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The Abacos! In Every Issue

Visitors’ Services ................... 10 Ferry Schedule....................... 10 Calendar of Events................. 12 Things to do.......................... 22 Map of Abaco......................... 27 Golfing.................................. 30 Diving................................... 31 Marina Information................. 36 Where to dine........................ 40 Where to shop....................... 42 Map of Marsh Harbour............ 52 Where to stay........................ 50 General Information............... 64

Features

Artists Unleashed................... 16

Cover Credits Charmaine Albury “Underwater Fun”

Publisher Ruth Saunders - Execuprint Ltd.

Tel (242) 367-3202 or 357-6836 US (305) 394-8274 Fax (242) 367-3201 P.O.Box AB-20968 Marsh Harbour Abaco, The Bahamas http://www.destinationabaco.net Email:destinationabaco@gmail.com Editorial:rudiecs@gmail.com

Contributing Writers Canishka Alexander Kristen Pearce Photography Charmaine Albury, Rhonda Pearce Blair Saunders, Canishka Alexander Robbie Bethel, Melanie Leneghan, Peter Mantel

Destination Abaco is published bi-annually by Execuprint Ltd. ©Copyright 2016 by Execuprint Ltd. Destination Abaco is distributed free of charge to all visitors. You can locate a copy at airports in Abaco, Nassau and Freeport, all ferry offices and throughout businesses in Abaco. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission of the publisher is prohibited.

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Welc ome!

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 bought you back...again. If you are visiting for the first time, I advise that you book your return the minute you check in or moor a pleasure yacht dock - because you are most certain to return.

Message from

Hon. Obediah H. Wilchombe MP Minister of Tourism

The Ministry of Tourism is particulary proud of the performance and brand that the good people of Abaco have accented their tropical paradise with and are so eagar to show off. We are also appreciative of the editorial, photographic, graphic high and styling Destination Abaco 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 homeowners 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 to.

Abaco Tourist Office 242.367.3068 242.699.0152 www.bahamas.com

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. Wilchombe, MP MINISTER OF TOURISM

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Visitor’s Ser Airline & Charter Services

American Airlines / American Eagle  US Reservations..........1-800-433-7300 Air Gate Aviation (MH)...............367-3636 Reservations.............. 1-386-478-0600 Air Flight Inc Charters......... 954-359-0320 Bahamasair Marsh Harbour Airport..........367-2095 Nassau......................... 242-300-8359 Boomerang........................ 904-404-8108 Cherokee Air Ltd. Aviation.......................... 367-1900 Delta Airlines.................. 1-800-221-1212 Flamingo Air..............699-0312/351-4963 Fly The Whale..................... 1-212-221-1203

IBC Airways ...................... 954-848-2300 Island Wings...................... 954-274-6214 Privaira Charter............... 1-844-778-2472 Silver Airways Marsh Harbour Airport..........367-3415 Treasure Cay Airport.............365-8615 US Reservations......... 1-800-231-0856 Sky Bahamas............................367-0996 Reservations.............. 1-242-225-4460 Sky Limo........................... 954-651-6376 Tetset Premier Air................ 1-646-593-8270

Western Air...............................367-3722

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 (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......... 1-613-232-1724

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For further information contact the local tourism office at 699-0152

Emergency Services ‘919’

Royal Bahamas Police Force.......367-2560 Emergency Medical Services.......367-2911 MHV Fire & Rescue (MH)...........367-2000. TC Fire Department (TC)...........365-8919 GTC Fire Department (GTC).......365-4019 Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc..........366-0282

Long Distance Services

AT&T USA Direct............. 1-800-331-0550 Canada Operator............. 1-800-463-0501 MCI Customers................1-800-955-0925 Sprint Customers............. 1-800-866-7509 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...........367-1304 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 Out Island Chiropractor.............367-2584 Agape Family Dental Centre.......367-4355 Diamente Dental Clinic..............367-4968

Travel Agencies

A & W Travel Agency .................367-2806 Diamond Travel..........367-0097/225-9014

Visitors Info

Ministry of Tourism............ 699-0152 People-to-People.......................367-3067 Chamber of Commerce..............367-6279 Post Office................................699-0243 Administrator’s Office................699-0000

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cultural performances.

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26th & 27th

February

Abaco “Love Rush” Junkanoo Weekend

Abaco Tourist Office (242) 367-3607 Annually held, this exciting cultural event attracts many visitors and locals alike to the streets of Marsh Harbour. On display are Senior and Junior Junkanoo groups compete to see win; the attention of spectator’s and most importantly the judges, through their elaborate costumes, dance moves and soul touching music with hopes of being the best group on the island. The event is held over a two-night period with the junior category being held on the first night and the senior on the second night.

FRIENDS Reef Ball Hope Town

Friends of the Environment (242) 367-2721 The Annual Reef Ball is held in recognition of persons who have made it their duty to protect and sustain the environment. The ball also serves as one of the leading fundraisers for the Friends of the Environment organization. Profits are made through live and silent auctions and raffle sales. The event provides a great music experience, comfortable atmosphere, and most importantly mouthwatering food.

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FRIENDS Reef Ball Marsh Harbour

Hope Town Heritage Day Hope Town

Friends of the Environment (242) 367-2721

Wyannie Malone Museum (242) 366-0293 The Hope Town Heritage day is a fundraiser that is held and organized every year by the Wyannie Historical Malone Museum. History, art, food and collective displays are all featured at the event. The event is supported, enjoyed, and attended by the residents, second homeowners and visitors.

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4th Annual Songwriter’s Festival Elbow Cay, Abaco

Joanne Feinstein (242) 366-0668 For the fourth year in a row, Hope Town will come alive in late February with the sound of music. From February 16th through the 21st, an all -star roster of talented songwriters will converge on a number of different venues in Hope Town to perform original songs for the 4th Annual Patrick Davis Hope Town Songwriters Festival. Hailing from Nashville, TN, headliner Patrick Davis of the talent will not only be performing on opening night, he’s also one of the producers of the entire 6-day festival.

17th & 18th

Barefoot Man Concert Guana Cay

Nipper’s Beach Bar & Grill (242) 365-5111 Year after year many party goers gather on the Guana Cay shores at Nipper’s Beach Bar & Grill to enjoy the sounds of a renowned musician performing in a live free concert. Not only is there great music featured at the event but there is also amazing food and excellent drinks.

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People to People Winter Residents’ Reception

18th - 20th

Abaco Tourist Office (242) 367-3607

Promoted by the Ministry of Tourism, this event is held annually in efforts of allowing the local People-to-People ambassadors to mix and mingle with the visitors and winter residents. This year’s event will be held at the Coco Beach Bar in Treasure Cay from 6pm-8pm and will feature traditional Bahamian foods, music and

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3rd Annual Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend Treasure Cay

Abaco Tourist Office (242) 367-3067 For the past two years many families have gathered together, in efforts of supporting and having fun on a

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weekend of fun-filled coordinated sporting events. During these events contestants can choose to compete either signaly or with a team. The top performers will be awarded for their accomplishments.

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April

Abaco Anglers Fishing Tournament, Hope Town

Abaco Tourist Office (242) 367-3067 This family-oriented deep sea and bottom fishing tournament has been around for thirty plus years. This event attracts fishing fishing enthusiasts to Abaco to participate, along with the local fishing devotees. The tournament encourages all levels of fishing capabilities. All age group are welcome to participate. This also provides both participants and spectators the opportunity to experience Hope Town, Elbow Cay’s finest settlement, and enjoy all it has to offer.

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Bahamas Billfish Championship Series (BBC), Guana Cay

Contact (242) 365-5157 Orchid Bay Marina Drawing lots of seasoned and shrewd deep-sea fisherman, the Bahamas billfish championship series, subsidized by Rolex is expressed as the premier fishing series in the Bahamas. Great Guana Cay will mark the start of the first leg of the tournament.

