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Great Abaco Island: The 7 Best Things to Do

Updated: Mar 4, 2022

From its beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters to its vibrant culture and history, there's a lot to love about Great Abaco Island. Check out the 7 best things to do on the island!

It can be hard to find the right place to go on vacation. You want a place that's beautiful and relaxing, but you also don't want to spend all your time traveling to get there. Most people only consider beaches when they're looking for a tropical vacation, but there are so many other great options out there.

Great Abaco Island is the perfect destination for those who want stunning natural beauty, relaxation, and plenty of activities to choose from. From swimming and sailing to golfing and exploring charming colonial towns, the island has something for everyone.

An island paradise that’s only 300 kilometers from Florida. This makes it a great getaway for those who want some peace and quiet, but still close enough so they can enjoy the oceanic beauty too!

Here are some of the best things to do on Great Abaco Island

1. Hit the beach

The island is known for its beaches. Make sure to relax on the sand and sun. The atmosphere is laid-back and you can be by yourself without people around on a beach or sandbar. That's called pure serenity.

  • Treasure Cay Beach, Marsh Harbour - A picture-perfect beach. The white sand, aqua clear water is perfect for sitting and playing in. The current isn't very strong, so it's really enjoyable. There are food and drink options close by at Coco. You can also find beach umbrellas, volleyball, and a variety of water sports to participate in!

  • Tahiti Beach, Elbow Cay - Located in Great Abaco Island. A great place to come and relax. One of the most beautiful beaches in all of the Abaco's is at this location. The shallow sandbank that extends from the beach rises out of the Sea of Abaco 4 times a day when the tide comes in. There is also a floating bar and restaurant here to serve beachgoers during the busy season.

  • Great Guana Cay, Marsh Harbour, Bahamas - If you want to be alone on a beautiful beach, this is the island for you. You can walk for miles collecting shells and sea glass while listening to the waves roll in! Then stop in at Nippers, a world-famous beach bar!

2. Take a boat tour and water sports- cruise through the crystal-clear waters and marvel at the breathtaking scenery.

Feed the swimming pigs, pet sharks, visit the indigenous iguanas, play at a beautiful sandbar.

3. Go fishing and snorkeling

Catch some fish in some of the best waters on the planet. You will see a lot of marine life on the islands. Snorkel in the Grotto, and a sunken plane.

4. Visit The Abaco Museum - learn about the history and culture of Great Abaco Island.

  • Albert Lowe Museum - The museum is an excellent place to get a glimpse into the history and culture of this island. It has many interactive exhibits that you can explore, as well as antique artifacts from centuries past!

  • Wyannie Malone Historical Museum - The old house in Hope Town is a perfect place to see what life was like for the people who live there. Full of memorabilia and videos that highlight both history, culture- it's an entertaining escape from mundane living!

A donation requested but well worth your money as this 20-minute video provides insight into not only how things were done here before us but also their economic struggles over time which we can learn plenty from if ever needed down our own paths.

5. Visit Hope Town and see the iconic lighthouse

  • Elbow Reef Lighthouse - The iconic Hopetown lighthouse is a must-see on your visit to Abaco. It's one of the last remaining lighthouses that use kerosene as their fuel source, and it offers free admission with donations appreciated but not required!

There are also wonderful gift shops inside where you can pick up some unique souvenirs before heading over water for an unforgettable boat ride back home. The views from above this historic landmark couldn't be more beautiful; take time out during any trip here.

6. Play a round of golf - there are several championship golf courses on the island.

7. Shop till you drop - find unique souvenirs and treasures at local shops and markets.

If you have been dreaming of visiting the island of Great Abaco, but are unsure how you will get there?

Simply fly into Marsh Harbour's Leonard Thompson International Airport. Another smaller airport is located at Treasure Cay, however, it currently only handles Bahamasair flights from Nassau or charter airlines/private planes.

Where to stay and what are the travel requirements?

The Bahamas offers a safe and clean destination for all who enter, but there are still precautions being taken. These protocols include travel restrictions as well entry points into the country to ensure your visit goes smoothly without any risks or unpleasant surprises.


If you're looking for an amazing getaway that offers plenty of things to do, Abaco is the perfect destination. With beautiful beaches, lovely places to stay, and delicious food, you'll be able to relax and recharge while enjoying all that this stunning place has to offer. Have you been to Abaco? What were your favorite spots? Let us know!

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