As key personnel in Marsh Harbour are ready for the next stage of recovery, Air Unlimited helps to direct the supply chain to underserved areas and fills specific requests from each community of disaster survivors
ORLANDO, Fla. – Sept. 19, 2019 – Florida-based airline, Air Unlimited, continues its efforts with Abaco Flight Support Group to serve the evolving needs of the Abacos through an updated hurricane relief plan. Abaco Flight Support Group is a grassroots initiative started by key community members for relief efforts across land and air, including Air Unlimited, President and CEO of Regal Boats Duane Kuck, Professional Pilot /Aviation Consultant Dan Drummon, Florida Paints Co-founder Don Strube Jr., among others. Quick intel was gathered to determine logistics, organize safe operations and bring together critical resources including planes, helicopters, boats, supplies, volunteers and the professionals needed to establish a robust supply chain across all of the Abacos. Each organization within Abaco Flight Support Group leverages their own unique resources and expertise to take on the responsibilities that will create the largest impact.
Now, in areas of the Abacos that have received an abundance of donated items since Hurricane Dorian, Abaco Flight Support Group hopes to maintain their supply levels, while shifting resources to focus on the next stage of recovery through the help of skilled personnel. Flights are now being scheduled with Air Unlimited for doctors, builders, engineers and other key specialists looking for safe entry into the Abacos to assist hospitals with bio-medical, environmental and clinical infrastructure as well as expertise needed for the rebuilding of bedroom communities.
Air Unlimited charter flights are now available to interested personnel every Monday and Thursday to Treasure Cay and every Tuesday and Friday to Marsh Harbour. There are already eight upcoming medical flights scheduled through Air Unlimited. Additional scheduling options and flight paths are available upon request and can be organized by calling Air Unlimited at (407) 585-4300.
Volunteer pilots and their aircraft are still needed to support specialized and specific requests for supplies and personnel. To support relief missions by air and help to offset fuel costs, funds are being collected at www.gofundme.com/f/abaco-relief.
Additionally, underserved areas of the Bahamas such as Freeport are becoming more accessible, allowing Abaco Flight Support Group to focus their supply chain directly into these multiple areas of concern. Air Unlimited continues to facilitate this supply chain, which collects, transports and distributes critical supplies to the Abacos either by air or shipment via cargo barges. There are established handlers in the Abacos that are ready to receive, sort and distribute supplies to the people in need. If you’d like to donate supplies, details are outlined below.
Items needed for donation:
The list of necessary items has narrowed down to include:
- Tools and nails
- Tents and cots
- Air beds and manual air pumps
- Mosquito nets
- Shoes – kids, womans, mens
For large / bulk donations:
Florida Paints has donated a 40,000 square foot warehouse staffed by volunteers to collect, sort and organize donations. Large truck loads of donations and oversized bulk items can be dropped off at this warehouse.
- Warehouse Address: 576 Ocoee Business Pkwy, Ste 1, Ocoee, FL 34761
For small-to-medium sized donations:
Collection centers have been established at any Florida Paints location and at Regal Boats.
- Florida Paints locations: https://www.floridapaints.com/our-stores.html
- Regal Boats address: 2300 Jet Port Drive Orlando, FL 32809
Air Unlimited, announces its Abaco relief efforts to support the Bahamas, following the devastating impact of Hurricane Dorian. We have regularly flown travelers to the Abaco Islands for more than five years and now plan to conduct ongoing humanitarian flights.
To aid in Air Unlimited relief flights, fiscal donations are being accepted at: www.gofundme.com/f/abaco-relief. These funds will be used for supplies and aircraft fuel, which is needed to transport resources and conduct medical evacuation missions to and from the Abacos.
Additionally, the Air Unlimited facilities at the Orlando Sanford International Airport will be used as a collection point for relief supplies, such as first aid kits, rope, flashlights, hygiene products, and more. Those interested in donating critical items can follow the drop off directions below.
- DROP OFF LOCATION:
- Air Unlimited
- 4130 Centerline Ln.
- Sanford, FL 32773
- COLLECTION HOURS:
- 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily
- *Please call ahead to ensure staff is available at that time (407-585-4300)
“We, at Air Unlimited, are heartbroken for our Abaco family, and our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected,” said Air Unlimited Co-founder Charles Gregg. “The Abacos needs our support now more than ever.”
Air Unlimited is spearheading Abaco relief through a general aviation fleet, where volunteer pilots can utilize the Air Unlimited hangar as a launch point and command center for organizing a variety of flight missions. This is in addition to collecting supplies, which will be loaded onto Air Unlimited aircraft and volunteer pilot planes to be taken to the islands.
The months of May through November has everyone in a whirlwind from the possibility of hurricanes forming and making landfall. Planning ahead is important for ensuring hurricane preparedness to make sure you have all the essentials ready in the chance of a storm. Below, Air Unlimited shares some of our top tips and advice to better prepare for a hurricane.
Plan your evacuation route
Plan ahead and leave yourself enough time to travel days before the hurricane touches land. If you plan on flying, book a flight for a few days in advance. If you plan on driving, fill your tank up and bring a couple extra gallons of gas in case of longer travel time. Be prepared to drive on the road longer than the usual estimated time, due to heavier traffic caused by the many residents and travelers seeking dryer land. Pack a few snacks and don’t forget the car chargers!
Riding the storm out? Be sure to have extra supplies and keep everything easily accessible, in the case of losing power. We suggest having extra batteries, flashlights, candles, lighters, first aid supplies, prescription drugs, basic tools, and a radio.
