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Visitors’ Services ....................10 Ferry Schedule.........................10 Calendar of Events..................12 What to do............................... 20 Diving........................................ 22 Fishing......................................24 Golfing...................................... 27 Museum.................................... 28 Marina Information............... 30 Tours......................................... 32 Cultural Activities................. 36 Where to dine.........................40 Where to shop........................44 Where to stay.......................... 53 Map of Marsh Harbour........ 54 Island Weddings.................... 76 General Information.............. 78

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Manatees and Man ................14 Gifts from the Sea...................18 Abaco Artist............................42

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Welcome Message From The Minister of Tourism & Aviation Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, MP

The Ministry of Tourism & Aviation The Islands Of The Bahamas

Welcome to the Abacos – jewels of islands and cays spread across 120 miles in the northwest of the Islands of the Bahamas. Known as the boating capital of the world, the Abacos boasts crystal clear waters, white powder sands and panoramic harbors that would make any sea lover’s dreams come true. In fact, Treasure Cay is home to one of the top best beaches in the world. The Abacos presents its own adventure. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy games on any of Abaco’s three world class golf courses. For the explorer at heart, the charming colonial towns of Green Turtle Cay and Elbow Cay, where American Loyalists settled in the aftermath of the American War of Independence, will enchant you with beautiful pastel colors and rich history. For assistance in navigating all there is to see and do, Destination Abaco is the perfect guide. The user friendly format ensures that information on the Abacos is at the visitor’s fingertips. From accommodations, activities, festivals, art, fishing tournaments, and the best places to savor mouth-watering Bahamian cuisine Destination Abaco puts it all in your hands. The Abacos will no doubt offer unique and exciting adventures for any visitor to enjoy. While the beauty of the islands will entice you, the warmth and hospitality of the people will undoubtedly give you new friends and keep you returning to affirm that it is indeed “Better in The Bahamas.”

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Information

Visitor’s Services

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

Airline & Charter Services American Airlines /American Eagle  US Reservations..................... 1-800-433-7300 Air Gate Aviation (MH)........................ 367-3636 Reservations............................1-386-478-0600 Air Flight Inc Charters.................954-359-0320 Air Unlimited..................................407-585-4300 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 Exclusive Aviation.....................242-3578-877 Flamingo Air...........................699-0312/351-4963

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

Emergency Services ‘919’ Royal Bahamas Police Force.................367-2560 Emergency Medical Services................. 367-2911 MHV Fire & Rescue (MH)................. 367-2000. TC Fire Department (TC).................... 365-8919 GTC Fire Department (GTC).............365-4019 Hope Town Fire & Rescue (HT)........475-0144 Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Assoc........... 366-0282

Long Distance Services AT&T USA Direct...................... 1-800-331-0550 Canada Operator......................... 1-800-463-0501 MCI Customers.......................... 1-800-955-0925 Sprint Customers........................1-800-866-7509 UK Operator.............................. 1-800-389-4444

Medical Services

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

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 Agape Family Dental Centre................367-4355 Diamente Dental Clinic.........................367-4968 Abaco Dental Association..................... 367-0164

Embassies/Consulates

Visitors Info

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

Banking & ATMs

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

Travel Agencies

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

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

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Information

Calendar of Events

July 10th

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

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

August 4th - 6th

“Islands in the Rush” Cultural Festival Marsh Harbour Contact William Davis (242) 699-2426

Proposed inter-island Junkanoo & singing band competition; focusing on our native music (calypso, rake & scrape). It’s a weekend long event, to be held at the BAIC Park.

October 7th

Abaco Open Water Swim

Ministry of Tourism-Wynsome Ferguson (242) 699-0152

The Annual Abaco Open Water Swim race draws swimmers of all ages from pros to beginners, to the beautiful Bahamian waters. The race is 5miles long located in the waterway of Marsh Harbour near Albury’s Ferry.

November 4th

Annual Guy Fawkes & Bone-Fire Celebrations, Green Turtle Cay Contact Annabell Cross (242) 365-4336

Featuring the historical Guy Fawkes Competition, where judging of the Best Guy and Dancing of the Guy will be the highlight of the night. Funds raised from this event will assist the Annual Island Roots Heritage Festival that is held the first weekend in May.

November 4th

7th Annual Kayak Challenge Little Harbour

Contact Friends of The Environment (242) 367-2721

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Paddlers can choose from three courses – 5 miles, 8 miles or 13 miles that will take them through a wild and scenic creek. Funds raised from the Kayak Challenge will support the Abaco Cancer Society and Friends of the Environment.

November 24th

16th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival Hope Town

Contact Hope Town Harbour Lodge (242) 366-0095

If you are looking for fine arts and crafts, handmade jewelry or even to inspire your taste bud with native hors d’oeuvres among many other exotic creations; you won’t want to miss this event. The celebration of arts & crafts is held annually at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge where international and local artists display their arts and crafts.

November 25th

Hope Town Box Cart Derby, Hope Town Contact Ministry of Tourism (242) 699-0152

This event promises to get your adrenalin pumping. Box carts are skillfully designed and crafted by local Abaco residents and businesses with junior and senior competitions. The Big Hill Box Cart’ challenge day and family fun begins at 12 noon at the race site.

December 1st - 3rd

Combustion Hope Town Music Festival HopeTown Contact Friends of The Environment (242) 367-2721

December 4th

13th Annual Abaco Christmas Festival, BAIC Park, Marsh Harbour Contact Ministry of Tourism (242) 699-0152

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Abaco’s annual Christmas Festival kicks off

January 1st

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. Hailing from Nashville, TN, headliner Patrick Davis will not only be performing on opening night, he’s also one of the producers of the entire 6-day festival to support local charities.

Contact Ministry of Tourism (242) 699-0152

February 22nd

the holiday season with festive musical and dramatic entertainment. One can indulge their taste buds on a variety of Bahamian foods, pastries and beverages. Topping the night off with the illustrious sounds of Junkanoo and the intoxicating beat of the goat skin drums costumes with a kaleidoscope of colors and designs. New Year’s Parade, Green Turtle Cay Bringing in the new year with a bang is a tradition known to the island of Abaco. Every New Year’s Day a Junkanoo Parade, displaying breathtaking sights and vibrant sounds fill the historic streets of New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay in celebration of a new year. The event commences at 12 noon and runs into the evening, with regular transportation on the Green Turtle Ferry from the mainland Treasure Cay.

Janaury 27th - 29th

Art for the Parks, Marsh Harbour Contact Bahamas National Trust (242) 367-6310

Come and experience the chance to be a part of an amazing cause, to save and support the island of Abaco’s ten (10) national parks. The event is being held at the beautiful Abaco Beach Resort Marque, where unique and fine Bahamian creations are on display. Highlighting this year’s event will be a host of Bahamian artists and artisans, a silent auction, a Bahamian Heritage Lecture Series and live entertainment.

