SOURCE: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

August 01, 2015 08:30 ET

Discover the Hottest Hidden Gem of The Bahamas; The Abacos

An Island Chain With Multiple Cays, Even Easier to Reach With New, Non-Stop Flights From Atlanta

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - August 01, 2015) - Calm waters, warm breezes and panoramic beauty make the Abacos; a 120-mile–long cluster of islands, a boating and sailing paradise. It is not just the sea that attracts travelers. Those who prefer to explore by land will find colonial towns on Green Turtle and Elbow cays, championship golf courses on Treasure Cay, and a variety of hotels, shops, restaurants and bars.

The Abacos are now even easier to get to with direct service from Atlanta with Delta Air Lines. These new twice-weekly flights starting in December 2015 are in addition to the flights already servicing the region from Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Orlando and Tampa.

The Abacos, are only about 175 miles east of Palm Beach, and represent 650 square miles with a population of approximately 14,000. Being so close to Southern Florida, flights are only an hour long, and visitors step off in to paradise directly. As is synonymous with The Bahamas, The Abacos offer a number of beautiful beaches with the most beautiful powdery white sand and crystal clear cerulean waters that are perfect for both relaxing and water sports. The region offers world class boating, snorkeling, diving and other water sports as well as being a fisher's dream, especially in areas such as Walker's Cay, Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay and Green Turtle Cay where there are tournaments throughout the summer. For the boat aficionados, there is the draw of the annual Boating Regatta in July. Rent a boat and explore the nearby-uninhabited islands where you will feel like the only people in the world.

There is much to choose from for nature lovers, with the Pelican Cays Land & Sea Park that is a 2,100 acre land and sea area rife with undersea caves, extensive coral reefs and an array of terrestrial plants and animals, and the Abaco National Park that is over 20,000 acres that is best known for a natural limestone arch that juts from the seaside cliff and home to the Abaco Parrot.

For cultural enrichment, there is a Loyalist Memorial Sculpture Garden with 24 busts of prominent Bahamians, the Albert Lowe Museum in a restored Victorian-era family home established to preserve culture including model ships, historical artifacts, photographs, paintings, writings and other exhibits and the Hope Town Lighthouse that was built in the 1860s by the British Imperial Lighthouse Service to mark the Elbow Reef and is one of last remaining beacons saved from automations. For entertainment, there are festivals throughout the year including the Goombay Summer Festival which features native music, food, dance and arts and crafts from June through to August, the can't miss Junkanoo at the New Year, the Islands Roots Heritage Festival on Green Turtle Cay and many art shows, concerts, sporting events and the Box Cart Derby the fall.

With temperatures averaging 70 to 75°F from September to May and 80 to 85°F the rest of the year, the destination is a perfect escape any time of the year. Making The Islands even more ideal, US currency is accepted and interchangeable with the Bahamian dollar.

To find out more about the Abacos and why it needs to be your next destination visit http://www.bahamas.com/islands/abacos today, where you can also easily book your trip with hotels and flights.

The Islands of The Bahamas have a place in the sun for everyone from Nassau and Paradise Island to Grand Bahama to The Abaco Islands, The Exuma Islands, Harbour Island, Long Island and others. Each island has its own personality and attractions for a variety of vacation styles with some of the world's best golf, scuba diving, fishing, sailing, boating, as well as, shopping and dining. The destination offers an easily accessible tropical getaway and provides convenience for travelers with pre-clearance through U.S. customs and immigration, and the Bahamian dollar is on par with the U.S. dollar. Do everything or do nothing, just remember It's Better in The Bahamas. For more information on travel packages, activities and accommodations, call 1-800-Bahamas or visit www.Bahamas.com. Look for The Bahamas on the web on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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