There are few places in the world better than the Bahamas for yachting, with its unique combination of islands and idyllic climate.
For group excursions and charters, there are a number of short tours available via catamaran, party boat, powerboat or sailboat. But why not take a week to go wherever the wind takes you? Here are some unforgettable Bahamian attractions for sailors.
YACHTING CENTRAL: NASSAU & PARADISE ISLAND
The starting point for a Bahamian yachting tour is often Nassau and Paradise Island. The marinas on both islands have fully functioning slips, equipped with electric and water hook-ups as well as fuel. Some also have cable and Internet facilities. The marina at Atlantis is the premier facility in the Bahamas for luxury yachts and can accommodate vessels of up to 220 feet.
If you don’t have your own boat, you will find a wide range of charters, excursions and rentals available, including fully crewed and catered sailing trips, small sailboats and motorboats.
SAILING THE ABACOS ISLANDS
Abaco is a small but enchanting chain of islands with white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. There’s Great Guana Cay, which is an extraordinary reef made of elkhorn and staghorn coral, and off the shores you’ll find the remote and beautiful Green Turtle Cay. Green Turtle Cay is an island with myriad secluded coves to choose from and the beaches surpassing any ideas of pristine and turquoise waters.
You can dive the Train Wreck Reef from your yacht and pull into Pelican Cays National Park for a stunning sunset.
Marsh Harbour is a good place to pull in your yacht and stock up on provisions. It’s also the starting point for exploring the interior of Great Abaco Island.
SAILING THE BERRY ISLANDS
The Berry Islands is becoming one of the leading ports-of-call in the Caribbean because of its natural deep-water passages. Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean both own islands and visit them regularly. But the surrounding waters also offer dozens of uninhabited cays and miles of secluded, swim-ashore beaches.
The Great Harbor Yacht Club & Marina has one of the best protected harbors in the Bahamas, as well as modern facilities. Jumping out of the yacht and hiring yourself a speedboat for the day is a great way to enjoy the area.
SAILING THE EXUMAS
There are docking facilities available at George Town, which is also a great spot to get provisions and mingle with local boaters while soaking up some authentic Bahamian flavors.
Exuma is famous for its amazing 365 islands and cays, all in a row running north to south. One of the more popular destinations is the protected Exuma Land and Sea Park, located near the northern tip of the island chain. Don’t miss Staniel Cay and the Grotto where James Bond’s Thunderball and Never Say Never Again were filmed.
And of course, don’t forget to visit Emerald Bay Marina, on the main island of Exuma, which offers full boating facilities. Your slip will be just steps from Emerald Bay Beach, Grand Isle Resort & Spa and Sandals.
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