February 14th - 19th

6th Annual Songwriters Festival Contact Joanne Feinstein (242) 577-7677

Songwriters Festival to be held on Elbow Cay.

People to People Winter Residents Reception,Treasure Cay Contact Wynsome Ferguson (242) 699-0152

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

February 24th - 26th

Abaco “Love Rush” Junkanoo Weekend, Marsh Harbour

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

Annually held this exciting annual cultural event attracts many visitors and locals alike to the streets of Marsh Harbour. Performing are Senior and Junior Junkanoo groups competing to see who will win the attention of spectators and importantly the judges. With 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. Destination Abaco

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Manatees

and Man In The Bahamas Article and Photos by Keith Salvesen / BMMRO

Manatees are here! In the Bahamas! Right now! Until the turn of the century, Manatees were unrecorded for the Bahamas, when a single female, Gina, was reported in the Berry Islands. Then in 2009, another manatee, Rita, was found in Spanish Wells, Eleuthera. She later gave birth to a calf, Georgie, and in due course these strange, gentle marine mammals were relocated to the Berry Islands. They are West Indian manatees, one of only 4 ‘sirenian’ species worldwide. The endearingly prehistoric-looking creatures are distantly related to elephants. In history, sailors often mistook them for ‘mermaids’! The manatees were fitted with tracking devices by the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation (BMMRO), based at Sandy Point, Abaco. Within a few months of being weaned, Georgie had set off on her first big adventure – the long swim to Abaco. First located on the Marls, she was tracked as she swam north, around Little Abaco, and down the east coast to Green Turtle Cay. Next, she turned up 14

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in Elbow Cay – a very popular new attraction to picturesque Hope Town harbour. Finally, she swam to Cherokee, where she made her base, with occasional swims to the canal at Casuarina. Later, a young calf named Randy (offspring of Gina) arrived on the east coast of Abaco. Other manatees have since been found in Abaco waters, and sightings have now been reported in many other locations in the Bahamas as they swim from island to island. At least two baby manatees have been born in Bahamian waters, where the population is now estimated at 15 – 20 animals in total. Researchers can recognise individual animals

The manatees were fitted with tracking devices by the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation (BMMRO) based at Sandy Point, Abaco.

because each has a unique pattern of notches and cuts on its tail (‘paddle’). Careful records are kept of all manatee movements, and sighting reports provide valuable research material to assist with the conservation of the species.

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And so Abaco – and the Bahamas – is now home to a new and intriguing marine mammal species. Because they move slowly in the water, they tend to have algae growing on them! Manatees are by nature inquisitive and trusting. They show no fear of humans and enjoy the attention they receive in harbours and by jetties. Please do not feed or water them, though. However friendly they may be, manatees are wild creatures and it is important for their survival that they do not become dependent on humans! And remember – manatees are a protected species.

Photo Credits: Christina at Hideaways

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Gifts from the Sea

Cherokee Sound - South Abaco Cherokee Long Dock Photo by Wendy Sims

Article by Canishkha Alexander with information from Lee Pinder

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n the early 1780s, Cherokee Sound was founded by Colonel Thomas Brown along with American Loyalists formerly from the Carolinas. It is believed that the settlement was given the name Cherokee Sound by Colonel Brown because he was once one of England’s liaisons with the Cherokee Indians. Although Cherokee Sound has been described as the most geographically isolated settlement on the mainland of Great Abaco Island, the Loyalists were attracted to the availability of fresh water and the protected harbour that it provided on the southeast coast of Abaco particularly for smaller vessels. There is also a long barrier reef accentuated by cays that protect the northern side of the island. Still, there were some disadvantages because of Cherokee’s location, and the water was oftentimes too shallow to accommodate large vessels. Residents of Cherokee would also have to cross a shallow bay in a small boat before driving 15 miles on a gravel road to Marsh Harbour until 1990. The new road from Cherokee to this road was paved in 1997. Not surprisingly, Cherokee’s economy was mostly driven by wrecking, fishing, and farming in the 1800s. In 1827, the local Methodist church was built. By October 1988, the community of Cherokee Sound erected a monument in the community dedicated to the Cherokee fishermen and their smacks. The monument 18

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also recorded information dating back from the mid-1800s to the late 1950s that includes the full history of the fishing industry in that community. A part of their history highlights the voyages that would oftentimes take six to 10 weeks allowing the fishermen to visit various islands within The Bahamas’ archipelago, thereby giving them a greater area to explore and find shells to bring home to their sweethearts. Present-day fishermen come from all over the world to hone their skills at fly fishing to catch the bonefish, a very elusive sports fish, which requires a catchand-release policy. This not only protects another of our natural resources, but gives our guides the opportunity to make a decent living. Armed with a rich history and knowledge of fishing bred into their DNA, the locals know the nearby waters and have been able to amass some very beautiful shells. As a result of their extensive shell collection, there is now a museum called “Gifts From The Sea” in Cherokee that is open to the public without an entrance fee. The sign on the door lists a phone number to call, and with only 160 residents, someone will open the doors for you whenever you arrive. Residents will attest that if you are just a casual collector or a true conchologist, you won’t want to miss a chance to see this display of one of The Bahamas

Cherokee’s economy was mostly driven by wreacking, fishing and farming in the 1800s

most beautiful natural resources: our seashells. Also included in Cherokee’s historical records is a notable man named Benny Sawyer, who was a master shipwright or builder, who built 22 boats during his boatbuilding career before retiring in 1978 to build houses. Today, the male residents still engage in crawfishing and smack fishing using fishing boats crafted locally, while others travel to neighbouring communities for employment as construction workers. The construction of The Abaco Club on Winding Bay just a few miles north of Cherokee has helped to modernize the community. In 2010, The Bahamas’ Department of Statistics conducted a population census of Cherokee Sound determining that there were 169 people living there at that time. Nevertheless, the residents of Cherokee are friendly, hard-working and honest people who have formed a close-knit community over the years. More of the old Bahamian style of living lingers there because Cherokee was less accessible than the other cays, so it was not influenced as much by outside factors. Interestingly, though, Cherokee Sound still resembles a quaint fishing village with its narrow concrete streets and pastel painted houses complimented by ocean beaches, the only over-water bridge on Abaco referred to as Bridge Creek, and a blue-hole system with topnotch deep-sea fishing and bone fishing. Destination Abaco

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What to do

Exploring Abaco

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 govern-

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

Bareboat Boat Charters Abaco’s Lighthouses

Abaco Ceramics

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.

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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.

