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Welcome to the Abacos! W

elcome to Abaco! In the first few pages of Destination Abaco you will find useful information that will help you maximize your vacation, such as activities, top beaches to visit, a map, important phone numbers and more. You can also find all this information online at www.destinationabaco.net. There is nothing like being out on a boat on the Sea of Abaco. Whether you are relaxing on a yacht, deep sea fishing in the Atlantic Ocean or cruising on a peaceful sailboat, being on the water never gets old. With our beautiful beaches, incredible romantic settings, there is no surprise what number of destination weddings happen in Abaco. Visit and explore the famous candystriped lighthouse that has evolved for centuries - read along in this feature on its basic history and facts on the efforts to preserve the history. The beaches and the weather, the natives, the colors, the flavors, the culture, the sunsets and the full moon parties - Abaco really is an ideal place for a dream destination, for every dream and every taste and every budget. Welcome to one of the islands of the Bahamas - it just keeps getting better. Ruth Saunders - Publisher

In Every Issue

Visitors’ Services .......................................10 Ferry Schedule............................................10 Calendar of Events.....................................12 Things to do................................................ 20 Diving........................................................... 24 Marina Information.................................. 28 Cultural Activities.....................................33 Island Weddings........................................38 Where to dine............................................ 40 Where to shop........................................... 42 Where to stay............................................. 50 Map of Marsh Harbour........................... 52 General Information................................. 64

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Message from Hon. Obediah H. Wilchcombe, MP Minister of Tourism

Welcome to The Abacos, the 120-mile-long arc of island gems situated just fifty miles off the coast of Florida, in the northwestern reaches of The Islands Of The Bahamas. Visitors to The Abacos will find an exciting mix of vacation experiences that appeal to their tastes, interests and passions. For those who love the seafaring life, The Abacos are a boating paradise, with clusters of lush islands perfect for island hopping; sheltered harbours, quiet inlets and coves, well equipped marinas and turqoise seas teeming with big game fish. The delights on land rival those of the Abaco seas. Visitors seeking the perfect beach have choices galore, even the option of luxuriating on a powder soft, white sand crescent beach that’s rated among the top ten best beaches in the world. Aficionados of golf will be eager to take their game to any of Abaco’s three world class golf courses. The charming colonial towns of Green Turtle Cay and Elbow Cay settled by American Loyalists in the aftermath of the American War of Independence will enchant history buffs of all stripes. Art lovers will reap the benefits of the flourishing of the visual arts in recent years, which has given rise to galleries, studios and boutiques that showcase the finest works of the artists and artisans of Abaco. For assistance in navigating all there is to see, do and experience in The Abacos, visitors will find Destination Abaco, a most helpful guide, with a user friendly format that ensures that every aspect of The Abacos are at the visitor’s finger tips, from accommodations and attractions to festivals, art shows, fishing tournaments and the best places to savour Bahamian cuisine. The greatest delight of The Abacos, no doubt, lies in the warm hospitality of its friendly people. Abaco hospitality keeps visitors coming back again, and again, affirming the widely held belief that, It’s Better In The Bahamas. Warm Regards, Hon. Obediah H. Wilchcombe, MP Minister of Tourism Commonwealth of The Bahamas

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Visitor’s Services Airline & Charter Services

Emergency Services ‘919’

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

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 Hope Town Fire & Rescue (HT)........475-0144 Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Assoc........... 366-0282

Fly The Whale..................... 1-212-221-1203

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

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

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 Contineo Massage - Sheryl.................. 436-0043 Nirvanic Touch Massage.......................544-8146 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 Abaco Dental Association..................... 367-0164

Visitors Info Ministry of Tourism...........................699-0152 People-to-People..................................... 367-3067 Abaco Chamber of Commerce.............367-5822 Post Office................................................ 699-0243 Administrator’s Office..........................699-0000

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

G & L Transportation

Ferry Service to Hope Town Man-O-War Cay Guana Cay / Scottland Cay

Embassies/Consulates United States Embassy................1-242-322-1181 ..................................................1-888-407-4747 Canadian Consulate.................... 1-613-232-1724

Leaving from Rainbow Rental Dock Charter service available For more info please call:

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

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Contact Joanne Feinstein (242) 577-7677

Contact Nipper’s Beach Bar and Grill (242) 366-5111

5th Annual Patrick Davis Hope Town Songwriters Festival to be held on Elbow Cay, Abaco, Bahamas. For the fifth year in a row, Hope Town will come alive in late February with the sound of music. From February 14th through the 19th, an all -star roster of talented songwriters will converge on several different venues in Hope Town to perform original songs for the 5th 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.

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 drinks.

Contact Wyannie Malone Museum (242) 366-0293

The Hope Town Heritage Day is a fundraiser that is held and organized every year by the Wyannie 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 home-owners, and visitors.

Contact Wynsome Ferguson (242) 699-0152

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 6pm8pm and will feature traditional Bahamian foods, music and cultural performances.

Contact Abaco Beach Resort (242) 367-2158

Your perfect transition from sailfish to blue marlin season, this inaugural tournament offers up white marlin for the first leg of our Abaco Diamond Series. Master the Roundup, fight for the championship!

20th - 28th

TBA

Abaco Anglers Fishing Tournament Elbow Cay, Hope Town

FRIENDS Reef Ball, Marsh Harbour

Contact 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.

Contact Lighthouse Marina (242) 366-0154

This family oriented deep sea and bottom fishing tournament, has been around for the past thirty plus years. The tournament encourages all levels of fishing capabilities; all age groups 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 should offer.

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16th, 23rd & 30th

Goombay Summer Festival Marsh Harbour Contact Doranell Swain (242) 699-0152

The Ministry of Tourism organizes a series of summer festivals that showcase the vibrant and exciting Bahamian culture. Both locals and tourist can enjoy delicious native foods, great entertainment, Junkanoo rush-outs, beautiful local crafts and host of other cultural presentations.

23rd - 30th

42nd Annual Regatta Time in Abaco Contact Ruth Saunders (242) 367-3202

Bahamas Billfish Championship Treasure Cay

The third leg of the BBC series is held in the beautiful Treasure Cay. The participants will have an opportunity to relax at one of the world’s top ten beaches or play a few rounds of golf on the 18 hole championship course in preparation to claim the best reputations and cash prizes.

Kicking off at the famous Pete’s Pub in Little Harbour, is the renowned Regatta Time In Abaco. This event attracts sailing enthusiasts to the island of Abaco, in their quest to see who would claim championship. It is a week of sailing and parties held at a different location each day. This year the event commences in Hope Town and ends in Green Turtle Cay, with the post Regatta party - Cheeseburger in Paradise held at Fiddle Cay.

31st - June 3rd

TBA

Contact Treasure Cay Beach Resort (242) 365-8801

Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Invitational Abaco Beach Resort, Marsh Harbour

Bahamas Independence Celebration Contact Administrator’s Office (242) 699-0000

Contact Abaco Beach Resort (242) 367-2158

Celebrating our 44th Independence events will be held all around the island in recognition of the nation’s accomplishment as an independent country.

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 among the middle of one of the world’s top Marlin spots.

TBA

Barefoot Man Concert Great Guana Cay

Contact Nippers Beach Bar & Grill (242) 365-5111

3rd Annual Bike-A-Thon Fundraiser

Large crowds of concert goers and enthusiasts gather to enjoy a free concert featuring the Barefoot Man at the beautiful Nipper’s Beach Bar & Grill under the summer sun.

High Bank Volunteer Fire Service Sunday 17th February, 2017 Cycle from BPS Fire House to Sandy Point highbanksfireservice@gmail.com 242 577-0173

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July

March

White Marlin Round- Up, Abaco Beach Resort - LEG ONE OF THE ABACO DIAMOND SERIES

Year after year the quaint Sandy Point settlement brings their community together to host their 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.

24th - 27th

April

24th

Contact Wynsome Ferguson (242) 699- 0152

This lineup reads like a regular who’s who of today’s billfish tournament circuit. Production boats challenge the custom boats in this all-release format to settle the age-old debate. Think you got what it takes?

For the past five years, many families have gathered together, in efforts of supporting and having fun on a weekend of fun-filled coordinated sporting events. During these events, contestants can choose to compete either signally or with a team, in the end the top performers will be awarded for their accomplishments.

