Most visitors to the Abacos make their first stop in Marsh Harbour, the Bahamas' third-largest city and the Abacos' commercial center. Besides having the Abacos' largest international airport, it offers what boaters consider to be one of the easiest harbors to enter. It has several full-service marinas, including the 190-slip Boat Harbour Marina and the 80-slip Conch Inn Marina.
Marsh Harbour has a more diverse variety of restaurants, shops, and grocery items than other communities. Maxwell's Supermarket and one of the larger liquor stores to stock up on supplies are standard stops on the way to other settlements or islands. The downtown area has several other supermarkets, as well as a few department and hardware stores. If you need cash, this is the place to get it; banks here are open every day and have ATMs, neither of which you will find on the smaller, more remote settlements or cays.