Bahamas 7 Day Bareboat Charter Itinerary - The Abacos
Bahamas 7 Day Abacos Bareboat Itinerary - Marsh Harbor to Green Turtle Cay
Abacos, Bahamas chartering overview
The Abacos Islands are known to be one of the world’s top boating and sailing destinations. 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 vacation 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 in Marsh Harbour (easily accessible from any US airport) and board at the Abaco Beach Resort, a large resort and marina that caters to the mega yacht and sport fishing scene. Once you’re settled aboard your yacht, enjoy lunch from the aft deck as you slowly make your way south to Little Harbour - a fun spot with white sandy beaches. Little Harbour's remote and lush surroundings offered inspiration for the late bronze sculptor Randolph Johnston. Johnston's family settled in this harbour over 50 years ago and have built a bronze art foundry to cast their renowned sculptures. Peter Johnston continues his father's art in bronze and gold depicting the marine wildlife around him. On the harbour beach is a small Tiki bar called Pete’s Pub, where they serve the freshest seafood and refreshing Caribbean cocktails! Enjoy a quiet night at anchor and soak up the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere that only the Abacos can offer. Take in the stars from the sundeck Jacuzzi with friends or family.
Day 2: Pelican Cay Land & Sea Park / Elbow Cay
After breakfast head north to the Pelican Cay Land & Sea Park, a vast 2,100-acre nature reserve. It is home to some of the most unique and beautiful marine life in the world and features an extensive number of undersea caves, coral reefs, flora and fauna. From here enjoy a private beach picnic on one of the gorgeous, uninhabited islands in the park.
Leaving here, enjoy a short hop up to Elbow Cay, home of the famous candy striped lighthouse. Depending on your preferences and weather permitting, you can enjoy a night at anchor or tuck into a slip in White Sound or the main harbour. Hope Town offers great dining, local art galleries and of course the lighthouse. This famous lighthouse is one of the last manually operated in the world and is a must see! From Lighthouse Marina you can explore the lighthouse and the amazing views from the top!
Day 3: Hope Town and Elbow Cay
Enjoy breakfast aboard before heading ashore to explore Hope Town and Elbow Cay. The most popular way to experience the island is by golf cart - head off to the southern end and enjoy the beautiful beaches, the surf break and some great drinking and dining spots that are along the way. Enjoy lunch ashore with breathtaking ocean views. From Elbow Cay you can visit Lubber's Quarters, Cracker Pea's - a fun seaside restaurant overlooking the Sea of Abaco, or Tahiti Beach - a surfer’s paradise. Of course you can always just relax and enjoy the tranquility from the beach or your yacht. Elbow Cay is a lively island with great beaches, fun resorts, restaurants and island nightlife and it’s well worth the extra time ashore to explore and relax. Firefly Resort is a great spot for cocktails and the perfect vantage point for a romantic sunset. The Abaco Inn and Hope Town Harbour Lodge are great dinner spots with views of the lighthouse, the Atlantic Ocean and another pristine Abaco beach.
Day 4: Man-O-War Cay / Guana Cay
Just a quick trip from Elbow Cay is the historical boat-building island, Man-O-War Cay. Enjoy breakfast on the aft deck as you cruise the calm waters of the Sea of Abaco. Visit Joe's Studio on the harbour front and catch Joe at work handcrafting his world famous Man-O-War sailing dinghies. Another must-see is Albury's Sail Shop and Sally's Seaside Boutique, both right on the waterfront. Man-O-War is one of the last "dry islands" in the Bahamas yet still hosts some of the best cocktail parties in Abaco!
Once back aboard, pick up anchor and head to Guana Cay. There is great snorkelling along the way at the Fowl Cays and a good reef break for surfing. The Sea of Abaco offers great conching grounds in these parts for the trained eye. Bakers Bay Resort is a new development with a beautiful yacht facility. The Tom Fazio golf course at the resort offers world class golfing and views. There is great snorkelling and diving just off the reef to the north end and one of the most spectacular beaches in all of Abaco. Guana Cay is home to famous Nipper's Beach Bar & Grill and is definitely worth the trip up the hill. Enjoy the quintessential beach bar overlooking white sand and every hue of turquoise and aqua imaginable while sipping on a Nipper's cocktail.
Day 5: Green Turtle Cay
Depart Guana Cay for Green Turtle Cay. Along the way is another beautiful snorkeling spot just off No Name cay. There is a great marina facility in White Sound at the Green Turtle Club, or depending on your preference, nice spots to anchor in New Plymouth near a historic settlement. Take a stroll to the small museum and historical gardens. You have to take a trip to Miss Emily's Blue Bee Bar, a friendly spot known to all boaters, where you will likely find Miss Emily herself pouring her famous Goombay Smash cocktail! The Green Turtle Club, Bluff House and Pineapples are great spots for dining ashore.
Day 6: Manjack Cay
Depart Green Turtle for Manjack Cay. Depending on weather, Manjack offers two great anchorages. The south end near Rat Cay is a fantastic spot to relax and enjoy water sports and the cut offers great paddle boarding and kayaking. Spend the day exploring and enjoying the peaceful tranquility of Abaco in and on the water. The north end is also a fantastic spot and provides some of the best sunset views over the water. Enjoy dinner aboard and another peaceful evening under the stars.
Day 7: Treasure Cay
It’s just a short trip to Treasure Cay, your last stop of the week. So enjoy breakfast on the aft deck and wind down before departure. Treasure Cay has yet another gorgeous beach, noted by National Geographic as one of the World's Top Ten. Enjoy a peaceful stroll and admire the unbelievable vistas before you prepare for departure and begin making plans for your next yachting vacation!
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