Several years back, on a family road trip to the south end of the Abaco mainland, we took a quick swing through the settlement of Cherokee Sound. Though our stop was brief, I was enchanted by the beauty of the tiny town and its breathtaking beach.

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Cherokee Sound, Abaco, Bahamas

Earlier this year, I finally got the chance to get back to Cherokee. I spent an afternoon wandering through this small fishing village that, by comparison, makes sedate Green Turtle Cay seem like a lively metropolis.

Similar to Green Turtle, Cherokee was originally settled by Loyalist descendants who supported their families by fishing or building boats. Today, fewer than 200 residents — most of whom commute to other parts of Abaco for work — call Cherokee Sound home.

Though Cherokee’s streets were virtually deserted on the hot June afternoon I visited, I did spot a group of primary school students enjoying recess, and I met a few locals while photographing their quaint, colourful homes.

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And then there’s that beach. That stunning, unspoiled beach. And jutting 700 feet out into the clear water, a beautiful old dock which, according to the sign posted nearby, is the longest wooden pier in the Bahamas.

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Until a few decades ago, the only way into Cherokee Sound was by sea. And given the shallow waters surrounding the settlement, an extended pier was a necessity. These days, with a paved road connecting Cherokee to the rest of the Abaco mainland, the dock functions primarily as a tourist attraction.

To get to Cherokee Sound from Marsh Harbour, head south on the main highway and turn left when you reach the sign below:

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Follow the winding road until it ends at Cherokee Sound. The drive from Marsh Harbour takes 30-45 minutes or so.

Between the highway and Cherokee, there are two key points of interest and they could not be more different. Pete’s Pub and Gallery is a rustic, off-the-grid, on-the-sand restaurant that serves up local seafood and stunning ocean views, while the Abaco Club at Winding Bay is a manicured beachfront resort with a spa and fitness center, full-size golf course and pro shop.

If it’s meal time or you’re in need of refreshments, I’d suggest stopping at Pete’s or the Abaco Club, as there are no restaurants in Cherokee Sound. Nor are there any hotels, though a quick online search reveals nearly a dozen vacation homes for rent in or near the village.

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Below are a few of the photos I shot that afternoon. And if you’d like to know more about Cherokee Sound and its history, here’s a great article by Abaco Life editor, Jim Kerr. 


7 thoughts on “Abaco Road Trip: Cherokee Sound

  • November 17, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Amanda – Cherokee truly is a special place with breathtaking beauty. You found even more signs of life than we did during a late March / early April mid-morning visit about 8 years ago! We even “used” the public restroom on the school / play grounds and didn’t see any signs of life in the school. It was quiet with a capital “Q”. The only folks we encountered during about an hour of walking around the settlement, out the dock, taking photos, etc. were the 2 ladies in the grocery where we stopped for a soft drink and snack!

    • November 17, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      Absolutely! And I haven’t forgotten I promised you a GTC piece — no idea where the time goes these days, but it’s still on my to do list. 🙂 The Delphi Club is on my list for a road trip soon. I was hoping to make it there during my Cherokee day, but didn’t want to miss the last ferry back to GTC. Will get in touch before I head your way, though, to make sure you’re around.

  • August 26, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    My home town there is nowhere like it.

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