Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or an epic family vacation, Schooner Bay is the perfect place to enjoy adventure, freedom, and relaxation in paradise! Our current vacation homes are part of our original Cottage Collection – seated on the island in the heart of our harbour community.
Schooner Bay is tucked away from the crowded tourist areas so you can enjoy peace and tranquility in our private community.
Bring Your Boat (or Rent Ours)
We have a full-service marina for you to dock and fuel your boat. You can also rent or charter one our boats for the day.
Enjoy the Best Fishing in The Bahamas
Schooner Bay is home to The Blackfly Lodge – the best fishing lodge in The Bahamas for bonefishing and deep-sea fishing.
Enjoy incredible cuisine at The Sandpiper Inn or grab a bite of fresh-caught seafood at the Beach Cabana Bar and Grill.
Authentic Bahamian Experience
From the Bahamian architecture of our homes to our location in a harbour by the sea, Schooner Bay offers Bahamian island-living like nowhere else.
Each of the homes in our original Cottage Collection are custom-made – full of Bahamian charm with their own unique flair.
What should I expect from Abaco Island?
With its own calm sea surrounded by charming islands, each worth a visit, The Abacos are known as one of the world’s top boating and sailing destinations. With quaint colonial towns, two golf courses, miles and miles of Stellar Beach, great fishing and diving, and a wonderful selection of restaurants and bars, The Abacos are a complete vacation destination in The Bahamas Out Islands.
The Abacos consists of its own 120-mile-long island chain, basically a mini-Bahamas complete with its own Out Islands. Great Abaco Island and Little Abaco serve as the “mainland,” with a string of barrier islands separating them from the Atlantic. The body of water between – a turquoise Nirvana for those boaters and sailors – is the calm, shallow Sea of Abaco.
Great Abaco is home to Marsh Harbour, the “bright lights and big city” of the Out Islands. And to put that into perspective, Marsh Harbour has exactly one traffic light (the only operative one in all The Bahamas Out Islands!). Along with having a great selection of restaurants and bars, Marsh Harbour is charter boat central, with several full-service marinas where you can dock your own boat or find a rental – both live aboard sailboats and powerboats are available.
How do I get to Abaco Island and Schooner Bay?
Only an hour flight away from Florida, Abaco is quickly accessible by commercial flights, private planes, and light jets. The new international terminal at Marsh Harbor International Airport (MHH) welcomes regional and domestic flights from Nassau and Florida on a daily basis. Carriers include American Airlines, Silver Airways, Bahamas Air, Sky Bahamas and Western Air Bahamas. Flights from Florida originate from Ft. Lauderdale, Miami or West Palm Beach. Future plans include direct flights from Ontario. The private Marsh Harbour FBO offers convenient Customs and Immigration service as well as easy access to local transportation or rental car services. Schooner Bay is a short 30-minute ride from the airport. For Bahamian domestic flights, the Sandy Point Airstrip (MYAS) is just 20 minutes from Schooner Bay and is accessible by private planes and light jets. By sea, you can travel from Nassau with Bahamas Ferry Services on a fully air-conditioned vessel, or a mailboat that provides service to several towns on a weekly (or more frequent) basis.
When arriving at Marsh Harbor Airport, our team will assist you in your transportation to and from Schooner Bay. Rental cars are readily available at the airport if you prefer the independence of driving yourself. For taxi service, Knowles Taxi Service has two vans available. One you’re in The Abacos, you may want to venture to the neighboring Cays.
What can I do while on the island?
Seek out flocks of brilliantly colored Bahama Amazons (parrots) in southern Abaco (very close to Schooner Bay). The birds frequently can be seen from our property as they fly over our protected flyway. Conservation efforts, and the formation of the Abaco National Park, have helped this subspecies of the Cuban Amazon grow to a population of more than 3,000.
You can enjoy miles after miles of the exquisite beaches that produce many shades of turquoise.
Discover Bahamian settlements lost in time on small island cays. Unique 18th-century settlements painted in Bahamian hues abound in the Abaco Islands.
Discover forests covered with wild passion flowers, untouched coastlines, and stunning blue holes in the lonely southern tip of Abaco. Getting to isolated Hole-in-the-Rock, Abaco requires 15 miles of off-road driving. But arriving at one of the most isolated locations in the Bahamas makes the effort worth it.
You can snorkel one of the largest barrier reefs in the western hemisphere.
What is the weather like in Abaco?
The temperature in The Bahamas averages between 75°F and 84°F (24°C-29°C) in both winter and summer, although it can get refreshingly chilly in the early morning and at night. The Bahamian winter is usually like a perpetual late spring — naturally, the high season for North Americans rushing to escape snow and ice. Summer brings brilliant sunshine and humidity. There’s a much greater chance of rain during the summer and fall. More tropical cyclones pound the U.S. mainland than The Bahamas. Hurricanes are actually fairly infrequent here, and when one does come, satellite forecasts generally give adequate advance warning so that precautions can be taken.