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For our third wedding anniversary, we traveled to one of our favorite destinations in the Bahamas. Great Abaco is part of a 120-mile–long chain of islands and is a sailor’s paradise. It’s part of the northern Bahamian islands and there are so many different smaller islands to explore and get lost on. We made sure to visit Pete’s Pub, one of our favorite spots to enjoy fresh seafood on the island. This fun place rests on the rocky coastline of the Atlantic Ocean in the picturesque Winding Bay. Just a little walk from there is the Little Harbor Lighthouse. What’s left of the 1889 light house is so cool. It offers an amazing view of the crashing Atlantic and beautiful ruins overlooking the entrance of the Little Harbour Channel.

We kayaked in the mangroves and enjoyed an impressive display of nature and ocean creatures, stranded ourselves on a small island and spent a whole day experiencing Great Abaco from the water. We enjoyed a round of golf at the Treasure Cay Golf Club and we took a ferry to the quaint village of Hope Town on the beautiful island of Elbow Cay.

The tiny island of Hope Town is absolutely stunning and makes for a great walk or bike ride. Their perfectly intact lighthouse is a landmark, there is great food to choose from and the people of Hope Town are beyond welcoming. Another great place to visit is Cherokee, a gorgeous 1 mile fishing village with a super cool 770 ft. wooden dock (the largest wooden dock in the commonwealth of the Bahamas).

Whenever traveling, we like to enjoy adapting to the local culture and experiencing places, as if we lived there. In Great Abaco, Marsh Harbour is our main source for great restaurants, grocery items and other necessities. Our most favorite and a VERY local place to get a bite of traditional rice and peas is at Mother Merle’s, off the beaten path in Dundas Town. It’s as local as can be and is a great place to grab a hearty meal. Located on the harbor, we also enjoyed Curly Tails, a restaurant that offers good food and a beautiful second-story view.

The harbor is full of beautiful boats and it offers ferries to outer islands, like Guana Cay, who hosts incredible weekly roasts and celebrations at Nipper’s Bar & Grill. It has attracted people from around the world for it offers good food, lively energy and a stellar beach location.

In total, we’ve been to beautiful Great Abaco 4 times and every time we get to know the dazzling Caribbean destination even better. We can’t wait to get back and recommend the destination to all! See what happens next on our adventure here!


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