Food and Drinks
If you are staying home, make sure to have plenty of drinking water handy. Another quick tip is to fill your bathtub up with water before the storm, so you’ll have the chance to still bathe yourself in the event your water shuts off. Buy non-perishable foods such as canned meats, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, bread, and your favorite snacks.
Don’t leave your pets behind! Always bring your four-legged companion with you if you decide to leave. If you stay, have at least a week’s worth of pet food and water as backup, a pet “thunder” shirt or vest, toys, and their favorite chews to keep them busy. If they have storm anxiety, play calming music and keep them in a dark area to settle their nerves. Also, consider buying a piece of fake grass to keep in the garage to avoid taking your dog out during the storm.
- Charge all your electronics and portable chargers so everything is 100% charged up.
- Take loose items off the walls, such as picture frames or anything delicate.
- Put paper documents in the dishwasher since it is sealed and waterproof
- Get cash from the bank to have money on you
- Stock up on blankets and waterproof tarps
- Locate your nearest emergency shelter, in case it becomes needed
Using these hurricane preparedness tips and more, Air Unlimited hopes everyone stays safe and sound during any upcoming storms. For additional tips and to stay up to date on any new storm developments, always follow along with national and local news.
When it comes to traveling internationally, many people aren’t sure what they can bring, how to pack efficiently, and most of all, how to avoid extra hurdles at the airport. The long lines from customs, security, and money exchange can be dreadful. The extra fees from luggage add-ons can stop you from bringing back keepsakes from your destination. The last thing you want to do before an exciting vacation overseas is stress – and that’s why Air Unlimited strives to make your traveling experience hassle-free. We explain the benefits of flying with Air Unlimited and what you can bring on your Abaco Island flight, below:
Air Unlimited is unlike your typical airport experience. Upon arrival at our private hanger in Sanford, guests are greeted with free valet parking and a relaxing lounge area. There is no crowded security lines or TSA members rushing you along. The best part, you only have to arrive 30 minutes before your flight is scheduled for take-off.
When you fly with Air Unlimited, you are allowed to bring your own alcohol to enjoy on the islands upon landing and you can pack water bottles for the plane ride. You can also bring up to 40 pounds of luggage for free, so you can pack for your trip without too much worry. It’s also important to note that you will need to bring cash, since credit cards are not accepted in most places on the islands.
After take-off, you will arrive at either the Treasure Cay Airport or the Marsh Harbour International Airport, depending on your travel plans. Bahamian customs officers will check your bags, but you should know that you can bring any items that are in compliance with the FAA regulations. You can find a list of FAA regulations here.
The saying “take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints” is a great rule of thumb when it comes to your time on the islands. Keep that in mind as you explore the beautiful beaches that are covered in sea shells and native plants. There are multiple national parks in the Abacos that protect the land and water that they inhabit. These areas are protected by law, and there are hefty fines for those who try to take home some of nature’s gifts.
Once you arrive back to Sanford, your bags will be checked by U.S. customs. A great travel tip is to keep any receipts from your trip that can help report the amount of duty-free purchases that you’re returning with.
Let Air Unlimited show you how easy flying internationally can be. Book with us today for an exciting Abaco Island flight!
A dream between two brothers has given the opportunity to billions across the globe to see the world and all of its endeavors from sky-high views. Over a century has passed since the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, flew the first-ever airplane in 1903. National Aviation Day on August 19 celebrates not only the remarkable progress in aviation since their first flight, but also the birthday of Orville Wright. Here at Air Unlimited, we celebrate National Aviation Day with our boutique airline services, offering passengers incredible flight experiences, educating them about aviation and inspiring future generations of pilots and air crew.
The Wright brothers invented the first successful airplane, Flyer I, which was able to stay aloft for a total of twelve seconds and cover a distance of 120 feet. We have come a long way since Flyer I, an all wooden aircraft covered in finely-woven cotton cloth and an aluminum engine. Today, our boutique airline is proud to service flights with our two Beechcraft King Air 200 air carriers and our Cessna Citation CJ3 jet. Both of these vessels feature advanced avionics technology, unprecedented comfort and safe passage. Our CJ3 even offers Wi-Fi at an optional charge, allowing passengers to stay connected while in the air.
To celebrate National Aviation Day, Air Unlimited wants you to consider taking a journey into the past, present and future of air travel. Below, are some of our tips for enjoying the day and recognizing the gift of aviation.
- Take a Destination Flight
- Seek the view the Wright brothers worked so hard to achieve – the bird’s eye view from the sky. Aboard a luxurious flight and fly across an array of blue seas to land in the ultimate Caribbean paradise. To make sure your trip is hassle-free from start to finish, Air Unlimited offers quick reservations, free valet parking, fast check-in, short lines and a comfortable, private waiting area. In flight, each of the nine seats feature window-views and plenty of leg room. In just over an hour, you’ll land in the beautiful and tropical Abaco Islands.
- Learn More About Aviation
- To learn more about the history and future of aviation, visit a local aircraft museum or science center featuring planes. If you’re feeling adventurous and visiting the Washington D.C. area, see the Flyer I at the Smithsonian Museum. Consider checking out aviation books at your favorite library or renting an exciting aviation movie. You could even take an introductory flight lesson.
- Inspire the Future Generation Pilots
- Many of today’s pilots became fascinated with aviation at a young age. At Air Unlimited, we hope to inspire the young passengers with our Junior Pilot Program. Registered kids fly in the cockpit with the pilot, experience stunning views from the front of the plane and learn about air travel. These kids walk away from their aircraft charter or commuter flight with a certificate, photos, a souvenir, and their very own pilot wings.
