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Old 01-11-2017, 10:16 AM   #1
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Default Abacos - Marsh Harbour - Eastern Shores Questions?

I am part of a group that has gone to the Abacos for approx 10 day vacations together. We have always stayed at the Bahama Beach Club on Treasure Cay. Once, we spent a few nights at Grabbers, on Great Guana Cay.

We are planning another trip this July, and someone in our group is advocating for us to stay the Eastern Shores of Marsh Harbour, since we can get 2 houses side by side for our group of 14 adults. (4 bedroom house & 3 bedroom house). The reasoning is: This area is closer to Marsh Harbour for supplies, location to airport, better selection of boat rentals, more restaurants and nightlife.

We haven't ruled out staying at any of the out islands, but when you have people from your group flying in at different times, from different parts of the country, it becomes a little more difficult, but not impossible. Treasure Cay has worked out quite nice in this regard.

None of us have been to Eastern Shores part of The Abacos. Can you still cruise around by golf cart there? It looks like a couple of miles to center of Marsh Harbor. How does it compare to Treasure Cay? We have had great times there at the Tipsy Seagull, Coco's, and just hanging out.

I would appreciate any feedback on this area?

Or other areas that can house 14 people, 2 boat slips/docks, 5 golf carts, with a pool, jacuzzi (optional), sandy beach, and a fun place to eat and drink, golf cart close.

Thank you,

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Old 01-11-2017, 11:11 AM   #2
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We haven't ruled out staying at any of the out islands, but when you have people from your group flying in at different times, from different parts of the country, it becomes a little more difficult, but not impossible. Treasure Cay has worked out quite nice in this regard.
I can't help you with your eastern shores question but with the regular ferry schedules to the out islands I don't see much of an issue getting to/from the airport in marsh.

Land at MHH - taxi to ferry (add stop at maxwells, liquor store, conch salad at George's), short ferry to Elbow or Guana. Rent the boats on the island you are staying on.
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I'm with Channel Two. The entire Abacos are pretty accessible with the Albury Ferry services. We used to own at BBC, so I am somewhat biased to TC, but I do not think you will find the same relaxed feel and quite town in Eastern Shores as you did in Treasure. Also, you will not find a beach, such as Treasure's, in Marsh or any where in the Abacos for that case. The purpose of vacation is to be somewhere beautiful and relaxing, not being close to a market or airport! To me, Marsh is way to busy of a town to vacation in and it's not even that big and busy! But again, I am comparing it to TC.

Nowadays, we tend to stay in Elbow, since it's the epicenter of all our fun over in the Abacos. There are plenty of houses close enough to each other to house your group, but it might be hard now this close to Summer. We always book our place a year in advance, directly after we return from our Spring and Summer trips. Any other time of the year it is easier to book last minute. Yes, 6 months out is "last minute" in regards to booking in the Abacos!

Also, do realize if you rent for more than 3 days the rentals over at GTC will bring the boat over to you in Treasure. They have a large selection of boats. Also, if you are flying in and out of MHH, why not pick up your boat there, throw your luggage on it, and head on out of Marsh to your final destination? I have had family do that before.
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I'd check out Jack Tar Village if I was you. Great pool, delicious dirt conch. Excellent facilities.
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Eastern Shores is a great strategy when you have people coming and going. As long as you get well east of Crossing Beach/Albury Ferry, it's quiet and beautiful with nice views and water.
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Life is good when you can spend time in the Abacos.
I felt like Treasure Island was more of a resort area than the true Bahamas.
Marsh Harbour is a town. Not much beach and not much night life.
It is mostly a depot for the out islands. We always stay somewhere on one of the out islands and we are the type people that prefer that. Elbow Cay has many homes for rent that would suit and golfcarts are the norm. Not much nightlife there but a couple of places have music.
Getting to Elbow isn't much trouble with the ferry running a regular schedule. Sounds like Treasure may be a better fit for the group.
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Old 01-11-2017, 04:52 PM   #7
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I own a home in Marsh. Eastern shore is a very good choice. Very protected dockage.
You might also check homes in The Great Abaco Club which is next to Boat Harbor Resort.
All homes have docks and are very nice. Marsh is conveniently located between Nippers and Petes Pub in little Harbor. Also great grocery store, restaurants, night life and boat repair support if you need it.
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I'd check out Jack Tar Village if I was you. Great pool, delicious dirt conch. Excellent facilities.
Well you need to go back about 25+ yrs to check out Jack Tar Village.
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I'd check out Jack Tar Village if I was you. Great pool, delicious dirt conch. Excellent facilities.
Wrong island, wrong name, wrong century. 😂
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Wrong island, wrong name, wrong century. 😂
Hmmm. But can you still get local dirt conch there out by the saltwater pool?
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Hmmm. But can you still get local dirt conch there out by the saltwater pool?
Pool? What pool? This thing? A million gallons of salt water, largest in the Bahamas, right?



