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Jennifer diving conch in Abaco waters! Welcome to the island of Abaco – one of the shimmering jewels in the archipelago of islands that make up The Bahamas. Relax and unwind from your everyday routine for truly you are among friends. Acquaint yourself with the island and its cays as you visit popular destinations or perhaps a secluded spot just waiting to be discovered. Breathe in the ocean-scented air on a romantic stroll down magnificent beaches. Go bird watching, golfing, kayaking, bonefishing or snorkeling. Make a stop at our historical museums or our majestic blue holes. Explore pine forests or brilliant coral reefs, which abound in our national land and sea parks. Accelerate your leisurely pace by going island-hopping and skip on over to Hope Town to see the famous candy-striped lighthouse, the Loyalist Memorial Sculpture Garden on Green Turtle Cay, Albury’s Sail Shop on Man-O-War Cay and Nippers on Guana Cay. Consider a taste of Bahamian cuisine from our local restaurants. From five-star restaurants like Wally’s Restaurant in Marsh Harbour and The Spinnaker in Treasure Cay to enjoying a meal on the beachfront at Sea Spray Resort on Elbow Cay or the Delphi Lodge in South Abaco. Remember Bahama Beach Club while making wedding plans. Oh, and let’s not forget duty-free shopping. Many locations offer luxurious items as well as native arts and craft that embody our Bahamian culture. So no matter where your sense of adventure leads you, one thing is certain: Abaco is sure to create lasting memories that will keep you coming back for more. Ruth Saunders - Publisher 6

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Visitors’ Services ....................... 12 Calendar of Events..................... 14 Ferry Schedule............................ 20 What to do................................... 32 Marina Information................... 52 Where to shop............................. 60 Where to dine............................. 70 Real Estate................................... 72 Where to stay.............................. 86 General Information................ 110

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What is Conch?........................... 22 Artists - Lovely Reckley............ 30

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Often referred to as the “Real Bahamas,” the Abaco Islands are also rich in history. Dating back to the 18th Century, the British Loyalists’ arrival to the island left a lasting impression on communities like Hope Town and Green Turtle Cay where their influence remains strong even today with the colonial-style architecture of buildings. In your travels, you’ll notice the historic candy striped lighthouse, Wyannie Malone Museum, Memorial Sculpture Garden, Albert Lowe Museum as well as the Hole-in-the-Wall Lighthouse in South Abaco just to name a few. Additionally, Abaco offers the opportunity to explore natural and wildlife habitats where the Bahama Parrot, wild boars, and wild horses known as the Spanish Barbs are found. Inland blue holes interspersed throughout our vast pine forests as well as caverns offer unparalleled underwater adventures. Explore the inter-island coastal waterways that make the Abaco Islands a unique destination, and travel to Man-O-War Cay by ferry to witness the art of boating building firsthand. Visit Great Guana Cay, whcih is the home of the “World Famous” Nippers Beach Bar & Grill; or stop on over to Hope Town offers a climb of the ninety-one steps up the candy-striped lighthouse and see the spectacular view of the island. In the North, Green Turtle Cay provides an authentic visit to the Miss Emily Blue Bee Bar - home of the original Goombay Smash drink. So with all this in mind, we invite you to experience all that Abaco has to offer. If you need more information, please visit us at the Abaco Tourist Office, which is located in the Bahamas Government Complex. Have a great time, and we’re glad that you are here! Ms. Wynsome Ferguson Manager Abaco Tourist Office


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Visitors’ Services For further information contact the local tourism office at 699-0152 or 367-3067

Airline & Charter Services

Abaco Air Ltd. ............................... 367-2266 American Airlines /American Eagle  US Reservations............... 1-800-433-7300 Air Gate Aviation (MH)................ 367-3636 Reservations.....................1-386-478-0600 Bahamas Express (MH)................. 225-7931 US Reservations.............. 1-954-365-1540 Bahamasair Marsh Harbour Airport............ 367-2095 Treasure Cay............................. 365-8601 Cherokee Air Ltd. Aviation...................................... 367-1900 Silver Airways Marsh Harbour Airport............ 367-3415 Treasure Cay Airport................ 365-8615 US Reservations...............1-800-231-0856 Craig Air Center Marsh Harbour......................... 367-3522 IBC (MH)......................................... 367-1336 Regional Air Marsh Harbour......................... 367-0446 Sky Bahamas.................................. 367-0996 Reservations..................1-242-377-8993 Western Air..................................... 367-3722

Banking & ATMs

Commonwealth Bank........ 367-2370 - ATM First Caribbean Int’l Bank Marsh Harbour............. 367-2166 - ATM Royal Bank of Canada Marsh Harbour.............. 367-2420 - ATM Treasure Cay.................. 365-8119 - ATM Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd.367-2141 - ATM Fidelity/Western Union (MH)...... 367-3135

Directory Assistance

US & CANADA....1-(Area Code)-555-1212

Embassies/Consulates

United States Embassy........1-242-322-1181 ..........................................1-888-407-4747 Canadian Consulate.............1-888-242-2100

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Royal Bahamas Police Force......... 367-2560 Fire Department (MH).................. 367-2000 Fire Department (TC).................... 365-8919 Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc............. 366-0282

Long Distance Services

AT&T USA Direct.................1-800-872-2881 Canada Operator..................1-800-463-0501 MCI Customers.................... 1-800-888-8000 Sprint Customers.................1-800-389-2111 UK Operator......................... 1-800-389-4444

Medical Services

Abaco Family Medicine................ 367-2295 Abaco Medi-Center........................ 367-9999 Auskell Advance Medical............. 367-0020 Chiropractor - Dr. Lewis............... 367-0020 Corbett Medical Center................. 365-8288 Integrated Medical Center..............367-1304 Health Therapeutic Massage......... 375-8416 Government Clinics Marsh Harbour........................... 367-2510 Cooper's Town............................ 365-0300 Green Turtle Cay........................ 365-4028 Hope Town................................. 366-0108 Sandy Point................................. 366-4010 Kidney Center................................. 367-3310 Marsh Harbour Medical................ 367-0050 Out Island Chiropractor................ 367-2584 Agape Family Dental Centre........ 367-4355 Diamente Dental Clinic................. 367-4968

Travel Agencies

A & W Travel Agency .................... 367-2806

Visitors Info

Ministry of Tourism..... 699-0152/367-3067 People-to-People............................. 367-3067 Chamber of Commerce................. 367-6279 Post Office....................................... 367-2571 Administrator’s Office................... 699-0000 Time...........................................................917 Weather.......................................VHF CH 68 Tours (Abaco Express)........... 242-646-7072

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Calendar of Events

For more information contact The Abaco Tourist Office at (242) 699-0152 or 367-3067

February 9th

Annual Reef Ball, Hope Town Harbour Lodge, Hope Town

(Contact Friends of the Environment, Phone: (242)-367-2721)

One of the major sources of funding for the FRIENDS’ education program is generated from FRIENDS’ annual Reef Ball Fundraiser. The funds are raised through a silent and live auction and raffle sales. The event is always well attended and is a great time with one of a kind auction items, live music and great food! FRIENDS will also host a Reef Ball in Marsh Harbour on March 2nd.

16th

Annual Man-O-War Craft & Trade Fair, Man-O-War Cay

27th

People to People/Winter Residents Reception, Treasure Cay (Contact the Abaco Tourist Office, Phone: (242)-367-3067)

This event presents an opportunity for local People to People volunteers, facilitated by the Ministry of Tourism, Abaco Office, to meet and interact with visitors and winter residents in an annual ‘get together.’

March TBA

Art Splash Green Turtle Cay

(Contact Green Turtle Club, Phone: (242)365-4271)

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Local artists come together to showcase and donate their work to assist with raising funds for the Abaco Cancer Society. Those in attendance will also have the chance to bid on unique art pieces that will be auctioned off at this event.

(For further information, Phone: (242)699-0152/367-3067)

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(Contact Man-O-War School, Phone: (242)-365-6049)

Local crafts, general items, food and drinks are featured at this popular fair that directly benefits the Man-O-War School.

Junior Junkanoo, Marsh Harbour

Local schools are brought together to compete in the Bahamas’ most celebrated street festival, ‘Junkanoo.’ Creating the music, the costumes and dance for this street festival are the youths of Abaco.

23rd

Senior Junkanoo, Marsh Harbour

(For further information, phone: (242)699-0152/367-3067)

This is a celebration of Bahamian heritage and culture for hundreds of residents and visitors alike to enjoy. This competitive event evokes the 14

passion of Bahamians in the traditional music, costumes and dance of our Junkanoo celebration with local senior groups competing for supremacy on this uniquely Bahamian stage.

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Hope Town’s Annual Heritage Day Hope Town

(Contact the Abaco Tourist Office, Phone: (242)-367-3067)

This Heritage Day is held at the park and museum area of town, generally featuring historial speakers, traditional school songs, cultural dances, sculling dinghy boats, arts and crafts, museum tours and freshly prepared Bahamian food for purchase.


Calendar of Events

For more information contact The Abaco Tourist Office at (242) 699-0152 or 367-3067

2nd

Annual Reef Ball, Marsh Harbour Marina & Jib Room, Marsh Harbour

(Contact Friends of the Environment, Phone: (242)-367-2721)

The Annual Reef Ball recognizes persons in an awards ceremony who have played a significant role in the protection of our environment. The event also serves as a fundraiser for Friends of the Environment.

April TBA

Cedar Harbour Homecoming Festival, Cedar Harbour

(Contact the Abaco Tourist Office, Phone: (242)-367-3067)

15th - 16th

This annual event serves to bring local residents and other domestic visitors from neighbouring islands together to share in cultural activities, games, food, drinks and worship.

(Nipper’s Beach Bar & Grill, Phone: (242)-365-5111)

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Barefoot Man Concert, Guana Cay The world famous Nippers Beach Bar & Grill on Guana Cay attracts hundreds of visitors and locals year after year with its live entertainment, its signature drink, the Nipper Juice, Bahamian dishes and its partying atmosphere. Call for July concert dates.

22nd-24th

Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend, Treasure Cay

(Contact Abaco Tourist Office, Phone: (242)699-0152)

A range of activities will be included in this weekend of fun that will encourage participation by all members of the family.

29th

Grand Cay Homecoming Festival, Grand Cay (For further information phone: (242)-353-1306)

The traditional heritage-based event called “homecoming” reunites local residents and other domestic visitors in cultural activities, games, food, drinks and worship.

40th Bahamas Billfish Championship Series, Guana Cay (BBC) (Orchid Bay Marina, Phone: (242)-365-5175)

The Bahamas Billfish Championship is considered to be the premier fishing series in The Bahamas attracting dozens of seasoned and crafty deep-sea fishermen. This tournament is the first leg of The Bahamas Billfish Championship and is being hosted at Orchid Bay Marina, Guana Cay.

18th - 27th

Abaco Anglers Fishing Tournament, Elbow Cay (Contact Lighthouse Marina, Phone: (242)-366-0154)

This Deep Sea and Bottom Fishing Tournament has been a part of the landscape for more than thirty years. All levels of fishing abilities are encouraged. Catagories for children available.

May

3rd-5th

Island Roots Heritage Festival, Green Turtle Cay (Contact Karen McIntosh, Phone: (242)-365-8489)

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For more information contact The Abaco Tourist Office at (242) 699-0152 or 367-3067

Heritage is scheduled for a fantastic 9th Annual Festival Celebrating Our Roots: Abaco Style!! Join us as we celebrate our connection with our sister city, Key West, Florida. It’s a festival full of delicious Bahamian treats, unique Bahamian crafts and fine art, informative speakers and displays, not to mention our fabulous Bahamian entertainment that will not disappoint you! For more information, especially if you would like to join us from Key West, please contact The Abaco Tourist Office at 367-3067. You can also visit www.islandrootsheritagefestival. com. See you there!

7th-10th

26th Annual Green Turtle Club & Marina Fishing Tournament, Green Turtle Cay (Green Turtle Club, Phone: (242)-365-4271)

This event caters to fishing enthusiasts wishing to visit Abaco and enjoy the fishing for Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Allison Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo, Grouper. It also brings out the novice fishermen and is a promotional event for the resort and Abaco.

23rd

4th Annual Goombay Summer Festival, Sea Spray Resort, Hope Town (For further information phone: (242)-366-0065)

This begins a series of cultural events that will take place over a six week period. The festival features various Bahamian music artists, Junkanoo parade, fire dancers, limbo contests and a whole lot of eats and drinks.

26th - 31st

40th Annual Treasure Cay Billfish Championship, Treasure Cay 18

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(Treasure Cay Beach Resort, Phone: (242)-365-8801)

The Treasure Cay Billfish Championship is a “mainstay” among the Abaco fishing events with consistency the order of the day. It caters to a cross section of fishermen and is a major promotional event for northern Abaco. The event also features beach volleyball and a native arts and crafts show on the lay day.

June TBA

Sandy Point Homecoming, Sandy Point

(Contact the Abaco Tourist Office, Phone: (242)-367-3067)

In addition to “homecoming” activities, this event also promotes the Bahamian sailing sloop regattas. Local residents and other visitors from islands of the Bahamas reunite and celebrate in cultural activities, games, food, drinks and church service.

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Central Abaco Lionfish Derby, Marsh Harbour

(Contact Friends of the Enviroment, Phone: (242)-367-2721)

Monetary prizes are given for the most lionfish caught as well as for the smallest and largest fish brought in that day.

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Little Abaco Homecoming, Fox Town (Contact the Abaco Tourist Office, Phone: (242)-367-3067)

The annual ‘homecoming’ event for this community is organized by a committee that invites family and friends to return for a weekend of celebrations in cultural activities, games, food, drinks and worship. Economic activity is generated community-wide as old family ties and friendship are renewed.


Calendar of Events

For more information contact The Abaco Tourist Office at (242) 699-0152 or 367-3067

TBA

Junkanoo Summer Festival, Marsh Harbour

(Contact the Abaco Tourist Office, Phone: (242)-367-3067)

It provides a glimpse inside the Bahamian cultural experience, featuring native music, food & drink, dance and calypso bands, arts and crafts, Junkanoo parades and the Bahamas Police Marching and Pop Bands.

6th & 20th

4th Annual Goombay Summer Festival, Sea Spray Resort, Hope Town (For further information phone: (242)-366-0065)

Treasure Cay (Contact Cliff Bootle, Phone: (242)-475-3275)

A huge crowd of supporter turns out to cheer on their pick for the fastest boat on sea. Contestants travel from throughout the Bahamas to vie for this title and bragging rights. A golf tournament is also included in this event, which is held at Treasure Cay Resort and Marina. Bahamians and visitors are able to indulge in cultural activities during the three-day event which includes native music, food and games.

3rd - 11th

38th Annual Regatta Time In Abaco

(Contact Dave & Kathy Ralph, Phone: (242)-367-2677)

21st - 22nd

The Regatta Time sailing event is hosted between the American and Bahamian Independence celebrations linking both important commemorations. One highlight of the event is the Fiddle Cay Party hosted by “Stranded Naked� Sports Wear. The series begins at Green Turtle Cay with stops at Treasure Cay, Gt. Guana Cay, Hope Town and Marsh Harbour, the commercial hub of Abaco. The regatta is in its 38th year and is an important promotional event for Abaco.

(Green Turtle Club, Phone: (242)-365-4271)

4th & 18th

9th - 14th

40th BBC Boat Harbour Championship, Marsh Harbour (Contact Abaco Beach Resort, Phone: (242)-367-2158)

The fourth leg of the Bahamas Billfish Championship, sponsored by Rolex, is hosted with valuable prizes and major cash awards at Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour.

5th Annual Lionfish Derby, Green Turtle Cay Sign up to compete in this fun and educational derby that is making a positive difference in our community by controlling the invasive lionfish population.

July TBA

8th Annual North Abaco Summer Festival & Power Boat Race, Regatta Village,

4th Annual Goombay Summer Festival, Sea Spray Resort, Hope Town (For further information phone: (242)-366-0065)

9th & 10th

Bahamas Independence Celebrations (Contact Administrators, Office phone: (242)-367-2343)

The Bahamas will celebrate 40 years as an independent nation. Events are planned across Abaco in commemoration of this significant event in the life of our nation. Destination Abaco

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Ferry Schedules TIPS on Traveling on the Ferries! ALL FERRIES LEAVE ON THE SCHEDULED TIMES *** Be at the ferry dock at least 10 mins before departure to allow time for parking and walking to the ferry dock. *** If taking lugguage, be prepared to tote it the ferry boat allowing ample time to load the vessel. *** If travelling from Marsh Harbour to Treasure Cay Ferry Dock allow driving time of about 30 mins and another 10 mins to park and walk to the ferry dock. *** Taxi Cabs are available at both ferry docks for transportation to various destinations. *** If visiting for more than a week, inquire at the Albury’s Ferry office about a Frequent Travel Card (5 roundtrips/10 one ways) Charters are available if your travel time does not meet the schedule. For more information call Albury’s Ferry at 367-3147 Green Turtle Ferry at 365-4166

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etting married in The Bahamas could not be easier. Just call the Ministry of Tourism Abaco Office to assist with your personal arrangements. To qualify to get married in The Bahamas, you must have been in The Bahamas for a minimum of one day. If either party has been divorced, the original fi-

nal decree divorce papers must be produced. If either party is unmarried, being a citizen or resident of a country other than the USA, a declaration certifying this fact must be sworn before a notary public or other person authorized to administer oaths.

The following documents are required: 1. Birth Certificate 2. Passport 3. Notarized Affidavit stating that you have never been married 4. Divorce papers if you have been married before

With Tourism assistance we can help you with: • A personal wedding consultant • Marriage License • Administrator or minister of religion to conduct ceremony • Licensed marriage officer • Wedding Cake • Photographer & Videographer • Wedding Location

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What is Conch? by Canishka Alexander

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pink-shelled gastropod with edible flesh, the Caribbean queen conch or Strombus gigas favours habitats of sea grass and sand flats at shallow depths. While adult conch feed on algae and consume plankton as larvae, the conch must also keep an eye out for its own share of predators, which include marine animals as well as humans. Traditionally, the spiral shell of the conch is used to make jewelry or for ornamental purposes. However, similar to the Mayan and Hindu cultures’ ceremonial use, the shells are also used as instruments in The Bahamas. When placed at your ear, the rhythmic sound of the ocean can be heard as well. Throughout the Bahamas’ history, conch meat was a staple food for the early settlers and even some Bahamians who migrated to the Florida Keys in those days. Their love for conch was so prevalent that they were even referred to as “Conchs.” Even now in Bahamian culture, conch is used in the names of businesses and annual events. For instance, McLean’s Town on Grand Bahama recently

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celebrated its 40th Annual Conch Cracking Contest and Festival. Then there’s a Deep Creek Conch Festival on Eleuthera, Abraham’s Bay Conch Fest on Mayaguana, and a Conch Festival on Andros is held each October in appreciation of the country’s most loved food with a culinary event, live music, dancing, and a conch cracking contest. On Abaco, an Annual Sandy Point Homecoming Conch Fest in held in June, and hundreds of people attend the popular event. There is also the Conchman Triathlon, which was started 26 years ago as a community event to raise funds to assist charitable organizations in the country. Certainly visitors have noticed business names like Conch Inn, Hotel & Marina, Conch Pearl Galleries Ltd, Seafood Galore and Kirk da Real Conch Man’s conch stands while visiting our shores.


