Find your hideaway
Renting a beach house is the way to go if you are planning a summer getaway. You can experience the incredible luxury of a beach front home on a secluded island in the Caribbean without even having to be a movie star. The Abaco Islands offer many options in terms of beach rentals, you can grab a charming ocean-front cottage near an old English settlement, or a romantic shady spot with more palm trees than you can count.
Fortunately for all of us, Marsh Harbour, the biggest of all Abaco islands, has its own international airport, so getting away is no endless string of connects. From here it is only a short boat ride to Great Abaco Island, Treasure Cay, Green Turtle Cay, and Hope Town. If you need a little assistance, Bahamians are some of the friendliest locals to be found. There is nothing quite like island hopping in the Caribbean on your own accord.
Exploring the Islands
While the aim of a vacation is often times less about what you are going to do and more about what you are not going to do, there is still plenty to get into on the Abaco Islands. The islands are a world-renowned boating destination dating back to the colonial era, and for good reason. You can take a boat and cruise anywhere in the 120-mile long island chain in search for a private beach to spend the day. The islands boast a couple of Championship golf courses that draw golfers from all parts of the world. The diving enthusiast can find Old Spanish Wrecks, underwater caves, as well as shark and dolphin dives. You could climb one of a few well preserved lighthouses and take in a view that a photo could never do justice. Take a look back in time at old English colonial towns on Hope Town and New Plymouth, or a trip to the popular Castaway Cay, managed by Disney, which offers local BBQ, bike trails through the jungle, crystal clear warm blue water, and activities for the whole family.
Dining on the islands
The Abaco Islands offer up a pleasantly surprising wealth of dining opportunities. An easy and reliable Cay to Cay ferry service makes it easy to hop from one island to another to visit some of the Bahamas best scenery and dining. Check out some Caribbean Barbecue at the Jib Room, unique Bahamian food at Wallys Restaurant, or a savory seafood experience complete with a unforgettable sunset at Firefly Bar & Grill.