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Hope Town/Elbow Cay Agent Kerry Sullivan 242-366-0040 Lubbers Quarters Agent Laurie Schreiner 242-366-3143 Marsh Harbour Agent Donna Darville 242-367-5046 Elbow Cay Properties Agent Jane Patterson 242-366-0569 Treasure Cay Sales Associate Stan Sawyer 242-365-8198


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February 2005 - July 2005

Publisher Ruth Saunders - Execuprint Ltd. Contributing Writers Erik Russell Richard Fawkes Rebecca Burg SouthWinds Magazine Portia Jonsson Art Director Ruth Saunders Sales/Research Memose Daniels Contributing Photographers Erik Russell Monica Bates Tuppy Weatherford Richard Fawkes David Dorsett Dave Ralph Abaco Tourist Office

FEATURES Hidden Paradise


Exploring the North Abaco Cays

Regatta Time 2004


Real Estate


Making Abaco Your Global Home

The Midnight Painter


Front Cover Bonefishing in Grand Cay on the sand banks. Photo taken by Erik Russell Photos with feature story credits go to Erik Russell & Monica Bates

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Welcome to Abaco It is with pleasure that the Ministry of Tourism, Abaco recognizes the outstanding work of the local "Destination Abaco" magazine. The producers are congratulated for a continued demonstration of consistency in producing accurate information, as well as general knowledge, interesting and useful to visitors traveling to the Abacos. As a guide book, many tourists' related essentials and services are listed for easy reference. Advertisements are also tastefully placed, giving visiting consumers more details on a wide range of related product items and activities, to assist in enhancing the vacation experience. We take this opportunity to encourage visitors to the Abacos to take a closer look at our multi-community destination which is so rich in history, marine and terrestrial wonders. Be sure to visit one of the world's ten best beaches at Treasure Cay; tour Ark Wild's "Wild Horses" Preserve and have a special encounter with a small herd of "Spanish Barbs," DNA tested for proof of authenticity. And while you are at it, ask your guide about the colourful and unique, Abaco Parrot tour or a spectacular kayaking trip through the lush mangroves while viewing the interesting bird life and natural ecology. Snorkeling or scuba diving one of the largest barrier reefs in the world is also a must, or if you care for even more of this kind of adventure, contact a specialty dive operator and explore an inland ocean hole or underwater cave-systems. The Abacos provide "island hopping" excursions that are second to none and a value added privilege to all visitors wanting to experience the natural pleasures of the "real Bahamas" on one visit. So, from doing absolutely nothing to nature-based soft adventures, we are pleased to invite you to fully participate. If for any reason you may need to know a bit more than you will find in this guide, please feel free to visit our office located in the Memorial Plaza, Marsh Harbour, write to us at or contact us at (242) 367-3067.

Jeritzan M. Outten (Ms.) Director of Tourism The Abacos

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Ferry Schedule Albury’s Ferry Service Telephone: 367-3147 or 365-6010 VHF 16 Ferry Fare One Way Adult $15 Child $ 8 6 -12 Round Trip Adult $20 Child $10 6 -12 Kids 5 and under Free Charters Available at any time!

Marsh Harbour to Hope Town (20 minutes) Departure 9am 10:30am 12:15pm 2pm 3:30pm 4pm 5:45pm Return 8am 9:45am 11:30am 1:30pm 3pm 4pm 5pm

ARAWAK AGENCY CUSTOMS BROKERS · Air & Sea Shipping · Customs Clearance · Freight Forwarding · Transportation & Logistics Services · Ship Agencies For More Information: Tel: (242) 367-2089 Fax: (242) 367-2530 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Visit our office on Front Street “One Call Does It All”

Marsh Harbour to Man-O-War Cay (20 minutes) Departure 10:30am 12:15pm 2:30pm 4pm 5:45pm Return 8am 11:30am 1:30pm 3:15am

Marsh Harbour to Scotland Cay & Guana Cay (40 minutes) Departure 10:30am 1:30pm 3:30pm 5:45pm Return 8am 11:30 2:30pm 4:45pm 6:30pm

Green Turtle Ferry Telephone: 365-4166 or 365-4128 VHF 16 Ferry Fare One Way Adult $7 Child $3 under 12 Round Trip Adult $11 Charters Available at any time!

CHEROKEE AIR CHARTER SERVICE Servicing the Bahamas and South Florida Turbo Prop Service MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS

Green Turtle Cay to Treasure Cay Site (242) 367-2089 · (242) 367-2613 · (242) 367-2530 8am 9am 11am 12:15pm 1:30pm 3pm 4:30pm

Treasure Cay Site to Green Turtle Cay 8:30am 10:30am 11:30am 1:30pm 2:30pm 3:30pm 4:30pm 5pm

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Important Numbers

The Bahamas Area Code (242) unless otherwise stated

Directory Assistance US & CANADA

1-(Area Code)-555-1212

Long Distance Services AT&T USA Direct Canada Operator MCI Customers Sprint Customers United Kingdom Operator Weather / Flight Plan

1-800-872-2881 1-800-463-0501 1-800-888-8000 1-800-389-2111 1-800-389-4444 1-800-992-7433

Embassies/ Consulates United States Embassy British High Commission Canadian Consulate

1-888-247-2262 1-800-523-5585 1-800-433-7300

Travel, Airline & Charter Services A & W Travel Agency 367-2806 Abaco Air Ltd. 367-2266 Air Florida 367-5599 Air Sunshine Ft. Lauderdale Airport 954-434-8900 Treasure Cay Airport 365-8900 Marsh Harbour Airport 367-2800 American Airlines /American Eagle Marsh Harbour Airport 367-2231 US Reservations 1-800-433-7300 Bahamasair Marsh Harbour Airport 367-2095 Treasure Cay Airport 365-8601 US Reservations 1-800-222-4262 Calypso Air Marsh Harbour 367-0140 Treasure Cay 365-8660 Cherokee Air Ltd. Marsh Harbour Airport 367-3451 Office 367-2089 Continental Connection/Gulfstream International Marsh Harbour Airport 367-3415 Treasure Cay Airport 365-8615 US Reservations 1-800-231-0856 Island Express Treasure Cay Airport 367-0169 Marsh Harbour Airport 367-0169 Lynx Air International 954-772-9808 Major’s Air Marsh Harbour Airport 367-4826 Sky Limo International Ft. Lauderdale Airport 954-491-5930 Southern Air Marsh Harbour Airport 367-2498 Travel Spot 367-2817

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Twin Air Treasure Cay Airport Ft. Lauderdale Airport US Airways Marsh Harbour Airport Treasure Cay Airport US Reservations Vintage Props & Jets Treasure Cay Airport New Smyrna Beach Airport Yellow Air Taxi Service Marsh Harbour Airport Fort Lauderdale Airport

365-8677 954-359-8266 367-2231 365-8686 1-800-622-1015 365-8852 386-423-1773 367-0032 954-359-0292

Car Rentals A & P Auto Rentals Allison Car Rentals Cash’s Resort Carts Cornish Car Rentals Rental Wheels Sea Star Rentals

367-2655 365-8193 365-8771 365-8623 367-4643 367-4887

Banking & ATM Commonwealth Bank First Caribbean Int’l Bank Royal Bank of Canada Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd

367-2370-ATM 367-2166-ATM 367-2420 -ATM 365-8119 -ATM 367-2141 -ATM

Emergency Services ‘919’ Royal Bahamas Police Force Trauma One Fire Department (MH) Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc

367-2560 367-2911 367-2000 366-0282

Medical Services Abaco Family Medicine Auskell Advance Medical Corbett Medical Center Health Power Therapeutic Massage Government Clinics Marsh Harbour Cooper's Town Green Turtle Cay Hope Town Sandy Point Marsh Harbour Medical Out Island Chiropractor Agape Family Dental Centre Diamente Dental Clinic

367-3029 367-0020 365-8288 365-4615 367-2510 365-0300 365-4028 366-0108 366-4010 367-0049 367-2584 367-4355 367-4968

Calendar of Events


simply wishing to pursue medium sized prize fish.

PEOPLE TO PEOPLE RECEPTION [Treasure Cay, Abaco] People to people volunteers facilitated by Ministry of Tourism, Abaco Office to meet and interact with the winter residents. Bahamian music and cultural expressions will be highlighted through dramatic presentation by local talent. For more information contact (242) 367-3067



FESTIVAL {Cedar Harbour, Abaco} Heritage based event organized by the community. Cultural activities, games, food, drinks and worship. These events serve to generate economic activity and lend to the promotion and development of Bahamian heritage indigenous to these communities.

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GRAND CAY HOMECOMING FESTIVAL {Grand Cay, Abaco} For further information call (242) 353-1306





ST. MARTIN’S EASTER MONDAY PICNIC {Oeisha’s Beach Cabana, Sandy Point, Abaco} This domestic festival hosted by a local Episcopal Church has become a mainstay in the social activities of the island. It is also embraced by many visitors to the island who wish to enjoy family fun activities, games, food, drinks and music and interaction with local residents.


PEOPLE TO PEOPLE RECEPTION [Treasure Cay, Abaco] People to people volunteers facilitated by Ministry of Tourism, Abaco Office to meet and interact with the winter residents. Bahamian music and cultural expressions will be highlighted through dramatic presentation by local talent. For more information contact (242) 367-3067


1st ANNUAL MARINE MAX HATTERAS BILLFISH INVITATIONAL [Marsh Harbour, Abaco] The full release tournament for the Abacos, featuring lots of fun and exciting events. For more information call the Abaco Beach Resort. Tel: (242) 367-2158

TBA SEA SPRAY FISHING TOURNAMENT [Hope Town, Abaco] Deep sea fishing has a home in White Sound, Hope Town. It caters to fishing enthusiasts wishing to visit the Abacos and enjoy hunting the monsters of the deep such as Blue Marlin and Tuna. Contact Sea Spray Resort, Hope Town. Tel: (242) 366-0065

April 29 - May 1

TBA ABACO ANGLERS FISHING TOURNAMENT [Hope Town, Abaco] Deep Sea and Bottom Fishing Tournament caters primarily to local fishing enthusiasts and to visitors wishing to experience the sea depths for Dolphin, Tuna and Grouper. It also caters to the novice fisherman and to children

2nd ANNUAL ISLAND ROOTS HERITAGE FESTIVAL [Green Turtle Cay, Abaco] The communities of Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, and Key West, Florida, enjoy common heritage and enjoy a significant symmetry historically. This event serves as a vehicle to connect familial and historical ties. Cultural activities, games, food, drinks and worship. For further information contact (242) 367-3067

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May TBA BAHAMAS BILLFISH CHAMPIONSHIP (BBC) - SPANISH CAY [Spanish Cay, Abaco] The BBC sponsored by Rolex is considered the premier fishing series in the Bahamas. Bragging rights are the order of the day as reputations and hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes and cash are up for grabs. Contact Spanish Cay, Abaco. (242) 365-0083 TBA BAHAMAS BILLFISHING CHAMPIONSHIPS (BBC) - WALKER’S CAY [Walker’s Cay, Abaco] For further information contact 242-353-1353 TBA ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST ANGLICAN BAZZAR [Marsh Harbour, Abaco] A day for the entire family. A church event that attracts a wide cross section of the community. This day-long event includes games, kids’ corner, indigenous food, drinks and music. Located on the church grounds, Marsh Harbour 9-14

BERTRAM HATTERAS SHOOTOUT (BILLFISH TOURNEY) The Bertram Hatteras Shootout, commonly referred to as “The Shootout” is the creme de la creme of the tournaments held in the Abacos. Abaco Beach Resort (242) 367-2158

May 30 - June 3

BOAT HARBOUR BILLFISH BLAST (BILLFISH TOURNEY) The Billfish Blast caters to fishing enthusiasts who enjoy hunting the ultimate deep monster of the deep, the Blue Marlin. For further information contact Abaco Beach Resort (242) 367-2158


Heritage-based event organized by the community. Cultural activities, games, food, drinks and worship. These events serve to generate economic activity and lend to the promotion and development of Bahamian heritage indigenous to these communities.


