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If time permits, it is well worth the effort to visit Nassau on the island of New Providence, a one-day run from Hope Town and just 90 miles south of Marsh Harbour. The open-water passage across the channel from Abaco is straightforward and enjoyable, weather permitting.

Nassau once had a rich history of rum running and pirating, but today it is the capital of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the islands’ largest city. A tour of the area will reveal how the Lucayan Indians, Spanish rule, post-Revolutionary loyalists, Bahamian Independence and a flourishing tourism industry influenced development.

There are many marinas along the harbor, including Hurricane Hole Marina (242-363-3600, hurricaneholemarina.com), a 90-slip full-service facility. On the southwest shore is Albany Marina (242-676-6020, albanybahamas.com), a megayacht complex accommodating vessels up to 300 feet. The most recent addition to the eastern shore of Nassau is Palm Cay (242-324-5132, palmcay.com), an oceanfront marina residential community offering seaside living and world-class amenities. Its full-service facility can accommodate 194 vessels, and amenities include pools, a gourmet market and a private beach. If you make it to New Providence, the 69-acre property is a must-visit.

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