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 competing to see who would win the attention of spectators 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 last night.

Sandy Point’s Homecoming Sandy Point, South Abaco

Contact Abaco Beach Resort (242) 367-2158

Contact Wynsome Ferguson (242) 699-0152

Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture (242) 699-0227

2nd - 4th

The Custom Shootout, Abaco Beach Resort, Marsh Harbour THE MOST ELITE FLEET OF SPORT BOATS ASSEMBLED

The Shootout - Production vs Custom Abaco Beach Resort, Marsh Harbour LEG TWO OF THE ABACO DIAMOND SERIES

4th Annual Great Abaco Fitness Weekend,Treasure Cay

Abaco “Love Rush” Junkanoo Weekend, Marsh Harbour

3rd

17th - 20th

17th - 19th

24th - 26th

Come and take part in an event that assist in protecting 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.

This all-charity event is limited to just 50 custom inboard boat teams - 32’ or larger chosen by Invitation only to represent the U.S. custom boat manufacturers in an all-release format. Accept a coveted Custom Shootout invitation, and you compete to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Wounded Warriors and many other organizations in need.

Hope Town Heritage Day Festival Elbow Cay

People to People Winter Residents Reception,Treasure Cay

Contact Green Turtle Club & Marina (242) 365-4271

Contact Abaco Beach Resort (242) 367-2158

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February

Barefoot Man Concert Great Guana Cay

5th Annual Songwriters Festival

Contact Orchid Bay Marina (242) 365-5175

9th Annual Lionfish Derby Green Turtle Cay

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.

TBA

14th - 19th

TBA

Bahamas Billfish Championship Guana Cay

June

Calendar of Events

26th - 29th


The Swimming Pigs of Abaco Can you imagine driving a boat up to a pristine and beautiful deserted island, only to be met by swimming pigs of all colours and sizes? The Bahamas has been highlighted recently for its swimming pigs. The pigs have appeared on television shows, news programs, websites, articles and more. We are pleased to tell you that Exuma isn’t the only island with swimming pigs. We have our very own island of swimming pigs right here on Abaco. No-Name Cay is a small island south of Green Turtle Cay. The cay is uninhabited with the exception of Abaco’s famous swimming pigs. No-Name Cay has been nicknamed “Piggyville” for obvious reasons. This cay along with its pigs has recently become a must-see attraction on Abaco. You would be missing out to leave Abaco having not seen our famous swimming pigs. While hogs and pigs are common on the mainland, they are very uncommon on the surrounding cays. There are several theories out there, but no one knows for sure (or admits to knowing) how the pigs ended up there. The mystery adds to NoName Cay’s popularity. Currently on the island there are 21 pigs, 12 of them are two different sets of babies. There currently aren’t many males on the island, so everything remains pretty calm. All are welcomed to visit the pigs, but keep in mind the island can only be visited by boat. There are many boat rentals throughout Abaco. If you are feeling adventurous, rent a boat Destination Abaco

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We are pleased to tell you that Exuma isn’t the only island with swimming pigs. We have our very own island of swimming pigs right here on Abaco. Article by Kristen Pearce Photos Credits: Rolling Harbour Brendal’s Dive Center

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Pack a picnic lunch for you and the family, but be sure to take plenty extra for the piggies. The pigs love leftovers: bread, vegetables, fruit, almost anything.

and visit the island yourself. The cay is only 10-15 minutes away from Treasure Cay or Green Turtle Cay, but is farther away from Marsh Harbour or other cays. If you are wishing to rent a boat, check with the rental company for directions and safety tips. For those that would like to rest easy and let someone else do all of the hard work, there are many tour companies all over the island that will take you to NoName Cay. Brendal’s Dive Center is a top choice for a tour to see the pigs. Brendal and his wife Mary have been operating their tour business on Green Turtle Cay for more than 30 years, and Brendal has been taking tours to No-Name Cay for quite some time now. Brendal’s Dive Center offers a two and a half hour private tour to the cay just to spend time with the pigs. The island is a stop on one of its Island Hopping Tours on a Sunday. Brendal and Mary also make special trips during the slow season to take food to the pigs. Sunset Marine and Boat Rentals also operates on Green Turtle Cay. There are also a few tour companies that are based in Treasure Cay (on the mainland): Captain Mark’s Charters and Abaco Adventures - Ozzie Hall: Hope Town - Capt’n Plug - Staf17

ford Patterson: Marsh Harbour - RNR Charters, Dream Yacht Charters. Check with these companies to have a day with the pigs at No-Name Cay. When heading out to NoName Cay, make sure to be fully prepared for your visit. Don’t forget to take lots of sun screen and protective clothing. Even though there are trees for shade on the island, chances are you will be spending most of your time in the sun. Pack a picnic lunch for you and the family, but be sure to take plenty extra for the piggies. The pigs love leftovers: bread, vegetables, fruit, almost anything. Keep in mind that the adult pigs tend to be greedy, leaving very little left for the babies. Be sure to save some food for the smaller pigs. Remember to bring plenty for yourself and those travelling with you. And while it’s not essential anymore, feel free to take fresh water for the pigs. Locals have been making sure these pigs are well taken care of. Animal lover Craig Russell, nicknamed the “Pig Whisperer,” along with his wife Jan, often visit the cay to care for the pigs and make sure they have food and fresh water. Getting a supply of fresh water to the pigs has always been a Destination Abaco


You do not want to miss this attraction. Tourists and locals alike should all be sure to make this trip to No-Name Cay.

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hard task since there is no fresh water supply on the island. It was always asked of visitors to take lots of fresh water for the pigs. However, recently, Craig and Jan have bought and installed a 2,000-gallon water tank on the island. Wade & Martha Cash owners of Sunset Marine, placed the tank on the island & refill it when necessary. This has been such a blessing because we were taking 30 to 40 gals. at least twice a week. The tank operates similar to those at pig farms, and the smart pigs of No-Name Cay have adapted well to their new water supply. A special thanks to all that supply food for the pigs to take to them & all the visitors that take food. When approaching the beach by boat, if you are lucky the pigs will swim out and meet you at the boat. The pigs love to swim in the shallows, but they prefer to swim when the water is warm (just like us). The best way to ensure that the pigs swim out into the water with you is to feed them from the water and not on the land. But if they don’t go into the water, rest

assured, once you land on the beach they will come to say hello and see what kind of snacks you have brought for them. While these pigs are very used to visitors, keep in mind they are wild creatures, so be sure to approach them with caution. The babies are typically the friendliest, but often times do not get much attention due to the demanding adults. To enjoy your trip to No-Name Cay to the fullest, plan on spending a few hours there with the pigs. Feed them slowly. And then enjoy a swim in the crystal clear water. If you are lucky, the pigs will come out into the water and spend more time with you. When leaving the island, do the pigs a favor and remember to take your trash with you. You do not want to miss this attraction. Tourists and locals alike should all be sure to make this trip to No-Name Cay. How often can you feed, swim with, and spend the day with wild pigs? This is a trip that you will remember for a lifetime! 19

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Things to do

Abaco’s Lighthouses

Art Galleries

was built in 1836, but with its original mechanism dismantled, the lighthouse now has an automated light. Some interested residents hope to restore the beauty of this once proud beacon of light to ships that sailed on our beautiful waters of the Atlantic.

www.bahamadawn.com 367-4648

Hole-In-The-Wall Lighthouse

Bahama Dawn Design

Manjack Beach Pelican Cays Sandy Point Public Beach

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.