Bliss - Marsh Harbour

Hole-In-The-Wall Lighthouse

The Elbow Cay Lighthouse

www.abacoceramics.com 365-8489 artabacoislandartists@gmail.com 367-3744

Pete’s Pub & Gallery

www.petespubandgallery.com

Edna’s Handicraft Call: 554-9905

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

Richie Emya

eymaoo@gmail.com 458-1521

Hope Town Coffee House 366-0760

Eddie Minnis & Family Art Gallery Call: 426-9841 eddieminnis.com

Beaches

Art Galleries

Bahama Dawn Design

www.bahamadawn.com 367-4648

Lovely Island Tings

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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 Manjack Beach Pelican Cays Sandy Point Public Beach Destination Abaco

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What to do

Exploring Abaco - Diving Photo Credits: Webdy Wozniak

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 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.

Bonefishing Guides

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.

Casuarina Point

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Dana Lowe.................................... 366-2275 Donnie Lowe................................ 366-2275


What to do

Exploring Abaco - Fishing

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

Mount Hope

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

Sandy Point

Fire 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

Green Turtle Cay

Treasure Cay

Coopers Town

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

Spring City

Edmund Williams....................... 367-7123 Carey McKenzie..........................365-8313

Hope Town

Deep Sea Fishing Guides

Marsh Harbour

Green Turtle Cay

Junior Albury............................... 475-1892 Rick Sawyer.................................365-4270 Eddie Bodie.................................. 357-6784

Hope Town

Certification

Training courses

Tanks

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Instructors

Walls

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

Reefs & wrecks

Shark Encounters

Dive Information

Night Dive

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

Casuarina Point

Snorkeling

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

Brendals Dive Center Green Turtle Cay, 365-4411

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Dive Abaco

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Marsh Harbour, 367-2787

Dive Guana

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Guana Cay, 365-5178

Dive Time

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Marsh Harbour, 365-6235

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Guana Cay, 365-5021

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

Clark Burrows............................. 375-3543 Clint Adderley.......... 577-8480/458-5477

Treasure Cay

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

Diving Operators

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 (MH)........................365-6235 Froggies Out Island (HT)....... 366-0431 Spanish Cay (SC)......................365-0083

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

Much of the water that surrounds The Bahamas is less than 20 feet deep, making it home to numerous reef dive sites.

The Aquarium Cuda Alley, Grouper Alley, Guppy Garden, 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

Dive Shops & Equipment

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Exploring Abaco - Golfing

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fer. Equipment can either be brought along with you or rented from the local dive shops. Even the most experienced divers are advised to use local dive operators to help you explore the dive sites of Abaco. The many dive shops also provide instruction courses, from beginner to dive master certification. Some of the dive shops on Abaco include Dive Abaco, Abaco Scuba, Abaco Dive Adventures, Froggies Out Island Adventures, Treasure Divers, Dive Time, Brendal’s Dive Center and Dive Guana.

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.

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.

Entry Fees

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

Permits

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

Marine Vessel Limits

Lobster or Crawfish - Limit of no more than 10 tails at any given time. Annual closed season is April 1 to July 31. Minimum size limits are 3-3/8 inch. Conch - Limit at any given time is no more than 6 per vessel. Wahoo/Dolphin/Kingfish/Tuna - Migratory species shall not exceed 18 fish per vessel at any time. Demersal Species - Demersal species (grouper, snappers, etc.) - No more than 60 pounds or 20 scale fish. Stone Crabs - The minimum harvestable claw is four inches. The season is closed from June 1 to October 15. Turtles - Illegal to import. No vessel shall have onboard marine turtles.

Fun Run/ Walks

Several times in the year, the people of Abaco get together for 5K running challenges. The challenge is to run or walk 5 kilometres, all to raise funds with the aid of sponsors. There were several 5K events that took place 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

Golfing

Treasure Cay Golf Course

The Treasure Cay Golf Course is an outstanding 18-hole championship course designed by Dick Wilson, one of America’s most renowned golf course architects. With 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 staying at Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina.

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay features authentic links courses, meaning it has been built on land that is beside the sea and been shaped by wind. Set in a tropical location that features a pristine two-mile beach and dunes, the golf course was designed by 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, contact the Membership Department at (888) 303-2765 (US Toll Free) or (242) 367-0077, email info@theabacoclub.com or visit theabacoclub.com. Destination Abaco

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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

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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


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is located on the Queen’s Highway in the heart of the settlement. The recently opened

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

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

Johnston’s Bronze Art Foundry

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Green Turtle Cay Historic Library Cookhouse

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

Marina Information Customs Procedures

Upon entering The Bahamas, the captain of a vessel must take the vessel to an authorized port. The vessel must first clear customs prior to any crew coming ashore or the unloading or loading of any cargo. The boat’s Temporary Cruising Permit is for one year from date of entry and may be renewed for up to two further years if desired by written application to Bahamas Customs, Nassau, prior to expiration and payment of $500 per year. To leave your boat in The Bahamas permanently, you must pay an import duty of 10% for vessels of any size. Since there is no income tax in The Bahamas, there is usu-

ally a 35% duty, plus shipping costs, added to most consumer goods. If you experience anything contrary to this, call Comptroller of Customs in Nassau at 242-302-3302.

Immigration Procedures

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

Radio Communications

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

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.

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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 throughDestination Abaco 31


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Carleton Point at Treasure Cay

This spot was the founding settlement of Abaco and is located on the northeast penin-

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

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out 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.

People-to-People

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

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 32

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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 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.

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

Cholera Graveyard

In the 1850s a dark cloud covered the community of Hope Town when residents were exposed to the cholera epidemic. This highly contagious and incurable disease spread rapidly through the community resulting in 100 lives being lost. Although grief stricken by the tragic lost, the community rallied together and assigned a burial site for their loved ones. Today the graveyard remains in existence at its original site, but with no gravestones marking the graves. Preserving this part of their history allows visitors and locals to pay their respect to the lives lost. Visitors can pick up a booklet with information on the location and some historical facts at Vernon’s Grocery in Hope Town.

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

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.

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 Destination Abaco

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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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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.

Water Sports

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 34

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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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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.

Christmas Festivals

Regatta Time In Abaco

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

Homecomings

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

Man-O-War 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 cookout concludes the day’s events.

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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

Every November, Hope Town becomes the venue of a major event called the Big Hill Box Cart Derby. The competition consists of junior and senior categories, and the selection of homemade box cars entered vary in design, size and colours. The event is a popular one drawing those with competitive spirits and scores of spectators. Food and beverage stands are set up. Earnings from the event assist in youth sports development in the community, particularly the Taylor Park Ballfield and the Abaco Junior Sailing Program.

Sandy Point Conch Fest

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

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

Island Roots Heritage Festival

In May, join us as we celebrate our connection with our sister city, Key West, Florida. It’s a festival full of delicious Bahamian treats, unique Bahamian crafts and fine art, informative speakers and displays, not to mention our fabulous Bahamian entertainment that will not disappoint you! The complete schedule of events for the weekend will be posted on the website the month before the festival and will be posted in the April Abaconian issue. For more information, please contact The Abaco Tourist Office at 699-0152. You can also visit www.islandrootsheritagefestival.com. See you there!

