The Abacos consists of Great Abaco and Little Abaco Islands north of New Providence. Central Abaco (a prime area) is situated right in the centre of Great Abaco Island and includes the capital city of the Abacos, Marsh Harbour.
Other residential communities include Spring City, Murphy Town and Dundas Town.
Marsh Harbour is the third largest settlement in the Bahamas and the capital city of the Abacos. It is right at the centre of the Great Abaco mainland.
It is the commercial centre of the Abacos, with shops, computer companies, internet cafés, and broadband services via Bahamas Cable. It also has a large international airport. The town supplies electricity to offshore cays in the Abacos and mainland towns as far north as Green Turtle and as far south as Cherokee Sound.
Tourist accommodations in Marsh Harbour range from the luxurious (Abaco Beach Resort, Abaco-Towns-By-The-Sea) to the more affordable (Conch Inn Marina and Hotel, Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina, The Regattas of Abaco, The Lofty Fig).
Marsh Harbour has played host to several sport fishing competitions and summer sailing regattas.
Residential development is underway in Marsh Harbour, with real estate ranging from affordable cottages and home rentals to lavish mansions. Two notable waterfront neighbourhoods are Eastern Shores and Pelican Shores.
Marsh Harbour owns the one and only stoplight on the Out Islands, making the traffic in the area quite congested during rush hour.
Scotland Cay is a 2 ½-mile island of pink sand beaches and coral reefs. It has a Lagoon park sheltered by coconut palms, with a marina, a tennis court and a paved walkway.
Scotland Cay is the only private island with restricted development of luxury homes. At present, there are 60 homes on the island, with less than 15 occupied at any time. Only guests are allowed to visit Scotland Cay.
The little town of Cherokee Sound is 22 miles from Abaco’s capital of Marsh Harbour. It is a popular site for tourists looking for quiet and private areas to enjoy their vacation.
While Cherokee Sound is noted for its beaches and marine activities such as fishing, diving for lobsters and nighttime shark hunting, the pinewood jungles nearby are great hunting grounds for wild boars, pigeons, and tininki crabs. Amusingly, the town’s famous resident is Joe Doggins, a tiny bat who has taken roost in an abandoned building.
Cherokee Sound’s main attractions are its water bridges that run about 15 metres in length and its Long Dock. Other sites of interest include the Mountainside Theatre, Santa’s Land, and Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, noted for their beautiful handmade quilts.
The town consists of 100 Bahamian-style homes with porches, dormer windows, and high, pitched windows painted in bright colours.