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Custom Shootout

Abaco Beach Resort (242) 367-2158 The Customs Shootout is bound to custom-built inboard sport-fishing boats, and is a by invitation-only billfish tournament. The tournament disburses over $500,000 to various charities, breast cancer research, 9/11 fallen heroes and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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Goombay Summer Festival at Sea Spray Resort, Hope Town

Sea Spray Resort & Marina (242) 366-0065 Sea Spray Resort & Marina on Elbow Cay presents an exciting six-week long series of cultural festivals, headed by the resort’s management team. The festivals will feature fire and limbo dancers, talented Bahamian musicians, and delicious cuisine from their Bahamianstyle buffet. Transportation between the mainland of Abaco and Elbow Cay will be provided by Albury’s Ferry.

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7th - 9th

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12th Annual Island Roots Heritage Festival Green Turtle Cay

Annabelle Cross (242) 365-4336 Over the past few years the Island Roots Heritage Festival has become a hit throughout the historic New Plymouth settlement. The festival showcases and celebrates the relationship between New Plymouth and its sister settlement of Key West, Florida. Being

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that the event is very well organized, it features lots of educational facts about the relationship between the two cities, great Bahamian food and entertainment and beautiful straw pieces.

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enjoy delicious native foods, great entertainment, Junkanoo rush-outs, beautiful local crafts an host of other cultural presentations.

26th & 27th

June

7th Annual Lion Fish Derby Green Turtle Cay

Goombay Summer Festival at Sea Spray Resort, Hope Town

Green Turtle Club (242) 365-4271 Come and take part in and event that’s initiative is to protect our waters controlling invasive lionfish numbers, while both learning and having fun. Up for grabs will be cash and prizes, along with the opportunity to enjoy a taste of the lionfish cooked on the spot.

Sea Spray Resort & Marina (242) 366-0065 Sea Spray Resort & Marina on Elbow Cay presents an exciting six week long series of cultural festivals, headed by the resort’s management team. The festivals will feature fire and limbo dancers, talented Bahamian musicians, and delicious cuisines from their Bahamian style buffet. Transportation between the mainland of Abaco and Elbow Cay will be provided by Albury’s Ferry.

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Barefoot Man Concert Guana Cay

Treasure Cay Resort (242) 365-8801 Catering to a distinct division of fisherman, the Treasure Cay Billfish Championship is known as the “Mainstay” amongst the Abaco fishing events and serves as the dominant promotional event for North Abaco. Feature at the event will be an awards ceremony and lots of outdoor activities.

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32nd Annual Treasure Cay Billfish Championship

July

Nippers Beach Bar & Grill (242) 365-5111 Come and take part in and event that’s initiative is to protect our waters controlling invasive lionfish numbers, while both learning and having fun. Up for grabs will be cash and prizes, along with the opportunity to enjoy a taste of the lionfish cooked on the spot.

Goombay Summer Festival at Sea Spray Resort, Hope Town

3rd - 5th

Sea Spray Resort & Marina (242) 366-0065 Sea Spray Resort & Marina on Elbow Cay presents an exciting six week long series of cultural festivals, headed by the resort’s management team. The festivals will feature fire and limbo dancers, talented Bahamian musicians, and delicious cuisines from their Bahamian style buffet. Transportation between the mainland of Abaco and Elbow Cay will be provided by Albury’s Ferry.

Sandy Point Home-Coming

Abaco Tourist Office (242) 367-3067 Year after year the quaint Sandy Point settlement brings its community together to host its annual homecoming that takes place over a three-day period, drawing many local and domestic visitors to their side of the island. The event brings about the true island cultural feel, featuring great Bahamian foods and music and lots of exciting and interactive activities.

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Regatta Time In Abaco

8th - 11th

Ruth Saunders (242) 367-3202 Kicking off with the famous “Stranded Naked” event on Fiddle Cay, the renowned Regatta Time sailing event which is held between both the American and Bahamian independence showing its link. Sailing enthusiasts flock to the Abaco waters in quest to see the American boats. The event commences in Green Turtle Cay and ends in Marsh Harbour.

Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Invitational, Marsh Harbour

Abaco Beach Resort (242) 367-2158 The Bahamas’ most elite fishing tournament has made its entrance tagging along its $100,000 in cash prizes. An average of about 40-50 invitations are sent out, allowing those anglers to be placed in the middle of one of the world’s top Marlin spots.

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Bahamas Independence Celebration

10th, 17th, 24th

Administrator’s Office (242) 699-0000 Celebrating our 42nd independence, events will be held all around the island in recognition of the nation’s accomplishment as an independent country.

Junkanoo Summer Festival

Abaco Tourist Office (242) 367-3067 Ministry of Tourism organizes a series of summer festivals that showcase the vibrant and exciting Bahamian culture. Both locals and tourist have the opportunity to

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Artists Unleashed

Pioneered by expatriate artists in the early 90s, the visual arts have recently erupted into a showcase of local home-grown talent with strong anchors of support from local galleries, mentors and talented local and visiting art teachers. Abaco artists and artisans have enhanced the décor of many second homes on Abaco as well as residences abroad to those collectors who value exporting the local colour and culture of island living. As a source of fund-raising for numerous local charities, local and foreign artists are showcased with contributions of paintings, woodwork, textile art, jewelry, multimedia creations, pottery, mobiles, sculpture and photography. The timeless appeal of art has attracted attendees to many local events, which bring together communities from all the island settlements to enjoy art, food and music. In retrospect, the Abaco Inn Art Show ignited the tradition of Annual Art and Wine Tasting shows by hosting a one-day event every March since 1993, followed soon after by the Hope Town Harbour Lodge with an annual Thanksgiving Wine and Art show. Great Abaco Beach Hotel hosted a three-day event beginning in 1998 until it merged with the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) for a weekend Destination Abaco

extravaganza called Art for the Parks now being held during the first weekend in December. Agape Christian School’s Annual Art Explosion at Grace Gym each year is encouraging the student population and resident artists to display their talent for our enjoyment and encouragement. Nevertheless, it was several years ago when a small group of dedicated artists organized a project to develop awareness of the local talent. With art teachers and high school children, a project took shape to become a mural on the west wall of Standard Hardware under the direction of an accomplished Nassau artist and teacher. All painting supplies were donated by local businesses and art groups. The mural highlights the range of interesting locations and subjects to paint from North Abaco to South Abaco. Throughout the winter and spring months a group of local artists organize art shows inviting select artists to show, sell and donate a small percentage of their sales to local charities such as Abaco Pathfinders, Friends of The Environment, Abaco Cancer Society, Every Child Counts (ECC), and the Bahamas Red Cross Society. Venues include The Green Turtle Club and Marina, Pete’s Pub Gallery in Little Harbour and The Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay. Meanwhile, Man-O-War Cay resi-

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Abaco artists and artisans have enhanced the dĂŠcor of many second homes on Abaco. Muriel painted by students from various schools in Abaco - located at Standard Hardware in Marsh Harbour dents began hosting a Man-O-War Native Art and Crafts Show back in 2008, and has recently continued with a biannual event called the Man-O-War Artisan Expo where craft tables are set up and locals and visitors showcase their various talents. Conversely, about a dozen years ago an accomplished Maryland art teacher arrived to paint in Man-O-War Cay. He discovered perfect light, and his passion for the villages of Abaco

evolved into an idea to host more than a decade of art workshops inviting his students from the U.S. to complete their coursework requirements. To encourage more interest in art as a profession, he awarded a scholarship for the 10-day outdoor art study to Abaco Central High School students selected by local art teachers. To date, nine Abaco high school students have completed his workshop. Grateful students were further Bahama Dawn Studios - offering classes in quilting, silk painting, fabric dyeing, jewelry, pottery, metal and glass. www.bahamadawn.com

