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Visitors’ Services .............. 8 Calendar of Events...........10 Ferry Schedule.................16 Things to do....................24 Diving.............................30 Golfing............................34 Marina Information...........36 Tours...............................42 Shopping.........................46 Map of Abaco...................45 Dining.............................56 Map of Marsh Harbour......58 Where to stay..................60 General Information.........80

Features

Fishing in Abaco...............18 Local Artists Monkey’s Uncle..............54

Publisher Ruth Saunders - Execuprint Ltd. Contributing Writers Canishka Alexander, Kristen Pearce Photography Caniskha Alexander, The Delphie Club Blair Saunders, Charmaine Albury, Robert Albury, Melanie Leneghan, Kristen Pearce Sales, Editing, Marketing and Research Blair Saunders, Marlee Mason, Jack Hardy Art & Graphic Design Ruth Saunders, Nicolette Russell Jermaine Strachan, Jane Braynen

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Cover Credits Bonefishing on the Marls Robert Albury and guest

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A MESSAGE FROM HON. OBIE WILCHCOMBE, MP MINISTER OF TOURISM Welcome to the Abacos; a priceless sparkling azure blue diamond in the precious jeweled chain of the Islands of the Bahamas. Chances are you have visited before and the people, the entertainment, the cuisine, the fauna, the fishing, boating and the delightful range of culture and history on the surrounding Cays has brought you back‌ again. If you are visiting for the first time, I advise that book your return the minute you check in or moor at pleasure yacht dockbecause you are most certain to return. The Ministry of Tourism is particularly proud of the performance and brand that the good people of Abaco have accentuated their tropical paradise with and are so eager to show off. We are also appreciative of the editorial, photographic, graphic high end styling of Destination Magazine in its regular publications as it captures the beauty, charm and endless activities and important information at your fingertips while in the Abacos. For second home owners in the Abacos and those potential residents; the Abacos are a safe and comfortable retreat with all of the ultra-modern infrastructure ; and is accessible by major airlines at its modern airport from the USA . We in the Ministry invite you to pace yourself because it will take a life time for you to discover just a few of the delightful treasures that the Abacos are home too. Looking forward to your Tweets and Instagrams from the fabled candy stripped Lighthouse in Hope Town, building sand castles on the beach at Treasure Cay, rated as one of the most gorgeous in the world by other international tourism publications, touring the centuries old sugar plantations and trekking through the Abaco forest in search of the Abaco Parrot. Abaco is where it is at and we are happy that you are here. Sincerely,

Hon. Obediah H. Wilchcombe, MP

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

Airline/Charter Services

American Airlines / American Eagle  US Reservations..........1-800-433-7300 Air Gate Aviation (MH)..... 1-386-478-0600 Air Flight Inc Charters......... 954-359-0320 Bahamasair Marsh Harbour Airport..........367-2095 Boomerang........................ 904-404-8108 Cherokee Air Ltd. Aviation.......................... 367-1900 Craig Air Center Marsh Harbour.....................367-3522 Flamingo Air.............................367-0313 Silver Airways Marsh Harbour Airport..........367-3415 Treasure Cay Airport.............365-8615 United Airlines........... 1-800-231-0856 Sky Bahamas............................367-0996 Reservations.............. 1-242-702-2600 Sky Limo........................ 1-954-651-6376 Privaira Charter.................. 844-778-2472 Western Air...............................367-3722 Wild Cat Touring............. 1-888-462-0462

Banking & ATMs

Commonwealth Bank....... 367-2370 - ATM CIBC 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 (Bah) Ltd....... 367-2141 - ATM Fidelity/Western Union (MH)......367-3135 Maxwell’s Food Store (MH).........367-2601

Directory Assistance

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

Embassies/Consulates

United States Embassy.... 1-242-322-1181 ................................. 1-888-407-4747 Canadian Consulate...... 1-242-393-2123/4

Emergency Services‘919’

Royal Bahamas Police Force.......367-2560 Emergency Medical Services.......367-2911 MHV Fire & Rescue (MH)...........367-2000. Fire Department (TC)................365-8919 HT Fire & Rescue......................... VHF 16 GTC Fire & Rescue....................365-4133

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Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc (MH).. 367-3752 Hope Town..........................366-0549 Guana Cay...........................365-5178 Treasure Cay........................365-8749

Ferry Services

Albury’s Ferry Service................367-0290 Bahamas Fast Ferries....... 1-242-323-2166 Green Turtle Ferry......365-4166/365-4128 Pinder’s Ferry - North Abaco......365-2356

Long Distance Services

AT&T USA Direct............. 1-800-331-0500 Canada Operator............. 1-800-463-0501 MCI Customers............... 1-800-955-0925 Sprint Customers............. 1-866-866-7509 UK Operator.....................1-800-389-4444

Medical Services

Abaco Family Medicine...............367-2295 Abaco Medi-Center....................367-7999 Auskell Advance Medical............367-0020 Chiropractor - Dr. Lewis.............367-0020 Corbett Medical Center..............365-8288 Integrated Medical Center (MH)...367-1304 Treasure Cay......... 365-8059/365-8089 Health Therapeutic Massage.......375-8416 Contineto Massage - Sheryl........436-0043 Satori Massage, Yoga................367-3591 Government Clinics Marsh Harbour......................367-2510 Cooper's Town......................365-0300 Green Turtle Cay...................365-4028 Hope Town...........................366-0108 Sandy Point..........................366-4010 The Kidney Center.....................367-3310 Marsh Harbour Medical..............367-0050 Agape Family Dental..................367-4355 Diamante Dental Clinic..............367-4968

Travel Agencies

A & W Travel Agency .................367-2806 Diamond Travel.........................699-2250

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Ministry of Tourism............ 699-0162 Chamber of Commerce..............367-6279 Post Office................................367-2571 Administrator’s Office................699-0000 Time................................................ 917 Weather.................................VHF CH 68


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Calendar of Events

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

3rd - 10th

July

40th Regatta Time In Abaco Contact (242) 367-3202 Ruth Saunders

The Regatta Time sailing event is hosted between the American and Bahamian Independence celebrations linking both important commemorations. This event that involves primarily American sloops bringing dozens of sailing enthusiasts to the Abacos for a fun-filled and exciting racing series beginning in Green Turtle Cay and ending in Marsh Harbour. Opening this sailing event is the famous Fiddle Cay Beach Party that is hosted by the “Stranded Naked” Sportswear. www.regattatimeinabaco.com

9th & 23rd

Goombay Summer Festival at Sea Spray Resort Hope Town Contact (242) 366-0065 Sea Spray Resort

This begins a series of festivals that will take place over a six week period at Sea Spray Resort & Marina on Elbow Cay. The festival is organized by the managing team of the resort featuring various Bahamian musicians, Junkanoo groups, fire & limbo dancers and a variety of tasty dishes from their Bahamian style buffet. Albury’s Ferry will be providing water taxi service from the mainland of Abaco to Elbow Cay.

10th

Bahamas Independence Celebrations, Marsh Harbour

Contact (242) 699-0000 Administration’s Office

The Bahamas will celebrate 42 years as an independent nation. Events are planned across the Abacos in commemoration of this significant event in the life of our nation.

11th

Sands ‘Man in the Boat’ Sculling Championships, Treasure Cay, Abaco Contact (242) 367-2936 Lynden Johnson

Abaconians will once again be vying for the ‘Man in the Boat’ title, when Sands host their Abaco round of the championship on Treasure Cay Public Beach. In addition to witnessing the art of sculling and other water-based activities, attendees will also be able to enjoy live entertainment and a variety of Bahamian dishes.

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17th & 18th

Barefoot Man Concert, Guana Cay Contact (242) 365-5111 Nipper’s Bar and Grill

Free summer outdoor concert at Nipper’s Beach Bar & Grill featuring the distinctive and enjoyable sounds of the Barefoot Man. The concert is known to attract a huge crowd of devoted fans and concert goers who are seeking a good time under the sun.

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2nd Annual Schooner Bay E-Class Invitational Schooner Bay, South Abaco Contact (242) 366-2048 Schooner Bay

The 2014 E-Class sailing invitational will take place in the harbor village of Schooner Bay. This competitive, friendly and fun weekend will not only highlight our rich sailing tradition, but will also show-off the craft of sculling, Bahamian music and many native dishes. The event is sponsored by Bahamian Brewery and Sands Beer.

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October

Abaco Open Water Swim, Marsh Harbour

Contact (242) 367-3067 Abaco Tourist Office

Professional and non-professional swimmers of all ages are invited to compete in Abaco’s Annual Open Water Swim Race. The race course is located in the waterway of Marsh


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Harbour near Albury’s Ferry and is 5K in length. Persons can also sign up to compete in the paddle board and kayak challenge. The post race celebration will include great music, food, drinks and awards.

24th

3rd Annual Pink Rose Ball, Marsh Harbour

Contact (242) 367-3067 Melinda Pinder

As a Breast Cancer Prevention Fundraiser, the event features a cocktail reception where guests walk the Pink Carpet in formal attire and are photographed like the celebrities they are. The event is complemented by a silent auction and classical music is provided by a pianist and saxophone player as those in attendance mingle and dine. Last year, the Pink Rose Ball raised $15,000, and the funds were presented the Abaco Cancer Society. Please show your support this year at Great Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina.

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November

Annual Guy Fawkes & Bonfire Celebrations, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco Contact (242) 365-4336 Annabelle Cross

Featuring the historical Guy Fawkes Competition, where judging of the Best Guy and Dancing of the Guy will be the highlight of the night. Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to feast on delicious Bahamian food & drinks and gather around a huge bonfire with family and friends. Funds raised

from this event will assist the Annual Island Roots Heritage Festival held annually the first weekend in May.