No matter how you choose to spend National Aviation Day, we hope you can celebrate the wonder of flight on this special holiday! Fly with us today to experience a boutique airline and celebrate National Aviation Day!
The time has come again, when holiday items slowly begin to pop up in our favorite stores and some folks get a jump-start on holiday planning. For many people, this advanced planning includes booking holiday travel arrangements months ahead of time, so tickets are locked in before the chaotic holiday season is in full swing. The hardest part is choosing where to go, but with Air Unlimited, the decision is easy. Experience a tropical holiday vacation this year to escape the cold winter months and travel with us to some of the world’s most exquisite islands. It all starts with a luxury flight – so plan ahead and book today.
No one enjoys standing in long security lines or being in a crowded airport while trying to travel to your holiday destination. The holiday season is the busiest time to book a flight and dealing with expensive tickets, baggage fees and car rental fees is a big hassle. Just when you thought you were going to get away from the chaos, you get stuck spending extra money and being held in a tight space with a lot of people and noise.
Here at Air Unlimited, we have a friendly and dedicated airline service that aims to make each guest feel at-ease from the moment they arrive. Drive your car directly up to our private hangar and we’ll valet it for free, so you won’t have to worry about busy parking lots and additional parking fees. Enjoy a stress-free boarding experience, meeting our pilots as you enter our luxury aircraft that accommodates up to nine passengers in comfortable, first-class seating. There are no surprise baggage fees and most importantly no long lines. It’s holiday travel made easy.
Our planes are all about comfort and relaxation. The interior is furnished with finely crafted reclining seats that give passengers extra head space and shoulder room for a spacious ride. No more than nine passengers aboard the flight, offering passengers a more intimate experience than flying commercial. Air Unlimited offers scheduled flights every day of the week, leaving you to pick the times and dates that work best for your holiday vacation.
We fly to two breathtaking destinations in the Abacos: Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay. These islands are surrounded by the ocean’s crystal-clear blue waters and are known for offering miles of white sandy beaches. Palm trees and fresh native fruit cover the island and make for the perfect tropical getaway. The chain of islands that make up the famed Abacos are close together, making it easy to tour around and island hop as well.
Don’t wait any longer, plan ahead for the holiday season and schedule a luxury flight today. Book with us to visit the Abacos for an unforgettable experience.
Lobster Season is making its way to the Bahamas on August 1, which means it’s time to get crackin’ and plan out your fishing itinerary. Air Unlimited has flights for the fearless fishing buddies, adventurous best friends, and the family who simply enjoys blue waters and white sandy beaches. Our direct flights land in Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay, which are the perfect lobster destinations. Fully emerge yourself in a lobster season that will be one to remember – come with us and visit the Abacos!
The art of lobster diving can be enjoyable for anyone, and the clear Abacos waters make it easy to point out the marine crustaceans on the sea floor, who are often hiding out in crevices and burrows along the coral reefs. The lobsters in the Abacos even have their own nickname, known as the ‘spiny lobsters’, and they’re known to appear in an arrangement of colors and sizes.
Dive and swim along the coral reefs to play a game of hide and seek with these champions of the ocean. Whether it is to hunt and gather or simply to admire the spiny lobsters, anyone can enjoy a fun and rewarding lobster season. Of course, be sure to check out the rules and regulations on how to stay safe while lobster diving. We’ve included more details below to help plan the perfect trip.
If you’re looking to jump on a boat and sail away to the lobster hotspots, be sure to check in at one of the local marinas. Sit back and relax on a joyous boat ride over the crystal seas with an ombre coloring of blues and teals.
- Marsh Harbour Marina
- A full-service marina that is safe and relaxing to dock up and enjoy a world-famous BBQ sandwich from the accompanying Jibroom restaurant.
- Boat Harbour Marina
- A few feet away from the Abaco Beach Resort and well known for being the largest of all Bahamas marinas, make a reservation at the state-of-the-art Boat Harbour.
- Treasure Cay Marina
- Welcoming boaters and families to enjoy this amazing, deep-water marina – book now while you can.
Rules and Regulations for Lobster Harvesting
To keep the ocean and marine animals safe, certain rules and regulations must always be followed in order to ensure a fun and respectful trip.
- Bag limit of 6 per person with a size of 3 3/8 inches carapace length or six inches tail length
- NO scuba gear can be used while taking lobster
- Egg-bearing lobsters are protected
- Check out more rules and regulations here
Our final tip for lobster season? Don’t be ‘shellfish’, and make sure to bring some lobster home to your friends! Just make sure your lobster is fully intact to clear customs and bring it back to Florida. Book with us today to visit the Abacos for this unforgettable experience.
Indulge in a complete island vacation filled with miles of sandy beaches, quaint colonial towns, and exquisite resorts. The Abaco Islands are an ideal location for the perfect adult-friendly vacation. Our Air Unlimited crew has firsthand experience exploring the islands and has great recommendations for individuals, friends or couples traveling to the Abacos without kids in tow. For the adrenaline seeker, wine and dine couple, or adult looking to relax – do not miss out on the perfect Abacos getaway.
Best Abacos “Watering Holes”
No shoes? No shirt? No problem – bar hopping and dining in the Abacos is the perfect way to enjoy drinks and tasty delights beachside. The restaurants in the Bahamas thrive on laughing faces, sandy feet, live music and sunshine. Don’t miss out on the lively experience of a Pina Colada overlooking the clear blue waters.
Our recommended bar destinations include:
- Nipper’s Beach Bar & Grill in Great Guana Cay
- The famous Pig Roast Party is every Sunday afternoon with live music, dancing and sandy white beaches, and frozen cocktails are available every day for a refreshing signature Abaco drink.
