Great Abaco and the surrounding cays lie along the northeast portion of the Bahamas, 200 miles from the coast of southern Florida, and the area offers some of the world’s best cruising and sailing destinations. Each cay has its own ambiance and character, with access to the Atlantic Ocean and the pristine Sea of Abaco.
Marsh Harbour is the hub and commercial center of Great Abaco Island and serves as an ideal base for any visit. There are a host of anchoring and docking possibilities, an infrastructure to support extended cruising and a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options. Anchoring in the harbor provides easy access to Maxwell’s, the major grocery store, and dining and bar hopping options such as Snappa’s, Mangoes and Curley Tails. On Wednesday and Saturday nights, boaters gather at the Jib Room, located at Marsh Harbour Marina (242-367-2700, jibroom.com) on the harbor’s north side; It is well known for its ribs and steaks. Both are popular with boaters and locals, so reservations are required. Harbour View Marina (242-367-3910, harbourviewmarina.com) provides convenient dockage to downtown, a pool and patio deck, a friendly atmosphere and fuel.
Boat Harbour Marina at Abaco Beach Resort (242-367-2158, abacobeachresort.com) is located on the southern shore of Marsh Harbour, with direct access to the Sea of Abaco. With more than 198 slips for vessels up to 200 feet, fuel, two swimming pools and two restaurants, it is the most comprehensive development on Great Abaco Island. Each year the resort hosts several fishing tournaments, and the private beach is a gem for those looking for solitude and privacy.