SANDY POINT HOME COMING & MINI REGATTA [Sandy Point, Abaco] In addition to heritage based events called “home coming,” this event also promotes the Bahamian sailing sloop sailing regattas. Usually a mid-size competition, the community takes pride in attracting some of the best skippers. These events serve to generate economic activity and lend to the promotion and development of Bahamian heritage indigenous to these communities. Cultural activities, games, food, drinks and worship.

17 GOOMBAY SUMMER FESTIVAL [Marsh Harbour, Abaco] The Premier Bahamian Street Festival. Goombay is the rhythm we know as Bahamian music and is also the name of our native festival. It captures several elements of our culture on a single stage for a dramatic one-night experience over several weeks of the summer. It is but a glimpse inside our cultural experience, featuring native music, food, dance and arts & crafts. For more information contact the Abaco Tourist Office (242) 3673067

5 -10 BAHAMAS BILLFISH TREASURE CAY CHAMPIONSHIP [Treasure Cay, Abaco] The BBC sponsored by Rolex is considered the premier fishing series in the Bahamas. Bragging rights are the order of the day as reputations and hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes and cash are up for grabs. Contact Treasure Cay Resort & Marina, Abaco. (242) 365-8535

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19 - 24 BAHAMAS BILLFISH BOAT HARBOUR CHAMPIONSHIP [Marsh Harbour, Abaco] The BBC sponsored by Rolex is considered the premier fishing series in the Bahamas. Bragging rights are the order of the day as reputations and hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes and cash are up for grabs. Contact Abaco Beach Resort, Abaco. (242) 367-2158 12 -17 21st ANNUAL TREASURE CAY BILLFISH CHAMPIONSHIP [Treasure Cay, Abaco] The Treasure Cay Billfish Championship is a “Mainstay” among the Abaco fishing events with consistency the order of the day. It caters to a cross section of fishermen and is a major promotional event for northern Abaco. The event also features beach volleyball and a native arts & crafts show on the lay day. For more information contact Treasure Cay Resort (242)365-8535 15 BAHAMAS BILLFISH TREASURE CAY CHAMPIONSHIP [Treasure Cay, Abaco] The BBC sponsored by Rolex is considered the premier fishing series in the Bahamas. Bragging rights are the order of the day as reputations and hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes and cash are up for grabs. Contact Treasure Cay Resort & Marina, Abaco. (242) 365-8535 15

TREASURE CAY ANNUAL ARTS & CRAFT SHOW [Treasure Cay, Abaco] Hosted as an activity event connected with the TCBC fishing tournament. Offers a stage for display & sale of local art & craft. For more information contact Treasure Cay Resort at (242) 367-8535

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GOOMBAY SUMMER FESTIVAL [Marsh Harbour, Abaco] It is but a glimpse inside our cultural experience, featuring native music, food, dance and arts & crafts. For further information contact the Abaco Tourist Office at (242) 367-3067.

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REGATTA TIME IN ABACO [Marsh Harbour, Abaco] Regatta Time sailing event is hoisted between the American and Bahamian Independence celebrations serving to link both important commemorations. This event that involves primarily American sloopes brings dozens of sailing enthusiasts to the Abacos for a racing series with few peers in the region. One highlight of the race is the Fiddle Cay party hosted by Bobb Henderson “Stranded Naked” sportswear. The series begins in Green Turtle Cay with stops at Guana Cay with parties at Nippers and Blue Water Grill, Man-O-War Cay dubbed the “Sailing Capital of the World”, Hope Town, home of the world famous candy-stripped lighthouse and Marsh Harbour, the commercial hub of the Abacos. The regatta is in its 30th year and is an important promotional event for Abaco. For further information contact Dave & Kathy Ralph at (242) 367-2677

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10 BAHAMAS INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS [Public Holiday] The Bahamas will celebrate 32 years as an independent nation. Events are planned across Abaco in commemoration of this significant event in the life of our young nation. For further information contact (242) 3672344

Hidden Paradise Exploring the North Abaco Cays

by Erik J. Russell

Flung across the remote northern Bahamas are a string of pearl islands that few know about. But, those that do know of this nearly hidden paradise, treasure it for its eternal beauty, its abundant resources and its inviting climate. They are perched atop the Little Bahama Bank, about 60 miles northeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama, and 130 miles east of the Florida coast. This group of islands include the two most developed in the area, Walker's Cay and Grand Cay, as well as dozens of small uninhabited rocks, cays (from the Spanish "cayos" meaning "string of islands" pronounced "keys") and islets such as Carter and Romer's Cays, Great Sale Cay, Stranger's Cay, and the jewel of them all, Double Breasted Cay. Mariners coming from Florida usually make West End, Grand Bahama, their first stop for refueling and replenishing. They will then head northeast paralleling the north coast of Grand Bahama towards the large but essentially barren Mangrove Cay, then on to Great Sale Cay; the adventurous few take a track further north towards Walker's Cay and its beautiful neighbours. These little gems are well situated as a glorious escape for vacationers, fishermen and sailors willing to take the "road less traveled" and discover what many sadly miss. Boaters traveling west from mainland Abaco can easily follow the near-continuous chain of cays that runs from the northwest tip of Little Abaco through this inviting out-of-theway sanctuary.

Walker’s Cay

Walker's Cay is perhaps the best known island in this area. It was once the hub of all activity with its marina and small resort, restau rant, world-renowned shark dive operation, an airstrip, and thriving clown fish farm. Unfortunately, today the island is deserted, with none of these former amenities operational. Damage by severe weather has made it impractical to continue operations. The shark diving in the area is still a big attraction given the plentiful reefs and abundant marine life. Adventurous divers can see up to 100 Caribbean reef sharks, blacktips and nurse sharks tussle for dominance there. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but many cannot resist the draw of sharing space with these fascinating and frightening creatures. Walker's Cay loss has been Grand Cay's gain. Just southeast of the now-quiet Walker's is a thriving - if this term can indeed be applied to a small fishing community!-settlement that has recently seen steady growth. Grand Cay (latitude 27.22N, longitude 78.3W) has hundreds of local residents, most of them living off the sea or involved in some local work at shops, restaurants or the Government school. There is a "Club Med' but don't expect something related to the Club Meds you may think of! This "Club Med" consists of around 10 rooms a stone's throw from the busy fishing docks and a small fish pen and top-side bar. Nearby, Rosie's Place is often considered the center of action for the community. Rosie Curry, an imposing but quiet and friendly man, owns and oversees a small motel, restaurant, gift shop, hardware store, fuel and ice dock, and fish weighing and storage facility.

Grand Cay

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The air conditioned motel rooms are small but very well kept; some have double or queen-sized beds with large closets and shower-equipped bathrooms. Rates are moderate. The on-property restaurant features a full complement of Bahamian and American dishes-don't miss the locally caught crawfish (lobster) when it is in season and the crispy fried chicken is a sure hit! Portions are generous and the prices are surprisingly reasonable. Boat owners should be sure to plan ahead to reserve dockage. The marina at Rosie's Place is often full and there can be some jockeying for space. Holiday weekends (U.S. and Bahamian) are particularly busy so don't leave travels plans until the last minute if you are hoping to dock there. While Grand Cay is not an affluent community, the people are resilient and peculiarly proud of their northern outpost. They are politically passionate and committed to celebrating at every opportunity-whether it is Bahamian or American independence, Easter, or just another Friday night-you will always know where the party is by following the fireworks, the music and the food.

Exploring the surroundings While Walker's Cay and Grand Cay can be considered the necessary places for fuel, ice, food and a comfortable place to stay and restock, one should never visit this area without planning to focus a major portion of your time discovering the network of inviting cays surrounding them, including the expansive secluded beaches on the "back side" of Great Grand Cay. These beaches are stunning crescents of powdery sand that fade gradually into the clear and calm water, sheltered from all but the strongest northerly winds. The area is called Ablanalp's Beach (sometimes misstated as "Applenath's" Beach), after the one-time multi-millionaire owner of the 120acre estate on the island. The vicinity was once patrolled by armed secret service agents that protected former U.S. President Richard Nixon, who often stayed at the custom-built "white house" balanced on one of the island's hilltops. Careful explorers may still find warning signs near the beach's edge threatening penalty for those that venture too far. North of Ablanalp Beach is fascinating little Seal Cay. Sitting just southeast of Walker's Cay, Seal Cay is rocky at both ends but with a welcoming sandy point and deep beach. Make sure Seal Cay is at the top of the "must see" list of stops. Seal Cay possesses a unique combination of wildlife, natural rock formations and beauty that is uncommon for such a small isle. The southern shore is decorated with a generous garland of bright, powdery sand, with a distinctive sand bar jutting to the sea. Despite a few collections of small rocks just offshore, the sandy side is welcoming to pleasure craft; those with drafts over four feet should be careful to hug the east side of the sand bar. A rocky ridge dissects the cay, with a line of coconut trees and tufts of bright green vegetation. To the west end, the ridge extends out and up from the water, creating a fantastic display of crashing waves and sea spray on windy days and when a swell is coming in from the north. 14 Destination Abaco

Seal Cay

The rocky alter-ego of the island at first seems barren of life. But a careful explorer will discover hundreds of shallow pools among the jagged razor-rocks, many of them with living mollusks and, nearer the sea, tiny fish. Birds are another abundant inhabitant. Royal terns-with their regal black faces-and an unidentified gangly bird with a long orange beak, dark green neck, white body and a grating squawk seem to be full-time residents there. At certain times of year, the royal terns will swoop close as you pass through the boulders that are more plentiful at the cay's peak. At first the birds seem simply playful or curious but they grow more aggressive as you move about. The reason becomes quite clear if you stop at almost any boulder, get low to the ground and peek into one of the crevasses. The birds use these boulders as ground shelters for their eggs and a lucky traveler may see the spotted treasures hidden almost out of view. Stick around too long and the protective adult terns just may make unwelcome contact with you! The undisputable highlight of Seal Cay is a natural rock formation that includes a large open-topped grotto about 30-feet across and a towering natural rock bridge that is open at the bottom where ocean waves crash into the secluded cove. On days when the sea is rough it can be a dramatic-almost frighteningscene, when the swells build up and collide with the shore, forcing their way through the small opening below the bridge. On calm days the sandy bottom of the rocky opening is an excellent place to gather conch and other shells, stones and drift wood that have been smoothed by the constant buffeting of the surf. Visitors to the isolated spot should take care to avoid being drawn out by the swift and powerful rip current.

