Treasure Cay, Abaco - Bahamas
Getting here: Treasure Cay has its own airport which receives flights from Miami, Orlando Ft Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and other cities apart from other Bahamian spots. If you are staying at a resort on Treasure cay which has its own marina then you can anchor your vessel there should you arrive through private boat. Ferries operate between Nassau and Sandy Point Beach (afterwards you need to take a taxi to treasure cay) so that’s another travel option.
Arguably one of the most visited zones on the Abaco Islands, Treasure Cay is about 17 miles to the north west of Marsh Harbor. Unlike some other quieter and more relaxed cays, Treasure Cay is developed as a vacation community. The sand here is baby soft and white which creates a nice contrast with the sparkling blue water around. Some great restaurants are situated here like the Coco Beach Bar and the Treasure Sands and the Tipsy Seagull (across the street on the Marina). If you do go to Tipsy Seagull…go on Fridays and Saturdays…the ambience is great.
Windward Point lies at the tip of the Treasure Cay Road. You can walk it down to the beach from the Bahamas Beach Club. There is an extended sand bar off the beach that you can use to walk out 300 yards (of course at low tide) and glimpse amazing marine life. The water temperature on the shallow flats is warmer than the deep sea water so it’s fun to wade in there. This is arguably the best place on Abaco for a lovely walk.
Treasure cay has a golf course (Treasure Cay Beach Marina and Golf Resort) to which you can get a day pass. The golf course is designed by Dick Wilson (its ranked amongst the top 100 golf courses in the world) and it stretches across 6985 yards….there are fairways around decorated by lovely island vegetation. Many special golf events and occasions are held here.
There are many boat rental agencies here and it’s one of the best places to plan a fishing excursion. You can also take a ferry to a cute little settlement called New Plymouth that’s situated on the Green Turtle Cay Island. If you are planning to stay at Treasure Cay then you will need to rent a boat or car for the entire length of your stay as Treasure Cay is a little isolated from the rest of Abaco (hiring a taxi all the time can turn out to be expensive).
The Treasure Cay Blue Hole is a great place to visit though it nestles quite deep in the forest. The drive to the blue hole is quite pretty. There are tree swings near the hole and you can cannon ball right inside the hole creating an amazing experience!! Incidentally this is one of the most easily accessible blue holes in Abaco.
Abaco Wild Horse Preserve
Wild Horses of Abaco Preservation Society (WHOA)
Getting Here: Visits have to be prearranged by ailing Mim Rehor… the head of the preserve. The preserve is in the pine forests near Treasure Cay and visitors must be physically fit and not averse to walking. Tours are tailored to suit group requirements ….the best season to visit is between June to October.
Abaco Wild Horse Preserve is a center dedicated to celebrating the heritage of beautiful wild horses of the islands who once galloped freely through the pine forests of the islands. Incidentally the horses are believed to be the descendants of fine Spanish barbs. The preserve was meant to keep these horses in simulated natural habitat and visitors had a good chance of seeing the in their full glory. In the 1960’s the herd was 200 strong.
Once you reach there the wild natural environment will stun you… options of exploration are only via guided tours. The area has been untouched since the 1940’s and some of the huge pine trees here are more than a 100 year old. Everything from luscious dense forests to jagged fields to nurseries for medicinal plants and conservatories for insects and butterflies can be seen here. If you are interested in geology then the large petrified dunes here along with huge fresh water lens and marshes of various sizes will be a good exploration option. Hiking, butterfly watching, bird watching, swimming or simply admiring nature while taking long walks are some of the things you could do here.
Unfortunately, the last descendant of the original Spanish Barb Horse (these descended from the sturdy horses Columbus brought into the new world) was Nunki (a mare) who died in 2015. In a dramatic attempt the tissues of Nunki were extracted, cryopreserved and then flown to USA where a genetic engineering firm Viagen cloned two mares. As of now plans are underway for breeding the mares and restoring the glory of the Spanish Barbs. The horse preserve will become a setting for equine assisted therapy, eco-tourism and healthier energy systems…. the preserve is committed to ensuring the proliferation of the Spanish Barbs on the lush grounds of the preserve.
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