The Abaco Islands, located on the north end of the Bahama Islands, is known as one of the world’s top boating destinations due to the calm seas that surround the islands. The islands include Great Abaco and Little Abaco island along with numerous Cay’s including Elbow Cay, Great Guana Cay, Man-O-War Cay and Castaway Cay. Five of the 31 Bahamian Districts are located on the Abaco’s; North Abaco, Central Abaco, South Abaco, Moore’s Island and Hope Town. The islands have two airports, Marsh Harbour Airport and Treasure Cay Airport. Local Golf Courses include Treasure Cay Golf Course and The Abaco Club at Winding Bay. Towns located on the islands include Marsh Harbour, Coopers Town, Hope Town, Treasure Cay and Cornishtown.
The island has many important natural areas including coral reefs, large forests of Bahamian Pine and barrier island terrestrial habitats.
The island is home to numerous species of animals. Two of the more notable are the Cuban Amazon (Bahamian Amazon) and the critically endangered Abaco Barb.
The Bahamian Amazon is a subspecies of the Cuban Amazon, a primarily green parrot that inhabits only a few other islands in the world. Rather than nesting in trees, the bird nests in limestone cavities.
The critically endangered Abaco Barb is said to come from a strain of Spanish Barb which shipwrecked on the island. The horses once numbered over 200 but due to numerous human and other factors, the animal dwindled to 3 until a local farm near Treasure Cay increased the herd to 35. Unfortunately, most of that herd has since been lost, no foals have been born since 1998 and as of October 2010 only 5 remain.