Birding

With more than 65 species of birds native to Abaco, it truly is a bird-watcher’s paradise and the only place in The Bahamas where you can find the green Abaco or “Bahama” Parrot, mainly in South Abaco near Hole-inthe-Wall. Other birds you’ll encounter are the Bahama Yellow-Throat Warbler, Cuban Emerald Hummingbird, Woodpecker, RedLegged Thrush, Olive-Capped Warbler and Flamingos. Abaco National Park - This national park, comprising 22,500 acres in Southern Abaco near Hole-in-the-Wall, has been designated a preservation area by the Bahamas government and is managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Included are 5,000 acres of pine forest – the nesting area and habitat of about 1000 endangered Abaco Parrots. The parrots once lived on as many as seven islands in The Bahamas, but now only exist on Abaco. A similar species is found on Great Inagua. Black Sound Cay National Park, a twoacre mangrove reserve, was established in 1988. It is located on Green Turtle Cay. Although small in size, this national park is an

Bareboat Boat Charters

Charter a live-aboard boat that will help you experience beautiful Abaco and its surrounding cays. The Moorings (MH)................... 367-4000 Abaco Multihull (HT)................ 366-0552 Abaco Gal (TC)..............................365-8571 Dream Yacht Charters (MH)..... 367-0102

Boating & Sailing

With an entire chain of enchanting islands arrayed around a warm, calm sea, Abaco Islands are one of the world’s best cruising and sailing areas and have been The Bahamas’ boating capital since colonial times. Whether you’re a sailing purist willing to tack until the last gasp of wind or a powerboater who throttles up to ensure you’re at the anchorage by happy hour’s first call, this is truly a yachtsman’s heaven.

Boating Information

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

Lovely Island Tings

367-4297/551-7453/367-3442

Abaco Ceramics

www.abacoceramics.com 365-8489

Abaco Island Artists

artabacoislandartists@gmail.com 367-3744

The Elbow Cay Lighthouse

Pete’s Pub & Gallery

www.petespubandgallery.com

Edna’s Handicraft Call: 554-9905

Beaches

is probably the most recognizable landmark on Abaco. This 89-foot high candy-striped edifice was built in 1863 and is one of two hand-wound kerosene-burning lighthouses still operational in the world. It is worth viewing. Destination Abaco

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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

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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.

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

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

Ken Gardiner...............................365-0266 Sheldon Gardiner........................ 365-0117

Coopers Town

Bonefishing Guides

Fire Road

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.

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

Casuarina Point

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

Cherokee Sound

Terrance Davis............................ 375-8550 Richard Albury............................ 577-0313 Jody Albury.................................. 375-8068

Mount Hope

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

Sandy Point

the road less traveled isn’t always a road

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

Spring City

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

Treasure Cay

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

Deep Sea Fishing Guides Casuarina Point

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

Green Turtle Cay

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

Hope Town

Robert Lowe............................366-0266 Ira Key....................................... 366-0245 Truman Major.............................. 366-0101 Justin Russell...............................366-0528

Lubbers Quarters

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

Treasure Cay

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

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

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dive shops also provide instruction courses, from beginner to dive master certification. Some of the dive shops on Abaco include Dive Abaco, Abaco Scuba, Abaco Dive Adventures, Froggies Out Island Adventures, Treasure Divers, Brendal’s Dive Center and Dive Guana.

Abaco Sailing Adven................366-0722 Abaco Scuba (GC).................... 365-5021 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

Eco-Adventures Mangroves

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

by Olivia Patterson-Maura

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, The Skyscrapers, Kristin’s Crannies, The Maze, Sandy Cay, Tarpon Reef, The Tower Garden, The Towers, The Tunnels, Twin Sisters, Wayne’s World, The Catacombs, The Cathedral, Guana Coral Caverns

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Reefs & wrecks

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

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

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Hope Town, 366-0431

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dry due to tides or arid seasons. Wetlands can either be coastal or inland. Coastal wetlands are influenced by the tides. The plants found here are very salt tolerant and protect the coastline from storm surges and run-off into the sea. Inland wetlands are cutoff from the sea and are more influenced by rainfall, rivers, or ground water. Mangroves are the trees that can be found in these wetland areas. Worldwide, there are over 50 species of mangroves, four of which can be found in The Bahamas.

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.

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 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.

Fun Run/ Walks

The Albert Lowe Museum

on Green Turtle Cay charts the history of Abaconians from the Loyalists of the 1780s through the modern-day development of Abaco. It also features handcrafted ship models and paintings by local artists. Once a home, this 150-year-old structure was transformed by artist Alton Lowe in memory of his father. Tel: (242) 365-4094

The 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 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. Nonresident 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.

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

Man-O-War’s Heritage Museum

is located on the Queen’s Highway in the

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 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.

Golfing

Treasure Cay Golf Course

Entry Fees

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, 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

Cruising fees of $150 for boats up to 35 feet in length and $300 for boats over 35 feet will be valid for two entries during a 90-day period. This covers a vessel with four persons or fewer. The fee covers the cruising permit, fishing permit, Customs and Immigration charges and the $25 per person departure tax for up to three persons. Each additional person above four is charged a $25 departure tax (for each additional person above four departing Freeport, Grand Bahama Island). If you plan to stay longer than 12 months, special arrangements must be made with Bahamas Customs and Immigration. Destination Abaco

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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.

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 954353-2465 pete@petespub.com

Johnston’s Bronze Art Foundry

Green Turtle Cay Historic Library Cookhouse

Abaco Beach Resort (MH)...........367-2158 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 Destination Abaco

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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

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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.

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Weather Information

Daily forecasts are broadcast on VHF16 on the Cruisers Net. www.barometerbob. org, Bahamas Christian Network channel 66 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.

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.

Out Island Excursions 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 four hours on a state-of-the-art, airconditioned, high-speed ferry. The fast ferry runs Friday and Sunday most of the year. However, the schedule does vary throughout the year so be sure to check the schedule before planning your trip. Visit www.bahamasferries.com for more information and to book a trip.

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.

People-to-People

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.

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.

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.

Tours

Lucayan Nature Man/ Bird Watching Tours

Enjoy a drive into the Abaco coppice to see the Abaco Parrot, Warblers and other native species of birds. Plus take a ride to the beach to spot some of our beautiful shoreline birds and perhaps collect sea glass. Half day trips begins at 7 am. $95.00 includes a light lunch. Contact Reg Patterson at Tel: 367-2749 or 367-3180 - Cell: 477-5953

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.

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

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 Destination Abaco

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Abaco Neem

Native Bahamian, Nick Miaoulis founded Abaco Neem in 1993. After initially being interested in Neem for timber, he began to realize its health benefits and his vision became more focused on health care. Along with assistance from Albert Albury, Nick was able to establish the Abaco Neem Farm on 120 acres of land near Casuarina Point. Today there are 6,500 Neem trees on the farm, and Abaco Neem’s health care, body care, pet care, and home and garden products are sold all over The Bahamas. The farm

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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.

Cultural Activities

Ye Ole Gaol (The Old Jail)

We are The Bahamas’ only technical training and adventure facility dedicated to cave diving. Our program includes a variety of guided daily trips, for a maximum of two divers, to the finest blue holes and spectacular underwater caves on Abaco, as well as excursions to other islands of The Bahamas. Accommodations can also be arranged and equipment is available for rental. Mr. Brian Kakuk (242) 359-6128 www.bahamasunderground.com

Located in New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay, the original jail in Green Turtle Cay was a two-story structure that was built in the mid-19th century. However, during a 1932 hurricane, the jail was severely damaged, resulting in the upper level of the jail being destroyed. Following that, the jail was not rebuilt, but the Architectural Preservation Foundation of Green Turtle Cay has made the jail one of the many historical features of this community.

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.

Loyalist Memorial Sculpture Garden

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

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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 Paddleboard Abaco Eco Kayak Adventures Abaco Scuba Brendals Dive Center Dive Abaco Dive Guana Froggie’s Out Island Adventures Treasure Cay Hotel Resort

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cookout concludes the day’s events.

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

“Sojer” Day

Every other year residents of Man-O-War Cay celebrate their Heritage Day called Sojer Day – in recognition of the residents who are nicknamed “Sojers.” Throughout the day, locals acknowledge their history and rich heritage through food, skits, musical selections, artifacts, tours and booths that reflect the cay’s reputation as The Bahamas’ boatbuilding capital. The next Sojer Day is scheduled for April, 2018.

Hope Town Box Cart Derby

Homecomings

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.

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 Independence Day

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

Sandy Point Conch Fest

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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.

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 Marilyn Saunders at 365-4120 for more information.

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.

Junkanoo Summer Festival

Summertime on Abaco means Junkanoo Time. This festival, staged by the Ministry of Tourism throughout the summer months, highlights everything that is truly Bahamian. Local residents and visitors get to sample the flavour of the islands. In addition to the variety of Bahamian dishes and drinks, there are performances by the world famous Royal Bahamas Police Force Band and local Junkanoo and dance groups. Fire dancing, limbo, hair braiding and native crafts are also displayed.

