About the Marina | Cruising Grounds | Around the Base | Provisioning | Things to Do | Water Toys & Sports

Whether this is your fifth trip or the first of many, we want you to feel at home when you're at a Moorings base. At Abaco Beach Resort, we welcome you to explore base amenities before boarding and setting sail from the Abacos.

About the Marina

Abaco Beach Resort
Bay St, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahama

  • Showers 
  • Toilets
  • Hotel
  • Laundry service
  • Restaurant & Bar 
  • 2 Swimming pools
  • White Sand Beach 
  • Non-motorised water sports 
  • 24-hour security and front desk team
  • ATM
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Fuel station
  • Dive shop
  • Boutique and grocery store
  • Ice + water

Dock Facilities
Local Dockage Facilities: Dock space can be reserved at most harbors prior to arrival by calling ahead on VHF channel 16 or by requesting confirmation via The Moorings office on VHF channel 82.

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Cruising Grounds

Experience Level
A formal sailing license is not mandatory to charter here. A completed Sailing or  Power  resume is required to ensure you have the necessary experience required to charter yourself. 

Cruising Area
30 miles around the base, otherwise, the base must approve travel plans and a waiver must be signed.

Cruising Area Restrictions 
This information is covered in the chart briefing. There are several marine parks in the Sea of Abaco. It's illegal to carry out any form of fishing or to take any shells, coral, or sea life in national marine parks. A waiver must be signed at the base if the client intends to leave the Sea of Abaco.

The sailing grounds for the Abacos are normally restricted to the Sea of Abaco only. The central cruising area is comprised of Great Abaco, along with a string of cays just east of these islands due to dangerous offshore reefs.

Charterers demonstrating extensive offshore and navigational experience are permitted to go down islands on approval by the base. A two-week minimum charter is strongly recommended for these clients.

It is strictly forbidden to sail alone, we require two persons minimum on board.

Charts & Pilot Books
All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are provided on the yacht. 

Nighttime Sailing 
You must be moored at least one hour before sunset, night sailing is not allowed.

Cruising Permits & Taxes
No permits and taxes are required. A fishing permit is required for guests that wish to fish while on charter. Fishing permits can be acquired here: https://www.bahamas.com/plan-your-trip/fishing/fishing-faq 

Moorings Fees & Taxes
Mooring Balls: $20 - $30 per night

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Around the Base

The Abaco Beach Resort is the perfect home for your Abacos vacation. We offer hotel accommodations and marina facilities. We are conveniently located in close proximity to shops and the downtown area.

Read more on the Abaco Beach Resort here

Banks are open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ATM machines are available in Marsh Harbour and on the islands and are available at most banks. Ask the base on arrival for locations. ATMs dispense Bahamian dollars.

Post Office 
Letters can be posted from the base.

Abaco Beach Resort Bistro

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The Moorings Provisioning
Online Provisioning will be available soon for charters in Abacos. 

If you would like to provision at a local grocery store there are several options available including the following:

Maxwell’s - Large supermarket that is a 15 - 20 minute walk from the base
 - Open Mon-Thurs: 8am–7pm; Fri-Sat: 8am–8pm; Sun: 8am–4pm
Abaco Groceries - Wholesale/Retail store that is a 10 minute taxi ride from the base
 - Open Mon–Wed: 7:30am–6pm; Thurs-Sat: 7:30am-7pm; Sun: 9:30am-4pm
Jimmy’s liquor store - Smaller provisioning store
 - Open Mon-Sat: 9am – 6pm; Sun: Closed 
Vernon’s Groceries - Smaller grocery store
 - Open 8am – 5pm 
Calypso coffee house - Specialist coffee
 - Open Mon-Sat: 8am – 4pm; Sun: 8am - 2pm

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Things to Do

Enjoy the amenities at the Abaco Beach resort while in the marina. There is a small stretch of white sand beach with canopies available. Take the kids over to the on-site playground, or relax poolside at either of the two outdoor swimming pools.  

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Water Toys & Sports

For your convenience, you can add water toys to your charter prior to arrival at the base. They will be waiting on your boat upon arrival. You are able to rent these at the base; however, please keep in mind that we have limited availability. For more information, please view our Water Sports Options.

Scuba Diving 
Dive Abaco is located at the base and is the most easily accessed dive shop. For more diving options contact your Moorings Vacation Planning Specialist.

Mermaid reef, Johnny's Cay, Manjack Cay, No name Cay, and Walkers Cay reef are all protected underwater preserves.

The Moorings provides snorkeling gear (flippers only at this time due to COVID) for all charters for your pleasure, we recommend you bring your own snorkel and mask. Children's sizes are very limited; you may wish to pack your own snorkeling gear.

Fishing is allowed and a license is not required for charterers. To protect the marine environment, spearfishing using scuba gear and possession of spearguns are illegal in The Bahamas. Two areas are protected and fishing is not permitted: Pelican Cays Land & Sea Park Fowl Cay Preserve.

Fishing equipment can be rented around the base by a local free-lancer who provides fishing gear, nets, and slings and from Island Boy Tackle Some fishing charters are also available.

Spiny Lobster season is from August 1st through March 31st. The minimum size is a 5 1/2 inches tail length or 3 1/4 inch carapace length (measured from the base of the horns to the end of the jacket). Unlike Florida, lobster may be taken by a spear. It is illegal to take or possess female lobster with eggs. The vessel bag limit is six per person at any one time.

There is no closed season on conch, but it's illegal to take or possess immature conch. In order to be legal, conch must have a well-formed lip (or flared-lip). The vessel bag limit is ten per person at any one time.

The vessel bag limit for scale fish is 20 pounds per person. The minimum size for any member of the grouper family is three pounds.

Stone Crabs may be taken if the claw length is four inches or greater. The season is closed from June 1 - October 15. It is illegal to harvest female stone crabs.

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For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here for Bareboat Chartershere for Power Charters, or here for Crewed Charters.

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