Harvesting Conch

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t is beyond those serene shores that many fishermen are able to capture conch by hand while diving or with the use of fishing gear. Once landed, the meat is generally sold fresh or frozen on the local market or to commercial businesses that export them to other countries. Although the queen conch fishery has a longstanding presence in the Caribbean region, the commercial fishery has expanded in the last 30 years because of an increase in the demand for conch meat in foreign markets. According to Theophilus Rolle better known as “Tommy” and owner of Seafood Galore, he generally travels 12 to 14 miles away from where he lives in North Abaco to dive for conch. Coming from two generations of fishermen, he ventured into the fishing industry after graduating from high school in 1993. Not surprisingly, he has observed that conch is not as plentiful in areas where he had grown accustomed to seeing them. He said the conch grounds or beds are being overfished and that the fishermen are breaking the conch shells on the same ground, so the conchs are moving to deeper waters. “I could remember when we could go in shallow waters and stand waist deep to pick up conchs,” Tommy said. “The fishermen are dropping the shells where they get the conch, so therefore it runs the conch out of the area. “You know, you try to educate some of the fishermen, but

they are not learning, so we are destroying ourselves.” He vividly recalled a time when he would return home with 400 to 500 conch from the same spot every week, but now fishermen are more concerned about poundage and are capturing the juvenile conch as well. When he goes out diving, Tommy said there is not much pollution in our waters; however, since he was in primary school his father taught him to never throw anything overboard. He has trained himself from then to now to keep everything he brings on the boat and carry it back home to dispose of it. Like Tommy, Selkirk Pedican or rather “Kirk da Conch Man” had a bit of learning to do as a conch vendor himself 14 years ago. Although he was born Destination Abaco Destination Abaco

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on Green Turtle Cay, he moved to Nassau at the age of 6, but came back and forth as a teenager to work with his father on his boat. Kirk initially started out as a police officer, but his interest was piqued as a fan of Goldie’s Conch House on Arawak Cay in Nassau. After a while, he began to see the profitability of such a business. Kirk was relocated to Freeport where he eventually retired from the police force. However, before his retirement, he would go out and purchase conch to prepare for himself and his family. He soon began sharing conch salad with the neighbours who were impressed by the taste. His colleagues at work also expressed their approval of his tasty conch salads. When he did finally follow his call to the sea, Kirk said that fishing was actually his No. 1 priority. He started aboard the “Geno,” which was a family boat kept by Nigel

Selkirk Pedican

Mills, but when fishing became slow for him, he began working the land until he was established as a parttime conch vendor. He approached Kirk Reckley at his business Best for Less in Treasure Cay. Kirk da Conch Man ended up spending 10 years there before moving to the entrance of Spanky’s Liquor Store in Treasure Cay. As he looks back, Kirk remembered how slow business became during the recession, so it was a blessing in disguise when he was granted permission from the owner of the building to set up his conch stand there. He added that because of his presence at the annual Goombay Festival with the Ministry of Tourism, it was a better location for him because he was well known. “I have no regrets because my business began to multiply,” Kirk remarks. “On any given day, I am satisfied. I am overwhelmingly patronized by locals and homeowners, and I find it thrilling and interesting. It’s hard work; but if you manage your money, it is a good business.” Kirk emphasized that there must be a love for what you do while respecting yourself and your name. He is convinced that once you market your business properly and ensure that the service you are giving to the public is satisfactory, you will be successful. “It has done a lot for me, and I don’t regret it. I am looking to take my business to another level, so in


the future I will have fried fish with banana pancakes and daiquiris.” That is why he pays close attention to everything he does. Like many things in life, making such a popular delicacy comes with experience and good judgement. He took time to note the different names given to conch salad like one called old fashioned conch salad that only includes the conch with sour and pepper. Add onions to it and it’s called a scorch conch. The conch salad we enjoy now has all the “vegetables”

added to it. “Bahamians are fascinated by it; I like to fix people up with conch salad because it’s my way of saying thanks,” he said. “I know people who eat conch for breakfast or set aside money for their conch salad.” In his experience, he believes women are mostly drawn to eating conch than men. Hard to explain, but for Bahamians, perhaps the love of conch begins in the womb.

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nce the conch is brought ashore, it has to be removed from the shell. Using a hammer, make a hole between the third or fourth spiral from the center of the conch shell. Insert a knife into the hole, and cut through the abductor muscle of the conch, and then pull on the conch’s claw until the meat is released from the shell. Remove the black and white viscera and projection above the eyes and the proboscis. Next, remove the esophagus, which lies under the skin from the proboscis to the edge of the muscle. The intestine, which resembles a dark vein underneath the white muscle, must be cut off as well.

Afterwards, you slice through the skin from the bottom of the conch meat to the claw and use your thumb or knife to pull the tough skin off then remove the claw. Salt and lime can be used with water to scrub and wash away the slime off the conch. Seeing conch prepared is an experience just in and of itself. Both Tommy and Kirk da Conch Man look forward to preparing this traditional Bahamian dish for their customers. After the conch is extracted from its shell, it is cleaned and prepared for any number of dishes. For Tommy, he has a conch crawl where he stores his conch until he needs them. Destination Abaco

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CONCH RESTRICTIONS - any conch taken from Bahamian waters must be well formed with a prominent, flared lip. To stay on the “safe side” of Bahamian law, conch should be a minimum of 7 to 8 inches (lengthwise). “Rollers”, the immature conch found in many tidal waters, “flats” or shallow sea grass areas, should be left for another day. Besides conch salad, another specialty dish is conch fritters, which is ground up into a batter and deep fried. Cracked conch is tenderized with a mallet, then seasoned and marinated in lime juice before being battered and deep fried. Served mainly for breakfast, conch chowder on the other hand, is a tomato-based soup with fresh vegetables, potatoes, onion, celery and carrots. Stewed or souse conch are also a part of the local cuisine, and all can be served with Johnny cake. At Seafood Galore, Tommy and his wife Tamara provide a variety of salads – some of which have to be prepped before they head to Marsh Harbour to decrease waiting time. The couple began serving the public across from Quality Star Service Station; but when the crowd became too large, they had to choose another location. He requested the use of the property across from the Island Bakery in Marsh Harbour, and the business is still presently located

there. Beginning with conch salad they also ventured into lobster salad at the request of their customers. Boiled conch, curbs, whelks and stone crab were also introduced, and for his most daring patrons combinations of the seafood can be mixed together with diced onions, sweet pepper and tomatoes with a squeeze of lime and flavoured with salt and hot pepper. Tommy also uses lamb conch and pepper conch, which are found in the same habitat as queen conch. The lamb conch tastes more like whelks, however. While growing up in The Bahamas, Tommy recalled older people telling them that conch wasn’t for children. Of course, that made them even more curious about conch. As he later learned, conch is considered an aphrodisiac, and many Bahamians particularly the men, will attest to that statement. Some say it is also a good source of iron and protein.


Cracked Conch Ingredients: 1 ½ lb. conch 1 oz. lemon juice 2 oz. flour 3 eggs Method : Cut the conch in half horizontally and tenderize. Marinate the conch in the lemon juice for ½ hour. Beat the eggs and dip the conch in the flour, egg wash and finally dip again into the flour. Deep fry. Serves 4. Conch pearls are considered to be among the rarest, naturally-forming pearls in the world. These pearls cannot be cultured, they must be found. It is said that only one in 10,000 conch will contain a pearl, and very few of those pearls will be of high quality.

Conch Fritters 6 conchs, skinned or not

Ground up either in a meat grinder, food processor or anything else that will break the meat down into smaller pieces

2 onions 2 sweet peppers 2-4 ripe tomatoes All veggies chopped in a food processor, to very small bits

2 tbs baking powder 3 cups flour 1-1.5 cups tomato paste Salt & pepper (season to taste) Hot pepper optional (hot sauce, finger or bird pepper, any of your preference)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl until you have a paste-like consistency, a little loose but not watery. Use a spoon to measure out the “fritter” size, add to oil - approx. 375 degrees and let fry about 2 mins on either side, until puffy and deliciously done. Kim Lowe @ Pete’s Pub


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s these two men look toward what the future holds for their industry, Tommy said the law needs to be better enforced when fishermen and tourists breach the law. He called on fisheries officers to do more frequent patrols. Information gathered by the Department of Marine Resources indicates that in 2008, based on landings by islands, 203,573 pounds of conch were landed on Abaco at a value of $563,159. According to information from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the total landing of conch on the Family Islands in The Bahamas totaled 530,056 pounds and valued at $1.4 million. CITES reported that the exportation of conch meat for 2010 equated to 554,100 pounds, which was valued at an estimated $3.2 million.

In the September 12 edition of the Tribune, an article was written on the rising concern of conch exportation to the United States after, Wild Earth Guardians, a non-profit environmental organization, made a petition for conch to be registered as an endangered species. According to Marine Resources Director Michael Braynen, 600,000 pounds of conch was exported to the United States in 2011 at a value of more than $3.3 million. Braynen concluded that the conch export industry is made possible because seafood dealers say the amount of conch landed exceeds the demand for conch on the local market. However, it will greatly impact the lives of those who depend on fishing. However, some argue that the only resource we have is our seafood. Nevertheless, the petition states that the conch species has been

Female Queen Conch Without Shell

photo credits - Friends of The Environment/Department of Marine Resources


steadily declining and faces threats from overfishing and illegal harvest, water pollution and degradation of shallow-water nursery grounds. Wild Earth Guardians contend that listing the queen conch under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) “would provide essential protection for this species by eliminating the U.S. import market, which currently drives a substantial majority of conch exports. Additionally, ESA listing would allow for designation of critical habitat to protect vital nursery grounds and existing spawning stock,” it said. Tommy was not against a season closure on conch because it will help to preserve conch for the future. He said the ban on exports could help as well as hurt us, but he caters to the local market, and it is a viable industry for him. But just how long will it remain a viable industry for Bahamian fishermen? In the 1980s the harvesting of conch was banned. It is now illegal to transport live conch in U.S. waters because it is considered an endangered species. Queen conch is considered a protected species in

Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission states that even though Bahamian rules allow the possession of six conch per vessel, “there is no exception which allows private recreational vessels to bring queen conch back to Florida from The Bahamas even if lawfully purchased there.” As for protection of our valuable resource, Kirk said the ocean is a big place, so he doubts we would run out of this commodity. Fishermen may have to go farther, but not run out of these resources. There is enough for all fishermen to get, Kirk said, but there are some who are selling our country and that is where the problem lies. Although he does not go out and get the conch for himself, Kirk patronizes local fishermen who do. Despite the competitive nature of the industry, Kirk observed where fishermen could be causing it on themselves. He explains: “Fishermen only focus on crawfish because the price makes a difference. Conch is a lot of hard work, but the ones who process it make the money.”

male Queen Conch Without Shell

photo credits - Friends of The Environment/Department of Marine Resources


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Lovely Reckley 242-551-7457 or 367-3442

by Caniskha Alexander Lovely’s Picture by IMAGES by Alexander

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ovely Reckley’s love for craft has been with her since she was a child, so she has always been one to work with her hands. The daughter of Voidell and George Russell, Lovely was the second of 14 children born to the couple in Fox Town.

Although she attended school, she soon remained at home to assist her mother with her younger siblings. Fortunately, she acquired the same giftedness as her mother when it came to making things, and began crocheting dresses. “I still have a dress I crocheted from 30 years ago,” Lovely beamed. Today, she makes jewelry from shells, beads, coconut or crystal. Lovely also does straw work, dressmaking, basket weaving and handcrafted bridal pieces. She was recently taught machine embroidery during a three-month course in Changsha, China, which was sponsored by the Chinese government. “Machine embroidery - it’s called the blending of the threads,” she explains. “With the computerized ones you only use one thread at a time, but the way I learned uses different threads.” Carefully inspecting a sample of embroidery she brought back from China, Lovely pointed out 30

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that it had the same pattern on each side. It is a craft that takes 10 years to perfect; however, the art is dying out because the younger generation refuses to learn it. At home, Lovely is intent on teaching our youth what she knows. She has taught shell craft classes for the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) as well as S.C. Bootle High School and Horizons Academy. “If I learn to do something, I like to share it with somebody else because it’s no use for you to know it and you keep it to yourself; you die and take it with you, and somebody else can profit from it,” she opined. “So I like to teach people to work with their hands because it’s helping people to make a living from the craft. “I love them all – every piece of work has beauty in it.” She acknowledged quite a few good artisans on Abaco whose work she would recommend, and she encouraged those who are retired or want to make extra money to do something they have a passion for. “My bags and jewelry can be found all over the world, and people place orders to take products back home. It makes you feel like, ‘Hey, I’ve really done something because people like my work.’” Like her crafts, Lovely has trav-


Artist elled extensively throughout the United States, Caribbean and The Bahamas as well. After she started teaching, she stopped attending shows to allow her students to show off their work. However, she promotes her products through catalogs and word of mouth. Always one to give advice, she admonished: “Strive to be the best you can be; don’t go for quantity but quality; and if you can’t wear it, don’t sell it. Find something that you like and pursue it, and don’t let anything stop you from being the best that you can be.” Of course, there are always challenges along the way. At first, Lovely found the embroidery difficult because of the language barrier. She recalled how the other women laughed at her while taking the course in China, but she was determined to have the last laugh. At the end she was one of the best students and finished a month ahead of her deadline. “At first it may not look good, but continue practicing, and you will get there,” Lovely commented. “People always say ‘Wow! Did you make that?’” Besides her handicraft work, it’s hard to believe that Lovely has time for more hobbies. Nevertheless, she finds time for gardening, reading, cooking and meeting people.

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Art Galleries

Bahama Dawn Design

Bahama Dawn Design is a working studio and gallery of fun things. It offers the finest in handmade products such as art quilts, table decor, silk paintings and so much more. Androsia and Bahama Handprint fabric are available. All crafts are handmade by Kim Roberts. Call 367-4648 or visit www.bahamadawn.com.

Abaco Island Artists

The Blue Sky Gallery offers fine Bahamian art, prints, professional framing & photography by Tuppy Weatherford. Additionally, you will find the displayed artwork of Lou Lihou, Anne Ray, Fritz Keck, Beth Sweeting and Zyandric Jones. This gallery is located on Don MacKay Blvd. in Marsh Harbour. Call 367-0579.

Works from Brigitte Bowyer Carey, Jo-Ann Bradley, Lillian Cash, Leanne Russell, Donna Spadafora, Marjolein Scott, Bob Zwickel, Tim Higgs, Donnie Wood, Jeep Byers, Zyandric Jones, Attila Feszt, Louis Schneider and Colyn Rees can be found at Mangoes Boutique and Palm Cottage in Marsh Harbour. These friends are loyal supporters of the Abaco Cancer Society’s Art Shows. The group believes in the artistic talent of The Bahamian youth and encourages and mentors aspiring local artists. For more information on Abaco’s artists, visit their Web site at abacoislandartists@gmail.com or call 3673744.

Lovely Island Tings

Pete’s Pub & Gallery

Blue Sky Gallery

Lovely Island Tings specializes in straw work. Fine items such as straw bags, wallets, handbags and hats as well as household items like mats, cushions and bath accessories can be found here. It is located on Queen Elizabeth Drive in Marsh Harbour. Tel: 3674297/551-7453/367-3442.

Abaco Ceramics

Established in 1983, Abaco Ceramics continues to offer a wide range of beautifully hand-painted functional and decorative ceramics created in its workshop located on the road into Treasure Cay. Abaco Ceramics is open from Monday 32

through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel: 365-8489. www.abacoceramics.com

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Located in Little Harbour, the Johnstons produce bronze art in their foundry. Clients and visitors are welcome to tour the foundry, then visit the Gallery where the finished sculptures are available. It is open from November through August beginning at 11 a.m. For more information, call 577-5487 or 954-353-2465 www.petespubandgallery.com

Edna’s Straw Work

Edna’s Handicraft features works of art fashioned from material exclusive to Abaco’s environment. Located on Forest Drive in Marsh Harbour, Edna Kemp’s collection


what to do boasts sand-blasted vases, shell floral arrangements, beaded coconut, Abaco glass jewellery, hair accessories, and colossal mirrors delicately outlined in an exquisite display of native shells. Tel: 5549905.

Cultural Activities

38th Regatta Time In Abaco

Regatta Time In Abaco is a fiverace series held each year incorporating the American and Bahamian Independence Day holidays. Its primary focus is to encourage cruising sailboats to compete. The races are held on the waters off different communities from Green

Turtle Cay to Hope Town. The shore activities include street parties, Junkanoo and hosted parties at a different location each night for the 10-day event. Check us out on Facebook. www.regattatimeinabaco.com

Homecomings

Every year various settlements or towns throughout Abaco host local homecomings. These homecomings give residents, past and present, an opportunity to showcase their community spirit and give visitors a chance to enjoy the festivities. Some of the communities that stage such homecomings are Sandy Point, Blackwood, Cedar Harbour, Moore’s Island and Murphy Town.

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what to do North Abaco Boat Race

The North Abaco Summer Festival and Power Boat Race has been held at the Green Turtle Cay ferry dock for the past six years. Recently Abaco boats have competed in the races that had previously consisted of boats only from Grand Bahama. It is a popular three-day event, which draws food vendors and local partygoers as well as visitors from around The Bahamas.

Man-O-War Cay’s Independence Day

Every July locals and visitors participate in a variety of oldfashioned games and activities in celebration of Independence Day on Man-O-War Cay. Swimming events are held along with popular games where all participants are rewarded. A traditional cookout concludes the day’s events.

“Sojer” Day

Every other year residents of ManO-War Cay celebrate their Heritage Day called Sojer Day – in recognition of the residents who are nicknamed “Sojers.” Throughout the day, locals acknowledge their history and rich heritage through food, skits, musical selections, artifacts, tours and booths that reflect the cay’s reputation as The Bahamas’ boatbuilding capital. The next Sojer Day is scheduled for April 6th, 2013.

Hope Town Box Cart Derby

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tered vary in design, size and colours. The event is a popular one drawing those with competitive spirits and scores of spectators. Food and beverage stands are set up. Earnings from the event assist in youth sports development in the community, particularly the Taylor Park Ballfield and the Abaco Junior Sailing Program.

Sandy Point Conch Fest

During the first weekend of June, the Sandy Point Development Association presents the annual Sandy Point Abaco Homecoming and Conchfest. The event highlights the Bahamian sloop sailing regattas and showcases cultural activities, games, food, drinks, and a church service. The Conchfest also includes performances by Bahamian musicians.

Junkanoo

The Junkanoo Parade, the traditional Bahamian dance with elaborate costumes, is held in Marsh Harbour for two nights in February and several weekends in June and July. Green Turtle Cay has an annual Junkanoo Parade on New Year’s Day. Sea Spray Resort also holds an annual competition in Dec in Hope Town. Listen to the sounds of the horns and whistles and feel the pulsating rhythms of the goatskin drums and cowbells. Join in a rushout with local groups like the Spring City Rockers, Supreme Dancers, Green Turtle Cay Rockers and the Treasure Cay Explorers.

Annual Christmas Festivals

The Christmas Festival is held the first weekend in December in


what to do Marsh Harbour. Treasure Cay the festival is celebrated on the second weekend in December. These events involve the community with a family day that offers lots of games, music, Bahamian food, various local talents and live entertainment. It showcases community spirit to bring in the Christmas cheer with visitors having a chance to enjoy the culture of the Bahamian people.

Island Roots Heritage Festival

Join us as we celebrate our connection with our sister city, Key West, Florida. It’s a festival full of delicious Bahamian treats, unique Bahamian crafts and fine art, informative speakers and displays, not to mention our fabulous Bahamian entertainment that will not disappoint you! The complete schedule of events for the weekend will be posted on the website the month before the festival and will be posted in the April Abaconian issue. For more information, please contact The Abaco Tourist Office at 367-3067. You can also visit www.islandrootsheritagefes-

tival.com. See you there!

