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.
Do you want to spend part of your vacation outdoors? You might be happy to learn the area has a few interesting nature preserves available.
Pelican Cays National Park is a nature preserve southeastern Abaco. 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.
Vacationers wanting to locate a another great natural attraction should consider visiting sites 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: Black Sound Cay is the winter home of many waterfowl, and is an important part of the area's ecosystem. While there is not much to hike on this island, it is great for sightseeing and bird watching.
Be sure to look through the following table to learn more.
|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|
Although most visitors to the area have heard about the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Abaco and nearby areas some interesting options, including a couple of caves.
The chart just below enables you to get more details on caves.
|Cave||4.1 mi. Northwest of Central Hopetown||Great Abaco|
|Cave||2.1 mi. Southeast of Central Goat Cay||Great Harbour Cay|
Travelers can visit several parks, or a botanical garden on Abaco.
To surround yourself with beautiful 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 you'll be able to find are summarized here:
|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|
|Park||0.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
|Park||0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
|Park||5.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central Hopetown||Tilloo Cay|
Another idea is to go see some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on Abaco are shown directly below.
|Bay||0.4 mi. South-Southeast of Central Treasure Cay||Great Abaco|
|Other Natural Formation||0.8 mi. East of Central Great Guana Cay||Great Guana Cay|
|Point||1.5 mi. North of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
|Reef||0.6 mi. Northwest of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
|Other Natural Formation||3.5 mi. South West of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
|Other Natural Formation||1.2 mi. Northeast of Central Channel Cay||Tilloo Cay|
|Other Natural Formation||1.7 mi. North of Central Channel Cay||Tilloo Cay|
|Pond||6.5 mi. South of Central Hopetown||Tilloo Cay|
|Lagoon||1.9 mi. South West of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
Fortunately, Abaco includes other attractions. To navigate to our detailed guide to other attractions, click this link.
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