The Secluded Abaco Island – Bahama’s Little Paradise

The beautiful Abaco Island, also called “the top of the Bahamas,” is located in the northernmost portion of the country.  The south of Abaco Island is comprised of a group of small islands and settlements including Casuarina Point, Elbow Cay, and Little Harbor.

Each settlement is worth exploring because of its uniqueness.  However, all the islands share the beautiful warm weather year-round and spectacular views.  Vacation homes are popular among tourists as they capture the true essence of the island and make you feel at home away from home.

Casuarina Point is a small, exclusive settlement that is located on the breathtaking beach.  The beaches are usually secluded and they are perfect for couples and also for families to spend private, quality-time with each other.   Luxurious beach houses are ideal for family reunions and for couples looking for a getaway.  At the beach, this is right outside your doorstep, you can enjoy gorgeous views of sunrises and sunsets, have privacy in a serene atmosphere, and observe the tropical landscape.  You can also indulge in snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving, and fishing.

Elbow Cay is a nice island that stretches to the renowned Tahiti Beach.  You can go to restaurants and bars that you can reach by rented boats of golf carts.

Little Harbor is a laid-back, tranquil community of South Abaco Island.  It has a captivating deserted lighthouse that you can explore.  The beautiful sandy beach along the community has a number of boats and great rock cliffs to observe.  Little Harbor is a haven for people that like to fish and it is also a perfect idea for bone-fishing.  You can turtle watch which is an enchanting experience as the serene waters are replete with sea turtles.  The different communities of South Abaco Island make fantastic vacation destinations.  At Elbow Cay, you can visit nice restaurants and enjoy Tahiti Beach.  Casuarina Point is a little taste of paradise with its privacy and pristine beauty.  While staying at a beach house in this beautiful location, you will feel as if you are on your own island!

The Best Thing to do in Cat Island is to do Nothing at All!

Cat Island is a beautiful and historic island located in central Bahamas.  Cat Island’s exceptional beauty, peaceful atmosphere, superb climate, and pristine beaches contribute to making it a spectacular vacation destination.  Cat Island has the one of the best climates in the Bahamas – the temperatures average 80 degrees in the summers and 70 degrees in the short winters.  You can escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life to this lush island for a romantic getaway for an intimate family vacation.  Everyone is bound to have a marvelous time in this beautiful island.  Beach vacation homes are a popular mode of accommodation in Cat Island, as they provide a luxurious home away from home.

There is pleny to do in this beautiful Bahamian island.  Cat Island has serene, beautiful beaches that offer enjoyable activities.  The expansive beaches are so secluded that you will feel as if the beach is your own private beach; this feeling is intensified if you stay at a luxurious beach house!

Some of the beaches include the Greenwood Beach that has pink sand, Old Bight Beach with its pure white sand (ideal for walking, beach combing, picnicking, and relaxing), New Bight Beach, which hosts weekend dances and holiday picnics, and Fountain Bay Beach.  You can enjoy fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, and scuba-diving at the beaches.

Mount Alvernia, which is 206 feet above sea level, is the highest point in the Bahamas and it is located in Cat Island.  Even though the island offers enjoyable activities, you can choose to do nothing at all and, instead, appreciate the distinct serenity of the island.

Cat Island was once one of the thriving Loyalist colonies of the Out Islands.  The island prospered by means of numerous cotton plantations that were established in the 1700s.  Now, you can view the vine-covered, semi-ruined mansions in which the cattle was penned and the pineapples were grown centuries ago.

cat island private beach

The island has many other intriguing historical sites.  Columbus Point, which is also a momument to Christopher Columbus, is one of the  many Indian caves located in Cat Island.  Hawk’s Nest is a beautiful and fascinating area where a wonderful hawk awed all the locals by making her nest for several years.

The Hermitage, a minature monastry, is an tremendous imitation of the larger hermitages in Europe.  The Hermitage is built on Mt. Alvernia and you can enjoy exceptionally beautiful, panoramic views of the island from there.  The historic sites are a must-see for tourists!

