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Abaco Islands, Bahamas
Abaco is mostly visited by the sailing fraternity, avid fishers and tourists who are looking for some quiet time in nature’s lap. It is neither a glamorous place like Nassau nor full of shopping options like Grand Bahama. So visitors’ accommodations in Abaco have also grown and shaped up accordingly. The hotels in Abaco can be grouped into two subtypes; resorts/ lodges and rental homes. Both these types have premium, mid-range and budget accommodation options.
If you are visiting the islands on a strict budget then these are the places you should look for. These hotels and lodges offer simple amenities and decent no frills facilities. Be aware that most of them accept only cash payments. Most of the lodges in Abaco are targeted towards the fishing community
Budget hotels in Abaco charge around 50$ per night to 80$ per night.
Black Fly Lodge
Address: Bay Street, Great Abaco Island
Price Range: 50$ per night and above
There are only 10 rooms in this lodge so you have to book really well in advance. The lodge is right near the beach and has an amazing restaurant plus excellent bone fishing opportunities. Clearly an angler’s favorite the rooms have names after famous fishers and the conversations in the lobby and lounge are all about bone fishing adventures.
The lodge owns 5 boats and expert guides who can help you with deep sea fishing and bone fishing. The in-house chef Devon prepares new dishes every day and lays them out on a vintage wooden table… all of the guests usually have their meals together... the bar facilities here are nice. In room amenities are comfortable but not fancy. Stay here if you love rustic Bahamian life and fishing.
Address: Sandy Point, Abaco
Price Range: 50$ per night and above
This lodge is near the end of the stretch of road in Sandy Point. The building is nondescript in a pleasant plantation kind of way and has 11 single bedrooms. All the rooms have pretty French doors, air conditioning, satellite Television and some of them overlook the ocean.
Fishing packages are available here and these include accommodation, meals, private guide expenses (the fishing guide Ricardo is considered to be one of the best ones), transfer to/fro from the airport, bottled water and food for fishing trips. If you are a non-fisher then you can bird watch, snorkel and simply spend some fun beach time. If you want to be near Moore’s island, castaway cay and southern marls then this is the place for you. The downside is that the food in the in-house restaurant is quite average and you have to take a minimum 3 day package.
Ambassador Inn Motel and Restaurant
Address: Archer's Boulevard and Crockett Drive, Town: Marsh Harbor.
Price Range: 70$ per night and above
The Ambassador Inn has an amazing history…. incepted in 1972, this place was founded by the town’s prominent citizen Percy Archer. It’s now considered to be a landmark in the town community of Dundas and known for its elegant accommodation facilities and tasty dishes.
If you are planning to stay in Marsh Harbor and are on a budget then the Ambassador Inn is a good bet. The rooms are simple yet nicely furnished and have a fridge and microwave. Book well in advance… the place is highly sought after.
Many tourists who come to Abaco for long vacations stay for a long time and want to experience a customized environment where they can cook some of their own meals, enjoy undisturbed privacy and basically treat it as a vacation home. If you have any such expectations then Rental homes and villas will serve you well. These places have to be hired for a minimum number of days (usually 5 days and more) and they have their own kitchen and private facilities. Rental homes and villas in Abaco have varying levels of luxury.
Living Easy Vacation Rentals
Rental Office Address: High Rocks, Marsh Harbor, Abaco
Price Range: 180$ per night and upwards
Living Easy Vacation Rentals consists of 9 separate properties that are situated in different zones all throughout the Marsh Harbor. Each of their villas have pretty views of the ocean and are near the beach. Some units possess a boat dock, some have a shared pool while some have a private pool.
The properties are Grouper Therapy (Marsh Harbor), Big Bamboo (Hope Town), Mermaid Villa 2 and 3 (near Mermaid Reef Marsh Harbor), Rumrunners (Marsh Harbor), Abaco Regattas, Hammock Heaven and Abaco Getaway (Marsh Harbor and Regattas of Abaco) and Abaco Sunrise Villa (Cherokee sound Marsh Harbor) along with Cutters Landing (Great Abaco Club), Abaco House West (Eastern shore of Marsh Harbor) and Butterfly Haven (Pelican Shores Marsh Harbor).
Coconut Beach House
Address: 3905 Green Turtle Cay
Phone: (970) 425-4585
Price range: 1000$ per week
The Coco Beach House is one of the most sought after rental homes in Abaco and is just a minute away from the lovely beach in Green Turtle Cay. The most exceptional feature of this property is its 1400 sq. feet verandah that offers beautiful sea views. Most accommodation options here have a fully functional kitchen… there is also a separate sitting area and washing machines. The 3rd largest barrier reef in the world is just 1 mile off shore which creates amazing opportunities for diving and snorkeling.
There is a large dock on the backside of the property and you can anchor small boats there. This property has 3 bedrooms with nice amenities and you can book the whole place or just a room. There is a fully equipped kitchen in house and Wrecking Tree, Mcintosh, Harveys, Sundowner and Lizard Bar provide nice alternatives. Minimum booking period is 4 days and you can extend after that.
