Bahamas Independence Day is quickly approaching, and the locals are gearing up for week-long celebrations. This holiday commemorates the day when the Bahamas became a fully independent nation, separating from the United Kingdom on July 10, 1973. Catch a flight to the Bahamas with Air Unlimited and be part of another year of historic celebrations.
The Bahamas underwent 325 years of British rule. It was a long and mostly peaceful process, and in 1964, Great Britain granted The Islands of The Bahamas limited self-government. This was after years of legal maneuvering and debates. In 1969, the Bahamas finally became a British Commonwealth, which effectively ended colonial rule. Four years later, the Bahama Islands gained complete independence from Great Britain and became its own nation on July 10, 1973. Today, the Bahamas remain a member of The Commonwealth of Nations.
Independence Day on the islands is celebrated for a week leading up to July 10th with a mix of parties and official government events. Carnival parades and Junkanoo are celebrated across the hundreds of Bahamian islands. Junkanoo – a combination of costumes, music, and dance – is an integral part of Bahamian celebrations like Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The origin of Junkanoo is still debated on frequently, but one thing is certain: the celebrations are spectacular. Colorful costumes made of cardboard and crepe paper take the streets by storm with music made by goatskin drums, cowbells, whistles, and horns.
No celebration is complete without food and drinks. Happy hour at Pete’s Pub in Little Harbour is a crowd favorite where you can get fresh seafood and a tropical drink overlooking the ocean. Gaffner’s in Elbow Cay is another favorite local spot with daily seafood and drink specials, and live music located waterside at the Seaspray Resort & Marina. If you’re looking for a something more relaxing, or a way to recover from the festivities, Hope Town Inn & Marina offers yoga every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning. It’s the perfect way to start your day, balanced and ready to gear up for the island fun.
Flights and hotels book fast in the Bahamas during times of celebration, so don’t miss out on a flight to the Bahamas this July. This is the perfect opportunity to be immersed in Bahamian culture and still find time to relax in the tranquil Abaco islands. Call +1 407-585-4300 to join the fun!
Move aside Kentucky Derby, there’s a new derby in town to help preserve the natural ecosystem of the Bahamas. The Annual Lionfish Derby is a staple summer event in the Abacos to help lower the population of a venomous invasive species. Book a flight to Green Turtle Cay and try to catch as many lionfish as you can!
Lionfish are native to the Indo-Pacific Ocean, making them an invasive species in the Bahamas and surrounding areas in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. They have no natural predators in these bodies of water, so they are thriving, eating native species as well as their prey. They are voracious predators and can quickly upset the balance of the marine environment if the population continues to grow so quickly. The lionfish population has increased drastically in the Bahamas, which is why the Lionfish Derby takes place each year.
This year’s Lionfish Derby will be held on June 30th from sunrise until 4 p.m. Boaters can catch lionfish by pole-spear, Hawaiian sling, hand net, or lobster hook, up to 200 yards off the shoreline of Green Turtle Cay. Safety precautions are in place to protect the boaters against the venomous spines on the lionfish. Each participant must wear protective gloves while catching lionfish, and each boat should have a thermos of hot water ready to pour on a wound if anyone is stuck by a lionfish spike. Luckily, lionfish meat is safe to eat, and there will be plenty to eat at the derby this year.
Each registered boat is allowed four participants to bravely capture as many lionfish as they can. Winners will be awarded a first, second and third place monetary prize for three categories: most lionfish caught, largest lionfish caught and smallest lionfish caught. Registration also includes lionfish tastings, dockside rum punch, and two dinners at the Green Turtle Club.
If you haven’t planned your summer vacation yet, don’t worry! Air Unlimited has daily scheduled flights to Green Turtle Cay, which is a perfect place for a relaxing and fun getaway. Once you have a flight and a place to stay, the rest of the planning is a breeze.
Hotels usually fill up fast in Green Turtle Cay during the summer, so the best option for a last-minute trip would be to call the hotels of your choice directly to see when they have availability. They might say they have an opening next week or in two months towards the end of the summer. Either way, the Abacos weather is always perfect for the summer vacation of your dreams. If you don’t want to wait, Airbnbs are a great option and give guests the comfort of staying in a home away from home.
If you’re traveling with your family, there’s no need to worry about finding activities the whole family will enjoy. The Abacos offers a little something for everyone. If you’re looking for a couple’s retreat, you can grab a drink on the beach and book a massage too. There’s nothing more relaxing and romantic than getting a massage on the beach while listening to the rolling ocean waves. If you’re traveling with the kids, there are plenty of things to do like learning how to fish, making a friend through the Bahama Buddies Program, and eating sweets on the island.