14th

5th Annual Kayak Challenge Little Harbour, South Abaco

Contact (242) 367-2721 Friends of the Environment

Paddlers can choose from three courses – 5 miles, 8 miles or 13 miles that will take them through a wild and scenic creek. After racing their course, the competitors are welcome back with a beach party at Pete’s Pub. Funds raised from the Kayak Challenge will support the Abaco Cancer Society and Friends of the Environment.

13th - 15th

3nd Annual Abaco Open Golf Tournament & Family Weekend Treasure Cay, Abaco Contact (242) 365-8801 Treasure Cay Resort

Golfers will be able to compete and demonstrate their skill level on Treasure Cay’s 18th Hole Championship Golf Course, while enjoying a fun-packed weekend with their family and friends in a beautiful location.

27th

16th Annual Arts & Craft Festival, Elbow Cay, Abaco

Contact (242) 366-0095 Hope Town Harbour Lodge

This annual celebration of arts & crafts is held at the lovely Hope Town Harbour Lodge, where local and international artists display their paintings, jewelry, carvings and other unique creations. While shopping and enjoying the beautiful scenery, one can also satisfy the appetite by sampling an assortment of tasty hors d’oeuvres and sparkling drinks.

28th

Hope Town Box Cart Derby Elbow Cay, Abaco

Contact (242) 367-3067 Abaco Tourist Office

Box carts of all description are designed and constructed by local Elbow Cay contenders and other patrons, in time to participate in the annual ‘Big Hill Box Cart’ challenge and family fun day. Participants can compete in the junior or senior category, which officially begins at 12 noon at the Big Hill race site.

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December

4th Annual Christmas Junkanoo Competition, Elbow Cay, Abaco

Contact (242) 366-0065 Sea Spray Resort & Marina

Sea Spray Resort & Marina brings Junkanoo to Abaco during the yuletide season, featuring a number of local groups who compete for top honor and bragging rights. Residents of Elbow Cay are joined by locals and visitors who travel from the mainland to enjoy the elaborate costumes, music and lively performances that are paraded during this night time event.

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11th Annual Abaco Christmas Festival, Marsh Harbour

ping in the Arts & Crafts Bazaar, a Food Court filled with Bahamian Dishes, performances from Choirs, Quartets, Soloists, Marching and Calypso Bands, a Junkanoo Parade, a Dog Show and other Festive Activities.

12th

2nd Annual Jingle Jog Color Run Man-O-War Cay, Abaco

Contact (242) 577-0494 Amelia Putnam Sands

At this fun-filled event, there is a 5k run/walk for adults and a 1k run/walk for kids. The courses are mapped out with beautiful beach and harbor views. There is even a costume contest to help create Christmas Spirit. Every year this event is growing and gaining popularity. Hosted by the MOWY Fitness organization. Transportation is provided from Marsh Harbour and Hope Town. MOWY.org

Contact (242) 367-3067 Abaco Tourist Office

The very popular Christmas Festival is known to kick off the holiday season here in the Abacos by bringing together family and friends from near and far. General holiday activities at the festival will include: early Christmas shop-

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New Years’s Junkanoo Parade Green Turtle Cay, Abaco


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Abaco begins the New Year with an explosion of colors, sounds, movements and rhythm through the historic streets of New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay. The event blends the traditional Junkanoo music with local variants of this community to provide a truly unique experience for residents and locals alike. The celebration kicks off at 12 noon with Green Turtle Ferry providing transfers from Treasure Cay over to the festivities.

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Art for the Parks, Marsh Harbour

Contact (242) 367-6310 Bahamas National Trust

Embrace the opportunity to view and purchase a wide selection of fine and unusual Bahamian creations at the well organized and attended Arts for the Parks fundraising event that is held at the Abaco Beach Resort Grand Marquee. This year’s event will feature more than 30 Bahamian Artists and Artisans, a Silent Auction, a Bahamian Heritage Lecture Series and Live Entertainment. The event will support Abaco’s six (6) Land and Sea National Parks.

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February

FRIENDS Reef Ball Abaco Inn, Hope Town

Contact (242) 367-2721 Friends of the Environment

The Annual Reef Ball recognizes individuals in an awards ceremony who have played a significant role in the protection and sustainability of their environment. The event also serves as one of the major fundraising event for Friends of the Environment. The funds are raised through a silent and live auction and raffle sales. The event offers a wonderful time with live music, great company and good food.

26th - 27th

Abaco ‘Love Rush’ Junkanoo Weekend, Marsh Harbour Contact (242) 367-3067 Abaco Tourist Office

This competitive event evokes excitement and passion amongst Bahamians and visitors through the traditional music, costumes and dance that are displayed and paraded by local Junior and Senior Junkanoo groups. The two day event will begin with the school groups and will end with the community groups that are all competing for supremacy on this uniquely Bahamian stage in downtown Marsh Harbour..

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Ferry Schedules

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rth Abaco Gals “If you have stress, go fishing,”If you suggests Eleanor Pedican,suga have stress, go fishing,”

58-year-old residentPedican, of Northa 58-yearAbaco. gests Eleanor In The however, fishing is oldBahamas, resident of North Abaco. In however, fishing more The thanBahamas, a means of relaxation or isrecreation. more thanFor a means relaxation or some, of fishing is their recreation. livelihood. For some, fishing is their livelihood. Ask any fisherman or better yet Ask any fisherman or better a bonefish guide on Abaco whoyet hasa bonefish guide on Abaco who has exexplored miles of beautiful, pristine plored miles of beautiful, pristine flats flats in search of the evasive bonein search of the evasive bonefish. Luckfish.Abaco Luckily, has a of number of ily, hasAbaco a number bonefishbonefishing lodges and independent ing lodges and independent guides to guides to choose from. choose from. In In 2009, Peter Mantle opened 2009, Peter Mantle opened The The Delphi Club a smallluxury luxuryhotel hoDelphi Club as as a small tel and fishing in Rolling Harand fishing lodgelodge in Rolling Harbour, South Abaco.Abaco. GuestsGuests visit The Delphi bour, South visit The Club toClub fly fish in the manDelphi to for fly bonefish fish for bonefish in grove wetlandswetlands known known as the as Abaco the mangrove the Marls Marls Abaco. Abacoor Marls or of Marls of Abaco. 400 square square Spanning Spanningmore more than than 400 miles of flats where bonefish teem in miles of flats where bonefish teem in abundance, bonefishing in The Bahaabundance, bonefishing in The Bahamas, and Abaco, is rated as the best in mas,world. and Abaco, rated to as the best the From isMarch mid-June in the world. From March to mid-June and between October and November, and between November, these months October provide and excellent condithese for months provide while excellent contions bonefishing the other ditions for bonefishing the other months fluctuate basedwhile on weather. Another highly recommended bonemonths fluctuate based on weather. fishing lodge is highly Abaco Lodge, which is Another recommended situated on the west isside of theLodge, shorebonefishing lodge Abaco lines Marls north of Marsh Harwhichof isthesituated on the west side bour in the direction of Treasure Cay. of the shorelines of the Marls north Up to 12 anglers of Marsh Harbourcan in be theaccommodatdirection of Treasure Cay. Up to 12 anglers can Who are these people below ? is there a caption for this? Bonefising trips at The Delphie Club 366-2222 www.delphi-bahamas.com Destination Abaco

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Bonefishing in The Bahamas, and Abaco, is rated as the best in the world.

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Another place to visitor is Blackfly soled, non-slip footwear Tevas. Lodge locatedplace on Schooner It Another to visit isBay. Blackfly was developed by Vaughn and Jean Lodge located on Schooner Bay. It was Cochran along with veteran guide developed by Vaughn and Jean Cochran Paul Pinder. Visits to Sandy Point and along with veteran Paul Pinder. Moore’s Island thatguide encompass the Visits to Sandy Southern marlsPoint can and be Moore’s arrangedIsland for that encompass the Southern marls can more serious anglers. beIndependent arranged for guides more serious based anglers. on loca Independent guides based on location are Anthony Bain, Floyd Burrows, Links Adderley tion are Anthony and Bain,Ricky FloydBurrows Burrows, in Sandy Point; in Cay,in Links Adderley andGreen RickyTurtle Burrows Ricky and Ricky Joe Sandy Sawyer, Point; inRonny GreenSawyer, Turtle Cay, Sawyer; Marsh Harbour Jody Sawyer, in Ronny Sawyer, andthere’s Joe Sawyer; Albury, Albury, Terrance Dain MarshRichard Harbour there’s Jody Albury, vis, Buddy Pinder, Justin Sands, Danny Richard Albury, Terrance Davis, Buddy Sawyer and Jay Sawyer; David Albury Pinder, Justin Sands, Danny Sawyer and in Man-O-War Cay; Tony Russell in Jay Sawyer; David Albury in Man-O-War Crossing Rocks; Marty Sawyer, Randy Cay; Tony Russell in Crossing Rocks; Sawyer and Donnie Lowe in Cherokee Marty Sawyer, and DonSound; Junior Randy AlburySawyer in Casuarina nie Lowe in Cherokee Sound;Town; Junior Point; Lucky Strike in Hope Albury in Casuarina Point;representing Lucky Strike and O’Donald McIntosh in Hope Town; and O’Donald McIntosh North Abaco. With such aNorth largeAbaco. number of guides, representing the Fly Fishing Guides of Associa Abaco With such a large number guides, tion formed in 2008, and the (AFFGA) Abaco Flywas Fishing Guides Associamembers havewas sinceformed partnered with the tion (AFFGA) in 2008, and Bonefish and the members and haveTarpon since Trust partnered with Bahamas National Trust to conduct the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust and the research. Bahamas National Trust to conduct reRegulations on fly fishing were cresearch. ated by Bernard “Lefty” Kreh as the Regulations on fly and fishing were creindustry developed, fishermen atedtobyadhere Bernard “Lefty” Kreh as the inare to all fishing regulations dustry developed, and fishermen are to because the Government of The Bahaadhere to all fishing because mas is serious about regulations enforcing them. Bonefish can weigh to 19 pounds the Government of TheupBahamas is seriand grow toenforcing 35 inches in length. They ous about them. are in can colour with dusky fins, silvery Bonefish weigh up to 19 pounds and bases of their fins They are and the grow to 35 inchespectoral in length. yellow. They generally feed at the are silvery in colour with dusky fins,botand tom of theofsea, groupsfinsofare them the bases theirand pectoral yelfeeding together in the same area stirs low. They generally feed at the bottom up a cloud of mud referred to as mudof the sea, and groups of them feedding. ingThe together in the same area up a bonefish move onto the stirs shallow cloud of mud referred to as mudding. mudflats to feed with the incoming tide, they The are bonefish move onto the shalbut wary of predators circling lowarea, mudflats to feed withoffthe incoming the so they will dart at the hint tide, they are wary of predators cirof anybut movement. A stealth approach must cling be theemployed. area, so they will dart off at No though, because your the hintworries, of any movement. A stealth apguide position the boat for the cast, proachwill must be employed.

