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ABACOS TRAVEL GUIDE
Travel Tips and Information from placestogoonholiday.org 2016
ABACO TRAVEL GUIDE
Travel Tips and Information 2016
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2. Cay Hopping …...
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  1. 1. ABACOS TRAVEL GUIDE Travel Tips and Information from placestogoonholiday.org 2016
  2. 2. ABACO TRAVEL GUIDE Travel Tips and Information 2016 Table of Contents 1. Must Do…………………………………………………………….3 2. Cay Hopping ………………………………………………….…...5 3. Must Eat…………………………………………………………….7 4. Best Nightlife……………………—……………………………….9 5. Restaurant Guide…………………………………………………11 6. Nightlife Guide ……………………………………………………15 7. Things to Do Guide……………………………………………….17 8. Shopping Guide…………………………………………………..20 9. Hotel Guide………………………………………………………..21 10.Transportation……………………………………………………22 Page 1 Would you like copies of this city guide or guides for different destinations for your FBO or Flight Department? If so check out www.knifeedgeaviation.org.
  3. 3. Please note that the information in this guide may no longer be accurate due to the ever changing travel environment. Establishments may close, times and prices may change. Please call the establishments that you plan to go to so that you can get accurate and up to date information.
  4. 4. Must Do Visitors should not miss the chance to view some of the most magnificent and vibrant ocean reefs in the world while traveling in the Bahamas. Travelers should definitely book a day trip to go snorkeling or scuba diving to explore these beautiful reefs. Instead of booking a tour, tourists can even rent a boat to explore the ocean themselves. In some locations like Ocean Beach in Green Turtle Cay, visitors will find the reef a short swim from the beach. No boat required. Great locations for snorkel- ing and scuba diving include Fowl Cay National Park, No Name Cay, Peli- can Cay Land and Sea Park and Whale Cay. One of the best places in the world to go bonefishing is in the Abacos. For visitors who are not experts in bonefishing, hiring a guide is a great idea. Another must do activity is to rent a boat which are very reasonably priced here and go cay hopping. Explore places like Green Turtle Cay, Great Guana Cay. Elbow Cay, Lubber Quarters Cay, Man a War Cay or one of the many uninhabited cays nearby the main island. On Sunday’s, vacationers should find their way over to Great Guana Cay for Nippon’s Bar and Grill’s weekly pig roast that are held in the afternoon every week. There are many great beaches in the Abacos that need to be discovered as well. Each island has many beaches that can lead to fun in the sun. Some beaches are great for sunbathing and swimming while others are great for snorkeling with reefs just off the shore. One beach not to be missed is Treasure Beach which has been voted one of the best beaches in the world many times over. Treasure Beach This awe-inspiring beach has been named one of the best beaches in the world by numerous publications and surveys. Here you will find clear blue water and pristine sandy beaches that is outstanding for sunbathing and swimming. Treasure Beach is located in Treasure Cay on Great Abacos Island and is about a 45 minute drive north of Marsh Harbour. There is even an airport in Treasure Cay visitors staying in Treasure Cay, can fly to Treasure Cay Airport for a short cab ride to your hotel. There are two wonderful hotels in Treasure Cay. These are Treasure Cay Marina and Golf Resort and the Bahama Beach Club. There is a beach bar called Coco Beach Bar and Grill for travelers in need of some refreshments while soaking in the rays. Visitors will find amazing restaurants as well including Café La Florence, Treasure Sands Club and Touch of Class Restaurant and Bar. Great Reefs for Scuba Diving or Snorkeling Page 3