Cat Island has variety of diverse restaurants that will ensure a wonderful dining experience.  Delicious, authentic Bahamian cuisine and seafood is a specialty of the island!  Some of the great restaurants include Bachelor’s Restaurant, Pass Me Not Bar Restaurant, and Blue Bird Restaurant.

Cat Island is serene place that provides a superb vacation experience for everyone!  You are warmly welcome to say at a luxurious beach house and enjoy the serenity of this exotic island.  You will undoubtedly have an unforgettable vacation experience!

Hardaground – A waterfront beach rental on Abaco Island, Bahamas

Hardaground, Abaco Island Vacation Rental

Hardaground, Abaco Island Vacation Rental

Discover the vacation of a lifetime in this spacious waterfront four bedroom air-conditioned house located on the southeast side of Lubbers Quarters Cay in Abaco, Bahamas, with a white sandy beach and your own private dock at your doorstep.

This two-story, four bedroom vacation rental home, sleeps 8 comfortably – 1 king, 2 queens, and 2 twins.  It has one and a half baths plus two outside showers, one of which is enclosed.  All linens are supplied except beach towels.

Every room provides a view of the turquoise sea of Abaco.  Leading from the living room is a large screened porch which provides a place to relax in a hammock and enjoy the fabulous panoramic view.

Nearby Nippers Beach

Nearby Nippers Beach

Other amenities include:  Large Gas Grill, Phone and Wireless Internet available, VHF radio, Books, Movies, Direct TV, DVD/VCR, CD/Stereo, Dishwasher, Microwave and fully equipped kitchen.  Laundry service available by the load.

There’s a lot to do right off the dock of Hardaground:  lounge in the beach chairs, swim in the crystal clear water, watch the parade of sailboats go by, stargaze at night, fish, snorkel, or comb the nearby beach for sea glass… and much more.  There’s also plenty to do around Abaco!

Just a few minutes walk away lives a commercial fisherman, Michael.  He also runs a charter boat.  Fresh fish, Lobster and Conch can be purchased from our ‘island fish mart’, also owned by Laurie and Michael.  Michael runs daily fishing charters, so when booking Hardaground, pick your dates in advance for your fishing trip.  You can contact him at (242) 366-3143.

Enjoy the nearby beach!

Enjoy the nearby beach!

When travelling to another of the Cays (Elbow/Hopetown, Guana etc) then you may want to rent a golf cart for a full or half day.  Some restaurants/bars on Elbow Cay have a free ‘shuttle’ van to pick you up (Sea Spray, Abaco Inn, On Da Beach), or you can pull directly into their dock with your boat (Sea Spray, Abaco Inn, Harbour Lodge, Harbours’ Edge, Capt’n Jacks).  But if you want to explore the island and the lovely homes, a golf cart is the only way to go.  They cost about $40-50 for a full day; here are some of the rentals:  Hope Town Cart Rentals, 366-0064; Island Cart Rentals, 366-0448; T&N Cart Rentals, 366-0069.

Remember that Abaco is fairly secluded – you will need to think about certain necesities ahead of time.  Groceries and food can be heavy, and beverages are really heavy.  A twelve-pack of beer or soda weighs ten pounds!  Those items are readily available at about twice the US price in Abaco.  Milk, water, bread, eggs, fruits and vegetables, and those sort of basic things are always available anywhere.  You won’t find a lot of good beef, so that may be something you might consider bringing in.  A bag of chips or cookies can easily cost $5, so get used to high prices – it all has to be imported, and then it’s taxed.

Relax on Hardagrounds private dock!

Relax on Hardaground's private dock!

Maxwells in Marsh Harbour is the place to go for everything but Liquor.  There are several good liquor stores in Marsh Harbour too – just ask your taxi driver.  Go to the stores first and then go pick up your boat.  Bear in mind there is no grocery store on Lubbers and you will need to go to Elbow Cay or back to Marsh Harbour if you need to re-stock.  Also consider that some of the smaller airlines will charge you extra for bringing in your coolers.  There is a new service called AbacoEase that also will shop for you, prior to your arrival so you just pick up your food items from them in Marsh Harbour when you arrive, maximising your vacation time, so their service sounds potentially very useful.