When to Go
June, July, and early August are the best months for sailing, boating, and swimming, precisely why the most popular regatta and fishing tournaments are held during this time. Afternoon thunderstorms are common but usually clear quickly. Temperatures often reach the 90s.
December through May is a pleasant time to visit, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s, though sometimes dropping into the 50s at night when cold fronts blow through. Fishing, particularly deep-sea fishing, is good during this time of year.
In September and October, typically the peak of hurricane season, visitors drop to a trickle and many hotels and restaurants shut down for two weeks to two months. If you're willing to take a chance on getting hit by a storm, this can still be a great time to explore, with discounts of as much as 50% at the hotels that remain open.
Junkanoo. Many Abaco communities have their own Junkanoo celebrations; Hope Town has a New Year's Eve children's rushout for locals and visitors to join in. Parades in the Abacos are much smaller and more intimate than in Nassau, and far less competitive. Hope Town, Elbow Cay.
Heritage Day. Hope Town's annual Heritage Day in March celebrates the Loyalist settlement's history with traditional songs, speeches, and exhibits on historical topics, and a boat parade. Hope Town, Elbow Cay.
Island Roots Festival. The Island Roots Festival celebrates Bahamian traditions with an outdoor party on tiny Green Turtle Cay the first weekend in May. Green Turtle Cay. www.islandrootsheritagefestival.com.
Junkanoo Summer Festival. Junkanoo Summer Festival—traditional summertime parties with dance troupes and musical groups—take place in Marsh Harbour. Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco Island.
Regatta Time. Regatta Time in Abaco, the first week of July, stretches over several islands, with races and plenty of onshore parties. Green Turtle Cay. www.regattatimeinabaco.com.
Treasure Cay Billfish Championship. There are big cash prizes that increase with the number of registered boats at the Treasure Cay Billfish Championship in June. The final day includes a Lionfish Tournament designed to help save the Bahamas indigenous marine life from this relatively new predator. Treasure Cay, Great Abaco Island. treasurecay.com.