The Abacos truly has perfect weather year-round, but if you’ve never been on an island getaway, there are some important packing tips to remember. Instead of packing every bathing suit you own, you’ll want to save room for some lightweight, light-colored long-sleeved shirts. You can apply sunscreen as much as you want, but sometimes your skin just needs a break, so bringing a long-sleeved shirt with you can give you some relief. Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen are also critical things to pack on your trip. The sun reflects on the ocean which leaves you exposed to the risk of getting sunburned even if you’re wearing a hat. Polarized sunglasses can give you the best protection for your eyes and also allow you to see through the glare on the water to discover the ocean life underneath.
Book a flight to your best summer vacation yet with Air Unlimited. Visit Flyairunlimited.com to reserve your seats and be sure to ask the Air Unlimited staff for their best suggestions for summer fun.
If you’ve never been to a regatta before, the Abacos Regatta is the perfect one to spark a passion for something new. A regatta is usually a series of boat or yacht races, but Regatta Time in Abaco takes that to the next level with a week-long celebration that happens every year, attracting boaters and supporters from across the globe. The 43rd Abaco Regatta kicks off on June 24th, so book your flight to the Abacos, pack your bags, and get ready for the celebration of the year!
Regatta Time in Abaco was created to finance and build a sloop to represent the Abacos in the George Town Regatta 43 years ago. For those who aren’t as boat savvy, a sloop is a sailboat with one mast commonly used in races. Each year, the regatta grew with local participants, and soon they were adding multiple races in different areas of the Abacos. For many years the regatta was only open to locals, but registration opened to visiting sailors in the 80’s, which also increased tourism to the islands. The regatta has become as much a celebration as a boating competition, so there is something there for everyone to enjoy.
This year, the week-long regatta celebration begins on Sunday the 24th with a welcome party at Pete’s Pub in Little Harbour. This is the perfect place to welcome locals and visitors alike with traditional Bahamian food and tropical drinks in a sprawling multilevel venue right on the water. The next day is the skipper’s meeting at the Abaco Inn, where the race committee will answer any last-minute questions and review the courses and sailing instructions. The Regatta Time in Abaco courses are a combination of round-the-island, point-to-point, and traditional Olympic triangular courses.
The following day on June 26th is when the real fun begins. The races and parties commence in anticipation of the first awards ceremony at the Hope Town Inn & Marina that evening. There is a layday in between each race where no races are scheduled, but the celebrations don’t stop. These are the perfect days to explore the Abacos and see what adventures the islands have to offer in the summertime before gathering in the evening for a celebration. Regatta Time in Abaco ends with a cheeseburger party on July 3rd at Fiddle Cay right on the beach. This allows sailors from the U.S. to return home, just in time for their own Independence Day festivities.
The Abaco regatta is a time for serious sailors to combine work and pleasure, and for visitors to experience the best week of the summer in the beautiful islands of the Abacos. Hotels and flights book fast, so don’t miss your chance to take a flight to the Abacos for Regatta Time in Abacos. Book a flight with Air Unlimited at Flyairunlimited.com.
Summer is almost here, and that means your kids will be out of school soon. If you’re looking for a way to get the kids disconnected from their screens and reconnect as a family, start with a flight to the Bahamas with Air Unlimited. 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. The Abacos is where island culture meets adventure for an experience your whole family will enjoy.
If you’re hesitant to bring younger children to the Abacos, be sure to look into the Bahama Buddies Program. This unique program pairs local Bahamian children with Abaco visitors to explore the island and learn authentic island activities, like catching and cleaning fish, cracking conch and many island crafts. This program, offered through the Abaco Beach Resort, goes beyond any typical children’s activity and gives your kids the opportunity to learn about other cultures first-hand, all while enjoying the natural beauty of the Abacos. The children will receive a program T-shirt, photos of their adventures and will have a chance to exchange emails with their partner at the end of the program.
Fishing is a huge pastime for people visiting the Abacos. Visitors can rent a boat and gear, or find a charter and captain to supply the gear and fishing expertise. Fishing excursions are usually a big commitment and can be too much for the little ones. Fishing off a public dock is a much better option for young first-timers. Children’s fishing poles can be rented for the day for only a few dollars, and no prior experience is needed to drop a line off the dock. Your kids will love the experience of catching their first fish, and you can identify fish together using a simple fishing card that you can purchase at any bait shop.
No vacation is complete without ice cream for the kids and coffee for the parents! The Sweet Shop in Marsh Harbour is a perfect place to cool off while enjoying ice cream and baked goods. Cafe La Florence in Treasure Cay is another great option for the sweet tooth in your family. They have breakfast and lunch and offer to cook your catch, which is so convenient if you are staying somewhere without a kitchen. Plus, they’re famous in the islands for their freshly baked cinnamon rolls, which are big enough for two. These are great for breakfast and will definitely satisfy any midday sugar hankering.
The Abacos is a beautiful place full of adventure for the whole family. Now is the best time for first-time flyers to book a flight to the Bahamas because Air Unlimited is offering $150 off round trip tickets booked between now and May 31, 2018. Call Air Unlimited at (407) 585-4300 to book your flight with this special offer.
