For the past few years, my family has taken a trip to the Abacos. The first two years we visited Hope Town, then we branched out to Green Turtle Cay, and last year we went to Eleuthera. I have loved different aspects of each island, but Hope Town has some of my favorite places, so I was VERY excited to be heading back.
Why do I love Hope Town so much? I am not even embarrassed by my answer…its the restaurants. So many great choices, but hands down, my favorite spot in the Bahamas is the Abaco Inn Bar. I will never forget our first trip there. I was barely 21 and curious about all the drinks on the menu. The bartender Daphne is the absolute best. She let me sample every drink she made…so needless to say it is now my favorite place ever. The best part of returning this year? Baby brother came to the Abacos with friends for Spring Break and the boat captains girlfriend was none other than Daphne! She remembered him when we visited, making our time at the bar even more fun!
These tacos legitimately blew my mind. They were the most AMAZING things ever. Seared Tuna, Wasabi Aioli, and seaweed salad. Of course I had it the first night, and nothing could compare for the rest of the trip. Runner Up in my favorite restaurant category? Pete’s Pub. BEST. RUM. PUNCH. EVER. The only flaw is its a pretty far boat ride from Hope Town.
We had to deal with a couple rainy days, but it didn’t bother us too much. We had the most amazing house right on the beach. My dad always finds our rentals using VRBO. Our house was called Star of the Sea, and I loved our porch…plus our adorable tiny pool.
Hope Town itself is a very historic and interesting town. Most of the town is foot traffic only. We would drive our Golf Cart down to town, park and walk around. The house in Hope Town are very colorful, adding to the tropical flare of the island. Another favorite spot in town is HopeTown Coffee House. The coffee house is decorated with local art, has great wifi, and lots of delicious coffee and breakfast options!
As much as I love a good meal and a yummy drink…my favorite part of being in the Abacos is the snorkeling. We honestly did not do very much (bummer) but the snorkeling we did was fantastic. We returned to a reef we have snorkeled at in the past, and braved some pretty rough seas…and I finally (AFTER FOUR YEARS) spotted a sea turtle up close. Ryan and I swam as hard as we could to snap some pictures…and then regretted it when we had to swim back to the boat against the crazy current. Seriously, there were times where I was kicking my feet and swinging my arms as hard as humanly possible and I wasn’t moving an inch!
can you spot the turtle?
The next snorkeling adventure came during our INSANELY awesome night on a boat! My dad’s friend from work just happened to be in the Abacos with his motorcat while we were, and they invited us out for a night on the boat. The original plan was to moor the boat at Baker’s bay, but we had to change our plans when we discovered Baker’s Bay is completely private. It worked out for the better, because we threw anchor right off the shore of Baker’s Bay.
It was the most magical spot…and I know that sounds lame, but honestly there is no other word to describe falling asleep on a boat in the middle of the ocean. I was really worried about getting seasick, but the boat was pretty calm. We fished off the boat, and caught two nurse sharks, a barracuda, and some other little snappers. Dinner on the boat was fresh caught fish!
The best spot on the boat was up top! I think I spent most of my time up there. The breeze was great, and the views even better. Before going to bed we sat up on the boat watching the stars. In the picture below you can see Matt chilling up top!
When we woke up the next morning it was raining and storming pretty bad outside. As scary as you would think a storm on a boat would be…it was actually pretty cool. When it passed we went back to the reef we fished at yesterday and jumped in! We spotted this BEAUTIFUL sea turtle. It was camouflaged so well, I almost couldn’t spot it! The reef off Baker’s Bay was incredible. We saw HUNDREDS of tropical fish. The coral was amazing too. You could tell this reef hadn’t been disturbed by humans, which made it even more spectacular.
Our final days in Hope Town were spent with some more rain. We were finally able to get the boat out to go over to Man-O-War Cay. I love Man-O-War because they have Alburry’s Sail Shop. This is a shop where about five little old woman sit at sewing machines creating bags out of sails! It is always my souvenir.
We ended our trip the same way it began…with a trip to Abaco Inn. We just went for drinks because our fabulous friends from the boat let us have a GIANT piece of fresh fish. We grilled that up and enjoyed our last night with some drinks. This was the perfect trip to end my summer.