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supported by donations of art supplies and transportation coupons from local businesses. While on Man-O-War Cay, it would be worthwhile to stop at Joe’s Studio – a unique store that specializes in handmade wooden boat models, locally made crafts, sea glass jewelry, Leatherman apparel, nautical items and marine antiques. Green Turtle Cay is also a magnet for many visiting artists as they gaze in wonder at the Loyalist Memorial Sculpture Garden depicting noteworthy historic people of Abaco. A young boy’s talent was nurtured by a second home-owner, and he was invited to study art abroad under his guidance. Bahamian Artist Alton Lowe returned as a highly skilled and most beloved artist eventually opening the Lowe Art Gallery and the Memorial Sculpture Garden. Lowe’s magnificent realistic paintings of island people, boats and

art teachers evolved in 2012 with the renovation of an historic cottage in Hope Town once owned by an artist. The Hummingbird Cottage Art Centre, a project of an accomplished artist herself, introduced a concept of offering art openings and painting workshops for local and visiting students. Juried artists on exhibit in the gallery are committed to teaching their craft as a condition of having their art on permanent exhibit. Featured artists exhibit a new show monthly drawing from a mix of American and Bahamian talent whether an emerging artist or an established master. During the months between November to July a visitor most likely will encounter artists with their easels along a scenic route in various villages, capturing the essence of historic island themes. Don’t be shy. Stop and chat or just admire how their skills capture a unique perspective, offering

landscapes have been commissioned and purchased by collectors worldwide including the Royal Family. A series of Bahamian postage stamps was created with his paintings, and his art appears on covers of island lifestyle magazines. Intriguing sculptures by Artist James Mastin are also featured at Lowe Art Gallery. Another magnificent opportunity to learn art skills from visiting foreign

you a new way to see a scene that is familiar to you. Artists interpret their subjects with a variety of mediums while photographers capture exact detail. In addition to the Hummingbird Cottage Art Centre in Hope Town, Blue Sky Gallery in Marsh Harbour provides show space and framing services to artists. On Green Turtle Cay, Ocean Blue Art Gallery in New Plymouth

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hosts a collection of beautiful art. Treasure Cay boasts a large ceramic studio called Abaco Ceramics, which produces expressive, whimsical and original pieces that have found a welcome in many homes over the years. The owner is committed to the rescue of Abaco potcakes and has introduced a line of coffee mugs with paw prints that delight any animal lover. The name potcake is what Bahamians refer to as a mixed-breed type of dog, and there dogs were fed the potcake or the leftover grains of rice stuck to the bottom of a pot. Art exhibitions with gourmet coffee ambience can be enjoyed at two locations on Abaco, Bliss Coffee House and Art in Marsh Harbour, and Hope Town Coffee House. Bliss Coffee House and Art is owned by Claire Basden of Your Finance, along with recently nominated Bahamian icon artist, Leanne Russell, who studied with a visiting art teacher on Green Turtle Cay. Russell’s vision for the future is to host pop-up shows, seeking new talent and introducing their style to a grateful public. Hope Town Coffee House is located on the corner of Front St. & Lovers Lane near the Lower Public Dock in Hope Town. As Hope Town’s first and only coffee shop, the menu offers in-house roasted coffee drinks including cappuccinos, lattes, and chai tea as well as freshly made pastries and sandwiches. Before leaving, customers can purchase bags of freshly roasted coffee at the gift store located there. Back to the mainland, the Minnis Family Art Gallery has artwork on

display by the talented Minnis family, which includes Eddie Minnis, his two daughters Nicole and Roshanne, and his son-in-law Ritchie Eyma. The artists all work with oil on canvas, placing their own distinctive style and perspective of Bahamian scenery in their respective paintings. Minnis Family Art Gallery opened in 2013 at Royal Harbour Village in Marsh Harbour just upstairs from Bliss Coffee House and Art (formerly known as Java), and opens

by appointment only. Fine dining establishments such as the Hope Town Harbour Lodge, Mangoes Restaurant, Abaco Inn, Sea Spray Resort, Hope Town Inn and Marina all invite artists to display and exhibit in their boutique. Sculpture, art and jewelry and a day of enchanted harbour enjoyment magnetizes the boating and road trip adventurer at Pete’s Pub and Gallery 19

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and the Johnston Studio Foundry in Little Harbour. During winter months the public is invited from time to time to observe the pouring of molten bronze into their molds and tour the casting facility. A generous group of volunteers teaches art at the Hope Town Primary School and has successfully engaged third and fourth-grade students in producing two illustrated books featuring their own art and writing compositions. These charming, whimsical books featuring the charismatic hero UP are offered for sale in local boutiques. Look for “UP Cycles To School” and “UP Keep The Light On.” Supporting artists with printing cards or canvas prints are Abaco Print Shop, Snap Shop and Abaco Imaging. Local carpenters in each settlement support artists by upcycling driftwood making outstanding one of a kind frames for a unique Island complement to each artists work. Resident and visiting artists meet weekly to create and have lunch together in Hope Town on Tuesdays and in Bahama Palm Shores on Wednesdays, welcoming all newcomers to enjoy plein air painting as a group, sharing skills and critiques. Undeniably, the vibrancy of art now being produced on Abaco connects artist with collector as a cultural exchange. Images of our island life travel the corners of the globe in the hands of grateful visitors who can continue to enjoy their vacation image as interpreted by a local artist. Visitors wanting a more personal experience to create their very own commissioned piece of work are welcomed into working studios advertised in our listings under Artists and Galleries. Destination Abaco

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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 runoff into the sea. Inland wetlands are cutoff from the sea and are more influenced by rainfall, rivers, or ground water. Mangroves are the trees that can be found in these wetland areas. Worldwide, there are over 50 species of mangroves, four of which can be found in The Bahamas.

Tours

Lucayan Nature Man/ Bird Watching Tours

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-in-the-Wall. Other birds you’ll encounter are the Bahama Yellow-Throat Warbler, Cuban Emerald Hummingbird, Woodpecker, Red-Legged Thrush, OliveCapped 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 Destination Abaco

on Great Inagua. Black Sound Cay National Park, a two-acre mangrove reserve, was established in 1988. It is located on Green Turtle Cay. Although small in size, this national park is an important habitat for waterfowl and other avifauna which winter in the region. The Tilloo Cay Reserve, established in 1990, is an important nesting habitat for seabirds with an approximate size of 11 acres.

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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 collect sea glass. Half day trips begins at 7 am. $95.00 includes a light lunch. Contact Reg Patterson at Tel: 367-2749 or 3673180 - 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

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The Great Abaco Express

The Great Abaco Express owned and operated by Glender Archer-Knowles specializes in eco-friendly tours on the island of Abaco. The tours include birding tours to the Abaco National Park, which encompasses 20,500 acres and is home to a variety of flora and fauna and 65 species of birds including the Bahama Parrot. The Treasure Cay Blue Hole and Treasure Cay Beach - rated in National Geographic’s Top 10 beaches in the world – are also included in the tour. Visits to the Roland Roberts House built in 1840 and Alton Lowe Museum on Green Turtle Cay and the Hope Town Lighthouse reflect our rich Bahamian history and culture making them some of the island’s most popular destinations. Book your tour today by calling (242)367-0020, (242)367-2165 and (242)646-7072 or email: thegreatabacoexpress@yahoo. com. 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 loved 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 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 lifesize 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 23

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Abaco Neem in 1993. After initially being interested in Neem for timber, he began to realize its health benefits and his vision became more focused on health care. Along with assistance from Albert Albury, Nick was able to establish the Abaco Neem Farm on 120 acres of land near Casuarina Point. Today there are 6,500 Neem trees on the farm, and Abaco Neem’s health care, body care, pet care, and home and garden products are sold all over The Bahamas. The farm is set up to provide tours for any who would like to visit. Please visit www.abaconeem.com to schedule your tour today. Tel: (242) 225-1745 or 367-4117.


