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WHERE TO EAT IN ABACO

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In the Abacos restaurants offer a variety of menu options to satisfy tour appetite. A few popular restaurants and some resorts in Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay and The Cays offer fine dining, usually accompanied by ocean or harbor views.

Options on Great Abaco

“The Abaco Club” at Winding Bay is a member’s only club, but if you can get a reservation, the food, the service and the setting are excellent.  (242) 367-0077

“Wally’s” is open Monday-Saturday 10:30 am to 11:00 pm and on Sunday 11:30 am-3:00 pm.  They specialize in Caribbean, Seafood, Bahamian, Vegetarian Friendly, and Vegan Options. Wally’s offer: Takeout, Reservations, Indoor and Outdoor Seating, Accepts American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and has Free Wi-Fi. Phone: (242) 367-2074

“Snappas Grill & Chill” is a casual dining literally “on the harbour” in Marsh Harbour, open every day. Snappas is family friendly until 9pm, daily specials, friendly staff and live entertainment several nights a week.  Phone: (242) 367-2278

“Blue Hole” is a newly opened restaurant in Marsh Harbour, located at The Conch Inn Marina (replaced Curly Tails).  The restaurant offers excellent fine dining a very good wine list and is set to become Marsh Harbour’s “The Place”.

Pete’s Pub is perhaps the best food on the island, always freshly caught fish, barefoot chic. Pete’s is an off the beaten track, island beach pub and the only working sculpture foundry in the Bahamas. They are world famous for nature and oceanic inspired large sculptures, jewelry and its signature rum punch drink the Blaster. Phone: (242) 577-5487

Treasure Sands is stylish upscale beach club offers both indoor and outdoor dining, with stunning views of the beach and pool area. The lunch and dinner menu is influenced by different cultures and is complimented with an impressive wine list. Open daily 12:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. Phone: (242) 365-9385

Angler’s Restaurant & Bar overlooking Boat Harbour Marina, the restaurant offers a delicious variety of menu options to satisfy your appetite. The food and service are generally good, while the setting overlooking the largest marina in the Bahamas is stunning.  A local favorite is the ‘Sunday Brunch Buffet’ that features Bahamian dishes only. Hours of operation: Monday-Sunday Breakfast and lunch is served from 6:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; dinner is served from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Phone: (242) 367-2158

Dining on the Cays

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Firefly Resort sited overlooking the Sea of Abaco, Hope Town, Elbow Cay. Be sure to catch a sunset cocktail here.  This option is perhaps one of the best in Abaco, the food is gourmet using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible.  Fresh and healthy fine cuisine, try the fried pickles and stone crabs when in season.  (242) 366-0145

“Harbours Edge”, Elbow Cay.  The Edge is a staple of Elbow Cay, locals often eat here at least once a week.  Occasional evening live entertainment.  Excellent food choices, the Edge Salad is delightful and many of the other menu options are equally satisfying.  Saturdays is pizza night.  The lighthouse keeps watch over this place.  Open daily and nightly except Tuesdays.

“Captain Jacks”, Elbow Cay.  Jack’s is also on the harbour, a bit more casual and cozy, food is down home style and hearty.  A favourite haunt of the locals and the Abaco Rage crew.  Open daily for lunch and dinner except Sundays.

“Abaco Inn”, Elbow Cay.  The Inn is backed by a long history dating back to the 50’s when it was the “Fin & Tonic”.  The food and service is 5 star, excellent wine list.  Tom personally curated the wine stores and he will always make sure you have a good time.  The Bloody Marys are excellent.  Never had a bad meal here. Open daily breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“Seaspray”, Elbow Cay.  Seaspray is attached to the largest marina on Elbow Cay and the casual dining around the pool is delightful.  A change in ownership a few years ago has pulled up the socks and the food and service have improved tremendously.  A nice option on Elbow Cay for a pleasant relaxing atmosphere.  Open daily and nightly, lunch and dinner.

