Route Suggestion Bahamas – Sailing around the Abaco Islands

Sailing in the Bahamas: The Abaco Islands

Sailing around the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas is truly blissful. There are plenty of lovely out islands to discover amidst the turquoise waters, filled with pastel towns and soft sandy beaches.

  1. Marsh Harbour, Abaco Island - Shopping & collecting the boat
  2. Hope Town, Elbow Cay - The lighthouse & the pretty town
  3. Man-O-War Cay - See some of the handmade boats
  4. Great Guana Cay - Great Guana Beach & Guana Cay Reef
  5. Green Turtle Cay - The Albert Lowe museum
  6. Ambergris Cay, Bonefish Cay, High Cay & Powell Cay - Explore the uninhabited cays
  7. Treasure Cay - Golf or relaxing on the beach
  8. Marsh Harbour - Return to the marina


Marsh Harbour is the best place to begin an Abacos charter, as there are many boats available and the marina here has excellent facilities. There are more shopping opportunities here than on the other out islands, so you may want to take advantage of this and stock up for the journey. From Marsh Harbour you can sail to Hope Town on Elbow Cay. Hope Town has the picturesque, pastel colored houses typical of the Bahamas, and an iconic red and white striped lighthouse. It is possible to climb to the top of the lighthouse and take in the views. Over on Man-O-War Cay, there is a long boat building history, and there are still many handmade boats on the island. The island has a small population and a very quaint atmosphere. Next, Great Guana Cay. Great Guana Beach is a beautiful seven mile long beach, and Guana Cay Reef, one of the best snorkeling and diving spots in the entire Caribbean lies just off the shore. Nipper’s beach bar is a lively café in which to get refreshments. Further north, you will reach Green Turtle Cay. This island is named after the turtles than inhabit the area. The town of New Plymouth has some shops and restaurants, and there is a museum featuring the paintings of Albert Lowe, a famous artist from the island. From Green Turtle Cay you can sail further north to explore some of the uninhabited out islands such as Ambergris Cay, Bonefish Cay, High Cay and Powell Cay. On the journey back to Marsh Harbour, it is worth stopping at Treasure Cay where there is an excellent golf course and more splendid beaches.

Sailing Conditions

This area is well suited to beginners. The sea between the islands is shallow, sheltered and calm. The barrier islands lie in short distances from one another, but extend far enough that it is not always necessary to sail in short stages. The climate is subtropical and the weather and waters are always warm. Hurricane season is between June and November, so if travelling at this time, be sure to obtain travel insurance that covers cancellation due to hurricane. 


  • Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour Marina, Marsh Harbour
  • Man O War Marina
  • Green Turtle Club Marina
  • Treasure Cay Marina


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