4th Annual Green Turtle Cay Christmas Festival of Lights, Fair and Boat Parade

The event will begin early evening at Settlement Point with a Thanksgiving dinner and an exciting stage program ending with a torchlight procession. Come and see their quiet village transformed into a fairyland and experience the cart parade and jingle bell trot. Later, join them for the Lite the Nite Boat Parade. The route will take the boats from Black Sound, White Sound, and Settlement Creek to the Main Dock at Settlement Point. Bunce, Hail’em gal and a Junkanoo rush will be performed that night along with another late night of bingo. This event will begin Thursday, Nov. 22nd and end on Saturday, Dec. 8th, 2012. It is guaranteed to be three weekends of fun. Contact Erin Albury at 3654395 or Marilyn Saunders at 3654120 for more information.

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what to do 7th Annual Cancer Society Art Show and Auction

Held in Green Turtle Cay at the Green Turtle Cay Club, the 7th Annual Cancer Society Art Show and Auction will feature local art, jewelry, sculpture and much more. For more infomation email: abacocancersociety@gmail.com or call 367-3744.

Junkanoo Summer Festival

Summertime on Abaco means Junkanoo Time. This festival, staged by the Ministry of Tourism throughout the summer months, highlights everything that is truly Bahamian. Local residents and visitors get to sample the flavour of the islands. In addition to the variety of Bahamian dishes and

drinks, there are performances by the world famous Royal Bahamas Police Force Band and local Junkanoo and dance groups. Fire dancing, limbo, hair braiding and native crafts are also displayed.

Art For The Parks

The Bahamas National Trust, Abaco Beach Resort, local artists and corporate supporters have come together to provide an opportunity for residents and visitors to Abaco to view and purchase the works of more than 30 talented Bahamian artists on Jan. 24 - 26, 2013. The event features artists who work in all mediums with a number of high-end jewelry and craft artisans participating. Saturday and Sunday features a variety of food, an interactive children’s crafts area, and local musical tal-

Managing National Parks –

Bahamas National National Trust Trust Bahamas

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The Bahamas National Trust is a non-profit membership organization with statutory responsibility for management of 26 national parks and protected areas. The BNT is a unique collaboration of the private, scientific and government sectors with notable conservation accomplishments over the past 50 years. ESTABLISHING the Inagua National Park in 1965 to protect one of the world’s largest breeding colonies of West Indian Flamingos. DESIGNATING the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park in 1986 as the first no-take marine fishery reserve in the wider Caribbean. CREATING the Abaco National Park in 1994 to protect the northern breeding habitat of the endangered Bahama Parrot. ANNOUNCING the Fowl Cays Land and Sea Park in 2009 as the newest national park in celebration of the BNT’s 50th Anniversary. WORKING with scientists to continue to monitor the breeding population of the endangered Bahama Parrot on Abaco.

DOUBLING the size of the national park system in 2002 to over 700,000 acres throughout the archipelago – an unprecedented conservation achievement. DEVELOPING award winning environmental education programmes for teachers and students in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. The MANAGEMENT of 26 national parks is a huge responsibility. As we plan for the future, we ask for you to support our national parks by becoming a member of the BNT so that we can continue to protect and manage the biodiversity of The Bahamas for future generations of Bahamians.

For membership information contact us at:

Nassau: P.O. Box N-4105 | Ph: 242-393-1317 • Fax: 242-393-4978 Abaco National Park: Ph: 242-367- 6310 • Fax: 242-367-6309 www.bnt.bs • Email: bnt@bnt.bs


what to do ent. All funds raised at the event help to maintain the six Abaco National Parks and support conservation education initiatives on Abaco. Contact the Bahamas National Trust at bnt@bnt.bs, or call the BNT Office in Marsh Harbour at 367-6310.

Museums

The Albert Lowe Museum on

families. Tel: 366-0293 Man-O-War’s Heritage Museum

Green Turtle Cay charts the history of Abaconians from the Loyalists of the 1780s through the modern-day development of Abaco. It also features handcrafted ship models and paintings by local artists. Once a home, this 150-yearold structure was transformed by artist Alton Lowe in memory of his father. Tel: (242) 365-4094 The Wyannie Malone Historical Museum in Hope Town exhibits the cay’s history from the 1780s to the present and is named after the Hope Town founder from South Carolina. The museum is packed with manuscripts, photographs and artifacts. Local pottery and ships’ china recovered by wreckers and household antiques are housed here. Extensive genealogy records are available for Bahamian

is located on the Queen’s Highway in the heart of the settlement. The recently opened museum holds artifacts, photos and family treasures of yesteryear. The building itself is one of the oldest on the island at 100 plus years. And like all older buildings, it has its challenges. Donations are being accepted for the roof restoration project. Visit www.mowmuseum. com to stay updated on the progress of the museum. You can also “like” them on Facebook.

Johnston’s Bronze Art Foundry

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what to do since it was introduced to him by his father, the late Randolph Johnston in 1952. Today both Pete’s and his father’s work are known worldwide and can be seen in such places as the Vatican’s Museum in Rome, Rawson Square in Nassau and many domestic and international art galleries. The foundry is still in operation and remains as the only bronze foundry in The Bahamas. It is tucked away in the unspoiled and secluded location of Little Harbour that also offers a family-owned pub and art gallery. Contact them at (242) 577-5487 or 954-353-2465 pete@petespub.com

Abaco’s Lighthouses

Hole-In-The-Wall Lighthouse was built in 1836, but with its original mechanism dismantled, the lighthouse now has an automated light. Some interested residents hope to restore the beauty of this once proud beacon of light to ships that sailed on our beautiful waters of the Atlantic. The Elbow Cay Lighthouse is probably the most recognizable landmark on Abaco. This 89-foot high candy-striped edifice was built in 1863 and is one of two hand-wound kerosene-burning lighthouses still operational in the world. It is worth viewing.

Beaches

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white sand, seven-mile-long Guana Cay Beach has a tall dune, Abaco Beach Resort’s sand is shaded beneath palm trees, and Sandy Point Beach has lots of shells. Casuarina Point Beach Crossing Rocks Beach Hope Town Beach Long Beach Manjack Beach Pelican Beach Villas Beach Sandy Point Public Beach Tahiti Beach on Elbow Cay Treasure Cay Beach

Eco-Adventures Mangroves

Due to the flat land and typically shallow waters, The Bahamas largely consists of wetland ecosystems, making them the most important ecosystem in the country. Wetlands, often referred to as swamps or marshes, are areas that are regularly flooded with salt or fresh water, even though they are sometimes permanently or temporarily dry due to tides or arid seasons. Wetlands can either be coastal or inland. Coastal wetlands are influenced by the tides. The plants found here are very salt tolerant and protect the coastline from storm surges and run off into the sea. Inland wetlands are cutoff from the sea and are more influenced by rainfall, rivers, or ground water. Mangroves are the trees that can be found in these wetland areas. Worldwide, there are over 50 species of mangroves, four of which can be found in The Bahamas. The Red Mangrove is the most water loving of them all and can be seen on the coasts of the salt wa-


ter. Easily identified by its reddish colour and branching prop roots, the Red Mangrove has oval, green leaves that grow opposite each other, and yellow-cream flowers. The Black Mangrove often grows just behind the Red Mangrove, but it is also salt tolerant. It’s extended, horizontal roots easily identify it, from which grow vertical “breathing roots.” The Black Mangrove often has a blackened bark, longer and narrower leaves and produces a small cluster of white flowers. The White Mangrove is the least salt tolerant, and therefore it prefers drier conditions and can be found growing more inland behind the Black Mangroves. The White Mangrove is easily distinguished from the other mangroves by its rounded, lighter green leaves and its pinkish stem, with two visible glands called nectarines, which are thought to prevent it from herbivorous attacks. The flower is very small, white, and bell shaped. The Buttonwood, also known as the Grey Mangrove, prefers much drier land and can be found further inland than the others; however, it is very salt resistant. The Buttonwood is found in two colour forms: green and silver. The flowers are “button-like” and de-

velop into brown fruits. The leaves are alternate from one another and also have sugar secreting nectarines, which are thought to defend against herbivorous attack. All mangrove trees not only protect the island from erosion and coral reefs from pollution, they also serve as a nursery, shelter, and protection for many embryonic crab, lobster and fish.

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Out Island Excursions

Bahamas Fast Ferries

From Sandy Point, one can take a trip to Nassau, the capital and most populated city of The Bahamas, in under fours hours on a state-of-the-art, air-conditioned, high-speed ferry. The fast ferry runs Friday and Sunday most of the year. However, the schedule does vary throughout the year so be sure to check the schedule before planning your trip. Visit www.bahamasferries.com for more information and to book a trip.

Pinder’s Ferry Service

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island, where the second most populated city is found, Freeport. Pinder’s Ferry Service travels twice daily from Crown Haven, Abaco’s northernmost point, to McLean’s Town, Grand Bahama, which is 50 miles away. From there you can catch a bus or taxi to Freeport. For more information call (242) 365-2356.

Golfing Treasure Cay Golf Course

The Treasure Cay Golf Course is an outstanding 18-hole championship course designed by Dick Wilson, one of America’s most renowned golf course architects. With several classic courses, the golf course consistently ranks in


what to do Golf Digest’s Top 100. With 186 acres and tropically landscaped, Treasure Cay golf course was the last Dick Wilson planned. After he died in 1968, his assistant, Joe Lee, completed the course and went on to become a famous golf course architect. At 6,985 yards from the blue tees and with 66 strategically placed sand bunkers, the Treasure Cay course presents an impressive challenge. With ocean winds, tight fairways, and a layout that makes you ponder every club selection, you certainly will want to play more than once! Whether you are single and looking for a partner to play with or have a partner already, the Treasure Cay Golf Course is perfect for you. Tee times are not necessary! During the winter season, homeowner tournaments are often held at bi-weekly intervals. Guests are welcome, as it can be fun way of meeting new people. Very attractive golf packages are available to guests staying at Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina.

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay features authentic links courses, meaning it has been built on land that is beside the sea and been shaped by wind. Therefore, the course has been designed and is maintained so that it is fast running and firm. Some would even call this course a tropical links, due to the tropical location next to a pristine two-mile beach and many dunes. Designed by Peter de Savary, Tom MacKenzie, and Donald Steel, this course is described as the envy of many sea-

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side courses. Amenities at the Club include a clubhouse and infinity pool, European spa, deep sea and bonefishing, tennis, children’s activities and numerous water sports. The Club’s private plane and air terminal, as well as sport and leisure boats, are available to members and guests. The Club welcomes non-members to enjoy the private club once only. Exquisite cottages are available for rent. Estate lots and exquisite turn-key cottages are priced from $875,000 to $4 million. Non-resident membership is also available. For more information, please contact the Membership Department at (888) 303-2765 (US Toll Free) or (242-) 367-0077 or email info@theabacoclub.com or

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visit www.theabacoclub.com.

Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club

The golf course at Baker’s Bay has been receiving enthusiastic reviews as one of the premium courses in the Caribbean. Designed by Tom Fazio, this Par 72 course plays 7,327 yards from the back tees and features dramatic water views from most of the holes. Baker’s Bay provides 244 custom home sites, 35 beachfront cottages, and 44 boathouses. At Baker’s Bay you can experience an ocean front golf course, a private family beach club, a first-rate spa and fitness club, a private watercraft, and superlative dining. Baker’s


what to do Bay also provides a seaport village, equipped with a waterfront cantina, a Caribbean-style hotel, and many gift shops and boutiques. Visit www.bakersbayclub. com, call (242) 577-0635, or email info@bakersbayclub.com for more information.

Diving & Snorkeling

Snorkeling Sites • Angelfish Reef • Blue Strip Reef • Crawfish Shallows • Elkhorn Park • Fowl Cay Reef • Hobias Head • Hope Town Reef • Jeanette’s Reef

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Meghan’s Mesa Mermaid Reef Pelican Park Pirate’s Cathedral Sandy Cay Reef Sanka Shoal Smugglers Rest Spanish Cannon Spiral Cavern The Pillars White Hole Wreckers Reef

Diving Operators

Abaco Sailing Ad................. 366-0722 Brendal’s Dive Ctr (GTC)... 365-4411 Dive Abaco (MH)................ 367-2787 Dive Guana (GC)................. 365-5178 Dive Time (MOW).............. 365-6235

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what to do Spanish Cay (SC)................. 365-0083 Treasure Divers (TC).......... 365-8571 Froggies Out Island (HT)... 366-0431

Reef, Cave, Cavern, Wrecks, Walls & Blue Hole Diving

Much of the water that surrounds The Bahamas is less than 20 feet deep, making it home to numerous reef dive sites. The Aquarium - This site is located on the outside of the reef north of Shark Ledge and is frequented by friendly Caribbean Reef Sharks and Groupers. There are interesting coral structures to explore.

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Cuda Alley - This is a beautiful reef located at the north end of Guana Cay. There are beautiful coral formations, lots of fish and sometimes schools of barracudas hanging about. The reef has a huge ledge in it which leads to a beautiful cavern room that’s filled with silversides in the summer. Grouper Alley Numerous tunnels cut through and beneath a monstrous coral head in 40-foot depths. Guppy Garden These are two beautiful coral heads located near the maze off Scotland Cay. The maximum depth is 30 feet. The heads have lots of fish, corals and interesting crevasses to explore. Kristin’s Crannies - This is a beautiful coral


what to do head located near The Cathedral. This site has lots of fish, corals and very interesting crevasses and tunnels running through it. The Maze - This is a beautiful site near Scotland Cay. The reef structure here has six or more very long, wide tunnels running through it like a maze. The tunnels are quite large and well lit with many large openings in the overhead. The maximum depth is 30 feet. Sandy Cay - This site is located in the Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park. It is a beautiful coral reef with lots of fish and the occasional Spotted Eagle Ray. The Skyscrapers - These are dive sites on the outside of the main reef at the north end of Guana Cay. These sites have a maximum depth of 60 feet. Each is unique with amazing coral structures that reach the surface from the bottom at 60 feet. Here you will find beautiful tunnels and caverns hidden behind some of the huge cliff- like formations. Black Tip Sharks, Eagle Rays, Tarpon and other life are often seen on these reefs. Tarpon Reef - High-profile corals provide

a home for a school of Tarpon and a huge Green Moray. The Tower Garden - This site is called “Fly Wheel” in the Cruising Guide. There are lots of Chubs and Yellowtail Snappers here. The site has interesting coral formations with nice well lit tunnels running through them. The Towers - The site is located outside the reef near The Tower Garden and is home to Caribbean Reef Sharks, Rays and Turtles. There are huge coral heads that come close to the surface from depths of 60 feet, plus tunnels and caverns. The Tunnels - This site is called “Tombstone” in the Cruising Guide. There is a memorial to Skeet Lachance’s son under one of the ledges. This is a nice coral head with lots of fish and coral. Twin Sisters - These are two round coral heads near The Tunnels. There are nice corals and colorful fish on these heads. It is a nice reef for beginners and snorkel divers. Wayne’s World -This is a tour of the outside of the barrier reef in 70 feet of water.

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Brendals Dive Center Green Turtle Cay, 365-4411

Dive Abaco

Marsh Harbour, 367-2787

Dive Guana

Guana Cay, 365-5178

Dive Time

Man-O-War Cay, 365 - 6235

Froggies Adventure Hope Town, 366-0431

Treasure Divers

Treasure Cay, 365-8571

Certification

Training courses

Tanks

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Instructors

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The Catacombs - A 20’ shallow sun-splattered cavern with abundant tropical fish. The Cathedral - This site is located in the reef on the north end of Scotland Cay. There are gigantic cavern rooms with formations resembling the inside of a cathedral. Large openings overhead allow light to stream through to the sandy bottom and shafts of sunlight dance on the ocean floor. Guana Coral Caverns - This cavern-filled reef is located on the north side of Guana Cay. Beautiful colorful coral gardens with many varieties of fish surround this horseshoe shaped reef. The reef features large numbers of caverns and tunnels. Some are well lit and are near the outside openings. Others are very dark and lead to well lit caverns with no visible openings large enough to get outside. Divers should go here with a guide and not go beyond where visible openings to the outside can be seen.

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Shark Encounters

Dive Information

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from the local dive shops. Even the most experienced divers are advised to use local dive operators to help you explore the dive sites of Abaco. The many dive shops also provide instruction courses, from beginner to dive master certification. Some of the dive shops on Abaco include Dive Abaco, Abaco Dive Adventures, Froggies Our Island Adventures, Treasure Divers, Brendal’s Dive Center, and Brigantine Bay Villas.

Bonefishing Guides

Are you an avid bone-fisherman? Or do you want to have guide teach you the basics to bone-fishing? With miles of flats, many professional guides on hand, access to the world-renowned “marls,” and large numbers and sizes of bonefish, Abaco is the perfect place for bone-fishing. There are a number of bonefish lodges, tours, and


what to do guides across the island, some of which include Rickmon Bonefish Lodge, Pinder’s Bonefishing, Bonefish Heaven, Abaco Bones, Jr’s Bonefish, and Abaco Fly Fish. Cherokee Sound Donnie Lowe................ 366-2275 Maxwell Sawyer.......... 366-3058 Marty Sawyer............... 366-2115 Will Sawyer.................. 366-2177 Randy Sawyer.............. 366-2284 Coopers Town Alexander Rolle........... 365-0532 Edward Rolle............... 365-0024 O’Donald McIntosh.... 365-0126 Green Turtle Cay Ronnie Sawyer............. 357-6667 Abaco Fly Fish............. 365-4261 Hope Town Maitland Lowe............. 366-0234 Tom Albury.477-5243/366-3141

Marsh Harbour Jay Sawyer.................... 367-3941 Danny Sawyer............. 367-3577 Buddy Pinder............... 366-2163 Justin Sands.................. 359-6890 Sidney Albury.............. 477-5996 Terrance Davis............. 375-8550 Richard Albury............ 577-0313 Jody Albury.................. 375-8068 Mount Hope Herbert Thurston........ 365-4205 Pedro Thurston............ 365-2405 Sandy Point Rickmon’s............366-4139/4477 Pete’s Guest House..... 366-4119 Patrick Roberts............. 366-4285 Spring City Edmund Williams....... 367-7123 Treasure Cay Carey McKenzie.......... 365-8313

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what to do Deep Sea Fishing Guides Casuarina Point Junior Albury...............366-3058 Green Turtle Cay Rick Sawyer.................. 365-4270 Eddie Bodie.................. 357-6784 Hope Town Robert Lowe................. 366-0266 Ira Key........................... 366-0245 Truman Major............. 366-0101 Lubbers Quarters Michael Schreiner........ 366-3143 Treasure Cay Clark Burrows............. 375-3543

Bareboat Boat Charters

Charter a live aboard boat that will help you experience beautiful Abaco and its surrounding cays. The Moorings (MH)........367-4000 Abaco Bah Charters(HT).366-0151

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Abaco Multihull (HT).....366-0552 Abaco Gal (TC)................365-8571

Tours

Captain Plug’s Adventure

Want to travel the Seas of Abaco, visit the local beaches, catch some tropical fish, or go bar hopping on the cays? Stafford Patterson, a.k.a. Captain Plug, the owner and operator of Sea Horse Boat Rentals, will guide and assist you, either on board one of his own boats or on your own. Stafford has over 40 years experience on the Sea of Abaco, and he guarantees you a fun time. Tel: 366-0023/577-0273

Abaco Wild Horses

In many of the Caribbean islands, wild Spanish horses can be found,


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Abaco being one of those islands. After Columbus’ second voyage, the Caribbean held important breeding stations for horses exported to North and South America. Shipwrecks were very common, allowing the horses to take up residence on the island, and in Abaco, over a dozen Spanish ships were wrecked. The Abaco wild horses, also known as Spanish Barbs have managed to survive through time, nature, and man. With just five horses left, they are the most critically endangered breed of horses on the planet. The three mares and two stallions roam freely inside the 600-acre preserve. Personal tours to visit the horses can be scheduled from Marsh Harbour or Treasure Cay by calling (242) 367-4805. Also, feel free to visit www.arkwild.org for more information or to make a donation to this non-government funded cause.

