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Abacos Island, Bahamas.
The Abacos are a group of islands and cays forming a boomerang-shaped chain which stretches nearly 130 miles from Walker's Cay in the north to Hole-In-The-Wall in the south. It lies roughly 175 miles east of Palm Beach and 106 miles north of Nassau. The area of Abaco is 650 square miles. The configuration creates naturally protected waters referred to commonly as the Sea of Abaco which makes a favorite cruising ground for yachtsmen, many of whom come from great distances. Abaco is widely known as the Sailing Capital of the World and a Sailor's Nirvana.
The islands are a noted base for sailing activities in the Bahamas as well as resort tourism.
Sheltered harbors create a haven for yachtsmen. Colonial towns are gems of New England architecture. And the ecosystem provides a rich outdoor experience for nature lovers.
Great Abaco at Treasure Cay, Ocean Beach rolls out a wide expanse of uncrowded, sugary sand, arcing elegantly around a shallow turquoise bay. But on the eastern end, Ocean Beach has all the bustle and attractions of the true tourist beachfront. You'll find lots to do, and every service will be at your fingertips.
Boating and Sailing at Abacos
Since the day they were first discovered by ship, the 700 islands in The Bahamas have increasingly become a magnet for sea vessels. Fuel up. Chart a course. Uninhabited cays, hidden coves, annual regattas, and modern marinas will sweeten the voyage.
Diving at Abacos
You may bring your own equipment or rent whatever you need here. You'll find equipment from snorkel and fin sets to everything a serious diver needs, abundant clean air, you can even arrange for nitrox. Several Shops offer instruction from resort dive courses for beginners through dive master certification.
Abacos Landmarks and Attractions
Hope Town Lighthouse
The British Imperial Lighthouse Service built this lighthouse to mark the Elbow Reef during the 1860's. Hope Towners at the time resented this and opposed the project, as they saw it as a threat to their wrecking trade. They went as far as to sink a barge being used to transport building materials. Despite all this, the candy-striped lighthouse at Hope Town went into operation in 1863.
It is one of only two remaining beacons saved from automation (that is vigorously opposed by residents). Extraordinary efforts are undertaken by the local residents to secure the parts for the kerosene-burning apparatus of the light, most of which are no longer manufactured.
Abaco National Park
This National Park, comprising 20,500 acres in Southern Abaco near Hole In The Wall, has been designated a preservation area by the Bahamas Government and is managed by The Bahamas National Trust. Included are 5,000 acres of pine forest – the nesting area and habitat of about 1000 endangered Bahama or "Abaco" Parrots. The parrots once lived on as many as seven islands in The Bahamas, but now only exist in Abaco and Great Inagua.
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