Lofty Fig Villas
Price Range: 150 $ per night and upwards
The Lofty Fig Villas are within a short distance of the touristy bars, restaurants and shopping hubs of Marsh Harbor. There are 3 single storied structures here surrounding a lovely freshwater pool. Each structure is painted lemon yellow with blue trimmings and consists of 2 villas. There is a bbq provision under the gazebo that’s right next to the pool.
The villas have fans, air conditioning and a private patio. All rooms have queen beds, dining table, large screen TV’s and sofa. There is a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave. There is free wireless internet access. It’s quite convenient to walk from here to Guana Cay dock. Though it has an expensive sounding name… the Lofty Fig Villas are quite moderately priced.
There are many mid-range hotels in Abaco that offer decent amenities, good service and a nice atmosphere at affordable rates. You need to check with the hotels listed below to see whether they will accept cards.
Mid-Range hotels in Abaco charge around 90$ and upwards per person per night.
Bluff House Beach Resort, Yacht Club and Marina
Address: Turtle Cay, Abaco
Phone: 242-365-4247 (Hotel); 800-745-4911 (Reservations)
Price: 100$ per person per night and above
Just 5 minutes of drive away from the Treasure Cay airport and adjacent to the Bluff House dock… This pretty resort sprawls over 12 acres and true to its name. It overlooks a bluff (this resort has the highest elevation amongst all properties in Abaco) as it stands inside a coconut grove on Green Turtle Cay. There are 32 rooms and some specially decorated Yachtsman cottages.
This place was once a private home… it then became a fish camp and then a fully functional resort here along with a mid-sized private marina and private beach (about 1000 feet). The Bar and Grill here is called Ballyhoo and there another beach bar called Tranquil Turtle Beach Bar.
Rooms have largely colonial décor, separate seating areas and great views…. there is free Wi Fi, refrigerator, coffee maker and flat screens in the rooms. Guests can enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, golfing and fishing, and all these are arranged by the hotel.
Beach House Causarina
Address: Ocean Drive, Casuarina Point Abaco, Cherokee Sound
Price: 100$ to 200$ per night
True to its name it’s more of a pretty beach house than a resort. The property is actually a duplex with many similar looking apartments…. in every apartment there is a bedroom with queen sized bed, kitchen, bathroom while the sitting area has futon and other furniture. This place is just a few minutes away from the beach and both the terrace and deck directly overlook the ocean.
This is part of Causarina point that’s a small exclusive community of about 20 houses that stand on the beach. Bone fishing opportunities are plentiful here…. there’s a barrier reef that’s 1 mile offshore. This is the place to stay if you want a relaxed vacation away from mainstream tourist zones…. just in the company of nature.
Hope Town Inn and Marina
Address: Hope Town Elbow Cay
Price: 100$ onwards per night
This place is just a little distance away from Malone Museum and is right in front of Hope Town Harbor. All rooms and apartments are air-conditioned, there are large wardrobes, spacious living area and a microwave. There are 2/3 bedroom villas, studio apartments, suites, double rooms, king room, one bedroom apartment etc. there are 2 in-house pools, swim up bar and restaurant…the chef will prepare fresh menus each day with the Catch of the Day.
The Dock Master Sam McPhee is quite nice and will not leave the property unless he ensures that all guests are back in….Chef Niel and the resort manager Aaron are quite nice too.
Address: Elbow Cay, Abaco
Price Range: 90$ per night and upwards
There are 12 rooms and 8 suites in Abaco Inn and they have either ocean or Harbor views. The décor and furniture are comfortable and simple and each suite/ room has its own hammock while the villas have their own kitchenettes. There are pretty reefs nearby that serve as a good spot for surfing, diving and snorkeling. The in-house bar is quite nice for mingling and the restaurant serves tasty seafood (try the sushi style tuna and the crab cake benedict) which you can have on the patio that overlooks the ocean. The lounge here has Satellite TV and Live Music plays here on some nights. The one downside of staying here is that you have to take either a boat or a golf cart ride to Hope Town.
Sandpiper Inn and Cottages
Address: Captain Ernest A Dean Highway, Schooner Bay, Great Abaco Island
It's a 30-minute drive from Marsh Harbor airport.
Price Range: 90$ and above
This is a traditional Bahamian Inn in the heart of Schooner Bay Village in Southern Abaco. The restaurant here is kind of a village hotspot and you can mix a lot with the locals. The two and a half storey structure is pretty… it’s inspired by architectural designs of Harbor Island Bahamas and Charleston.
There are many kinds of accommodation option like Town Cottage rooms, master suites, Hibiscus suites etc…. the air-conditioning here is Geothermal and the large His and Her armoires give this place an antique look. The inn will arrange adventure sports and eco-tourism activities and you can rent cars, bikes and golf carts.
The best premium hotels on Abaco islands have marinas attached to them as Abaco is primarily a sailing and cruising destination. These hotels accept cards, have their own restaurants and bars and are basically the crème de la crème of all properties in Abaco.