- Grabbers Bed, Bar and Grille in Great Guana Cay
- Known for its famous Grabber cocktails and featuring the most interesting and tasty food on the Cay, this hotspot prepares everything fresh daily for its guests.
- Tipsy Seagull Pool Bar in Treasure Cay
- A traditional favorite for tourists with an open atmosphere, cool tropical drinks, and dancing to live music ‘til the wee hours.
The beautiful views of the Abacos are something no one wants to miss, and thankfully there are scenic adventures offered by sky, land and water. When it comes to traveling to new places, experiencing your destination from every angle can give you a new perspective and memories that last a lifetime.
For the adventurous side in you, here are some of the best excursions in the Abacos:
- Shark Diving with docile Abacos native sharks
- Mingle with the reef sharks in crystal clear blue water and explore their underwater stomping grounds.
- Day Trips in the outer islands
- With surrounding islands and cays – there is much to explore and experience. Rent a boat or ferry to ride the waves and take a dip in between islands.
- Golf Cart Blast Tours on Treasure Cay
- Experience the natural beauty and scenic views of the cay, while winding and carving your way through the island. With golf courses nearby, a quick game of golf is encouraged.
Spending vacation time with a significant other in a romantic beach destination has romance written all over it. Be fully surrounded by white sandy beaches, crystal waters, aromas of the island and sounds of gentle waves crashing on the shore. There is a romance novel written in the sand with these relaxing moments.
For romantic ideas be sure to check out these top recommendations:
- Over the water oasis at Kamalame Cay
- Facials, body treatments and massages give the ultimate revitalization and relaxation to any couple staying at the Cay.
- Castaway Picnic
- Have the day to yourselves under a palm tree on your own private island with a gourmet hamper filled with a delicious lunch and wine.
- Wild Pigs at No Name Cay
- Relax on the beach with a cute group of friendly pigs swimming in the crystal-clear waters that are fun to feed and picture-ready, so bring your camera!
If you’re looking for additional recommendations on local activities to try, visit our destinations page for more insight into each island and where to explore. To get there, Air Unlimited offers affordable, luxury flights for adults traveling to experience an Abacos Getaway. Visit us online or give us a call at (407) 585-4300.
With its calm waters, warm breezes and stunning panoramic views, the Abaco Islands are an ideal location for the perfect family vacation. Our Air Unlimited crew has firsthand experience exploring the islands and has some great recommendations for families traveling to the Abacos. Whether you’re craving action-packed water sports or have your sights set on a uniquely serene experience with your loved ones – you won’t want to miss these bucket list ideas.
Island Hopping Destinations
A unique group of islands form a 120-mile-long chain, helping the Abacos stretch over 650 square miles. With bay-scalloped coastlines, dream-worthy coves and picture-perfect harbors, it’s no surprise that island hopping by boat is one of our favorite family activities in this area and something that should be on everyone’s trip bucket list.
Our recommended destinations and experiences by boat include:
- Private relaxation at Tahiti Beach on Elbow Cay
- This desolate oasis is perfect for a more private beach experience amid soft white sand and coconut trees.
- Scenic views from the Hope Town Lighthouse
- This candy-striped landmark is one of the last manually operated lighthouses in the world and boasts outstanding views from the top.
- Brendal’s Dive Center at Green Turtle Cay
- This dive shop offers everything from snorkeling and scuba diving to glass bottom boat tours to explore one of the world’s largest barrier reefs.
Mouth-Watering Bites & Delights
While traveling in the Abacos, you’ll want to make sure to cross off the top food and drink destinations from your bucket list. The Bahamas has a lively food scene from restaurants and bars to bakeries and ice cream parlors.
For families, here are some of our favorite dining spots in the Abacos:
- Family dining at Firefly Bar & Grill
- The terrace is a great place to catch the sunset over the Sea of Abaco, a beautiful saltwater lagoon, while enjoying a delicious meal of fresh fish and local cuisine.
- Island Bakery in Marsh Harbour
- The perfect place to cool off while enjoying baked breads and pastries that have delighted guests for decades.
- Café La Florence in Treasure Cay
- They’re famous in the islands for their freshly baked cinnamon rolls, which are big enough for two.
A Unique Wilderness Experience
Flights to the Abacos are always met with incredibly unique experiences that families rarely have the chance to experience elsewhere. There are very few tropical locations throughout the world that offer the opportunity to swim with wild pigs on an otherwise uninhabited island.
For bucket list ideas like this, be sure to check out these top recommendations:
- Wild Pigs at No Name Cay
- You’ll find a group of pigs swimming in the crystal-clear waters that are fun to feed and picture-ready, so bring your camera!
- Sharks and Stingrays at Manjack Cay
- There is a small cove right off the cay that is home to a group of friendly stingrays and harmless sharks for an incredible snorkeling experience.
If you’re looking for additional recommendations on local activities to try, visit our destinations page for more insight into each island and where to explore. To get there, Air Unlimited offers affordable, luxury flights for families traveling to the Abacos. Visit us online or give us a call at (407) 585-4300.
This past year, 126 million people visited Florida, breaking the highest number of visitors the state has ever recorded. Many of these tourists are attracted to Central Florida for its renown theme parks and often overlook the chance to experience more than a few roller coasters during their stay. By extending their trip by just a few days, travelers can elevate their Florida vacation to include an Abacos getaway with Air Unlimited, adding on an incredible destination that’s only a short flight away.
It’s an easy way to have a vacation within your vacation – after spending a few days exploring the area’s theme parks and entertainment, you can take advantage of Florida’s close proximity to the Caribbean with a quick flight to the Abacos. With Air Unlimited, you’ll waste no time in getting there, so you can squeeze in an extra destination, without any extra travel stress.