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Bonefish can weigh up to 19 pounds and grow to 35 inches in length. They are silvery in colour with dusky fins, and the bases of their pectoral fins are yellow.

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the boat scan the He guide will to position thewater boat for for fish. the cast, will tell you how far to cast, in what and stand on the poling tower poling dithe rection and the theHe fish.will boat to scan themovement water for of fish. your is cast at andirection approtell Once you how farline to cast, in what priate distance to attract the attention and the movement of the fish. of the fish, the bonefish will eventually Once your line is cast at an approtake the bait, and you will feel tension priate to attract on thedistance line before it takesthe offattention at high ofspeed. the fish, the bonefish will Because bonefishing eventually is mostly take thefor bait, andthe youoption will feelremains tension to on done sport, the line before takes at high speed. release it backitinto theoff water; however, Because is mostly done for it can bebonefishing eaten. sport, optionlargest remains to release As the Abaco’s fishing village,it back into the water; it can be Moore’s Island also however, contributes to the bonefishing industry with its bonefish eaten. Hard fishing Bargain.village, The camp As located Abaco’s inlargest camp isIsland operated the Hield family, Moore’s alsobycontributes to the and annuallyindustry attracts with American fisherbonefishing its bonefish men located who boat or flyBargain. over during the camp in Hard The camp season. is operated by the Hield family, and anNorth Abaco is alsofishermen known aswho a nually attracts American major fishing area, and women like boat or fly over during the season. 75-year-old Doris Thompson and El eanor North Abacoare is also as a maPedican still known contributing to jor fishing and women like 75-yearthis majorarea, industry. Both women have old DorisinThompson and Eleanor Pedican fished North Abaco for as long as are still contributing thisthey major they can remember,toand areinduspastry. Bothabout women have Although fished in Doris North sionate fishing. Abaco for asdown long as they canher rememhas slowed a bit since husber, and they away are passionate about fishband passed and because of pain in her shoulder, shehas stillslowed finds time ing. Although Doris downtoa brave theher seas twice a passed week toaway go hand bit since husband and line fishing in Fox Town. because of pain in her shoulder, she still “Itime lovetoeverything about fishing – finds brave the seas twice a week I get on water,inI’m love with toonce go hand linethe fishing FoxinTown. 22

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Deep sea fishing is also referred to as sport or big game fishing, and is a form of fishing in which people angle for large open-ocean fish species.

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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.

Art Galleries Bahama Dawn Design

Working studio for a variety of handmade items including quilting, handmade glass beads, fused glass, jewelry and ceramics. Classes offered in quilting, silk painting, jewelry and ceramics. By appointment only. www.bahamadawn.com 367-4648 Blue Sky Gallery

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. Lovely Island Tings

Lovely Island Tings specializes in straw work. Fine items such as straw bags, wallets, handbags and hats as well as house-

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hold items like mats, cushions and bath accessories can be found here. It is located on Don MacKay Blvd in Marsh Harbour. Call: 367-4297/551-7453/367-3442. 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 through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel: 365-8489. www.abacoceramics.com Abaco Island Artists

Works from Brigitte Bowyer Carey, Christine Sawyer, Ginny Warner, Jo-Ann Bradley, Lillian Cash, Melanie Rees, Melissa Maura, Kim Roberts, Mirella Santillo, Marjolein Scott, Donnie Wood, , Zyandric Jones, Attila Feszt and Louis Schneider can be found in local boutiques throughout the Abacos.. 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, visit their Facebook page: Abaco Island Artists, or call 367-3744. The Hummingbird Art Centre and Gallery’s

The Hummingbird Art Centre and Gallery’s located on Hope Town. As Abaco’s first destination arts centre, Hummingbird Gallery displays the work of instructors and “spotlight artists,” who participate in the educational workshops and art classes available for adults and children. Paintings feature nature and underwater scenes along with scenes of Hope Town Harbour, the Hope Town Lighthouse, and old Bahamian archi-


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tecture by local artists, professional painters and world renowned artists like Walter Bartman of Maryland, Arnie Casavant of Massachusetts and Brigitte Bowyer-Carey of Tilloo Cay. The Hummingbird Cottage Art Centre and Gallery is located in Hope Town Harbour on Gillam Street behind the Post Office, and is operated by Robbie Bethel, Art Centre Manager. Gallery Hours are from Monday to Saturday at 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Phone contact: 366-0272. Pete’s Pub & Gallery

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 5775487 or 954-353-2465. www.petespubandgallery.com Edna’s Handicraft

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 boasts sand-blasted vases, shell floral arrangements, beaded coconut, Abaco glass jewelry, hair accessories, and colossal mirrors delicately outlined in an exquisite display of native shells. Call: 554-9905.

Birding

With more than 65 species of birds native to Abaco, it truly is a bird-watcher’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-inthe-Wall. Other birds you’ll encounter are the Bahama Yellow-Throat Warbler, Cuban Emerald Hummingbird, Woodpecker, RedLegged 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 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 twoacre 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.

Beaches

There are many spectacular stretches of sand here, most notably Treasure Cay Beach’s stunning white sand that was voted one of the 10 best beaches in the world. Tahiti Beach, Hope Town, has soft 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

Bareboat Boat Charters

Charter a live aboard boat that will help you experience beautiful Abaco and its surrounding cays. The Moorings (MH)...................367-4000 Cruise Abaco (HT).............. 321-473-4223 Dream Yacht Charters (MH).866.469.0912 Destination Abaco

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Abaco Bah Charters(HT)............366-0151 Abaco Multihull (HT)..................366-0552

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

Donnie Lowe.....................366-2275 Lionel(Dee) Albury.............366-2018 .. Marty Sawyer.....................366-2115 Will Sawyer........................366-2177 Randy Sawyer....................366-2284 Robin Albury......................366-0278

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Drexel McIntosh.................365-0132 Kirk McIntosh....................365-0150 O’Donald McIntosh.............365-0126 Fire Road

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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.

Maitland Lowe...................366-0234 Tom Albury........ 366-3141/477-5243 Tommy Albury....................475-1442

Bonefishing Guides

Floyd Burrows....................366-4175 Kirk Bain............................475-1982 Rickmon’s..........................366-4233 Pete’s Guest House............366-4119 Patrick Roberts...................366-4285

Are you an avid bone-fisherman? Or do you want to have a 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 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

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Jay Sawyer........................367-3941 Danny Sawyer....................367-3577 .. Buddy Pinder.....................366-2163 Justin Sands......................359-6890 Sidney Albury....................477-5996 Richard Albury...................577-0313 Jody Albury....... 375-8068/367-6231 Mount Hope

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Deep Sea Fishing Guides Casuarina Point

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along with popular games where all participants are rewarded. A traditional cookout concludes the day’s events. Annual Pink Rose Ball

The second Pink Rose Ball was held on October 25, 2014 at Great Abaco Beach Resort to help raise funds for the Abaco Cancer Society (ACS). As a Breast Cancer Prevention Fundraiser, the event features a cocktail reception where guests walk the Pink Carpet in formal attire and are photographed like the celebrities they are. The event was complimented by a silent auction with classical music provided by local saxaphonist while attendees mingled and dined .Throughout the evening, a video presentation of heart-rending testimonials from Abaco’s breast cancer survivors was shown, and survivors were honoured. Funds were presented to the Abaco Cancer Society. The Pink Rose Ball committee is comprised of amazing individuals: Melinda Pinder, Laura Albury, Brenda Sawyer, Theresa Albury, Ruth Saunders and Wynsome Ferguson, who organized the worthy cause. Please show your support this year by attending the 3rd Annual Pink Rose Ball on Oct. 26, 2015 at Great Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina. For more information contact Melinda Pinder at Buds n Blooms 367-2837. “Sojer” Day

Every other year residents of Man-O-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, 2016. Hope Town Box Cart Derby

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Box Cart Derby. The competition consists of junior and senior categories, and the selection of homemade box cars entered 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. 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 on 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

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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.islandrootsheritagefestival.com. See you there! 10th 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 along with another late night of bingo. It is guaranteed to be three weekends of fun. Call Erin Albury at 365-4395 or Marilyn Saunders at 365-4120 for more information. 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. 5th Annual Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend

Treasure Cay gets overrun with athletes and families from Friday through Sunday, March 20-22nd. The fundraiser for Friends of the Environment and the Rotary Club

of Abaco attracts athletes from across the Bahamas and the world. Competitors can compete in one or all of a 1-mile open water swim, Sprint or Olympic triathlons & relays, and a 5k & 10k fun run/walk. A kid’s 1-mile race, cheerleading camp, and a paddleboard clinic round out the fun-filled weekend. Visit www.GAFFW.com or their Facebook page for more information. Abaco Turtle Trot

Friends of the Environment hosts the Abaco Turtle Trot in Hope Town on Thanksgiving Day and Marsh Harbour that Saturday. The 3 mile course starts in historic Hope Town and loops around the scenic Northend. The Hope Town Primary School has a 1-mile kids run immediately after the adult race. That Saturday Marsh Harbour hosts a 5km event for those in mainland Abaco. Contact Friends at info@friendsoftheenvironment.org or 367-2721. 242 Colour Run

The 242 Colour Run returns to Hope Town for a third season in December 2015. The 5k (3-mile) event is fun for all ages and abilities. Participants toss colour and then walk or run through multiple colour stations on the course; there are no winners and the event is not timed. All persons are eligible for fun prizes and awards after. Funds raised go towards the Rotary and Rotaract clubs of Abaco. For more information visit www.run242.com or visit their facebook page. 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. 23 - 25, 2015. The event features artists who work in all mediums with a number of high-end jewelry and craft artisans participating. Saturday and Sunday features Destination Abaco

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a variety of food, an interactive children’s crafts area, and local musical talent. 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.

