5 Reasons to Love the Abacos (My Bahamas Trip Recap!)

///5 Reasons to Love the Abacos (My Bahamas Trip Recap!)

5 Reasons to Love the Abacos (My Bahamas Trip Recap!)

The Abacos is one of my favorite corners on the world! Today I’m sharing highlights from my recent trip, what to do in the Abacos and five reasons you’d love it too.

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Hi everyone!

I gave you a little teaser of my trip to the Abacos last week and today I wanted to share more of the fun and photos.  If you aren’t familiar with the Abacos… it’s a group of islands in the Northern Bahamas full of stunning bays, coves and harbors.  It consists of many islands, but my personal favorite is Elbow Cay, which is a mainly car-free island with a pretty lighthouse and a lot of charm.   On it’s busiest day it’s still quiet and feels like one giant playground for water lovers.  Even though it’s quiet, the list of what to do in the abacos is extensive!  Between beaches, coves and boating there is always something fun to do.  It’s kind of remote, so we get there by our small plane and when we get there we get around by boat!

This is the third time I’ve been there in the past few years and the past two times have been with the Hubs (of course!) and or dear friends Dan and Sommer.  We’ve had the best time on these trips and have talked about making it an annual thing for years to come.  It’s a special little corner of the world.

Instead of boring you with day-to-day details… I thought I’d divide the post in two.  Today I’m sharing some of the highlights roundup style!  Tomorrow I’ll post my favorite eats of the trip.  So here we gooooo……

What to Do in the Abacos

Swimming Pigs

On my first two trips to the Abacos I heard myths of swimming pigs, but never made the trip.  I’m a sucker for a good animal experience, so this trip seeing the pigs was the #1 priority.

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We took our boat on the very long journey from Elbow Cay to No Name Cay.   As soon as we pulled up the pigs made a beeline for our boat!  You could tell they were very used to people coming to visit them and they just wanted food.

They were super cute!

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We got out and the pigs were mainly just hanging on the beach because it was a little cool for the area.

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Once they got used to you they were super chill and almost seemed to pose for photos.

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I don’t know the detail behind it, but it looks like someone went to great lengths to care for and protect the pigs.

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They even had their own water tank!

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The best part about this corner of the world is even on a busy day, you have these experiences almost to yourself.

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Totally surreal and a highlight of the trip and a great addition to your what to do in the Abacos list.

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Stingrays

Another thing I really wanted to do on this trip was find some of those huge red starfish.  Last year the Hubs got a great photo op with one and I wanted the same one this year.

We went to explore an area where locals told us you can’t miss the starfish, but we didn’t see any.   However, we ran into a school of Stingrays!

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Luckily we were in the boat, but we got some great shots.  The water is so clear there you can’t miss them.

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I kept thinking Crocodile Hunter though and kept everyone safely on the board.

Crystal Blue Waters

My dear friends… the water in the Abacos is breathtaking.  It’s so blue and clear.  You can see right to the bottom.

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There are these gorgeous coves where the water only goes up to your knees and goes on and on forever.

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The beaches are equally as pretty with pink tinted sand.

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We spent a lot of time just enjoying the gorgeous views and waters!  Sometimes the answer of what to do in the Abacos… is nothing at all.

Beach Bars

This little corner of the world has THE best beach bars.  I’d venture to say all other beach bars are striving to get the vibe that these places have.  It’s nothing short of magic.

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Pete’s Pub is my all time favorite.

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It’s a place that is literally built into the sand.  Even with it’s dive appearance they have the best food.

To keep this post from getting too long, I’m sharing just the fabulous eats in a post tomorrow!

Our little group loved it so much that we even brought our own Asheville shirt to sign and leave on the walls.

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Another favorite is On Da Beach Bar and Grill.  They have the best Pina Colada I’ve ever had there.

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Another top choice is Nippers.  Yes, that’s the name.  Yes, I laugh everytime I say it.

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Sunsets

If you’ve been reading this blog for any time, you know I judge all beach locations by their sunsets.   The Abacos does not disappoint.

So grab a drink (my favorite Mo-tea-to from the Firefly Sunset Resort) and let me show you what I came home with this year.

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This shot is from the far end of the island.  I love the bright orange and pinks.

