Great Abaco Island

If arriving by air, your trip will begin on Great Abaco, the main island. It's bordered on its eastern side by a chain of cays that extend from the north to about midway down the island, and on the western side by a fishing flat called the Marls, a shallow-water area of mangrove creeks and islands. Great Abaco was once logged for its pine trees, and traveling by car allows you to access many old logging trails that will lead you to secluded beaches along the coast. The island is home to wild horses, cows, and boars, and the endangered Abaco parrots, who make their homes in the pine forests.

Marsh Harbour is the main hub of activity on the island, and where most visitors stay. Heading north on the S.C. Bootle Highway will take you to Treasure Cay peninsula, a resort development. There's another, smaller, airport here. Farther north are Cooper's Town and the small communities of Little Abaco, which don't provide much for visitors besides nearly total seclusion. South of Marsh Harbour off the Ernest Dean Highway are artists' retreat Little Harbour, and Cherokee Sound and Sandy Point, both small fishing communities. Also there is the quaint yet upscale second home and vacation community Schooner Bay.

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