If you’re staying around the Orlando theme parks, you’ll be happy to know that Air Unlimited is conveniently situated just outside the city, in Sanford. Once you arrive to our private hangar, you’ll be on the plane and on your way to the islands within 30-minutes. We offer free valet parking and luggage up to 40 pounds, as well as by-passed security lines, so travel is hassle-free.
Riding with Air Unlimited, you’ll already feel you’re on ‘vacation time’, as every seat boasts window views overlooking the beautiful ocean below, and the flight is just over an hour to paradise. We fly directly to Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay in the Abacos, which are two beautiful island destinations in the Bahamas Out Islands. Upon arrival, you’ll be swept away by some of the world’s most idolized beaches and resorts, while tucked away from the Caribbean’s more crowded tourist hotspots.
The next time you’re looking to visit Central Florida, consider adding one more stop to your trip itinerary – the Abacos. This destination is the perfect cherry on top to any vacation and offers the chance to experience all-new activities like diving with sea life and island hopping. Each island is rich in history, arts, culture and excursions, so the hardest part of your trip will be deciding what to do!
To book a vacation within your vacation, reserve an Abacos getaway with Air Unlimited by visiting, www.flyairunlimited.com.
Central Florida is known for its outstanding shopping, dining and entertainment, making it a top destination for locals and tourists alike. Beyond its famed theme parks and resorts, Central Florida is also home to affordable luxury airline, Air Unlimited, a hidden gem in Sanford that offers travelers a top-notch experience with free valet parking, fast check-in and free baggage up to 40-pounds.
Here are some of the region’s other best-kept secrets:
- Downtown Sanford – Just a short drive from Air Unlimited, Downtown Sanford is rich in history and offers a variety of things to do. A great way to visit multiple stops in a short period of time is by taking one of the city’s tours. You can consider one of the Sanford Food Tours or a Limo Cycle Tour for a great day of exploration and delights. There’s also the Sanford Museum, Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, award-winning food and drink hotspots, and so much more.
- Lake Eola Park – Downtown Orlando features Lake Eola, a central lake that locals frequent for its iconic fountain, swan-shaped paddle boats and lively amphitheater. Surrounding the lake, you’ll find a lineup of local eateries, shops and artwork – all situated amid the lake’s beautiful parks, landscaping and flower beds. While many local residents are already familiar with this destination, it’s a park that visitors and tourists don’t want to miss.
- Wekiwa Springs – This state park is a natural wonder located in close proximity to both Sanford and Orlando, making it a convenient place for all to visit. Here, you can immerse yourself in wildlife and enjoy swimming, kayaking, hiking, biking or fishing. You can even stay the night at one of the park’s camping or lodging sites.
- Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour – This quaint boat tour is in the heart of Winter Park, a charming city and mecca for art, culture and community events. One of the city’s hidden gems is its Scenic Boat Tour, which invites travelers to experience an hour-long, guided tour across three of the city’s outstanding lakes. Passengers can enjoy the area’s wildlife and landscapes, in addition to views of breathtaking private homes and estates that decorate the shorelines.
Next time you’re looking for things to do in Central Florida, consider trying something new and off-the-beaten-path. Explore areas beyond the theme parks, such as Downtown Sanford or Winter Park, and during your visit, be sure to check out the coolest airline in town, Air Unlimited. To learn more about this affordable luxury airline, visit www.flyairunlimited.com.
At our boutique airline, Air Unlimited, we are proud to say we have a new shining star, Bria. Bria is a six-year-old yellow lab, who is quickly becoming the “co-pilot” of our operations, having flown thousands of miles with our airline ever since she was a puppy. Manning the plane is Bria’s owner, and one of our airline’s co-owners and pilots, Chick Gregg. Bria has long been a star in our hearts, but lately her fame has taken new heights, as she has made recent appearances on Good Morning America, Yahoo and the local Orlando CBS news station, WKMG (TV and online). She’s also quickly becoming the latest pet influencer, as every news outlet that has covered Bria has also been sharing her story on social media.
Bria got the travel bug when she was 12 weeks old! Chick and his wife, Lisa, flew her from Missouri to her new home in sunny Central Florida. Since then, she’s become a jetsetter! WKMG reported that Bria has “flown at least 30,000 miles from Orlando to the Bahamas all the way to the Colorado hills – giving passengers a better flying experience.” Bria loves to greet guests at the hangar and her relaxed nature helps reduce the anxiety of passengers. Chick is quoted saying, “She’ll go say hello, and she’ll sit until they pet her.”
Nowadays, Bria can often be found hanging out at the Air Unlimited hangar or in the co-pilot seat on one of the airline’s planes. As soon as Chick says, “You want to go?” to Bria, she immediately starts wagging her tail and barking before finding her seat in the car or the plane.
Naturally, with frequent time spent around loud engines, keeping Bria calm and content is a top priority. Good Morning America reported that Chick invested in a pair of “mutt muffs” to protect Bria’s ears from loud noises and prevent her from getting nervous during her adventures in the sky. In fact, Chick recommends “mutt muffs” to any pets that are easily startled by noise or are prone to travel anxiety.
On long haul flights, Chick also makes sure Bria has time for exercise before the flight, and spends time throwing a ball for her during fuel stops. After that, “she jumps back on board, ready to go again,” WKMG reports.
With all of Bria’s newfound stardom across the news, we can only hope that she doesn’t become too much a diva. If we aren’t careful, she’ll soon be requesting filet mignon as her next in-flight meal.
