By Robert Ulrich
Recently more and more mega-yachts are discovering the pristine waters and natural beauty surrounding the Abaco Islands – the northernmost islands of The Bahamas. The diversity and culture of these islands is notable, and very appealing. Like a string of pearls, these quaint barrier islands stretch north to south paralleling the main island of Great Abaco. The attractions are as varied as the island’s names of Spanish Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Guana Cay, Man-of-War, and of course Elbow Cay where you find the famous red-and-white-striped lighthouse – perhaps the most photographed lighthouse in this hemisphere.
Adventures and attractions are suited for travellers of all ages and interests. The deep offshore waters east of these islands have produced 13 world-record catches. Elusive blue marlins run up to 1,000 pounds in these waters, and the inshore fishing for the prized bonefish is equally as good.
Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort is centrally located on the eastern shore of Great Abaco in the middle of all the activity, and it’s been a favourite retreat for both anglers and yachtsmen since the 1960s. The property boasts one of the top 10 beaches in the world, excellent accommodations, four restaurants, and a full-service marina with dockage and services for vessels up to 49 meters. Within the marina, guests will find a large swimming pool, marina bar & grill, rental pleasure boats, and a full-service dive centre.
Treasure Cay is also home to an 18-hole, championship golf course complete with a local golf pro, golf carts and well-kept greens. Just a short ride from the course is Columbus Cay, a nature reserve and breeding grounds for large sea turtles. Another natural attraction that is very popular with kids of all ages is swimming the domestic island pigs – another unforgettable adventure you’ll enjoy at Treasure Cay Hotel & Marina.
Treasure Cay is open to the public and is a “must see” destination in The Bahamas. The marina monitors VHF 16. You can visit their website: www.treasurecay.com.