Abaco Neem

Native Bahamian Nick Miaoulis founded Abaco Neem in 1993. After initially being interested in Neem for timber, he began to realize its health benefits and his vision became more focused on health care. Along with assistance from Albert Albury, Nick was able to establish the Abaco Neem

Farm on 120 acres of land near Casuarina Point. Today there are 6,500 Neem trees on the farm, and Abaco Neem’s health care, body care, pet care, and home and garden products are sold all over The Bahamas. The farm is set up to provide tours for any who would like to visit. Please visit www.abaconeem.com to schedule your tour today. Tel: (242) 225-1745 or 3674117.

Carleton Point at Treasure Cay

This spot was the founding settlement of Abaco and is located on the northeast peninsula of what is now Treasure Cay beach. Six hundred American Loyalists, built the settlement in 1783 migrating to The Bahamas because of their allegiance to Great Britain after the American Revolution. It was named Carleton Point after Sir Guy Carleton, a British military commander of North America stationed in New York. However, in 1785, a hurricane struck the settlement, and it was later deserted. Archaeologists have uncovered remains of the Loyalist settlement and in September 1983 a bronze plaque was officially unveiled to commemorate the site. Plans are to construct a national monument and tourist attraction here.

Cholera Graveyard

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what to do lied together and assigned a burial site for their love ones. Today the graveyard remains in existence at its original site, but with no gravestones marking the graves. Preserving this part of their history allows visitors and locals to pay their respect to the lives lost. Visitors can pick up a booklet with information on the location and some historical facts at Vernon’s Grocery Store in Hope Town.

Loyalist Memorial Sculpture Garden

This garden, located not far from the Albert Lowe Museum in Green Turtle Cay, is the brainchild of Alton Lowe and was built with funds raised by the New Plymouth Historical Society. The garden is a monumental tribute to those who played a significant role in the history of Abaco - the Loyalists and their slaves, who despite hard times, survived and made a new life in The Bahamas. The garden contains 24 busts of prominent Bahamians (representing various Bahamian islands), surrounding the life-size bronze figures of two girls, one black, and one white. One child holds a conch shell, an important Bahamian symbol, while the other holds the Union Jack, the flag of Great Britain. Artist James Mastin sculptured the busts and two large figures. The figures represent a new beginning in The Bahamas for the thousands of Loyalists of the American Revolution in 1783.

Monument to Fishermen

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ly-made fishing boats). The people of this community once thrived from the fishing industry and distinguished themselves by carrying five sails rather than the usual seven on their fishing smacks. Scripted on the monument is information dating back from the mid 1800’s to the late 1950’s that includes the history of the fishing industry in that community, the names of the fishermen who drowned during a fishing trip, and the names of the smacks operating during that century.

Lumber Camp Ruins

There were six lumber camps in Abaco, starting at Wilson City in 1905, followed by Norman’s Castle, Cornwall I, Cornwall II, Millville, Cross Harbour and Snake Cay. Lumber activities gave employment to Abaconians from during some of the years from 1905 to 1965.

Birding

With more than 65 species of birds native to Abaco, it truly is a birdwatcher’s paradise and the only place in The Bahamas where you can find the green Abaco or “Bahama” Parrot, mainly in South Abaco near Hole-in-the-Wall. Other birds you’ll encounter are the Bahama Yellow-Throat Warbler, Cuban Emerald Hummingbird, Woodpecker, Red-Legged Thrush, Olive-Capped Warbler and Flamingos. Abaco National Park - This national park, comprising 22,500 acres in Southern Abaco near Hole-in-the -Wall, has been designated a preservation area by the Bahamas government and is managed by the Bahamas National


what to do Trust. Included are 5,000 acres of pine forest – the nesting area and habitat of about 1000 endangered Abaco Parrots. The parrots once lived on as many as seven islands in The Bahamas, but now only exist on Abaco. A similar species is found on Great Inagua. Black Sound Cay National Park, a two-acre mangrove reserve, was established in 1988. It is located on Green Turtle Cay. Although small in size, this national park is an important habitat for waterfowl and other avifauna which winter in the region. The Tilloo Cay Reserve, established in 1990, is an important nesting habitat for seabirds with an approximate size of 11 acres.

Water Sports

From “busy” Marsh Harbour to elegant Green Turtle Cay to the exclusive private island of Walker’s Cay, these islands offer rich, shallow reefs and encounters with friendly fish. Explore old wrecks and beautiful stands of elkhorn corals while snorkeling near many of the cays. Abaco Dive Adventures Brendals Dive Center & Adventure Watersports Dis & Dat Tours Dive Abaco Dive Guana Froggie’s Out Island Adventures Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina Water Sports

Boating & Sailing

With an entire chain of enchanting islands arrayed around a warm, calm sea, Abaco Islands are one of the world’s best cruising and

sailing areas and have been The Bahamas’ boating capital since colonial times. Whether you’re a sailing purist willing to tack until the last gasp of wind or a powerboater who throttles up to ensure you’re at the anchorage by happy hour’s first call, this is truly a yachtsman’s heaven.

Boating Information

The Cruiser’s Net, Abaco’s most popular radio information site VHF 68 at 0815 Use the VHF to stay in touch. • Channel 16 - Calling Only • Channel 06 - Taxis • Channel 68 - Cruiser’s Net • Channel 83 - Medical and BASRA • Channel 72 - The Elbow Cay Rescue Squad, Emergencies only When you hear someone on VHF 16 answer “Go Over”, you can bet they are going to “their” channel. In fact, you know you’ve finally arrived when you know where “over” is.

Marina Information Customs Procedures

Upon entering The Bahamas, the captain of a vessel must take the vessel to an authorized port. The vessel must first clear customs prior to any crew coming ashore or the unloading or loading of any cargo. The boat’s Temporary Cruising Permit is for one year from date of entry and may be renewed for up to two further years if desired by written application to Bahamas Customs, Nassau, prior to expiration and payment of $500 per year. Destination Abaco

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Marinas

Slips Fuel Water Electricity Ice Showers Groceries Laundry Restaurant Wi-Fi

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Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour Marina (MH) .367-2158 192 Baker’s Bay Marina (GC).............365-5802 158 Bluff House Marina (GTC).........365-4247 38 Conch Inn Marina (MH)..............367-4000 72 Green Turtle Club (GTC)............ 365-4271 40 Guana Hideaways Marina (GC)..365-5070 37 Harbour View Marina (MH)....... 367-3910 40 Hope Town Inn & Marina (HT).. 366-0003 62 Leeward Yacht Club (GTC).......... 365-4191 26 Lighthouse Marina (HT)............. 366-0154 6 Mangoes Marina (MH).................367-4255 29 Man-O-War Marina (MOW)......365-6008 28 Marsh Harbour Marina (MH)....367-2700 62 Orchid Bay Marina (GC)............. 365-5175 66 Other Shore Club (GTC)............365-4226 15 Sea Spray Marina (HT)..............366-0065 60 Spanish Cay Marina.....................365-0083 40 Treasure Cay Marina (TC).........365-8250 150

To leave your boat in The Bahamas permanently, you must pay an import duty of 10% for vessels of any size. Since there is no income tax in The Bahamas, there is usually a 35% duty, plus shipping costs, added to most consumer goods. If you experience anything contrary to this, call Comptroller of Customs in Nassau at 242-302-3302.

Immigration Procedures

No person is to land in The Bahamas from a foreign territory without permission of an immigration officer. All vessels must be landed at an authorised port of entry.

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to initiate communications.

Weather Information

Daily forecasts are broadcast on VHF16 on the Crusiers Net. Bahamas Christian Network channel 55 broadcast between 7:00 - 7:15 am. The official hurricane season starts June 1 and ends on November 30. Information on tropical systems is available from many sources four - five days before these weather conditions are experienced in The Bahamas. The Weather Channel, BCN television and Radio Abaco 93.5FM issue regular updates on any tropical disturbances. Additional information can be obtained via the internet.


what to do The Official Gamefish Chart of the Bahamas Location

Blue Marlin

Offshore

White Marlin

Offshore

Sailfish

Offshore

Swordfish

Offshore

Dolphin

Offshore

Wahoo

Offshore/Reef

Kingfish

Offshore

Mackerel

Offshore

Allison Tuna

Offshore

Bluefin Tuna

Offshore

Blackfin Tuna

Offshore

Oceanic Bonito

Offshore

Bonefish

Flats

Permit

Flats

Tarpon

Flats

Amberjack

Reef

Grouper

Bottom/Reef

Snapper

Offshore/Reef

Barracuda

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Any Excellent

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Feb.

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Fishing Regulations

Arriving by Boat

Visiting boaters must clear Customs and Immigration at one of the nearest designated 32 Ports of Entry. As you enter each port, fly the yellow quarantine flag and notify Customs of your arrival immediately. Only the captain is permitted to leave the boat until the vessel has been cleared. When Customs and Immigration Officials come to your vessel, everyone on board must have proof of citizenship and fill out an immigration card. U.S. citizens can present a passport and an official photo I.D., such as a driver’s license or voter’s card. Before leaving The Bahamas, be sure to surrender your copy of the immigration card at the last Bahamian port you visit. 54

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If you have a firearm on board, you must declare it on arrival with Customs. You must provide the serial number and manufacturer, plus an exact count of ammunition. You are allowed to have a firearm on your boat, but you cannot take it off unless you have a permit from the Bahamian police ahead of time. Weapons must be under lock and key at all times. Any infraction of this law is dealt with severely.

Entry Fees

Cruising fees of $150 for boats up to 35 feet in length and $300 for boats over 35 feet, will be valid for two entries during a 90-day period. This covers a vessel with four persons or fewer. The fee covers the cruising permit, fishing permit, Customs and Immigration charges and the $25 per person departure tax for up to four persons.


what to do Each additional person above four is charged a $25 departure tax (for each additional person above four departing Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. If you plan to stay longer than 12 months, special arrangements must be made with Bahamas Customs and Immigration. Regular hours for Bahamas Customs and Immigration Officers are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Officers are on-call during holidays and weekends. There is no overtime charge.

Permits

You can receive fishing permits from Customs officials at any of our 32 ports of entry. Fishing gear is restricted to hook and line and you’re allowed to fish six rods at a time.

Marine Vessel Limits

Lobster or Crawfish - Limit of no more than 10 tails at any given time. Annual closed season is April 1 to July 31. Minimum size limits are 3-3/8 inch carapace length or six inches tail length. Egg -bearing female crawfish are protected. Conch - Limit at any given time is no more than 6 per vessel. Harvesting and possession of conch without a well formed lip is prohibited. Wahoo/Dolphin/Kingfish/Tuna - Migratory species shall not exceed 18 fish per vessel at any time. Demersal Species - Demersal species (grouper, snappers, etc.) - No more than 60 pounds or 20 scale fish. Stone Crabs - The minimum harvestable claw is four inches. Harvesting of females is prohibited. The season is closed from June 1 to October 15. Turtles - Illegal to import. No vessel shall have onboard marine turtles. Spearfishing - Hawaiian sling is the only approved spearfishing device. You are not allowed to use scuba gear or an air compressor to harvest fish, conch, crawfish or other marine animals. Spearfishing is not allowed within one mile of the coast of New Providence, within one mile of the

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south coast of Freeport, Grand Bahama and within 200 yards of the coast of all the Out Islands. Spearing or taking marine animals by any means is prohibited within national sea parks.

People to-People

Bahamians love meeting new people and making friends. When you join our complimentary People-toPeople program, you’ll be paired with a Bahamian ambassador who will show you our culture and way of life in a memorable, one-ofa-kind vacation experience. It’s the perfect way to really get to know our islands. Make the most of your visit to The Bahamas by joining our free People-to-People program. Enjoy an authentic homecooked meal. Share stories. Go sightseeing. Meet Bahamian children. Listen to rake and scrape. Our program does more than introduce you to our culture. It lets you experience The Bahamas through the eyes of a Bahamian.

Fun Run/ Walks

Several times in the year, the people of Abaco get together for 5K running challenges. The challenge is to run or walk 5 kilometres, all to raise funds, with the aid of sponsors. There were several 5K events that took place in on Abaco in 2011. The Anglican Church hosted a 5K in October. Also the Christian Counseling Center hosted a 5K and optional 10K in November of 2011. With the help of sponsors and an entrance fee, each challenge was a success to raise money for their organizations. Both of the associations hope to host the same event annually for years to come.


Abaco's Newest and most knowledgeable Eco-Adventure Tour!

Kayaking Adventures

Come and enjoy a kayaking experience like no other in the beautiful “South Abaco”, where we will explore the mangrove and its beauty, while touring with an experienced local guide who can show you the hidden treasures and richness of the natural environment that you are immersed in. Book your tour now, our guides our waiting to give you lasting memories that you will treasure for a lifetime.

Biking Adventures

If you are ready for an adventure or just a casual ride through the forests, we have the tour package for you! Take an incredible bike tour through the pristine “Pine forest of Abaco”. Tap into a rich history, and experience the local flora and fauna. Fitness levels may vary, call for details. we can design a custom tour for all kinds of experiences and fitness levels. If you are ready for an adventure or just a casual ride through the forests, we have the tour package for you!

Paddle and Peddle Tours

Paddle N Peddle is an experience of a life time. This trip takes us on a wonderful bike ride in the pine forest where we will stop at one of our sights where we will stop for lunch, and our local guide will bring the history of the island to life. We will then clime in our kayaks for a return trip along the shoreline and enjoy the mangrove and the local wildlife.

Bird Watching Tours

South Abaco is home to some of the rarest birds among the birding community, world wide. “ The Abaco Parrot.” Among other beautiful species in the country, is a ground nesting bird that lives a very social life and can be seen, almost exclusively, in the Pine Forest in South Abaco. Come take this amazing bird tour with our certified birding guide, it’s a breath taking experience.

For more information:

242-577-0004

natureguide007@yahoo.com www.abaconature.com Visit us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

Ricky Johnson

Expert Guide Nature Explorer & Owner


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Bronze Turtle Sculpture Pete Johnston Gallery

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shopping Abaco Souvenirs

Abaco Ceramics (TC) . ...........365-8489 Abaco Island Artist (MH)......367-3744 Alton Lowe Art (GTC)............365-4264 Abaco Treasures (MH) ..........367-3460 Albury’s Sail Shop (MOW) ...365-6014 B’s Sunrise (MH).....................367-4822 Bahama Dawn (MH)...............367-4648 Bahamas Outfitters (MH).......367-3312 Blue Sky Gallery (MH)...........367-0579 Buds n Blooms (MH)..............367-2837 Ebb Tide (HT) .........................366-0088 El Mercado (HT)......................366-0661 Fantasy Boutique (HT)...........366-0537 Golden Reef (GTC)..................365-4511 Hope Town Harbour Lodge..366-0095 Iggy Biggy (HT) . ....................366-0354 Iggy Biggy (MH) ....................367-5121 Java Coffee Shoppe (MH)......367-5523 Joe’s Studio (MOW) ...............365-6082 Kemp’s Souvenirs (HT) .........366-0423

Lighthouse Marina (HT)........366-0154 Monkey’s Uncle (MH)............367-3223 Native Creations (GTC) ........365-4206 Nippers Gift Shop(GC)...........365-5143 Pete’s Pub & Gallery (LH)......577-5487 Sand Dollar Shoppe (MH) ....367-4405 Sea Spray Marina (HT)...........366-0065 Sunset Souvenirs (MH) .........367-2658 Sun Dried T’s (HT)..................366-0616 T’zers Gift Shop (MH) . ..........367-2158 The Crazy Crab (HT) .............366-0537 The Harbour Shoppe (TC).....365-8757 The Painted Fish (MOW).......365-6013 Triple J Gift Shop (TC)............365-8761 Tropical Souvenirs (MH).......367-2431

Bakeries

Da Best Yet Bakery (MH).......367-3616 Florence’s Café (TC)................458-7358 Island Bakery (MH)................367-2129 Java Coffee Shop (MH)...........367-5523

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shopping Lola’s Bakery (GTC)................365-6073 McIntosh Bakery (GTC).........365-4625 Simply The Best (TC)..............365-8258 Vernon’s Groceries (HT)........366-0037

Beauty Salons & Supplies

Abaco Beauty Shop (MH)......367-2386 Bahama Waves (MOW)..........365-6310 Hubert’s Cut & Curls (GTC).. 365-4100 Restoration Salon (MH)..........367-5882 Shear Dynamics (MH)............367-3844 Snazzie’s Beauty Salon (MH).367-4781 The Chopping Block (HT)......366-0052

Books & Magazines

Abaco Treasures (MH)...........367-3460 Bellevue Business MH)...........367-2701 Ebb Tide (HT)..........................366-0088 Educational Depot (MH)........367-5757 Fruit of the Vine Christian Bookstore (MH) . .......................................367-3288

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Joe’s Studio (MOW)................365-6082 Kemp’s Souvenir (HT)............366-0423 Lighthouse Marina (HT)........366-0154

Bicycles, Scooters

Brendal’s Dive Center (GTC).365-4411 Jack’s Bikes (HT).....................366-0635 Rental Wheels (MH) ..............367-4643 Sun Dried T’s (HT)..................366-0616 Seaside Cart Rentals (GTC)...365-4147 Wendal’s Bicycle Rent (TC)...365-8687

Boat Rentals & Charters

Abaco Dorado Rentals(MH).. 367-1035 Blue Wave Rentals (MH)........367-3910 Captain Plug’s Adven. (HT)..366-0023 Cat’s Paw Boat Rentals (HT).366-0380 Concept Boat Rentals (MH) ..367-5570 Conch Pearl Rentals (MOW).365-6059 Dive Guana (GC).....................365-5178 Donnie’s Boat Rentals (GTC).365-4119


shopping Florida Yacht Charters (MH).367-4853 Island Marine Rentals (HT) ..366-0282 J.I.C. Boat Rentals (TC) ..........365-8582 John H Rentals (US).........772-287-6842 Man-O-War Marina (MOW).. 365-6008 Rainbow Rentals (MH) . ........367-4602 Reef Boat Rentals (GTC).........365-4145 Roberts Hardware (GTC).......365-4122 Sea Horse Boat Rent (MH) . ..367-2513 Sunset Marine (GTC)..............365-4634 The Moorings (MH)................367-4000 Treasure Divers (TC)..............365-8571 Waterways Rentals (MOW)...365-6143

Boutiques

Bahamas Outfitters (MH).......367-3312 Bluff House Boutique (GTC).365-4200 B’s Sunrise(MH)......................367-4822 Corner Value (MH) ................367-2250 Fantasy Boutique (HT)...........366-0537 Golden Reef (GTC)..................365-4511 Green Turtle Club Boutique..365-4271

His & Her Jeans (MH)........... 367-2011 Iggy Biggy (MH) ....................367-5121 Iggy Biggy (HT).......................366-0354 Island Gal Boutique (MH).....367-0283 Laura’s Boutique (GTC).........365-4287 Lighthouse Marina (HT)........366-0154 Mangoes Boutique (MH)........367-2366 Nippers Gift Shop (GGC).......365-5111 Orchid Bay Marina (GGC).....365-5175 Sand Dollar Shoppe (MH).....367-4405 Sun Dried T’s (HT)..................366-0616 Wally’s Boutique (MH)...........367-2074

Cameras & Film

Abaco Photos (MH)................367-0707 Computer Creations (MH).....367-2004 Snap Shop (MH)......................367-3020 Wally’s Studio (MH) ..............367-2722

Car Parts & Asses.