On April 20, 2018, Air Unlimited began utilizing the passenger terminal at the Leonard M. Thompson International Airport for Marsh Harbour scheduled arrivals and departures. We’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions and their answers for you below. As always, thank you for flying with Air Unlimited!
Q: Will Air Unlimited still offer direct flights to Treasure Cay?
A: Yes, Air Unlimited will still be offering direct flights to Treasure Cay. Our Treasure Cay flights are not affected by the switch to Leonard M. Thompson International Airport.
Q: Why the switch from Cherokee to Leonard M. Thompson International Airport?
A: We made this decision with our guests in mind, and they’ll see plenty of benefits from the new check-in area. Leonard M. Thompson International Airport offers more convenient check-in, faster customs and immigration processing, a larger air-conditioned passenger waiting area, more available taxis and car rentals, shorter walks to and from the aircrafts, and more.
Q: Will customer service suffer from the switch?
A: No, Air Unlimited looks forward to providing the same (or better!) personalized service that you’ve experienced in the past.
Q: Will lines and wait times be longer at Leonard M. Thompson International Airport?
A: While lines may sometimes be longer, wait times will not. The Leonard M. Thompson International Airport has a wonderfully efficient staff that keeps things moving along!
Q: How will Air Unlimited arrivals and departures work in Marsh Harbour?
A: The map below provides logistics details on Air Unlimited arrivals and departures at
Leonard M. Thompson International Airport.
As the weather heats up, so do the competitive fishing tournaments in the Abacos. The arrival of the summer means the Black Diamond Series is quickly approaching. If you don’t already have a trip planned to attend the tournament, you can catch a flight to Marsh Harbour with Air Unlimited that will get you and all your equipment there in about an hour.
The Abaco Black Diamond Series is a three-part fishing tournament that kicked off on April 18th and goes through June 2nd. The first part of the series is the White Marlin Roundup, timely named for the end of sailfish season and the beginning of blue marlin season. This four-day tournament gives fans and teams the chance to view the competition in real time through CatchStat.com’s live scoring and get more information on the teams through ReelTimeApps.com. Competitors take off from the Abaco Beach Resort marina each morning.
A few weeks after the White Marlin Roundup, the second leg of the Abaco Black Diamond Series kicks off again in Marsh Harbour. The Shootout – Production Vs. Custom takes place from May 16th through the 19th. This tournament sets up teams to compete on their custom or production boats. Teams must participate in all three legs of the tournament to qualify for the winning prizes, which include cash for the first prize team and custom championship rings designed by Mark Lloyd of the renowned Vanmark Jewelry Designers of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The last leg of the Abaco Black Diamond Series is the Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Tournament. This tournament kicks off on May 30th and lasts until June 2nd, giving the competing teams one last shot at winning the series.
Some teams will travel to the Abacos on their own fishing boats, but for those teams that are meeting their boat and captain in the islands, Air Unlimited is the best option for safe and reliable travel. Less time traveling means more time fishing, so book your flight to Marsh Harbour today!
Did you know that every ten minutes someone is added to the national transplant waiting list? With so many people waiting for a lifesaving match, it is crucial that the organ being donated is delivered to the person in need with the utmost care and as quickly as possible. April is National Donate Life Month, but Air Unlimited participates in the organ transportation donation process year-round.
While waiting for an organ that could be a match is one of the biggest challenges of the organ donation process, many people may not realize the right organ could become available at a moment’s notice anywhere in the country. Then the struggle becomes getting that organ to the donor in need quickly. This is where pilots like those at Air Unlimited are called into action.
The team at Air Unlimited goes above and beyond their 9 to 5 jobs to help save lives. Pilots have made themselves available at all hours of the day and night because of it. The team never knows when they might get a call saying that there was a terrible accident, and a liver is now available for the next person on the national transplant list. Co-founders Chick Gregg and Mark Neubauer know when the phone rings in the middle of the night, their quick actions could help save a life. They have jumped at the opportunity to fly wherever is needed, usually transporting a team of doctors and technicians or sometimes just transporting a cooler containing an organ on ice – the crucial piece for the patient eagerly awaiting it. The reality is grim, but the outcome can be immeasurable.
Over the years, Air Unlimited has worked closely with Florida Hospital’s Transplant Institute, regional hospitals, and other agencies to complete dozens of organ transportation flights right here in Florida. Whatever the call of duty, whether it’s flying a family to an island vacation or flying an organ to a patient in need, the pilots at Air Unlimited take pride in every single flight.
Tax season is almost over, and many of you have already filed and are waiting for that wonderful moment when you receive your tax refund from the IRS. The average tax refund is over $3,000, according to the IRS. Some people have plans for how to use their refund, or have one big purchase to use it towards. If you’re still looking for the best way to spend your tax refund, look no further than a flight to Marsh Harbour.