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.

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. 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.

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 699-0152. You can also visit www.islandrootsheritagefestival.com. See you there!

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

Annual Abaco Kayak Challenge

Join us in support of the Abaco Cancer Society and Friends of the Environment for Abaco’s annual Kayak Challenge in No-

The event will begin early evening at Settlement Point with a Thanksgiving dinner and Destination Abaco

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for a third season in December 2016. 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.

vember at Pete’s Pub in Little Harbour. Any craft you can paddle will be welcome, from kayaks and paddle boards to canoes – just no engines! There will be 3 courses to choose from: 5 miles, 8 miles, or 13 miles that will take paddlers into and through the scenic Bight of Old Robinson, part of the newly established East Abaco Creeks National Park. Paddlers will be welcomed back with a beach party at Pete’s Pub. Participants are asked to collect sponsorships in lieu of a registration fee. All donations will be split between FRIENDS and The Abaco Cancer Society to support community programs.

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 January of each year. 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.

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 Northend. 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

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Island weddings

Weddings & Honeymoons Your perfect day should take place in the perfect setting—sapphire-blue skies, turquoise water, pure white-and pink-sand beaches. The Bahamas lives up to its title as World’s Leading Wedding Destination 2015, offering more than 700 islands, with numerous unique locations where you can declare your love for one another.

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etting married in The Bahamas could not be easier. Just call the Ministry of Tourism, Abaco Office to assist with your personal arrangements. To qualify to get married in The Bahamas, you must have been in The Bahamas for a minimum of one day. If either party has been divorced, the original final decree divorce papers must be produced. If either party is unmarried, being a citizen or resident of a country other than the USA, a declaration certifying this fact must be sworn before a notary public or other person authorized to administer oaths. The following documents are required: 1. Birth Certificate 2. Passport 3. Notarized Affidavit stating that you have never been married 4. Divorce papers if you have been married before With Tourism assistance we can help you with: • A personal wedding consultant • Marriage License • Administrator or minister of religion to conduct ceremony • Licensed marriage officer • Wedding Cake • Photographer & Videographer • Wedding Location

Visit these Websites while planning your wedding on Abaco

Melinda Pinder - Buds-n-Bloom - www.budsnbloomsbahamas.com bahamablooms@hotmail.com Patrice Cooper - P & F Party Rentals - www.pfpartyrentals.com Abaco Beach Resort - www.abacobeachresort.com Regattas of Abaco - www.regattasofabaco.com The Abaco Club on Winding Bay - www.theabacoclub.com Schooners Landing - www.schoonerslanding.com Hope Town Harbour Lodge - www.hopetownlodge.com Abaco Inn - www.abacoinn.com Hope Town Hideaways - www.hopetownhideaways.com Sea Spray Resort - www.seasprayresort.com Treasure Cay Resort - www.treasurecay.com Bahama Beach Club - www.bahamabeach.com Bluff House Beach Resort - www.bluffhouse.com Green Turtle Club - www.greenturtleclub.com

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Bahamian Conch Fritters Ingredients: 1 quart oil for frying ¾ cup all-purpose flour 1 egg ½ cup milk Salt and pepper, to taste Cayenne pepper, to taste 1 cup chopped conch meat ½ medium white onion, chopped ½ green pepper, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped In a large pot or deep fryer, heat oil to 365°F. Mix the flour, egg, and milk in a large bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Mix in the chopped conch meat, onion, green pepper, celery, and garlic until well blended. Drop rounded tablespoons of the mixture into the hot oil and fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve with ketchup, mayonnaise, or your choice of dipping sauce on the side.

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Dining Out Angler’s - Abaco Beach 367-2158 B,L,D $$$ l - l l l Abaco Pizza 367-4333 L,D $ - - - - Becky’s Take-away 367-4244 L,D $ - - - - Curly Tails 367-4444 L,D $$$ l l l l l Delphi Club 366-2222 D $$$ - - - l l Golden Grouper 367-2301 B,L $$ - - - - Island Boy Restaurant 367-2044 B,L,D $$ l l - - Island Family Restaurant 367-3778 B,L $$ - - - - Jake’s Restaurant 367-5253 L,D $$ l - - - Jamie’s Place 367-2880 B,L,D $$ - - - - Jib Room 367-2700 L,D $$ l l l l l JuNovia’s Restaurant 367-1271 B,L $$ - - - - l Just Chicken 367-6365 L $ - - - - Kentucky Fried Chicken 367-2615 L,D $ - - - - Lovely’s Pizza 699-0310 L,D $$ - - - - Mother Merle’s 367-2770 D $ - - - - Pete’s Pub & Gallery 577-5487 L,D $$ l l - l l Snappas Bar & Grill 367-2278 L,D $$ l l l l l Snack Shack 367-4005 B,L $$ - - - - Trio Oasis 699-4000 L,D $$ l l - - The People’s Grill 367-6622 L,D $$ - - - - l Wally’s Restaurant 367-2074 L,D $$$ l l - l l

Treasure Cay

Coco Beach Bar & Grill Treasure Sands Club Touch of Class Spinnaker Restaurant

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Guana Cay

Fish Tales Island Sports Bar Guana Grabbers Nippers Bar & Grill Sun Setters - Orchid Bay

Green Turtle Cay

Bally Whoo - Bluff House GT Club & Marina Harvey’s Bar & Grill Lizard Bar & Grill McIntosh Restaurant Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Plymouth Rock Café Sundowners The Wrecking Tree

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Shopping

Nubian Styles (MH)............................... 367-0040 Shear Dynamics (MH)............................367-3844 Snazzie’s (MH)......................................... 551-5524 The Chopping Block (HT)....................366-0052 The Hair Lounge (MH)..........................367-6070 The Hair Stylist (MH) ..........................367-4246 The Green Leaf (MH).............................367-6426

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 Seaside Cart Rentals (GTC)................. 365-4147 Wendal’s Bicycle Rental (TC)..............365-8687

Boat Rentals & Charters

Abaco Ceramics Collections Abaco Souvenirs

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 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

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 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 Lodge (HT)....................... 366-0095 Hope Town Canvas (HT)......................366-0087 Harbour Grocery Store (MH).............. 367-1248 Iggy Biggy (HT) .................................. 366-0354 Iggy Biggy (MH) ..................................367-3596 Joe’s Studio (MOW) ..............................365-6082 Lighthouse Marina (HT)....................... 366-0154 Monkey’s Uncle (MH)........................... 367-3223 Native Creations (GTC) ..................365-4206 Destination Abaco

Bakeries

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

Beauty Salons & Supplies

Bahama Waves (MOW)........................ 365-6310 Hubert’s Cut & Curls (GTC)............... 365-4100 Najah’s Beauty Salon (MH)....................367-1250

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Abaco Adventures (TC)..........................375-8123 Abaco Dorado Rentals (MH).................367-1035 Blue Wave Rentals (MH).......................367-3910 Cat’s Paw Boat Rentals (HT)...............366-0380 Dive Guana (GC)......................................365-5178 Donnie’s Boat Rentals (GTC)................365-4119 Dream Yacht Charters (MH)................ 367-0102 Elbow Cay Boat Rentals (HT)............... 577-1210 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 Sea Horse Boat Rentals (HT)................366-0023 Sunset Marine (GTC).............................365-4634 The Moorings (MH)..........................367-4000 Waterways Rentals (MOW)................ 365-6143 Water Toys (GC)..................................... 365-5021

Boutiques

Bluff House Boutique (GTC)............... 365-4200 Boy Meets Girl (MH)..............................699-1022 Corner Value (MH) ................................367-2250 Da Crazy Crab (HT)...............................366-0537 Gone Conchin (GC)................................ 365-5215 Green Turtle Club Boutique................. 365-4271 Iggy Biggy (HT)................................... 366-0354 Iggy Biggy (MH) ..................................367-3596 Island Gal Boutique (MH)....................367-0283 Lighthouse Marina (HT)....................... 366-0154 Mangoes Boutique (MH)....................... 367-2366

