The Abacos 1-Week Sailing Itinerary
Bahamas 7 Day Abacos Bareboat Itinerary - Island hopping around the Abacos from Marsh Harbor
The Abacos Islands are known to be one of the world’s top boating and sailing destinations in the world. With calm turquoise seas, quaint colonial towns, two golf courses, miles and miles of stellar beach, great fishing and diving and a wonderful selection of restaurants and bars, the Abacos are, without doubt, the ideal sailing destination in the Bahamas.
The Abacos Islands consist of a 120-mile-long island chain, frequently called the ‘mini Bahamas’. Great Abaco Island and Little Abaco serve as the "mainland," with a string of barrier islands separating them from the Atlantic. The body of water separating these two hotspots is the calm, shallow Sea of Abaco, a turquoise Nirvana for boaters and sailors.
Day 1: Marsh Harbor
Arrive at Marsh Harbor airport and take a ten-minute taxi to Marsh Harbor to embark on your boat and check out the local restaurants and bars such as the Jib Room, Snappas and the Conch Inn and embark on your boat and check out the local restaurants and bars in Marsh Harbor. Spend the night in the harbor on your boat and get ready to set sail the following morning.
Day 2: Man O War Cay
After breakfast onboard, take a 45-minute sail to head to Man O War Cay. This sailors paradise is famous for its heritage of boat construction. Many of the islands 200 residents originate from boat construction and the island even has a museum devoted to the history of sloop and dinghy construction on the island. Stepping away from ancient traditions, alcohol has just been permitted to be sold on Man O War Cay. There are great places to get provisions, excellent marina facilities and the Dock and Dine restaurant, offering the freshest catch of the day.
Day 3: Head south to Great Guana Cay
Day 4: Green Turtle Cay, the swimming pigs at Noname Island and New Plymouth
Day 5: Treasure Cay
Unless you want to explore the wilderness of the northern islands for a 10-day charter, it's time to head back south to Treasure Cay. Treasure Cay, was developed during the 1950s and has breathtaking white sand beaches and is ideal for all kinds of watersports. The beaches at Treasure Cay have been noted by the National Geographic as one of the World's Top Ten beaches in the world. Enjoy a peaceful stroll and admire the unbelievable vistas before departing the following morning for the final stop of the charter, Hope Town.
Day 6: Hope Town and Elbow Cay
Depart Treasure Cay for Hope Town. When you arrive be sure to get a golf cart to explore the island- head off to the southern part and enjoy beautiful beaches, the surf break at Tahiti beach and some great dining spots along the way. Enjoy lunch overlooking the white and red striped lighthouse and admiring the boats anchored in Hope Town's sheltered harbor. Take the dinghy to Elbow Cay to explore firefly restaurants or catch the full moon party at Cracker P's.
Day 7: The final day in Little Harbour
Little Harbour is a fun spot with white sandy beaches. Little Harbor's remote and lush surroundings offered inspiration for the late bronze sculptor Randolph Johnston. Johnston's family settled in this harbor over 50 years ago and have built a fabulous bronze art foundation to cast their renowned sculptures. Peter Johnston continues his father's art of the island in bronze and gold to depict the marine wildlife surrounding him. There are caves to explore, art galleries and a restaurant of Pete's Pub providing one of the most relaxed ambiances within the Abacos.
Typical Sailing Conditions in The Abacos
The best time to visit the Abacos is between December and July, to profit from a warm climate and consistent trade winds that are idyllic for sailing. The sailing is mainly line of sight and is great for island hopping. Expect to be sailing for around an hour between locations and to find great beaches, restaurants and fishing conditions on every single Cay of the Abacos.
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