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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. The Peggy Thompson Welcome Center

The opening of the Peggy Thompson Welcome Center in Hope Town is an enduring tribute to the contributions of the late Peggy Thompson, who was a wellloved and active member of the Hope Town community. She wholeheartedly supported tourism and travel to The Bahamas. In keeping with Peggy’s generous spirit, the Peggy Thompson Welcome Center is managed by Jessica Mullen and conveniently offers ticket purchases for all the Albury’s Ferry routes as well as information about the cays and freight service. Island concierge services are provided at a cost of 20 percent of the bill. The Peggy Thompson Welcome Center business hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, located directly across from the Post Office Dock. Telephone contact: 366-0888.

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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. Hummingbird Art Centre and Gallery’s

Hummingbird Art Centre owners, Jim and Christy Young, restored the centre with a vision that it would foster art education in the young and old and inspire the youth to become artists of the future. Abaco’s first destination arts centre, Hummingbird Gallery displays the work of instructors and “spotlight artists,” who participate in the educational workshops


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

in Hope Town exhibits the cay’s history from the 1780s to the present and is named after the Hope Town founder from South Carolina. The museum is packed with manuscripts, photographs and artifacts. Local pottery and ships’ china recovered by wreckers and household antiques are housed here. Extensive genealogy records are available for Bahamian families. Tel: 366-0293

Johnston’s Bronze Art 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 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 (242) 577-5487 or 954-3532465 pete@petespub.com Green Turtle Cay Historic Library Cookhouse

The library began approximately 40 years ago, originally in the GTC post office, then transferred to the Cookhouse after this building was renovated. Built in the mid 1800s, close to Lowe’s Museum. The cookhouse still retains the original oven. A later sympathic addition was added due to the large amount of books on offer. Apart from books on loan they exchange books, offer an Internet service, puzzles and DVD’s; they have a large children’s section also a book club for teenagers. The library is open 2pm to 5pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9am to 12 noon Saturday and is operated entirely by volunteers. For visitors to Green Turtle Cay this is not only an interesting destination but offers a wonderful all year round service.

Abaco’s Lighthouses

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.

Hole-In-The-Wall Lighthouse

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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 architecture by local artists, professional painters and world renowned artists like Walter Bartman of Maryland, Amos Ferguson and Brigitte Bowyer-Carey of Tilloo Cay. The Hummingbird Gallery will soon feature works of pottery and wood carving. 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: 3660272.


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terested 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 candystriped edifice was built in 1863 and is one of two hand-wound kerosene-burning lighthouses still operational in the world. It is worth viewing.

Beaches

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 by National Geographic. Tahiti Beach off Elbow Cay, 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 Cays Sandy Point Public Beach

Out Island Excursions

Cultural Activities 41st Regatta Time In Abaco

Regatta Time In Abaco is a five-race series held each year incorporating the American and Bahamian Independence Day holidays. Its primary focus is to encourage cruising sailboats to compete. The races are held on the waters off different communities from Green Turtle Cay to Hope Town. The shore activities include street parties, Junkanoo and hosted parties at a different location each night for the 9-day event. Check us out on Facebook. www.regattatimeinabaco.com Homecomings

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

Bahamas Fast Ferries

From Sandy Point, usually Friday and Sundays, 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 Destination Abaco

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Every July 10th locals and visitors participate in a variety of old-fashioned games and activities in celebration of Independence Day on Man-O-War Cay. Swimming events are held along with popular games where all participants are rewarded. A traditional cookout concludes the day’s events. Annual Pink Rose Ball The Third Pink Rose Ball was held on October 24, 2015 at Great Abaco Beach Resort to help raise funds for the Abaco Cancer Society. As a Breast Cancer Prevention Fundraiser, the event features a cocktail reception where guests walk the Pink Carpet in formal attire and are photographed. The event is complimented by a silent auction while classical music is provided by a pianist and saxophone player as those in attendance mingle and dine. Throughout the evening a video presentation of heart-rending testimonials from Abaco’s breast cancer


“Sojer” Day

Every other year residents of Man-OWar 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

Every November Hope Town becomes the venue of a major event called the Big Hill 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. Sandy Point Conch Fest

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

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

The Christmas Festival is held the first weekend in December 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

In May join us as we celebrate our connection with our sister city, Key West, Florida. It’s a festival full of delicious Bahamian treats, unique Bahamian crafts and fine art, informative speakers and displays, not to mention our fabulous Bahamian entertainment that will not disappoint you! The complete schedule of events for the weekend will be posted on the website the month before the festival and will be posted in the April Abaconian issue. For more information, please contact The Abaco Tourist Office at 3673067. You can also visit www.islandrootsheritagefestival.com. See you there! 27

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survivors is shown, and survivors are honoured. Last year the Pink Rose Ball raised $10,000, and the 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 4th Annual Pink Rose Ball on Oct 22 at Great Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina. For more information contact Melinda Pinder at Buds n Blooms 367-2837.


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11th 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 3654120 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.

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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. 6th Annual Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend

Treasure Cay gets overrun with athletes and families from Friday through Sunday, March 18-20th. The fundraiser for Friends of the Environment and the Rotary Club of Abaco attracts athletes from across the Bahamas and the world.


Abaco Turtle Trot

Friends of the Environment hosts the Abaco Turtle Trot in Hope Town on Thanksgiving Day and Marsh Harbour that Saturday. The three mile course starts in historic Hope Town and loops around the scenic North-end. The Hope Town Primary School has a one-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 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 in December 2016. The event features artists who work in all mediums with a number of high-end jewelry and craft artisans participating. Saturday and Sunday features a variety of food, an interactive children’s crafts area, and local musical 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.

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. 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.

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 2015. The Anglican Church hosted a 5K in October. Also the Christian Counseling Center hosted a 5K and optional 10K in November of 2013. 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.

Water Sports

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

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Competitors can compete in one or all of a one-mile open water swim, sprint or Olympic triathlons & relays, and a 5k & 10k fun run/walk. A kid’s one-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.


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

Art Galleries

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 186 acres of tropically landscaped courses,

Bahama Dawn Design

www.bahamadawn.com 367-4648 Blue Sky Gallery

Call 367-0579

Lovely Island Tings

367-4297/551-7453/367-3442 Abaco Ceramics

www.abacoceramics.com 365-8489 Abaco Island Artists

artabacoislandartists@gmail.com 367-3744 Pete’s Pub & Gallery www.petespubandgallery.com The Hummingbird Art Center and Galley 366-0272 Edna’s Handicraft

Call: 554-9905

Golfing

Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club’s golf course is highly ranked among the top premium courses in the Caribbean. Designed by Tom Fazio, this Par 72 course plays 7,327 yards from the back tees with dramatic water views from most of the holes. Featuring custom home sites, beachfront cottages and boathouse, Baker’s Bay also provides a private family beach club, seaport village, a first-rate spa and fitness club, a private watercraft, waterfront cantina, a Caribbean-style hotel as well as superlative dining for its guests. For more information, visit www.bakersbayclub.com, call (242) 577-0635, or email info@bakersbayclub.com. Destination Abaco

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the Treasure Cay golf course consistently ranks in Golf Digest’s Top 100. At 6,985 yards from the blue tees and with 66 strategically placed sand bunkers, the Treasure Cay course presents an impressive challenge with its ocean winds, tight fairways and layout. During the winter season, homeowner tournaments are often held at bi-weekly intervals. Tee times are not necessary, and 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. Set in a tropical location that features a pristine two-mile beach and dunes, the golf course was designed by


Diving & Snorkeling Snorkeling Sites • Angelfish Reef • Blue Strip Reef • Crawfish Shallows • Elkhorn Park • Fowl Cay Reef • Hobias Head • Hope Town Reef • Jeanette’s Reef • Meghan’s Mesa • Mermaid Reef • Pelican Park • Pirate’s Cathedral • Sandy Cay Reef

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Sanka Shoal Smugglers Rest Spanish Cannon Spiral Cavern The Pillars White Hole Wreckers Reef

Diving Operators

Abaco Sailing Adven.................. 366-0722 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 Reef, Cave, Cavern, Wrecks, Walls & Blue Hole Diving

Much of the water that surrounds The Bahamas is less than 20 feet deep, making it home to numerous reef dive sites. The Aquarium Cuda Alley Grouper Alley Guppy Garden Kristin’s Crannies The Maze Sandy Cay The Skyscrapers

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Peter de Savary, Tom MacKenzie, and Donald Steel. Amenities at the Club include a clubhouse and infinity pool, European spa, deep sea and bonefishing excursions, tennis, children’s activities, water sports, and a private plane and air terminal. Exquisite cottages are available for rent, while estate lots and turn-key cottages can be purchased. Non-resident memberships are also available. For more information, please contact the Membership Department at (888) 303-2765 (US Toll Free) or (242) 367-0077, email info@theabacoclub.com or visit www. theabacoclub.com.