Diving & Snorkeling Snorkeling Sites • Angelfish Reef • Blue Strip Reef • Crawfish Shallows • Elkhorn Park

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Shark Encounters

Dive Information

Night Dive

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. Cuda Alley - This is a beautiful reef located at the north end of Guana Cay. There are beautiful coral formations, lots of fish and

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sometimes schools of barracudas hanging about. The reef has a huge ledge 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 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

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Brendal’s Dive Ctr (GTC).... 365-4411 Dive Abaco (MH)................ 367-2787 Dive Guana (GC).......................365-5178 Dive Time (MOW).....................365-6235 Froggies Out Island (HT)...........366-0431 Spanish Cay (SC)......................365-0083

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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. 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 cathe-

dral. 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 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. Dive Shops & Equipment

Diving on Abaco is definitely a must. You do not want to miss the magnificent, peaceful experience that the waters of Abaco have to offer. Equipment can either be brought along with you or rented 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, Froggies Out Island Adventures and Brendal’s Dive Center.

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 Destination Abaco

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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 water. Easily identified by its reddish colour and branching prop roots, the Red Mangrove has oval, green leaves that grow opposite each other, and yellowcream 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 “buttonlike” and develop 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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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 2014. The Anglican Church hosted a 5K in October. Also the Christian Counseling Center hosted a 5K and optional 10K in November of 2015. 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.

Golfing

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 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. 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 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


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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 a 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. Par

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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 seaside 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 visit www.theabacoclub.com.

Food Pro Bar Shop

Golf Pro

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Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club

72 7,390 X X X Tom Fazio 4 15

Treasure Cay Resort and Marina

72 6985 X X X Dick Wilson 8 10

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Treasure Cay Tel: 365-8045

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Winding Bay Donald Steel

Cherokee Sound Tel: 866-605-8681 or 367-0077

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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. 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

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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. Radio Communications

When using VHF radios, use Channel 16 as the calling channel to initiate communications.


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Arriving by Boat

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

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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.

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Marinas

Fishing Regulations

Fuel

Daily forecasts are broadcast on VHF16 on the Crusiers Net. Bahamas Christian Network channel 55 broadcast between 7:00 8:15 am daily. 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.

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Before leaving The Bahamas, be sure to surrender your copy of the immigration card at the last Bahamian port you visit. 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 31 feet in length and $300 for boats over 31 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. 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 5-1/2 inch carapace length or six inches tail length. Egg -bear-

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ing 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 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.

Museums

The Albert Lowe Museum

on 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-year-old structure was transformed by artist Alton Lowe in memory of his father. Tel: (242) 365-4094 The Wyannie Malone Historical Museum

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

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 BronzeArt Foundry

Using a 5000-year-old wax process, Pete Johnston has been specializing in bronze sculptures ever 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

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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. Call them at 577-5487 or 954-353-2465 pete@petespub.com

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, highspeed 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

It is possible to take a ferry to Grand Bahama, the neighboring 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.

People to-People

Bahamians love meeting new people and making friends. When you join our complimentary People-to-People program, you’ll be paired with a Bahamian ambassador who will show you our culture and way of life in a memorable, one-of-a-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.

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Enjoy an authentic home-cooked 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.

Tours

Lucayan Nature Man Bird Watching Tours

Enjoy a drive into the Abaco coppice to see the Abaco Parrot, Warblers and other native species of birds. Plus take a ride to the beach to spot some of our beautiful shoreline birds and perhaps pick-up some sea glass. Half day trips begins at 7 am. $200 and $400 for a full day. Pack a light lunch and bring water for your trip. Contact Reg Patterson at Tel: 367-2749 or 367-3180 Cell: 477-5953 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 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.aba-


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coneem.com to schedule your tour today. Tel: (242) 225-1745 or 367-4117. 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

In the 1850s, a dark cloud covered the community of Hope Town when residents were exposed to the Cholera epidemic. This highly contagious and incurable disease spread rapidly through the community resulting in 100 lives being lost. Although grief stricken by the tragic lost, the community rallied 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

In October of 1988, the community of Cherokee Sound erected a monument dedicated to the Cherokee fishermen and their smacks (locally-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 during some of the years from 1905 to 1965.

Water Sports

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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 Abaco Paddleboard Abaco Eco Kayak Adventures Brendals Dive Center & Watersports Dis & Dat Tours Dive Abaco Dive Guana Froggie’s Out Island Adventures Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina Water Sports

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Waterfront Hotel Suites 46 Slip Marina Low Tide Gift Shop Swimming Pool

Private Beach Tranquil Turtle Beach Bar Ballyhoo Bar & Grill Free WiFi

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About Abaco

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. 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 of West Palm Beach

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Abaco Ceramics (TC) ......... 365-8489 Abaco Island Artist (MH)............367-3744 Abaco Seaglass (MH).................477-5871. Abaco Treasures (MH) ..............367-3460 Albury’s Sail Shop (MOW) .........365-6014 Bahama Dawn (MH)..................367-4648 Blue Sky Gallery (MH)................367-0579 Bliss Coffee Shoppe (MH)...........367-5523 Buds n Blooms (MH)..................367-2837 Da Crazy Crab (HT)...................366-0537 Ebb Tide (HT) ..........................366-0088 El Mercado (HT)........................366-0661 Gone Conchin’ (GC)...................365-5215 Hope Town Harbour Lodge.........366-0095 Hope Town Canvas (HT)............366-0087 Iggy Biggy (HT) ................. 366-0354 Iggy Biggy (MH) ................ 367-3596 Joe’s Studio (MOW) ..................365-6082 Lighthouse Marina (HT).............366-0154 Monkey’s Uncle (MH).................367-3223 Native Creations (GTC) ...... 365-4206 Nippers Gift Shop (GC)..............365-5111 Pete’s Pub & Gallery (LH)...........577-5487 Sand Dollar Shoppe (MH) .........367-4405 Sea Spray Marina (HT)....... 366-0065 Sun Dried T’s (HT)....................366-0616 T’zers Gift Shop (MH) ...............367-2158 The Marina Shoppe (TC)............365-8757 Triple J Gift Shop (TC)...............365-8761 Tropical Souvenirs (MH).............367-2431

Bakeries

Bliss Coffee Shop (MH)..............367-5523 Da Best Yet Bakery (MH)...........367-3616 HT Coffee House (HT)...............366-0760 Florence’s Café (TC)..................365-8185 Island Bakery (MH)...................367-2129 McIntosh Bakery (GTC)..............365-4625 Simply The Best (TC).................365-8258 Vernon’s Groceries (HT).............366-0037

Beauty Salons & Supplies

Bahama Waves (MOW)..............365-6310 Hubert’s Cut & Curls (GTC)........365-4100 Shear Dynamics (MH)................367-3844 Snazzie’s (MH)..........................551-5524 The Hair Stylist (MH) ...............367-4246 The Chopping Block (HT)...........366-0052

Books & Magazines

Abaco Treasures (MH)...............367-3460 Bellevue Business (MH).............367-2701 Ebb Tide (HT)...........................366-0088 Fruit of the Vine Christian Bookstore (MH) ........................367-3288 Joe’s Studio (MOW)...................365-6082 Kemp’s Souvenir (HT)................366-0423 Lighthouse Marina (HT).............366-0154 Destination Abaco

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

Boat Rentals & Charters

Abaco Dorado Rentals (MH).......367-1035 Blue Wave Rentals (MH)............367-3910 Sea Horse Boat Rentals (HT)......366-0023 Cat’s Paw Boat Rentals (HT).......366-0380 Conch Pearl Rentals (MOW).......365-6059 Dive Guana (GC).......................365-5178 Donnie’s Boat Rentals (GTC)......365-4119 Florida Yacht Charters (MH).......367-4853 Island Marine Rentals (HT) .......366-0282 J.I.C. Boat Rentals (TC) ............365-8582 Man-O-War Marina (MOW).........365-6008 Rainbow Rentals (MH) ...... 367-4602 Reef Boat Rentals (GTC)............365-4145 Roberts Hardware (GTC)............365-4122 Sunset Marine (GTC).................365-4634

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The Moorings (MH)............. 367-4000 Waterways Rentals (MOW).........365-6143

Boutiques

Bluff House Boutique (GTC).......365-4200 B’s Sunrise(MH)........................367-4822 Boy Meets Girl (MH)������������������ 699-1022 Corner Value (MH) ...................367-2250 Da Crazy Crab (HT)...................366-0537 Green Turtle Club Boutique........365-4271 Gone Conchin (GC)....................365-5215 Iggy Biggy (MH) ................ 367-3596 Iggy Biggy (HT).................. 366-0354 Island Gal Boutique (MH)...........367-0283 Lighthouse Marina (HT).............366-0154 Mangoes Boutique (MH)............367-2366 Nippers Gift Shop (GC)..............365-5111 Orchid Bay Marina (GC).............365-5175 Sand Dollar Shoppe (MH)...........367-4405 Sun Dried T’s (HT)....................366-0616 Wally’s Boutique (MH)...............367-2074