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Nippers Gift Shop (GC)...........................365-5111 Orchid Bay Marina (GC)........................365-5175 Sand Dollar Shoppe (MH).....................367-4405 The Boutique at Firefly (HT)................ 366-0145 Wally’s Boutique (MH).........................367-2074

Triple J Car Rentals (TC).......................365-8761 USave Car Rental (MH)........................699-3346 United Car Rentals (MH) .................... 577-2738

Crystal Treasures

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

Photography/Photos

Chelsea Sweeting (MOW)....................375-9265 Computer Creations (MH)...................367-2004 Erin Sands (HT)...................................458-6761 Gabriella Mannie (MOW)................... 458-0268 Snap Shop (MH)......................................367-3020

Dental Offices

Abaco Dental Assoc. (MH)................... 367-0164 Agape Dental (MH) ..........................367-4355/54 Diamante Dental (MH) .........................367-4968

Car Parts & Accessories

Florists

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

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

Freight/Courier

Abaco Shipping (MH)............................ 367-2091 Abacays (MH)..........................................367-6249 Dean’s Shipping (MH)........................... 367-2653 DHL (MH).................................................367-6002 FedEx (MH).............................................. 577-3339 GWS Express (MH)............................... 367-2722 UPS (MH)...................................................357-6810 Seacor Island Lines (MH)......................367-4262 Tropical Shipping (MH)........................367-0225

Car Rentals

A & P Auto Rentals (MH)............... 367-2655 Bargain Car Rentals (MH)....................367-0500 Cornish Car Rentals (TC) ....................365-8623 Executive Car Rentals (MH)............... 434-5840 Park View (MH)..................................... 699-4902 Rental Wheels (MH) .............................367-4643 Sea Star Car Rentals (MH) .................. 367-4887

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Travel Tips

D & P Cart Rentals (GTC) ..................365-4655 Dive Guana (GC)......................................365-5178 Donna’s Cart Rentals (GC)................... 365-5195 Elbow Cay Cart (HT) ............................366-0530 Everything Guana (GC).........................577-0003 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 Orchid Bay (GC).......................................365-5175 Seaside Cart Rentals (GTC) ............365-4147 South Beach Rental (GTC)...................365-4375 T & A Cart Rentals (GTC) ..................365-4259 T & N Cart Rentals (HT)..................... 366-0069 Triple J Cart Rentals (TC).....................365-8761

BAHAMAS TOURISM

Duty Free Shopping in the Bahamas Effective January 1, 1992, the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas abolished all import duties on perfumes, fragrances, crystal, leather goods, jewelry, fine linens, tablecloths, watches, clocks, photographic equipment, china, binoculars and telescopes. Duty-free shops are marked with the DFS logo. Savings on these items are significantly below US prices.

SHOPPING Furniture & Accessories

Grocery Stores

Fine Living (MH) ................................... 458-6074 Furniture Plus (MH)............................... 367-7587 The Prickle Patch (MH)..........................367-3801

Abaco Groceries (MH)........................... 367-5308 Cherokee Food Fair.................................366-2022 Curry’s Food Store (GTC) ..................... 365-4171 Golden Harvest (TC) .............................365-8350 Guana Harbour (GC)..............................365-5067 Harbour General Store (MH)............... 367-1248 Harbour View Grocery (HT)................366-0033 Lowe’s Grocery (GTC) ......................... 365-4243

Golf Cart Rentals

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

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LVA Convenience (HT).........................366-0056 MOW Grocery (MOW) ....................... 365-6016 Maxwells (MH)........................................367-2601 Munchies (HT).........................................366-0423 Price Right (MH) ....................................367-2020 Roderick’s Food Store (MH) ............... 367-3237 Sid’s Grocery (GTC) ..............................365-4055 The Food Store (HT).............................. 366-0391 Vernon’s Grocery (HT)..........................366-0037 24/7 Shell (MH) .......................................367-5064

Mainstreet Treats (MH)........................ 367-2827 The Sweet Coffee Shop (HT)................ 366-0613

Insurance

Abaco Insurance (MH)..........................367-2549 British American (MH)...........................367-5601 Colina Imperial (MH).............................367-3432 GRM Insurance (MH)............................699-3068 Family Guardian (MH)..........................367-3264 Insurance Manag(MH)......................... 367-4204 J.S. Johnson (MH) ...................................367-2688 NUA (MH)................................................367-2222

Hardware & Paint Stores

Abaco Hardware (MH) ..........................367-2170 A.I.D. (MH)............................................... 367-2077 Corner Value (MH).................................367-2250 Imports Unlimited (HT)........................ 366-0136 Guana Lumber (GC)................................365-5130 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

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 (HT) .................................. 366-0354 Iggy Biggy (MH)...................................367-3596 Mangoes Boutique (MH)....................... 367-2366 Native Creations (GTC) ..................365-4206 Pete’s Pub & Gallery (LH).................... 577-5487

Ice Cream

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

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Sand Dollar Shoppe (MH).....................367-4405 Silver Moon Designs (MH)............... 477-5871 T’zers Gift Shop (MH) ...........................367-2158

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

Kayak Rentals

Party Supplies

Abaco Paddleboard (HT)...................... 475-0954 Brendal’s Dive Ctr (GTC).................. 365-4411

Kids2rus (MH).........................................367-0059 Home Fabrics (MH)................................367-6003

Legal Services

Pet Veterinarians

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

Abaco Ace Hardware (MH)...................367-2170 Abaco Marine Props (MH)...................367-4276 Abaco Outboards (MH) ........................367-2452 Abaco Yacht Services (GTC)................365-4033 Black Sound Marina (GTC) .................365-4567 Boat Harbour Marina (MH)..................367-2158 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

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Perfumes

Service Stations

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

Physicians/Clinics

Abaco Family Med (MH)......................367-2295 Abaco Medi-Center (MH).................... 367-7999 Auskell Medical Clinic (MH)...............367-0020 Corbett Clinic (TC)................................365-8288 Government Clinic (MH).......................367-2510 Integrated Medical (MH).......................367-1304 M.H.Medical Center (MH)...................367-0049

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Wines & Spirits

A & K Liquors (MH) ..............................367-2179 ACE Liquors (HT)...................................366-0625 Borderline Liquors (MH)........................699-2161 Bristol Wines (MH) ................................367-2180 Burns House (MH) ..................................367-3712 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

Sandals & Shoes

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

Pharmacies

Dive Guana (GC)......................................365-5178 Dive Time (MOW)..................................365-6235 Froggies Out Island (HT) ..................... 366-0431

Abaco Print Shop (MH).................... 367-3202 Abaco Imaging (MH)..............................367-3200 Abaco Signs and Emb (MH)..................367-3081 Abaco Tshirt & Design (HT)............... 366-0024 Computer Creations (MH)...................367-2004 Out-island Printing (MH).................... 699-2496

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

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

Marine Stores

Printing Services

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

Computer Technician & Repairs

Scuba/Diving Gear

Tad Sands 475-8352

Abaco Scuba (GC)...............................365-5021 Brendal’s Dive (GTC)......................... 365-4411 Dive Abaco (MH)..................................... 367-2787

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Where to stay

Marsh Harbour

Auto Rentals, Bargain Car Rentals, Cornish Car Rentals, Quality Star Rentals, Rental Wheels, and Sea Star Car Rentals. You can even rent bicycles to take leisurely rides through the streets of Marsh Harbour. Rental Wheels can help you in any way possible to stroll the streets of Marsh Harbour by bike. Golf carts are not rented in Marsh Harbour, but if visiting some of the smaller settlements, be sure to check the availability of golf carts. For the more adventurous visitor, boats can be rented from many businesses including Abaco Dorado Rentals, Blue Wave Rentals, Concept Boat Rentals, Rainbow Rentals, Sea Horse Boat Rentals and The Moorings. Before embarking on the journey through the Abaco waters, be sure to familiarize yourself with the Sea of Abaco and ask your renter for a map and directions to where you would like to go. For anyone who would like to visit the cays without the hassle of renting or driving a boat themselves, there are several tour companies available. A few of the boat tours include Great Abaco Boat Tours, Cruise Abaco and Dive Abaco. With any of these tour companies, you can expect to have a quality tour of the Sea of Abaco. You can island hop to

