Marsh Harbour is the hub of Abaco with an International Airport and International Cargo Port. Marsh Harbour International Airport is just a short flight from all major Florida cities. It is serviced by several airlines. Private Charters are also available. New routes from other destinations are expected.
Real Estate. There are a number of waterfront neighbourhoods which allows for boating in the Sea of Abaco and fabulous views of the Outer Cays. Gated Communities, Private Homes, Condominiums, Town Homes, Private Islands and Vacant land give the purchaser many choices. Boat Harbour Hotel and Marina offers hotel accommodations, marina, a restaurant, pool, tennis courts and much more.
Marsh Harbour has all the conveniences of shopping. A large expansive grocery store (Maxwell’s) as well as a big box type store similar to Costco or Sam’s Club in the US. Two bakeries offering the local Bahamian bread (and other treats) that is a must when you come to Abaco. The many stores include, grocery, bakery, liquor, hardware and boutiques. There are many restaurants in town, to include fine dining(Wally’s & Curly Tails), diners and fast food. The conch salad man is on the harbour selling his amazing conch salad, located between Snappas and The Conch Inn.
The Abaco Club
The Abaco Club is a higher end waterfront gated community within the Boat Harbour and Abaco Beach Resort. This small development is almost completely built out with most homes having direct waterfront access on the protected harbour which is separate from Boat Harbour. This area is popular with second homeowners and Bahamians alike as it caters to the avid boater with dockage for many up to 50ft.
Eastern Shores is a semi private neighborhood and is all the way to the eastern end of Marsh Harbour (hence the name). It is a narrow strip of land with one access road. Most of it has fairly good elevation with water on both sides. The southern side is where most owners have dockage as it is protected by Sugarloaf Cay leaving a narrow passage way between to the two land masses. This area is upscale and has a good potential for vacation rentals, permanent residences and investment. Many properties here go from sea to sea.
Pelican Shores is a neighborhood directly across the harbour from Marsh Harbour yet it is still connected by one access road. Most properties have great elevation and most are larger than your standard building lot. Pelican Shores also has several businesses to include the largest seafood company in Abaco, boat repair, sales and storage, “The Jib Room” marina and restaurant which is popular on Wednesdays and Saturdays for their rib and steak dinner specials. Most homes and properties here have waterfront on one side either Marsh Harbour or the Sea of Abaco. There is a small inland waterway called “Duck Pond” that has access to the Sea of Abaco. Pelican Shores is considered upscale and a great place to reside.
Sunrise Bay is a gated community right in one of the best locations in Marsh Harbour. It is very close to everything including the restaurants and entertainment areas along the waterfront. Although slow to start this neighborhood is growing at a steady pace with upscale homes. Sunrise Bay has its very own marina where owners can keep their boats which has direct access to the Sea of Abaco facing Hope Town. The gas docks at Boat Harbour Marina are very close making this a very convenient place to play on the water.
Little Orchard is located at the entrance to Pelican Shores and has several grid style roads creating this small neighborhood. It has been around for years and many homes have seen generations of families come and go. Little Orchard is a great location as it is just outside the main area of town making accessibility to the stores, restaurants, etc, extremely convenient. Many of the homes here have fruiting trees such as Avocado, Dilly, Mango, Sour Orange and other Citrus types.
Regattas started out as a timeshare development “Abaco Towns By The Sea” but later changed to independent ownerships of the condos. Most are two bedroom two bath units. There is a pool, tennis courts and beach all within the grounds. It is also located within the restaurant district making it a very convenient place to live.
Great Cistern is a small seaside development directly west of Murphy Town. This is a one road access neighborhood and has been popular for its higher ground giving elevated views of the Sea of Abaco looking out towards Scotland and Guana Cay. This area is strictly housing with many of the homes directly on the waterfront.
Dundas Town is one of the older settlements and is located just west of Marsh Harbour. Most properties here have been owned for many years by family members and have been split up allowing for the younger generations to have homesites. A new addition to Dundas Town is the government financed Central Pines where many lots have sold and quite a few homes, duplexes and triplexes have been built. There is also a brand new shopping center that was completed in 2014.
Murphy Town is another one of the older settlements and is really an extension of Dundas Town. It is much the same as they both flow into one and another. Throughout both communities you will find small shops, take-out food suppliers, along with several gas stations, churches, fish house, etc.
Ferry Service from Marsh Harbour to the Guana Cay, Elbow Cay/Hope Town, Man O War Cay and Scotland Cay runs regularly and on time.