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

The event will begin early evening at Settlement Point with a Thanksgiving dinner and an exciting stage program ending with a torchlight procession. Come and see their quiet village transformed into a fairyland and experience the cart parade and jingle bell trot. Later, join them for the Lite the Nite Boat Parade. The route will take the boats from Black Sound, White Sound,

and Settlement Creek to the Main Dock at Settlement Point. Bunce, Hail’em gal and a Junkanoo rush will be performed along with another late night of bingo. It is guaranteed to be three weekends of fun. Call Marilyn Saunders at 365-4120 for more information.

Junkanoo Summer Festival

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

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.

Abaco Kayak Challenge

Join us in support of the Abaco Cancer Society and Friends of the Environment for Abaco’s annual Kayak Challenge in November 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. Destination Abaco

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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 for a third season in December 2017. 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

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of Abaco. For more information visit www. run242.com or visit their facebook page.

Art For The Parks

The Bahamas National Trust, Abaco Beach Resort, local artists and corporate supporters come together to provide an opportunity for residents and visitors to Abaco to view and purchase the works of more than 30 talented Bahamian artists in January each year. The event features artists who work in all mediums with a number of high-end jewelry and craft artisans participating. Saturday 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.


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Bahamian Conch Chowder

Ingredients: 3-oz. onion 3-oz. celery 3oz. carrots 3oz. green pepper 6 oz. potatoes 8oz. Conch 2 oz. oil 2 oz. tomato paste 1 qt. water Courtesy of Food.com Add salt to taste into ¼ inch dice. Cook the vegetables, herbs for Cut vegetables and conch 3 minutes. Add the conch, tomato paste and chopped tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes. Add the water and simmer for 1-½ hours. Skim occasionally and season to taste. Serves 6.

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baco is flooded with talent, with new artists popping up all the time. In this issue, we would like to feature the blossoming artist, Brandin Pinder. Displaying his work at local and foreign art shows, there is no doubt that his name will soon be well known in all of the Bahamas. Brandin knew all along that he got his artistry from his father. He later found out that art runs deep on his father’s side of the family. At the young age of eight Brandin began drawing in pencil; he considers this time to be when he learned his technical application. As the years went by, he began realizing that there was more to his drawings and it could be more than just a hobby; he began wanting to pursue art as a career. By the age of fourteen, Brandin gained a better sense of his talent and a boost in confidence while taking high school art classes with Mr. Ajero. In grade 10, he received a scholarship to attend a workshop in Washington D.C. with an art instructor named Mr. Walter Bartman.

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In 2011, Brandin began to paint. Even though he was inexperienced with painting at the time, he was highly motivated to learn the medium. Brandin says that he was drawn to painting because he enjoys a challenge. With the knowledge and experience he gained at the workshop in Washington D.C., he decided to move towards working with oils. Brandin, now 22 years old, has grown from all of these experiences and has exceeded in his art. Today, you will see Brandin’s artwork at Bahamian and U.S. art shows, where he sells most of his pieces. For the time being, Brandin’s art is done on the side, when he is not working. And he currently paints out of his home in Cherokee. He aspires to have an art studio, where he could work on his art more often. Brandin’s main inspiration comes from seeing other artists who exceed in realism. Professional realism pieces have always shown him a great sense of talent and a better understanding of what can be done through art. He calls the expression and technical application of those art pieces “the key to translating the feeling to the audience.” Brandin’s dream is to travel the world, attending art workshops, and gaining status as an established artist.

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What to do

Shopping in the Abacos

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 The Bike Shop (HT)........................... 366-0087

Boat Rentals & Charters

Abaco Souvenirs

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 Mermaids on the Rocks (GC)..............475-2692 Monkey’s Uncle (MH)........................... 367-3223 Native Creations (GTC) ..................365-4206 Nippers Gift Shop (GC)...........................365-5111 Pete’s Pub & Gallery (LH).................... 577-5487 Sand Dollar Shoppe (MH) ....................367-4405 Sea Spray Marina (HT)...................... 366-0065 T’zers Gift Shop (MH) ...................... 367-2158 The Marina Shoppe (TC)...................... 365-8757 Triple J Gift Shop (TC)...........................365-8761

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Tropical Souvenirs (MH).......................367-2431

Bakeries

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

Beauty Salons & Supplies

Bahama Waves (MOW)........................ 365-6310 Hubert’s Cut & Curls (GTC)............... 365-4100 Najah’s Beauty Salon (MH)....................367-1250 Nubian Styles (MH)............................... 367-0040 Shear Dynamics (MH)............................367-3844 Snazzie’s (MH)......................................... 551-5524 Studio A (MOW)....................................424-0454 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

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 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

Photography/Photos

Chelsea Sweeting (MOW)....................375-9265 Computer Creations (MH)...................367-2004 Destination Abaco

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Shopping in the Abacos

Erin Sands (HT)....................................... 458-6761 Gabriella Mannie (MOW)................... 458-0268 Snap Shop (MH)......................................367-3020

Car Parts & Accessories

A.I.D. (MH)............................................... 367-2077 Auto Care Corner (MH).......................699-0400 CarQuest (MH)........................................367-2452 K & S Auto (MH)....................................367-2655 Quality Star Auto (MH)......................... 367-2979

Car Rentals

A & P Auto Rentals (MH)............... 367-2655 Bargain Car Rentals (MH)....................367-0500 Cornish Car Rentals (TC) ....................365-8623 Executive Car Rentals (MH)............... 434-5840 Park View (MH)..................................... 699-4902 Rental Wheels (MH) .............................367-4643 Sea Star Car Rentals (MH) .............. 367-4887 Triple J Car Rentals (TC).......................365-8761 USave Car Rental (MH)........................699-3346 United Car Rentals (MH) .................... 577-2738

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Crystal Treasures

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

Dental Offices

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

Florists

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

Furniture & Accessories

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

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 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 Man-O-War Carts (MOW).............365-6143

Travel Tips 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 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

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Grocery Stores

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 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

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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

Ice Cream

Dip and Sips (MOW)............................. 365-6143 Jake’s (MH)............................................... 367-5253 Jamie’s Place (MH)..................................367-2880 Just Chicken (MH)................................. 367-6365 Mainstreet Treats (MH)........................ 367-2827 The Sweet Coffee Shop (HT)................ 366-0613


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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

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

Internet/WiFi/Phones

Kayak Rentals

Aliv (MH).............................................300-2548 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

