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Abaco

Abaco, Bahamas is a great place to hire a tour guide, play a round of golf, or charter a boat to explore the wonders of the Bahamas.

With more than 130 square miles of ideal water for sailing, and numerous offshore cays, Abaco is internationally known as a great place to sail.

Only two other islands in the Bahamas have larger populations than Abaco. This island has similar geographic features as those found in the American Northeast. The main business district in Abaco is located on Marsh Harbour.

Disgruntled American citizens with loyalties to the United Kingdom set up a colony on Abaco in the early 1780ís. They named their settlement Carleton Point. Tourists to the island now can enjoy the beautiful lighthouses and pristine waters protected by reefs.

Sailing enthusiasts now flock to Abaco to enjoy the water and wind conditions that make it ideal for sailing. Tourists without their own boats can charter yachts and other sail boats to see for themselves why Abaco is one of the best spots on the planet for sailing.

In addition to being a great place to sail, Abaco is a great destination for hunters and fishers. The Bahaman forests are full of ducks and wild boar, while the water surrounding the islands is loaded with marlin and bonefish.

The following are a few of the more popular attractions in Abaco.

Little Harbour Cay
Art lovers can spend some time on Little Harbour, home of the famous art and sculpting Johnston family. After their boat crashed in the early 1950ís, they decided to build a home on Little Harbour.

The Johnston Studios & Art Foundry is located on Little Harbour. Visitors can see the massive bronze statues sculpted by the Johnston family on display.

Elbow Cay & Hopetown
Itís only a half hour ferry ride from Abaco Beach Resort to Elbow Cay to see the beautiful lighthouses lining the coast. While on the island, tourists can spend time admiring the colonial homes and buildings.

Man-O-War Cay
Abaco is home to custom boat building. Visitors can observe the crafting of hulls, ship floors, sails and other boat components while learning more about the Bahaman boat industry.

Great Guana Cay
Those wanting to spend time on the beach or explore the sea will find the ideal place to do so at Great Guana Cay. They will also find great restaurants serving drinks and delicious food. One popular restaurant on the island holds a pig roast once a week.

Green Turtle Cay & New Plymouth
To enjoy some of the clearest water in the world, one must spend some time at Green Turtle Cay. After swimming in this glass like water, tourists can head over to New Plymouth to dine at one of the restaurants or grab a souvenir at a gift shop.

Treasure Cay
Treasure Cay is a very famous tourist destination on Abaco. It can be reached by car or ferry, and it has been extensively developed with shops, hotels, homes, and a state of the art golf course. The beach shaped like a crescent moon is a great place to hang out.

Abaco National Park
Abaco National Park is a nature preserve home to endangered parrots and other species. The park consists of more than 5,000 acres of woods and forests. Parrots reside in the park because the pine trees are full of seeds they feed on. However, since these parrots are the only species of parrots on Abaco, they are often stalked by predators living in the park. Their homes are also susceptible to be destroyed from occasional flooding.

A very colorful animal, the Bahaman Parrot has a green covered midsection with a white head, and specks of red feathers on its neck and stomach. Because of its colorful exterior, it is hard for these birds to conceal themselves. These parrots also have toes facing opposite directions, a feature called zygodactylism.

The origins of Bahaman Parrots can be traced back more than 50,000 years. Christopher Columbus mentioned the large quantities of these parrots in some of his writings. In fact, during the half millennium celebration of Columbusís arrival in the Americas, the Bahaman Parrot was honored as the celebrationís mascot.

Since these parrots are in danger of becoming extinct, Bahaman law prevents anyone from killing parrots or destroying their habitats. According to Bahaman government estimates, fewer than 3,000 parrots reside in the region.

 

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