Double Breasted Cay The "crown jewel" of the chain of cays is without a doubt Double Breasted Cay (sometimes called "Double Breaster"), sitting at latitude 27.2N and longitude 78.27W. Though uninhabited, it is among the most visited of all the north Abaco cays, a requisite stopover for pleasure boaters and serious fisherman alike. The cay is blessed with a strip of rocky islets sitting sufficiently offshore to create a protective lee from ocean swells. Tide flows rapidly through the channel at the peak of its ebb and flow, so much so that a boat captain failing to pay close attention to its effects can end up leaving behind a strip of paint on the rocks-or worse. But the channel itself provides surprisingly generous depth for a wide range of vessels. And this feature has been such a well-known attribute of Double Breasted Cay that even a 1834 chart of the area says "though rather intricate this is a perfectly safe channel for entering on the Bahama Bank if the vessel draws no more than 12 ft". Fortunately, the channel comes so close to shore that larger boats can sit close enough to offload people and supplies and still keep engines running. Double Breasted Cay is low-lying with an ample beach rising out of the broad sand bank to the southeast. Scattered shrubs and sea grape trees make up the sparse vegetation. Crabs and curly tail Destination Abaco 15

lizards can often be seen darting about the sea grasses and foraging for food. Those wishing to camp onshore will find large enough open areas to pitch tents and adequate covering inland for those "necessary alone moments" when nature calls. The previously mentioned sand bank is one of two "key features" of this island. It stretches out for hundreds of yards offshore and lays out of water at low tide, revealing a trove of shells, sand dollars and other sea treasures. Often, a bonefish boat will skirt the outer edges of the bank, attracting gulls to the area. The other key feature: sunsets! Unless there is heavy cloud cover, Double Breasted Cay has VIP front row seats to the daily sunset-and sunrise!-show. It is perfectly situated to see both in all their glory.

Romer’s & Stranger’s Cay Other nearby cays of note are Romer's and Stranger's Cays, which surround fertile conch grounds and fishing areas. Reefs and shoals nearby make for excellent spearing opportunities (Hawaiian slingtype spears are the only kind allowed in the Bahamas) and the sharp ocean drop-off to the northeast is favourable for rod fishing. Romer's (and its close sibling "Little Romer's") and Stranger's Cays can also be considered as alternative campsites if Double Breasted Cay is overcrowded.Take time to explore all around these cays and you will find nearly hidden lagoons and interesting rock outcroppings.

Carter Cay

One more worthwhile stop in this area is Carter Cay. Larger and more protected from rough weather than some of its neighbours, Carter Cay was once the home of an active U.S. Air Force Missile Tracking Station. Some of the buildings remain there, while others are just rusted steel ribs jutting up through the undergrowth. The remains of the satellite dish and radar enclosure mounts sit atop the island's highest point. It is well worth the trek through the bush and up the ragged pathway. Besides a taste of nostalgia, the 360° view of the island and its surroundings is breathtaking. All in all, a visit to the north Abaco cays is well worth the trip. Whether you are traveling from the United States, Grand Bahama or Abaco, you will find unique experiences and wonderful memories waiting to be discovered.

Hurricane Update Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne struck many islands in the northern Bahamas in September 2004, particularly Abaco and Grand Bahama. The north Abaco cays were no exception. While the majority of the uninhabited cays remain the same for the most part, aside from reduced vegetation and beach erosion, the inhabited islands suffered extensive damage to homes and businesses.Work is constantly being carried out to restore the infrastructure in Grand Cay and Walker's Cay, with significant progress expected by December. It is recommended that travelers to the area call ahead to confirm available facilities.

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Dueling Sloops& the Party Parade The 29th Regatta Time in Abaco 2004 By Rebecca Burg - South Winds Magazine


he translucent, jade-green Abaco Sea glittered in the fading light of an electric sunset. Immersed in the serenity of the moment, a cluster of anchored sailboats gently rocked as a nearly full moon slowly rose overhead. A warm breeze rustled through palms onshore. The world hushed for the night. Tomorrow, these sailboats and their crews would begin nine days of wild action, adventure and seemingly endless merriment in the exquisite tropi-

cal setting of the Abacos. The 29th Annual Regatta Time in Abaco began on July 2nd and was an irresistible source of fun for visitors and local families alike. "There's more parties than races!" A sailor cheerfully observed during one of the many social gatherings that the regatta offered. Bobb Henderson's pre-race party allowed everyone to mingle and gear up for the action ahead. Children giggled and played in the soft white sand

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Fiddle Cay Regatta Party 2003

and crews swapped stories from the previous year's races over barbecue and picnic food. New to the regatta, I had the pleasure of meeting locals like Mary Lou from Man-OWar. Calm and easy-going, Mary and every other Bahamian I'd met handily proved Abaco's reputation for being relaxed and exceptionally friendly. "Angel!" said a nicelydressed local gal I'd bumped into during the party. "How did your sailboat get the name Angel?" I shrugged and said, "The sails are like wings." The gal smiled. "My name is Angel!" We both laughed. HOOONK. The massive Duke of Topsail sounded her horn as she steamed along the race course's first leg. Like a flock of startled birds, sailboats scattered, fleeing from the frieghter's path while still competing with each other. Honking one last time for good measure, Duke harmlessly continued toward Marsh Harbour. By now, all four categories of race participants had charged over the start and were spreading over the playing field. Dozens of multi-hued sails and slick hulls flashed in the sun in a silent and most elegant waltz of wind-driven speed. The action was

Photo by Dave Ralph

intense. In the rather serious PHRF categories, swift racers Contrails and Xtreme wrangled around the buoy so closely that they appeared to be hip-towing each other. Flying along at warp speed in the multihull category, trimarans Adios! and Bad Boys aggressively pursued each other in a flurry of salt spray and rippling sails. Less hyper was the luxurious 55' catamaran Rocketeer, that turned heads everytime she employed that massive, vivid red spinnaker. The two Bahamian sloops in the regatta, local superstar Abaco Rage and Chris Thompson's svelte 21' Lonesome Dove, graced the cruising categories. Visiting cruising sailors, many with modern hulls and the latest in gear, were positively impressed by the superb performance of the traditional Bahamian built craft and their crews. Rage and Dove maintained top placement in their categories throughout the race series. Simply stated, these two sloops kicked some serious sailboat butt. The regatta's unstuffy nature also attracted cruising boats that normally don't race. Beautiful and timeless classics such as Arita, a 47' Alden, and Robert Alexander, a 53' wooden Trumpy, ruffled each other's sails in a closely matched contest. Shouts could be heard as Alexander discovered that Arita was closing in behind. "Let the sheet go." The big Trumpy tacked. "Haul Away!" The two boats were now side by side. Arita's crew hoisted the rippling mizzen sail and she surged forward. The pressure was on. Later, nearing the finish line, Robert Alexander slipped ahead, her crewman Bobb calmly cooking burgers on the stern mounted grill. He waggled the spatula in the air. "Cheeseburger anyone?" Destination Abaco 19

During the week a series of five races were held in various locations over the Abaco Sea. Boats won awards after each race and the prizes were original works of art by renowned local artist, Pete Johnston. When not racing, sailors and their families had a chance to sightsee and explore each cay. Daily parties were held at different establishments, providing visitors with a true taste of Bahamian culture and life. Many regatta participants come every year. "It doesn't get better than the Bahamas," said Walt Adams, who has enjoyed 17 years of racing onboard Rookey and on his own boat. Cruising with his wife and grandson, Jim Miller of Sea Turtle is a 12-year Abaco Regatta veteran. New faces, like Bill Photo by Dave Ralph Robinson, had so much fun Party at Nippers - Guana Cay that he's planning to come every year to race his sailboat and socialize with the new friends he has made. The final race and awards party was held on July 10. The balmy tropical night was concluded with fireworks popping over Marsh Harbour as everyone celebrated the Bahamian Independence Day. The 30th Regatta Time in Abaco is just around the corner. We'll see you there!

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Shopping · MH - Marsh Harbour · HT- Hope Town · GTC- Green Turtle Cay · TC- Treasure Cay · · MOW- Man-O-War Cay · GC- Guana Cay · LH - Little Harbour ·

Native Art & Crafts Albert Lowe Museum (GT) Alton Lowe Art Gallery (GT) Abaco Glass/Art Gallery (MH) Abaco Ceramics (TC) Art Original (MH) Bahama Dawn Designs (MH) Buds and Blooms (MH) Conch Pearl (MH) Ebb Tide (HT) Iggy Biggy (HT) Iggy Biggy (MH) Island Petals (MH) Johnston’s Studio (LH) Joe’s Studio (MOW) Kemps Souvenirs (HT) Ocean Blue Gallery (GTC) Native Creations (GTC) Wrackers (MH)

365-4094 365-4264 367-2442 365-8489 367-3293 367-4648 367-2837 367-0137 366-0088 366-0354 367-5121 367-2260 367-2720 365-6082 366-0423 365-4234 365-4206 367-0197

Boutiques Adam & Eve (MH) Bluff House Boutique (GTC) Corner Value (MH) His & Her Jeans (MH) Lowes Pharmacy (MH) Mangoes Boutique (MH) Spooners Dept Store (MH) Wally’s Boutique (MH) Iggy Biggy (MH) Soleys Boutique(MH) Wrackers (MH) Island Girl Boutique (MH)

367-5792 365-4200 367-2250 367-2011 367-2667 367-2366 367-2017 367-2074 367-5121 367-0035 367-0197 367-0283

Bicycles, Scooters The Bike Shop (HT) Rental Wheels (MH) Wendals Bicycle Rentals (TC)

366-0292 367-4643 365-8687

Boat Rentals Island Marine Rentals (HT) J.I.C. Boat Rentals (TC) Concept Boat Rentals (MH) Sea Horse Boat Rentals (MH) Sea Spay Resorts (HT) Rich’s Rentals (MH) Rich’s Rentals (TC) Rainbow Rentals (MH) Blue Wave Boat Rentals (MH) Laysue Boat Rentals (MH) Man-O-War Marina (MOW) Waterways Boat Rentals (MOW)

366-0282 365-8465 367-5570 367-2513 366-0065 367-2742 365-8582 367-4602 367-3910 367-4414 366-6008 365-6143

Cameras, Film, Developing Snap Shop (MH) Wally’s Studio (MH) Computer Creations (MH)

367-3020 367-2722 367-2004

Crystal Treasures Abaco Treasures (MH) Corner Value (MH) Sand Dollar Shoppe (MH) Solomon’s Mines (TC)

367-3460 367-2250 367-4405 365-8132 Desintation Abaco 21

Shopping Florists Buds & Blooms (MH) Island Petals (MH) Pinewoods Nursery (MH) Tropical Farm Nursery (MH)

367-2837 367-2260 367-4755 367-2783

Grocery Stores A & A Food Store (MH) Abaco Groceries (MH) Abaco Wholesale (MH) Albury’s Harbour St (MOW) Bahamas Family Market(MH) Concept Boat Rentals (MH) Curry’s Food Store (GTC) Guana Harbour Grocery (GC) Harbour View Grocery(HT) Lowe’s Grocery (GTC) Man-O-War Grocery (MOW) M & R Food Store (MH) Price Right (MH)

GlenCor Properties

Car Rentals A & P Auto Rentals (MH) Cornish Car Rentals (TC) Sea Star Rentals (MH) Reliable Car Rentals (MH) Rental Wheels (MH) Quality Star (MH)

367-3606 367-5308 367-2020 365-6004 367-3714 367-5570 367-4171 365-5067 366-0033 365-4243 365-6016 367-5196 367-7283

367-2655 365-8623 367-4887 367-4234 367-4643 367-2979

Specializing in Real Estate Appraisals

Scuba/Diving Gear Abaco Beach Dive Center (MH) Abaco Dive Adventures (MH) Brendal’s Dive Shop (GTC) M-O-W Dive Shop (MOW) Dive Abaco (MH) Dive Guana (GC) Froggies Out Island Adv. (HT) 22 Destination Abaco

367-4646 367-2963 365-4411 365-6013 367-2787 365-5178 366-0431

Don Cornish

Located in Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel/Fax: 242.367.0035

Bahama Dawn Designs A Working Studio & Gallery of Fun Things!!