Photography/Photos

Computer Creations (MH)..........367-2004 Snap Shop (MH)........................367-3020


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Car Parts & Assesories

A.I.D. (MH)...............................367-2077 Auto Care Corner (MH)..............367-0400 CarQuest (MH)..........................367-2452 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 Executive Car Rentals (MH)........434-5840 Sea Star Car Rentals (MH) ........367-4887 USave Car Rental (MH)..............699-3346 Triple J Car Rentals (TC)............365-8761

Crystal Treasures

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

Dental Offices

Agape Dental (MH) .............. 367-4355/54 Diamante Dental (MH) ..............367-4968

Florists

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

Freight/Courier

Abaco Shipping (MH)................ 367-2091 Dean’s Shipping (MH)............... 367-2653 DHL (MH)................................ 367-6002 FedEx (MH)............................. 577-3339 Seacor Island Lines (MH).......... 367-4262 GWS Express (MH)................... 367-2722 UPS (MH)................................ 357-6810 Tropical Shipping (MH)............. 367-0225

Furniture & Accessories

Fine Living (MH) .......................458-6074 Furniture Plus (MH)...................367-7587 Palm Cottage (MH)....................367-2300 The Prickle Patch (MH)..............367-3801 Wood You (MH).........................367-2300

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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 Chris Cart Rentals (TC)..............365-8053 Cruising Cart Rentals (GTC).......577-7445 Claridge Cart Rentals (TC)..........365-8248 D & P Cart Rentals (GTC) ..........365-4655 Elbow Cay Cart (HT) .................366-0530 Harbour View Cart (GTC)...........365-4411 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 Rent(GTC) ..... 365-4147 South Beach Rental (GTC).........365-4375 T & A Cart Rentals (GTC) ..........365-4259 T & N Cart Rentals (HT).............366-0069 Triple J Cart Rentals (TC)...........365-8761

Grocery Stores

Abaco Groceries (MH)................367-5308 Albury’s Harbour St (MOW) .......365-6004 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 Munchies (HT)..........................366-0423 Roderick’s Food Store (MH) .......367-3237 Price Rright (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 Corner Value (MH).....................367-2550 Imports Unlimited (HT)..............366-0136 MOW Hardware (MOW) ............365-6011 New Plymouth Hard. (GTC)........365-4305 Roberts Hardware (GTC)............365-4122 Standard Hardware (MH) ..........367-2660 The Paint Place (MH).................367-2271 Treasure Cay Home (TC)............365-8258

Ice Cream

Destiny’s Delight (MH)...............367-0154 Jamie’s Place (MH)....................367-2880 Jake’s (MH)...............................367-5253 Just Chicken (MH).....................367-6365

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Munchies (MH)..........................475-1920 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 GRM Insurance (MH).................699-3068 Family Guardian (MH)................367-3264 Insurance Manag(MH)...............367-4204 J.S. Johnson (MH) ....................367-2688 Van Stratton Ins. (MH)...............367-2222

Internet/WiFi/Phones

Bahamas WiMAX (MH)...............367-3717 Batelco (MH).............................367-2200 Island Care Wireless (MH). 367-0429 Out Island Internet (MH)...........367-3006

Jewelry

Abaco Treasures (MH)...............367-3460 Ebb Tide (HT)...........................366-0088 El Mercado (HT)........................366-0661 Iggy Biggy (MH)................. 367-3596 Iggy Biggy (HT) ................. 366-0354 Mangoes Boutique (MH)............367-2366 Native Creations (GTC) ...... 365-4206 Pete’s Pub & Gallery (LH)...........577-5487 Sand Dollar Shoppe (MH)...........367-4405 Silver Moon Designs (MH).. 477-5871 Sun Dried T’s (HT)....................366-0616 T’zers Gift Shop (MH) ...............367-2158

Kayak Rentals

Abaco Adventures (TC)..............365-8749 Abaco Dive Adven (MH).............367-2213 Abaco Paddleboard (HT)............475-0954 Brendal’s Dive Ctr (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

Marine Stores

Abaco Ace Hardware (MH).........367-2170 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) ........365-4567 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)...............365-6008


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Corbett Clinic (TC).....................365-8288 Government Clinic (MH).............367-2510 Integrated Medical (MH)............367-1304 M.H.Medical Center (MH)...........367-0049 Abaco Medi-Center (MH)............367-9999

Party Supplies

Printing Services

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 Phar(MH)...... 367-2544 The Chemist Shoppe (MH) ........367-3106

Perfumes

Abaco Treasures (MH) ..............367-3460

Physicians/Clinics

Abaco Family Med (MH).............367-2295 Auskell Medical Clinic (MH)........367-0020

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Abaco Print Shop (MH)....... 367-3202 Abaco Signs and Emb (MH)........367-3081 Abaco Tshirt & Design (HT)........366-0024 Computer Creations (MH)..........367-2004 Outisland Printing (MH).............699-2496

Sandals & Shoes

Abaco Shoe Gallery (MH)...........367-5510 Brass & Leather (MH) ...............367-3643 Boy Meets Girl (MH)..................699-1022 Island Girl (MH)........................367-0283 Iggy Biggy (HT) ................. 366-0354 Iggy Biggy (MH) ................ 367-3596 Sun Dried T’s (HT)....................366-0616 T’zers Gift Shop (MH) ...............367-2158

Service Stations

24/7 Shell (MH) .......................367-5064


shopping DUTY FREE SHOPPING Shopping in The Bahamas is a unique experience. Throughout our islands, shoppers will find a variety of jewelry, local crafts and other authentic Bahamian items. From stylish boutiques to open-air markets to straw vendors and even large retail centers, The Bahamas offers a plethora of unique products that reflect our heritage, creativity and passion.

K & S Auto Service (MH)............367-2655 Quality Star/Rubis (MH) ............367-2978 TC Fuel Station (TC)..................365-8869

Scuba/Diving Gear

Brendal’s Dive (GTC).......... 365-4411 Dive Abaco (MH).......................367-2787 Dive Guana (GC).......................365-5178 Dive Time (MOW).....................365-6235 Froggies Out Island (HT) ..........366-0431

Wines & Spirits

A & K Liquors (MH) ..................367-2179 Bristol Wines (MH) ...................367-2180 Borderline Liquors (MH).............699-2161 Burns House (MH) ....................367-3712 Down Through St (GTC)............577-4424 Fig Tree Wines (GC) .................365-5058 HT Wines & Spirits (HT).............366-0525 Jimmy’s Wines & Spirits (MH).....367-2936 Lighthouse Liquors (HT) ...........366-0567 Plymouth Rock Liquor(GTC).......365-4234 Spanky’s Liquor Store (TC) ........365-8385 The Liquor Depot (MH)..............367-6364

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The Store to Explore!

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wned and operated by sisters – Kathy Okelleher and Terry Curry – Monkey’s Uncle Unique Gifts and Home Accessories has become “a store to explore” in the past eight years. The store has an awesome display of unique household items, clothing, gifts and condiments suited to the needs of locals and tourists. Terry is convinced that the store’s personal touch is what keeps a steady flow of customers coming year after year. As she put it: “An old saying comes to mind, “you come ashore, and we’ll go overboard’.” According to the sisters, their mother, Mary Thompson, was the greatest cook they have ever known. Much of their life was centered around the hospitality industry because of their father, Captain Leonard Thompson, who was the developer of Treasure Cay and Great Abaco Beach Hotel. “Mom provided full buffet dinners when the Great Abaco Beach Hotel first opened and has passed down many of her ‘secrets’ over the years, so our jams, jellies and condiments are a big hit with all,” Terry fondly recalled. “Ours are called ‘butters’ as they are not overly sweet and silky smooth.” All products are locally grown and hand picked. Jam flavours vary based on the fruit that is in season or available at the time. However, in the summer Kathy and Terry collect guavas and peel, clean and vacuum seal them, so there’s an abundance year round. “We aim to be as ‘natural’ as possible. For instance, guava seeds are boiled until it becomes a thick natural pectin – before we even start the jam! We use natural sugar, and add a lot of love. Sour orange seeds make a wonderful pectin as well. “Our hot sauce, has been in the making for over 20 years before we really got it to its state today. It is called ‘Spunky,’ and the name says it all. It has flavour and many ingredients. We do a special hot sauce for Firefly’s fresh conch salad – this one is called ‘Fireball.’ And yet another hot potion called ‘Mudda-in-law,’ and she’s hot, but has lots of flavour, too.” For all their condiments, Monkey’s Uncle offers special orders and thoughtful labels. For instance, weddings favours are called “Spread the Love.” Other featured store items are the sea salt from Long Island that’s infused and baked with many different spice selections like the Red Wine infused that is as popular as bird pepper. Soaps are made all natural with an olive oil base. Their coconut oil is a “huge labour of love,” and takes about a week to make one batch. The candles

Monkey’s Uncle Unique Gifts and Home Accessories Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Telephone: 1 (242) 367-3223


are made in The Bahamas and are soy based. There’s also a great selection of jewelry, shell mirrors and Christmas ornaments. Monkey’s Uncle also carries only the finest cigars, which are quite popular with their gentlemen clientele and at wedding parties. They believe in providing the best customer service possible by listening to their suggestions and doing their best to accommodate their needs. “It is a constant, and we never sleep thinking of and researching new products. We try to keep our products ‘unique,’ and when another store will follow suit, we think harder for a new innovation – it never stops and one must always be full of energy to keep this going positively,” Terry shared. “ Often, there are not enough hours in the day to keep up with the special orders!” Another thing they believe in is supporting small businesses, so they shop at home as much as possible. “After all the very job we lose could be our own,” Terry intuitively commented. “We hand out cards as we shop, and they say, ‘I shopped with you today because you are local. Now it is your turn to pay it forward.’ Every day we see new local faces we have never seen before, so we listen to the questions, requests and do our best to accommodate.”


