If you're looking for a honeymoon or bachelorette girls getaway weekend that isn't too far from Florida, then consider the Abaco Beach Resort in the Bahamas!
Located just 150 miles from Florida, the Abacos are located in the northern Bahamas' islands. Unlike the more commercial Nassau island, the Abaco Islands are removed from the hustle, providing guests a private and more authentic honeymoon or girls getaway.
Built in 1955, the historic resort has all of the amenities you would expect from modern lodging, including strong wifi in the room and at the pool, so you can share every selfie, Snapchat and Instagram story showcasing your vacay!
The best part of our trip was the privacy; we attended the last week of August, just before the height of hurricane season and we pretty much had the resort to ourselves. Though, with only 89 beachfront rooms, and with most guests out on boating day trips, it doesn't feel crowded like some of the mega resorts. Peek times include February to June, during fishing tournament season, as the Abaco Beach Resort has the largest marina on the island.
The flight is just under two hours from the Tampa airport, with a quick plane change in Fort Lauderdale or Miami. Silver, Delta and American Airlines both fly to Marsh Harbor Airport (MHH). What makes the Abaco Beach Resort so convenient, is that the resort is just a 10 minute drive to the airport. Just speak to the hotel to arrange a shuttle or taxi. If you stayed on any of the neighboring Abacos islands, you'd have to ferry, which costs about $30 each way.
The resort has two pools: one lively location with a swim up pool bar (which I highly recommend eating at, as it's such a great atmosphere) and a second more private pool, near the hotel rooms. It also features a private beach with free lounge chairs, private tiki huts, paddle boards, kayaks, lawn games, beach volleyball and a grass tennis court. The amenities provide just right amount of activities to keep you busy during with day (with some cooling pool dips in between).
The best part of the lodging at the the Abaco Beach Resort is that every room in the hotel has a direct, beachfront view. They are very spacious, with lots of room to spread out. They also offer villas, which are just across from the hotel that still offer partial beach views. Rates start around $300/night.
TIP: Ask for a updated, renovated room.
There is one main restaurant at the resort, as well a casual pool bar. It is a great mix of semi-formal and casual with mornings spent in the air-conditioned restaurant and relaxed evenings spent gazing at the marina at the pool bar. The servers and bartenders get to know you and food and drink preferences quickly, which is a huge plus.
Our group of girls had a gluten-free and vegetarian menu restrictions and the chefs did a great job of accommodating, even baking gluten-free cookies from scratch for dessert! While you may think eating at the same restaurant will get tiresome, there is a vast menu and daily specials, so you can try something new every day, and the food is really, really good (and I'm not just saying that!)
The resort is non-inclusive for food and beverage, as many afternoons will be spent boating around the islands.
TIP: If you have a special diet, notify the resort ahead of time as their ingredients have be brought in via boat.
With the Abaco islands being the boating and sailing capitol of the world, many guests choose the area for its marina wide variety of boating day trips. There is an on-site dive center on property and their staff can assist with you fishing and boat rental excursions.
We were treated to an amazing day of watch the turtles zip by us at Turtle Cay, lunch on an actual private island with Abacos Beach Resort chef prepared meal, island bar hopping and swimming with wild pigs! To do this day, we still constantly bring up the pig excursion; people always ask about it!
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