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

Legal Services

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

Marine Stores

Abaco Ace Hardware (MH)...................367-2170 Abaco Marine Props (MH)...................367-4276 Abaco Outboards (MH) ........................367-2452 Abaco Yacht Services (GTC)................365-4033 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 National Marine (MH) ..........................367-2326 Outboard Shop (MH).........................367-2703 Roberts Marine (GTC)......................... 365-4249 Standard Hardware (MH).....................367-2660

Party Supplies

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

Pet Veterinarians

Caribbean Veterinary (MH)..................367-3551

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

Pharmacies

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

Perfumes

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

Physicians/Clinics

Abaco Family Med (MH)......................367-2295 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

Printing Services

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

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What to do

Shopping in the Abacos Out-island Printing (MH).................... 699-2496

Sandals & Shoes

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

Service Stations

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

Scuba/Diving Gear

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

Dive Abaco (MH)..................................... 367-2787 Dive Guana (GC)......................................365-5178 Dive Time (MH).......................................365-6235 Froggies Out Island (HT) ..................... 366-0431

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

Visit the Abacos and the surrounding cays

Marsh Harbour By Canishka Alexander

Once upon a time may be akin to fairy tales, but Marsh Harbour has a tale - a legendary tale - of its own. Woven intricately throughout the existence of Marsh Harbour is a history teeming with a rich culture and heritage that has transformed it into the great city it is today. Similar to Carleton Point in the north, Marsh Harbour was founded by American Loyalists in 1784. Growing from a population of a few hundred people during that time to more than 7,000 residents today, Marsh Harbour maintains its status as the nation’s third largest city. This popular commercial hub of Abaco has seen much-needed improvements lately with upgraded facilities and the opening of others. Downtown Marsh Harbour has many services and businesses available to fulfill all shopping, banking, medical, transportation, religious and recreational needs. In terms of entertainment, dining or lodging accommodations, a number of hotels and resorts, restaurants and stores are lined up one after the other. Various festivals and community events are held year-round particularly during the summer and holiday months. Before we get ahead of ourselves, though, take a journey with me through the annals of time.

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MARSH HARBOUR Timeline

1565

French colony established on Abaco, and paired with a sister colony in St. Augustine.

1926

October hurricane surge flooded Marsh Harbour. Six feet of water was followed by a 20-foot surge and many drowned. Batelco station and Post Office on Marsh Harbour’s Front Street were destroyed by storm.

1932

The 1932 Bahamas hurricane or the Great Abaco Hurricane of 1932, was a powerful Category 5 hurricane.

1947

Bahamas Airways Limited introduced the first scheduled air service between Abaco and Nassau.

1948

Dr. Ejnar Gottlieb, a qualified medical doctor came to Marsh Harbour with Owens-Illinois.

1956

Marsh Harbour given Port of Entry status by Bahamas Customs Department.

1957

On Sept. 18, Marsh Harbour International Airport opened for use.

1959

Abaco road network began by Owens-Illinois covered a total of 1,600 miles including secondary logging roads; with two licensed automobiles on Abaco in this year. Destination Abaco

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MARSH HARBOUR MH Imp/Exp FISH HOUSE Skagg Food Store

Island Boy Marine Store

Rainbow Rentals

Arawak Agency

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

Bud’s N Bloom Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire & Rescue

The Paint Place Fine Living

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 Government Health Care Clinic 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 - Delta

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Highlights Abaco Neem An entire line of organic products are produced locally from the Neem tree with claims of various medicinal benefits. Tours can be arranged to visit the Abaco Neem production facility or for a tour of the Neem farm located in South Abaco. Bliss Coffeehouse A Marsh Harbour based coffee house that serves espresso drinks, baked goods and other tasty treats. It houses an art lounge and gallery promoting Bahamian art: paintings, ceramics, and crafts. Open mic gatherings with spoken word, and live music is also provided at this venue. Dining/ Entertainment Many of the restaurants offer Bahamian and American cuisine complimented by live entertainment on the weekends. The Island Bakery and Da Bes Yet Bakery sell fresh-baked goodies six days a week. No visit to Abaco is complete without a bowl of freshly made conch salad, so stop by George “Show Bo” Wilmore’s Conch Salad Stand adjacent to Harbour View Marina in Marsh Harbour; Thoeophilus Rolle’s Conch Stand across from Island Bakery; or Terrance Ole T Davis’ Conch Stand across from BTC and Royal Bank. Sand Dollar Shoppe This shop sells resort wear and locally made Abaco gold jewelry.

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1960

Seat of government moved to Marsh Harbour from Hope Town. Kirkwood Taylor was the first Marsh Harbour Commissioner.

1963

1987

Marsh Harbour International Airport terminal constructed. It replaced the small, original building built in 1957.

Harbour dredged in Marsh Harbour; contents pumped into swamp later occupied by Haitian immigrants (The Mud) in the 1980s.

1988

1965

The Abaconian newspaper began as a 12page monthly in November.

Hurricane Betsy hit Abaco on Sept. 4-5 of that year.

1968 - 1969

Public water system installed in Marsh Harbour.

1968 - 1970

Owens-Illinois completed its pulpwood operation and invested in a huge sugar plantation. Sugar was exported from Abaco from 1968 to 1970.

1969

Marsh Harbour had the only traffic light in the Bahama Out Islands as well as daily air service to Nassau and Florida.

1970

Abaco Businessmen’s Association formed early 70s, and later became Abaco Chamber of Commerce.

1972

Marsh Harbour Government Clinic built on Don MacKay Blvd.

1993

1997

Goombay Summer Festival began at Marsh Harbour’s Crossing Beach.

2001

BEC added two 4.4 MW diesel generators to the Marsh Harbour generating plant.

2002 - 2003

A new commercial port facility named the Marsh Harbour Port Administration was built, and a new commercial ship channel was dredged.

2005

Bahamasair offered flights between Ft. Lauderdale and Marsh Harbour on Thursdays and Sundays only.

2009

SkyBahamas Airlines Ltd introduced regular flight service to Marsh Harbour.

Leonard Thompson and delegation travelled to London to request Abaco remain as a Crown Colony, but their request was rejected.

2012

1973

2016

Independence from Great Britain on July 10.

Government departments relocated their offices to the new Bahamas Government Complex.

1984

Cell phone system installed in Marsh Harbour.

Renaming of Marsh Harbour International Airport to Leonard M. Thompson International Airport in honour of Captain Leonard Maurice Thompson of Hope Town.

1986 -1987

2017

Marsh Harbour library and school building demolished for cemetery expansion, Reference books to DEO office.

