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14 Days in the Bahamas - Greater Abaco Island

A November 2005 trip to Abaco by rschell

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14 Days in the Bahamas - Greater Abaco Island

Overview

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Meet the people, enjoy the beautiful water, visit the Cays and eat Conch.

Quick Tips:

Food is expensive, you can use US Currency, don't take many "dress up" clothes and don't plan on much activity on Sunday as most businesses are closed or close early.

Best Way To Get Around:

From the Regattas you can walk to most downtown locations, or take a taxi to the market. We rented a car and had the freedom to go where we wanted when we wanted. Driving on the left side of the road isn't a problem.
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Best Things Nearby:We found friendly people, good food, beautiful water and fun places to go.Best Things About the Resort:This resort is recovering from damage caused by tidal surge from Hurricane Frances, but is a good place to stay and is in a good location if you want to walk or have a car or want to take the ferry to the out-islands.Resort Experience:The Regattas-of-Abacos is a nice condominium that has seen better days and has also seen worse days. It is certainly not the quality of a true resort facility. If you check in at the prescribed times, you should expect to haul your luggage to your condo; either up the steps to the hill top or up the drivewa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 25, 2005

Mother Merle's Fishnet

Restaurant | "Mother Merle's"

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Great local food. Originally just take-out but now has dine in experience. They had the best food and price with local atmosphere. A good family restaurant with mostly local patrons. Served Conch Fritters as appetizers. Must order Cracked Conch or out of this world Bahamian fried chicken. Mother Merele is in her 80's and made a cameo appearance... her 3 grandsons are running the restaurant and they have great personalities and are a pleasure to talk to. A must eat location.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 5, 2005

Mother Merle's Fishnet
Dundas Town
Abaco, Bahamas
+1 242 367 2770

Jamie's Place

Restaurant

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A nice, plain cafe type of restaurant with very good food and friendly, prompt service. Always crowded at lunch time. Good prices. The fish and chicken salads looked good and locals we met ordered the salads on a regular basis. The most popular orders were the fried chicken, cracked conch and conch fritters. The "peas" and rice are their staple food, like potatoes in the US. But the "peas" are pidgeon peas which are more like small beans. Slight variations in taste at each restaurant. There were good cheese burgers, too.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2006

Jamie's Place
Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh Harbour
Great Abaco Island

Pete's

Restaurant

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Pete's was an interesting experience. If you just drove up to the place you might not stop ... however, with knowledge that the food is very good and the wonderful smell of the food cooking you can't help but stop. Pete's is an 'A' frame, open sided hut with a great view of Little Harbour. The last few miles is a narrow dirt road. The bar is the focal point of Pete's and you can belly up to the bar and eat your lunch there or at a covered table nearby, or on the deck overlooking the harbor. The mango marinated hog fish sandwich and the ginger marinated tuna sandwich were out of this world. The roof of the "hut" is covered with t-shirts hung from the ceiling beams, some autographed by patrons, others w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2006

Hope Town Harbour Lodge

Restaurant | "Hope Town Harbour Lodge (Pool Side)"

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Hope Town is a great place to visit and the pool side food and view is outstanding. The lodge is a kaleidoscope of colors and the view of the ocean is one of the best on the island. While they offered hamburgers and other local fare, we chose the cracked conch and had a wonderful meal and a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 7, 2006

Hope Town Harbour Lodge

Abaco, Bahamas
(242) 366-0095

Visiting the Cays

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Elbow Cay Photo, Abaco, Bahamas
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If you have the time, I strongly encourage you to visit the out-islands or Cays. Each Cay is unique and offers different views, attractions or activities. The ferry to Hope Town and Man-O-War Cay can be found at the far eastern end of Bay Street. The ferry to Guana Cay can be found near Mangoes on Bay Street. The ferry to Green Turtle Cay is found just north of Treasure Cay off the S.C. Bootle Highway. Same day round trip costs around $20. Some of the Cays are the starting point for snorkeling, diving, and fishing adventures ... and don't forget the shopping. In all cases, the beaches are beautiful.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 17, 2006

Where, What and When ...

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We spent 14 days at the Regatta in early November, however, conditions and activities may be different during the peak season which begins around Thanksgiving. Our weather was variable with many days of sunshine and temperatures in the low to mid-80’s. And even though some days were windy with some rain showers intermittently during the day or night, the weather didn’t hamper our plans or activities. While 14 days gave us plenty of time to relax and enjoy the island and cays, 7 days would make for a pretty tight schedule. Greater Abacos Island and the off-shore cays were a joy. If you are expecting great night life or a polished environment you have chosen the wrong location. Greater Abaco...Read More