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This beut is from Firefly on our last night.  I adore the classic blue colors and vibrant orange.

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The biggest surprise came on the very first night.  We had dinner reservations at Firefly and sat and watched the sunset.  It was ok… but nothing out of the ordinary.  I waited to see if anything magical was going to happen but this was the best I got, which is still pretty darn beautiful.

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We sat down for dinner thinking the show was over.  I started looking at the menu and a deep pink color drew my eyes up.  The sky literally looked like this a good 10 minutes after sunset.

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I edited this a touch, but no joke the sky was bright pink.

The Abacos certainly knows how to do sunsets right!

More on the Abacos…

The short story is… this trip was once again so wonderful.  I had a lovely time reconnecting with the Hubs after his long tax season and spending time with Dan and Sommer was pure joy.  I’m counting down the days until I can go again.

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Want to read more about the Abacos?

As I mentioned above, I’m sharing my favorite Abacos eats in a separate post tomorrow.  The food was incredible and I think you’re going to love the shots, so I hope to see you then.

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Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I’m sharing some those great Bahamian Eats.

Your turn!

Where’s your favorite vacation spot?

Ever been to the Bahamas?

 

I’m linking up this post about  What to Do in the Abacos with Thinking Out Loud Thursday and Marvelous Monday.

 

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22 Comments

  1. Laresa Griffin May 21, 2017 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Loved this information and the gorgeous pics! Thank you for sharing.
    We are going to the Bahamas in October and I would love to see the pigs! They are so cute!
    So far, our favorite vacation spot is Jamaica. We love Whitehouse, Ocho Rios, and MoBay…..headed to Negril next year. Can’t wait to be back!

  2. Mary Beth Jackson May 11, 2017 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Love it! Looks like a beautiful place to visit! The pigs! That is crazy, just crazy!
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  3. Kristy from Southern In Law May 11, 2017 at 12:41 am - Reply

    You are SO much braver than me, girl! I would have seen that “Pigs bite be careful” sign and totalllyyyy freaked out 😛
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  4. Farrah May 10, 2017 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Those pigs!!! And that gorgeous blue!!! <3 I haven't been to the Bahamas since I was 6 years old–I need to go back!

  5. Pam Cook May 10, 2017 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Looks absolutely gorgeous! Where do you stay while you are there?

    • JulieWunder May 13, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      I’ve stayed at Hope Town Harbor Lodge, Firefly Sunset Resort & Hope Town Inn and Marina. Thinking about trying a house next time!

      • Debbie July 18, 2017 at 8:44 pm - Reply

        Since you love the boating and Hope Town, I suggest Cliff House on Lubbers. We have also been 3 times, 2 times to Lubbers and once to Green Turtle. I think you would also love GTC. A great little island with spectacular food. Snorkeling with Brendal is a must!

        • JulieWunder July 23, 2017 at 10:35 am - Reply

          Great addition to the list! We will try it next time.

  6. Looks like paradise to me! The pigs on the beach–that’s just crazy!

    I love the jumping shot!
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  7. Wow those pigs look like something to see! Can’t beat those sunsets
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  8. Emily May 10, 2017 at 10:19 am - Reply

    I LOVE cute beachy restaurants; they have such unique decorations. And that water is so so blue; it’s amazing how God has so gloriously put His wonder and beauty into all different places in the world. Those little swimming pigs are adorable; I smiled so much when I saw them on your pictures.
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  9. Lisa Ballantyne May 10, 2017 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Once again your vacation blog did not disappoint! Almost made me want to adopt a pet pig!

  10. Jean Puhlman May 10, 2017 at 6:21 am - Reply

    Beautiful, Julie 🙂

    I spent 47 years in South Florida until my skin said no more sun. So to avoid temptation we moved up here to the mountains, which is wonderful too. Your pictures and especially that blue, blue water reminded me of all the wonderful times I had swimming, riding waves and spending time on the beach. Thank you for sharing and I’m glad you had such a wonderful time.

    Jean

  11. Blane Sherer May 10, 2017 at 5:43 am - Reply

    I always love your travel blogs.
    I enjoyed your usual sunset shots and your
    activity shots especially the swimming pigs !

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