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Rainbow Rentals

Arawak Agency

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The Abaconian Newspaper

The Medi-Center

Dundas & Murphy Town

Monkey’s Uncle Integrated Medical

British American Financial

Bahamas National Trust

Abaco Chamber of Commerce The Chemist Shoppe

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Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire & Rescue

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Abaco Family Medicine

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Coldwell Banker Real Estate Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour

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Marsh Harbour blends city status with Island Charm

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s the capital of Abaco, it’s no surprise that Marsh Harbour is the commercial centre of this well-loved Bahamian island. Founded in 1783 by American Loyalists, Marsh Harbour is also The Bahamas’ third largest city, and home to thousands of residents. The settlement lies on a peninsula just off the Great Abaco Highway, which runs south to Sandy Point by way of the Ernest Dean Highway, and north on the S.C. Bootle Highway toward Crown Haven. The Marsh Harbour International Airport is where visitors generally make their initial arrival, and taxi drivers or rental car agencies provide transportation to numerous destinations. Among those destinations is downtown Marsh Harbour. Here you will find a collec-

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tion of shopping plazas that contain retail stores, liquor stores, gift shops, hardware stores, car rental agencies, travel agencies, service stations, medical facilities and financial institutions. There are two main grocery stores where most residents shop namely Maxwell’s Supermarket for retail groceries, and Abaco Groceries for a combination of retail and wholesale purchases. Marsh Harbour traditionally held the majority of government-related services available on Abaco including a post office, but with the opening of the Bahamas Government Complex in Dundas Town, most government offices have now relocated there. The Bahamas Electrical Corporation still resides at P. Archer Square and Bahamas Mortgage Corporation, Water & Sewerage


Corporation and Department of Public Treasury are all located in the Tall Pines Plaza adjacent to the Shervin Archer Circle/Airport Roundabout. Along Marsh Harbour’s restaurant strip are old-time favourites: Wally’s Restaurant, Jib Room, Mangoes, Snappas Bar & Grill, Curly Tails, Junovia’s Restaurant, Jaime’s Place, and Angler’s Restaurant with new additions like Nourish Bistro, Just Chicken, Oasis Restaurant, Rum Runners and Jake’s Restaurant. Marsh Harbour Importers/Exporters, which is commonly referred to as the fish house, is conveniently located in Pelican Shores. Island Bakery and Bes’ Yet Bakery have been satisfying many sweet tooths over the year, and during the Easter holidays, there’s always a mad rush for customers to order hot cross buns to eat along with fried fish. Java Coffee House has now been replaced by Bliss Coffee House under the ownership of Leanne Russell and Claire Basden. John Bull recently closed for business, but stores like Abaco Treasures remain open to satisfy the needs of customers shopping for jewelry, perfume and gift items. There are a number of hotels to choose from as well, so visitors can book a stay at the Conch Inn Hotel and Marina, Island Breezes, Lofty Fig Villas, Regattas or Great Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina. Marsh Harbour also has a large cruising community made up of predominantly U.S. visitors moored in its harbour. Indeed, Marsh Harbour has proven that it is the gateway to the world’s finest fishing and cruising grounds that give way to immeasurable

aquatic pursuits and adventures on the sea. Generally those pursuits lead visitors to come to Abaco for boating, swimming, snorkeling or diving or snorkel including kayaking in the Marls with fishing guides. Mermaid Reef, which is located in nearby Pelican Shores, is a favoured spot for an excellent snorkeling experience. Annual events are held particularly during the summer and holiday months, and many of the restaurants offer themed nights for family gathering or a more intimate dining experience for couples. Toward the Crossing Beach is The Crossing, a waterfront condominium development, and toward the northeastern side of the island is Eastern Shores where a number of second homeowners dwell in or rent their private homes. For your telecommunication needs, BTC is conveniently located in Marsh Harbour next to Royal Bank of Canada and other stores such as Island Care Wireless, Abaco Computer Services, Abacom, Information Technology and Digital World take care of your cellular phone and electronic needs as well. Bellevue is the one-stop-shop office supply store and similar items can also be purchased at the Chemist Shoppe on a smaller scale. Both the Chemist Shoppe and Island Pharmacy fill prescriptions. Most private schools are situated along Don Mackay Boulevard in the vicinity of the airport. Despite its advancements, however, Marsh Harbour – and Abaco as a whole – still only has one functioning traffic light. Destination Abaco

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This year, the Bahamian economy endured a major tax reform process with the introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT). In January 2015, Value Added Tax (VAT) at a rate of 7.5 percent, was introduced to The Bahamas. VAT by definition is an indirect tax or broadly based consumption tax charged on the value added to goods and services at each stage of production and distribution. Implemtation of Value Added Tax (VAT) It is applied to the majority of all goods and services that are imported, bought and sold for use or consumption; however, goods that are exported are exempt. However, VAT is paid on imported goods as means of ensuring that they do not have a price advantage over goods produced locally. VAT is paid to the government by the seller of the goods, who is the taxable person, i.e. an individual, partnership, company or trading entity that supplies taxable goods and services as a business. However, if that business has an annual turnover that is less than $100,000, a VAT is not levied on its sales. It is VAT exempt. Based on these criteria, there are about 4,000 business in total that qualified as VAT registrants. Additionally, The Bahamas is predominantly a service-based economy; however, a range of services are exempt from VAT, including financial services, insurance, health services, social services, education, cultural, leasing of property and the sale of property services. The reasoning behind the implementation of VAT is that the Government needed more revenue which was not being supplied by their predominantly income and sales tax systems. The Government also found that their tax bases needed to be broadened in order to collect greater revenue therefore Value Added Tax broadens that base while producing a neutral tax for businesses but a self-policing system through the invoice credit payback system that a sales tax could not provide. Research indicates that approximately 40 percent plus of Government revenue comes from taxing imports. With an economy based on about 70 percent services and 30 percent

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goods, the Bahamas Government was looking to its narrowest segment of the economy to pay for the bulk of its operational costs. Other existing factors – particularly high deficit spending – convinced the Government that alternative sources of funding were necessary. With VAT in place, there was a reduction of both import duties and excise tax rates and elimination of the business license tax (but require a minimal annual business license fee) and the elimination of hotel occupancy taxes (which will be substituted with VAT). Based on these elements, it is estimated that the revenue potential to the Government will be around $200 million once levels of growth are seen and increased spending is controlled. The only exception to the implementation of VAT or any new tax implementation would be Freeport because of its economic privileges through the Hawksbill Creek Agreement. Nevertheless, The Bahamas is faced with the reality that it has been running deficits and financing those deficits by borrowing since becoming an independent nation. The record reflects that our deficit spending reached an astonishing level during the global recession of 2008, which is unsustainable because there is a cost to operating a country. Therefore, the Government’s focus is on minimizing deficit spending to increase economic growth and to operate The Bahamas as efficiently as possible. this office complex will house the post office and all other government offices, Marsh Harbour will remain the main commercial centre providing all essential business services including five major banks, all with ATM machines. Marsh Harbour has computer service stores, FedEx, print shops, hardware stores, marine shops,


travel agents, lawyers’ offices, real estate agents, pharmacies, grocery stores, clothing and shoe shops. When hunger pangs strike, there are several excellent restaurants to satisfy the appetite. While a couple of smaller eateries specializing in Bahamian cuisine are located in the centre of town, several larger restaurants offering a large range of cuisine are located on the ‘Tourist Strip’ which runs east of the traffic light. Snappas and the Abaco Beach Resort offer live entertainment on some nights. Also in this area can be found a variety of stores to satisfy those wishing to find some attractive purchases to take home. They include several souvenir shops, Abaco Gold, which specializes in fine quality handcrafted Bahamian jewelry, and John Bull, which offers a large selection of perfumes as well as watches and other high quality items. Whether one desires to spend just a couple of nights in Marsh Harbour or to stay

for an extended period there are several very comfortable establishments to choose from. These range from the full amenity Abaco Beach Resort and Marina to several self-catering options such as the Lofty Fig Villas, Pelican Beach Villas, Conch Inn, Ambassador Inn and the time share resort of Regattas.

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Where to stay Marsh Harbour

Abaco Beach Resort............... 367-2158 Abaco Vacation Planner.......... 367-3529 Conch Inn Hotel..................... 367-4000 Living Easy............................ 367-2202 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

The Abaco Club ..................... 367-0077 Casuarina Point

Sea Grape/Coco Plum..........367-3202/4 Lubbers Quarters

Lubbers Landing.................... 577-2000 Moonrise Eco-Cottage............. 477-5871

Sandy Point

Oeisha’s Resort ..................... 366-4139 Pete & Gay’s Resort................ 366-4119 Spanish Cay

Spanish Cay Resort................ 365-0083 Cherokee Sound

Lee Pinder............................. 366-2053 Cherokee Cottages................. 366-2075

Open To The Public On The Harbour

Located on the waterfront at Schooner Bay Harbour Village, South Abaco. The newest Inn, Restaurant and Bar in The Abacos Traditional Bahamian Inn with a full offering of dining and bar services, pool and verandahs, Inn rooms, suites and cottages. A place to gather and enjoy friends and family in a true Out Island lifestyle setting.