 Art Quilts  Bed Quilts  Table Runners  Placemats  Table Decor  Silk Paintings  Silk Painted Pillows

Also Offering:

Androsia Fabric Bahama Hand Prints Fabric Special Orders Taken

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Shopping Grocery Stores cont’d M & R Food Store (MH) Sid’s Grocery (GTC) Solomon’s Super Center (MH) Treasure Cay Mini Mart (TC) Vernon’s Grocery (HT) Mikula’s Grocery Store (TC)

367-3237 365-4055 367-2601 365-8350 367-0037 365-8795

Jewelry Abaco Treasures (MH) Conch Pearl (MH) Iggy Biggy (MH) Iggy Biggy (HT) Island Treasures (MOW) Mangoes Boutique (MH) El Mercado (HT) Sand Dollar Shoppe (MH) T’zers Gift Shop (MH) Tropical Treasures (MH) Golden Reef (GTC)

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John Bull (MH) Jewels, Gems & More (MH) Solomon Mines (TC)

367-2473 367-2418 365-8132

Perfumes Abaco Treasures (MH) John Bull Ltd (MH) Solomon’s Mines (TC)

367-3460 367-2473 365-8132

Pharmacy 367-3460 367-0137 367-5121 366-0354 365-6072 367-2366 366 -0661 367-4405 367- 2158 367-5576 365 -4221

The Chemist Shoppe (MH) Lowes Pharmacy (MH) Island Pharmacy (MH)

367-3106 367-2667 367-2544

Need help with any aspect of your visit - contact the local Abaco Tourist Office at 242.367.3067

Shopping Abaco Souvenirs Abaco Ceramics (TC) Abaco Treasures (MH) Albury’s Sail Shop (MOW) Buds n Blooms (MH) Bell Ena (MOW) Ebb Tide (HT) Edith Straw Market (HT) El Mercado (HT) Fantasy Boutique(HT) Iggy Biggy (HT) Iggy Biggy (MH) Island Petals (MH) Island Treasures (MOW) Joe’s Studio (MOW) Kemp’s Souvenirs (HT) Sand Dollar Shoppe (MH) Seashore Gift Shop (GC) Solomon’s Mines (TC) Sunset Souvenirs (MH) T’zers Gift Shop (MH) Tropical Souvenirs (MH)

365-8489 367-3460 365-6014 367-2837 365-6077 366-0088 366-0423 366 -0661 366-0537 366-0354 367-5121 367-2260 365-6072 365-6082 366-0423 367-4405 365-5006 365-8132 367-2658 367-2158 367-2431

Abaco Beauty Supplies


Appointments Anytime Anywhere 242-367-2198

Offering the Best in:

Tropical Souvenirs i

Straw Baskets i T-Shirts Hats i Casual Wear i Gifts i Souvenirs


Located on Don MacKay Blvd near Airport in Marsh Harbour Mon - Sat 7:30 - 5 

Sun 10 - 5

Tel: (242) 367-2431 Visa and MasterCard Accepted POSTAGE STAMPS SOLD WITHIN

Hair Accessories Costume Jewelry Hair braiding Hair Supplies Extensions Colors Plaits Gels Tel: (242) - 367-2386 Fax (242) 367-2930 Dundas Town, Abaco Email: Destination Abaco 25

Shopping Marine Stores Abaco Outboard Engines (MH) Abaco Yacht Services (GTC) B & D Marine (MH) Black Sound Marina (GTC) Dolphin Marine (GTC) National Marine (MH) The Outboard Shop(MH)

367-2452 365-4033 367-2622 365 -4531 365-4262 367-2326 367-2703

Golf Cart Rentals Cash’s Cart Rentals (TC) C & D Rentals (GTC) Chris Cart Rentals (TC) D & P Cart Rentals (GTC) Guana Cay Rentals (GC) Hope Town Cart Rentals (HT) Island Treasures (MOW) Island Cart Rentals (HT) Island Road Runners (GTC) J.I.C. Cart Rentals (TC) Resort Cart Rentals (TC)

365-8771 365-4311 365-8053 365-4655 365 -5195 366-0064 365-6072 366-0448 365-4610 365-8465 365-8465

Seaside Cart Rentals (GTC) T & A Cart Rentals (GTC) T & N Cart Rentals (HT)

365 -4120 365-4259 366-0069

Wines & Spirits A & K Liquors (MH) Archer Brothers Store (MH) Bristol Wines & Spirits (MH) Burns House (MH) Central Liquors Store (MH) Fig Tree Wine & Spirits (GC) Hope Town Wines & Spirits (HT) Lighthouse Liquors (HT) Plymouth Rock Liquors (GTC) Spanky’s Liquor Store (TC)

367-2179 367-2022 367-2180 367-2135 367-2966 365-5058 366-0525 366-0567 365-4234 365-8385

Stationery, Books & Magazines Bellevue Office Supplies (MH) Abaco Treasures (MH)

367-2701 367-3460


Offering over 60 wine selections! Wide variety of Rums, Beers and Liqueurs Open Monday - Saturday 8:00am - 5:30pm


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Available at

Abaco Outboard Engines P.O.Box AB-20070 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 367-2452 Fax: (242) 367-2354 Destination Abaco 27

Shopping Sandals & Shoes Abaco Shoe Gallery (MH) Adam & Eve (MH) Brass & Leather (MH) Iggy Biggy (HT) Iggy Biggy (MH) The Shoe Place (MH) T’zers Gift Shop (MH)

367-5510 367-5792 367-3643 366-0354 367-5121 367-2424 367-2158

Hardware Abaco Hardware (MH) Standard Hardware (MH) Man-O-War Hardware (MOW) Guana Cay Hardware (GC) New Plymouth Hardware (MH) Roberts Hardware (GTC)

367-2170 367-2660 365-6011 365-5020 365-4305 365-4122

TIPS FOR SUNBURN CARING FOR YOUR SUNBURN What to do  Take a cool shower or bath or place wet, cold wash rags on the burn.  Encourage plenty of fluids to limit the possibility of dehydration.  If blisters are present, dry bandages may help prevent infection.  If your skin is not blistering, moisturizing cream may be applied to relieve discomfort.  Over-the-counter medications, like ibuprofen, may help to relieve pain from sunburn.

Get immediate attention if:  Signs of dehydration or heatstroke occur, including fainting, unwillingness to take fluids or decreased urination.  The blisters are oozing pus-like fluid or have other signs of infection. Next time, use plenty of waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.

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Real Estate & Investing Making Abaco Your Global Home

by Richard Fawkes


he singer Scott McKenzie, in a song of welcome to people from across the United States - indeed the world attending the Monterrey Pop Festival a little ways down the California coast from San Francisco in 1968, informed his invitees, "When you go to San Francisco, be sure to wear a flower in your hair; when you go to San Francisco, you'll find some gentle people there." You might ask, "What does onehit wonder Scott McKenzie's hippie appeal for San Francisco way back in 1968 have to do with inviting people from around the world to invest in a home in 2005 and spend some of the most precious moments of the rest of their lives in idyllic Abaco in the warm Atlantic over 3,000 miles away from coldPacific San Francisco?" After all, Scott McKenzie, a good friend of John Phillips, founder of the Mamas and Papas who named his daughter Mckenzie Phillips after the

singer, was only blowing his trumpet for the age of "sex, drugs, and rock music," as some would say. But listen a little more intently and you will hear McKenzie's hippie call heralding a new age of global dwellers in search of peace and beauty, of people coming from everywhere to make special places their home. San Francisco, despite its earthquake fault lines and seismic rumbles from time to time, remains a magnet for those who would call a beautiful place home for a time. Abaco too, despite its location in the path of hurricanes, some of which may strike from time to time as Frances and Jeanne did last fall, became since McKenzie's anthem, and remains a place high on the list where quality of life in terms of tranquility, natural beauty, friendly people - or did Scott say gentle? - and seclusion, seclusion, seclusion is at a premium. As for flowers in your hair, well, they're just everywhere.

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This island chain in the northern Bahamas, situated 130 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida, entered modern history in the late 1700's as a refuge for persons fleeing the turmoil of the American Revolution and its aftermath. Today, Abaco and its cays beckon people the world over in search of a sound investment in a second or vacation home, where they can retreat from the cold of winter or the hectic pace of first-world civilization.

A Paradise Deserving Loyalty Shortly after Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne last fall, Americans Adam Lawrence and Jeep Byers, homeowners in Hopetown on Elbow Cay, were expressing that Abaconian spirit of resilience by looking into the government's duty-free policy for importing building materials to repair their homes. While Adam, who spends about 10 months of the year in Abaco, was hoping for an "El Ni単o," the mysterious Pacific Ocean current that appears from time to time and keeps hurricanes in the Atlantic at bay for years at a stretch, he did not

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have the slightest intention of ending his five-year relationship with this paradise. Jeep Byers, an artist whose work is sold at Wrackers gift shop at Abaco Beach Resort, has an even longer perspective. He recovered from Floyd in 1999. Jeep, who has owned a home in Hopetown for twenty years says, "Hey look, I went 13 years without a hurricane." The fact is that a large percentage of people who have bought "second" homes in Abaco, have been coming to enjoy their paradise for 30 years or more, and now the second or third generation is now continuing the relationship.

Adam Lawrence & Jeep Byers Homeowners in Hope Town

So what's the magic? First of all, Abaconians are loyal to the international homeowner investor. They welcome you; they cater to you in the way you want to be catered to; and they leave you to your own devices and desires in how you want to enjoy your private Shrangrila. Abaconians have woven the investments and services attached to international home ownership into the stability of their economy and therefore have a serious vested interest in your contentment. Abaco builders, among whom may found craftsmen second to none, benefit from the construction of your home, should you choose that route. Abaco real estate sales people, who boast a community of seasoned professionals ready to give you sound advice and top-notch service, have an interest in meeting your investment needs with integrity. The restaurateurs, transportation professionals, fishermen, caretakers, grocers, and retail merchants are all tuned into your needs to make those areas of your stay that require their attention and services pleasant and memorable. Whether you invest in that "cottage" by the sea on a secluded cay or a condominium in Treasure Cay with its "one of the ten best" beaches in the world,or build that luxury dream home barely visible among the vegetation in

still virgin land somewhere in this still largely untouched island - it is for you to decide how much seclusion or community you want. Abaconians will not intrude on your decision to enjoy a community of one, or of one couple, one family, or a group of friends to stay at home or carouse at Pete's Pub or Sapodilly's; to beat your own path to nature's pleasures, or partake of the professional diving or kayaking or fishing services offered the length and breadth of the Abaco chain.