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Bonefishing Guides

Tarpon Reef The Tower Garden The Towers The Tunnels Twin Sisters Wayne’s World The Catacombs The Cathedral Guana Coral Caverns 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, Abaco Dive Adventures, Froggies Out Island Adventures, Treasure Divers, Brendal’s Dive Center and Dive Guana.

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

Dana Lowe........................366-2275 Donnie Lowe.....................366-2275 Lionel(Dee) Albury.............366-2018 . Maxwell Sawyer.................366-3058 Marty Sawyer.....................366-2115 Will Sawyer........................366-2177 Randy Sawyer....................366-2284 Robin Albury......................366-0278

Coopers Town

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

Ken Gardiner.....................365-0266 Sheldon Gardiner...............365-0117 Green Turtle Cay

Ronnie Sawyer...................365-4070 Abaco Fly Fish....................365-4261

Hope Town

Maitland Lowe...................366-0234 Tom Albury........ 366-3141/477-5243 Marsh Harbour

Jay Sawyer........................367-3941 Danny Sawyer....................367-3577 . Buddy Pinder.....................366-2163 Justin Sands......................359-6890 Sidney Albury....................477-5996 Terrance Davis...................375-8550 Richard Albury...................577-0313 Jody Albury.......................375-8068 Mount Hope

Herbert Thurston...............365-4205 Pedro Thurston..................365-2405

Sandy Point

F. Burrows.........................366-4133 Kirk Bain............................475-1982 Rickmon’s................. 366-4233/4477 Nicholas Roberts................366-4486 Pete’s Guest House............366-4119 Patrick Roberts...................366-4285 Val Adderley......................366-4308 Destination Abaco

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Robert Lowe......................366-0266 Ira Key......................... 366-0245 Truman Major....................366-0101 Lubbers Quarters

Michael Schreiner...............366-3143

Treasure Cay

Clark Burrows....................375-3543

Bareboat Boat Charters

Dive Information Brendals Dive Center

Shark Encounters

Charter a live-aboard boat that will help you experience beautiful Abaco and its surrounding cays. The Moorings (MH)............... 367-4000 Abaco Bah Charters(HT)........ 366-0151 Abaco Multihull (HT).............. 366-0552 Abaco Gal (TC)..................... 365-8571

Boating Information

The Cruiser’s Net, Abaco’s most popular radio information site - VHF 68 at 8:15. 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.

Certification

Hope Town

Training courses

Rick Sawyer.......................365-4270 Eddie Bodie.......................357-6784

Tanks

Junior Albury.....................366-3058

Green Turtle Cay

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Deep Sea Fishing Guides

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.

Walls

Carey McKenzie..................365-8313

Reefs & wrecks

Treasure Cay

Boating & Sailing

Snorkeling

Edmund Williams...............367-7123

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Green Turtle Cay, 365-4411

Dive Abaco

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Marsh Harbour, 367-2787

Dive Guana

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Guana Cay, 365-5178

Dive Time

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Man-O-War Cay, 365-6235

Froggies Adventure

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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 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. Destination Abaco

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Water

Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour Marina (MH)....... 367-2158 Baker’s Bay Marina (GC).................. 365-5802 Bluff House Marina (GTC)................ 365-4247 Conch Inn Marina (MH)................... 367-4000 Green Turtle Club (GTC).................. 365-4271 Guana Hideaways Marina (GC)......... 365-5070. Harbour View Marina (MH)............... 367-2182 Hope Town Inn & Marina (HT)......... 366-0003 Leeward Yacht Club (GTC)............... 365-4191 Lighthouse Marina (HT)................... 366-0154 Mangoes Marina (MH)..................... 367-4255 Man-O-War Marina (MOW)............... 365-6008 Marsh Harbour Marina (MH)............. 367-2700 Orchid Bay Marina (GC)................... 365-5175 Other Shore Club (GTC)................... 365-4226 Sea Spray Marina (HT).................... 366-0065 Spanish Cay Marina......................... 365-0083 Treasure Cay Marina (TC)................ 365-8250

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

Fishing Regulations Arriving by Boat

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


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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

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12 months, special arrangements must be made with Bahamas Customs and Immigration. Permits

You can receive fishing permits from Customs officials at any of our 32 ports of entry. Fishing gear is restricted to hook and line and you’re allowed to fish six rods at a time. Marine Vessel Limits Lobster or Crawfish - Limit of no more than 10 tails at any given time. Annual closed season is April 1 to July 31. Minimum size limits are 3-3/8 inch. Conch - Limit at any given time is no more than 6 per vessel. 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. The season is closed from June 1 to October 15. Turtles - Illegal to import. No vessel shall have onboard marine turtles.


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Angler’s - Abaco Beach Abaco Pizza Becky’s Take-away Curly Tails Delphi Club Golden Grouper Island Boy Restaurant Island Family Restaurant Jake’s Restaurant Jamie’s Place Jib Room JuNovia’s Restaurant Just Chicken Kentucky Fried Chicken Lovely’s Pizza Mother Merle’s Pete’s Pub & Gallery Snappas Bar & Grill Snack Shack Sunset Bar & Grill Trio Oasis The People’s Grill Wally’s Restaurant

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The Market Place (Baker’s) Island Flavours Fish Tales Island Sports Bar Guana Grabbers Nippers Bar & Grill Sun Setters - Orchid Bay

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365-4247 365-4271 365-4389 365-4191 365-4625 365-4181 365-4161 365-4234 365-4060

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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

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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


SHOPPING

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

Bicycles, Scooters

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 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 43

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Shopping

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

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

Photography/Photos

Dental Offices

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

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

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Crystal Treasures

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

Golf Cart Rentals

Albury’s Property Man (GC)..... 365-5175 Blue Marlin Rentals (TC) ........ 365-8687 Cash’s Cart Rentals (TC) ........ 365-8771 Cruising Cart Rentals (GTC).... 577-7445 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 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

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).................. 367-2250 Imports Unlimited (HT)........... 366-0136

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Furniture & Accessories

Triple J Cart Rentals (TC)........ 365-8761


Shopping

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

Hair Salon

Najah’s Beauty Salon..................... 367Nubian Styles (MH)................ 367-0040 Snazzies (MH)........................ 367-4781 Shear Dynamics (MH)............. 367-3844 The Green Leaf (MH)....... 367-2880 The Hair Lounge (MH)............ 367-5253

Ice Cream

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

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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

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 M-O-W Hardware (MOW)........ 365-6011

National Marine (MH) ............ 367-2326 The Outboard Shop (MH).367-2703 Roberts Marine (GTC)............. 365-4249 Standard Hardware (MH)........ 367-2660

Party Supplies

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

Pet Veterinarians

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

Pharmacies

Abaco Island 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 Corbett Clinic (TC).................. 365-8288 Government Clinic (MH).......... 367-2510 Integrated Medical (MH)......... 367-1304

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Abaco Adventures (TC)........... 365-8749 Abaco Dive Adven (MH).......... 367-2213 Abaco Paddleboard (HT)......... 475-0954 Brendal’s Dive Ctr (GTC). 365-4411