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Treasure Cay

Paradise For Every Event

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ooking for a peaceful paradise? Look no further. Approximately 23 miles north ofMarsh 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

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the Caribbean” by Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine. And it’s no wonder that it is a prime spot for vacations, seconds home, and retirement homes. Everyone wants a piece of paradise. 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. 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 also find many recreational amenities, such as an 18-hole golf course, fishing, boat rentals, scuba diving, snorkeling, and Destination Abaco

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many other water sport activities. 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. Pineapple Beach Resort provides condominiums and townhouses, along with a large, heated pool. Carlton’s Landing is a residential club that offers a mixture of deluxe, carriage houses and cottages, with both canal and garden views. Also, Sandbank Landing is a new development being planned in Treasure Cay, which is sure to bring in many vacationers and second homeowners. Treasure Cay has become a very popular destination for weddings. And it’s no wonder with the pristine white sand beach. It is the perfect location for a dream wedding.

Where to stay Abaco Estate Services.... 365-8752 Bahama Beach Club........ 365-8500 Pineapple Point.............. 800-545-0395 Treasure Hunt Villa......... 845-651-3298 Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina ....365-8578/365-8810

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The Bahama Beach Club is not only the perfect spot for a relaxing vacation; they offer exclusive wedding ceremonies and packages. The club provides a wedding package and will work closely with you to provide everything you need for a perfect, one of a kind, paradise wedding. 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 for a wedding, a one time vacation, a vacation home, or a retirement home.


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ocated about 200 miles east of West Palm Beach, Fla., Hope Town is a charming community on Elbow Cay. Hope Town was settled by British Loyalists seeking refuge after the American Revolution in 1785, and founded by a widow from South Carolina named Wyannie Malone. The Wyannie Malone Museum was built in her honour, and visitors learn interesting facts and more about Hope Town’s history there. Hope Town is only about 4.5 miles long, but has an abundance of friendly people, superb dining experiences and entertainment, breathtaking scenery and beaches, and awesome opportunities for topnotch sailing, snorkeling, diving, and fishing. Definitely one of Abaco’s most visited

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cays, Hope Town is a must-see and it offers something for everyone. With many resorts and restaurants to choose from like Lubbers’ Landing and Cracker P’s that come highly recommended. Cracker P’s is owned and operated by Bahamian Chef Patrick Stewart and his wife Linda, and named after Paul John Simmons, alias ‘Cracker Pinder,’ who was a veteran of the Spanish-American war. Cracker P’s lies on the east side of Lubbers Quarters, and is a 10-minute boat ride from Hope Town. It is referred to as the home of the Abaco Rage, a local racing boat, and is well known for its monthly Full Moon Party. Like most restaurants, seafood is always on the menu along with an assortment of Bahamian-inspired side dishes. However, Destination Abaco

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dinner reservations are required. Not far off is Lubbers’ Landing. This Abaco eco-styled resort offers rental cottages with small resort amenities to make you feel at home. Lubbers’ Landing also boasts of being Abaco’s hidden island adventure vacation suitable for all special occasions or vacation getaway. Another attraction on Hope Town is the Elbow Reef Lighthouse. With a commitment to “Keeping the Light On,” the Elbow Reef Lighthouse has been lighting up the waterways for Hope Town and its surrounding areas for the past 151 years. As one of three remaining manually operated and kerosene-burning lighthouses in the world, the Elbow Reef Lighthouse is an historical fixture for Abaco’s visitors and residents.

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The Elbow Reef Lighthouse was built in 1864 by the British Imperial Lighthouse Service, which built 11 lighthouses throughout The Bahamas in total. It is equipped with 101 steps that extend to the lantern room at the very top, and it is adorned in a red and white, candycaned attire. Using the lighthouse’s Fresnel lenses, the mantle’s light focuses into a beam directed straight towards the horizon radiating a light source of 325, 000 candlepower with the same light source it acquired in 1936. The lamp burns the pressurized kerosene oil with a wick and mantle, while the leaden Fresnel lenses and burner equipment floats in a circular lubricated tub. This method decreases the amount of friction, so that the weight, when wound up to the top of the tower by hand, smoothly rotates the four-ton apparatus once every 15 seconds. Each time it rotates, a group of five white flashes is seen, so the lighthouse keeper ensures that the weights are wound every two hours to allow the beam of the lighthouse to be visible about 15 nautical miles away. With the sweeping movement of the turning lenses, the light glows between its beams and is referred to as the “soul” of a lighthouse. When the Bahamas Government decided to automate the lighthouse at Elbow


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Reef, the Elbow Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society (ERLS) came to the rescue to assist with its upkeep and preservation. Two lighthouse keepers are stationed at the lighthouse: Jeffery Forbes Jr. and Elvis Parker. The Bahamas Port Department now headed by Marques Williams has also been instrumental with the upkeep of the lighthouses. It’s certainly a tall order for all involved, and ERLS members ran to the aid of the lighthouse yet again this year to restore it, and upkeep its original technology that includes the lighting and turning equipment made by the Chance Brothers of Birmingham, England in the early 1900s. The lighthouse was closed from Jan.24 to Feb. 2, 2015 as Alex Klahm, a metal architect and lighthouse specialist from St. Petersburg, Fla. completely restored and repaired the badly rusting roof

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guttering at the top of the Elbow Reef Lighthouse along with other critical items. According to Lory Kenyon, ERLS Executive Director, it was the Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society’s first major project to-


ward the complete restoration of the Elbow Reef Lighthouse with the hopes of setting a precedent for other islands within The Bahamas with lighthouses. Recently, official Junior Lighthouse Keepers gave guided tours of the lighthouse to visitors on Heritage Day, and they serve as historians and tour guides. Annie Potts was commended for creating the training program The preservation of the lighthouse went a step further in shedding light on people’s passion for it along with its history and sense of community. Not only does the famed Elbow Reef Lighthouse draw people to this tight-knit community, but its significance to The Bahamas has been incorporated in numerous paintings, jewelry, hand bags and other souvenir items. Because of the continued efforts of past and present generations, the Elbow

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Reef Lighthouse continues to be a beacon of hope well into the future.

Where to stay Abaco Inn.............................366-0133 Crystal Waters & Villas ..................321-4632-2631 Elbow Cay Properties..... 366-0035 FireFly Resort................. 366-0145 Hope Town Hideaways... 366-0224 Hope Town Inn & Marina.366-0003 Hope Town Lodge .......... 366-0095 Sea Spray Resort ........... 366-0065 Turtle Hill ....................... 366-0557 Hope Town Villas...................366-0266 Sea Glass..............................366-0290 Sea Gull Cottages .................366-0266 Tanny Key.................... 366-0053/0140


FOR SALE

Under Contract

Turtle Run Luxurious 5B/5B waterfront home in Marnie’s Landing. This perfectly maintained, turnkey island home is a rare jewel. Features include: Open concept, pool, dock and generator.

Abaco Pineapple Beach

4B/3B designer beach house located in White Sound on the Atlantic Ocean. Features high ceilings, pool, generator and panoramic ocean views.

Casa Luisa Situated in a great neighborhood just a short walk to the beach. This 3B/2B house offers Atlantic Ocean breezes, a private pool and has numerous decks and patios.

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Tahiti Hai Spectacular 3B/2B

Ridge House On one of

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5B/5.5B beach house with private pool situated in Dorros Cove. Features include panoramic ocean views, generator, high end furnishings & dock slip.

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Harbour Vista 2B/2B Sleeps 6. In the heart of Hope Town, overlooking the harbour & lighthouse. Ideal for 2 couples or a family. Private dock for vessel up to 40’ & generator. From $2,600/wk

home with separate cottage offering great ocean views located within walking distance of popular Tahiti Beach. Includes dock slip.

New Rental

Skyview Formerly Phillips’ House 5B/6.5B Sleeps 12. Unbelievable 360° Atlantic Ocean & Sea of Abaco views. Upscale finishes and hardwood floors, generator, dock slip & beach nearby. From $12,000/wk

$660,000 USD

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the highest ridges on Guana Cay sits this 6B/3B home with 360° panoramic ocean views. Deeded access to waterfront & dock.

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Guana Cay

Abaco’s Hidden Treasure

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reat Guana Cay is the longest of the Abaco cays stretching eight miles from tip to tip, and of its 150 residents, most are direct descendants of the Loyalists. The name “Guana” may have been derived from a protected species of lizards in The Bahamas called iguana. Located in the centre of Abaco between Green Turtle Cay and Man-O-War Cay, a five and a half mile beach dominates Guana Cay. Its beaches are traditionally nesting grounds for loggerhead, green and Hawksbill sea turtles. As a barrier island, its waters are decorated with coral reefs. The Great Abaco Barrier Reef consists of large, branching formations of elkhorn coral with medium to large brain and star coral that provide trails and caves as well as isolated Coral Gardens. Well-known underwater sites include: The Blue Hole, Guana Gardens,

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The Tower, The Catacombs, Grouper Alley, Twin Sisters and Wayne’s World. By land or by sea, the opportunities for exploration are endless with activities like beachcombing, bird watching, dolphin sightings, hiking, snorkeling the reefs, and swimming. Great Guana Cay has an expanse of virgin forest that accommodate a variety of native and migratory birds. This natural backdrop sets the scene for a quiet and relaxing vacation, and golf carts or bicycles are the main ways of exploring the island. The island is outfitted with two resorts – Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club and Orchid Bay Yacht Club – along with rental cottages, souvenir shops and a grocery store. Great Guana Cay Villas, Abaco Beach Rentals and Grabber Bed, Bar and Grill all offer easy access to snorkeling and scuba diving to see the diversity of sea life.


You can choose to snorkel by boat or in shallow waters off the beach, but another option is a guided snorkeling trip that can be arranged as low as $35 per person. A cove on the island called Kidd’s Cove was named after the pirate William Kidd, and was once used as an abandoned Disney attraction and as a destination for premier cruise lines called, “Treasure Island.” The island has grown in leaps and bounds in terms of visitors particularly on

Sunday afternoons with Nipper’s Bar and Grill famous wild boar roast, barbecued food, grilled food and drink specials.

