Take a great sailing passage from Florida to the secluded cruising grounds of the Sea of Abaco in the Bahamas. This area is loved by bareboating families and sailors near and far. You will need a minimum of 10 days to do the area justice but it is well worth it. The sea is not only celebrated for its azure, clear water and tropical location, but it holds the world’s fourth-largest barrier-reef system, home to some of the most incredible tropical fish on the planet. Both onshore and offshore views are picturesque, especially local villages.
Sailing from Fort Lauderdale into Green Turtle Cay by way of Great Sale Cay and West End is the preferred route. Once there, an ideal week around Abaco might begin with a departure from Marsh Harbour, on Abaco Island, and sailing over to Hope Town. A famous candy-striped lighthouse is one of three kerosene-powered lights still in the world. From there to the northwest, a village in Man O’ War Cay has preserved its traditionalWest Indiescharm, where snorkeling, bonefishing, and plenty of drinks can be enjoyed. Sail to the gorgeous Baker’s Bay, at Great Guana Cay, and explore the 5.5 mile long, scenic, sandy beach. On Sundays, Nipper’s Beach Bar and Grill hosts a pig roasting with live music and dancing that should not be missed.
For some relaxation, sail from there to Green Turtle Cay and take advantage of the resort facilities at the Bluff House marina, including live music, amazing beaches, deep-sea fishing, and diving opportunities. Head back towardsAbacoIsland’s Little Harbour- here, a narrow sandy spit separates theAtlantic Oceanfrom the harbor. (A group of artists has lived here since the 1950s) At this point the more curious traveler can still find a multitude of historical and other sights at Green Turtle Cay’s village of New Plymouth. Make sure you stop by the inlet at Treasure Cay, where you can walk barefoot along the beach.