Shopping

M.H.Medical Center (MH)........ 367-0049 Abaco Medi-Center (MH)......... 367-9999

Printing Services

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

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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


Where to stay Marsh Harbour

by Canishka Alexander

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ounded in 1783, Marsh Harbour is the main attraction on mainland Abaco as its capital city and commercial center. In fact, this diversified city offers all of the amenities and services you would expect to find when it comes to world-class dining, shopping, entertainment and exploration. The Marsh Harbour International Airport is operating in full swing and is expected to add airline services from Delta Air Lines before the end of 2015 to complement existing flight services from Atlanta. Downtown Marsh Harbour is dotted with well-stocked hardware stores, supermarkets, service stations, liquor stores, clothing and grocery stores, churches, financial institutions, shopping plazas, electronic stores, medical and pharmaceutical facilities. It’s no wonder that as the third major city in The Bahamas, Marsh Harbour generates a substantial portion of employment opportunities through its small business operations. Many of our visitors have integrated into the community as second homeowners and boating residents, and have joined with residents to bring greater improvement to the island. As such, there are a host of civic or charitable non-profit organizations Destination Abaco

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whose members meet regularly to perform charitable works through hands-on efforts or by raising money to assist other organizations. Among these organizations is Abaco Pathfinders. Committed to “Helping young Abaconians enrich their futures,” Pathfinders was founded by Jim Blumberg in 2001 to raise funds to provide academic and vocational scholarships for deserving Abaco youth. To date, Pathfinders has assisted more than 160 students who have pursued studies in The Bahamas, Canada, China, U.K., Spain and the United States. Led by Group Leader Barbara Johnson, the Bahamas Red Cross Society’s Central Abaco Members Group have spearheaded a number of community issues to assist the most vulnerable in our communities such as senior citizens, sick or confined to their homes. As a humanitarian organization, Red Cross members respond to national disasters, partner in the response to the country’s social needs, help to alleviate human suffering through training, empowerment and heightened awareness, and focus on increasing their resources. Another service-oriented person is Lovely Reckley through her “Feed the Children” Lunch Program, which began more than 20 years ago. Through the lunch


tary Club of Abaco is a community-based service organization that brings together local and international leaders to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. Rotary is open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference Rotarians on Abaco meet every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at Abaco Beach Resort. The Rotarian’s primary motto is “Service Above Self.” Next, we highlight the Kiwanis Club of Abaco, which is a community club that firmly believes in helping our younger minds. Kiwanians state that “If we help a child, we help build a nation,” so globally members are dedicated to serving children all over the world. Kiwanis members raise more than $100 million annually for various causes, and dedicate more than 18 million volunteer hours through service projects. Kiwanis’ Eliminate Project focuses on the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus. Kiwanis International’s adult clubs are: Kiwanis, Aktion Club and Circle K International; and its youth clubs are: Key Club, Builders Club, and K-Kids. Pilot International engages its members to “Do More. Care More and Be More.” Instituted in Macon, GA in 1921, Pilot International is a community-based volun-

ensuring a more sustainable future for the island. Since being established in 1988, FRIENDS’ staff members, board of directors and volunteers assist in this mission by providing educational programs and opportunities about the environment. The Frank Kenyon Centre for Research, Education, and Conservation was recently built and ties into FRIENDS’ goal to support continuing education and research in the sciences. Founded on August 20, 1971, the Ro-

teer service organization committed to the guiding principles of “Friendship and Service.” The Pilot Club of Abaco was formed in 1998, and reestablished in 2010 to further the organization’s humanitarian efforts, and to promote programs and activities that support Pilot International’s focus on brain-related disorders and disabilities through education, volunteerism, financial support and research. Last by no means least is the Abaco 51

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program, Reckley feeds approximately 100 students every day at several Abaco schools. Many days she can be found seated at the double exit doors at Maxwell’s Supermarket collecting funds to provide lunches throughout the week to children in need. Perhaps one of the most important services is provided by the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire & Rescue. Established in 1965, the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire & Rescue (MHVF&R) continues to offer a valuable service to the Abaco community by extinguishing fires that are threats to homes and communities, and they carry out fire drills and issue safety tips at schools. According to its Web site, there are about 25 active members. The Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club (RMHYC) is a yacht club based in Marsh Harbour. Beyond enjoying the island’s pristine marine environment, the members participate in numerous social activities including fundraising events to give back to the community. Some of their past recipients include Friends of the Environment, BASRA and the Bahamas Red Cross Society. Speaking of Friends of the Environment, the only local non-profit environmental organization, FRIENDS is committed to preserving Abaco’s environment and


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Rainbow Rentals

Arawak Agency

Emergency Medical Services

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

Fine Living

Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire & Rescue

The Paint Place

Abaco Family Medicine

Auto Care Corner Friends of the Environment

Dundas & Murphy Town Administration Offices National Insurance Business License Abaco Tourist Office Ministry of Education Court House & Post Office

Treasure Cay

Palm Cottage & Wood You Home Fabrics Computer Creations Abaco Vacation Planner

The Kidney Center

Presbyterian Church Cherokee Aviation

Bahamasair - Sky Bahamas American Airlines

Methodist Church

Bargain Car Rentals

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A&K Liquors Abaco Island Pharmacy


MH Imp/Exp FISH HOUSE Skagg Food Store

Island Boy Marine Store

Damianos

Jimmy’s Liquor Store

Bliss Coffee House

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour

Shear Dynamics Jake’s Hair Salon Restaurant

Bud’s N Bloom Oasis Restaurant

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Cancer Society, a registered, non-profit organization that was created in 1990. The Abaco Cancer Society raises funds to assist cancer patients with travel, medication, doctor’s visits and other donations. Annual mammograms and PSA screenings are offered to the community as well through the Abaco Cancer Society and its partners. To assist in their endeavours, the Abaco Cancer Society has a Thrift Shop located next to Abaco Groceries to raise funds for patients.

For the past three years, the Pink Rose Ball Committee has partnered with the Abaco Cancer Society to raise additional funds for cancer patients, and the initiative has been a successful one receiving the full support of the community. Each year the Pink Rose Ball committee’s donations to the Abaco Cancer Society exceed what was previously collected, and go a long way in helping those who are in great need.

Marsh Harbour

Spanish Cay

Central and South Abaco

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

Spanish Cay Resort................... 365-0083

Cherokee Sound

Lee Pinder................................ 366-2053 Cherokee Cottages.................... 366-2075 The Abaco Club ........................ 367-0077

Casuarina Point

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

Lubbers Quarters

Sandy Point

Lubbers Landing....................... 577-2000 Moonrise Cottage.......367-3454/477-5871

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

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Treasure Hill, Man-O-War Cay, Abaco Ref 22325 cbbahamas.com

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WHERE TO STAY

Hope Town

by Kristen Pearce

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he settlement of Hope Town on Elbow Cay, is a quaint, New England style settlement, is a great location for a relaxing vacation or day trip. This community is definitely one that is rich in history, with Lucayan Indian, Spanish Slave Raider, pirate, British, and “Loyalist” roots. The settlement grew to what it is today, with a population of an estimated 2600 people. Despite the growth, the locals wish to maintain the feel of the past centuries. Cars and any other motor vehicles are prohibited in town. Many of the original colonial houses and picket fences still remain to this day. To know more about the history of the island, be sure to stop in at the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum. Exhibited in the museum is the life of the settlement as it originally was. Displayed are tools, utensils, and artifacts related to the sponging, wrecking and ship building industries. There are also many photographs portraying the island in the previous centuries. The Peggy Thompson Welcome Center, named after Mrs. Peggy Thompson, an influential and active member of the community, serves as a tribute to her dedication and love for the island. The Center is open daily from 9:30am to 5:30pm, and offers all the information needed for a trip to Hope Town and should be the first stop. The main attraction in Hope Town is most likely the 120-foot candy striped light-

house. Located across the harbour, it is easily accessible by ferry when requested. The structure was built in 1862 to warn sailors of the nearby reef, and it is still operating today by a kerosene lamp. With the 101 steps to the top, you can experience the breathtaking view of Elbow Cay’s harbour and the neighboring cays. Located on the grounds are a gift shop, marina, and liquor store. Another of the island’s main attractions is the beautiful beach that stretches two miles on the eastern side of the island. The pinkish-white beach is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, or a scenic afternoon stroll. The coral reef located just thirty feet off the shore is perfect for snorkeling. For those wishing to explore the seas off the island, there are charters and boat rentals available around the island from places such as Froggies Out Island Adventures, Island Marine, and Sea Horse Marine. The marinas also provide full service for those traveling by boat. Some of the newest activities on the cay are kayaking and paddle boarding. There is nothing like gliding along the top of the crystal clear waters, getting a closer look at wildlife underneath. There are many places on the cay to rent kayaks or paddles boards and also plan tours, including Abaco Eco Kayak Adventures, Abaco Paddle Board, and Lubber’s Landing. There are many restaurants, such as, Hope Town Inn and Marina, Firefly Sunset 55