Serving The Bahamas For Over 50 Years The Royal Harbour Village East Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco Telephone: (242)367-3262/3 Fax: (242)367-3260 E-mail: Internet:

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Your Investment Taken Seriously The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is proud of its tradition of Westminster style parliamentary democracy. Last year the Bahamian Parliament celebrated its 275th anniversary of unbroken existence, making it one of the oldest legislatures in the western hemisphere. Political stability, peaceful

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change of government through elections, governance by the rule of law, and protection of private property rights have given The Bahamas a proud record as a place where people from all over the world feel it’s safe to invest and live. Bahamians are also proud of their proximity to the United States and

Canada, the country’s two major trading partners; the fact that the Bahamian dollar is successfully kept at par with the US dollar; and the fact that English is our official language. The government of The Bahamas has enacted laws over the years to make it easier for international persons to invest in a home in our country and to hold the real estate profession to the highest standard of professionalism. Real estate agents must be licensed through the Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA). Consult the list below of BREA members offering services in Abaco. If you have any doubts about the authenticity of someone offering services as an agent, you may obtain verification from BREA at telephone 242-325-4942. Non-Bahamian homeowners are allowed to obtain an annual homeowner's residence card for the permit holder, spouse, and minor children to enter the country for the period of the permit at a cost of $500 per annum.

START YOUR SEARCH HERE: MARSH HARBOUR Abaco Estate Services - 367-8752 Abaco Real Estate - 367-2719 Aisle of Palm Realty - 367-0080 Bahamas Realty - 367-3262 Coldwell Banker - Lightbourne Realty - 367-2992 Damianos Realty - 367-5046 ERA Dupuch Real Estate - 366-3088 Graham Real Estate - 367-0100 H.G. Christie Ltd. - 367-4608 Sandra Evans Realty - 367-2365 Seagrape Realty - 367-2749 HOPE TOWN Chris Thompson Real Estate - 366-0224 MAN-O-WAR CAY Man-O-War Real Estate - 365-6090 GREEN TURTLE CAY Ocean Blue Properties - 365-4234 TREASURE CAY Bill Hertz Real Estate - 365-8061 GIF Enterprises - 365-8097 Treasure Cay Real Estate - 365-8538

Abaco Offices Mrs. Mailin Sands - Marsh Harbour Office Phone# 242-367-2992 Email: Mr. Chris Farrington - Green Turtle Cay Office Phone# 242-365-4695 Email: Featuring the finest in residential, commercial, and investment properties.....

Hope Town Representative - Ainsley Harrison Phone# 242-366-0424

Whether you are looking to buy or sell, call one of our Agents today. We work hard so you don’t have to!! Servicing all of the Bahamas Nassau Office# 242-325-1950 Harbour Office# 242-333-2285

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Taxes & Fees Real property tax is applied at the market value of $250,000 for owneroccupied homes. The annual tax is one per cent of market value between $250,000 and $500,00; one and a half per cent above $500,000.

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There are certain fees and taxes attached to the purchase of real property in The Bahamas: A government stamp tax is payable on conveyance of all real property, based on the selling price. For properties up to $20,000, the tax is two per cent; from $20,000 to $50,000, four per cent; from $50,000 to $100,000, six per cent; $100,000 to $250,000, eight per cent; and more than $250,000, 10 per cent. The tax is usually split between the buyer and seller. Real estate fees, generally paid by the seller, are usually six to eight per cent of the sale price on developed land and 10 per cent on undeveloped land. Legal fees are usually two and a half per cent of the sale price up to $500,000; two per cent on the next $500,000; one per cent on the next $4 million; and a half per cent on the remainder.

Abaco's Amenities Abaco, with its necklace of cays and rocks, has just enough of the amenities of civilization to make an international sophisticate comfortable while remaining close enough to "natural" to provide an invigorating escape from the trappings of urbanity.

Some of Nature's Gifts & Outdoor Fun The island is considered the boating capital of The Bahamas with dozens of full-service marinas, boat rental facilities, and fishing guides for fly fishing and deep-sea fishing. If you love or wish to adventure into scuba diving or snorkeling or kayaking, Abaco also has at your disposal any number of dive operators and instructors. The Abaco chain also is home to several protected sea parks and reefs. Two of Abaco's greatest treasures are the Abaco Parrot and its wild horses descended from Spanish Barbs. Each of these protected species has a preserve, which are a delight to visit. Abaco also is home to a great variety of birds and maintains one of the largest forests of the unique Caribbean Pine, which we are pleased to protect for your enjoyment and that of future generations.

Transportation At least a dozen airlines out of West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami serve Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay on a daily basis to enable convenient connections from throughout the continental United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe - the world.

Bahamasair also provides daily flights through Nassau to allow international connections through that hub. Abaco has a paved highway the length of its 120 miles. There is regular ferry service to the major cays, such as Hopetown, Man O'War, Great Guana, and Green Turtle. There is no shortage of taxi service from the airports or ferries, and there are several car rental companies serving the community.

Utilities & Communication Homeowners or builders of new homes will have access to water or electricity in just about any part of the chain. Abaco enjoys full-service telephone and fax service to the world. The island also has several high-speed internet services, including wireless in many locations and cable and satellite television services. There is also a local radio station and three newspapers.

Education Every town or "settlement" in Abaco has a public primary school staffed by certified teachers. There are also two public high schools on the island. In addition, there are four major private schools in the Marsh Harbour area, two of which offer pre-school through 12th grade. There are also a number of church-related pre-schools regulated by government. The high schools offer a college prep curriculum according to the government's Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) syllabi.

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Healthcare Every major township in Abaco and the cays has a government clinic staffed by a medical doctor and at least one trained nurse. In addition, there is a private clinic in Treasure Cay, and three in Marsh Harbour. One of the Marsh Harbour clinics brings in specialists ranging from heart to pediatrics to gynecology to orthopedics and neurology, and boasts a state-of-the art laboratory and an x-ray lab. There is a local ambulance service and several air ambulance services available for off island medical evacuation. Abaconians are also sensitive to the care of pets. There is a highly qualified resident veterinarian and a humane society on the island.

Security and Safety While Abaconians strive for a high quality of life free of crime, good sense and practicality in a diverse community that welcomes the world has led the government to provide a professional police presence in all major towns. There are also several highly competent volunteer fire departments on the island. Abaconians, the true flowers of this island of wild orchids and untamed parrots, wait to welcome you with a garland of open arms and a reserve of quiet respect.

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Affordable Property Select Homes Serving All Abaco Sandra Evans, BRI, CIPS BayStreet, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas PH: 242-367-2365 Res: 242-367-2040

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Colette Rolle-Bootle,

a native of Nassau and the eldest of three children, is a self taught and part-time artist. She finds inspiration in the beauty of the Bahamas and the colourful people who live here. Her paintings depict island life, the scenes of nature and sea life. As a child and young adult, Colette won numerous awards for her artwork. She has conducted workshops for children in many islands where she worked over the years. Since 1985 she has been employed with the Bahamas Customs Department as a Customs Officer. This is her second time working in the Abacos. From 1993 to 1996 she was posted at Treasure Cay and returned to Marsh Harbour in 1999. Known as being versatile in her art forms, she paints using many different techniques and mediums including acrylics, pastels, pen and ink. She recently returned from Costa Rica where she studied collages and painting from nature - a form of stencil painting but using leaves. In addition to canvas, her work can be seen on floor cloths, light switches, greeting cards, bags and hand painted eggs. Her other interests include photography, ceramics, jewelry making, sewing, interior decorating and design and cartooning. Colette says painting and drawing take her to another level. She started painting to occupy her spare time and now it is more than a hobby, it’s more like an investment. She says being a Customs Officer is not an easy job so when she wants to unwind she picks up a Destination Abaco 37

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paintbrush and starts painting into the late hours, hence her company name “The Midnight Painter”. She is also a member of the group The Artists of the Abaco Islands. In September 2003, they exhibited their works at the Central Bank of the Bahamas in Nassau. Her paintings are displayed in numerous businesses and private homes all over the world and she is also available for commission. You can find her work at Artoriginal, Wrackers and Java Coffee Shop. Contact Colette at telephone (242) 477-5029 or


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Where to stay Hotels, Villas and Private House Rentals

Marsh Harbour

Bustick Bight Resort


7 rooms with A/C, satellite, mini fridge, microwave

Abaco Beach Resort


82 rooms, 6 villas with kitchens, 2 fresh water pools, 2 tennis courts, boat rentals, dive shop, gift shop, full service marina, restaurant & 2 bars

Pelican Beach Villas


7 rooms with laundry, dock, near the Jib Room and Mermaid reef

Ambassador Inn


6 rooms with A/C, restaurant, liquor store

Family Affair

Conch Inn Hotel/

2 bedroom, 2 bath condo, pool, private beach,

The Moorings



stove, fridge, washer & dryer, dishwasher, T.V. A/C.

9 rooms, fresh water pool, boat rentals, dive shop, gift shop, full service marina with 80 slips, restaurant & bar, mini market and laundry facilities

D’s Guest House


6 rooms with microwave, mini fridge, cable T.V., nearby take-out/restaurant and convenience store

“Family Affair”

Island Breezes Motel


8 rooms, A/C, cable T.V., mini refrigerator & microwave

Regattas of Abaco


2 bedrooms rentals, fresh water pool, tennis court.

"Family Affair" is a tastefully furnished and spacious two bedroom, two bathroom condominium located in a central area of Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas. Its island décor gives you a feel of a 'home away from home.' Enjoy all the resort amenities from a swimming pool to a private beach located on the Sea of Abaco just steps away. The vacation of your life awaits in this luxury condos... For further information and availability Email -

Tel: (242) 422-1960

Relax... Enjoy... Discover

Lofty Fig Villas


6 rooms with full kitchen, A/C, pool, cable T.V., private porch with each room

General Areas on Abaco Cherokee Lee Pinder


Sea View - 2 BR - full furnished, central A/C

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Where to stay Hotels, Villas and Private House Rentals Pete & Gay’s Resort

Casuarina Point Different of Abaco



14 rooms, beach, A/C, T.V., sports lounge

20 beach front suites (1BR), pool, A/C,

Rickmon’s Bonefish Lubbers Quarters Sea Level Cottages


Moore’s Island Moore’s Bonefish Camp


10 rooms, beach, A/C, T.V.

Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Resort


365- 0083

18 rooms, mini fridge, microwave, swimming pool, hot tub, Jacuzzi, liquor store, grocery store,

6 rooms (2BR) A/C, satellite, telephone

gift shop.