A.I.D. (MH)..............................367-2077 CarQuest (MH)........................367-2452

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shopping K & S Auto (MH).....................367-2655 Quality Star Auto (MH)..........367-2979

Car Rentals

A & P Auto Rentals (MH)......367-2655 Bargain Car Rentals (MH).....367-0500 Cornish Car Rentals (TC) ......365-8623 Rental Wheels (MH) ..............367-4643 Sea Star Car Rentals (MH) ....367-4887 Triple J Car Rentals (TC)........365-8761

Crystal Treasures

Freight/Courier

Abaco Shipping (MH)............367-2091 Dean’s Shipping (MH)...........367-2653 FedEx (MH)..............................367-4339 G & G Shipping (MH)............367-0329 GWS Express (MH).................367-2722 UPS (MH).................................367-3136 Tropical Shipping (MH).........367-0225

Furniture & Accessories

Abaco Treasures (MH) ..........367-3460 Corner Value (MH) ................367-2250 Sand Dollar Shoppe (MH) ....367-4405

Fine Living (MH) ...................367-0329 Furniture Plus (MH)...............367-7587 Palm Cottage (MH).................367-2300 Wood You (MH)......................367-9663

Florists

Golf Cart Rentals

Buds & Blooms (MH) ............367-2837 Flowers Etc (MH) ...................367-1246 Pinewoods Nursery (MH) ... 367-2674

Albury’s Property Man (GC).365-5175 Blue Marlin Rentals (TC) ......365-8687 Cash’s Cart Rentals (TC) .......365-8771 C & D Rentals (GTC) .............365-4311

Store Hours: 8am - 6pm • Monday through Saturday

Phone: (242) 367-0212/0213 • Fax: (242) 367-0214

Don MacKay Blvd. Next to Texaco Quality Star Auto Gas Station email: qsa@coralwave.com

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shopping Chris Cart Rentals (TC)..........365-8053 Cruising Cart Rentals (GTC).367-4065 Claridge Cart Rentals (TC)....365-8248 D & P Cart Rentals (GTC) .....365-4655 Elbow Cay Cart (HT) .............366-0530 Hope Town Cart (HT)............366-0064 Island Cart Rentals (HT) .......366-0448 JR Cart Rentals (HT)...............366-0361 Kool Kart Rentals (GTC)........365-4176 Ria-Mar Cart Rental (MOW).365-6024 Seaside Cart Rentals (GTC) ..365-4147 South Beach Rental (GTC).....365-4375 T & A Cart Rentals (GTC) .....365-4259 T & N Cart Rentals (HT)........366-0069

Grocery Stores

A & A Food Store (MH) .......367-3606 Abaco Groceries (MH)............367-5308 Albury’s Harbour St (MOW) 3. 65-6004 Cherokee Food Fair.................366-2022 Curry’s Food Store (GTC) .....365-4171

Golden Harvest (TC) .............365-8350 Guana Harbour Groc (GC)....365-5067 Harbour View Grocery (HT).366-0033 Lowe’s Grocery (GTC) ..........365-4243 LVA Convience(HT)................366-0056 MOW Grocery (MOW) . ........365-6016 Maxwells (MH)........................367-2601 Roberta Food Store (GTC)….365-4284 Roderick’s Food Store (MH) .367-3237 Save-A-Lot (MH) . ..................367-2020 Sid’s Grocery (GTC) . .............365-4055 Vernon’s Grocery (HT)...........366-0037 24/7 Shell (MH) . .....................367-5064

Hardware & Paint Stores

Abaco Hardware (MH) .........367-2170 AID (MH).................................367-2077 Standard Hardware (MH) ....367-2660 MOW Hardware (MOW) ......365-6011 Imports Unlimited (HT).........366-0136

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shopping New Plymouth Hard. (GTC).365-4305 Roberts Hardware (GTC).......365-4122 The Paint Place (MH)..............367-2271 Treasure Cay Home (TC).......365-8258

Ice Cream

Island Family Rest (MH)........367-3778 Island Treats (MOW)..............365-6501 Jamie’s Place (MH)..................367-2880 Java Coffee Shop (MH)...........367-5523 Munchies (HT).........................366-0423 Sugar Shack (HT)....................366-0788

Insurance

Abaco Insurance (MH............367-2549 British American (MH)...........367-5601 Colina Imperial (MH).............367-3432 Family Guardian (MH)........... 3673264 Insurance Management(MH).367-4204 J.S. Johnson (MH) ...................367-2688 Van Stratton Insurance (MH).367-2222

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Internet Services/ WiFi

Bahamas WiMAX (MH).........367-3717 Batelco (MH)............................367-2200 Out Island Internet (MH).......367-3006

Jewelry

Abaco Treasures (MH)...........367-3460 Bahamas Outfitters (MH).......367-3312 Ebb Tide (HT)..........................366-0088 El Mercado (HT)......................366-0661 Golden Reef (GTC)..................365-4511 Iggy Biggy (MH).....................367-5121 Iggy Biggy (HT) . ....................366-0354 Jewels, Gems & More (MH) . 367-2418 John Bull (MH)........................367-2473 Mangoes Boutique (MH)........367-2366 Native Creations (GTC) ........365-4206 Pete’s Pub & Gallery (LH)......366-3503 Sand Dollar Shoppe (MH).....367-4405 Sun Dried T’s (HT)..................366-0616


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shopping T’zers Gift Shop (MH) . ..........367-2158 Tropical Treasures (MH) . .....367-5576

Kayak Rentals

Abaco Adventures (TC)..........365-8749 Abaco Dive Advent(MH).......367-2213 Abaco Gal (TC)........................365-8571 Brendal’s Dive Center (GTC).365-4411

Legal Services

Alexiou, Knowles (MH).........367-2010 Frederik F. Gottlieb (MH)......367-3120 Higgs & Johnson (MH)...........367-3215 L.C. Hull Chambers (MH) ....367-2030 The Firm (MH).........................367-3572 V.M. Lightbourn (MH) 367-0301

Marine Stores

Abaco Ace Hardware (MH)...367-2927 Abaco Marine Props (MH)....367-4276 Abaco Outboards (MH) ........367-2452 Abaco Yacht Services (GTC)..365-4033

Boat Harbour Marina (MH....367-2158 Black Sound Marina (GTC) ..365-4531 Edwin’s Boat Yard (MOW)....365-6007 Island Boy Marine (MH)........367-3228 Lighthouse Marina (HT)........366-0154 Master Marine (MH)...............367-4760 M-O-W Marina (MOW).........365-6013 M-O-W Hardware (MOW)....365-6011 National Marine (MH) ..........367-2326 The Outboard Shop (MH)......367-2703 Roberts Marine (GTC)............365-4249 Standard Hardware (MH).....367-2660

Party Supplies

Home Fabrics (MH)................367-6003

Pet Veterinarians

Caribbean Veterinary (MH)...367-3551 Island Veterinary (MH)..........367-0062 Pinewoods Nursery (MH).....367-2674

Pharmacies

Abaco Island Pharmacy(MH)367-2544 The Chemist Shoppe (MH) ...367-3106

Perfumes

Abaco Treasures (MH) ..........367-3460 John Bull Ltd (MH) ................367-2473

Physicians/Clinics

Abaco Family Med (MH).......367-2295 Auskell Medical Clinic (MH).367-0020 Corbett Clinic (TC)..................365-8288 Government Clinic (MH).......367-0633 Integrated Medical (MH).......367-1304 MHMedical Center (MH)......367-0049

Printing Services

Abaco Print Shop (MH)..........367-3201

Sandals & Shoes

Abaco Shoe Gallery (MH)......367-5510 Brass & Leather (MH) . ..........367-3643 Golden Reef (GTC)..................365-4511 Iggy Biggy (HT) . ....................366-0354 Iggy Biggy (MH) ....................367-5121 Sun Dried T’s (HT)..................366-0616 T’zers Gift Shop (MH) . ..........367-2158

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shopping Service Stations

24/7 Shell (MH) . .....................367-5064 K & S Auto Service (MH).......367-2655 MH Auto Parts (MH)..............367-2111 Quality Star/Texaco (MH) .....367-2978 TC Fuel Station (TC)...............365-8869

Scuba/Diving Gear

Above & Below (MH).............367-0350 Abaco Dive (MH)....................367-2213 Brendal’s Dive Shop (GTC)...365-4411 Dive Abaco (MH)....................367-2787 Dive Guana (GC).....................365-5178 Dive Time (MOW)..................365-6235 Froggies Out Island (HT) ......366-0431 Treasure Dive Shop (TC)........365-8571

Wines & Spirits

A & K Liquors (MH) . ............367-2179 Bristol Wines & Spirits (MH) 3. 67-2180 Burns House (MH) . ...............367-3712

Down Through Store (GTC)... 3654287 Fig Tree Wine & Spirits (GC) 3. 65-5058 HT Wines & Spirits (HT)........366-0525 Lighthouse Liquors (HT) ......366-0567 Plymouth Rock Liquor(GTC).365-4234 Spanky’s Liquor Store (TC) ..365-8385 Tupp’s Liquor Store (MH).....367-2936 The Bahamas is best known for its dutyfree shopping, which means that you can save up to 50% off U.S. prices on some popular items including perfume, jewelry, watches, china, cameras and more. Here you will find local artisans selling their hand-made wares like straw bags and hats, wood carvings, jewelry, souvenirs & gift items, t-shirts and more. Here is where your bargaining skills come in handy.

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Angler’s Restaurant at Abaco Beach Resort 367-2158 B,L,D Abaco Pizza 367-4333 L,D Ambassador Inn 367-2022 L,D Bayview Restaurant 367-3738 L,D Curly Tails 367-4444 L,D Delphi Club 366-2222 D Dis We Style 367-4244 L,D Golden Grouper 367-2301 B,L Island Family Restaurant 367-3778 B,L Jamie’s Place 367-2880 B,L,D Jib Room 367-2700 L,D JuNovia’s Restaurant 367-1271 B,L,D Kentucky Fried Chicken 367-2615 L,D Mangoes Restaurant 367-2366 B,L,D Mother Merle’s 367-2770 L,D Native Hut 367-0977 L,D Pete’s Pub & Gallery 577-5487 L,D Pop’s Place 367-3796 L Rumrunners L,D Snack Shack 367-4005 B,L Snappas Bar & Grill 367-2278 L,D Wally’s 367-2074 L,D

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Real Estate Supplement Abaco Cays Realty Abaco Estate Services Abaco Island Properties Abaco Properties Purchasers Exclusive Agents Ltd. Abaco Real Estate Agency Adler Realty & Investment Aisle of Palm Realty Bahamas Realty Bayfront Realty Chris Thompson Real Estate Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty

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hen one hears of Abacos in the Bahamas one is told of the many wonders of the climate, the beauty, the water, the serenity, the fishing, the water sports, the charming villages, the laid back life style, and the warm and friendly people. Yes, Abaco does have all these marvelous attributes and is second to nowhere in the world. However, most tropical island paradises from the Caribbean to the Pacific have all of these things to one degree or another. Why, then, is Abaco unique? Abaco has three things that other island havens do not: Proximity to the United States mainland, the Sea of Abaco and security Here are some tips on helping you invest in real estate on our beautiful island! Property Transactions Real estate agents charge a 10% commission on the sale of undeveloped property. The commission for

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WelcomeToA developed property, whether residential or commercial, is 6%. Stamp Duty The government stamp duty on property conveyances or realty transfers is graded. In property sales, the vendor and purchaser each pay half the stamp duty unless otherwise agreed. The lawyer who prepares the conveyance typically charges a fee of 2.5% of the sale price or a minimum fee (whichever is greater). Stamp duty on mortgages is payable at a rate of 1% on the amount borrowed. Real Property Tax Bahamians in the Family Islands do not pay property tax and non-Bahamians owning real property in The Bahamas must pay property tax. Returns are due on or before December 31 each year, and are filed with the Chief Valuation Officer. Taxes are paid to the Public Treasury. Owners/Operators of Rental Homes Owners/operators of owner-occu-


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Abaco.com pied rental homes must operate under a license under the provisions of the Hotels Act. Effective 1st July, 2010, the rate of hotel guest tax collected has increased to 10%. First-Time Homeowners Effective July 2008 until July 2013, Bahamians and permanent residents are exempt from paying Stamp Tax on Conveyance and Mortgage Instruments relating to the acquisition of real property valued up to $500,000 to be used exclusively by the owner as a first time dwelling house or a lot zoned for residential development to construct a primary dwelling place. First-time homeowners seeking Stamp Duty exemption on their Conveyance and Mortgage Instruments should complete and submit a Stamp Tax Amendment form to the Revenue Section of the Ministry of Finance, and application should be accompanied by a Stamp Tax Exemption Affidavit. First-time Bahamians and permanent resident homeowners of primary dwellings

valued up to $500,000 purchased after July 2008 will also be exempt from real property taxes for the first five years. Going Green Homeowners purchasing energysaving appliances and fixtures will benefit from the reduction and/or elimination of duty on those items. This provision also includes duty free exemption on solar equipment. The Government is encouraging the use of solar water heaters and solar PV cells which are currently at a reduced duty rate of 10%. Duty on electric cars has also been reduced to 10%. Planning & Subdivision Act, 2010 As of 1st January, 2011, homeowners occupying single-family homes must obtain proper business licenses and home renovation permits to alter their homes for commercial purposes. Land to be used for commercial purposes must dedicate a portion of the parcel for a park, recreation and open space.

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Ed Newell Cindy Roberts Newell ABACO ESTATE SERVICES REAL ESTATE SALES  VACATION RENTALS "We Exceed Client Expectations"

Sales Team - Ed & Cindy Newell

www.abacoestateservices.com

Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Tel:(242) 365-8752 USA Toll Free: (866) 653-7164 Cell: (242) 357-6570 info@abacoestateservices.com

CROSS SELECTION OF PRIME REAL ESTATE LISTINGS

#2131 - “The White House”-Treasure Cay:Delightful 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 2 level turn-key furnished beach home. 3,312 s/f under air, plus garages on 58,500 s/f lot - 150’ beach frontage. $2,655,000.

#1780-”Rising Sun”- Treasure Cay:Splendid 3 bed, 2.5 bath furnished beach home, 2,118 s/f under air, plus garage. 25,925 s/f parcel. Great sea views.1 50’ sandy beach frontage. $1,310,000.

#2060-Royal Poinciana # 2512-Treasure Cay: 2 bed, 2 bath, 1,300 s/f furnished ground level beachfront condo. Golf cart garage/storage unit. Community pool.Owner occupied. $425,000.

#1984-Carleton Landing # 3-Treasure Cay: New 3 bed, 3 bath unfurnished waterfront condo, 1,755 s/f under air, plus covered patio, private finger dock, 2 garages, community pool. $639,000.

#1852-Beach Villa # 527-Treasure Cay:Charming 2 bed, 2 bath, 950 s/f furnished villa just a few steps from Treasure Cay Beach. Community pool. Excellent rental income potential. $179,000.

#1981-Bahama Beach Club # 2035-Treasure Cay: Luxurious 3 bed, 2 bath turn-key furnished 1,650 s/f ground level, well maintained beachfront condo. Community pool/bar. $499,950.

#1080-Canal Lot # 212-Leisure Lee: 12,100 s/f fully sea-walled canal parcel, 110’water frontage with boat davits on quiet deep water canal finger. Near to beach, Utilities available. $149,500.

#2163-”Full Moon”- Treasure Cay: 4 bed, 4 bath, 2 level, 2,990 s/f furnished canal home, + 1,150 s/f covered balcony & porch. 10,700 s/f lot, 86’ canal frontage, dock, 12,000 boat lift.$895,000.


Ed Newell Cindy Roberts Newell ABACO ESTATE SERVICES REAL ESTATE SALES  VACATION RENTALS "We Exceed Client Expectations"

Sales Team - Ed & Cindy Newell

www.abacoestateservices.com

Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Tel:(242) 365-8752 USA Toll Free: (866) 653-7164 Cell: (242) 357-6570 info@abacoestateservices.com

CROSS SELECTION OF PRIME REAL ESTATE LISTINGS

#1699 - “Camelot” - Treasure Cay: 3 bed, 3 bath, 2,600 s/f furnished beach home.1.5 car garage on 19,000 s/f parcel with 101’ sandy beach frontage. Open style living area. $1,299,000.

#2183-”Tanama-Ke”-Cistern Cay:Recently built Mediterranean style 2 bed, 2 bath, 2 level 1,668 s/f elevated home on 1.36 acres with 145’ Sea of Abaco frontage. Quiet area, sea views. $459,000.

#1524-”King’s Retreat”-Treasure Cay: Splendid, newly built 3 bed, 3 bath furnished canal home. 3,200 s/f under air, double garage, 139’ canal frontage. Dock, 13,000 boat lift. $1,995,000.

#1534-”Dolphin Watch”-Treasure Cay-Galleon Bay Canal. 3 bed, 3.5 bath main house w/ loft & guest cottage. Total 2,800 s/f furnished. 18,000 s/f lot, 94’ canal frontage. 20’dock. $949,000.

#1737- Ocean Villas # 916 -Treasure Cay: 2 bed, 2 bath turn key furnished 900 s/f ocean view vacation villa. Excellent rental income potential. 60 yds. to beach. Community pool. $349,995.

#1352-”Carrollville” Near Treasure Cay: 3 bed, 2 bath, 2,100 s/f unfurnished hilltop home. 6.115 acre parcel, fruit trees, w/165’ rocky Sea of Abaco shoreline. Can be sub-divided. $595,000.

#1847-Beach Villa # 673-Treasure Cay: Charming 2 bed, 2 bath furnished 1,000 s/f villa, recently upgraded, close to beach, community pool & shopping, golf cart included. $229,000.

#1778- “Turtle View”, Treasure Cay: Sensational 3 bed, 2 bath tastefully furnished beach home. 3,500 s/f under air + covered porch & garage. 13,800 s/f parcel, 68’ sand beach. $2,299,000.


Abaco Cays Realty, Ltd.

Green Turtle Cay - 1,823 s.f. - 0.0419 Acre 1,723 s.f. - 2 Bedroom - 2 Bath - Corner lot on Settlement Harbour - Workshop/ Garage - Fully furnished/Turn Key - City water - Great Rental Property #GTH1193 $390,000

Green Turtle Cay - 17, 191 s.f. - 0.394 Acre 4 Bedroom - 3 Bath - Covered Screen Porch - Wood Floors - Shellstone Tile Overlooks Coco Bay - Dead end private road - Community dock access #GTH1149 $499,000

Great Guana Cay - Sea to Bay Parcels 3 options - 2.12 - 3.4 Acres - 159’ - 601’ of water frontage - Great elevations includes slip in private protected harbour - #GGV1008 - 1176 - 1177 $540,000 - $1,472,000

Great Guana Cay - 12,105 s.f. - 0.227 Acre 60’ Atlantic Beach - 1,558 s.f. - 3 Bedroom 1 Bath - Crow’s Peak lounge - Rental history - Near Nipper’s and town #GGH1190 $735,000

Great Guana Cay - 18,321 s.f. - 0.420 Acre 110’ Atlantic Beach - +/-1000 s.f. - 3 bd 2 bath - master on second level - Abaco’s best beach - golf cart - 6 KW standby gen. Rental history #GGH1204 $749,000

Man O’ War Cay - 4 bedroom - 3 bath 1,255 s.f. Residence - 17,792 s.f. - 0.408 Acre - 768 s.f. Covered decks - 812 s.f. Open decks - 360 Views - Shared Aux. generator - Well kept gardens #MWH1195 $749,000


Elbow Cay - Great Guana Cay Green Turtle Cay - Marsh Harbour Scotland Cay - Treasure Cay

242-365-4648 info@abacocaysrealty.com www.AbacoCaysRealty.com

Man O’ War Cay - Sea to Sea - 33,279 s.f. 0.864 Acre - 1, 096 s.f. Beach Residence 2 Bedroom - 2 Bath - Workshop/laundry 625 s.f. Guest cottage - 1 Bedroom - 1 Bath - Dock #MWH1164 $1,090,000

South Abaco - Over 16 Acres of prime development property - 1,638’ of creek frontage. Eco-Resort or commercial property - At the entrance to Little Harbour & Winding Bay SAV1198 $1,750,000

Green Turtle Cay - 19,083 s.f. - 0.438 Acre 4,948 s.f. - two levels - 4 Bedroom - 4 Bth Each level private living and kitchen 85’ on Sea of Abaco - Dock / boatlift 10,000 lb - Rental History #GTH1181 $1,990,000

Green Turtle Cay - 4 Bedroom 4.5 Bath 2,448 s.f. of luxury - 27,965 s.f. - 0.642 Acre - 90’ on Gilliam Bay - Wood Floors Double Golf Cart garage - 2,356 s.f. wrap around decks - Built 2009 - Tastefully decorated - #GTH1179 - $2,595,000

Elbow Cay - 158,122 s.f. - 3.63 Acres Two parcels - A - Sea to Creek 2.24 Acres w/419’ on Atlantic - 395’ on Nigh Creek B- 1.39 Acres - 160’ on Nigh Creek - Two cottages on A on creek side. #HTH1200 $2,999,900

Man O’ War Cay -Northern tip of MOW Sea to Sea Parcels - 3 options available Private marina - Private beaches Exceptional estate - Great elevations #MWV1201 - MWH1202 - MWH1203 Price Upon Request


Artfully uniting extraordinary homes...