You can’t go wrong with a vacation in Marsh Harbour If you’re looking for a luxurious experience you’ll find it at The Abaco Club on Winding Cay. This members-only property provides the amenities of a dream vacation. This kind of vacation comes at a higher cost, but, luckily, Air Unlimited can provide an affordable luxury flight to Marsh Harbour. Saving time and money on the way there will get your vacation off to the perfect start.
The Abaco Club has many different memberships to fit everyone’s needs. There are options available for residents, home owners from the states, and a more casual membership for visitors just looking to rent properties short-term for a vacation. The bulk of the members are home owners who visit often or live there permanently. There are cottages, homes and cabana-style one bedroom homes available for rent for anyone looking to get out of town and enjoy the Abacos for a few days.
At the Abaco Club, everyone can find a way to relax and enjoy the ambiance, but golfers especially get a unique experience there. Nestled right next to the mile private shoreline of the Abaco Club is an 18-hole Scottish-style links golf course. It was designed by Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie and developed by Peter de Savary. For those who don’t follow golf news, these men have worked internationally, designing some of the most interesting golf courses in the most exquisite locations. The course at the Abaco Club is a 7,182-yard course with a par-72 championship layout. Members can enjoy the sport, as well as the bits of nature the designers incorporated throughout the course. It creates a whole new experience for golfers.
Spend your tax refund on an unforgettable vacation that will leave you relaxed, happy and create life-long memories for you and your family. It’s easy to start: just book your flight to Marsh Harbour at www.flyairunlimited.com.
There’s nothing worse than getting ready to leave on an amazing vacation and looking into your dog’s sad puppy eyes as you close the door. Many pet owners are faced with boarding their pets or hiring someone to pet sit in their home while they are gone. Boarding comes at a high cost and has many risks for your pet. Hiring someone you trust enough to come into your home can come with even higher risks and a higher cost. Air Unlimited believes that if you want to take your pet on a flight to the Abaco Islands, you should be able to. Flying with your pets can be a stressful experience, but not with Air Unlimited. Our employees are pet lovers themselves, so they go above and beyond to treat your pets like their own. Pets don’t get stowed in the cargo area or overhead bins when they fly with Air Unlimited. Instead, they get to fly in the cabin next to their owners so they can enjoy the ride stress-free. They are treated with the utmost care, and many places in the Abacos have the same standards.
The best option for pet-friendly lodging in the Abacos is renting a home through Airbnb. You get the comfort of staying in a house and the convenience of being able to walk your dog in someone’s yard, instead of resort property. This also gives wary dogs the privacy to bark as much as they want without disturbing neighbors on the other side of the walls. Another option, similar to renting a house, is to stay at the SeaSpray Resort & Marina. It is home to two bars and restaurants, as well as Bahamian-style rental villas. You have the choice of staying in a variety of oceanfront villas with views of both the Atlantic and the Sea of Abaco. The villas offer more than enough room for a full house plus a furry friend. If you’re not sure if a hotel allows pets, just give them a call. They are happy to work with customers to give them the best Abaco experience.
Almost every restaurant in the Abacos has outdoor seating. With water so blue it seems unreal and sunsets that look like they’ve been pulled from magazines views as beautiful as the Abacos, why wouldn’t you want to be outside? Luckily, this means that your dog can tag along for lunch. Coco Beach Bar & Grill is the perfect place to grab a Bahamian drink and local grilled favorites. This casual outdoor venue leads right onto the beach and has picnic tables, lounge chairs, plus kayak and banana boat rentals. Overall, if you’re traveling with a well-behaved pup, you’ll be allowed on any patio.
Let Air Unlimited give you and your pet the island travel experience of a lifetime. Be sure to call Air Unlimited at 407-585-4300 before booking your ticket to reserve a spot for your pet.
Planning any party can be tricky to coordinate. From the date and time to the food and drinks, it can be overwhelming to even think of guests to invite. When you’re planning a party out of the country, it gets even trickier to coordinate travel options for everyone. The Abacos are some of the most beautiful islands in the Bahamas for destination weddings, bachelorette parties, and more. Air Unlimited offers safe and reliable transportation to the Abacos in sleek and elegant private planes to get your party there in style.
The benefits of flying your party to the Abacos on a private plane far outweigh flying separately on a commercial flight. Not only will everyone arrive at the same time, but they can also enjoy a private plane experience with food and champagne for up to nine of their closest friends. We allow guests to bring their own food and beverages in soft sided coolers, instead of charging an absurd amount of money for a tiny bag of pretzels. We know you’re going to the Abacos to have fun and celebrate, so why not start in a private plane on your way there?
Have you ever looked out the window of a Boeing 737 at the gate and watched an airline employee hurl bags from the plane to the cart? Yeah, we have too. That’s why Air Unlimited takes the utmost care when handling passengers’ luggage. When you’re having a destination wedding in the Abacos, you will have to fly with some precious cargo. The dress, the rings and the makeup all need to be handled with care. Another benefit of flying in a private plane with Air Unlimited is that your luggage and carry-on bags are included in the price of your ticket, rather than costing you money with extra fees tacked on by the airline.