Price Range: Premium hotels in Abaco charge about 300$ per person per night and above
The Delphi Club
Address: Rolling Harbour, Bahamas
Phone: +1 242-366-2222
Prices: 500$ per person and above
This is a boutique hotel in the Rolling Harbor area that specializes in bone-fishing and is styled after a colonial mansion. It offers great birding and hiking experiences and has virgin fishing flats, luscious mangroves around it. There is a beautiful garden here and the verandahs attached with the rooms overlook it… the atmosphere is much like a luxury country house. Location wise there is an advantage as the hotel is just half an hour away from Marsh Harbor. Watch out for the Great Room with a gargantuan dining table, antique artefacts and cases full of fishing equipment. There is also a library and a private club. there are discount offers if you plan to stay for more than 5 nights and there are rental plans too if you wish to stay for an extended period of time.
Treasure Cay Hotel, Golf Course and Marina
Address: Treasure Cay Road
Treasure Cay AB- 22134, Great Abaco Island
Price Range: 350$ per night and above
The Treasure Cay Hotel and Marina also has a golf course attached to it and stands on one of the best beaches on the island… Treasure Cay Beach. The hotel is very popular amongst the sailing fraternity… they have packages and discount deals that are largely aimed at the sailing community. It’s more like a premium hotel than a resort so don’t compare it to Sandals or any other all-inclusive resorts in Nassau. Their bar Tipsy Seagull is expensive but has a nice ambience and good stock. There is a lodge and a one bedroom accommodation option apart from signature Treasure Home.
12 elevated homes form an octagonal complex which contains 2 bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchenettes and dining and living spaces. Each home has a sculpted courtyard and swimming pool styled like a lagoon. The treasure house villas have to be rented for a minimum of 5 days. The treasure Cay golf course spans across 6985 yards and has 18 holes, its marina can accommodate 150 vessels and it has a nice spa and restaurant (Treasure Sands Club).
These features make it suitable for a luxury vacation. The Treasure Cay community has its own grocery, pharmacy, tennis courts, gift shop, bakery etc. and you don’t really have to venture out for your needs if you aren’t on a budget. Check their official website for packages and offers.
Bahama Beach Club
Address: PO Box 22275, Treasure Cay, Great Abaco Island
Price Range: 300$ to 700$ per night
There are more than 50 rather decorative condominiums on the beachfront and almost all have nice sea views. Each condominiums have fully functional kitchens, free cable TV, free Wi fi, cell phones (free calls to USA and Canada) and have a choice between two to five bedrooms. You can go boating, swimming, snorkeling or diving… they have a tie up with Brendalls Dive Center. The beach is very pretty and there is a swim up bar and nice restaurant but the staff and the service are below average. The compulsory VAT and Resort Charges promise to ride up a hefty bill.
Beachside BBQs, Jacuzzis facing the ocean and access to the Treasure Cay Golf Course are other frills. You need to stock up on groceries from Marsh Harbor and then cook some of your meals in order to save some money. Stay here if you absolutely must stay on Treasure Cay beach.
Green Turtle Cay Resort and Marina
Address: Green Turtle Cay, Abaco
Price Range: 300$ to 400$
Green Turtle Cay resort is the best accommodation option on Green Turtle Cay and it has a top class Marina and nearby access to a golf course as well. Diving, snorkeling, boating and island hopping packages are offered by the resort. Rooms can be grouped into 7 types; club room, superior club room, waterfronts, 1 bedroom villa, 2 bedroom villa, 3 bedroom villa and Windsong special suites.
The dishes and wine list is curated by the famous chef Michael Howell. Breakfasts are on the pretty patio that overlooks white sound harbor and they have a nice selection of omelets, egg benedict, fruit, pancakes and Bahamian bread.
Lunch is mostly Caribbean fresh food and soups, salads, sandwiches along with mixed platters… expect to find all familiar dishes like cracked conch, grouper, chowder and fritters. Dinner can be under the moon lit up by candlelight or inside the dining room. The Yacht Club Pub is good for cocktails.
Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbor
Address: Bay Street, Marsh Harbor, the Bahamas
Phone: +1 242-367-2158
Price: 315$ per night and upwards
The Abaco beach resort is one of the best accommodation options in Marsh Harbor. There is a wide range of accommodation options here right from 3 bedroom deluxe penthouses to Oceanfront’s (deluxe and superior), studio residences, one bedroom suites with kitchens, ocean view cottages, deluxe residences, two bedroom residences, 2 bedroom penthouses and oceanfront rooms.
The attached marina can accommodate large vessels and has 198 slips… it’s one of the best marinas on the island. Angler’s the in-house restaurant is also nice and has a great chef. The property has 2 pools, tennis court, volleyball and badminton facilities, kayaking and water trampoline facilities and paddleboards besides a playground, boutique and swim up bar. There are a lot of nice restaurants nearby like Janies, Colors, Mangos, Snappas, Wallys and The Blue Hole. Also the ferry dock to Guana Cay, Hope Town is quite nearby.
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