  5. 5. Green Turtle Cay One island to either stay at or explore is Green Turtle Cay. Visitors should rent a golf cart here for transportation. The easiest way to the island is by the ferry that leaves out of Treasure Cay. The main town is New Plymouth and is where many of the island’s restaurants and quaint gift shops are found. The first stop in New Plym- outh should be Mrs. Emily’s for a Original Goombay Smash. Other places for food include 2 Shorty’s Takeaway, Harvey’s and Pineapples to name just a few options. After exploring New Plymouth, head out on your golf cart and check out some of the beaches on the island. First is Gillian’s Beach which is a long beach that is great for sunbathing and swimming with calmer waters. Another beach that is great for sunbathing and swimming is Coco Bay Beach which is near Green Turtle Club. Ocean Beach on the Atlantic side normally has bigger waves and more debris on the beaches but there is a reef just off the beach that is great for snorkeling. Green Turtle Cay Vacationers can also explore nature as well. On the south side of Great Abaco Island is Abaco National Park where visitors can wander around and explore nature in this 500 acre park. Birding is a great option with many different types of birds located here as well as other types of wildlife. The most notable is the Baha- ma Parrot. Visitors can even get a guided nature tour through Lucayan Nature Tours . In addition to Abaco National Park, Great Abaco Island have many blue holes which are deep water holes that include underwater caverns. These are great for scuba diving but you may want to check out their blue waters and maybe even do a little snorkeling as well. The two main ones are Treasure Cay Blue Hole and Sawmill Sink Blue Hole. Other options for fun include renting a paddle board, kayak or even a wind surfer to explore the shores around the various islands. It is a great way to check out nature, learn more about the island and get some exercise as well. For visitors wanting to learn more about the islands, head over to Man-O-Way Cay where the main industry of this cay is boat building or head over to Hope Town on Elbow Cay and check out the Wyannie Malone Museum to learn about the islands heritage, pirates and rum runners. They also have information about ship building and local wrecks in the area as well. Page 4
  6. 6. Cay Hopping The must thing you must do is rent a boat and go cay hopping. This is one of the best ways to explore all of the islands and what each has to offer . Visitors will find everything from watersports, diving, snorkeling, delicious restaurants, lively beach bars, nature, shopping and sightseeing. First vacationers can snorkel or dive at some of the most beautiful reefs in the world. The first stop should be Pelican Cay Land and Sea Park which is a wonder- ful place to dive with a great reef. This area is located 8 miles north of the Cherokee Sound. Divers will find many caves to explore in addition to the reefs plus many different types wild life in the area. The best reef in the area is Sandy Cay Reef located near Sandy Cay. After Pelican Cay, head to Fowl Cay National Park located between Scotland and Man-a-War Cay. This area is also a very popular with divers, boaters and snorkelers. This area contains another beautiful reef so it should not be missed. There are also good snorkeling and diving locations near No Name Cay and Whale Cay. Spend some time exploring many of the cays that are uninhabited as well. Pack your coolers with lunch and drinks, grab the beach toys and floats, and find a nice secluded beach to have a delicious picnic and some fun. Renting a boat will give visitors the chance to explore all of the cays nearby which have so much to offer including great restaurants, bars, beaches and shopping. Definitely check out Green Turtle Cay, Elbow Cay where the town of Hope Town is located, Great Guana Cay or Man-O-War Cay. Besides Hope Town, there are some nice beaches on Elbow Cay including White Sound Beach, Tahiti Beach and Garbanzo Beach. Tahiti Beach is a small beach that is great for sun and fun as well as the other beaches. Another stop should be