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With a large selection of restaurants in Marsh Harbour, you definitely will get your belly full, as we say here on Abaco. Be sure to look into dining at the following restaurants: Curly Tails, Angler’s, The Jib Room, Wally’s, Jake’s Restaurant, Jamie’s Place, and Snappas. The selection of food does not end here. There are many other restaurants throughout the Marsh Harbour area, and it seems as if more are popping up every week. Marsh Harbour will definitely have everything you need, with several grocery stores, convenience stores, liquor stores, travel agencies, churches, gift shops, and much more. Since Marsh Harbour is at the center of the island, every other settlement is just minutes away by ferry, boat or car. Albury’s Ferry can be used for any trip to the cays, such as Man-O- War, Hope Town, or Guana Cay. You will find that the roads of Marsh Harbour and the rest of Abaco are easy to find your way around. There are many car rentals available in town such as: A and P

hen travelling to Abaco, Marsh Harbour is the perfect place to reside. Being in the middle of the long island, with each end of the island being approximately an hour away, Marsh Harbour is the perfect hub for any visit to Abaco. With a number of luxurious resorts and hotels in town, you can enjoy a stay without leaving town, or you can explore a different cay or settlement every day of your visit. Abaco Beach Resort has every amenity for their guests, including a full service marina, an onsite restaurant, two pools for their guests, boating and cruising options, tours and fishing options. The Abaco Lodge offers unique accommodations, rooms and fishing. Abaco Towns by the Sea is another private and beautiful resort, equipped with a swimming pool. Conch Inn Hotel and Marina offers a full service marina and private rooms along with a beautiful onsite restaurant. And Lofty Fig Villas offers colourful and private villas surrounding a freshwater swimming pool. Destination Abaco

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MARSH HARBOUR MH Imp/Exp FISH HOUSE Skagg Food Store

Island Boy Marine Store

Rainbow Rentals

Arawak Agency

Emergency Medical Services

Damianos

The Abaconian Newspaper

The Medi-Center Jimmy’s Liquor Store

Bliss Coffee House

Dundas & Murphy Town

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Monkey’s Uncle Integrated Medical

British American Financial

Bahamas National Trust

Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour

Destination Abaco The Abaco Print Shop

A&K Liquors Shear Dynamics Jake’s Hair Salon Restaurant

Abaco Island Pharmacy

Abaco Chamber of Commerce The Chemist Shoppe

Fine Living

Bud’s N Bloom Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire & Rescue

The Paint Place

Oasis Restaurant

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

Pharmacy Methodist Church

Bargain Car Rentals

Cherokee Aviation

Bahamasair - Sky Bahamas American Airlines

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visit the Hole in the Wall Lighthouse. Several kayaking tours are available in Marsh Harbour as well as kayak rentals. Glide over the water, explore the waters of Abaco and see up close and first hand our turtles, stingrays and other wildlife. For more information on kayaking in Abaco, be sure to check out SeaKayak Rentals and Abaco Outback Eco Tours. With Marsh Harbour being at the heart and center of the island, it is the perfect hub for your vacation to Abaco.

the cays, experience the great fishing of Abaco, snorkel or dive into the beautiful turquoise waters, or plan a day adventure with stingrays, sharks, dolphins and wild pigs. The Sea of Abaco isn’t the only place for adventure and sightseeing. If you would like to take an adventure tour on the land, be sure to check out Lucayan Nature Tours with Reg Patterson. Reg is filled with extensive knowledge of Abaco, and he will take you on a grand adventure filled with blue holes, bird watching and a

Central and South Abaco

Marsh Harbour

Spanish Cay

Abaco Beach Resort.................. 367-2158 Abaco Vacation Planner..........367-3529 Conch Inn Hotel....................... 367-4000 Island Breezes Motel.................... 367-3776 Living Easy................................. 367-2202 Lofty Fig Villas............................... 367-2681 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

The Abaco Club ............................367-0077 Lee Pinder...................................... 366-2053 Cherokee Cottages.......................366-2075 Sea Grape/Coco Plum..................367-3202

Where the beat goes on and on...

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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Hope Town

Casuarina Point

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tasting shows, book sales, cookouts and Junkanoo rush outs that benefit Hope Town School, local clubs and the community as a whole. Among the most popular activities is the Big Hill Box Cart Derby that takes place each November on the weekend before Thanksgiving. Box carts of all themes, shapes and sizes are constructed by competitors, who race down “Big Hill” to the delight of spectators who come out in droves to witness this great competition. The winner is crowned “King of the Hill”, and holds bragging rights until the following year. Although vehicles are allowed on Elbow Cay, most people travel on golf carts or bicycles in the main downtown area of Hope Town because the roads are not much wider than a sidewalk. Supplies are brought in weekly on a barge, and smaller packages are delivered along with passengers who travel to and from the cay via Albury’s Ferry on a daily basis. There are also numerous marinas like Hope Town Inn and Marina, Lighthouse Marina and Sea Spray Marina as well as restaurants to sample delicious island cuisine such as Cap’n Jacks, Harbour’s Edge, Wine Down n Sip Sip, Sugar Shack and Munchies. Elbow Cay offers mostly private homes for rent. However, a few hotels and

ope Town, Abaco… Where the beat goes on and on. Like a favourite hit song that lights up the radio waves stirring up pleasant memories and transporting one to an unforgettable moment in time, Hope Town is like a timeless song. Certainly, it has always been amongst Abaco’s favourite cays to visit, and its popularity continues to soar as time marches on. With a population of approximately 600 people, Hope Town is the main community of Elbow Cay. Since 1862, this community has become most notable for one of the nation’s most historical landmarks – the candystriped Elbow Reef Lighthouse – which is one of the last operational kerosenefueled lighthouses in the world. But that’s not all. There are more fascinating things to discover about this quaint place with its signature clapboard, New England styled houses that many call home. Hope Town is also a place where people come to seek employment or visit with friends and family. Perhaps, the most outstanding feature about Hope Town is the independent, and community-minded spirit that resonates among its residents and second homeowners, who plan many fundraising events and activities from art and wine

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For the history lovers, you can get your fill of Hope Town’s rich heritage at the Wyannie Malone Museum, which is located in one of the oldest houses in Hope Town and named after the settlement’s founder – Wyannie Malone. The museum is complete with historic treasures and heirlooms donated by island residents, and it documents the complete history of Hope Town. During the month of March, an annual Heritage Day is arranged through the Wyannie Malone Museum as a fundraiser, and the day features art, interactive display and exhibits, historical booths, games and food. Most recently, history was made as Local Government celebrated 20 years of existence in The Bahamas. The seat of the Hope Town District Council is in Hope Town.

inns are available as well; most notably, the Hope Town Harbor Lodge. Intermixed with all-time favourites like Hope Town Harbour Lodge, Abaco Inn Resort, Hope Town Hideaways, are newer introductions, namely Turtle Hill Resort and on Da Beach Bar & Grill, Firefly Sunset Resort, and Lubber’s Landing. The adventurous or more laid back visitor can find a great selection of beaches to enjoy by themselves or with families. One of the most popular beaches is Tahiti Beach, which is located at the southern tip of Elbow Cay. There are also a number of gift stores like Ebb Tide, Iggy Biggy, Crazy Crab, The Food Store where lovely souvenirs can be purchased, or grocery stores where customers can stop in to buy food items like Vernon’s Grocery and Harbour View Grocery.