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Inn and Marina, Harbour Lodge, Abaco Inn, Sea Spray, Hope Town Hideaways, Hope Town Villas, Turtle Hill, Elbow Cay Properties, Malone Estates, and Island Marine. The Hope Town community is very interested in bringing the entire family together. Throughout the year many events are planned for fun for the whole


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their own box cart. The Box Cart Derby truly is fun for the whole family because anyone nine or older is welcome to compete. There are two divisions: Adult and Junior. Each box cart must be hand built, but don’t worry, they also offer workshops and complete kits for the junior competitors. Many spectators attend this event for a fun filled, actionpacked day on Elbow Cay. Hope Town truly is a peaceful and quaint town and is perfect for the whole family to sit back, relax, and enjoy a tropical paradise together.

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family. One of the most popular events is the Big Hill Box Cart Derby. Each year this Derby is planned on the Saturday following Thanksgiving and is located on the Big Hill on Queen’s Highway. The 2015 Derby will be the 17th annual for the island. Adults and children alike travel down the 800-meter hill, reaching speeds up to 25 miles per hour in

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Abaco Inn.................................366-0133 Crystal Waters & Villas ....... 321-452-0164 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


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Man-O-War Cay by Kristen Pearce

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an-O-War Cay is a tranquil settlement. With many of the original clapboard houses still standing and the narrow streets still in use, the locals hold on to the traditions of the original settlers. It is not a big island, but it certainly 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 hangar, Edwin’s Boat yard, Emerson’s Shop, Joe’s Studio, and the Sail Shop will all provide glimpses of the craftsmanship still on the island. To learn more history of this cay, feel free to visit the Man-O-War Heritage Museum. The museum is a non-profit organization and has been opened since 2010. The museum is currently located in one of the oldest buildings on the island; it is estimated to be around 100 years old. The current owner of this building was the last of twelve children born in this house. Displayed are numerous tools, utensils, artifacts, pieces of clothing, pictures, and much more from the settlement’s expansive history. All of the items in the museum were either used by residents of the island or their families. The oldest items on display are estimated to be over 100 years old. The museum directors are in the process of purchasing the Sweeting house next door, which is over 70 years old. The museum’s hours vary, so be sure to stop by on your trip to plan a tour of the

museum to learn more about the cay’s rich history. Man-O-War has just about every necessity to offer. There are many gift shops in which you can find souvenirs and artwork produced by the locals, including Island Treasures, Sally’s Seaside Boutique, Edison’s T-Shirt Shop, and the Painted Fish, also known as the Dive Shop. Visitors will not go hungry with local restaurants open for business, such Dips N Sips, Hibiscus Café, and Dock N’ Dine. Albury’s Ferry provides trips to and from the cay at scheduled times throughout the day. The more adventurous visitors can rent a boat from Water Ways Rentals or Conch Pearl Rentals. During a trip to the cay, make the Man-O-War Marina the first stop on the agenda. The Marina provides many facilities that could make the stay more enjoyable, such as a fresh water pool, showers, restrooms, wireless internet, golf cart rentals, kayak rentals, boat care and maintenance, fuel, and charter boats. Man-O-War is a dry island, but feel free to take your alcohol on the trip. Equipped with practically everything needed, including two grocery stores, two banks and a hair salon, Man-O-War Cay is the perfect location for a day trip or an overnight stay in a rented cottage.

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Island Home Rentals.................365-6048 Waterways Rentals....................365-6143 59

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Treasure Cay by Kristen Pearce

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reasure Cay is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It has been said that God spent just a little extra time putting the final touches on this beautiful part of Abaco. Treasure Cay is a small coastal community approximately 165 miles east of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The beaches of Treasure Cay have clear pristine waters and soft pure white sand where people love to visit to swim, engage in sporting activities, relax or get married. It is considered one of the best beaches in the Caribbean and is rated one of the top ten beaches in the world. Treasure Cay has a golf course which has attracted PGA greats for decades. There are two beautiful resorts where you can stay in the Treasure Cay. They are Treasure Cay Resort and Marina and Bahama Beach Club. Treasure Cay Resort and Marina is located in Great Abaco, Bahamas. This resort is located seven miles from Treasure Cay International Airport, and 25 miles from Marsh Harbour International Airport and features Caribbean-style decor. Guest rooms feature marina or garden views with deluxe suites, two- and three- bedroom suites and accommodation packages also available. The Bahama Beach Club is also located on the Treasure Cay Beach. It provides two, three, four, and five bedroom

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luxury beachfront condominiums which are fully stocked with all basic and upscale amenities such an electric kitchen, laundry, air-conditioning, and cable television. These resorts provide activities such as an 18 hole championship golf course, 150 slip marina, tennis, scuba and snorkeling, deep sea and bone fishing, island hopping, tennis, biking, and much more. Treasure Cay is a great place to have your beautiful picturesque wedding. The Treasure Cay community is known for hosting many events, including large scale fishing tournaments. Some of them are: Bahamas Billfish Championship Series, Annual Treasure Cay Billfish Championship, July: Sands ‘Man in the Boat’ Championship, and Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend Festival. For more details contact the Abaco Tourism Office at 699-0152.

Treasure Cay 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 ....... 365-8578/365-8801


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Great Guana Cay by Kristen Pearce

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ven though Guana Cay stretches for about seven miles, there are less than 1500 residents, making it perfect for some peace and quiet. A spectacular beach can be found on the eastern side of the island, which is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, or taking peaceful walks. Some consider this beach to be one of the greatest beaches. Guana Cay is known for its great diving. On the eastern side of the cay, the Great Abaco Barrier Reef can be found, with many near-shore reefs and dive spots. Diving trips can be arranged daily by the resorts or the dive shop. However, you don’t need a boat to experience the under-water formations of Guana Cay. Many beautiful diving spots can be seen just off shore along the beach. The town has two resorts, a few rental cottages, a convenient grocery store, a few small gift shops, restaurants, and a full service diving shop that runs snorkeling trips. As mentioned, there are two resorts that can be found on Guana Cay. First is Orchid Bay Yacht Club and Marina. Surrounded by such an amazing waterfront view, Orchid Bay is the perfect place for a vacation. Its amenities include a waterfront pool, tennis court, a fully resourced marina, and an elegant restaurant. The second resort is Dolphin Beach Resort. This resort was chosen by Frodor’s Choice as one of their top 10 places to visit in 2009 and 2010. Here you can experience

the peacefulness of Guana Cay, along with the many amenities provided by the resort, including rental rooms and cottages, a private dock, a main lodge with a beautiful deck, rental boats and carts, complimentary kayaks, a freshwater pool, a gift shop called Potcakes, Dive Guana the local dive shop, and Docksiders, the elegant restaurant. Guana Grabbers can also be found on Guana Cay. Grabber’s now offers a brand new marina, a bar and grill, a pool, and lodging. The newly refurnished rooms are perfect for an island getaway, family vacation, or honeymoon site. Guana Cay is not known for its nightlife or tourist attractions, but one thing most tourists are sure not to miss is a visit to one of the most famous bar and grills, Nipper’s Beach Bar and Grill. Nipper’s is considered to be the most colourful and best located bar on Abaco. Located directly on the spectacular beach and with “dune front” tables, the atmosphere at Nipper’s cannot be beat. On the weekends Nipper’s is the place to be on Abaco. Each Sunday many locals and tourists alike travel to Nipper’s for its infamous Bahamian wild boar roast and bar-bque. It’s the best Sunday party on Abaco. On special occasions the legendary Barefoot Man joins the party to share many of his famous songs. This is an event that cannot be missed on a trip to Abaco. On the north end of the island, there is a fairly new and private residential commu61

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WHERE TO STAY nity called Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club. 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. There is a ferry service that makes scheduled times daily to and from Guana

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Cay, making a day trip or long vacation extremely convenient for the entire family.