Great Guana Cay where the famous beach bar Nippers is located. Man-O-War Cay is a dry island with no alcohol. The main industry is boat building. This cay is still worth a stop to explore this quaint and quiet cay. Hope Town During cay hopping, a great place to stop is Hope Town on Elbow Cay. Here you will find some wonderful restaurants and shopping. For dining options, head over to the Harbour’s Edge for some tasty food and drinks. Just remember they are not open on Tuesdays. First start out with one of their signature cocktails called Over the Edge. Just do not have to many or you may be over the edge. Then try some of their conch entrees or other seafood options for lunch. For visitors staying on the island, they also have many different events on certain days of the week like Pizza Night on Sundays. After a good meal, head across the street to Hope Town Canvas to get some amazing deals on can- vas bags. Another shopping stop should be Epps Tide for clothes and gifts for a night out or for those that may have been left at home. Cay Hopping to Green Turtle Cay Page 5
  7. 7. Must Eat Marsh Harbour has some delightful restaurants although some can be a little pricey. The first stop on any culinary tour is Curly Tails which is located in the Conch Inn and serves traditional Bahamian food. Next give the Jib Room a try which is nice restaurant with a waterfront view. A couple of other options include Snappas and Wallys. In Treasure Cay head to Café La Florence for breakfast and try one of there cinnamon rolls. They also serve great Bahamian lunches but get there early before they sell out and visitors can even order dinners to go which can be picked up and brought back to the rental house or hotel. Looking for a nice meal with some great wine? If so head to Treasure Sands Club for dinner. Another outstanding option for dinner is Touch of Class which serves great Bahamian food and seafood plus they will pick up hungry vacationers from the Treasure Cay Marina. Pete’s Pub which is located down a dirt road in Little Harbour is a little out of the way but well worth the trip. This is a beach bar and grill in a quaint cove and is a popular destination. In Green Turtle Cay, there are many options for eating. One place to go for lunch is 2 Shorty’s Takeaway and indulge in some delicious cracked conch and other seafood favorites. Another great place for lunch or dinner is Pineapple’s Bar and Grill. They have some of the best conch fritters around. Also it is a great place to watch the sunset. For visitors staying on the island, try the Breakfast Sandwich at Plymouth Rock Liquors although you will have to wait until 9 AM when they open. Also do not forget Habours Edge in Hope Town or Nippers in Great Guana Cay for some good food and fun. Conch Fritters Conch fritters are bread, batter and conch which are formed into a ball and then deep fried for delicious culinary delights. Some of the best conch fritters and found at Pineapples Bar and Grill. These are full of conch with just a little bit of kick. Enjoy them with a cold beer while sitting by the pool overlooking the bay. Conch Fritters Fish Sandwich at Pineapples Bar and Grill in Green Turtle Cay Page 7
  8. 8. Best Nightlife For visitors that go island hopping, then one stop should be Green Turtle Cay. In the little town of Plymouth Rock, at the south end of the island, is a place called Mrs. Emily’s where the Goombay Smash was created. This cocktail is fournd throughout the Bahamas but although often duplicated, the original recipe is top secret and definitely more delicious than the copy cats. For vacationers that plan to explore the island of Green Turtle Cay, a trip to the Green Turtle Club and their Dollar Bar for a Tipsy Turtle is well worth the trip. Enjoy this sweet and delicious cocktail with friends while relaxing in the ambiance of this quaint bar with dollar bills pasted all over the walls. Pineapples Bar and Grill is also a good place to grab a drink and relax by the pool. This is a