The Abacos contain two main Islands and a number of cays, many tiny and uninhabited. It is considered a Family Island and has a number of blue holes, truly beautiful beaches, wildlife including parrots, wild horses, flamingos and wild hogs. Eco tourism is abundant. Yachtsman have long loved the Abacos, which has a large number of marinas.
The main land mass is Great Abaco of which the main settlement is Marsh Harbour. Marsh Harbour is on the eastern side of Great Abaco. North of Marsh Harbour is Treasure Cay with it's incredible beaches and pristine golf course. Further North is the settlement of Coopers Town. South of Marsh Harbour are the settlements of Snake Cay, Spencer Bight, Little Harbour, Cherokee, Cherokee Point, Crossing Rock Hole-In-The-Wall, and Sandy Point (southwest). There are many more settlements on Great Abaco, as well as many small cays.
North of Coopers Town is Little Abaco, with the main settlements of Wood Cay, Mount Hope, Fox Town, and Crown Haven. Some of these settlements are very small and you are likely to be treated as family nearly anywhere you go in the Abacos.
The cays each offer their own personality. While there are a large number of cays in the Abacos, only a few of the cays are heavily inhabited. Ferries or private boats carry passengers to the Cays. Home Town and Elbow Cay have long been a quaint area to live and work offering, marinas, vacation home rentals, restaurants, activities and shops. Golf carts are the only means of ground transportation. Man-O-War Cay has no resort facilities and offers a quieter setting, with a strick prohibition of alcohol. Man-O-War Cay is a popular cay to build a a home for those seeking solice. Green Turtle Cay is another quiet area for those who wish to work in tourism but live a private life (watch what others see you do or you will suffer from the gossip) with resorts, marina, restaurants and activities. Great Guana Cay also has resorts, marinas, private cottages or condos for vacation rentals (each with its own name) restaurants and activities. Walkers Cay is popular to fisherman. All the cays offer beaches, nature and pristine waters. One can easily find a simple position on a cay and live a quiet life.
The population in the Abacos (based upon the 1990 census) was 10,003. The Islands are situated approximately 105 miles north of Nassau and 175 miles east of Palm Beach. The majority of the Abaconians are employed in the fields of tourism, banking, fishing and boat making. A rich history of evolves of those in the art of boat making and it is passed down through the generations. The islands have bred keen fishermen, boat builders and sail makers since theywere first settled in the late 18th century by Loyalists fleeing a newly independent America.
There are two museums, Albert Lowe Museum and the Wyannie Malone Museum in Hope Town. Both display artifacts attesting to Abaco's colourful cast of past characters, including wreckers, smugglers and pirates.
Game fish tournaments are held each year. Billfish, marlin, and tuna abound. Competitions include Great Abaco Beach Resort's Wahoo Tournament, in which fishermen compete for one the sea's fastest fish.
is virtually no unemployment in the Abacos.