I was disappointed yesterday to learn that Abaco — which, for decades prior to Hurricane Dorian, has generated a significant amount of tourist revenue for the Bahamas — had been all but wiped clean from the Ministry of Tourism’s website. (Presumably in response to the backlash this generated, it now appears to have been partially reinstated.)
Thankfully, Abaconians are far more resilient and resourceful than our Ministry of Tourism gives us credit for. And to paraphrase Mark Twain, the rumours of Abaco’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.
Don’t get me wrong. We’ve suffered a significant setback. And the road to recovery — especially for Marsh Harbour and central Abaco — will be long and difficult.
But the truth is that there are still resorts, rental properties, boat and cart rental agencies, tour guides and attractions open and available to help plan your Abaco vacation. And your friends in Abaco need your support and tourist dollars now more than ever before.
Here’s a first draft of a Visitor’s Guide to Post-Dorian Abaco, which I’ll be updating regularly as returning and new businesses come onstream in the weeks and months ahead.
I’d be grateful if you’d share the link to this guide and help get the word out that Abaco is, in fact, still on the map.
Got an Abaco-based tourism-related business or service that’s not yet on the list? Drop me a note and I’d be pleased to add it!