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Green Turtle Cay, the Abacos
If you can picture yourself sitting on your balcony with a drink in hand watching the sunset over the Sea of Abaco, or laying in a hammock reading a book without another soul in sight (except maybe your new spouse), then you’re halfway to Green Turtle Cay!
This quiet little Out Island, part of the Abaco island chain in the Bahamas, is a peaceful retreat from the everyday world. At the right time of year (we went in October), it can truly feel like your own private paradise.
To get to Abaco, we took a quick puddle-jumper from Fort Lauderdale into the Treasure Cay airport. From there, we took a cab to the ferry dock, and a scenic ferry ride to Green Turtle Cay, where they dropped us right at our hotel’s dock.
We stayed at The Bluff House – which sits on the highest point on the island – and from the moment we arrived we were well taken care of. We were met at the dock by a staff member in a golf cart. He whisked us (and our bags) up the hill to the main hotel and showed us where to check in. When we stepped into our deluxe suite – complete with hardwood floors, cathedral ceiling, and French doors leading out to a balcony overlooking the Sea of Abaco – I knew we would be coming back here soon!
The Bluff House has the perfect combination of a gorgeous location, terrific staff, and relaxing atmosphere. No phones. No televisions. No e-mail. For a very stressed-out couple taking a much-needed break, it was paradise! We laid in a hammock with our books.... we walked the (empty) beach...we spent the day fishing in secluded coves with an expert guide...and we watched the sun set from our deck overlooking the Sea of Abaco.
The island itself is VERY quiet. It is only 3.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide, and the main form of transportation is golf cart. The “town” of New Plymouth is about two blocks long, but it does have some restaurants and shops. If you like laying on the beach, snorkeling, fishing, and low-key exploring, this is the place for you. There are rental cottages, and other resorts, but I highly recommend the Bluff House for its friendly service, reasonable rates, and gorgeous location.
We were sad to leave after our much-too-short stay, but we received warm hugs from the staff and an invitation to return any time!
This review appears on Bahamas.