HOPE TOWN Harbour views, newly renovated Key West-style, 4 bed, 2 baths, pool, high-end finishes, professionally landscaped. WEB: 13593 US$995,000. Kerry Sullivan 242.366.0163

HOPE TOWN Two Villas at harbour entrance. 2 BR, 2 baths, kitchen, dining, living, A/C in each unit. Pool, dock, generator. WEB: 15968 US$1.698m. Jane Patterson 242.366.0035

HOPE TOWN Horizons. 4 bed 4 bath beach house, lighthouse views in prime location on the edge of town. Walk to amenities. WEB: 15740 US$889,000. Kerry Sullivan 242.366.0163

ELBOW CAY Dorros Cove spacious 4 bed 2 bed plus efficiency apt. Panoramic water views, island-style dĂŠcor. Dock slip. WEB: 15429 US$895,000. Kerry Sullivan 242.366.0163

HOPE TOWN Two bed 2 bath with covered decks and room to expand on the bottom floor. Breathtaking views. WEB: 15561 US$599,000. Jane Patterson 242.366.0035

HOPE TOWN Two bed 2 bath two storey home with small detached studio, covered porch. Beach and amenities close by. WEB: 16256 US$589,000. Jane Patterson 242.366.0035

TILLOO CAY Excellent location, furnished 2 bed 2 bath, 2,000 sq. ft. wrap around deck. Boat included. Beach, dock nearby. WEB: 16252 US$765,000. Laurie Schreiner 242.359.6216

LUBBERS QUARTERS Owner financing. Furnished, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, and 26-foot boat included. Dockage. WEB: 15236 US$325,000. Laurie Schreiner 242.359.6216

LUBBERS QUARTERS Two cottages, a total of 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Deeded dockage and beach across the street. WEB: 12309 US$350,000. Laurie Schreiner 242.359.6216

George Damianos Broker, Owner t 242.362.4211

Kerry Sullivan Broker t 242.366.0163

Laurie Schreiner Estate Agent t 242.367.5046

Jane Patterson Estate Agent t 242.366.0035

Stan Sawyer Estate Agent t 242.577.0298


Robin’s Nest, The Residences WEB: 4000028012 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas

...with extraordinary lives.

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GUANA CAY Waterfront 5 bed 4 bath home in Orchid Bay. Pool, tennis and beach. Private 65-foot dock. WEB: 12456 US$1.55m. Christopher Albury 242.359.6885

MAN-O-WAR CAY Sea to sea 4 bed 3.5 bath home on 1.3 acres. 80-foot dock, protected deepwater creek. WEB: 16873 US$1.275m. Christopher Albury 242.359.6885

WINDING BAY Four bed 4 bath cottage in Ritz Carlton’s Winding Bay. Resident amenities, worldclass golf. WEB: 12982 US$1.5m. Bill Albury 242.367.5046

MARSH HARBOUR St. Charles Place. Exceptional beachfront home, 4,000 sq. ft., 4 BR, 4 baths, pool and private dock slip. WEB: 12057 US$1.5m. Bill Albury 242.367.5046

MARSH HARBOUR Pelican Shores 2,400 sq. ft. 3 bed 2.5 bath home enjoys 100 feet on the water and great views. WEB: 14421 US$1,000,000 Kristi Wong 242.367.5046

SOUTH ABACO Beautiful aqua seas and sandy beach at this 1,728 sq. ft. 4 bed 2 bath Casuarina Point home. WEB: 14358 US$750,000. Leslie Pinder 242.367.5046

TREASURE CAY Golf Course lots from $35,000. Canal lots from $235,000. Beachfront lots from $549,000. Stan Sawyer 242.577.0298

TREASURE CAY On Treasure Cay’s world famous 3 1/2 mile beach. Three bed 2 bath home with 124 feet of beachfront. WEB: 16176 US$1.895m. Stan Sawyer 242.577.0298

TREASURE CAY Bahama Beach Club. Elegant 2,750 sq. ft. 4 bed 4 bath condo. Resident amenities, marina, golf. WEB: 15314 US$1.95m. Stan Sawyer 242.577.0298 Agents & Offices throughout The Bahamas info.Abaco@SothebysRealty.com

Bill Albury Estate Agent t 242.367.5046

Christopher Albury Estate Agent t 242.365.5184

Kristi Wong Estate Agent t 242.577.2171

Leslie Albury Estate Agent t 242.367.5046

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Barefoot Bay - 6B/4.5B Offering amazing views of Gallup Estate - Historic beachfront estate w/ two cotTilloo Cut & Tahiti Beach. Expansive decks connect main tages set on almost 2 acres of elevated grounds w/ 244 ft house & two adjoining private quarters. Great for large of powder pink beach and private dock. $6.270 M USD families! $1.875 M USD

Las Brisas - Immaculate home located in Dorros Cove w/many amenities. Two private dock slips! Widow’s walk w/panoramic views. Garage w/ 1/2 bath. Short walk to Tahiti Beach. Rental History! $1.195 M USD

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Paradise - 6B/4B Custom designed luxury estate stretches from Atlantic Ocean to White Sound & Sea of Abaco. Perched on high dune. Main house, guest cottage, pool & 4 berth dock! $5.6 M USD

Banana Cabana - 2B/2B + 1B/1B Apt. This house has it all! Private pool set on dune overlooking Atlantic Ocean Beach and floor to ceiling windows capturing gorgeous views. $1.490 M USD

Breezy Palms - This oceanfront house consists of 3 structures united by decks and a pool. 5B/5.5B, spacious kitchen plus 3 kitchenettes, 3 dens, living area, panoramic views & more. $3.5 M USD

Hibiscus - 4B/4B + Loft Luxury Atlantic Ocean beach house w/pool. Spectacular views, wraparound deck, screened in Bahama Room and garage. Great rental history! $1.940 M USD

Tahiti Sunset - 4B/2B Stunning home w/stainless steel appliances & private dock in Dorros Cove. High end furnishings. Great rental history! $1.026 M

Marnie’s Landing - Great investment opportunity! Build your dream home in fast growing community on South End of Elbow Cay near Tahiti Beach. Great for families. Call today for available options!

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HOPE TOWN HIDEAWAYS

Queen’s Highway, Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Abaco, The Bahamas

Hope Town • Marsh Harbour • Guana Cay • Lubbers Quarters Treasure Cay • Man-O-War Cay • Green Turtle Cay • Tilloo Cay


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Lighthouses Ocean Marsh Harbour Mangroves Wrecks Man O War Beaches Bonefishing Hope Town Foundry Tours Fox Town Excursions Deep Sea Guana Cay Eco Adventures Fishing Cherokee Museums Neem Green Turtle Parks Wild Horses Treasure Cay Art Shows Carleton

Casuarina Festivals Loyalist Coopers Town Regattas Boating Spanish Cay Junkanoo Marina Crossing Rocks Box Cart Water Sports Schooner Bay Homecomings Birding Crown Haven Ferries Immigration Sandy Point Golfing Fun Run Little Harbour Snorkeling Kayaking Diving Adventures


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Population: 16,000+ Island Size: 120 miles long, 1/2 mile to 10 miles wide Area: 650 sq. miles Highest Point: 134.5 ft. Location: Lat. 26°25’N & Long. 77°10’W Distance from Nassau: 105 miles northeast from Nassau Distance from Florida: 175 miles, E ofWest Palm Beach

Marsh Harbour, The Bahamas’ third-largest city and the commercial center of Abaco. Boating Capital of The Bahamas Green Turtle Cay, Great Guana Cay, Man-O-War Cay and Elbow Cay are the five major inhabited cays in the Abaco chain.

About Abaco

Blackwood

Spring City

Marsh Harbour

Hope Town

Elbow Cay

Man-O-War Cay

Guana Cay

Green Turtle Cay

Treasure Cay

Cooper’s Town Fire Road

Mount Hope Wood Cay Cedar Harbour

Crown Haven Little Abaco Island

Fox Town

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Port of Entry

Lighthouse

Clinic Telephone Internet

Information

Inter Island Ferries

Settlements

Airports

LEGEND

Sandy Point

Gorda Cay

Moore’s Island

Little Harbour

Hole-In-The-Wall

Crossing Rocks

Casaurina Point Bahama Palm Shores

Cherokee Sound

Great Abaco Island


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The Medi-Center

Fine Living

Dundas & Murphy Town

Integrated Medical

British American Financial

Bahamas National Trust

Abaco Island Pharmacy

Abaco Chamber of Commerce The Chemist Shoppe Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire & Rescue

Destination Abaco The Abaco Print Shop The Paint Place Abaco Family Medicine

Friends of the Environment

Dundas & Murphy Town

Save A Lot Grocery

Treasure Cay Auto Care Corner Palm Cottage & Wood You Home Fabrics

The Kidney Center

Presbyterian Church

Bahamasair - Sky Bahamas IBC Airways

Pharmacy Methodist Church

Bargain Car Rentals


Island Boy Marine Store

Damianos

Tupp’s Liquor Monkey’s Uncle

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour

Shear Dynamics Hair Salon

Living Easy Property Rentals


Marsh Harbour - Center of Destinations by Mirella Santillo

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hen landing on Abaco, you may arrive at the Treasure Cay Airport if you are staying in the North of the island, but most likely it will be at the Marsh Harbour International Airport which serves the center of the island, the offshore cays and South Abaco, that you will first set foot on Abaco. As you reach a roundabout upon leaving the airport, a left turn will put you on Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour’s main artery. A right turn at the one and only traffic light of the town will bring you to the other main artery, Queen Elizabeth Drive and to the ferry docks to Man-O-War Cay, Great Guana Cay and Hope Town on Elbow Cay. Marsh Harbour is the place you will go shopping for food, for gas, for hardware needs and for medicine. It is the place that hosts all the government agencies represented on the island from Court House, 86

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Administrative Office, Post Office, Health Department, Police Headquarters, Department of Education and more. There, churches of many denominations will welcome you at their weekend services. In Marsh Harbour you will find a Government Clinic, Auskell Medical Center, Integrated Medical Center, Abaco Family Medicine, MediCenter and several doctors, should the need arises. A hospital is presently under construction. Don MacKay Blvd. is where most businesses are located. From the airport to the traffic light you will pass schools, computer stores, one of the town’s two hardware stores, bakeries, a pharmacy, gas stations, a liquor store and more. You will pass Thompson Plaza, where you will encounter a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, among other shops, should you want a break from the local food Running along the harbor,

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Queen Elizabeth Drive is the tourist hub, where many bars including Snappas and Rum Runners, restaurants such as Wally’s or Curly Tail, boutiques and real estate offices, are located. Turning left at the traffic light will bring you to the Port facilities, domestic and international. When reaching Dundas Town, you will find the Police Headquarters. You can drive to the south of Abaco, by turning right at the airport roundabout. Deciding on a trip to Treasure Cay, turn left on S.C. Bootle Highway and follow the road for approximately 25 miles. Should you decide to choose Marsh Harbour as your vacation destination, you may stay at Abaco Beach Hotel and Boat Harbour, Conch Inn Hotel and Marina or Island Breezes, rent a condo at Abaco Town by the Sea or a villa at Pelican Beach Villas. These resorts are cen-

trally located and offer either pool, beach access or both. Marsh Harbour is a lively little town and the seat of organizations which coordinate several business conferences and seminars throughout the year. There is a monthly Farmers’ Market on Power Line Road at the Bahamas National Trust’s office. A Science Alliance Conference featuring local and foreign scientists and researchers, is held every two years. In July you will enjoy the Goombay Summer Festival which offers samples of local culture. In early December you might find goodies and gifts at the Christmas Festival. A few music and theatrical shows are offered throughout the year. So whether spending your vacation at one of the hotels or inns or on your way elsewhere on Abaco, you will always find something to do in Marsh Harbour. Destination Abaco

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Where to stay

Abaco Beach Resort...............367-2158

Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour offers an ideal vacation for every type of traveler looking for an escape under the Caribbean sun. Guests staying at the resort can relax in the spacious rooms and suites decorated with is-

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land-style dÊcor highlighting the laidback Bahamian lifestyle. Each room boasts a private terrace or balcony with spectacular views of the marina and the Sea of Abaco. The resort offers beautifully appointed onebedroom suites, two-bedroom villas, or one, two and three-bedroom condominiums. Guests will always find something to do while staying at Abaco Beach Resort. A few notable amenities for the adventurous guests include outdoor activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, fishing and eco-tours or simply lounging by the resort’s pools. www. abacobeachresort.com


Abaco Vacation Planner.......367-3529 From Vacation Rentals or Leases to Property Management and Real Estate Listings, this company handles many of the island’s finest properties. For over 10 years the staff has helped plan their perfect island vacations from start to finsh. All of their homes are privately owned and ready to rent with varied amenities and locations to suit your needs. Their concierge staff is standing by to assist with the finest of details. Relax... Explore... Discover... The Islands of Abaco in The Bahamas and let them do the planning for you. Lydia Weatherford - Bodamer Owner/ Operator www.abacovacationplanner.com Abaco Lodge........................... 367-5909 Ambassador Inn.....................367-2022

Bustick Bight Resort . ............ 367-5995 Conch Inn Hotel.....................367-4000

The Conch Inn Hotel is a short taxi ride from Marsh Harbour airport and is convenient to downtown shopping and ferries to the cays. All rooms feature two double beds with en suite bath, cable TV, air conditioning, coffee maker, refrigerator, terrace overlooking private garden, full maid service and fresh water swimming pool. www.conchinn.com Cat Island Experience............ 367-3414 Condo Rentals........................ 357-6719 D’s Guest House..................... 367-3980 Family Affair........................... 422-1960 Living Easy.............................367-2202

The Ambassador Inn has a rich, deeprooted and inspirational history. Located in Dundas Town Abaco, The inn has been providing accommodations and offering tasty Bahamian dishes for 38 years to natives and tourists alike visiting Abaco. Established in 1972, it was the brain child of Percy Archer and with the partnership of his wife, Evelyn, became a landmark in the Dundas Town community. Patrons from across the island made the Ambassador Inn their favorite spot of great original Bahamian dishes as well as a place to recuperate.

“Beat the heat and make a splash!” When you need time to relax, slow down and cool off, our crystal clear waters are a perfect choice. We will help you find a prefect vacation spot and go above and beyond to make your trip to “Paradise” Abaco amazing. With several homes to choose from, each on the water or near the Destination Abaco

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water, individually decorated, some with pools and most with dock slips. www.livingeasyabaco.com Lofty Fig Villas....................... 367-2681 Island Breezes Motel.............. 367-3776 Pelican Beach Villas............... 367-3600 Regattas of Abaco................... 367-0148 The Crossing...........................577-0277 Villas at Palmetto Beach...........262-820-1900 Sandy Point Oeisha’s Resort ...................... 366-4139 Pete & Gay’s Resort................ 366-4119 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Resort................ 365-0083 Cherokee Lee Pinder............................... 366-2053 Cherokee Cottages................. 366-2075 The Abaco Club on Winding Bay....... 1-888-303-2765 or 1-242-367-0077 Casuarina Point Sea Grape/Coco Plum.........367-3202/4 Channel Cay Private Island.......................... 367 3262 Lubbers Quarters Lubbers Landing.................... 577-2000

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Green Turtle Cay Rediscovering Green Turtle Cay... by Canishka Alexander

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inked hand and hand among the chain of islands that make up Abaco is the charmingly scenic Green Turtle Cay. Named after the large number of green turtles that once inhabited the area, the three by one-half mile island is home to approximately 500 people. Golf carts and bicycles are mainly used for transportation on the island; however, cars are also allowed. The island has spectacular beaches that are a gateway to numerous water activities, and of course, island hopping. One of the newest additions to the area is Treasure Sands Beach Club, which is located less than five miles away by boat or ferry from the Green Turtle Club. Full-service resorts with marinas like Bluff House and the Green Turtle Club are located out of the community on White Sound. Both resorts have excellent lunch and

dinner on Sundays when other restaurants are closed. New Plymouth is its main settlement and was founded in the 18th century. During the month of May, Island Roots Heritage Festival is held every other year allowing residents to trace their heritage to Green Turtle Cay. Remarkably, as time passes on, the buildings on Green Turtle Cay are a lingering reminder of the architecture left behind by New England settlers. Green Turtle Cay offers a safe harbour during periods of rough and raging seas in the Whale Cay Passage. Government offices, a bank, grocery stores, restaurants, bars, churches, a school and shops with gold jewelry locally manufactured are located in the community. Familiar and new recipes can be enjoyed at McIntosh’s Restaurant and Bakery, The Wrecking Tree, Laura’s Kitchen, Harvey’s Island Grill, the Destination Abaco

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New Plymouth Inn and Pineapples Bar & Grill. For a sample of the famous “Goombay Smash,” a visit to Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar will ensure that visitors get their fill. The Albert Lowe Museum displays the paintings of renowned Bahamian artist Alton Lowe, while the Memorial Sculpture Garden pays tribute to the lasting contributions of Bahamians. Just down the lane there is the Bush Medicine Garden where Richard “Blue” Jones gives a revelational tour of the island’s natural remedies for various ailments. For further exploration of Green Turtle Cay, world-class reefs are just off Ocean Beach along with offshore wrecks and caverns that are waiting to be explored. The Annual Green Turtle Club Fishing Tournament has

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become a much anticipated event each year. For the adventurous at heart, charter a guide to go bonefishing or grab your binoculars for bird watching. Nearby mangroves lead to Manjack Cay and other recognizable species of birds that include the Bananaquit, Bahama Yellow Throat and Red-legged Thrush can be observed. Like most islands in The Bahamas, no trip is complete without an encounter with Junkanoo, a cultural event that is accentuated by lively music and costumes and is celebrated on New Year’s Day.


