The Abacos are a 120 mile long chain of islands in the northern Bahamas. A haven for sailors and sports fishermen, The Abacos see regular visitors from neighboring Florida since it’s an easy weekend getaway, and has become increasingly popular for those on a winter long hiatus.

Marsh Harbour, the third largest city in the country, offers all the amenities you might need. It’s located on the island of Great Abaco, also known as “mainland.” Also located on Great Abaco is Treasure Cay, with a breathtaking 3 1/2 mile stretch of powdery white sandy beach which regularly scores points with travel and lifestyle magazines as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Further south tucked into a safe harbor is the quaint community of Little Harbour and home of the famous Pete’s Pub, Foundry and Art Gallery.

Take a quick water taxi to the surrounding islands and explore all that these charming communities have to offer. Hope Town on Elbow Cay is home to the famous candy cane striped lighthouse and one of the oldest colonial settlements in the area. Visit Nipper’s on Great Guana Cay and enjoy a cold beer and conch fritters while overlooking a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach. Check out The Yacht Club Pub, otherwise known as The Dollar Bar at The Green Turtle Club on Green Turtle Cay and be sure to try one of their Tipsy Turtle Rum Punches. Explore the boat building history on sparsely populated Man O’ War Cay.

These islands are easily accessible with direct flights from Florida and Nassau. As with all of the islands of the Abacos, there is a stoically maintained laid-back, barefoot vibe so get ready to relax and unwind upon arrival.