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 may be happy to find out that 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.
Those hoping to find a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring choices like Fowl Cays National Park. 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.
Black Sound Cay: Black sound Cay is not a major tourist attraction. Instead it really just serves as a protected area for wildlife.
Glance through the table just below to learn more about nature preserves.
|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 people visiting the area come for the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Abaco and nearby areas some interesting choices, including two caves.
The chart right below enables you to learn some details concerning caves.
|Cave||4.1 mi. Northwest of Central Hopetown||Great Abaco|
|Cave||2.1 mi. Southeast of Central Goat Cay||Great Harbour Cay|
Vacationers can experience one of the many parks, or a botanical garden on Abaco.
To surround yourself with beautiful tropical vegetation, you might want to visit 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 worth considering can be seen in the table below.
|Park||6.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Marsh Harbour||Great Abaco|
|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 fun idea is to go see some of the more interesting area land formations. Other types of natural attractions on Abaco are provided in the following chart.
|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|
Bear in mind, there are plenty of other types of attractions. To read about other other attractions for Abaco, use this link.
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