Long-awaited opening of the $12 million, state-of-the-art Marsh Harbour Healthcare Centre. Destination Abaco

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Accomodations Marsh Harbour 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 Sandy Point Oeisha’s Resort .......................366-4139 Pete & Gay’s Resort...............366-4119 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Resort.................365-0083 Cherokee Sound The Abaco Club .....................367-0077 Lee Pinder....................................366-2053 Cherokee Cottages................366-2075 Casuarina Point Sea Grape/Coco Plum....... 367-3202 Lubbers Quarters Green Bananas...........................367-2030 Moonrise Cottage....................477-5871

FUNTRECKS Abaco Beach Resort

This popular Abaco resort offers an exciting list of fun, outdoor activities for resort guests including sailing, snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, tennis lessons and more.

Biking

Rental Wheels is conveniently located in Marsh Harbour. It is close to resorts, restaurants and other points of interest. Although this business rents cars and vans, book a bicycle or motorbike rental to explore the capital of Abaco at a more leisurely pace.

Boat Charters

There are many boat charter choices available, so be sure to visit The Moorings for first-class sailing on a yacht, or for the more casual boater, book a day charter with Cruise Abaco Boat Charter, Sea Horse Boat Rentals or El Dorado Boat Rentals, which are all located in Marsh Harbour.

Ferry Ride

Head on over to Hope Town or Man-O-War Cay for a day trip aboard Albury’s Ferry or G & L Ferry from the Crossing Beach location.

Shopping

Duty-free shopping at Abaco Treasures for instance for perfume, jewelry, Bahamian-authored books and miscellaneous souvenirs, or perhaps a stop at Iggy Biggy or Island Girl I to browse the extensive collection of island-styled apparel, footwear and accessories.

By Charmaine Albury

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving

The most popular place for scuba diving and snorkeling is Mermaid’s Reef on Pelican Shores – hands down! Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park is also a must-see.

Nature Tours

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Green Turtle Cay By Kristen Pearce

Just a short ferry ride from the mainland rests Green Turtle Cay, one of the earliest settlements in Abaco. With pirate, African, and Loyalist roots, and with ties to its sister city Key West, Green Turtle Cay was once considered the largest city in Abaco. The population has dwindled over the years, and there are currently around 500 residents. However, the locals are extremely active in keeping their heritage and history alive.

GREEN TURTLE CAY Timeline

In fact, you can’t help but notice the history all around the island with many of the original structures still standing today. Each year, the cay hosts many celebrations, i ncluding 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.

Migration to Key West began.

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.

1718

Pirate Charles Vane fled Nassau and hid out on Green Turtle Cay.

1786

New Plymouth Founded.

1828 1899

Sisal production was the most important industry.

1948

Bahamas Airways began service into Green Turtle Cay using seaplanes.

1954

New Plymouth Inn and other homes received electricity.

1961

First ferry service began.

1976

Albert Lowe Museum opened.

1977

Green Turtle Cay named the Sister City of Key West

Accomodations 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 Destination Abaco

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Highlights

marketplace atmosphere, with food and arts and craft stalls set up throughout the settlement. The highlight of the day is when the Junkanoo parade takes place. Many participants dance with vibrant costumes and instruments, such as drums, cowbells, and whistles. This parade then rushes around the settlement several times, ending with a big gathering at the basketball court.

Alton Lowe Museum

In November of 1976, this museum was opened to display the art works of the well-known woodcarver of ship models, Alton Lowe.

Loyalists Memorial Sculpture Garden

In this beautiful garden, you will find sculptures depicting the amazing history of this settlement.

Island Roots Heritage Festival

Each year in May, Green Turtle Cay hosts an amazing weekend of celebrating the history of the settlement.

Guy Fawkes Celebration

In November, Green Turtle Cay annually puts on a “Guy Fawkes” Celebration. This celebration stems from the English “Gunpowder Plot” in 1605.

Vert’s Model Ship Shoppe

For 27 years, Vertrum Lowe has made some of the world’s most prized collector’s items in the boating world. His model ships can be seen right here in his shop.

New Year’s Celebration

The New Years Celebration is one of the island’s biggest celebrations. People travel from all over to attend. The island is transformed into a

FUNTRECKS Abaco Beach Resort

This popular Abaco resoeed the Stingrays and Sharks. Located on a beach just north of GTC, there is a cove where you can feed stingrays and sharks.

Swimming Pigs

Unspoiled • UnhUrried • Undiscovered •Boutique Island Resort •Historical Tipsy Turtle “Dollar” Bar •Dining, Shopping & Adventure Excursions •Feed Swimming Pigs, Stingrays & Sharks •Luxury Villas, Waterfront or Poolside •Golf Cart Rentals on Site greenturtleclub.com

Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas

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Tours

The Lincoln Jones Adventure, The Tom Sawyer’s Sea Adventures, Brendal’s Dive Center, and Sunset Marine and Boat Rentals can all provide you with quality excursions in the beautiful waters surrounds Green Turtle Cay.

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Piggyville, or No Name Cay, has recently become famous for its swimming pigs. Here you can meet with, swim with, feed, and pet the friendly pigs of Abaco.

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Paddle Boarding has recently become a pastime. Contact Abaco Paddle Boards to plan your own family fun day of paddle boarding.

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Hope Town By Kristen Pearce

Located three and a half miles from Marsh Harbour, a twenty-minute ferry ride, lays the Settlement of Hope town on Elbow Cay. This quaint, New England style settlement is a great location for a relaxing vacation or day trip. The community is definitely one that is rich in history, with Lucayan Indian, Spanish Slave Raider, pirate, British, and “Loyalist� roots. The settlement grew to what it is today, with a population of an estimated 260 people. Cars and any other motor vehicles are prohibited in the town area of the island. Many of the original colonial houses and picket fences still remain to this day. There is a beautiful beach that stretches two miles on the eastern side of the island. The coral reef located just thirty feet off the shore is perfect for snorkeling. For those wishing to explore the seas off of the island, there are charters and boat rentals available around the island. And for anyone wishing to spend a night or more, there are many accommodations and rentals available. This peaceful and quaint town is sure to be perfect for the whole family to sit back, relax, and enjoy a tropical paradise.

Accomodations

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Abaco Inn............................................. 366-0133 Crystal Waters & Villas .....321-452-0164 Elbow Cay Properties................... 366-0035 FireFly Resort............................ 366-0145 Hope Town Hideaways............. 366-0224 Hope Town Inn & Marina........ 366-0003 Hope Town Lodge ....................... 366-0095 Sea Spray Resort ............................ 366-0065 Turtle Hill ............................................ 366-0557 Hope Town Villas............................ 366-0266 Sea Gull Cottages .......................... 366-0266 Tanny Key............................... 366-0053/0140 Destination Abaco

HOPE TOWN Timeline

1697-1718

Piracy in Hope Town.

1783-1785

Loyalists arrived. Wyannie Malone and three of her children were some of the first settlers to arrive in Hope Town.

1700s

Wrecking at its peak.

1864

The Lighthouse was built to save lives at sea.

1840-1921

Boat Building was popular.