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

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Man-O-War Cay

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Family, Fitness, Fun

ust three and a half miles east of Marsh Harbour lies the tranquil settlement of Man-O-War. This cay is the perfect place for a peaceful vacation or day trip. Stretching two and a half miles and with 350 residents, the cay is definitely not a big one, but it is a famous one. Once the boat-building capital of the Bahamas, many of the residents keep the heritage of craftsmanship alive by continuing in the work that made the island famous. The Albury Brothers have been known in the past for their wooden boats. But today their fiberglass models are so famous that they are also being manufactured in the United States. While visiting the island, feel free to stop at the hangar.

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With a visit to Emerson’s Shop, you can watch Andy Albury build custom-made furniture and boat replicas. A stop into Joe’s Studio will provide a look at Joe Albury’s dingy half model replicas and also a great place to buy souvenirs. At the Sail Shop, you can observe the staff sewing handbags, ditties, duffels, and backpacks out of various canvas patterns. For anyone wishing to know more about the history of this cay, feel free to visit the Man-O-War Heritage Museum. Displayed are numerous tools, utensils, artifacts, pieces of clothing, pictures, and much more from the settlement’s expansive history. The history of the island can also be


seen while walking the streets. Many of the Loyalist’s original clapboard houses and narrow streets are still in use today. There are many gift shops on the cay, including Sally’s Seaside Boutique and Joe’s Studio. Visitors will not go hungry with local restaurants open for business, such as Hibiscus Cafe and Dock N’ Dine. A visit to any cay would not be complete without visiting the beach. The white, sandy beaches and turquoise waters can be found on the backside of the island. On this secluded beach, you are almost guaranteed to have an uninterrupted visit. Albury’s Ferry provides trips to and from the cay at various times throughout the day. The more adventurous visitor could rent a boat from Water Ways Rentals or Conch Pearl Rentals. There are no resorts located on the island, but there are many rental houses and cottages throughout town. Many tourists also come on their own vessels and dock at the local marina. During a trip to the cay make sure Man-O-War Marina is the first stop on the agenda. The Marina provides many facilities that could make the stay more enjoyable, such as a freshwater pool, showers, restrooms, wireless Internet, golf cart rentals, kayak rentals, boat care and maintenance, fuel, and charter boats. The residents of Man-O-War have a

new focus on fitness for the youth on the cay. There is a brand new organization called MOWY Fitness that is committed to youth development through sports and health education. The last two years Man-O-War has hosted an event called the Jingle Jog in December. At this fun-filled event, there is a 5k run/walk for adults and a 1k run/walk for kids. The courses are mapped out with beautiful beach and harbor views. There is even a costume contest to help create Christmas Spirit. Every year this event is growing and gaining popularity. Last year there were 77 adult participants and 20 kids. Each year the proceeds go towards the youth fitness activities on the island. The date for the 3rd annual Jingle Jog has been set for December 12th, 2015. And this year the event will be hosted by the MOWY Fitness organization. Transportation is provided from Marsh Harbour and Hope Town. Be sure to look for their Facebook page for more information.

Where to stay Island Home Rentals.............365-6048 Waterways Rentals................365-6143

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Green Turtle Cay

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Local History and Sea Adventures

ust a short ferry ride from the mainland rests Green Turtle Cay, one of the earliest settlements in Abaco. With pirate, African, and Loyalist roots, and with ties to its sister city Key West, Green Turtle Cay was once considered the largest city in Abaco. The population has dwindled over the years, and there are currently around 500 residents. However, the locals are extremely active in keeping their heritage and history alive. Each year, the cay hosts many celebrations, including the Island Roots Heritage Festival in May, Regatta Time in Abaco in July, Guy Fawkes celebrations in November, many Christmas celebrations throughout November and December, the New Years Celebrations in January, and many more. You can’t help but notice the history all around the island. Along with the many

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original houses, there is still the original jail, cemetery, and library. You can also find the Loyalist Memorial Sculpture garden and the Albert Lowe Museum, which display some of the history of the settlement. With three grocery stores, two hardware stores, and a liquor store, the island is equipped with almost all the necessities for island life. There are several marinas and clubs on the island that provide accommodations, rentals and restaurants. The Black Sound Marina offers services for those visiting by boat. The Other Shore Club provides a marina and hotel and is the home of Pineapples Bar and Grill. The Green Turtle Club and Marina is a four star club offering boat and cart rentals, two restaurants, a souvenir shop, and fishing charters. The Bluff House Beach Hotel and Yacht Club is equipped with two restaurants and a full


service marina. There are accommodations provided around the island, such as rental homes, villas, and cottages. Even though it is possible to walk the settlements, golf carts are available for rent from the clubs, marinas, Kool Kart Rentals, Island Roadrunner, and D and P Rentals. On the journey, be sure to dine at one of the many local restaurants. Bahamian Cuisine is available, not only from the marinas and clubs, but also around the island from places such as Jolly Rogers, McIntosh’s, the Wrecking Tree, Laura’s Kitchen, Sundowners, Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar, and Harvey’s Island Grill. Like every Bahamian Island, there are beautiful views of the crystal clear waters, scenic beaches, and natural wildlife all around the island. While it is possible to travel to the beaches or to rent boats and kayaks, Green Turtle Cay offers many tours, for those who want a guided trip through paradise. The Lincoln Jones Adventure takes you to Munjack Cay, where you can snorkel, fish, spear, relax, swim, or have a picnic. The Tom Sawyer’s Sea Adventures can take you on an Island Hopping adventure in his 31ft. Cat Limbo. The Dive Center can take you on a snorkeling or scuba adventure to many of the offshore wrecks and caverns, and also offers diving certification, day trips, and dolphin encounters. Many charter day trips for fishing can be made through the Green Turtle Club. Brendal’s Dive Center offers many tours and trips, including scuba and snorkeling trips, reef and wild dolphin encounters, island hopping, sunset and sailing cruises, wild turtle encounters, and kayaking tours. Wade Cash with Sunset Marine and Boat Rentals offers kayaking tours throughout the island. Whether you plan to stay overnight or visit for a day trip, Green Turtle

Cay has much history and beautiful sites to capture your attention for the duration of your stay.

Where to stay Bluff House........................... 365-4200 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

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General Information Banking Hours

Commonwealth Bank................ 367-2370 Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 3:30pm Fridays 9:30am - 4:30pm. First Carib. Int’l Bank ............... 367-2166 Marsh Harbour - 9:30am-3:00pm Monday - Thursday’s and Friday 9:30am-4:30pm. Green Turtle Office - Mondays and Thursdays Royal Bank of Canada Marsh Harbour - 367-2420 ATM Treasure Cay - 365-8119 ATM Monday - Thursday 9:30am-3:00pm Fridays 9:30am-4:30pm. Scotiabank (Bah) ..................... 367-2141 Monday-Thursday 9:30am-3:00pm Friday’s 9:30am-4:30pm. Fidelity/Western Union ............ 367-3135 Monday - Friday 9:00am-4:00pm

Customs - For visitors arriving by plane Bahamas Customs

Baggage declaration by temporary visitors is oral, but the baggage is subject to customs 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

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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 taxfree 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, in-


cluding 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 Christ (MH)..................367-3496 Church of 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 and 98.5 FM are 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 15cent, which is square with rounded corners and decorated with a hibiscus. 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 eighteen 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.

Department of Agriculture

Import Requirements An import permit is required from the Ministry of Agriculture for all animals being brought into the Bahamas. Applications for such permits (along with a $10 processing fee - money order or cash only) must be made in writing to the Director of Agriculture, P.O.Box N-3704, Nassau, Bahamas. For the US and Canada, the following are the main provisions of the import as it applies to dogs and cats: the animal must be 6 months of age or older, have a valid certificate of vaccination with in one month and not more than 10 months prior to importation for a one year vaccine. The animal must be accompained by a Veterinary Health Certificate presented within 48 hours of arrival into the Bahamas to a licensed veterinarian for an examination. The permit is valid for one (1) entry and must be used within one (1) year from the date of issue. Breeds restricted from being imported into the Bahamas are Pit Bull, Cane Corso and Presa Canario. For more information 242-367-2260 Fax 242-367-4260.

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

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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 at the Government Complex 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 (one-half 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.

Public Holidays

New Year’s Day 1st January Majority Rule Day 10th January Good Friday 25th March Easter Monday 28th March Whit Monday 16th May Labour Day 3rd June Independence Day 10th July Emancipation Day 1st August National Heroes Day 10th October Christmas Day 25th December Boxing Day 26th December

Service Groups

Organized clubs of business and professional persons active in public services. Pilot Club of Abaco..................... 367-4571 Kiwania Club of Abaco................ 367-3680 Roteract Club.............................. 367-3202 Rotary Club of Abaco................. 425-7797 TOASTMASTERS - www.toastmasters.org FRIENDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT...... 367-2721 www.friendsoftheenvironment.org ABACO CANCER SOCIETY................. 367-3744 abacocancersociety@gmail.com SCURVY FEW MOTORCYCLE CLUB www.scuryfew.org Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club www.RMHYC.com

Taxes

The Bahamas government is changing its revenue base from being dependent on import duties to a Value Added Tax. This VAT will be added to most items and services. Although burdensome for merchants and service providers, it will function much like a sales tax to the consumer. Services such as tours, taxis, ferries, contractors, mechanics, hotels, restaurants and

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other services will be adding the 7.5 percent VAT.

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 Harbour airport to Albury’s Ferry Dock is $15 for 2 persons and each additional person is $3.

Temperatures

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.

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. Sim and 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.

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.

What to bring

Beach towels, suntan lotion, hats, sunglasses, snorkeling gear, fishing equipment, any food, cooler, long sleeved shirts for sun protection, and flashlight. You will probably bring too many clothes. Days are in bathing suits and dining out is casual (no jackets for men). Bring a portable radio if you want one for the beach.


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