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Old 01-22-2010, 05:40 PM
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Friend is suggesting a trip to the Abaco Islands, which I just learned is in or around the Bahamas? (I don't get out much). I have never been to the Bahamas.

He said we may be able to do a little island jumping?beer drinking, with fishing thrown in there somewhere. I am looking for help from the Hull Truth gang on this one. We are not rich guys. Hope this is not too broad of a question.

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Old 01-22-2010, 05:44 PM
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Don't know anything about traveling to the bahamas, but if I was going to the Abacos I would hang at that Nippers place I saw on George Poveromos fishing show last week. That place looked awesome.
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Old 01-22-2010, 05:54 PM
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My wife and I went last year on advice we got here. we're going back again this year on June 12th. We were ready to go back as soon as we left.I'm sure many people will chime in here soon enough.
We flew from Ft. Lauderdale to Marsh Harbor. Aroung $300 each
It's not cheap. Food, fuel, ice, etc are expensive. Booze, not so much. If you go without a boat, you'll need to rent one while you're there so you can island hop. It is a beautiful area, and we felt safe there. We're staying in Hope Town this year.
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Old 01-22-2010, 06:01 PM
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http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...el-calusa.html
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Old 01-25-2010, 08:02 AM
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There are some good folks and resources here: http://www.abacoforum.com/

I have been 4 times and stayed on Lubbers Quarters 2x and in Hopetown 2x. There is plenty to see and do and you have to rent a boat. HAVE TO. Island hopping is easy, fishing is good, people are great. As mentioned it is expensive...especially beer and gas/oil. Learn to drink rum for the week and life is good.
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Check this link out

http://www.thehulltruth.com/florida-...p-bahamas.html


It is a pricey endeavour. A trip to Bimini will be less expensive but it is nowhere near the experience that you will have in the Abacos. Nassau, Freeport and Lucaya are very commercial and again not the true Bahama experience.

You can catch puddle jumpers out of Ft. Lauderdale and they will run $300-$400 roundtrip to Marsh or Treasure Cay. From there you can either stay on those islands or rent a place on one of the out islands. You will definately need a boat, figure $900-$1200 for the week.

We have stayed at the Frontier Cabins next to Nippers a couple of times. Not a bad value and Guana is a beautiful place to spend a week.

It is not a cheap vacation but one that is well worth the price.
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We've been to Elbow Cay and it is a great experience. We are looking at going again. I found that if I flew Jet Blue from Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau then Bahamas Air from Nassau to Marsh Harbor I could save quite a bit, but it is more hassle.
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Thank you all for the responses. To be honest, I have seen the word "expensive" to many times in your responses to go any farther with my research. Funny, but my buddy suggested it as an "economical" trip. (I think I have been spoiled money-wise with our LIMITED travel to Costa Rica over the past few years. May be apples to oranges in terms of the water clarity, but I'll stick to CR for now. It's as much as I can afford!)

Thanks again for the help.
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Originally Posted by onejacker View Post
Thank you all for the responses. To be honest, I have seen the word "expensive" to many times in your responses to go any farther with my research. Funny, but my buddy suggested it as an "economical" trip. (I think I have been spoiled money-wise with our LIMITED travel to Costa Rica over the past few years. May be apples to oranges in terms of the water clarity, but I'll stick to CR for now. It's as much as I can afford!)

Thanks again for the help.
I guess expensive is all relative. You can find a nice 2-3 bedroom house on Lubbers, Elbow or Guana for $1200+ a week if there are just 4 of you. The more people you have going really gets the price per person down. Depedning on how big of a boat you want or need add another 700+ at least. I think what we are referring to as expensive is like I mentioned before. Fuel, beer, ice. If you are just going to play and not seriously fish you wont be using that much fuel or ice. I buy one 24 pack of Kalik for 55 bucks and a couple of differnet rums for dirt cheap and I drink cheap. You can see plenty of stuff within a 30 min boat ride from Elbow on a calm day. We always bring frozen beef and have steaks and burgers a couple of times and fresh fish for dinner and eat lunch out. Its very relaxing and very beautiful over there. Once you go you are hooked. Do some research and you can make it happen wihtout breaking the bank.
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Taking our own boat, with 2 other couples, loaded to the gills with food, staples, beer, fishing gear, ice, oil, etc. burns around 250 gallons round trip.
Another 150-200 gallons fishing and cruising around the islands.

$500 in the above mentioned food and fishing items

$1800 in fuel

$3000 a week for a 3 bedroom house on Guana Cay.

At least $50 per couple a day (x 5 days not counting 2 travel days) at Nippers and Grabbers and various other watering holes around the Abacos
$750

$300 a week for a golf cart.

1 week in the Abacos $6350

Comes to $2116 per couple.

About the minimum it costs for a couple to vacation anywhere for a week these days.
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Old 01-26-2010, 06:10 AM
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We usually go every other year and it's usually a $4-5K per week per couple event. That's airfare from SC, ferry, groceries, booze, boat rental, house rental, fuel, t-shirts, etc. That's eating lunch out and bar hopping during the day, and eating out 3 nights during the trip. You could probably do it for less if you didn't eat out and packed lunches, etc.

With that being said, there is no place better for boaters. The fishing is solid, the snorkeling is superb, the people are laid back. It's tough to beat.
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We figure to spend $4000 for the week, including airfare, house rental, boat rental, gas, ice, food, etc. That's for two. Take as much food with you as you can!
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