One of the best parts of flying on a private plane is that your furry friend can come with you! Air Unlimited is pet friendly and allows two pets per flight, so you won’t ever have to leave your pet at home to miss out on the island adventure.
Take your party over the top by flying your guests there in a private plane. If you want an unforgettable destination party, the journey there and back should be just as special. Visit Flyairunlimited.com to book your private plane to the Abacos today!
It’s no secret that Air Unlimited is a family-oriented company. It’s part of what makes the customer service and travel experience with them so friendly and inviting. Did you know that Chick and Lisa, two of the partners, are married? Their daughter-in-law works for the business as well. Air Unlimited is the kind of business where employees go out of their way to make passengers feel like family.
Every member of Air Unlimited is motivated by how much they love their jobs and their interaction with passengers. Co-founders Mark Neubauer and Chick Gregg have had the same vision for Air Unlimited since its inception: to build a reliable flight company that would give passengers the absolute best travel experience of their lives. Mark prides himself on ensuring that Air Unlimited restores some of the lost nostalgia that was so common in air travel of yesteryear. He loves hearing positive comments from guests and getting to interact with them on a daily basis. Amber Horne, the office administrator, and Melissa Manchester, the office manager, say that the best part of their jobs is getting to know all of the passengers and, of course, the passengers’ four-legged friends.
The passion that the Air Unlimited pilots have for flying is almost tangible. Pilot Gregg Rupp says flying is in his blood. Pilots Dave Owen, Alan Griffin, Chick Gregg and Mark Neubauer all had fathers or grandfathers who were pilots. Growing up hearing stories about their family members’ experiences sparked an interest in aviation in each of them at a very young age.
Dave’s grandfather opened the first airport in his hometown of Wabash, Indiana. He spent much of his childhood with his grandfather around the airport and building model airplanes, but Dave never seriously considered a career in aviation until his grandfather passed away. Dave’s third-grade teacher told him that he would never find a job just staring out the window – he proved her wrong after becoming a pilot.
Not all pilots at Air Unlimited had family members who motivated them to fly. Ed Moon loves flying simply because it changes the way the world looks and gives him the ability to get somewhere fast. Ron Bernard’s love of aviation started with the model airplane collection he had as a kid. Flying with Air Unlimited continues to inspire these pilots each and every day.
When you fly with Air Unlimited, you know that you are in good hands. Book a flight with Air Unlimited, and meet the most passionate crew at the Orlando-Sanford International Airport. Your stress-free trip starts at www.flyairunlimited.com.
Spring break is just around the corner, and whether you’re a student, a teacher, or just need to get away from it all, Air Unlimited has you covered. With a flight to the Abacos, we can get you to paradise in just over 60 minutes. No layovers. No waiting.
A flight to the Abacos with Air Unlimited means flying in style and experiencing first-class VIP treatment. The King Air 200 flies exclusively to the Abacos and seats nine people in comfy reclining seats with plenty of legroom. This is the perfect opportunity to grab nine of your closest friends to get a private flight experience – without the private flight fees. Don’t worry if you don’t have nine people in your party. Air Unlimited will still fly if the flight isn’t completely booked by other parties. You’re also able to bring your pet on the plane at no additional cost, so your furry friend won’t have to be left behind during your spring break to the islands.
The next essential ingredient to a perfect spring break is finding a place to stay. The Abacos are home to the most magnificent resorts, cottages, and Airbnbs, so finding the right one will be easy. Nothing beats the privacy of a beach front house with a dock for your newly rented 20-foot Boston Whaler, but if you’re looking for more of a party, head over to the bigger resorts on the island like Bahama Beach Club and Green Turtle Resort. These locations will keep you busy with restaurants, pools, golf courses, activities and excursions that take off from the hotels.
It wouldn’t be spring break without the perfect island cocktail in hand. Luckily, the Bahamas has a special drink that was created in the islands, and the Blue Bee Bar is the place to get it. The Goombay Smash is a popular drink to order throughout the Bahamas. Many bars in the Bahamas have their own recipe for this drink, but it’s believed that Miss Emily created the first Goombay Smash and served it out of her Blue Bee Bar from the early 60’s until she passed away in 1977. Her family continues to run the bar and keep her recipe a secret. You can find this delectable rum drink in the iconic Blue Bee Bar in Green Turtle Cay. They also sell jugs of Goombay Smash, so you can take it with you to enjoy throughout your time in the Abacos.
The Abacos is the perfect place to enjoy your spring break. Let your vacation begin from the minute you get to the airport and book with Air Unlimited for a stress-free exclusive flight experience. Visit Flyairunlimited.com to start planning your spring break.
The thrill of visiting a new place and discovering its beauty is why people continue to travel. Living in the moment and immersing yourself in a new environment is amazing, but the photos that document your trip will be what you look back on for years to come. Air Unlimited is here to help you find the most memorable and “Instagrammable” locations after your flight to Treasure Cay.