You … um … you haven’t visited in a while, have you?

That thing and the resort closed decades ago, and was replaced by the original Old Bahama Bay resort. Before Bobby Ginn went bankrupt 10 or so years ago, he bought everything, renamed Old Bahama Bay to Ginn Sur Mer, knocked down what was left of the Jack Tar and was trying to put a subtropical golf casino spa tennis megaresort on the land. A Palmer course (mostly completed, but not enough to be playable), a Nicklaus course (not sure that broke ground), giant hotel, megayacht marina, home sites (expensive ones) … everything the spoiled, overpadded baby boomer needs to be happy in the Bahammies.



They had most of the infrastructure in place.

And then Bobby lost everything, from his golf resorts to his NASCAR team.

Previous poster was right. They restored the name to Old Bahama Bay. It has a pool, but not that one.

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Pool? What pool? This thing? A million gallons of salt water, largest in the Bahamas, right?



You … um … you haven’t visited in a while, have you?

That thing and the resort closed decades ago, and was replaced by the original Old Bahama Bay resort. Before Bobby Ginn went bankrupt 10 or so years ago, he bought everything, renamed Old Bahama Bay to Ginn Sur Mer, knocked down what was left of the Jack Tar and was trying to put a subtropical golf casino spa tennis megaresort on the land. A Palmer course (mostly completed, but not enough to be playable), a Nicklaus course (not sure that broke ground), giant hotel, megayacht marina, home sites (expensive ones) … everything the spoiled, overpadded baby boomer needs to be happy in the Bahammies.



They had most of the infrastructure in place.

And then Bobby lost everything, from his golf resorts to his NASCAR team.

Previous poster was right. They restored the name to Old Bahama Bay. It has a pool, but not that one.

Yep! This x1000
Jack Tar Village is just a distant memory from the good old days over there in the 1990's.
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I have to confess no that i was joking about JTV....sorry for the total derailment of this thread!

However, I stayed there once in the early 90's quite a few years before it was torn down and the place was a massive $hithole!

Still, I miss the old, undeveloped and sleepy West End and the little shack to clear customs, the smell of diesel fuel and salt off the sound. The good old days!
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I have to confess no that i was joking about JTV....sorry for the total derailment of this thread!

However, I stayed there once in the early 90's quite a few years before it was torn down and the place was a massive $hithole!

Still, I miss the old, undeveloped and sleepy West End and the little shack to clear customs, the smell of diesel fuel and salt off the sound. The good old days!
Believe it closed in the late 80's.
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I am part of a group that has gone to the Abacos for approx 10 day vacations together. We have always stayed at the Bahama Beach Club on Treasure Cay. Once, we spent a few nights at Grabbers, on Great Guana Cay.

We are planning another trip this July, and someone in our group is advocating for us to stay the Eastern Shores of Marsh Harbour, since we can get 2 houses side by side for our group of 14 adults. (4 bedroom house & 3 bedroom house). The reasoning is: This area is closer to Marsh Harbour for supplies, location to airport, better selection of boat rentals, more restaurants and nightlife.

We haven't ruled out staying at any of the out islands, but when you have people from your group flying in at different times, from different parts of the country, it becomes a little more difficult, but not impossible. Treasure Cay has worked out quite nice in this regard.

None of us have been to Eastern Shores part of The Abacos. Can you still cruise around by golf cart there? It looks like a couple of miles to center of Marsh Harbor. How does it compare to Treasure Cay? We have had great times there at the Tipsy Seagull, Coco's, and just hanging out.

I would appreciate any feedback on this area?

Or other areas that can house 14 people, 2 boat slips/docks, 5 golf carts, with a pool, jacuzzi (optional), sandy beach, and a fun place to eat and drink, golf cart close.

Thank you,

Barrington
We have stayed at a private residence several times on the Eastern Shore although a few years ago. Yes you can cruise around in golf cart or car. MH is much more commercialized than TC. Not my preference but still enjoyable. Yes you are a mile or two from town depending on how far the ES rental home is located. The ferry dock is close by so you can take it to the surrounding outside islands.
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Believe it closed in the late 80's.
Was early 90's. They began redevelopment in the late 90's
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