Welcome to the Abacos. There is no question that this is a boater’s paradise—the 120-mile long stretch of islands delivers panoramic beauty, calm and near-neon-colored turquoise waters, warm breezes and quaint colonial settlements. And beyond the obvious are the local treasures that can only be served up by the Abacos. The list is long, but here are just a few of our favorites:
Pig Roast Party at Nippers
We’ll go ahead and address this one first—as it’s one of the most talked about weekly events in the Abacos. Drop your hook at Settlement Harbour or Fisher’s Bay, and stroll over to Nipper’s, on the north side of Great Guana Cay. The Bahamian buffet, strong drinks (Nipper Juice, anyone?) and stunning beach views are just the beginning. The Sunday Pig Roast parties here are legendary. Go a little crazy, or enjoy the entertainment from the upper deck.
Full Moon Party at Cracker P’s
If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the Abacos during a full moon, a visit to Cracker P’s is a must. Complete with buffet, gorgeous deck view, dancing, beach games and bonfire, the party doesn’t quit until you do.
Dinner at Firefly
Located on Elbow Cay is Firefly Bar & Grill, where you can enjoy fresh, local seafood and cocktails with a stunning open-air ambiance overlooking the water. From Hope Town, rent a golf cart and drive yourself or call ahead for a complimentary pickup. Reservations are recommended, and the sunsets are spectacular, so plan accordingly!
Feed the Pigs of No Name Cay
Add No Name Cay to your list of day stops. The island is uninhabited, except for a few friendly pigs. The island is suitable for exploration or picnicking, but the stars of this show are most definitely the pigs. When they’re hungry they’ll wade out to meet your dinghy. There is no natural food source for them on the island, so bring along some munchies for them to enjoy.
Climb the Hope Town Lighthouse
Need to work off a few beach buffet calories? The famous Elbow Reef Lighthouse is the most recognizable landmark in all of Abaco, and one of the last manual lighthouses in the world. The lighthouse keeper on duty must wind up the weights every 2 hours to keep the lights shining through the night. Climb the 100+ steps to the top for an uninterrupted view.
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