Bria isn’t the only pup who flies with our boutique airline, so if you’re interested in bringing your pet along on your next trip, consider flying with us. Air Unlimited’s pet-friendly policies make sure that every member of the family is included on your next vacation. For more information visit, www.flyairunlimited.com.
Airlines collected $5 billion in baggage fees in 2018 – along with billions more in other added fees and hidden charges – at record high numbers. On your next Abacos vacation, you can avoid these common airline fees by flying with Air Unlimited.
Air Unlimited avoids charging fliers for basic travel needs, such as bringing a bag on a trip or acquiring a boarding pass for the plane. The boutique airline offers complimentary perks, including free luggage (and pets!) up to 40 lbs., as well as free valet parking. Co-owners Chick Gregg and Mark Neubauer know that these are some of the most common travel pain points, and therefore, believe these services should be included with a ticket. They set up Air Unlimited so it can operate without hidden or nuisance fees for things that every traveler needs on their journey, such as parking and luggage.
“At Air Unlimited, the guest experience is our top priority from the moment they start the booking process,” says Gregg. “We want travelers to feel like they have reliable options like Air Unlimited –affordable air carriers that won’t start piling on unexpected, additional fees before a trip.”
Another common fee that fliers are able to by-pass with Air Unlimited? Seating fees. With many commercial air carriers, passengers pay additional fees for seat selection and upgraded seating options. At Air Unlimited, guests headed on an Abacos vacation are treated like first-class fliers from the moment they arrive to the hangar – at no additional cost. Each plane seats up to nine passengers with plenty of leg room, abundant aisle space and spectacular window views. This means every seat is an “upgraded” seat for passengers.
Air Unlimited also offers its Book of 10 deal that comes with cost-saving bonus perks, like no fees for booking changes. This is especially great for fliers who have a vacation home or property in the Abacos and therefore might not know exactly when they plan to come and go. It gives travelers added flexibility. The Book of 10 also locks in flight rates, allowing these pre-purchased tickets to avoid any increases in ticket costs during peak season.
Don’t let baggage fees and added costs prevent you from flying to paradise this summer. Choose Air Unlimited for an affordable and luxurious Abacos vacation and you won’t have to worry about unexpected charges. To learn more about our daily scheduled flights, or our Book of 10 deal, visit www.flyairunlimited.com.
Summer is almost here, and as the weather heats up so does the list of exciting things to do in the Abaco Islands. From celebrating Bahamian Independence to boating events and festivals, everyone in your family is sure to have a great trip to the Abacos this summer.
This year, summer kicks off with the Abaco Goombay Summer Festival, which runs on Friday, June 14th and Friday, June 21st. This family-friendly festival showcases the exciting culture of the Bahamas. You can taste local cuisine, listen to live music and purchase handcrafted Bahamian goods. Better leave some extra room in your suitcase! If you attend this festival, you’ll even experience a Junkanoo rush-out, in which local dance troupes parade through the streets in dazzling, colorful costumes to the island rhythms of goatskin drums, cowbells, bugles and whistles.
Regatta time is another great event taking place in the Abacos this summer, and it is the perfect way to get in some time on the water while competing with other racing boats. Regatta Time officially begins on June 25th and runs through July 4th. The race kicks off in Marsh Harbour, and boaters will spend the following days sailing through some of the most beautiful islands in the Abacos.
Looking for the ultimate party this summer? You have to check out the Cheeseburger in Paradise party in Green Turtle Cay. This event began in the 1980s as a way for Jimmy Buffet fans to meet up and spend some time together under the tropical sunshine. Since then, the party has grown, and partygoers can spend the day boat hopping with their families. Did we mention that record-breaking numbers of free margaritas and hamburgers are given out each year at this event? This one-day-only party is set for July 2nd, so make your plans now.
The Bahamas is also excited to celebrate 46 years as a fully independent nation on July 10th. The Bahamas separated from the United Kingdom on July 10, 1973, but it remains a member of The Commonwealth of Nations. Join locals to celebrate with a week of Junkanoo, carnival parades and firework displays.
With so many exciting events happening in the Abacos this summer, it’s no surprise that Air Unlimited is expanding its flight options. Book your trip to the Abacos today at www.flyairunlimited.com, and experience any of the incredible celebrations happening this summer. You might experience something new, or simply have a great time enjoying the culture and the sunshine with your friends and family.
Wellness tourism is one of the fastest growing areas of travel and could serve more than 1 billion travelers this year as people are increasingly trying to find new ways to unplug and destress. Wellness travel focuses on promoting health and wellbeing while also allowing travelers to experiencing stunning destinations. A luxury getaway in the Abacos is the perfect way for you to destress, recharge the body and nourish the mind.
We live in a fast-paced world where work is no longer confined to a nine to five desk job. People are regularly checking work emails from the moment they wake up until the moment they fall asleep at night – but in the Abacos you can truly unwind. In fact, research has shown that serotonin, a chemical in the body that is known to make people feel happy, is almost immediately released when you arrive on the beach. The beach is also a great way to get in some natural light therapy, which is recommended by doctors and therapists to help combat anxiety and stress. Imagine how relaxed and at ease you would feel after a weekend lounging on the pristine, white sand beaches in the Abaco Islands.
To take relaxation to the next level during your trip to the Abacos, consider booking a spa day at Island Spirit Day Spa in Treasure Cay or The Abaco Club’s exclusive spa. Aside from making you feel great, massage therapy also helps to reduce fatigue, improve sleep, eliminate toxins and improve circulation.