“Hope Town Harbour Lodge”.  The Lodge is another historic property in Abaco, perhaps the oldest lodging establishment in Hope Town.  Lunch between the beach and pool is stellar, dinner is served in the main dining hall and often spectacular.  Breakfast is not my favourite, but works in a pinch, as it is the only place to eat early in town.  Open daily breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Dock and Dine is located on the harbor side on the quiet island of Man-O-War Cay. Dock and Dine offers a hearty Bahamian inspired menu which is will be sure to satisfy.  This is a must stop for lunch if you are cruising the seas.  Lunch is served Monday-Saturday from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm. Dinner is served Monday – Saturday 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm.  (242) 365-6139

Hibiscus Café also on the harbour of Man-O-War Cay. They are best known for their burgers and salads and ice cream parlor.  A friendly, family owned restaurant option on the cay.

Nippers on Guana Cay.  Nippers is well known and no introduction is necessary as anyone who has been to Abaco has enjoyed (and maybe later regretted) a “Frozen Nipper” drink.  Perhaps you have been nipped too?  But what people often don’t realize is that the food is actually quite good, and the setting even better with views over the beach and Atlantic Ocean.

“The Green Turtle Club”, Green Turtle Cay.  The club is another place with some history, check out the dollar bills stapled all over the bar floor to ceiling, wall to wall.  Sunday brunch here is stellar.  If they have lobster thermidor on the menu get it.  Excellent bloody marys and eggs benedict.  Open daily breakfast, lunch and dinner.

There are many other places to dine around Abaco which I’ve missed off this list.  Take a trip and try them all out.  The last one I will mention before signing off is

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Plymouth Rock Liquors – this charming ‘hole in the wall’ used to be Green Turtle Cay’s only liquor store.  If you like rum, be sure to check out Dave’s extensive collection of exotic rums.  I’m including this because I’ve had many a breakfast and lunch here.  It is an experience.  Simple homemade sandwiches, burgers, breakfast foods and more.  Plymouth Rock is a must stop if you are on GTC for any length of time.  It is sure to make your mornings a little smoother if you’ve had a rough night.

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The 17th annual Big Hill Box Cart Derby on Elbow Cay (Hope Town) in the Abacos was once again a cool day of racing and fun.  The event raised over $2,500 which will aid in supporting youth programs on the island, which include the Hope Town Junior Sailing Program, the Abaco Swim Club and in the past has helped to build the community children’s playground among many others.  It happens every year on the Saturday of American Thanksgiving, this year’s date was 28th November 2015.

Held every year and organized with the leadership of Stafford Patterson, Patrick Stewart and Tom Hazel, it wasn’t always so.  The early days involved bric-a-brac carts built out of anything participants could find in the backyard.  Stories are told of carts made of dock pilings and steel drums or plywood with skateboard wheels and other crazy contraptions.  In the beginning there were many epic crashes, sadly (though maybe a good thing) this is long before everyone walked around with a smartphone video camera.  I was not around for these first iterations of the derby but the stories are entertaining to say the least.  And fortunately there were no tragic accidents to dampen the spirit of the event.  There have been some serious crashes over the past years involving a few broken bones and lots of road rash. Happily this year there were no major crashes which is a testament to how far things have come and the quality of the carts and drivers.

The winner for the 6th year straight in the Senior division was Otis Christian Wilhoyte with the gravity defying custom built cart named “White Lightning”.  The youngest driver and the winner of the junior division was Blake Cash who was fearless and determined.

This years Derby saw a total of 13 Junior entrants (age 9 – 14) and 9 Senior (15 – up) entries, 1 down from last years 22 (Juniors 8, Adults 12) so our Junior entries saw a 50% increase due to the introduction of a kit for beginners.   The two classes (Adult and Junior) run under local rules, very simple and basic with emphasis on safety. Overall winner of the day is determined by a combined score from the 3 categories (Downhill, Slalom and Showmanship).

A breakdown of the entry types show that the Juniors had:

  • 5 American Soapbox style carts
  • 4 Beginners wooden kit cars (new Class)
  • 3 Scrapped together
  • 1 Skateboard

The Adult class had:

  • 3 Scrapped together
  • 3 fancy homebuilts
  • 2 American Soapbox
  • 1 Skateboard

 

There were many more attendees this year and most of whom stayed longer to watch than past years due to the addition of 75 bleacher style seats alongside the racetrack. Attendance estimated to be 300+.  The event could not happen without the support of almost 40 volunteers who help to organize, get permits, track preparation and clean up, bleacher setup, food and beverage setup and sales.  The event truly speaks to the community spirit of the island.