Sandy Point Oeisha’s Resort


Grand Cay Rosie’s Place

(242) 352-5448

Bahamas Vacations

Spectacular sailing, diving, fishing, beachcomb & relaxing. Enjoy a wonderful, affordable- Baha away vacation tailored to your tastes and me RENTALS  Resorts  Apartments  Private Beachfront Villas  Cottages & Houses  Economical Off-Water Cottages  Car Rentals  Boat Rentals


Great Abaco (Marsh Harbour & Treasure Cay) Green Turtle Cay Great Guana Cay Man-O-War Cay Elbow Cay Lubbers Quarters Island

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Where to stay Hotels, Villas and Private House Rentals

Guana Cay Guana Seaside Village

kayaks & snorkel equipment


8 hotel rooms, 7 cottages, restaurant & bar, fresh water






mooring facilities, accommodate small wedding packages.

Sea Shore Villas


12 houses

Abaco Sea Fan


Upper level 1 bedroom, 1 bath


6 apartments, 1 cottage, full kitchens, central A/C, satellite T.V., pool, gift shop, laundry facilities

Dolphin Beach Resort

Donna Sands

Man-O-War Cay Ria-mar Rentals



1 - 4 room cottages, exquisite homes, villas and condos.

9 ocean front cottages, lodge with 4 guest suites with private bathrooms, porches & kitchenette, A/C, pool, restaurant & bar, complimentary - bikes,

Sea Shore          

Island Home Rentals

Sea Shore Villas

7 units - 3 Villas 2 villas with queen beds Harbour View 1 villa with queen bed and 2 singles Haven 2 or 3 bedroom, single units Private cottage All units fully furnished, central A/C Satellite TV, Radio/CD/Tape Player/VCR Outside BBQ Private Balcony and Gazebo Sunrise Fresh Water Pool Cottage Store Hours: 9am to 5pm GUANA CAY MANAGEMENT Tel: (242) 365-5028/5006/5002 Fax (242) 365-5083 e-mail: e-mail:


10 homes for rent 1 - 4 BR’s

Located on Beautiful Great Guana Cay Abaco, Bahamas

Gift Store & Laundromat Store hours 9 - 5 pm

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Where to stay Hotels, Villas and Private House Rentals Schooner’s Landing


Sea Spray Resort


4 units with balconies with ocean view, full

5 villas with full kitchen, A/C, pool, restaurant &

kitchens, fresh water pool, central A/C, cable T.V.,

bar, full service marina

laundry facilities, golf cart & boat rentals available

Crystal Villas

Hope Town Abaco Inn


7 villas for rental


Elbow Cay Properties

22 rooms, A/C, restaurant & bar, fresh water pool,

6 rooms, A/C, TV, telephone

free amenities, dockage available, kayak & sunfish



Hope Town Villas Hope Town Hideaways


4 villas with kitchens, A/C, pool, 12 slip marina with complimentary dockage for up to 26’ boats,


6 rooms, a/c, TV, telephone access,

laundry facilities, maid service upon request, onsite caretaker.

Hope Town Marina


6 hotel rooms, 2 apartments with kitchen, central A/C, pool, restaurant & bar, dockage.

Vacation home rentals on beautiful Elbow Cay provide you with the ideal vacation experience -- all the convenience and comforts of home!

Lighthouse Marina/Rentals 366-0154 4 cottages with full kitchen, A/C, laundry facilities, full service marina, gift shop

Hope Town Harbour Lodge 366-0095 26 rooms, pool, 2 restaurants & bar, beach, A/C, dockage available up to 26’ boats

Welcome to Elbow Cay Properties... The best of the Bahamas from $600 to $7000 per week

Here you can spend your days on the beach enjoying the turquoise waters and sunshine, or experience the thrills of diving, snorkeling, fishing, or surfing. Rent a boat and do some island-hopping, or stroll the quaint streets of 18th century Hope Town. All this, just 150 miles from the Florida coast! Elbow Cay Properties can help you find the perfect home for your vacation. Browse through our website or give us a call to make your reservation. Looking to buy? Elbow Cay Properties has teamed up with Damianos Realty - an internet realty company with new world technology and old world service.

Elbow Cay Properties Phone/Fax: (242) 366-0569 Email:

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Where to stay Hotels, Villas and Private House Rentals Sea Grass


10 houses for rent

Sea Gull Cottages

Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Hotel Resort


3 cottages, T.V.. pool, full kitchen, dockage

& Marina 365-8578 or 365-8819 95 rooms, A/C, cable T.V., pool, bar by the pool,


restaurant & bar on the beach, full service marina, 18-hole golf course.

Tanny Key


Cottages with A/C, cable T.V., telephone, fully

Bahama Beach Club Ltd


365-8500 44 condos fully equipped, central A/C, cable T.V.,

Turtle Hill


36 villas, A/C, T.V., Full kitchen, 2 swimming pools

swim-up tiki bar & pool

Hope Town Hideaways REAL ESTATE The Out Islands Finest Vacation Homes & Waterfront Properties Rentals and Sales 12 - Slip Marina with Freshwater Pool One Purple Porpoise Place Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Chris & Peg Thompson Proprietors Phone: 242-366-0224 Fax: 242-366-0434

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Where to stay Hotels, Villas and Private House Rentals Banyan Beach Club Resort

Island Property Management 365-8111


21 rooms, full kitchen, central A/C, cable T.V.,

48 houses available

telephone, fresh water pool, tiki bar near the

beach/serves lunch.

Island Dreams


Ocean Blue Properties


30 plus cottages and apartments for rent - A/C, T.V.,

50 - 60 house, villas and cottages for rent

dockage available, telephone, waterfront or beach


Green Turtle Cay 365-4200 30 rooms, central A/C, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, 2 pools, 2 gift shops, 45 slip marina.

Green Turtle Club and Marina 365-4271 32 rooms, central a/c, fresh water pool, gift shop, restaurant & bar, pool bar, full service marina with 40 slips, boat, golf cart & bicycle rentals, fishing charters available.


4 cottages, fully equipped, ocean to bay beach, coral reef off the property

Other Shore Club Marina Pineapple Bar & Grill 365-4226 2 houses & 1 cottage, fully equipped, pool bar & grill, full service marina with 15 slips, 5 min walk to town, fishing charters & island tours available, golf cart rentals.

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3 cottages, full kitchen, A/C, screened porch, on the

Bluff House Beach Hotel

Coco Bay Cottages

Roberts Cottages

water, dockage.

What to do · MH - Marsh Harbour · HT- Hope Town · GTC- Green Turtle Cay · TC- Treasure Cay · MOW- Man-O-war Cay · GC- Guana Cay

Art Galleries WRACKERS is located at the entrance of Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour and offers fine original artwork by local artists including Marjolein Scott, Cal ‘Jeep’ Byers, Chan Pratt, Pete Johnston and Colette Bootle with a wide variety of styles and subjects from oils and acrylics to watercolours and silk to bronze and wood sculptures. Open daily. Tel: 242.367.0197 CONCH PEARL GALLERIES offers fine Bahamian Art, Pottery, Model Boats and Jewelry. Some of the artists showcased are Stephen Knowles, Eddie Minnis, Sonia Issacs, Sean McNamara, Don Wood and Hartie Albury. The store is located in the Royal Harbour Village. Open Mon - Sat. Tel: 242.367.0137

Abaco’s Lighthouses Built in 1836, Hole-In-The-Wall lighthouse’s old mechanism has been dismantled and the light is now automated. The Elbow Cay Lighthouse is probably the most recognizable landmark in the Abacos.

This 89 ft. candy-striped figure was built in 1863 and is one of three hand-wound kerosene burning lighthouses left in the world and is worth the viewing.

Bonefishing Enjoy a day of fishing on the "Marls", Abaco's less explored western side. The Marls, considered the world's best bonefish destination, consists of 400 square miles of pristine flats teeming with trophy size bonefish. One of the local bone fishermen will happily guide you to Abaco's "Wide Open Spaces."

South Abaco Cherokee Sound Junior Albury Maxwell Sawyer Marty Sawyer Jimmy Lowe Randy Sawyer Sandy Point Richmon’s Bonefishing Lodge Pete & Gay Guest House

366-3058 366-3058 366-2115 366-2165 366-2284 366-4139 366-4119

North Abaco Coopers Town Alexander Role Edward Rolle Donald Rolle Treasure Cay Carey McKenzie Ed Newell Banyan Beach Mount Hope Herbert Thurston Pedro Thurston

365-0120 365-0024 365-0105 365-8313 365-8752 365-8111 365-4205 365-2405

Central Abaco Marsh Harbour Jay Sawyer Buddy Pinder Christopher Pinder Justin Sands Terrance Davis

367-3941 366-2163 367-4540/367-2234 367-3526/359-6836 367-4464/375-8550

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What to do Spring City Edmund Williams



Cays Hope Town Maitland Lowe Green Turtle Cay Ronnie Sawyer Jeff Survance Ricky Sawyer

366-0478/366-0033 365-4070 365-4040 365-4261

Barefoot Boat Charters Charter a boat that will help you experience beautiful Abaco and its surrounding cays The Moorings at Conch Inn (MH) Florida Yacht Charters (MH) Abaco Charters (HT)

367-4000 367-4853 1-800-626-5690 Abaco 366-0151

Cultural Activities Home comings

Every year various settlements or communities throughout Abaco host local home comings, usually held during a long holiday weekend. These home comings give residents, past and present, an opportunity to showcase their community spirit and visitors a chance to enjoy it. Bahamian eats, treats and drinks are always the specialty. Some of the communities to stage such home comings are Sandy Point, Blackwood, Cedar Harbour and Moore’s Island & Murphy Town.

Regatta Time In Abaco

Regatta Time In Abaco is a fiverace series held each year is held over the American and Bahamian Independence Day holidays. Its primary focus is for cruising sailboats although they do have a special class for the serious racers. The races are held on the waters off different towns from Green Turtle Cay to Hope Town. The shore activities include street parties, Junkanoo and hosted

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parties at a different location each night for the 10-day event.

Enjoy the biggest National Festival of the Bahamas - Junkanoo. The Junkanoo Parade is held twice a year, Boxing Day(December 26th) in Marsh Harbour and New Year's Day in Green Turtle Cay. It is the most exciting display of art and culture in the world, displaying elaborate and colorful costumes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Listen to the pulsating sounds of the horns and whistles and feel the rhythm of the goat-skinned drums and cowbells. Rush out with locals groups like the Spring City Rockers, Supreme Dancers, Green Turtle Cay Rockers and LA Conquerors.

Goombay Festival Summertime in Abaco means Goombay time. This festival, staged by the Ministry of Tourism throughout the summer months, highlights everything that is truly Bahamian. Local residents and visitors alike get to taste the flavour of the islands. In addition to the variety of Bahamian dishes and drinks, there are performances from 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.

