ABACOS - ATTRACTIONS
Though it is the third most populous city in
The Bahamas, visitors to Marsh Harbor is happily sleepy with
a population well under 10,000.
Lying on the outskirts of Marsh Harbor, Cottman's
Castle is the home of Evan Cottman, an American doctor who once practiced
in the Out Islands and went on to write a book called "Out Island
Doctor." He built the castle himself, and the experience became
the subject for another book, "My Castle in the Air." No
longer a home, the castle is today a café run by Cottman's daughter,
Pelican Cays National Park:
Dotted with islets, small bays, and seemingly endless
reefs, this 2,000 acre park is one of the best in The Bahamas.
Eight Mile Bay:
Eight Mile Bay is situated on the southeastern part
of the island, between Cherokee Sound and Crossing Rocks. , defined
by a long and incredibly beautiful beach,
Exceptionally rich in marine life, this small
cay off the southwestern end of the island is a particularly
attractive spot for divers, snorkelers, and fishermen.
Man o' War Cay:
Man o' War Cay was once the boat building capital
of the Abacos. Lying the shallow waters just off the cay is the wreck
of the Adirondack, a federal warship sunk during the American Civil
In Elbow Cay is the small port of Hope Town,
which is in turn the site of the most photographed object in
the Abacos, the candy-stripped lighthouse.
Situated about 25 miles north of Marsh Harbor,
this sprawling resort possesses its own marina, beach, golf-course,
Green Turtle Cay:
This small resort island once hosted a thriving population
of Green Turtles. Unfortunately, over the years most of the turtles
were hunted and turned into soup. There is, however, a farm where green
turtles are still raised for food, while those still remaining in the
nearby waters are protected.
Cooper's Town is the idyllic jumping-off point for
Little Abaco, the narrow slice of land that curves westward from the
island's northern reaches.
The deeper waters surrounding this cay, along
with a well-developed resort, have made this cay one of the most
cherished fishing destinations in the islands. It is also
the northernmost island of The Bahamas.