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Getting There

By Plane -- There are three airports in the Abacos: Marsh Harbour (the major one, on Great Abaco Island), Treasure Cay, and Walker's Cay. The official points of entry by water are at Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay, Walker's Cay, and Green Turtle Cay (New Plymouth). The latter doesn't have an airstrip, but yachters can clear Customs and Immigration there.

Many visitors arrive from Nassau or Miami on Bahamasair (tel. 800/222-4262 or 242/377-8451; www.bahamasair.com). Flight schedules change frequently, but usually include two to three flights out of Nassau on Fridays and Sundays, going first to Marsh Harbour and then on to Treasure Cay. From West Palm Beach, there's often a direct morning flight to Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay.

Other connections include American Eagle (tel. 800/433-7300 or 242/367-2231; www.aa.com), with flights from Miami to Marsh Harbour once daily, and Continental Connection (tel. 800/231-0856, 242/367-3415 in Marsh Harbour, 242/365-8615 in Treasure Cay; www.continental.com), which flies to Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay two to three times daily from several Florida locales. A smaller carrier is Twin Air (tel. 954/359-8266; www.flytwinair.com), flying from Fort Lauderdale to Treasure Cay on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

By Boat -- The mail boat MV Legacy sails on Tuesday from Nassau to Hope Town, Marsh Harbour, Turtle Cay, and Green Turtle Cay. It returns to Nassau on Friday. Trip time is 12 hours. For details on sailings (subject to change) and costs, contact the dock master at Nassau's Potter's Cay Dock at tel. 242/393-1064.

Bahamas Ferries (tel. 242/323-2166; www.bahamasferries.com) operates a direct service from Nassau aboard the Sea Wind. A round-trip passage costs $125 for adults and $85 for children. The trip from Nassau to Sandy Point in the Abacos takes 1 hour and 50 minutes. Call for bookings and more information.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.