great place for sunsets as well. It can get pretty busy here though at times. For those that make a stop in Hope Town, head to Harbour’s Edge for their signature cocktail called Over the Edge. Another must go to beach bar is Nippers on Great Guana Cay. They have 2 pools and are located right on the beach. They have live music on some nights and do not miss their pig roast on Sunday afternoons. Tipsy Turtle One of the most common drinks that is found in the Abacos is the Goombay Smash. However another signature drink that is sweet and delicious like the Goombay Smashe is the Tispy Turtle found at the Dollar Bar in Green Turtle Cay. Tipsy Turtle Dollar Bar at Green Turtle Club on Green Turtle Cay Page 9
  9. 9. Restaurant Guide Abacos has some very delicious local dishes that will indulge your taste buds. Of course visitors will find the Bahamian standards of Conch Frit- ters, cracked conch, conch salad, grouper fingers but they should also try some of the other local delicacies as well. One local favorite is Chicken Souse. This dish is basically a Bahamian Chicken Soup. For those that like it spicy a common addition is a dash of hot sauce. It is normally served with grits or a Johnny cake. Try this dish at Harbour’s Edge in Hope Town on Sunday Mornings. Another Bahamian dish to try are Johnny Cakes. Johnny cakes are actually more of a bread than a cake. They are usually served warm with butter or jelly. They go very well with Chicken Souse. Peas n Rice is a very popular Bahamian side dish. This dish is made with Pigeon Peas and rice along with some spices. It is served alongside any main dish. Lobster which is nothing like Maine Lobster although maybe just as popular especially in the Caribbean and Florida. There are many ways to enjoy this delicacy when it is in season. It can be fried or grilled. It can be used on sandwiches, in salads or soups. It can even be used in breakfast dishes in addition to lunch and dinner. Definitely a dish to try if it is in season. Restaurant 2 Shorty’s Takeaway is a great place to get lunch in Green Turtle Cay. The Cracked Conch is very delicious and is probably the dish to get. However there are many other delicious items as well to eat . Conch fritters are cheap and delish. You can also get a Bahamian side of Peas and Rice which is also very tasty. In addition to seafood, they have basic take out food as well. So if you are craving a piece of pizza, a burger, chicken sandwich or even a steak sandwich then you can take care of that craving at 2 Shorty’s Cracked Conch at 2 Shorty’s Green Turtle Conch Burger at Pineapples Green Turtle Cay Page 11
  10. 10. Curly Tails Restaurant Conch Inn 242-367-4444 The Jib Room - Johnny Cake Ln +1 242-367-2700 Show Boo's Conch Salad Stand Bay St Between Conch Inn and Harbour Snappa's Restaurant Bay St +1 242-367-2278 Wally's Bay St +1 242-367-2074 Restaurant Listings Caribbean Marsh Harbor Treasure Cay Caribbean Bahama Beach Club Treasure Cay Drive +1 242-365-8500 Touch of Class S.C.Bootle Hwy Treasure Sands Club North Shore +1 242-365-9385 Great Abaco Little Harbor Caribbean Pete’s Pub Little Harbor Green Turtle Cay Asian Laure's Kitchen Asian Food 4 Crown St New Plymouth Page 12
  11. 11. Green Turtle Cay 2 Shorty’s Takeaway Crown St (242) 365-4342 Ballyhoo’s Bar and Grill Bluffhouse 242-365-4247 Green Turtle Club and Marina North End of White Sound 1 242-365-4271 Harvey’s Bay Street McIntosh’s Main St 242-365-4625 Pineapples Bar and Grill Brooklyn Road 242-365-4226 The Wrecking Tree Bay Street 242-365-4263 Caribbean Hopetown Abaco Inn Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner +1 242-366-0133 The Boat House Sea Spray Resort and Marina White Sound (242) 366-0065 Harbour’s Edge Front Street +1 242-366-0087 Closed Tuesdays Hope Town Coffee House Lovers Lane and Front Street 242-366-0760 Hope Town Inn and Marina Restaurant and Bar +1 242-366-0003 On Da Beach Off Old White Sound Road Near Turtle Hill Vacation Villas Pappa Nasty’s BBQ White Sound +1 242-359-6991 Page 13