If you’ve seen pictures from the Bahamas, you’ve probably seen the adorable and hungry pigs that swim in the ocean. Luckily, these pigs are just a hop, skip, and boat ride away from the Treasure Cay Airport. Brendal’s Dive Center is a trusted name in the Abacos, and Brendal himself leads tours to find these precious pigs. There are several day trips available through Brendal’s Dive Center, but one of the most popular is the Sunday Island Hopping Tour. He provides the best Island Punch in town while taking visitors to nearby must-see destinations. This tour stops at No Name Cay, where guests can feed the pigs in the water or on the beach. You won’t be able to resist taking pictures to show your friends just how adorable these pigs are. They are very familiar with humans and can’t wait to greet you with their curious snouts.
Going to the beach is an absolute must while you’re in Treasure Cay. The beach at the Treasure Cay Beach Marina & Golf Resort is a great place to start. Their award-winning beach is considered one of the best in the entire Caribbean. It is three miles of secluded white sand and crystal clear blue water. You can grab an umbrella to relax under and sip on an umbrella drink while you’re at it. The beach also has sand peninsulas that are visible during low tides. These are not common at most beaches and give visitors the unique experience of walking a far distance into the ocean without having to swim.
Fishing may seem like a lot of luck and waiting to some people, but Captain Mark knows it’s more than that. Captain Mark’s Fishing Charters can almost always guarantee that every guest will catch a fish. With literally thousands of hours spent on the water in the Bahamas, Captain Mark knows how to think like a fish. He can teach you everything you need to know about trolling in deep waters and bottom fishing near the reef. Whether you catch a snapper or a marlin, you’ll want to get a photo kissing your first catch for good luck.
The beauty of Treasure Cay is everywhere. Take time to enjoy it, but don’t forget to snap a few photos of your favorite places and experiences. The flight to Treasure Cay is also a prime photo opportunity! Air Unlimited offers daily scheduled service flights in their gorgeous King Air 200s. Fly in style by visiting FlyAirUnlimited.com to book your flight to Treasure Cay.
The Abaco Islands are known for crystal clear blue waters, pristine beaches and tranquil hideaways, but they are also home to many intriguing and historic landmarks that a lot of tourists and locals alike tend to overlook. With a private flight to the Abacos and an appetite for adventure, you can set out to discover what lies off the beaten path.
To some passersby, Ye Ole Gaol, The Old Jail just looks like an old pink building. Built in the early 1800s, this structure is one of the oldest buildings on Green Turtle Cay. It doubled as the island’s original post office and commissioner’s office. It used to be a much larger building than what is left on the island today. Back in 1932, a hurricane destroyed most of the jail and left the building with just the first floor and a staircase on the outside of the building. The Architectural Preservation Foundation of Green Turtle Cay has worked to preserve the jail in its dilapidated form with its bright pink paint – a stark difference from the 200-year-old cemetery across the street.
The red and white striped Elbow Reef Lighthouse in Hope Town is one of the island’s top tourist attractions and offers a gorgeous view of Hope Town Harbour and beyond. However, there’s another lighthouse on the island that gives visitors a view of what life was like when it was built in 1838. The Hole in the Wall Lighthouse stands on the southeast coast of Great Abaco at the end of a one lane dirt road. The 15-mile road stretches through the Bahamas National Trust, which is protected land and home to the endangered Abaco parrot. Visitors are welcome to climb the rickety stairs to the top to gaze out at open ocean and uninhabited land, a rare sight for many.
Spending an afternoon at the Albert Lowe Museum can give you a break from the sun and a chance to see centuries of island history from photographs, paintings, sculptures, artifacts, model ships, written documents, quilts and more. The building is part of the history as well. It was a Loyalist home that survived a devastating hurricane in 1932. Alton Lowe, a Green Turtle Cay local artist, purchased it and began restoration efforts in 1975. He named the museum after his father, who was a well-known model ship maker.
History is everywhere in the Abacos, but there are some things that require a closer look. Air Unlimited can get you to the islands on a private plane in just over 60 minutes. Visit Flyairunlimited.com to plan your next adventure today.
What if you could give back to the environment just by sipping cocktails and dancing the night away? You can! All you need is a flight to Marsh Harbour and a ticket to the annual Reef Ball. Air Unlimited can get you there with their above and beyond customer service and quick, convenient flights.
The Abaco Islands are home to very unique and beautiful plants and animals on both land and sea. The unfortunate truth is much of the fish population is overfished each year, and other marine animals are constantly in danger from boat propellers and human interference. The islands are also at-risk due to pollution and destruction of land. Friends of the Environment is committed to preserving and protecting the Abacos, and one day achieving sustainable living for its wildlife and people. Much of their work is done through educating the public, and they have done this through more than 12,000 classes at 25 schools in the Abacos.