Hope Town

Hope Town Lodge ..............366-0095 Sea Spray Resort ..................366-0065 Turtle Hill ............................. 366-0557 Hope Town Villas....................366-0266 Sea Gull Cottages ....................366-0266 Tanny Key....................... 366-0053/0140

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

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Man-O-War Cay

Since the 1880s, Man-O-War Cay began building a name for itself as the “Boat Building Capital of The Bahamas.” by Caniskha Alexander workshop, Joe’s Studio, Sally’s Seaside Boutique and Albury’s Sail Shop for oneof-a-kind, locally handcrafted items. Customers can find all of their household and hardware items at Man-O-War Hardware, and can have any boat repairs and boat bottom painting done at Edwin’s Boat Yard. In the past, Man-O-War did not allow the sale of alcohol, but this year, Dock & Dine Restaurant began selling beer and wine. Additional dining options include: Hibiscus Café, Take-Aways and Sheila’s Deli. Tasty homemade bread and pastries along with grocery items can be purchased at Man-O-War Grocery, which is located on Queens Highway. While Man-O-War is not known for nightlife, it is the perfect spot for finding a quiet place to relax. Visitors to the cay can find any number of beautiful beaches to visit, or stroll through the well-maintained settlement to take in the scenery that still has a few original Loyalist cottages there. The MOWY Fitness program is popular among the locals as well. On Sundays, you have a choice of three churches to attend: New Life Bible Church, Church of God, and the Gospel Chapel. Transportation to Man-O-War is hassle-free via scheduled trips on Albury’s Ferry or you can arrange transportation with Froggie’s Out Island Adventures or Captain Plug’s Adventures or rent a boat from businesses like Waterways Boat Rental or Conch Pearl Boat Rentals.

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oday, boat building is still the community’s main industry. Even though the number of boat yards has dwindled over the years, generations of Man-O-War families continue to keep the boatbuilding tradition alive. For just over half a century, the tradition of boat building lives on at Albury Brothers Boat Builders Factory and Joe’s Studio as these men continue to construct seaworthy vessels that brave the high seas. The sailing dinghies and speed boat models are still the most popular boats as well as the half model boats. At first, Abaco Pine was used to fashion fishing and sailing vessels because it was grown and harvested locally. Gradually, other types of wood along with fiberglass material were introduced as the Abaco Pine became more difficult to obtain. These “Abaco dinghies” were the backbone of the fishing and commercial industry in The Bahamas. Like most communities, Man-OWar continues to build on its rich history, and the Man-O-War Heritage Museum is doing its part to preserve and share the heritage of their community. Every two years, Man-O-War residents and visitors also celebrate their Heritage Day called “Sojer Day,” where they celebrate the contributions of their ancestors. The residents of Man-O-War Cay are called “Sojers.” As a small, peaceful cay, about 350 residents live there year-round which includes numerous second homeowners with vacation homes there. There are two harbours there along with a public dock and the Man-O-War Marina, which provides countless amenities for customers. Browse the aisles of Andy Albury’s

Man-O-War

Island Home Rentals.............. 365-6048 Waterways Rentals................. 365-6143 Schooner’s Landing................ 365-4469

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Treasure Cay

events unite the entire community of Abaco by Caniskha Alexander

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course and on-site restaurants and bars to choose from, Treasure Cay Hotel Resort and Marina is an excellent choice for hotel accommodations. At Bahama Beach Club, it is an ideal place for families and small groups with its two and four-bedroom condos. Accommodations at Bahama Beach Club not only include easy access to the beach, but a beautifully landscaped property and a large pool area with a Jacuzzi. As a commercial hub, Treasure Cay also has its own post office, community library, restaurants, grocery stores, bakery, laundry facilities, car rental service, and BTC, which is The Bahamas’ local telephone company. Book club meetings, bird watching outings along with golf, tennis and fitness classes are held as well. Treasure Cay Primary School is located adjacent to the turn off into Treasure Cay. Treasure Cay is home to the Treasure Cay Blue Hole, which is estimated to be about 200 feet deep. As a geological site,

reasure Cay is definitely the place to be when visiting the Abacos. Although its spectacular beach has earned Treasure Cay world status, there are other treasures of this community that are earning it even more widespread recognition. Many visitors travel to Treasure Cay to engage in superb fishing particularly in annual fishing tournaments, and everyday water activities like diving, snorkeling and swimming. Travel to Treasure Cay is by airplane to Treasure Cay International Airport or by boat or vehicle, but in the early days, there was a time when Treasure Cay was separated from Great Abaco although now joined by a narrow strip of land. Two luxury resorts service the community: Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina and Bahama Beach Club. With its 150-slip marina equipped with a dive shop, swimming pool, boat rentals, tennis courts, a Dick Wilson designed golf

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Touch of Class is in a class of its own. Just a short distance from the turn off into Treasure Cay, Touch of Class is a restaurant that serves traditional Bahamian dishes complimented by a full bar and dance floor. Still fairly new, Treasure Sands Club is gaining popularity with a menu of Continental, American, and Bahamian classics. As the year draws to a close, the ever-popular Cay Events will usher in the holiday season with an annual Christmas Cantata on December 7 featuring local church choirs and groups. Also scheduled by the Treasure Cay Christmas Committee are a Decorated Golf Cart Parade and Tree Lighting, and a Decorated Boat Parade, Santa, Christmas Cookies and Caroling led by Chris the Burner. The Island Marketplace opened again during the first week of November, and will continue on the first Saturday of every month until April 2017 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

the blue hole is comprised of fresh water and is the center of attraction as it is surrounded by hundreds of pine trees. Among the featured businesses in the area is Abaco Ceramics where patrons can purchase signature ceramics that are uniquely handcrafted and available in a variety of designs. Another treat is Café La Florence located in the community’s main shopping area. The business combines as a bakery and café, and regularly offers a menu of muffins and cinnamon rolls as well as conch chowder, lobster quiche and other tasty items. Treasure Cay’s night life includes the Tipsy Seagull Poolside Bar and Grill, which is an outside bar and grill that features Pizza Night on Thursday night, happy hour, live music and special performances by Chris “The Burner” Russell, who provides entertainment as a one-man band. Tuesdays serve up a Beach BBQ, and a Fish Fry on Fridays at Coco’s Beach Bar. Tipsy Seagull and Java’s are both open daily for lunch and dinner. The Spinnaker Restaurant has made a name for itself, and is still a favourite spot for dining. The restaurant can seat 250 guests in the main dining area, and features themed nights that appeal to every taste bud from Italian cuisine to a Bahamian buffet.

Treasure Cay

Abaco Estate Services...............365-8752 Bahama Beach Club.................. 365-8500 Four Winds Cottages...............365-8568 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

..... packages endless fun for visitors and residents alike. by Kristen Pearce

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Scuba can create a more memorable experience for you with their experienced PADI certified guides on half and full-day dive or snorkel trips to wrecks and live reefs teeming with brilliantly coloured coral and fish. Private charters and boat rentals are also available through this company On land, there are more restaurants to dine at. Besides Nipper’s, there is Grabbers Bed, Bar & Grill, which offers a relaxed atmosphere for eating, but also a quick dip in the water, live music shows and lodging. Speaking of lodging, Guana Cay has two luxury resorts reserved for those who enjoy the finer things in life and can afford them. They are Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club, which is a private resort community featuring exquisite homes and island cottages, Tom Fazio-designed oceanfront golf course; shops and boutiques; a private family beach club; and a world-class spa and fitness facility. Orchid Bay Yacht Club and Marina is a gated community also located on Great Guana Cay. Many of its hotel rooms offer unobstructed views of the Sea of Abaco. Moreover, the Orchid Bay Community is equipped with marina facilities designed to accommodate boats with beams up to 21 feet and drafts up to nine feet in any of its 66 slips. On-site accommodations are inclusive of a restaurant, swimming pool, tennis courts, grocery store, laundry and shower facilities, and access to a stunning, private beach. Who would think that such a sparsely populated cay with just over 100 residents had so much to offer? Well, think again. If you haven’t already, take the next ferry over to Great Guana Cay where there’s so much to do, and so many things just waiting for you to explore.

