Absolutely devastated by the historic winds of Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 1, a few spots in the Great Abaco area of the Bahamas are starting to come back. Dorian, with sustained winds of 183 mph, left more than 50 people dead and destroyed almost every building in Marsh Harbour, the largest community on Great Abaco Island – homes, grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, everything.
Now the Leonard M. Thompson International Airport in Marsh Harbour is up and running, with Bahamas Air, Western Air and private flights. And the Abaco Inn, a 16-room villa resort just eight miles away in Hope Town on Elbow Cay (pictured above), just announced that it has reopened, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Two other resorts on Great Abaco, the Abaco Club on Winding Bay and the Sandpiper Inn on Schooner Bay, also have reopened.
The Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina, about a 10-minute cab ride from the airport on Great Abaco, has some rooms and services open for recovery and NGO workers. The fuel dock there is expected to open soon; the public rooms are scheduled to open on Feb. 1 and a grand reopening of the resort is scheduled for April.
Cruise Abaco, which operates bareboat and crewed charters at the Abaco Beach Resort, hopes to reopen in November, and will start taking reservations this spring for the November 2020 to July 2021 season.
The Lighthouse Marina in Hope Town suffered massive damage; its new dock was destroyed. Many boats that were moored in the harbor were blown or washed into its storage yard, and its steel boat racking system was blown down. Its gas and diesel storage tanks survived, however, and it can offer refueling via a barge.
On Treasure Cay, the airport is functioning with Bahamas Air flights to Nassau. The Treasure Cay Beach, Marina and Golf Resort will rebuild.
On Green Turtle Cay, the Green Turtle Club Marina is open with slips, gas, diesel and water. Rooms there are scheduled to reopen by March 1.