The Reef Ball is one of the organization’s biggest fundraisers every year. This event funds many of the educational programs and community activities offered through Friends of the Environment. This year the Reef Ball will be held in Hope Town on February 10th and in Marsh Harbour on February 24th. Tickets are just $110, and each event includes a silent auction, live auction, dinner and dancing. They also have tickets available for those who just want to dance and enjoy the live music for just $25. The Hope Town Reef Ball will be at the Abaco Inn, a serene beachfront resort. The Marsh Harbour Reef Ball will take place at the waterfront Jib Room restaurant, and will give guests the true local experience. The Reef Ball is a highly anticipated event, and it’s one of the easiest and most fun ways to support Friends of the Environment in their preservation endeavors.
Friends of the Environment has other events throughout the year to allow people to see how their hands-on work is helping the environment. The Lionfish Derby is a contest for boaters to catch as many of the invasive lionfish as they can, in order to save the native fish which are competing for food and being fed on by lionfish. The Turtle Trot is another annual event that helps raise funds and awareness for Friends of the Environment. It’s a 5K run and family walk held on Thanksgiving Day, similar to the Turkey Trots held in the U.S. Friends of the Environment also holds coastal clean ups in April and September to collect trash along the beaches, and log data of what kind of items are picked up and disposed of.
Friends of the Environment has become an important part of the community in the Abaco Islands. Air Unlimited can help you join their cause by offering reliable and affordable flights to Marsh Harbour. It’s not too late to attend the annual Reef Ball. Book your flight to Marsh Harbour by visiting Flyairunlimited.com and purchase your Reef Ball tickets here.
‘Tis the season for fishing tournaments in the Abacos! This is the best time of year for the local fishermen and those who travel far and wide to compete in some of the best tournaments in the Caribbean. Luckily, Air Unlimited can take you on a direct flight to the Abaco Islands and safely transport you and your fishing gear* so you can get there quickly and enjoy the season stress-free.
The next fishing tournament in the Abacos is the Sea Spray Abaco Challenge on February 7th. This tournament includes four days of fun and is hosted out of the Sea Spray Resort & Marina. Unlike most fishing tournaments, the Sea Spray Abaco challenge is all about friends, family and fish instead of harsh competition. Each day begins with breakfast for the competitors and concludes with dinner and entertainment at the resort. If you’re new to the competitive fishing world and just want to get your feet wet, this is the tournament for you.
The Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina is the hub for many fishing tournaments this year. This is home base for many competitors because it’s so convenient to stay in a beautiful resort and head out for the tournament at the marina right outside the window. The Abaco Beach White Marlin Tournament is taking place at the Boat Harbour Marina from April 18th through the 21st. This is the first leg of the Abaco Diamond Series, and it’s the perfect transition from sailfish to blue marlin season. You won’t want to miss the ultimate tournament to kick off the season.
The Custom Boat Shootout is an invite-only competition, and all proceeds go to charity. The competition kicks off in the first week of May and is one of the most prestigious tournaments, as competitors are chosen from the cream of the crop. Charities that benefit from this tournament include the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, IGFA and Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital.
The second leg of the Abaco Diamond Series is The Shootout: Production vs. Custom on May 16th through the 19th. This tournament is all about the boat, a fisherman’s most prized possession. The tournament will judge production boats versus custom boats and try to settle the age-old debate of which is best.
The final leg of the Abaco Diamond Series is The Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Tournament. This is where the best of the best will compete to win the big kahuna. This tournament takes place in the height of marlin season from May 30th to June 2nd, and it’s your chance make your dreams come true and catch big blue.
There’s nothing more exhilarating than hitting the open waters for a chance to bring home the prize! For a complete list of 2018 fishing tournaments, head over to Bahamas.com. If you see a tournament that catches your eye, visit Flyairunlimited.com to book your flight to the Abaco Islands today.
* Air Unlimited can stow most fishing poles up to 70”. Soft sided coolers and tackle boxes are also welcome but will be included in the total weight of your luggage. Anything over 40 pounds will have an additional fee.
Traveling internationally can be tricky when you want to bring home beautiful keepsakes from your vacation. Luckily, when you take a scheduled island flight to the Abacos with Air Unlimited, you can avoid some hassles like exchanging money or dealing with those long customs lines. We’ll explain exactly what you can bring back from the Abacos on your return flight to avoid any hiccups in your vacation.
Upon arrival at Air Unlimited’s private hangar in the Orlando-Sanford International Airport, guests are greeted with a relaxing lounge area, instead of a rush of security lines and TSA employees barking orders. After a 90-minute scheduled island flight, you will arrive at either the Treasure Cay Airport or the Marsh Harbour 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.
You are allowed to bring your own alcohol and water bottles on the plane, but once your luggage exceeds 40 pounds, extra fees will apply. 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. You will also need cash once you arrive in the Bahamas for a departure tax that is collected by Bahamian Customs and Immigration. It is 29 dollars and is not included in your plane fare.
