Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina
What We Love
- An iconic Bahamian beach resort in the beautiful Out IslandsSnorkeling over the live coral reef at nearby Hope Town Public Beach
- The option of arriving at the hotel via boat, thanks to the full-service marina, one of the largest in the Bahamas
- Relaxing in a beach cabana on the resort’s private stretch of sand
What To Know
- Located in the Out Islands on 40-beachfront acres
- All 72 guestrooms have ocean views
- Onsite you'll find two outdoor pools, a fitness center, and tennis and volleyball courts
- Enjoy complimentary access to all non-motorized water sport equipment, including: kayaks, boogie boards, and snorkeling sets
You’re on island time the minute you set foot on Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina – a Bahamian institution since 1955. Situated on the eastern shore of Great Abaco island, this iconic retreat is also flanked by one of the largest full-service marinas and yacht slips in the area, making it easily accessible via sea and air, thanks also to an international commercial and private airport less than ten minutes away.
But it’s not just the location that has guests coming back time and time again for their tropical fix. This laid-back property leaves a lasting impression thanks to its waterfront surroundings – think 40 acres of lush tropical landscape, private beach access (with beach cabanas), fitness center, and a plethora of activities on offer, including diving and deep-sea fishing. Throw an upscale, locally inspired restaurant into the mix, and a swim-up pool bar with frozen drinks at the ready, and you have all the makings of a perfect island getaway.
The property includes 89 beach-chic rooms and suites, all awash in a clean, neutral palette. Located in the quiet southwestern corner of the property, one floors one through four, Oceanfront and Superior Oceanfront rooms measure 410 square feet. The former has a sitting area with a desk, while the latter has a sitting area with a sofa. Deluxe Oceanfront rooms, meanwhile, are found on the first and second floors in the eastern wing of the main building, with a sofa.
Would you like an umbrella with that frozen cocktail? The swim-up Pool Bar has refreshing drinks on hand, not to mention live entertainment. For a more upscale affair, head to Angler’s, where fresh seafood and local flavors rule the menu. Look for the likes of Abaco grouper and lobster, served in an elegant atmosphere, accompanied nightly by the music of a local vocalist.
The hotel is within five minutes of Marsh Harbour International Airport – a 50-minute flight from Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Miami. Situated on the eastern shore of Great Abaco Island, it’s also just a hop, skip and a jump via ferry to nearby islands and cays, including Hope Town and Man-O-War Cay. Downtown Marsh Harbour and the ferry dock are just one mile away.
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Was forced to spend a night here after a canceled flight from Silver Air. Small, overpriced room. Our bare feet were black after walking around only a few minutes in the room. There were two dead bugs in the bathroom. Saw a fight in the bar between two "yacht families". Front desk wouldn't help us out at all with a reduced rate, $415 with tax for their smallest room. Annoying end to our vacation.
Everything in our room worked. Fridge, air conditioner, tv, coffee maker, etc and beds were good. Bar had good drinks. Fine for us, but walking barefoot on room floor leaves you with dirty soles. Grounds were cluttered w tree droppings. Charging 2.50 for Kirkland brand water seemed a bit tacky, too. Lobed the convrnience to the fowntown restaurants and the Marina since we were there to fish and eat, and woulf come back again. By stateside standards this would get a 3 but by Bahama standards it is at least a 4.
You have to remember that you’re in the Bahamas. I’ve been coming to this country since the 70’s and I have to remind myself of the time that you could only call the States 10 minutes per hour because of the shared microwave network.
Abaco Beach is just ok. Rooms are very dated and although I set the ac to 68, the room never got cooler than 74. Bars and restaurants were fine with very good service.
My biggest issue was the internet. Rarely worked, on my first day I called the front desk the said a tech team would address it. I gave up, realizing that I’d catch up with the world on my return to the States.
We just finished a two night stay at the marina. It was our first visit here and we enjoyed it very much. The highlight though was the restaurant. The first night we ate there with 4 people and the meal was excellent so we brought the rest of our group of seven back the following night and everyone loved it. The chef is top notch! He accommodated all our special requests perfectly:). Best of the best - pistachio encrusted grouper, lobster bites and smashed potatoes. Very friendly staff and excellent service.
I read reviews on here and just roll my eyes...NOBODY should be rating this hotel a 5 star. Now a “conditional” 5 star comparing this property to other’s available in the area, yeah I get that...but if you have ever stayed in anything nicer than a Hampton Inn you would be giving this “resort” a 3 at best. Why? First of all it is VERY dated and uninspiring (mostly the building/rooms/pools)...my floor was soooo disgustingly dirty that I had to wear flip flops my entire stay. The bathroom was old and had rust stains in the tub, missing caulk and old fixtures. There was a glass table with a chair that belonged in a living room corner not at a dining room table. The room was musty and smelled WORSE after turning on the air conditioning...which actually worked very well, kept the room cool. The fix was AC all the way up and open the patio door (it was March so the temperatures outside were a perfect 72 degrees F). It’s not all horrible...the location to food and drinks...perfect. The staff was terrific and friendly. The grounds, beach, pool bar and dockside area were VERY nice...so, YES stay here but do NOT rate this a 5 star, come on people.