Where to stay

Barefoot Homes......................458-8483

Don’t just go on vacation; create unforgettable memories. The unspoiled island of Green Turtle Cay is the perfect playground for families, fishermen, divers and those who want to escape. Barefoot Homes rents the island’s most attractive private homes and provides unparalleled service from a passionate and intuitive team. Barefoot Homes provides personal concierge services. Luxury homes accommodate 2 to 14 people, and multiple homes are available for larger groups. Resort amenities and marinas are available. Fantastic prices, superior service, exceptional memories… call 1-242-577-4092 BarefootHomesBahamas.com.

clubhouse situated on an 80-foot bluff high above the Sea of Abaco, offering 360-degree views of the Sea of Abaco, the Atlantic Ocean and the out-lying cays. The new owners’ top priority is to make customer service first class at Bluff House… where every guest will always be treated as a very special Guest of the House. For updates on the progress at Bluff House, visit the Bluff House website at www.bluffhouse.com

Green Turtle Club & Marina.365-4271 Other Shore Club Marina . ... 365-4226 Coco Bay Cottages..........561-202-8149 Island Property Mang............ 365-4047 Ocean Blue Properties........... 365-4636 Roberts Cottages.................... 365-4105 New Plymouth Inn................ 365-4161

Bluff House.............................365-4200

The historic Bluff House on Green Turtle Cay is under new ownership! Steeped in history, Bluff House was the first and is now the one of oldest resort in the Bahamas’ Out Islands. Whilst being respectful of the nostalgia and the charm that surrounds Bluff House, the new owners are embarking this season on high end luxury hotel suite renovations, infusing each hotel room with an alluring British Colonial vibe, dark mahogany furniture mixed with luxurious bedding and billowing white curtains. They also plan to bring back the much beloved Beach Club Bar & Restaurant on the Sea of Abaco featuring the island’s only private beach and home to the once famous Sunday Champagne Brunch. Other items on the new owners’ long-term ‘To Do’ list include bringing back the much loved, fine dining in a brand new main Destination Abaco

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Perfect, Peaceful, Paradise by Kristen Pearce

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ooking for a peaceful paradise? Look no further. Approximately 23 miles north of Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay is easy to travel to by rental car or taxi. Here, you can graze your feet along snow-white sand. It feels like powder between your toes. The white sand extends for three and a half miles. You can look into the turquoise, crystal clear water stretching as far as your eye can see. The ocean floor is visible the entire way. Waves crash up on the beach in a rhythm that only nature can create. Coolly, the ocean breeze will brush your skin. It’s secluded and feels like there’s no one else in the world. It’s no wonder that the Treasure Cay beach has been ranked “One of the Best 10 Beaches in the World” by National Geographic Magazine and the “Best Beach in the Caribbean” by Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine. And it’s no wonder that it is

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a prime spot for vacations, second homes, and retirement homes. Everyone wants a piece of paradise. If you are looking at a slower pace of life with peace and quiet, Treasure Cay is the place for you! Along with the seclusion of the white sandy beach, the small town provides most of the necessities, guaranteeing a comfortable living. For those looking for a rental, the Treasure Cay Hotel Resort and Marina is a top choice. This resort provides many rental spaces, along with 150 marina slips for those visiting with their boats. Here, you will find many recreational amenities, such as an 18-hole golf course, fishing, boat rentals, scuba diving, snorkeling, and many other water sport activities. The Bahama Beach Club is the perfect spot for a relaxing vacation. Each condo is equipped with a balcony overlooking the white sand and turquoise water beach. It is the perfect spot for a beach wedding,

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and the club provides a wedding package that offers everything you need for a paradise wedding. For those that would like to experience the peaceful town without experiencing a busy resort, there are many other options available. Rental homes, condominiums, and town houses are available throughout the town. Of course, Treasure Cay is a prime location for business or personal real estate investments, such as condominiums, and town houses, timeshares, etc. there are several new resorts and developments that are perfect for a new investor in Treasure Cay. Pineapple Beach Resort is an ideal location, with condominiums and townhouses. It offers a large, heated swimming pool, available to all of the owners and their guests. Another recent development in Treasure Cay is Carlton’s Landing. This residential club offers a mixture of deluxe, carriage houses and cottages, with both canal and garden views. Sandbank Landing is a new de-

velopment being planned in Treasure Cay, which is sure to bring in many vacationers and second homeowners. On a secluded beach with a protected harbour, Sandbank Landing is ideally located for owners and guests to enjoy all that Treasure Cay has to offer. This planned community includes private homes, townhouses, and beachfront villas. The village plan is projected to have every amenity for guests and owners, including 57 condominiums, an elegant hotel, restaurants, a beach club, pools, a spa, and tennis club and retail shops. The marina offers 88 slips for yachts up to 150 feet in length, along with dry storage. Treasure Sands Club is also a new attraction in Treasure Cay. Treasure Sands Club offers indoor and outdoor dining, a full service bar, a 70-ft pool, day beds, towel services, and hot showers. The restaurant is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and provides exquisite cuisine with Mediterranean influences. In the summertime, Treasure Cay is also known for hosting many Destination Abaco

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fishing tournaments and boat races every year. With the secluded beach, and every amenity you would need, including a grocery store, liquor stores, marinas, restaurants, rentals, etc, Treasure Cay is a perfect, peaceful paradise.

Where to stay Abaco Estate Services...........365-8752

Looking to explore the elegant island of Abaco, let Abaco Estate Services help you to discover the true treasures of a Bahamas vacation getaway. We can help you plan that fun-filled Abaco family vacation or that romantic island retreat. Abaco is a world-renowned vacation destination for travelers seeking to enjoy a slice of tropical island charm. Experience the casual elegance of this sophisticated and fascinating Isle of Paradise. www.abacoestateservices.com

Bahama Beach Club..............365-8500

Bahama Beach Club offers a variety of luxurious, sophisticated, exquisitely detailed, decorator-appointed beachfront condominiums for rent. For your comfort and convenience, all our spacious, luxury

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condo rentals include fully-equipped kitchens, cable TV, FREE & Unlimited inroom Long Distance calling to the USA & Canada, FREE high speed wireless internet, laundry, and daily housekeeping service. Restaurants, dining, and groceries are nearby. www.bahamabeachclub.com

Pineapple Point...............800-545-0395 Treasure Hunt Villa........845-651-3298 Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina . .......... 365-8578/365-8801

Accommodation includes standard rooms, deluxe rooms and 1, 2 or 3 bedroom suites. The suites offer full, complete kitchens, a living area with private balcony and multiple bathrooms. Fine dining is savored at the 250-seat Spinnaker Restaurant overlooking the marina or one may order lunch at the Coco Beach Bar located directly on the beach. The restaurants both feature Bahamian dishes and Continental cuisine. There are several locations to “wet your whistle” from the Spinnaker Lounge to the Coco Beach Bar and the Tipsy Seagull Bar. The Tipsy Seagull is renowned as the local “hot spot” that features weekly live entertainment and dancing ‘til the wee hours. www.treasurecay.com


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Hope Town Hope Town: A Getaway for All by Kristen Pearce

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f you are looking for a quiet, peaceful getaway, Hope Town is the place for you! Just three and a half miles from Marsh Harbour, a twenty-minute ferry ride, lies the settlement of Hope Town on Elbow Cay. This quaint, New England-style settlement is a great location for a relaxing vacation or a day trip. This community is definitely one that is rich in history. The cay was first settled by the Lucayan Indians, then the Spanish Slave Raiders, followed by British. Pirates even used the harbour as a shelter. The current settlement was established in 1785 by the “Loyalists.” The settlement grew to what it is today, with a population of an estimated 624 people. Despite the growth, the locals wish to maintain the feel of the past centuries. Cars and other motor vehicles are restricted in the town area of the island. Many of the original colonial houses and picket fences still remain

to this day. To know more about the history of the island, be sure to stop in at the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum. When arriving on the island by ferry, you will be dropped off at the Government Dock, which is located in the main town area. Close by Jarret Park, the post office, the council office, and the old jail can be found. But don’t stop there. There is so much more to experience and enjoy on the cay. There are two main streets in Hope Town. Front Street runs along the harbour, and Back Street runs almost parallel to it on the inside of the island. It is on these two streets that one can find almost every necessity the island has to offer with two grocery stores, a bakery, two liquor stores, and many tourist attractions. The island also provides a public athletic field, basketball court, and swimming pool. Located across the harbour, Destination Abaco

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Hope Town Inn and Marina is an expanding retreat. With brand new docks, a marina, hotel, pool, and bar, it is the perfect spot for a relaxing vacation. For boaters, Hope Town Inn and Marina offers a surge free marina and several deep water slips and moorings. Included are fresh water, ice, laundry services and showers. The Hope Town Inn and Marina provides lodging, with hotel rooms and villas. With a restaurant and bar located onsite, it is perfect for a getaway. The ferry driver will gladly drop you off here when asked. Firefly Sunset Resort is located on the west side of the island and is a growing attraction in Hope Town. With seven villas and cottages that can house up to eight, it is a great spot for a family vacation or a peaceful vacation. Just a few steps from each of the villas or cottages is the Firefly Bar and Grill, which is open for lunch and dinner. Also available are Firefly products, which include Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka and four other Sweet Tea Vodka flavors. The main attraction in Hope Town is the 120-foot candy-striped lighthouse. Located across the harbour, it is easily accessible by ferry when requested. The structure was built in 1862 to warn sailors of the nearby reef. It is still operating to98

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day by a kerosene light, and can be seen up to twenty-three nautical miles away. With the 101 steps to the top, you can experience the breathtaking view of Elbow Cay’s harbour and the neighboring cays. Located next to it is a gift shop, marina, and liquor store. The ferry driver will circle back for pick up in an hour when requested. Another of the island’s main attractions is the beautiful beach that stretches two miles on the eastern side of the island. The pinkish, white beach is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, or a scenic afternoon stroll. The coral reef located just thirty feet offshore is perfect for snorkeling. In the sixties and seventies, surfing was introduced to the island when a few vacationers were spotted riding the waves by the locals. An afternoon at this beach can be topped off with the occasional sighting of dolphins or whales off the coast. For those wishing to explore the seas off of the island, there are charters and boat rentals available around the island, from places such as Froggies Out Island Adventures, Island Marine, and Sea Horse Marine. The marinas also provide full service for those traveling by boat. No trip is complete without souvenirs and gifts. There are many gift shops on the island, includ-


ing Ebb Tide, Iggy Biggy, Da Fina Things, Kemp’s Souvenirs, Fantasy Boutique, El Mercado, Lighthouse Marina, and Froggies Dive Shop. There are many restaurants located in the town area including Hope Town Harbour Lodge, Cap’n Jack’s, Harbour’s Edge, Munchies, and even a local coffee shop. Other eateries out of the town include Cracker P’s on Lubber’s Quarters, and Sea Spray and Abaco Inn located in White Sound, which is a harbour at the southern end of the island. For those wishing to venture outside of the town, there are golf carts and bicycles for rent. For anyone wishing to spend a night or more, there are many accommodations and rentals available from places such as the Hope

Town Harbour Lodge, Abaco Inn, Sea Spray, Hope Town Hideaways, Hope Town Villas, Elbow Cay Properties, Hope Town Inn and Marina, Firefly Sunset Resort, and Island Marine. For those wishing to experience a great nightlife, Hope Town is definitely the place to visit on weekends or special occasions. This settlement is often referred to as “Hollywood” by the locals because of the exceptional parties hosted by places such as Harbour’s Edge, Cap’n Jack’s, and Cracker P’s. Whether you are interested in a peaceful vacation, a quiet day trip, or a lively night out in the town, Hope Town is the place to go.

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Abaco Inn................................366-0133

Guests can enjoy either a bungalow style room or a luxury villa suite with living room and kitchenette. Whatever accommodation you choose, you can take pleasure in the island-themed dĂŠcor rooms with A/C, ceiling fans and en-suite bathrooms. It is common to enjoy the outdoor space specific to your room, whether it is sitting on the porch of a villa or enjoying a hammock outside a bungalow room. www.abacoinn.com

The Abaco Inn has a total of 22 rooms situated either on the bay side of the Sea of Abaco or on the Atlantic Ocean. The rooms are nestled between the sand dunes and the coconut palms only steps from 2 different beaches and the fresh water pool. All rooms have a view of the stunning aqua blue water of the Bahamas!

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Elbow Cay Properties...........366-0035

You can spend your days on the beach en joying the turquoise waters and sunshine or experience the thrills of diving, snorkeling, fishing or surfing. Rent a boat and


rants, but still providing you with a taste of the islands. With everything Hope Town has to offer just a short golf cart ride away, Firefly Sunset Resort is the perfect destination for all! www.fireflysunsetresort.com

Hope Town Hideaways.........366-0224

enjoy some island hopping or stroll the quaint streets of 18th century Hope Town. All this just 150 miles from the Florida Coast! Elbow Cay Properties can help you find the perfect home for your vacation. Browse through our listing of homes and chat with us online if you have questions. You can also book online if you have already decided on a property. Many of our homes are booked months in advance, so please make your reservations early! www.elbowcayproperties.com

FireFly Resort.........................366-0145

Looking for that island getaway that you will never forget? Firefly Sunset Resort is the perfect destination! We have a total of 7 villas ranging from two to four bedrooms, all with a relaxing and breathtaking view of the Sea of Abaco. All villas are equipped with full kitchens, cable television, Internet access, and many other amenities. Firefly Resort has its own man-made reef that lies just off the beach that many beautiful fish inhabit and two of our own resident turtles inhabit, which can be seen by snorkeling off the shore, or taking one of our free-touse kayaks. Firefly Bar and Grill is located right on site, offering decadent lunch and dinner menus that will have you raving for days to come. The meals offered at Firefly Bar and Grill are more of an “upscale Bahamian cuisine,� different than most restau-

Whether you are a beach, harbour or Sea of Abaco enthusiast, Hope Town Hideaways has a perfect rental home for you! Book your beach house and swim and snorkel in the backyard and enjoy sunrise beach walks. Perhaps you would prefer to swim with the dolphins, fish off the dock and keep your boat in the backyard. If this is the case, a Sea of Abaco waterfront home would be the choice for you! Hope Town harbourfront home rentals offer the exciting boat action of an active harbour as well as the traditional lighting of the kerosene lighthouse each evening at dusk. Book your waterfront island home with Hope Town Hideaways today and get the best that Abaco has to offer! www.hopetown.com

Hope Town Inn & Marina....366-0003

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Hope Town Harbour near the famous red and white striped lighthouse which was built in 1864. It is the most prominent landmark in The Bahamas and is a short stroll from our property. Each of our newly renovated rooms, tropically furnished to delight our guests, include every luxury with private balconies overlooking the harbor. Our resort is the perfect place to enjoy the best fishing, diving, sailing, and beaches in the Bahamas, or simply relax by our pool and do nothing at all…

Hope Town Harbour Lodge .366-0095

two - bath villa with views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Sea of Abaco to a romantic one-bedroom, one-bath bungalow located at the top of a short bluff at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Each villa is decorated in beautiful tropical colors and includes a full-service kitchen. www.seasprayresort.com

Turtle Hill . .............................366-0557

Your relaxed vacation mood begins the moment you step into one of our historic Lodge rooms. The inviting rooms feature a tropical-coloured and co-ordinated décor throughout. The rooms on all three floors have split system air conditioners and decorator ceiling fans that allow you to adjust the temperature to your own comfort level. Brightly-coloured, Caribbean theme, attractively-decorated bathrooms feature showers, bath condiments and hairdryers for your convenience. Most rooms include studio refrigerators. Kick back and enjoy the famous tropical weather and the Bahama breezes. www.hopetownharbourlodge.com

Sea Spray Resort ...................366-0065

Sea Spray’s seven villas provide the best of both worlds – the ability to wrap yourself in privacy while enjoying the beautiful ocean or harbour view each villa offers while still being within a short walk of all the resort’s amenities. Spend endless hours relaxing in your private hammock or join new friends for a poolside lunch or drinks at our Garbonzo Reef Bar, the choice is yours. Sea Spray offers seven unique villas, ranging from a large three-bedroom,

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Turtle Hill is on the outskirts of Hope Town, Elbow Cay, on the beautiful Abaco Island. These Out Island luxury rental villas are poised above the Atlantic around an ever-inviting swimming pool, just steps from a vast pristine beach where gentle sea turtles still return to nest each year. Just minutes away, the Loyalist settlement of Hope Town is prized for its pristine beaches, picturesque harbour and candy-striped lighthouse. Today, this friendly seaside village retains much of its original 18thcentury appeal. www.

Hope Town Villas.................. 366-0266 Sea Glass.................................. 366-0290 Sea Gull Cottages .................. 366-0266 Tanny Key......................366-0053/0140


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Guana Cay Rich History, Rich Bahamian Food and Loads of Fun!! by Samantha Evans

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uana Cay is one of those settlements on Abaco where you can still enjoy the tranquility of island life with modern amenities and a vibrant night life. Great Guana Cay sits on the east side of the island of Abaco and is the longest of all the Cays. These beautiful waters provide much opportunity for visitors and second home-owners to dive, snorkel, swim, or just sit in the sun and enjoy the sweet whispers of the island’s breezes. The island is equipped with a post office, a school building, an administrative building, a grocery store, a medical center and numerous restaurants. The general mode of transportation on the island is golf carts which makes it easy to maneuver through the narrow streets. Guana Cay is known as one of the hot party spots on the island of Abaco as mainlanders travel to the cay to take part in their night life activities. One of the cay’s hot spots is

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Nippers Bar and Grill. For over 15 years, Nippers has been entertaining guests from all over the world. They enjoy the ambiance, the food, strong drinks, safe environment, and stunning views, and fraternize with the incredibly friendly natives. On Friday nights visitors enjoy chicken-inthe-bag or conch-in-the-bag, which is served with fries wrapped in foil and on Sundays they feast on the Pig Roast Buffet which is served with delicious Bahamian-style side dishes. The buffet is open from 12:30-4pm. At the Overso restaurant they can enjoy lunch and dinner in an air-conditioned eatery which provides scrumptious tastes of paradise prepared by native chefs. Throughout the year, Nippers features special events to keep residents and guests well entertained such as a Halloween costume party, Barefoot Man concert, pirate party, ladies having fun and other featured artists they bring over throughout


the year. There is no telling what you will experience when you visit Nippers. You’ll have to come on over and see. Grabbers, named after an early island drink, is another hot spot on Guana Cay. It dates back to 1999 and the devastating damages by Hurricane Floyd to the original resort on that location. It has been restored to a resort of envy. Today the resort offers comfortable, laid-back island charm. Grabbers is known as a hot spot for deep sea and bone fishing vacations, fun entertainment, and a great place to get a famous drink at the Bahamas Bar. This beautifully renovated resort, with one and two bedroom Bahama rooms, is a great place for a luxurious vacation get-a-way, whether it is a romantic trip for two or an entire family. Four of the one-bedroom rooms are located on the waterfront overlooking Fisher’s Bay, the beach and the Sea of Abaco which is ideal for relaxing or just watching the boats sail by. Grabbers has become a hot spot for more than just vacations. It is now a sought after location for weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, anniversary celebrations, business incentive trips, and engagement parties. The newest attraction on Guana Cay now is Guana Hideaways, a 36-slip marina located on the main harbour of Guana Cay. It can accommodate rental boats as well as large yachts. The dock master will ensure that your boat is tied perfectly If you love Guana Cay with its laid back, island time ambiance, let Guana Hideaways be your base for exploring and enjoying your time on Guana. Beaches on Guana Cay are amazing - wide with high elevations - lots of raw land for building your dream house.

The final hot spot on Guana Cay is Orchid Bay Yacht Club and Marina which is known for its intimate ambiance, quiet island flare, and picturesque views. Orchid Bay is nestled away on this quaint island but offers the services of a 5-star hotel or resort. It has been described as a hidden paradise which does not offer the high rises, casinos and manmade developments like so many other places in the world. It is secured by nearby nature trails, beautiful beaches and a barely populated locale of less than 200 persons which makes it a great spot to unwind, recuperate or relax in this casual environment. The guest apartments are located near the Sea of Abaco with breath-taking views of the marina. This is the perfect spot for family reunions and getaways. In your spare time you can go fishing, sailing, kayaking, or exploring the stunning coral reefs and exotic fish just 50 feet from the shore. This settlement, known for its rich history, British-influenced architecturally designed buildings, and lively social scene makes it a great place for a multitude of occasions. Hence, its affordable accommodations, numerous great activities, friendly people, great food and exciting night and weekend fun, makes Great Guana Cay the ideal location for your next vacation, business meeting, birthday party, weekend or spring break rendezvous.