A good rule of thumb is you should never take any wildlife home with you. Remember that saying, “take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints”? 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. If you find yourself visiting any national parks, you will definitely not want to take anything home with you. These areas are protected by law, and there are hefty fines for those who try to take home the flora and fauna.
Once you arrive back at the Orlando-Sanford International Airport, your bags will be checked by U.S. customs before returning to Air Unlimited’s hangar. You should keep any receipts from your trip to provide the amount of duty-free purchases that you’re returning with.
Let Air Unlimited show you how easy flying internationally can be. No lines, no stress and just 70 minutes between you and your vacation. Feel free to call Air Unlimited at 407-585-4300 with any other pre-or post-flight questions.
Parrots and grouper and conch, oh my! These are just a few of the animals that make the Abaco Islands such a unique place to visit. After your flight to the Bahamas, you might be so focused on the resorts and restaurants, that you may miss some amazing wildlife that could be right in front of you.
Some wildlife is hard to miss, like the spotted dolphins that like to swim in shallow water off the shore. Others, like the Nassau grouper could be overlooked if they’re still juveniles. If you’re snorkeling in the Abacos, you’ll see hundreds of colorful fish of all shapes and sizes. The Nassau grouper is not the most beautiful fish, but it is endangered and protected. These brown and tan fish frequent the waters around the Abacos, where juveniles are only about a foot long. Adults, however, can grow up to 55 pounds and more than 3 feet long. These gentle giants like to swim in both shallow and deep water, which makes it even easier for greedy fisherman to overfish the species. There is a strict closed fishing season for the groupers from December to February, due to their decline.
The Abaco Parrot is one animal that you will hear before you see. You can spot them in trees, but you’ll have a better chance of seeing these bright green birds on the ground, which is where they nest. They find limestone holes in forest floors to lay their eggs away from predators. Their wings are speckled with blue, their faces are white, and they have deep pink feather plumes on their necks. Their coloring makes them easy to recognize, but locating them is the hard part. These birds are concentrated in South Abaco, so if you want to see these beauties, you’ll have to head to Marsh Harbour or Abaco National Park.
You’ve probably seen a conch shell, or at least a fake conch shell, at your local home décor store, but have you seen the animal that lives inside of those beautiful shells? Conchs are sea snails with stalk-based eyeballs that protrude from under the shells that they call home. The sea snail is often overfished for tropical delicacies like conch fritters and conch salad. Many tourists may be tempted to take a conch shell home with them, but beware, that may be an animal’s home!
These are just a handful of the incredible animals that make up the diverse ecosystem in the Abacos. Book your flight to the Bahamas with Air Unlimited, and discover what other amazing animals the Abaco Islands are home to.
In 2018, Air Unlimited is bringing you another incredible, tropical destination within the Bahamas Out-Islands. Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay have already become beloved favorites to those who have flown with Air Unlimited, but a flight to North Eleuthera might bring you to your new favorite destination. North Eleuthera is just south-west of the Abaco Islands, and it’s a destination full of the adventure and charm that is so often sought after in the Bahamas. We start flying here on April 1, 2018, but for now we’ve put together a list of things to do, places to stay, and where to eat, to help get you even more excited about this new location.
Stay in Paradise
At The Cove, you will discover a well-hidden slice of paradise in the Bahamas-Out Islands. This 57-room resort offers guests their choice of seaside villas or cottages, a gourmet restaurant, spa, and plenty of water activities.
Valentine’s Residences Resort & Marina is the perfect place to stay with family and friends. The resort not only offers guests their choice of villas, townhouses or suites, but each room is inspired by historic Caribbean architecture with modern appliances. Located on Harbour Island, just a short ferry ride from the North Eleuthera Airport, Valentine’s has everything from a spa to a state-of-the-art dive center.
See all there is to see following your flight to North Eleuthera by booking with Eleuthera Adventure Tours Ltd. Jump on a dune buggy heritage tour, grab a bite on the food tour, and hold on tight on the powerboat adventure – there truly is something for the whole family.
Looking for a scenic adventure that operates at a calmer pace? Immerse yourself in the beauty of North Eleuthera at the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve. This 25-acre nature preserve is designed as a research center for traditional bush medicine, a propagation area for indigenous plants, and an educational center focusing on the importance of native vegetation to the biodiversity of The Bahamas.
Located in Spanish Wells, just northwest of the North Eleuthera Airport, sits Wreckers, a Bahamian and Mediterranean fusion restaurant. The unique dining destination offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a bar that’s perfect to grab a drink at sunset.
The Rock House restaurant is located in the British Colonial-style main house of the hotel. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers many surf and turf options. Hotel guests are also treated to complimentary continental breakfast by the poolside each day from 8 to 10 am.
North Eleuthera and the surrounding islands are just waiting to be discovered by you as you explore their unique and interesting Caribbean charm. We start flying to North Eleuthera on April 1, 2018 – book your flight now by heading to www.FlyAirUnlimited.com!