Want to add a little exercise into your vacation? Yoga has been shown to improve athletic performance, increase protection from injury and improve cardiovascular and circulatory health. Relaxing outdoor yoga classes are offered at many of the resorts – The Abaco Beach Club offers classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays and the Treasure Cay Beach, Marina and Golf Resort offers classes on Mondays and Fridays.
If yoga isn’t your thing, take a walk around Hope Town and explore one of the many quaint villages in the Bahamas or book an excursion that allows you to get more active. Some of our recommendations include Cruise Abaco, which offers both charter services and day sails where guests can visit surrounding islands, and Dive Abaco for snorkeling and underwater adventures.
A luxury getaway in the Abacos is the perfect way to unplug from work and the stresses of like back home – but you don’t have to wait until you land to start relaxing. Book a trip with Air Unlimited at www.flyairunlimited.com, and you can feel at ease from the moment you step foot in our hangar. We’ll handle everything while you sit back in our spacious planes and enjoy the view.
Many flights from Florida to the Bahamas cost several hundred dollars, yet still expect travelers to endure long security lines, dreaded layovers and additional parking, pet and baggage fees (which can really add up). In fact, a study conducted by the International Air Transport Association shows that a majority of flyers believe a few airport hassles top the rest, including how much time is wasted, the inconvenience of security and the hassle of checking luggage. Are you interested in how a luxury flight experience avoids these dreaded travel pains – at a price that’s more affordable than you’d think? If so, Air Unlimited has insight on how a little extra investment might be worth it for travelers in search of stress-free travel.
At Air Unlimited, up to nine guests are invited to fly in style for the affordable price of a commercial first-class ticket. Daily flights are available from Sanford, Florida to the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas, and tickets include free luggage up to 40 lbs., free valet parking and quick security. The experience has you arriving at the hangar and boarding the plane in a fraction of the time of any commercial airline. Then, the flight is just over an hour to paradise with every seat featuring plenty of legroom and outstanding window views. Additionally, our direct flights mean you won’t waste any vacation time at a connecting airport, and instead, you will be able to spend more time exploring the islands.
Based in Sanford, Florida, Air Unlimited serves travelers not only statewide, but nationwide too, and a luxury flight experience isn’t the only thing attracting customers from far-and-wide. Central Florida is a destination that millions of people seek to visit throughout the year. With people from all over the country visiting Central Florida as a touch point to board a cruise and head to the tropical islands – it makes sense to take a luxury flight to the islands instead. Tourists flocking the region for its famed theme parks, entertainment and dining can consider extending their vacation to include a quick flight to the Bahamas as the cherry-on-top to a perfect trip.
Regardless of the journey that brings you to our hangar, Air Unlimited ensures that a hassle-free experience awaits you at our front door. A luxury flight experience is unlike any other, so instead of enduring through common travel pains, consider booking with us for a truly relaxing getaway. You can book your next trip online, and if you plan to frequent the islands, we also offer a Book of Coupons with an annual fixed price and added traveler benefits.
Nothing is better than a relaxing vacation with all your loved ones. When you book an Abaco getaway, you are booking a fabulous beach vacation for every member of the family, even the four-legged members. We know traveling with your pets can seem daunting, but if you are prepared, it really is a breeze. Here are some of our tips for bringing your pets on a flight, whether it’s flying to the Abacos or traveling to a different destination:
- Visit your veterinarian. – Make sure you plan a vet visit a few weeks ahead of your trip. Your vet will make sure your pet has all of its vaccines and will sign a health certificate, which is required for travel on many airlines. Every state adheres to different policies, so make sure to do your research to ensure you don’t miss any important steps leading up to and during your trip. Additionally, your vet can also provide you with tips for keeping your pet calm during the flight.
- Plan ahead. – Receiving the correct documentation and confirming flight arrangements can take time, so it’s always a good idea to book in advance. If you are flying to the Abacos with your pet, you can learn more about the process and what you will need on The Government of the Bahamas website or at Bahama’s Pet Permit. Additionally, some airlines have a limit on the number of pets allowed per flight and reserving ahead of time can guarantee your furry friend a ticket before they sell-out. Don’t forget that you should also pack your pet’s favorite toys, treats, and necessities into an easily accessible bag the night before you leave for vacation.
- Think about meal time. – We all know that travel is a nightmare when we don’t feel well, and the same goes for our pets. Because of this, it’s a good idea to avoid feeding your pet a large meal right before boarding the plane to prevent an upset stomach. Also, make sure they have something to chew on during take-off and landing. This will help prevent their ears from popping and will make them more comfortable.
- Schedule play time before travel time. – Travel time can make for a long day for our furry friends, so make sure you schedule some time for your pet to run around and play before you head to the airport. This will help them release their energy, and a tired pet will rest easier on the plane.
- Fly direct, whenever possible. – Layovers are already inconvenient but imagine trying to manage a pet through a connecting flight. As bad as the wait is for you, it’s even harder for your pet. If possible, try to cut down your pet’s total air time and travel time by booking direct flights.
Flying with Air Unlimited makes taking your pet on an Abaco getaway easier than ever. Two pets are allowed on board per flight and are welcome to relax in the cabin space with you. If your pet is more energetic, they can fly on a close harness or in a pet carrier next to you. Once you land, you and your four-legged friend will be well rested and ready for fun in the sun. Call us today for more information at (407) 585-4300.
Summer is quickly approaching, so kids will be out of school soon and ready to spend more time with friends and family. Take advantage of this long-awaited break by booking an Abacos vacation with Air Unlimited. We offer a top-notch flight experience to some of the Caribbean’s most unique island destinations, perfect for the whole family.