What to do Diving/Snorkeling Experience the natural wonder of Abaco’s undersea ecosystems, renowned the world over for their beauty and variety of marine life on a diving expedition. Reefs, home to as many wrecks as fish, 100 foot ‘walls’ that drop into the abyss of the Atlantic and undersea caves are just some of Abaco’s natural wonders just a boat ride away. Abaco Dive Adventures - Dive at the Debroah K Werck 2004

large number of underground caves where crystallized stalactites and stalagmites decorate thousands of feet of lined rooms and passages. Abaco Dive Adventure (MH) 367-2963 Brendal’s Dive Center (GTC) 365-4411 Dive Abaco (MH) 365-2787 Dive Guana (GC) 365-5178 Spanish Cay Water Sports (SC) 365-0083 Treasure Divers (TC) 365-8465 Froggies Out Island Adv. (HT) 366-0431

Eco - Adventures Outback Exploration

Abaco Dive Adventures has a wide variety of dive sites to choose from. Their most popular sites called the Bakers Reefs are located at the north end of Guana. These reefs spread over a 3-square-mile area where a maze of reefs reaches the surface from depths of 30 to 70 ft. Black Tip Sharks, Spotted Eagle Rays, Turtles, Tarpon and other interesting sea life are often seen on these reefs. Dive sites on the reefs in the Fowl Cay Preserve are home to friendly reef sharks that greet and swim with divers. Twilight and night dives conducted are on these reefs are dramatic Wrecks such as the Debra K and San Jacinto give hints of the past and are fun to explore. An all day adventure diving the reefs and walls near Sandy Point includes lunch and surface intervals on secluded beaches. Inland Blue Holes and caverns are mysterious and thrilling. Some of the favorites are the Treasure Cay Blue Hole, the Magical Blue Hole and the highly decorated Cavern at Dan's Cave. Certified cave divers can enjoy a

Paddle Abaco’s Mangrove Estuaries Kayaking - safe for all ages. Simply the best way to explore the limitless shallow creeks that line the shores of these ephemeral islands. Experiencing unique rock formations, blue holes, birds, orchids and yes, even sharks. A full day of adventure includes transportation, tour, snorkel gear, picnic lunch and beverages included. Abaco Outback Tours 477-5682

Ocean Holes Large Ocean Holes in the middle of the pine forest (west) Treasure Cay. Numerous ocean holes near Cherokee Sound. Drinking water Blue Hole Southwest of Cedar Harbour along an old wagon trail.

What to do Entertainment


Abaco Beach Resort (MH) 367-2158 One-man band, rake & scrape Harbour’s Edge (HT) 366-0087 DJ on Saturday nights Conch Crawl Restaurant (MH) 367-4444 One man band Wed-Thur-Sun 6-11pm Nippers Beach Bar & Grill (GC) 365-5143 Famous Pig Roast on Sundays Marsh Harbour Marina - Jib Room (MH) Wed & Sat nights - live band 367-2700 Rooster’s Rest (GT) 365-4066 Sapodilly's Restaurant (MH) 367-3498 Fri/Sat Stone McEwan 7:30 -11:30pm Fri-5:30 -7:30 Happy Hour Sea Spray Resort (HT) 366-0065 Happy Hour - 5:00-6:00 Snappas Restaurant & Bar (MH) 367-2278 Happy Hour D&R Pool Bar (MH) 367-0385 Happy Hour daily, pool table, darts, sports bar, grill Russells Sports Bar (MH) Pool table, sport bar Detour Sports Bar (MH) DJ - 7pm -1:00am, disco music

The art of hairbraiding can be traced back thousand of years to Africa. Today thousands of people take in the highly specialized and artistic crafts of twisting, braiding and locking natural hair fashions. Hairbraiding is more than a means of entreprenuraship. It is an important form of cultural expression. You can find talented hair braiders everywhere on our shores. Megan Cartwright TeL: 367-2198

Golfing Treasure Cay Resort & Marina Dick Wilson designed 18 hole 7,000 yd championship golf course. Open 8am 5pm - 7 days a week. Call or contact Ronald Bootle 365-8045 Club Rentals, $10 - 9 holes, $15 - 18 holes. The Abaco Club at Winding Bay The “Oceanside” golf course at the Abaco Club on Winding Bay is the first Scottish style “tropical links” course in the world. The par 72 championship layout will play to a lengh of 7,183 yards.

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Inter Island Transport FERRIES Albury’s Ferry Services offer ferry service to the various outer cay on a daily bases. Night charters are also available. Green Turtle Cay Ferry also offers ferry services from the Treasure Cay dock to Green Turtle Ferry dock located in New Plymouth on a daily bases. Charters are also available. See schedules for both ferries on page 7.

GOLF CARTS Cash’s Cart Rentals (TC) C & D Rentals (GTC) Chris Cart Rentals (TC) D & P Cart Rentals (GTC) Guana Cay Rentals (GC) Hope Town Cart Rentals (HT) Island Treasures (MOW) Island Cart Rentals (HT) J.I.C. Cart Rentals (TC) Resort Cart Rentals (TC) Seaside Cart Rentals (GTC) T & A Cart Rentals (GTC) T & N Cart Rentals (HT)


365-8771 365-4311 365-8053 365-4655 365 -5195 366-0064 365-6072 366-0448 365-8465 365-8465 365 -4120 365-4259 366-0069

Prior to your adventure to one of the outter cays - call to reserve a cart in advance.

What to do Museums The Albert Lowe Museum on Green Turtle Cay, charts the history of Abaconians from the Loyalists through the development of the island of Abaco. It also features handcrafted ships’ models and paintings by local artists. Once a home, this 150-year-old structure was transformed by Alton Lowe in memory of his father. Tel: (242) 367-4094 Wyannie Malone Historial Museum exhibits the cay’s history from the 1780s to the present and is named after Hope Town founder from South Carolina. The museum is crammed with manuscripts, photographs and artifacts. Local ancestries, pottery and ships’ china recovered by wreckers and household antiques are housed here.

fare. For more information call Grand Bahama 365-3093 or Abaco 365-2356. Bus serves Freeport and McLean’s Town. Rental automobiles at both terminals.

Wild Life Explore, discover and experience Abaco Island Tours' Wild Dolphin Encounters on a cruise through the Sea of Abaco, home to over 100 bottlenose dolphins and other amazing wildlife. This tour combines wildlife adventures with scientific research and

Out Island Excursions Take a trip to our nation’s capital Nassau in under 4 hours on Bahmas Ferries’ state-of-art, air-conditioned high-speed ferry. Stoll the world-famous Bay Street or visit Government House. The ferry departs Nassau on Friday and Sunday at 3:30 pm and Sandy Point at 8pm, Adults $90 Round trip and $50 one way. Cars, trucks, and cargo. Call Sandy Point in Abaco at 366-4119, Marsh Harbour 3675250 and Nassau 323-2166. Pinder’s Ferry Service offers service between Abaco and Grand Bahamas. Ferry leaves Crown Haven, Abaco for McLean’s Town, Grand Bahama daily at 7am and 2:30pm. Ferry departs McLean’s Town for Crown Haven daily at 8:30am and 4:30pm. Fare $40 oneway and $80 round trip. Children travel half

education. Experienced and friendly naturalist guide and Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey researcher on board each trip. Gourmet lunch and beverages included. A portion of the fee is donated to dolphin conservation. Tel 3758718 or 367-2936. On the sun swept island 150 miles off Florida's Gold Coast, 16 rare and endangered horses made their debut. Their origins remained unclear until 1998, when it was recognized by a few individuals that the horses probably were Spanish Barbs. In 2002 on the basis of

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What to do three independent DNA analyses, the horses were designated a sub breed of the critically endangered Spanish Barb by the Horse of the American's Registry. Abaco was the curator of possibly the purest strain of the "Horse of the Conquest" in existence. In the 1960's the herd, nearly 200 strong was reduced to three horses. By 1992 the horses were up to 35, but today there are only 13 horses in the herd. Since 1999 there have been no foals. Research indicated that the horses should be returned to their original forest home. To assist with their survival, The Bahamas Government has designated a preserve area for the horses and ARKWILD is actively campaigning for funding and support for their efforts to ensure that the Wild Horses of Abaco survive as a living part of the history of the Abacos and The Bahamas. For more information visit or telephone (242) 3674805. No trip to Abaco is complete without seeing our endangered Bahama Parrot. For nature enthusiasts and birders alike Abaco Outback can take you on a ½ day Parrot trip, a full day birding throughout South Abaco or birding in Green Turtle Cay. Some of the species targeted are the Rose-throated (Bahama) Parrot, Bahama Yellowthroat, Bahama Mockingbird and Bahama Woodstar. Breakfast, lunch, beverages, transportation, area field guides and references are included. Tel. (242) 367-5358

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Abaco Island Tours

located in Marsh Harbour Tel: (242) 375-8718 (242) 367-2936 Office  Sightseeing Tours  Sunset Cruises  Wild Dolphin Encounters  Sailing Trips  Parrot Tours  Kayak Trips  Guana Cay Day Trips  Elbow Cay Day Trips  Bonefishing  Deep Sea Fishing

The Abaco Parrot Photo by Tuppy Weatherford

Where to Dine B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

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Angler’s Restaurant Abaco Beach Resort, Marsh Harbour 



Abaco Pizza

Delivery Available

Marsh Harbour  367-4333

Abaco Inn

Located in Hope Town, Elbow Cay 

Boat House


Bluff House

Located on Green Turtle Cay 


Blue Water Grill

Located on Great Guana Cay 

Located in the harbour, Hope Town 

Located at Conch Inn Marina, Marsh Harbour  Located on Crocket Drive, Dundas Town 


Golden Grouper

Located in Dove Plaza, Marsh Harbour 

Green Turtle Club & Marina

Located in White Sound, Green Turtle Cay 


Guana Seaside 365-5106

Hibiscus Cafe

Located on the harbour, Man-O-War Cay 


Hummingbird Restaurant

Located in the Memorial Plaza, Marsh Harbour 


Hudson’s Delight



Located on the harbour, Hope Town 


HopeTown Harbour Lodge 366-0095

Island Treats









Jamie's Place



Jib Room

Located in Pelican Shores, Marsh Harbour 




Harbours Edge

Located in Marsh Harbour 




Located in Man-O-Way Cay 



Gino's Kitchen

Located in Hope Town 



Dis We Style Take Out

Located in Treasure Cay 


Conch Crawl

Great Guana Cay 



Cap'n Jacks

Located in Marsh Harbour 



Located White Sound, Elbow Cay 




Ambassador Inn Dundas Town, Abaco 

Happy Hour


Kentucky Fried Chicken

Located in Abaco Shopping Plaza, Marsh Harbour 




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ISLAND BAR & LOOKOUT TEL: 367-3498 ABACO, BAHAMAS Grilled Chicken Breast topped with Nassau Royale Sauce & Roasted Coconut 4 pcs bonelesss skinless chicken breasts - grilled 2 cups of heavy cream 1/2 cup honey 1 cup Nassau Royal Liquor 2 tsps. cornstarch 1/2 cup coconut flakes Serves 4

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Chef - Kenya Simms

Put coconut flake on cookie sheet, place in broiler and turn until brown In medium sauce pan simmer heavy cream for 5 minutes. Add honey and Nassau Royal and boil for 3 min as cornstarch and 1/2 water until thickens Pour sauce on grilled chicken & top with roasted coconut.