Here is a short video ditty of the carts running down the hill:

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In summary, this is a wonderful example of why Abaco is a great place to live, visit or invest in a second home.  Hope to see you there next year.

Hi Dwayne,

I ran across your blog ‘myabacoblog.com’ and I was hoping you could answer a question I had since you seem to be familiar.

I’ve read that to work in the Bahamas (I’m a US citizen) you need a work visa, which is somewhat of a difficult affair to secure. What about vacation rentals? Is it legal for me to purchase property in the Bahamas, and then earn income on it as a vacation rental without having a work visa?

Thanks for your help!

-Steve

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Hi Steve,

Glad you found my blog useful. I don’t write as often as I should.

The short answer is no you don’t need a work permit to own and operate a vacation rental home. The Bahamas has no income tax. income from a rental property is not considered work although it is income. You would need a work permit if you wanted to work as a bartender or store manager or construction etc. etc. Non-Bahamians can buy/sell/own/lease etc. real estate with relatively little regulation from the government. The majority of the vacation rental homes and condos are owned by non-Bahamians. Many use VRBO.com or similar websites and most have property managers who deal with everything in return for a percentage of rental income.

It is very similar to the situation when a non-US citizen comes to the USA. They can get a 6 month visitor visa, they can purchase real estate in the USA and they could rent it (I believe they have to pay tax on the rental income) but the non-US citizen does not need a work visa to own and collect the rent. They would need a work visa if they were actually gainfully employed by a company though.

Best regards,

Dwayne Wallas

I just have to share this amazing opportunity for a little investment. Drastic Price Reduction! Affordable Investment. It won’t last long and the area is beautiful.  8 miles of stunning sandy beach nearby, Abaco/Bahama Parrots stop by every morning to say hello.  Utilities ready for connection.  These lots regularly sell for $15k to $20k, leaving the lucky owner with instant equity.

If you have any young children, buy it now and save it as a college tuition investment fund.  The cost of tuition always goes but historically the prices of real estate have risen at the same rate.  In the USA, currently the average cost of college tuition is $10,000 per year according to collegedata.com.  Assuming the area of Bahama Palm Shores grows and the value of the land in the area rises over the next 13 years, if you have a 4 year old child, and they head off to college at the age of 17 this investment could cover the cost of 2-3 years tuition.  This could be your ‘ace in the hole’.  Call today.

http://www.hgchristie.com/property-details/abaco/vacant-land/AS11377/

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Here is how it should be done.  If a small private charter company can operate a regular charter service at comparable rates to the big airlines (Silver Airways, Bahamasair, American Airlines) and over a quicker more luxurious ride, then why can’t the big guys do it?  Seriously!  I recently looked up flights from Marsh Harbour to Miami roundtrip and the fare was $800.  looked up a fare to Fort Lauderdale recently too, $700.  This Saab plane is designed to handle 50 passengers, but these guys have outfitted to extra legroom and only accommodate 30 per trip.  How great is that? and the fares are significantly lower…  You know who I’m flying with next time…!  www.wildcattouring.net

Now if we could just get Delta to fly from Atlanta….

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Ever dreamt of having your own private island complete with deep water marina and 2 beautiful beaches all within an 15 minute ride to amenities?  And at a reasonable price?

Here is a sneak peek at an upcoming Private Island Listing, and this one has it all:

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Here’s to wishing you are thoroughly enjoying your holidays, be it Christmas, Chanuka, Kwanza or just having fun.  And may you have a wonderful 2015.  I know I am looking at it with positive thoughts. – D.

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Southworth Development LLC has joined the investors who see value in the island of Abaco.  a recent announcement in local news was made recently.  see the ZNS video on youtube:

In other news, the sipsip is that the buyer for Treasure Cay walked away, so nothing will be changing there.  Shame, the hotel and commercial areas really need a major facelift and a nice 20-30 room boutique hotel on that beach would be a wonderful addition to the Island.

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Happy Holiday, Happy Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy…  well you know what I mean.

Heres to making a better effort to write updates move regularly in 2015.

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