The Bahamas has hundreds of islands, but instead of going to the overcrowded and commercialized areas, take your family to the relaxing and intimate islands of the Abacos. Here, your kids will delight in the wonders of island culture and ocean life, taking time off from their screens to enjoy breathtaking scenery and adventure. Parents can bask in the sun, enjoying some much-needed relaxation, while the kids play in the shallow, clear waters and build sandcastles by their feet.
If you’d like to go fishing with your kids, but don’t want to commit to a full day out on the water, we recommend visiting a public dock – visitors are welcome to fish at most local docks in Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay, and Hope Town. Regardless of where you decide to drop a line, if you plan to fish without a licensed guide it is recommended that you look into the Fishing Rules and Regulations, and consider asking a local dive shop or charter guide with any questions during your trip. Once you get situated fishing, your kids will love the experience of catching their first fish, and you can identify fish together using a simple fishing guide.
Parents can also look into the Bahama Buddies Program for their younger ones to experience the island from the local perspective. This program pairs local children with Abaco visitors to explore the island together, learning firsthand how the community lives, and trying out popular island activities, like catching and cleaning fish, cracking conch and making island crafts. The Abaco Beach Resort hosts the program and participants always walk away with fun memorabilia, photos and exciting stories to tell those back home.
After a fun-filled vacation, top it off with a sweet treat that you know the whole family will enjoy. The Island Bakery in Marsh Harbour is a perfect place to cool off while enjoying baked bread and pastries that have delighted guests for decades. Cafe La Florence in Treasure Cay is another great option for the sweet tooth in your family. They’re famous in the islands for their freshly baked cinnamon rolls, which are big enough for two.
From its quaint beaches and tropical adventures to its tasty treats, the Abacos is the perfect place for the ultimate family trip. Avoid the summer crowds often found at the Bahamas’ main tourist hotspots and choose to take an Abacos vacation instead. Start your trip off with Air Unlimited to by-pass long lines and packed planes, so your trip is hassle-free from start to finish! Book online today and check out our coupon books here.
With over 100,000 miles of shimmering turquoise waters surrounding the Bahamas’ Out-Islands, it is no surprise that the Abacos are considered the boating capital of the Bahamas. When you vacation in Marsh Harbour, you become immersed in a world of boats made for leisure, sporting, and fishing, as well as super yachts crafted for a day of luxury.
Marsh Harbour is the ultimate boating destination for those looking for convenience and comfort. The Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina is the largest marina in the Bahamas with 198 boat slips and dozens of amenities. This marina offers guests 24-hour security, Internet, TV, full detailing, cleaning, electricity and fueling services. Other amenities are included for your enjoyment, such as pools with a swim-up bar, free showers, token laundry, nightly entertainment, and more. Also, guests who prefer to spend the day at sea and the night on land can still stay close to the action at the Abaco Beach Resort, never missing a sunrise sail.
The Abaco Beach Resort and Marina also offers competitive pricing with rates as low as $3.10 per foot per day for a short-term slip rental and $1.50 per foot per day for a long-term slip rental. Thinking of planning a private rendezvous? Group rates are also offered, and marina experts will gladly help plan a custom event that will leave a lasting impression on your guests. The culinary team can even assist in planning an island-inspired menu for your guests when you return from a day on the water.
For less experienced boaters or travelers without their own vessel, boats can be rented daily at the marina, or through nearby rental companies such as Cj’s Abaco Dorado Boat Rentals, Blue Wave Boat Rentals or Dream Yacht Charters. With so many rentals to choose from, you are sure to find the right boat to fit your needs.
Next time you’re looking to set sail, consider a vacation in Marsh Harbour. Forget the hassle and schedule your boat ahead of time or rent one when you get there. When you fly with Air Unlimited, you can be out of the sky and on the docks faster than you can raise the anchor! Book online at www.flyairunlimited.com.
Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life, so why not make it even more memorable by planning an Abaco Island getaway to coincide with your big day? The Abacos is a great place to travel, whether it’s for a bachelor/bachelorette party, destination wedding or honeymoon celebration.
Located in the Bahamas, the turquoise waters and powdery sand of the Abaco Islands are a huge draw for many wedding festivities. It’s the perfect place to soak up some sun and get that wedding glow with your spouse, friends and loved ones.
Beyond the sea and sand, there’s plenty to do in the Abacos. You can sign up for some relaxation by booking a spa session at Island Spirit Day Spa in Treasure Cay or The Abaco Club’s exclusive spa. If you’re staying in Hope Town, you can visit the iconic Hope Town Lighthouse or do some shopping in the village. You might even find the perfect souvenir to remember your trip. If you and your group want a day on the water, stop by Blue Wave Boat Rentals in Marsh Harbour and rent a boat for the day. Customers have full access to the marina facilities, including their grilling stations, so feel free to barbeque some burgers or fresh fish once you return to land. With so many exciting activities available in the Abacos, your wedding guests will want to extend their stay beyond your big day!
If you’re planning a destination wedding, the Abaco Islands are the perfect mix of quaint and tropical. There are fewer crowds than some of the other islands in the Caribbean, meaning that you and your loved ones will have a more private experience. From tying the knot surrounded by turquoise waters on the beach, in a quaint inn, luxurious resort or traditional chapel – every couple is sure to find the best venue to say “I do”. You’ll capture some amazing wedding photos with breathtaking island scenery.
Whether you’re traveling with your entire “I Do Crew,” or alone with your new spouse, your Abaco Island getaway starts the moment you arrive at Air Unlimited. We believe that getting there is half the fun, so sit back, drink some champagne and let us do the flying. Book now at www.flyairunlimited.com.