Exploring the Family Islands The Abaco Islands, stretching for more than 130 miles through the northernmost Bahamas, are known as “the Family Islands” as well as being recognized as one of the world’s favorite cruising grounds. Here, in villages first settled in the late 18th century by loyalists who left New England after the American Revolution, the clapboard houses in pastel tones suggest an early Cape Cod moved to warmer latitude. The Abacos are only about a 60-minute flight from South Florida, but the days here move at a much slower pace than in the neon-disco resort worlds of Nassau and Freeport.
In August 2008, ISLANDS editor Chris Tauber went to Green Turtle Cay in the Abacos to find a family island experience that was both authentic and accessible. Staying at the Green Turtle Club & Marina, Chris enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere of the Bahamas’ Out Islands along with the especially quiet beaches and uniquely intriguing New Plymouth settlement. Read more in Chris’ blog.