  12. 12. Nightlife Guide Although not really a party destination, there are many different bars around the island. Many of these bars are beach bars right on the beach for your beach drinking pleasure. Visitors will also find some great bar food at many of these establishments as well. In addition to the traditional Goombay Smashes, many of these establishments have their own signature drinks as well. Most of the bars are beach bars but some have live music at night. Also please be responsible and do not drink and drive or drink and boat. Always use a designated driver. Mrs. Emily’s Page 15
  13. 13. Coco Beach Bar and Grill Treasure Cay Resort and Marina (242) 365-8470 Tipsy Seagull Treasure Cay Resort and Marina (242) 365-8470 Nightlife Listings Bars/Pubs Great Abaco Island Treasure Cay Other Cays Great Guana Cay Grabbers Near Front Street +1 242-365-5133 Kidd’s Cove Seafood Bar and Grill Front Street +1 242-475-3701 Nippers +1 242-365-5111 Green Turtle Cay Mrs Emily's Blue Bee Bar Victoria St. New Plymouth Sundowner's Charles St. (242) 365-4060 Tranquil Turtle Beach Bar at the Bluffhouse 242-365-4247 Hope Town Capt N Jacks Off Queen's Hwy Near Russell's Lane Garbonzo Reef Bar and The Helm Sea Spray Resort and Marina White Sound Wine Down and Sip Sip Queen's Hwy +1 242-366-0399 Page 16 Lubbock Quarter Cay Cracker's # 16 Lubbers Quarters Cay +1 242-577-3139
  14. 14. Things to Do Guide Here is a list of many of the different things to do while traveling in the Abacos including may beautiful beaches, snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, fishing, water sports and more. There is also some great shop- ping on the islands as well. Snorkeling or Scuba Diving Page 17 Attractions Marsh Harbour Blue Wave Boat Rental Bay St +1 242-367-3910 Dive Abaco Snorkeling/Diving (800) 247-5338
  15. 15. Treasure Cay Boat Rentals Treasure Cay Marina and Resort - Treasure Cay Road (800) 327-1584 Golf Treasure Cay Marina and Resort - Treasure Cay Road (800) 327-1584 Kayak or Paddle Boards Treasure Cay Marina and Resort - Treasure Cay Road (800) 327-1584 Museums Wyannie Malone Museum Queen's Hwy Hope Town +1 242-366-0293 Hummingbird Art Centre Hope Town 242-554-9627 Parks Abaco National Park South End of Great Abaco Island +1 242-393-1317 Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park Snorkeling/Diving Eight Miles North of Cherokee Sound Tilloo Cay National Reserve Tilly Cay Tours Brendal’s Dive Center Snorkeling and Diving Green Turtle Cay +1 242-365-4411 Froggie's Out Island Adventures Snorkeling and Diving Hopetown 242-366-0431 Lucayan Nature Tours Great Abaco (242) 367-2749 Page 18 Hope Town Froggies Out Island Adventures Scuba and Snorkeling 242-366-0431 Email: divefroggiesabaco@hotmail.com Hope Town Light House Only accessible by boat A Salt Weapons Charters Fishing (242) 366-0245
  16. 16. Beaches On Great Abaco Island  Treasure Cay Beach - Sunrise - One of the best beaches in the world -  Sandy Point Beach - Shelling - South End of Great Abaco Island -  Windward Point - End of Treasure Cay Other Cays  Elbow Cay - Off of East 0f Marsh Harbor - Island where Hopetown is Located - White Sound Beach - Garbanzo Beach and Tahiti Beach  Fiddle Cay - Shelling and Starfish - Several Beaches - On July 3rd - Largest Beach Party is Here - Just North of Green Turtle Cay  Fowl Cay National Park - Snorkeling - In between Scotland Cay and Man a War Cay  Green Turtle Cay - Pristine Beaches and Snorkeling  Great Guana Cay -  Man O War Cay - Off the East side of the main island  Manjack Cay - North of Green Turtle Cay  No Name Cay - Snorkeling - Just South of Green Turtle Cay  Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park - Snorkeling and Diving - Underwater Caves and Reefs - Just South of Marsh Harbour -  Shell Island - Man made - Lots of shells and hermit crabs - Just to west of Great Guana Cay -  Whale Cay - Snorkeling - Off the east side of Treasure Cay Page 19 Shopping Clothes Hope Town Eddys Tide Boutique/Gifts +1 242-366-0088 Harbours Edge Canvas Shop Front Street +1 242-366-0087 Firefly Boutique Firefly Resort +1 242-366-0145
