The Bahamas have long been one of my favorite destinations, and no matter how many times I venture deeper into the Caribbean — to report on locales that are seemingly far more remote and exotic, such as Barbuda or Montserrat — I always end up back in the Out Islands when the choice is mine. The 700 or so islands and cays that comprise the Bahamas are exquisite, with calm, inviting seas that are the perfect backdrop for sailing and boating, snorkeling and diving, and all varieties of fishing. Even better, the islands are just a quick hop from many airline hubs throughout the United State, with easy connections from Denver.

abacos bahamas, islands, bahamasThe Abacos are a favorite stop for many in these parts, with abundant snorkeling, diving and sailing opportunities and world-renowned bonefishing flats, ideal for professional anglers and amateur fishermen alike. And in the hub of Marsh Harbour, one of the very best places to stay is the Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbor — a full-service oceanfront resort and 198-slip marina that’s just a short 45-minute flight from South Florida hubs. With comfortable and well appointed rooms and one of the best restaurants on the island — the top-rated Angler’s — there’s no better place to stay on your weekend escape in the Abacos.

But don’t take my word for it. This week I interviewed Andrew Sweeting, owner and general manager of the family-run Abaco Beach Resort in Marsh Harbour, about what makes the Abacos – and his new luxury condo offerings at the adjoining Harbour Residences – so appealing. Stay tuned for the full interview later in this column, but for now, here’s a sneak peek at what Mr. Sweeting had to say about this prime spot the Abacos:

“In my opinion,” Sweeting says, “our location is superior to anything offered in the Bahamas. We enjoy all of the advantages of living on an outer island — virgin, unspoiled nature at our doorstep — while having the conveniences of living in Marsh Harbour, including fine dining, nightlife, shopping, and reliable sources of electricity and water.”

Book your summer escape now in low season to enjoy savings of up to 50 percent off, and stay tuned here for even more on what makes the Abacos and the Out Islands the perfect weekend escape. Rooms at the Abaco Beach Resort from $253 per night double occupancy.

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