ig things come in small packages. Perhaps, this is what draws so many people to Great Guana Cay. When Loyalists, pirates and adventurers of every sort flocked to its lazy harbor dotted by palm trees back in the day, the scene was not much different from what is seen today when entering this tiny cay. Don’t be fooled by its inconspicuous nature. Lodged in between Green Turtle Cay and Man-O-War Cay, the seven-milelong Guana Cay is home to miles of picturesque beaches of powdery white and pink sand accentuated with varying hues of crystal clear water. Many believe that the largest and most beautiful beach on Guana Cay, however, is located on the Atlantic side of the island – its main access point located by the world-famous home of Nipper’s Beach Bar and Grill. Visitors and residents travel to Nipper’s on Sundays for day trips to wine, dine and enjoy beach activities. Although Nipper’s is a short walking distance from town, golf carts transport passengers with all of their paraphernalia up several feet of steep, rutted dunes to get to this main center of attraction. Of course, the pig roast, which features a buffet of barbecued pork and tasty Bahamian side dishes is a must with any of Nipper’s drink specialties coupled with the breathtaking view of the ocean’s interchanging shades of mesmerizing turquoise waters while they dine. Guana Cay is the location of the famous Kidd’s Cove (named after the pirate), and the Great Abaco Barrier Reef that is vividly decorated with elkhorn and staghorn coral reefs. The cay also contains an abundance of virgin forest where migrating birds and Abaco endemic species can be found. The Sea of Abaco has a large resident population of bottlenose dolphins as well as loggerhead sea turtles, green sea turtles and hawksbill sea turtles that nest on the island’s beaches. Explore the island, go shopping or take to the sea by going kayaking, fishing, sailing, snorkeling or scuba diving, surfing, island hopping to nearby cays. Additionally, Dive Guana and Abaco

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Abaco Sea Fan........................603-664-2608 Ocean Frontier Hideaway..........................1-888-541-1616 Fish Tales ........................................375-9383 Flip Flops......................................... 365-5215 Frangipani Cottage................772-336-7023 Guana Grabbers..............................365-5133

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A Historical Gem

by Kristen Pearce

ust a short ferry ride from the main- boat. The Other Shore Club provides a land rests Green Turtle Cay, one of marina and hotel and is the home of Pineapples Bar and Grill. The Green Turtle the earliest settlements in Abaco. With pirate, African, and Loyalist Club and Marina is a four star club offerroots, and with ties to its sister city Key ing boat and cart rentals, two restaurants, West, Green Turtle Cay was once consid- a souvenir shop, and fishing charters. The ered the largest city in Abaco. The popu- Bluff House Beach Hotel and Yacht Club lation has dwindled over the years, and there are currently around 500 residents. However, the locals are extremely active in keeping their heritage and history alive. Each year, the cay hosts many celebrations, including the Island Roots Heritage Festival in May, Regatta Time in Abaco in July, Guy Fawkes celebrations in November, many Christmas celebrations throughout November and December, the New Years Celebrations in January, and many more. Unspoiled • UnhUrried • Undiscovered You can’t help but notice the history all around the island. Along •Boutique Island Resort with the many original houses, •Historical Tipsy Turtle “Dollar” Bar there is still the original jail, cem•Dining, Shopping & Adventure Excursions etery, and library. You can also find •Feed Swimming Pigs, Stingrays & Sharks the Loyalist Memorial Sculpture garden and the Albert Lowe Mu•Luxury Villas, Waterfront or Poolside seum, which display some of the •Golf Cart Rentals on Site history of the settlement. With three grocery stores, greenturtleclub.com two hardware stores, and a liquor 242 | 365 | 4271 store, the island is equipped with 800 | 370 | 4468 almost all the necessities for island life. There are several marinas and Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas clubs on the island that provide accommodations, rentals and restaurants. The Black Sound Marina offers services for those visiting by

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is equipped with two restaurants and a full service marina. There are accommodations provided around the island, such as rental homes, villas, and cottages. Even though it is possible to walk the settlements, golf carts are available for rent from the clubs, marinas, Kool Kart Rentals, Island Roadrunner, and D and P Rentals. On the journey, be sure to dine at one of the many local restaurants. Bahamian Cuisine is available, not only from the marinas and clubs, but also around the island from places such as Jolly Rogers, McIntosh’s, the Wrecking Tree, Laura’s Kitchen, Sundowners, Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar, and Harvey’s Island Grill. Be sure to also stop in at the local bars and clubs on the weekends to hear the famous Gully Roosters perform authentic Bahamian music. Like every Bahamian Island, there are beautiful views of the crystal clear waters, scenic beaches, and natural wildlife all around the island. While it is possible to travel to the beaches or to rent boats and kayaks, Green Turtle Cay offers many tours, for those who want a guided trip through paradise. The Lincoln Jones Adventure takes you to Munjack Cay, where you can snorkel, fish, spear, relax, swim, or have

a picnic. The Tom Sawyer’s Sea Adventures can take you on an Island Hopping adventure in his 31ft. Cat Limbo. The Dive Center can take you on a snorkeling or scuba adventure to many of the offshore wrecks and caverns, and also offers diving certification, day trips, and dolphin encounters. Many charter day trips for fishing can be made through the Green Turtle Club. Brendal’s Dive Center offers many tours and trips, including scuba and snorkeling trips, reef and wild dolphin encounters, island hopping, sunset and sailing cruises, wild turtle encounters and kayaking tours. Wade Cash with Sunset Marine and Boat Rentals offers kayaking tours throughout the island. Whether you plan to stay overnight or visit for a day trip, Green Turtle Cay has much history and beautiful sites to capture your attention for the duration of your stay.

Green Turtle Cay 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 Roberts Cottages............................365-4105

General Information ATM & Banking Hours

if you have been out of the US for 48 hours and may only be claimed every 30 days. Purchases of up to $1,000 more than the $600 allowance will be taxed at a flat rate of 10 percent, based on the fair retail value in The Bahamas. Separate from the $600 exception, you may also mail gift packages of $100 value or less dutyfree. They must be marked ‘Unsolicited Gift’ and you may send as many as you wish, but not more than one $100 gift package to the same person on the same day. Goods shipped for personal use may be mailed into the US duty and tax-free if the total value is not more than $200. This exemption does not apply to perfume, alcoholic beverages, or to cigars and cigarettes. If you do not meet the 48-hour and 30-day time requirements, you may take in $25 worth of items for your own personal or household use free of duty. This exemption may not be pooled. Exemption limit of 10 cigars (not Cuban), 50 cigarettes, 4 ounces of liquor or 4 oz of cologne, may be included. If you spend more than $25 you must pay duty on the entire amount. REMEMBER: If you are carrying more than $10,000 in US or foreign currency, coins, traveller’s checks, etc. into the US, it MUST be reported to Customs. Please contact US Customs at 242-377-8461 if you have questions on importing any items.

Commonwealth Bank - Marsh Harbour Monday-Thursday 9:00am-3:30pm, Fridays 9:30am-4:30pm. 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 9:30am-4:30pm. 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 9:30am-4:30pm. 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.

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

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 Destination Abaco

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apply for possession of dangerous drugs and firearms. Any drugs considered dangerous, including marijuana, bring stiff fines and even jail terms if found in the possession of unauthorized persons.

such as $1, $3, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. There is also an extra Bahamian coin, the 15-cent, which is square with rounded corners and decorated with a hibiscus.

Department of Marine Resources

Churches

Call to confirm services and times. Evening services may vary due to the time change. ASSEMBLIES OF GOD 1st Assembly of God (MH)...................367-2130 Church of God (GTC)..........................365-4505 Church of God (MOW).......................365-6088 Church of God of Prop (DT)................367-4719 Church of God (MH)............................ 367-2740 Full Gospel Assembly (TC)................. 365-8097 ANGLICAN St. Simon by The Sea (TC)..................365-8466 St. John’s the Baptist (MH)..................367-2518 BAPTIST Calvary Baptist Church (MH)............367-2105 Grace Baptist Church (DT)................. 367-2926 Unity Baptist Church (TC).................. 365-8371 Zion Baptist Church (MT)...................367-3563 BRETHREN Bethany Gospel (MH)..........................367-4472 International Creole (MH).................. 367-3784 Island Outreach (MOW).....................365-6458 Gospel Chapel (MOW)....................... 365-6038 New Life Chapel (MOW).................. 365-6458 Marsh Harbour Gospel (MH)............367-2204 New Plymouth Gospel (GTC)........... 365-4198 METHODIST Aldersgate Methodist (MH)...............367-2009 St. Andrew’s Methodist (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

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.

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.

Public Holidays New Year’s Day Majority Rule Day Good Friday Easter Monday Labour Day Whit Monday Independence Day Emancipation Day National Heroes Day

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1st January 9th January 14th April 17th April 2nd June 5th June 10th July 7th August 12th October

Taxes

Christmas Day 25th December Boxing Day 26th December If a holiday falls closer to the end of the week the holiday is celebrated on the Friday of that week or Monday if it falls near the beginning of the week.

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.

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.

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 countries. 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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