Guana Cay Dolphin Beach Resort............ 365-5137 Abaco Sea Fan..................603-664-2608 Ocean Frontier Hideaway................ 1-888-541-1616 Frangipani Cottage.........772-336-7023 Destination Abaco

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Man-O-War Cay Unwind on Historic Man-O-War Cay by Samantha Evans

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an-O-War Cay is known as the boat-building capital of Abaco, and is home to Albury Brothers Boat Builders where they still build boats next to the water. Besides boat building, Man-O-War Cay has been described as a great place to fish and relax. Like many of the other settlements on Abaco, Man-O-War Cay has a very tranquil ambiance with a laid back atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home. Man-O-War Cay has a rich history as it was once inhabited by Loyalist settlers. Man-OWar Cay can be explored easily by bike or golf cart which is how the locals get around as the roads are narrow. Even though some persons work on the island, a number of them commute to Marsh Harbour for work via Albury’s Ferry. This narrow island is located on the north eastern side of Great Abaco Island and is about 2.5 miles long and only 10 meters wide at its narrowest point. A section of island 106

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called “The Narrows” by visitors and “The Low Place” by locals is exceptionally narrow, with a beach on both sides separated by a roadway built into the rock formation between them. The harbor side of the island faces Marsh Harbour, and a beach side runs the length of the opposite shore. The Man-O-War Heritage Museum is the latest attraction on the cay and was started in April 2011 just in time for Sojer Day, which is Man-O- War’s Heritage Day. Chana Albury and her team open it for visits on Mondays and Saturdays from 11am-1pm. Persons visiting the museum are asked for a donation fee of $2.00 per person. The building is over 100 years old and belongs to Jan Manni. The museum is filled with historical artifacts, family treasures, photos and a brief look into the lives of residents from a bygone era. They have clothing, furniture, literature, tools, boat building paraphernalia, kitchen articles and photographs in


the museum. The museum is still under construction with more work slated to be done in the near future. To date the committee has offered several classes at the museum including knot tying lessons and knitting classes. The museum is located at the corner of Rugged Hill Road and Queen’s Highway. The main resort on the cay is Schooner’s Landing Ocean Club which provides privacy, romantic ambiance and breath-taking views which all make for the best vacation ever. The resort has four units with balcony views, television, air-conditioning, laundry facilities, pool, full kitchen, and golf cart and boat rental along with other major hotel amenities. Mermaid Cottage is another place where you can stay to enjoy the beauty of this cay. It is a twobedroom, two-bath, fully furnished cottage that is located on one of the many beautiful beaches on the island and has all modern amenities.

Activities include swimming, snorkeling, boating, fishing, and diving. The diving, snorkeling and water sports around this cay are truly exceptional. The people are both friendly and hospitable and the cay has minimal crime and is clean and well kept. Man-O-War cay is a great place to unwind, recuperate from an illness, enjoy a romantic honeymoon or spend quality time with the family. Regardless of the occasion, this cay is an extraordinary place to leave the stresses of life behind and get lost in a little bit of paradise.

Man-O-War Island Home Rentals............. 365-6048 Waterways Rentals................. 365-6143

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Abaco Northern Shores Abaco Shores Strung with Picturesque Fishing Settlements by Marilla Santillo

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ike beads strung along the shore of Little Abaco, small fishing villages dot the cost of the island. Some of these settlements sprang up when the founders of Carlton Point separated and went their own way: Free slaves and servants turned North, land owners went South. Driving North past the Treasure Cay airport, Black Wood and Fire Road herald the way to Cooper’s Town, the administrative center for North Abaco. Cooper’s Town has a court house, an administrator who represents Central Government, a post office, a clinic and a police station. On the way to the last settlement, Crown Haven, where you can catch a ferry to Grand Bahama, you will pass Cedar Harbour, Wood Cay, Mount Hope and Fox Town. By then you are on Little Abaco. The coast is very picturesque with small cays jutting out of the water, adding an extra dramatic element to the landscape. Hungry or thirsty? Each village has a restaurant and bar, most of them Destination Abaco

opened from breakfast until the last customer is ready to leave that night. Richie’s in Cooper’s Town is located on the water-front. It offers an assortment of local seafood- fish, conch, lobster prepared the Bahamian way, as well as chicken and pork. Richie’s is closed on Sunday. In Cedar Harbour, Netty’s is the place to stop. If you make it to Mount Hope, you will find BJ’s open from 10am to 10pm seven days a week. There, too, you will find Bahamian food including lobster, fish and conch prepared different ways. Da Valley’s in Fox Town is open seven days a week from 7am until. I was told that the cook will appear even if she is not in the restaurant when you enter and prepare you the meal of your choice. If you find yourself at breakfast time in Crown Haven and stop at Top of the Bay, you might be lucky enough to enjoy boil fish, a typically Bahamian breakfast dish, if the cook had decided to prepare it that day. Otherwise, you will find the usual fare of souses, tuna and grits and more. There, too, the restaurant will stay opened straight through until customers are around.


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he native settlements of southern Abaco include Sandy Point, Crossing Rocks, Bahama Palm Shores, Casaurina Point, Little Harbour, Yellow Wood and, last but not least, Cherokee Sound. There are only a few second homeowners who keep part-time residences in South Abaco, and they come here from all over the world. They have fallen in love with our clear blue waters, our consistantly warm sunshine and the many advantages of living by the sea. Cherokee Sound is one of the best kept secrets in all of Abaco as it is the preferred location for many world renowned bonefishermen and many of the local men act as Guides. It has two churches, a two-room school, a post office and library, a laundromat, gas station and an all-inclusive food store. There are no restaurants, bars or souvenir shops. However, the Natives are very friendly. It is surrounded on three sides by ocean and is home to approximately 160 full-time residents. Their history goes back to the late 1780’s and many of the original settler’s descendents still live in little Cherokee.

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The Abaco National Park is a reserve for the Abaco Parrot located near Sandy Point and Hole-in-theWall Lighthouse. A new resort called Schooner Bay is being developed especially for vacationers and visiting boaters located between Bahama Palm Shores and Crossing Rocks, and there are high hopes for more development to come to Southern Abaco in the near future. Abaco is one of the friendliest places in all The Bahamas, and the proof is in the number of return visitors we welcome year after year.

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General Information ATM’s

Visitors to Abaco can get cash 24 hours a day in Marsh Harbour. ATMs operated by Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank (Bah) Ltd., Commonwealth Bank, First Caribbean Int’l Bank in Marsh Harbour provide convenient banking services 24 hours a day.

Banking Hours

Commonwealth Bank is located in Marsh Harbour by the traffic light. Hours of operations are Monday - Thursday 9am - 3:30pm, Fridays 9:30am - 4:30pm. Telephone - 367-2370 First Carib. Int’l Bank is located in Marsh Harbour, Green Turtle Cay and Man-OWar Cay. Hours of operation for Marsh Harbour are 9:30am - 3:00pm Monday Thursday’s and Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm. Green Turtle Office is operated two days a week - Mondays and Thursdays. Telephone in MH - 367-2166 Royal Bank of Canada Monday - Thursday 9:30am - 3pm and Fridays 9:30am - 4:30pm Marsh Harbour 367-2420 ATM Treasure Cay 365-8119 ATM Scotiabank (Bah) Ltd is located in the Abaco Shopping Center in Marsh Harbour and a branch in Cooper’s Town which is operated on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am - 2:30pm. The Marsh Harbour Branch hours are from 9:30am - 3:00pm Monday - Thursday and Friday’s 9:30am 4:30pm. Telephone (MH) 367-2141 Fidelity/Western Union 367-3135 Open 9:00am - 4pm - Mon - Friday.

Customs For visitors arriving by plane Bahamas Customs

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inspections. In the case there are dutiable articles, the visitor will be required to complete a baggage claim form. Each adult is allowed 50 cigars or 200 cigarettes or one pound of tobacco and one quart of spirits free of customs duty in addition to personal effects. In addition, purchases up to a value of one hundred dollars ($100) are permitted by all arriving passengers. Household effects such as china, furniture, linens and appliances with valid invoices and used household effects are subject to assessment by customs officers.

US Customs

Residents of the US may take home merchandise valued up to $600 retail duty free. This exemption applies to each family member, even infants. Family members living in the same household may pool exemptions to reduce the duty on an expensive item or carry in more items. All items must accompany the traveller to be eligible for exemption and must be for personal use or gifts and not for sale. The $600 exemption may only be claimed if you have been out of the US for 48 hours and may only be claimed every 30 days. Purchases of up to $1,000 more than the $600 allowance will be taxed at a flat rate of 10 percent, based on the fair retail value in The Bahamas. Separate from the $600 exception, you may also mail gift packages of $100 value or less duty-free. They must be marked ‘Unsolicited Gift’ and you may send as many as you wish, but not more than one $100 gift package to the same person on the same day. Goods shipped for personal use may be mailed into the US duty and tax-free if the total value is not more than $200. This exemption does not apply to perfume, alcoholic beverages, or to cigars and cigarettes. If you do not meet the 48-hour and 30-day time requirements, you may take in $25 worth of items for your own personal or household use free of duty. This exemption may not be pooled. Exemption limit of 10 cigars (not


Cuban), 50 cigarettes, 4 ounces of liquor or 4 oz of cologne, may be included. If you spend more than $25 you must pay duty on the entire amount. REMEMBER: If you are carrying more than $10,000 in US or foreign currency, coins, traveller’s checks, etc. into the US, it MUST be reported to Customs. Please contact US Customs at 242-377-8461 if you have questions on importing any items.

Canadian Customs

Canadian residents including minors may claim $50 (Can.) exemption after an absence of 24 hours or more. This exemption, which excludes tobacco and alcohol, may be claimed numerous times annually by verbal declaration. After 48 hours absence any number of times a year, $200 exemption may be claimed. This merchandise, which must accompany the traveller, can include 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes, 2 lbs of tobacco and 40 ounces of liquor. A $500 (Can.) exemption can be claimed after an absence of seven (7) days or more. This exemption may be claimed any number of times per year regardless of any $200 exemption claimed on a previous trip, but the two may not be combined at any time. The declaration for this exemption must be written. The allowance for liquor and tobacco is the same as for the $200 exemption. All duty-free items must be for personal or household use or as gifts. Children who are literate and can understand the declaration may claim exemption. Persons must be over 16 years of age to import tobacco and spirits. Amounts are in Canadian dollars. Illegal Items. Strict laws and penalties apply for possession of dangerous drugs and firearms. Any drugs considered dangerous, including marijuana, bring stiff fines and even jail terms if found in the possession of unauthorized persons.

Churches

Call to confirm services and times. Evening services may vary due to the time change. ASSEMBLIES OF GOD 1st Assembly of God (MH)...........367-2130 Church of God (GTC)....................365-4505

Church of God (MOW).................365-6088 Church of God of Prop.(DT).........367-4719 Church of God (MH).....................367-2740 Full Gospel Assembly (TC)...........365-8097 ANGLICAN St. Simon by The Sea (TC).............365-8466 St. John’s the Baptist (MH)...........367-2518 BAPTIST Calvary Baptist Church (MH)......367-2105 Grace Baptist Church (DT)...........367-2926 Unity Baptist Church (TC)............365-8371 Zion Baptist Church (MT).............367-3563 BRETHREN Bethany Gospel (MH)....................367-4472 International Creole(MH).............367-3784 Island Outreach (MOW)...............365-6458 Gospel Chapel (MOW)..................365-6038 New Life Chapel (MOW)............. 365-6458 Marsh Harbour Gospel (MH).......367-2204 New Plymouth Gospel(GTC).......365-4198 METHODIST Aldersgate Methodist (MH).........367-2009 St. Andrew’s Methodist (MH)......367-2007 St. James Methodist (HT)..............366-0400 Epworth Chapel (Cherokee).........366-2249 NON-DENOMINATIONAL New Vision Ministries (MH)........367-3324 Church of the Latter Rain (DT)....367-3871 Friendship Tabernacle (DT)..........475-1055 Purpose Ministry (MH).................367-4867 PRESBYTERIAN Kirk of the Pines (MH)..................367-3643 ROMAN CATHOLIC St. Francis de Sales (MH)..............367-2714 SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST Seventh Day Adventist (MH).......367-4501

Communications

Radio Abaco 93.5 FM is the local broadcast with local and national programming and advertising 24 hour broadcasting. Cruisers Net is available on VHF 16 each morning at 8:15am for updates on weather and events in Abaco.

Currency

If you come across a $3 bill, it’s okay. Bahamian paper money comes in various bills such as $1, $3, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. There is also an extra Bahamian coin, the 15-cent, which is square with rounded corners and decorated with a hibiscus. Destination Abaco

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Department of Marine Resources

Personal Bag Limit The subsidiary laws of The Bahamas allows all persons travelling by commercial airlines to carry the following fisheries resources when leaving The Bahamas as personal baggage: No more than six fish in total - Kingfish, Wahoo & Dolphin, Ten (10) pounds - Crawfish or Conch OR Twenty (20) pounds of Demersal - Snappers, Grouper, Stone Crab claws, Jacks, Hog Fish etc. For more information contact Department of Marine Resources at 242.699.0202.

Exchange Rates

The Bahamian dollar is on par with the U.S. dollar. A small exchange may be applicable when converting traveller’s cheques for local currency.

Immigration

Upon your arrival in The Bahamas you are given an immigration card to fill out. The officer at the Port of Entry will keep the top section and return the bottom section to you. You must return that portion to the ticket agent upon departure. Citizens of the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom or colonies do not need a passport for a visit that does not extend beyond 3 weeks, provided that you have proper identification, birth certificate, picture identification and a return ticket.

Postage

The post office in Marsh Harbour is situated in the Dove Plaza downtown on Don MacKay Blvd and provides air mailing service to anywhere in the world, also regular surface mail. Postcards are 50 cents to the US, UK and Canada. Airmail letters (onehalf ounce) 65 cents for US and Canada, 70 cents for Europe. Other services available include FedEx, United Postal Service and DHL. Each town has its own post office.

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Public Holidays

New Year’s Day...........................1st January Good Friday.................................... 6th April Easter Monday................................ 9th April Labour Day........................................1st May Whit Monday..................................28th May Independence Day..........................10th July Emancipation Day....................... 6th August Discovery Day..........................12th October Christmas Day...................... 25th December Boxing Day............................ 26th December If a holiday falls closer to the end of the week the holiday is celebrated on the Friday of that week or Monday if it falls near the beginning of the week.

Service Groups

Organized clubs of business and professional persons active in public services. PILOT CLUB Dedicated to helping prevent brain-related


disorders - “Brain Minders”. Tel: 242.367.4571 Meets every 3rd Tuesday in the month at Central Abaco Primary School at 6pm. KIWANIS CLUB Dedicated to serving the children of the world. ‘Young Children - Priority One’ meets every other Tuesday at Central Abaco Primary School at 6:30pm. Tel 242.3673680 ROTARY CLUB Committed to immunizing all the world’s children against polio. ‘Polio Plus’ meets at Great Abaco Beach Resort every Tuesday night at 6pm. Tel: 425.7797 TOASTMASTERS Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org FRIENDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT Friends of the Environment is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and protect Abaco’s marine and terrestrial environments in order to achieve sustainable living for the people and wildlife of Abaco. FRIENDS main method of achieving this mission is through environmental education and has provided over 6,000 experiences for local children to date, getting them out of the classroom and into the environment. Additionally FRIENDS hosts events throughout the year for all to enjoy and participate in such as the lionfish derby, reef balls, film festivals, science fairs and much more! There is a way for everyone to get involved! www.friendsoftheenvironment.org or call 367-2721. ABACO CANCER SOCIETY The Abaco Branch of the Cancer Society exists to educate the public on matters relating to cancer and to support those undergoing treatment for the disease. It meets the first Tuesday of each month at Forest Heights Academy 242.367.3744 email: abacocancersociety@gmail.com www.abacocancersociety.com SCURVY FEW MOTORCYCLE CLUB is the only charter motorcycle club in The

Bahamas and is based in Marsh Harbour. Its big event of the year is its Toys-For-Tots drive which distributes over 1000 toys to all communities within the Abacos. Their members also participate in the Big Hill Box Cart Derby in Hope Town and do a number of rides throughout the island during the year. The club has a number of items for sale at some of the better gift shops in Marsh Harbour including Tshirts, hats, beer cozies, patches and stickers. The proceeds are used in many ways during the year including donations to a number of worthy causes along with the Toys-For-Tots. If you are lost while walking around the marina district, the club has a couple of “You-Are-Here” maps beside Snappas and near Sand Dollar Shoppe to help you find out where you are. www. scuryfew.org Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club was formed in Marsh Harbour 25 years ago by yachtsman Charlie Murphy, who was then a regular visitor to the Abacos. Anyone interested in learning more about the yacht club can check out its website: www.RMHYC.com.

Taxes

There is no sales tax in The Bahamas. However, there are other forms of taxes that may occur on your trip there. There is a hotel room tax of 12% - 15% that will be added to your bill at the time of check out. There is a $5 - $25 agency charge for airline tickets booked through a travel agent.

Taxi Fares

Taxis are available and are found mostly at

the airports and the ferry docks in Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay. Taxi drivers are willing to wait for individuals to shop and would love to take you sightseeing. Fares vary within the Marsh Harbour area and to the North and South of Abaco. Waiting time is $40.00 per hour additional 1/2 hr is $20.00. Children under the age of five are free. Fare from the Marsh Harbouor airport to Albury’s Ferry Dock is $15 for 2 persons and each additional person is $3.

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Telephones

Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) provides 100% digital switching system that allows communication with over 100 countires. Other services are fax, telex, cellular and satellite. Phone cards are available. Roaming features are available and will be billed through your home carrier. Batelnet and Cable Bahamas are the two major internet providers in Abaco. Wireless internet services are also available.

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Temperatures

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High Low January 77º 64º February 77º 65º March 79º 66º April 81º 69º May 84º 72º June 87º 76º July 89º 77º August 89º 77º September 88º 76º October 85º 74º November 82º 71º December 78º 66º We enjoy a tropical temperature year round. Water temperature ranges from the low 80s in the summer to the mid-70s in the winter.

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What to wear

How to pack for your trip to The Bahamas depends on the time of year, where you plan to stay and what you plan to do. Summer wear is appropriate for day and evening. Bathing suits are not acceptable in any of the communities, only in pool areas and beaches. In the evening, depending on your choice of restaurant and activities, you may dress casually.

Traffic Rules

Drive on the left side. Remember to keep to the left. Wearing seat belts is mandatory. If you are walking where there is no sidewalk, face oncoming traffic.

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Sit at our table.

Welcome to Hope Town Lodge. A sampling of from our menus

BANANA-BANANA FrENCh BANANA TOAST ........ 10 Spiced egg battered Lodge-Baked Banana Bread stuffed with a banana cream cheese filling and served with Banana-Brown Sugar Syrup.

BEACHSIDE ReeF Bar & Grill Breakfast 8:00 a.m., Lunch Noon and happy hour stays happy until about 7:00 p.m. Great Harbour room Classic dining overlooking the Lighthouse in a casually formal style — Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. Ray’s place lounge Old school meets island casual — Open at 6:00 p.m. for drinks and tapas.

GOAT pEppEr-ThymE WAFFLE & FrIED ChICkEN SANDWICh ................................................................. 15 Bahamian fried Boneless Chicken served on our Signature Goat pepper-Thyme Waffle with romaine Lettuce, Tomato, red Onion and our Guava Compote. STONE CrAB WITh CILANTrO LImE AIOLI .............. 14 jErkED rACk OF LAmB ............................................. 36 Colorado rack of Lamb jerked, grilled and served with a Ginger Beet reduction. COCONuT CASSAvA BrEAD ........................................ 8 Served with a Sapodilla vanilla Sauce.

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