1900

Hope Town was the homeport for at least 200 vessels.

1924

Telegraph station opened.

1933

Major hurricane passed through Hope Town. Three houses were left undamaged.

1960s

Age of first hotels and vacation homes.

1974

Electricity came to Hope Town.

1996

Local Governement began in the cays.

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Highlights Lighthouse

The main attraction in Hope Town is the 120-foot candy striped lighthouse. Located across the harbour, it is easily accessible by ferry when requested. The structure was built in 1862 to warn sailors of the nearby reef and it is still operating today fueled by a kerosene lamp. With the 101 steps to the top, you can experience the breathtaking view of Elbow Cay’s harbour and the neighboring cays.

Wyannie Malone Historical Museum

Exhibited in the museum is the life of the settlement as it originally was. Displayed are tools, utensils, and artifacts related to the sponging, wrecking and ship building industries. There are also many photographs portraying the island in the previous centuries.

Hope Town Canvas

This up and coming business in Hope Town designs one of a kind bags made out of authentic recycled sails.

FUNTRECKS Paddle Boarding

Paddle boarding has become a favorite pastime in Hope Town. Contact Abaco Paddle Board to plan a fun, family outing.

Beaching

A beautiful beach stretches two miles on the eastern side of the island. The pinkish, white beach is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, or a scenic afternoon stroll.

Snorkeling

The coral reef located just thirty feet off the shore is perfect for snorkeling.

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Treasure Cay By Kristen Pearce

Treasure Cay was first called Sand Banks Cays before the name was changed to attract foreign investment and visitors to its shores. The area was once separated from the island of Abaco by an inlet connecting Sand Bank Creek and the Abaco Sea. Over time, a series of hurricanes and storms connected the site by a narrow sandy strip to the main island. Located about 25 miles north of Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay is approximately four miles long and one mile wide adorned with a spectacular sandy beach on its Atlantic side and mangrove swamps and tidal flats on the opposite side. It is home to one of the world’s top 10 most beautiful beaches, and it offers everything you would expect from a world-class destination. What initially started as a hotel and marina development has now grown into a vacation community of second-homeowners blended in with Abaco natives to create a population of more than 2,000 people.

Accomodations 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 68

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TREAURE CAY Timeline

1960s

Runway constructed opposite Green Turtle Cay as well as a road from Sand Bank to the airport.

1963

The Bahamas Government built a small airport to service Green Turtle Cay.

1964

Golf course designed by Dick Wilson, and completed in 1968.

1972

Sand Bank Yacht Club established.

1990s

VHF was the only available communication with everyone tuned into Channel 17. ally Eventually became a small telephone office in the shopping center.

1995

Construction of Bahama Beach Club began and it opened in 2002.

2000

Dr. James Hull began work at the clinic until 2003; and Dr. John Shedd joined two years later.

2005

The Treasure Cay Art League was founded, and members would come together as a group to paint every Tuesday and have an art show every other year to benefit the community.

2007

Treasure Cay Emergency Services with Abaco Crash, Fire and Rescue was introduced. Colin Albury is the government licensed fire chief and first responder there. Space is also provided within the station for an animal shelter.


2008

A CT-Scan machine was installed thanks to the generosity of Noel and Sylvia Lister, the leadership of the Medical Centre Board and donations from Treasure Cay residents. The new wing of the Medical Centre, the Lister Imaging Centre, was dedicated in 2010.

Highlights Treasure Cay Beach

This 3.5 mile, crescent-shaped beach with powdery sand and dazzling, aquamarine water was rated among the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world by National Geographic.

Abaco Ceramics

A uniquely outfitted store where customers can shop for personalized, handcrafted products.

Café La Florence

Visit Florence Sawyer at this family business, and be sure to taste her famous cinnamon buns, freshly baked bread or order off the breakfast and lunch menu provided.

Treasure Cay Resort

Bingo-Rita Madness, Bahamian Beach Bonfire BBQ Night and Steak Night, Pizza Night with live music by Chris the Burner, Coco Islander’s Fish Fry along with Bahamian music karaoke and dance, Bahamian styled Fish Fry.

Bahama Beach Club

Pool Bar & Grill, Kayaks, Paddleboard. Italian Night on Wednesdays and Steak Night on Fridays.

FUNTRECKS Water activities

Great Guana Cay By Kristen Pearce

Guana Cay is home to welcoming people, beautiful beaches, good food, and breathtaking views. Even though the cay stretches for seven miles, there are less than 150 residents, making it perfect for some peace and quiet. But don’t worry; this quaint town comes to life on the weekends, especially Sundays. A spectacular beach can be found on the eastern side of the island, which is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, or taking peaceful walks. Some consider this beach to be one of the 10 greatest beaches. Guana Cay is well known for its great diving. On the eastern side of the cay, the Great Abaco Barrier Reef can be found, with many near-shore reefs and dive spots. Diving trips can be arranged daily by the resorts or the dive shop. However, you don’t need a boat to experience the under water formations of Guana Cay. Many beautiful diving spots can be seen just off shore of the beach. The settlement is indeed a quiet one. There can be found two resorts, a few rental cottages, a convenient grocery store, a few small gift shops, restaurants, and a full service diving shop that runs snorkeling trips.

Many to choose from including fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, diving or exploring blue holes.

Accomodations

Land-based activities

Abaco Sea Fan..............................603-664-2608 Albury’s Property Management.....365-5175 Ocean Frontier Hideaway.............................1-888-541-1616 Everything Guana...................................577-0003 Fish Tales ...................................................375-9383 Flip Flops.....................................................365-5215 Frangipani Cottage......................772-336-7023 Guana Grabbers.....................................365-5133 Mermaids.........................................475-2692

Tennis and golf are most popular. Treasure Cay has an 18-hole golf course designed by Dick Wilson and is rated among the best in The Bahamas. Rent a bicycle or golf cart rentals to leisurely explore the community.

Fishing Tournaments

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GREEN TURTLE CAY Timeline

1820

Great Guana Cay established.

1790

More and more migrants from Harbour Island, Spanish Wells and Eleuthera were moving to Abaco. With over 100 years of experience of living in the Bahamas, the new migrants helped Abaco re-establish boat building, fishing and wrecking

1979

Electricity came to Guana.

1988-1992

Disney leased Baker’s Bay for a project called “Treasure Island.” Bad weather and storm rages caused them to abandon the project.

1996

Phones in homes.

1990s

Nipper’s Bar and Grill Opened.

2004

Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club started construction.

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Highlights Nippers

Located directly on the spectacular beach, and with “dune front” tables, the atmosphere at Nipper’s cannot be beat. Each Sunday, many locals and tourists alike travel to Nipper’s for their infamous Bahamian wild boar roast and BBQ. On special occasions the legendary Barefoot Man joins the party to share many of his famous songs.

