Destination guide

Island dreams in Marsh Harbour

Travelers flock to Marsh Harbour for a dreamy Bahamas getaway, where palm trees sway in the gentle ocean breezes and sunsets paint dramatic scenes of orange and pink against the turquoise waters. The town sits on a peninsula in the Abaco Islands and is a commercial center for all the cays and islets that dot the area, with stores, bakeries and plenty of tasty eateries, some open-air, with views of boats bobbing in the harbor waters. When the time comes to select your Marsh Harbour vacation rental, you'll find all kinds of options await, many near the water, with sandy beaches and private docks.

Things to do

From coast to cay in Marsh Harbour

Off the coast of Marsh Harbour, you'll find many cays to explore, some of them larger and inhabited, like Elbow Cay, where you can lounge around on dreamy, soft-sand beaches, listening to the sound of the waves. You'll want to stop for photographs at the historic Hope Town Lighthouse here, a striking red and white striped structure that you can climb during visiting hours for views over the coast. The cay also has a small museum for those interested in the island's heritage, with exhibits on pirates, boat building, hurricanes and shipwrecks. Some Marsh Harbour vacation rentals are available on the cay, or you can grab a ferry here from the marina in town.

Activities

Out on the waves in Marsh Harbour

The marina at Marsh Harbour is a great launching point for excursions out on the glistening waters of the Atlantic, and plenty of vendors are on hand with boat rentals and charters to get you on the waves. Nothing beats the feeling of skimming over the water, with the sun beaming down, circling around the dozens of cays that dot the shoreline here in search of pristine, white sandy beaches for a picnic lunch. There are plenty of spots to hop out for snorkeling and diving, with reefs drawing colorful marine life that you can swim with beneath the surface.

Weather

Winter sun in Marsh Harbour

Nothing beats sunny winters in Marsh Harbour, where warm afternoons are spent out on the water, soaking up the fresh sea air, and sipping cold fruity beverages beachside, while lounging under shady palm trees. The Bahamas enjoy warm weather year-round, typically averaging in the 70s and 80s in the afternoons and dipping down ever so slightly for pleasant evenings. Summer and fall are considered hurricane season, so December through April is the best time for beach days, with a lower threat of rain. Since winter is a popular time to visit, though, you'll want to book your Marsh Harbour vacation rental early.

Natural features

Explore the islands and cays of Marsh Harbour

Marsh Harbour is situated on the Abaco Islands, a 120 mile-long chain in the northern Bahamas, with white, sandy beaches and lots of barrier islets and cays dotting the surrounding bright blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Snorkeling around the reefs in this area, you'll discover all sorts of interesting marine life, from colorful tropical fish and eels to coral formations, while turtles, rays and sharks are sometimes spotted, too. Tilloo Cay National Reserve, off the coast of Marsh Harbour, is a great spot to see the avian life of the area, as sea birds flock here to nest and feed.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Marsh Harbour

Fly into Marsh Harbour (MHH), the closest airport, located 5.1 mi (8.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Treasure Cay (TCB), which is 19.2 mi (30.8 km) away.

Where to stay around Marsh Harbour?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 267 vacation rentals near Marsh Harbour. From 139 Houses to 30 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Marsh Harbour for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Marsh Harbour?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Marsh Harbour. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Marsh Harbour: 257 vacation rentals
  • Abaco Beach: 260 vacation rentals
  • Abaco Marina: 260 vacation rentals
  • Guana Cay Beach: 267 vacation rentals
  • Tahiti Beach: 184 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Marsh Harbour listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Marsh Harbour?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 139 Houses in Marsh Harbour. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Marsh Harbour include:

  • Villas: 30 rentals available
  • Cottages: 36 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 43 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Marsh Harbour?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 126 vacation rentals with pool available in Marsh Harbour. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.