  17. 17. Food and Grocery Marsh Harbour Maxwell's Stratton Dr, +1 242-367-7283 Green Turtle Cay Sid’s Food Store Parliament St. New Plymouth Lowes Food Store Parliament St. New Plymouth Hope Town Vernon's Grocery Page 20 Gift Shops Hope Town Da Crazy Crab +1 242-366-0537 Iggy Biggy's 242-366-0354 Light House Marina +1 242-366-0154 Sun Dried T's Surf Shop 1 242-366-0616 Marsh Harbour Iggy Biggy's 242-367-3596
  18. 18. Hotel Guide Pool at Green Turtle Club Green Turtle Cay Treasure Cay Bahama Beach Club Resort 100 Treasure Cay Road Normans Castle +1 242-365-8500 Treasure Cay Beach Marina & Golf Resort Treasure Cay Road (800) 327-1584 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina (242)365-4247 U.S.A. Toll-Free (954)284-7341 Green Turtle Club +1 242-365-4271 Hope Town Abaco Inn +1 242-366-0133 (800) 468-8799 Firefly Sunset Resort 1 242-366-0145 Hope Town Harbour Lodge Queen Street +1-242-366-0095 Hope Town Inn and Marina +1 242-366-0003 office@hopetownmarina.com Sea Spray Resort and Marina White Sound, Elbow Cay 242) 366-0065 or (717) 200-1359 (US) Email: info@seasprayresort.com Page 21
  19. 19. Page 22 Transportation Rental Cars Marsh Harbour Rental Wheels - Cars, Motorcycles and Bikes - (242) 367-4643 Bike Rentals Hopetown The Bike Shop—Front Street Boat Rentals Marsh Harbour CJ’s Abaco Dorado Boat RentalsBlue Wave Boat Rental - Bay St. +1 242-367-3910 Rainbow Boat Rentals - (242) 367-4602 Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Marina and Resort - Treasure Cay Road - (800) 327-1584 Green Turtle Cay Donny’s Boat Rental—+1 242-365-4119 Sunset Marine and Boat Rental—Black Sound—+1 242-365-4634 Hope Town Cat’s Paw Boat Rental - 242-577-0517 - catspawboats@icloud.com Island Marine Boat Rentals - 242-366-0282 - islandmarineabaco@gmail.com Seahorse Boat Rentals - (242) 366-0023 - nfo@seahorseboatrentals.com Waterways Boat Rentals - (242) 365-6143 - rentals@waterwaysrentals.com Golf Cart Rentals Hope Town Elbow Cay Cart Rentals - www.elbowcaycartrentals.com/ Island Cart Rentals - (242) 366-0448 - (561) 208-8160 US - info@islandcartrentals.com T and N Cart Rentals - (242) 366-0069 - tandncarts@coralwave.com
  20. 20. Page 21 Ferry Service Green Turtle Cay Ferry—Leaves from Treasure Cay—Serves Green Turtle Cay and Treasure Cay Albury's Ferry Service - Serves—Marsh Harbour, Man-O-War Cay, Hope Town, Great Guana Cay, and Scotland Cay Travel Supplies Do not forget to pack your travel supplies to ensure the perfect vacation. Foldable Cooler This type of cooler is perfect to pack for your trip. It folds down to a small size so it will not take up a lot of room in your suitcase. Unpack it and then add some cold drinks to quench your thirst will exploring the island or hanging out at the beach or maybe add some sandwiches as well for the perfect picnic. Fits great on the back of the golf cart so you lunch is easy to transport. Get it here—http://amzn.to/29RH97x Underwater Camera If you plan on snorkeling or scuba diving, do not forget your underwater camera to capture all those underwater memories. This camera takes amazing photos and videos and is very easy to use. Cheap underwater cameras will only give you a limited amount of shots due to using film. This camera is a digital camera so you can take as many pictures as you want. Get yours right here— http://amzn.to/2a7jNw6 Beach Blanket One must have item is a beach blanket whether it is for the beach or maybe a picnic at the park. A beach blank will help to keep the sand and dirt away and will add comfort to your outing. Beach blankets are very compact when folded so it will not take up very much room in your suitcase and is very versatile with many different potential functions while traveling Get yours here—http://amzn.to/29RREDo Note: By purchasing through these links, our company will make a commission from the sale.
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