Baker’s Bay

On the north end of the island, there is a fairly new and private residential community called Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club.

The Lagoon

Between Scotland Cay and Guana Cay, a beautiful cove can be found. When the tide is low, this cove is transformed into a pristine white sandbar.

FUNTRECKS Parties

Guana Cay is a Sunday hotspot. People travel from all over Abaco to spend a Sunday afternoon at Nipper’s Bar and Grill.

Charters

Back Breaker Charters and Ricky Sands Charters can both offer breathtaking excursions in the beautiful waters near Guana Cay.

Diving/Snorkeling

Guana Cay is known for its great diving. On the eastern side of the cay, the Great Abaco Barrier Reef can be found, with many near-shore reefs and dive spots. Diving trips can be arranged daily by the resorts or the dive shop.

Beaching

A spectacular beach can be found on the eastern side of the island, which is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, or taking peaceful walks. Some consider this beach to be one of the 10 greatest beaches. 72

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Man-O-War Cay By Kristen Pearce

Just three and a half miles east of Marsh Harbour lies the tranquil settlement of Man-O- War. This cay is the perfect place for a peaceful vacation or day trip.

Man-O-War CAY Timeline

Stretching two and a half miles and with 350 residents, the cay is definitely not a big one, but it is a famous one. The Loyalists, who moved from the United States during the War of Independence, started this settlement. Once the boat-building capital of the Bahamas, many of the residents keep the heritage of craftsmanship alive by continuing in the work that made the island famous.

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With many of the original clapboard houses still standing and the narrow streets still in use, the locals hold on to the traditions of the original settlers. Albury’s Ferry provides trips to and from the cay at various times throughout the day. The more adventurous visitor could rent a boat from Water Ways Rentals or Conch Pearl Rentals. There are no resorts located on the island, but there are many rental houses and cottages throughout town. Many tourists also come on their own vessels and dock at the local marina. While a vehicle is not needed to get around town, there are golf cart rentals provided on the island.

Accomodations Island Home Rentals.....................365-6048 Waterways Rentals........................365-6143 Schooner’s Landing........................365-4469 74

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backpacks out of various canvas patterns. Annie Albury will gladly give the over fifty year history of the craft and explain how, while her grandfather Norman Albury made sails, his wife Selina sewed a natural bag out of sailcloth and how the business grew to what it is today.

Joe’s Studio

Joe’s Studio will provide a look at Joe Albury’s dingy half model replicas and also a great place to buy souvenirs. Man-O-War Cay settled and used for farming by Loyalists, Benjamin Archer and Elizabeth Pinder.

1876

First kerosene lamp comes to Man-O-War.

1860s

Boat building started. Sail making began.

1921

Man-O-War School built.

1952

Telecommunications begin.

1959

Electricity using a diesel generator.

1974

Electricity ran from the main land using underwater cables.

1987

Installation of phones in private homes.

Highlights Man-O-War Museum

Displayed are numerous tools, utensils, artifacts, pieces of clothing, pictures, and much more from the settlement’s expansive history.

Edwin’s Boatyard

At two locations, Edwin’s Boatyard hauls ships and boat out of the water for maintenance and repair.

Sail Shop

At the Sail Shop, you can observe the staff sewing handbags, ditties, duffels, and

Boat Builders Memorial

Man-O-War was once knows as the boat building capital of the Bahamas. The newest attraction here is a memorial which features a map of the historical boat building hangars.

Emerson’s Shop

With a visit to Emerson’s Shop, you can watch Andy Albury continue in the woodwork of his father, Emerson Albury, by building custom-made furniture and boat replicas.

Albury Brother’s Hangar

The Albury Brothers have been known in the past for their wooden boats. But today their fiberglass models are so famous that they are also being manufactured in the United States.

Wall of Heroes

This plaque display shows off the names of many of the local heroes of this small settlement.

FUNTRECKS Beaching

A visit to any cay would not be complete without visiting the beach. The white, sandy beaches and turquoise waters can be found on the backside of the island. On this secluded beach, you are almost guaranteed to have an uninterrupted visit.

Site Seeing

Make sure to enjoy the streets and yards that are lined with an array of tropical flowers, including Hibiscus, Yellow Elders, Bougainvillea, and Frangipanis.

The Low Place

With water on both sides, the Low Place is the perfect spot for swimming, shelling, and looking out for stingrays. Destination Abaco

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Island Weddings

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 Hope Town Harbour Lodge www.hopetownlodge.com Abaco Inn www.abacoinn.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 76

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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 Destination Abaco

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Information

General Information ATM & Banking Hours

Commonwealth Bank - Marsh Harbour Monday-Thursday 9:00am-3:30pm, Fridays 9:30am-4:30pm. First Carib. Int’l Bank Marsh Harbour, Hours of operation for Marsh Harbour are 9:30am-3:00pm Monday-Thursday’s and Friday 9:30am-4:30pm. 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 (Bahamas) 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.

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 accom-

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pany the traveller to be eligible for exemption and must be for personal use or gifts and not for sale. The $600 exemption may only be claimed if you have been out of the US for 48 hours and may only be claimed every 30 days. Purchases of up to $1,000 more than the $600 allowance will be taxed at a flat rate of 10 percent, based on the fair retail value in The Bahamas. Separate from the $600 exception, you may also mail gift packages of $100 value or less 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.

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


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General Information as gifts. Children who are literate and can understand the declaration may claim exemption. Persons must be over 16 years of age to import tobacco and spirits. Amounts are in Canadian dollars. Illegal Items. Strict laws and penalties apply for possession of dangerous drugs and firearms. Any drugs considered dangerous, including marijuana, bring stiff fines and even jail terms if found in the possession of unauthorized persons.

Communications

Churches

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

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 Change Ministries Int’l (MT)............. 367-2972 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

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Radio Abaco, 93.5 FM and 98.5 FM are local broadcast with local and national programming and advertising 24 hour broadcasting. Cruisers Net is available on VHF 16 each morning at 8:15am for updates on weather and events in Abaco.

Currency

Dundas Town and provides air mailing service to anywhere in the world, also regular surface mail. Postcards are 50 cents to the US, UK and Canada. Airmail letters (one-half ounce) 65 cents for US and Canada, 70 cents for Europe. Other services available include FedEx, United Postal Service and DHL. Each town has its own post office.

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

1st January 9th January 14th April 17th April 2nd June 5th June 10th July 7th August 12th October 25th December

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

Service Groups

Organized clubs of business and professional persons active in public services. ABACO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Helping to make Abaco a better place to live and do business. www.abacochamber.org Tel: 242.367.5822 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.

Department of Marine Resources

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

Exchange Rates

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

Immigration

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

Postage

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Information

General Information 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.

Taxes

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

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travel agent. Rental cottages are 10% tax.

Taxi Fares

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

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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.

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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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