available.

Pelican Cays National Park is a popular nature preserve southeastern Abaco. Over 177 species of land and sea life have bee documented within the park, including Green and Loggerhead turtles and Bridled Terns.

Adventurers looking to locate a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing opportunities like Fowl Cays National Park. Fowl Cays has long been a popular boating destination, but in recent years it has grown into one of the top snorkeling and diving sites around.

Black Sound Cay: As an island, you will likely need a boat if you hope to reach Black Sound Cay.

You can look through the table below for information concerning nature preserves.

Nature Preserves and Hiking In Abaco
Name Type Location Island
Black Sound Cay Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.1 mi. South of Central Crab Cay Great Abaco
Fowl Cays National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 0.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Fowl Cay Fowl Cay
Pelican Cays National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.3 mi. South of Central Channel Cay Great Abaco

Caves

Even though most people visiting the area come for the beaches, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Abaco and nearby areas some great choices, including two caves.

The chart directly below offers some key facts concerning caves.

Caves In and Around Abaco
Name Type Location Island
Maxi Caves Cave 4.1 mi. Northwest of Central Hopetown Great Abaco
Sugar Beach Caves Cave 2.1 mi. Southeast of Central Goat Cay Great Harbour Cay

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Visitors can enjoy a few parks, or a botanical garden on Abaco.

If you enjoy tropical vegetation, consider visiting Byrle Patterson Memorial Garden, which is Hopetown, in eastern Abaco. A great change of pace from beaches and shopping, Byrle Patterson Memorial Gardens offer all who visit a relaxing walk through the maintained gardens of trees and plants. While today the gardens are simply a nice walk, they were originally built around 1850 in memory of those who died during a cholera epidemic.

The parks and gardens available are summarized in the table below.

Parks and Gardens In Abaco
Name Type Location Island
Abaco National Park Park 6.2 mi. North of Central Caves Great Abaco
Byrle Patterson Memorial Garden Botanical Garden 0.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Hopetown Elbow Cay
Jarrett Park Park 0.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Hopetown Elbow Cay
Taylor's Park Park 0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Hopetown Elbow Cay
Tiloo National Park Park 5.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central Hopetown Tilloo Cay

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to go see some of the more popular area land formations. Other types of natural attractions on Abaco are displayed here:

Land Formations In Abaco
Name Type Location Island
Brigantine Bay Bay 0.4 mi. South-Southeast of Central Treasure Cay Great Abaco
Guana Cay Reef Other Natural Formation 0.8 mi. East of Central Great Guana Cay Great Guana Cay
Hope Town Point Point 1.5 mi. North of Central Hopetown Elbow Cay
Hope Town Reef Reef 0.6 mi. Northwest of Central Hopetown Elbow Cay
Pelican Cay Other Natural Formation 3.5 mi. South West of Central Hopetown Elbow Cay
Sandy Cay Reef Other Natural Formation 1.2 mi. Northeast of Central Channel Cay Tilloo Cay
Tilloo Bank Other Natural Formation 1.7 mi. North of Central Channel Cay Tilloo Cay
Tiloo Pond Pond 6.5 mi. South of Central Hopetown Tilloo Cay
White Sound Lagoon 1.9 mi. South West of Central Hopetown Elbow Cay

Needless to say, you'll be able to find other kinds attractions available. To see our guide to other attractions, go to this page.

 

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