Marina Spotlights

Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour

New England
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October 2014
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By
Robert
Wilson

Boat Harbour, located in the Abaco chain of the Bahamas, is a first-class marina and a favorite among sport fishermen and cruising enthusiasts. Guests enjoy all the amenities of the Abaco Beach Resort nestled on the southern shores of Great Abaco Island in close proximity to a variety of shops and restaurants in Marsh Harbour.

Abaco Beach Resort has had a long history of being one of the best marinas in the Bahamas. Since opening in 1955, the owners and management have remained much the same. A legend in its own time, a storied tradition has developed for many families who return year after year.

Here you will find 190 protected slips accommodating vessels up to 225 feet. State-of-the-art amenities include cable, telephone, free WiFi and two freshwater swimming pools. In addition, the resort has a beautifully maintained private beach, free use of water sports equipment and boat rentals, and diesel and gasoline fueling stations. For a memorable dining experience, check out Angler's Restaurant, famous for its lamb. When locals are looking to celebrate or be entertained, the Bahamian cuisine prepared by Chef Charles is their choice.

As you approach Boat Harbour, dockhands will secure your vessel and ensure that all electric and water supplies are safely connected. If this is your first port in the Bahamas, the staff can make arrangements to have Customs and Immigration meet with your captain at the marina. The staff are also known for doing everything in their power to make sure guests experience the best that the Bahamas have to offer.

Marsh Harbour is the commercial hub of the Abacos, with grocery shopping akin to that in the U.S., though prices are somewhat higher. If you are interested in visiting the neighboring cays, Albury's Ferry Service can whisk you away to Man O War, with its boatbuilding heritage, or Hope Town, where the historic candy-striped Elbow Cay Lighthouse welcomed 18th-century visitors to the island's loyalist, post-revolutionary community. Ocean and harbor-front dining is abundant on both cays.

But if you just want to relax, the pristine white-sand beach at Abaco Beach Resort is the place to be. The views are spectacular. The on-site gift shop stocks suntan lotion, sunglasses, and even bathing suits”in case you forgot a few items. No visit to the Abacos is complete without a little karaoke or rake and scrape music. Brown Tip, a local musician of note, entertains at the Boat Harbour pool bar, making it an exciting way to watch the sun go down while sipping on Kalik beer and munching on cracked conch.

In Abaco, they say, put a little sand in your shoes before you go home, which ensures that you are certain to return to the Bahamas. For most visitors, an enjoyable stay at Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour is sufficient to guarantee that!

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