Where to Dine B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

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Laura's Kitchen

New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay 


Mangoes Restaurant

Located in Marsh Harbour 


Mother Merle’s

Located in Dundas Town, Marsh Harbour 

New Plymouth Inn


Nippers Bar & Grill

Located on the beach, Great Guana Cay 


Orchid Bay

Located on the harbour, Great Guana Cay 


On Da Beach Located in Hope Town 

Pavilion Restaurant

Pop's Place

Sapodilly's Bar & Grill 367-3498

Spinnaker Restaurant

Located in Treasure Cay Resort Treasure Cay 


Snack Shack

Front Street, Marsh Harbour 

Harbour View Marina, Marsh Harbour 





Marsh Harbour 








Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh Harbour 




Traveller's Rest Treasure Cay 




Touch of Class Treasure Cay 



Snappa's Bar & Grill Green Turtle Cay 




Located in Marsh Harbour 


Rudy's Place

Located in Hope Town 




Located in Marsh Harbour 



Plymouth Rock Café Green Turtle Cay 




Located in Man-O-War Cay 



New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay 





Located in Hope Town 




McIntosh's Restaurant

New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay 

Happy Hour


Reservations Thur, Fri, Sat.


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Guide to Marinas Slips









& Cruising Facilities

Spanish Cay Marina











Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour Marina (MH)


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Conch Inn Marina (MH)











Harbour View Marina (MH)










Mangoes Marina (MH)










Marsh Harbour Marina (MH)










Port of Call Marina (MH)







Club Soleil Marina (HT)








HopeTown Hideaways Marina (HT) 366-0024








Lighthouse Marina (HT)










Sea Spray Marina (HT)











Treasure Cay Marina (TC)


150 X








Bluff House Marina (GTC)











Other Shore Club (GTC)








Green Turtle Club & Marina (GTC)










Man-O-War Marina (M-O-W)










Orchid Bay Marina (GC)













by David Dorsett - Photo of Fox Town, Abaco

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Banking Hours

have proper identification, birth certificate, picture identification and a return ticket.

Open 9:30am- 3:00pm Mon -Thru. 9: 30 am - 4: 30pm Fri. Closed on Saturdays & Sundays. Commonwealth Bank First Caribbean Int’l Bank Royal Bank of Canada Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay Scotiabank(Bahamas) Ltd

367-2370-ATM 367-2166-ATM 367-2420 -ATM 365-8119 -ATM 367-2141 -ATM

Currency If you come across a $3 bill, it's ok. Bahamian paper money comes in ½ dollar, $1, $3, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills. There is also an extra Bahamian coin, the 15-cent, which is square with rounded corners and decorated with a hibiscus.

Exchange Rates The Bahamian dollar is on par with the U.S. dollar. A small exchange may be applicable when exchanging Traveler's Cheques for local currency.

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.

Immigration Upon your arrival to 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

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Bahamas Customs Baggage declaration by temporary visitors is oral, but the baggage is subject to Customs inspections. In case there are dutiable articles, the visitor will be required to complete a Baggage Claim Form. Each adult is allowed 50 cigars or 200 cigarettes or one pound of tobacco and one quart of spirits free of Customs Duty in addition to personal effects. In addition, purchases up to a value of one hundred dollars ($100) are permitted by all arriving passengers. Household effects, such as china, furniture, linens and appliances with valid invoices and used household effects are subject to assessment by Customs Officers.

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

Information This exemption does not apply to perfume, alcoholic beverages or to cigars or 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 and 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. SPECIAL NOTES: Antiques are considered duty free as long as there is accompanying proof that they are over 100 years old., Certain items which are manufactured in The Bahamas are not dutiable such as conch shell jewellery, wood carvings and straw goods. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: US residents 21 years of age and over are entitled to include their duty free allowance 2 litres (967 fl. oz.) of liquor provided that one of the litres is the product of The Bahamas or another Caribbean Basin country. You may carry more than two litres provided you pay the duty and applicable taxes. TOBACCO: Regardless of your age, if you are eligible for the $600 exemption, you may include 100 cigars (not Cuban) and 200 cigarettes. PROHIBITED: Turtle shell goods, plants and fruits are not allowed into the US. REMEMBER: If you are carrying more than $10,000 in US or foreign currency, coins, traveller’s checks, etc. into the US, it MUST be reported to Customs. Please contact US Customs at 242-377-8461 if you have questions on importing any items.

Canadian Customs Canadian residents including minors may claim $50 (Can.) exemption after an absence of 24 hours or more. This exemption which excludes tobacco and alcohol may be claimed numerous times annually by verbal declaration. After 48 hours absence any number of times a year, $200 exemption may be claimed. This merchandise which must

accompany the traveller can include 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes, 2 lbs of tobacco and 40 ounces of liquor. A $500 (Can.) exemption can be claimed after an absence of seven (7) days or more. This exemption may be claimed any number of times per year regardless of any $200 exemption claimed on a previous trip, but the two may not be combined at any time. The declaration for this exemption must be written. The allowance for liquor and tobacco is the same as for the $200 exemption. All duty-free items must be for personal or household use or as gifts. Children who are literate and can understand the declaration may claim exemption. Persons must be over 16 years of age to import tobacco and spirits. Amounts are in Canadian dollars.

UK Customs UK residents returning from the Bahamas after an absence of more than 24 hours can take home duty and tax free 50 grammes (2 fluid ozs) of perfume and 250 cc of toilet water. Persons over 17 years of age are allowed, duty free, 1 litre (over 22% proof) of liquor or 2 litres of alcoholic beverages not over 22% proof or fortified or sparkling wine, plus 2 litres of still wine. Persons over 17 are also allowed 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250 grammes of tobacco. UK residents can bring 145 pounds sterling worth of other goods including gifts, souvenirs, cider and beer, which must be carried in baggage and cleared by you at the time of your arrival. You are advised to pack dutiable goods separately. The importation into the United Kingdom of some goods is prohibited and restricted. These include counterfeit coins, dangerous drugs, firearms and ammunition, dangerous knives, plants and bulbs, radio transmitters, (including walkie talkies), meat and poultry (not fully cooked) and live animals.

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Information Months oF Jan Feb March April May June

70 71 72 75 78 81

July August Sept Oct Nov Dec

83 83 82 78 76 70

Public Holidays Photo by David Dorsette

Temperatures (Average Highs)

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

Traffic Rules Drive on the left side. Most of the cars have their steering wheels on the left. Remember to keep left and wearing seat belts are mandatory. If you are walking where there is no sidewalk, face oncoming traffic.

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

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New Year’s Day Good Friday Easter Monday Labour Day Whit Monday Independence Day Emancipation Day Discovery Day Christmas Day Boxing Day

1 January 25th March 28th March 31st May 3rd June 10th July 1st August 10th October 25th December 26th December

Taxis 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 to the North and South of Abaco. Waiting time $20.00 per hour. Children under the age of three are free. Fare from the airport to Albury’s Ferry Dock is $12.00 per person and each additional person -- $3.00.

CRUISING REGULATIONS Fees for entering the Bahamas: $150 for all vessels under 35 feet and $300 for vessels 35.1 feet or greater. $150 for dinghy tenders over 18 feet. The above fees cover the captain and three crew members. Any additional crew members over 6 years of age must pay $15 per person. A fishing license for three months is included. If you wish to extend your fishing license, it is an additional $150 for 12 months. Also included is a $15 exit/departure fee.

PORTS OF ENTRY Port Lucaya - Grand Bahama West End - Grand Bahama Spanish Cay - Abaco Treasure Cay - Abaco Marsh Harbour - Public Dock - Abaco

Information Weddings

Photography by

Tuppy Special Occasions  Weddings P.O.Box AB-20244 Marsh Harbour, Abaco 242-365-6064 (H) 242-367-4227(W)


Shopping  The Bahamas is the place to find world class 100% duty free bargains and one-of-akind collectibles in fine jewelry, leather bags, fragrances, china, crystal, linens, tablecloths, cameras, watches and accessories.  Unlike most duty free ports proof of foreign residency is not required to purchase goods.  Duty free refers to items being imported into The Bahamas.  Visitors may be required to pay duty on goods being taken into their country of residence if their allowed exemptions have been used.

Getting 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 be a resident 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 by a notary public or other person authorized to administer oaths. The following documentation is required: 1. Birth Certificate documentation certificate 2. Passport 3. Notarized Affidavit stating that you/they have never been married. 4. Divorce papers if you/they have been married before. With the ministry assistance, you can obtain the following:  A personal wedding consultant  Marriage License  Administrator or Minister to conduct ceremony  Licensed marriage officer  Wedding Cake  Photographer  Videographer  Wedding Location Abaco Tourist Office - Tel: (242) 367-3067 Fax: (242) 367-3068

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Information Churches

Call to confirm services and schedule of times. Evening services may vary due to the time change.

KIWANIS CLUB Dedicated to serving the children of the world “Young Children: Priority One.” Meets every Tuesday except the third Tuesday Tel: 242.3673680 or 52-1766 Central Abaco Primary School at 7pm

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 Prophecy (MH) 367-2071 Church of God (MRF Bible) (MH) 367-2740 Full Gospel Assembly (TC) 365-8097 ANGLICAN St. Simon by The Sea (TC) 365-2714 St. John’s the Baptist Anglican(MH) 365-2518 BAPTIST Calvary Baptist Church (MH) 367-2105 Grace Baptist Church (MH) 367-2926 Unity Baptist Church (TC) 365-8371 Zion Baptist Church (MH) 367-3563 BRETHREN Bethany Gospel Chapel (MH) 367-4472 International Creole Gospel (MH) 367-3784 Gospel Chapel (MOW) New Vision Ministries (MH) 367-3242 New Life Chapel MOW) Marsh Harbour Gospel (MH) 367-2204 New Plymouth Gospel (GTC) 365-4198 Friendship Tabernacle (MH) 367-4238 METHODIST Aldergate Methodist (MH) 367-2009 St. Andrew’s Methodist (MH) 367-2007 New Plymouth Methodist (GTC) 365-4293 ROMAN CATHOLIC St. Fransis de Sales (MH) 367-2714 SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST Seventh Day Adventist (MH) 367-2948

Service Groups

Organized club of business and professional persons active in public services. PILOT CLUB Dedicated to helping prevent brain related disorders - ‘Brian Minders’ Tel: 242.367.2392 or 366.490 Meet every 3rd Tuesday in the month at Central Abaco Primary School at 7pm

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ROTARY CLUB Committed to immunizating all of the world’s children against polio - “PolioPlus.” Meets at the Below Decks, Abaco Beach Resort every Monday night.

Immigration Cards

The Ministry of Tourism is working very closely with the Bahamas Immigration Department in creating a more multi-purpose Immigration Card with the ability to collect a wide assortment of information related to the quality of vacation experience throughout the Islands of the Bahamas. This data on the back of the regular section; is utilized to actively assist the Ministry of Tourism with its product development and marketing strategies. The Abaco Tourist Office, recently introduced a visual-aid campaign, designed to gently remind visitors to complete the information and deposit it with airlines before departure. The colourful Abaco Parrot is used to spread the message with constant reminders placed in the airports' arrival and departure terminals, cabs, ferries and hotel front-desks. All visitors are asked to kindly cooperate.

Destination Abaco Vol 3 Feb - July 2005  

Travel Guide to Abaco, The Bahamas

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