Guana Cay Dolphin Beach Resort................ 365-5137 Abaco Sea Fan....................603-664-2608 Ocean Frontier Hideaway...................1-888-541-1616 Fish Tales ............................375-9383 Frangipani Cottage..............772-336-7023


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Green Turtle Cay by Kristen Pearce

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reen Turtle Cay has always been at the forefront of Abaco’s rich history, so it is no surprise that it ranks in the top three of the island’s most popular destinations even now. The town of New Plymouth was once the capital city of Abaco and still remains the sister city to Key West. A tour of Green Turtle Cay reveals that it has all the modern conveniences of an island community including a post office, bank, grocery stores, churches, restaurants, rental agencies, and a primary school – Amy Roberts Primary School. Visitors and residents of the cay generally travel to New Plymouth courtesy of the Green Turtle Cay Ferry. Full service resorts and marinas and boat rentals are available. For the history enthusiasts, a tour of the Albert Lowe Museum or the Memorial Sculpture Garden will gain their approval as they observe the preservation of Abaco’s unique history and development over the centuries. Vertrum Lowe’s Ship Shop features work of local artists and the skill of boat building, which Abaconians are renowned for. Every May the Annual Island Roots Heritage Festival is held, and visitors enjoy a lively line-up of presentations, performances and entertainment. During the holidays a New Year’s Day Junkanoo Parade rings in the year with brilliant flashes of Junkanoo costumes as dancers gyrate to the sound of the goatskin drums, cowbells and horns. Hands down, Green Turtle Cay is ideal for family vacations, weddings or romantic getaways. It is also a popular venue for fishing tournaments and the launch of Regatta Time in Abaco racing and festivities. Its fame doesn’t end there. The national drink of The Bahamas – the Goombay Smash – originated at Miss Emily’s Blue Bee

Bar, and Green Turtle Cay is home to the number one Band in the nation: the Gully Roosters. Not only is there entertainment and fine dining to be enjoyed, but living accommodations are second to none. There are numerous rental and cottages and living accommodations to choose from particularly at the Green Turtle Club and The Bluff House. The quaint attractiveness of the New England-style homes with their high roofs, expansive porches and picket fences adds to the allure of the community. Richard “Blue” Jones’ Bush Medicine Garden is another fascinating point of interest for those wanting to learn about natural remedies for common ailments. All in all, each visitor will find something that makes them fall in love with Green Turtle Cay, but what tops the list of any island destination in The Bahamas is the warmth and genuine hospitality of Abaconians. Abaco’s sizeable second homeowner base may just be a testament to that. Undoubtedly, while visitors fall in love with the natural beauty of our islands and cays, truth be told, the real charm is leaving home to discover that home is where the heart is.

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Barefoot Homes.........................458-8483 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 63

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General Information ATM & Banking Hours

Commonwealth Bank - Marsh Harbour Monday -Thursday 9:00am - 3:30pm, Fridays 9:30am - 4:30pm. Telephone - 367-2370 First Carib. Int’l Bank - Marsh Harbour, Green Turtle Cay and Man-O-War Cay. Hours of operation for Marsh Harbour are 9:30am-3:00pm Monday-Thursday’s and Friday 9:30am4:30pm. Green Turtle Office is operated two days a week - Mondays and Thursdays. Telephone MH - 367-2166 Royal Bank of Canada Monday - Thursday 9:30am-3:00pm and Fridays 9:30am-4:30pm. Marsh Harbour - 367-2420 ATM Treasure Cay - 365-8119 ATM Scotiabank (Bah) Ltd - Marsh Harbour Branch hours are from 9:30am-3:00pm Monday-Thursday and Friday’s 9:30am4:30pm. Telephone (MH) 367-2141 Fidelity/Western Union 367-3135 Open 9:00am-4:00pm - Mon-Friday

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. PurDestination Abaco

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chases of up to $1,000 more than the $600 allowance will be taxed at a flat rate of 10 percent, based on the fair retail value in The Bahamas. Separate from the $600 exception, you may also mail gift packages of $100 value or less duty-free. They must be marked ‘Unsolicited Gift’ and you may send as many as you wish, but not more than one $100 gift package to the same person on the same day. Goods shipped for personal use may be mailed into the US duty and 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, including marijuana,


the 15-cent, which is square with rounded corners and decorated with a hibiscus.

Churches

Department of Marine Resources

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 (DT)........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,

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

Exchange Rates

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

Immigration

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

Postage

The post office in Marsh Harbour is situated in the Dove Plaza downtown on Don MacKay Blvd and provides air mailing service to anywhere in the world, also regular surface mail. Postcards are 50 cents to the US, UK and Canada. Airmail letters (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

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1st January 10th January 25th March 28th March 16th May 3rd June 10th July 1st August 10th October 25th December 26th December to the end of the Destination Abaco

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bring stiff fines and even jail terms if found in the possession of unauthorized persons.


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week the holiday is celebrated on the Friday of that week or Monday if it falls near the beginning of the week.

Service Groups

Organized clubs of business and professional persons active in public services.

PILOT CLUB

Dedicated to helping prevent brain-related disorders - “Brain Minders”. Tel: 242.367.4571 Meets every 3rd Tuesday in the month at Central Abaco Primary School at 6:00p.m.

KIWANIS CLUB

Dedicated to serving the children of the world. ‘Young Children - Priority One’ meets every other Tuesday at Central Abaco Primary School at 6:30pm. Tel 242.367-3680

ROTARY CLUB

Committed to immunizing all the world’s children against polio. ‘Polio Plus’ meets at Great Abaco Beach Resort every Monday night at 5:30p.m. Tel: 425.7797

TOASTMASTERS

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org

FRIENDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Friends of the Environment is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and protect Abaco’s marine and terrestrial environments in order to achieve sustainable living for the people and wildlife of Abaco. www.friendsoftheenvironment.org or call 367-2721.

ABACO CANCER SOCIETY

The Abaco Branch of the Cancer Society exists to educate the public on matters relating to cancer and to support those undergoing treatment for the disease. It meets the first Tuesday of each month at Forest Heights Academy 242.367.3744 abacocancersociety@gmail.com

SCURVY FEW MOTORCYCLE CLUB

is the only charter motorcycle club in The Bahamas and is based in Marsh Harbour. Its big event of the year is its Toys-For-Tots drive which distributes over 1000 toys to all communities within the Abacos. The proceeds are used in many ways during the year including donations to a number of worthy causes along with the Toys-For-Tots. www. scuryfew.org

Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club Anyone interested in learning more

about the yacht club can check out its website: www.RMHYC.com.

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Taxes

There is no sales tax in The Bahamas. However, there are other forms of taxes that may occur on your trip there. There is a hotel room tax of 12% - 15% that will be added to your bill at the time of check out. There is a $5 - $25 agency charge for airline tickets booked through a travel agent. Rental cottages are 10% tax.

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.

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.

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. 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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