Bahamas Yacht Charter Guide
Bahamas Yacht Charter and Sailing Vacation Planning Guide
The Bahamas are a dreamland of crystal clear turquoise waters and paradise islands, with a wealth of history, culture, cuisine and stunning views to discover in every corner of this dream destination, making it the perfect place to explore on a yacht. Each island has its own unique charm and personality, making island hopping fascinating and full of endless possibilities. Feel the powdery white sand beneath your feet just two hours from New York and only one hour from Florida.
The Bahamas enjoy an amiable climate thanks to gentle trade winds and the Gulf Stream which flows through it. The most pleasant time of year is between September and May, when the temperature averages between 70-75°F (21-24°C). Summer brings warmer sunshine yet more humidity, with temperatures reaching between 80-85°F (27 and 29°C).
See our blog on the best spots to relax and bask in the sunshine in the Bahamas; a real treat for anyone in need of unwinding in a beautiful retreat!
With yearly temperatures that rarely fluctuate more than 5°C, the Bahamas provides ideal sailing conditions all year round. The area is superb for all types of charters and our itineraries, meticulously prepared by our expert yacht brokers, will show you the most exquisite destinations the Bahamas has to discover.
The Bahamas are always a favourite for Crewed Motor Yachts as they are ideal for island hopping, giving you the opportunity to see as much of this spectacular place as possible during your charter. Your crew will take you to the most stunning deserted islands giving you plenty of time for swimming and snorkelling in complete privacy. You'll visit secluded beaches and modern ports such as Nassau that offer everything you could wish for ashore - shopping, great dining, spas, entertainment and sunset bars.
With over 700 islands to explore, steady trade winds and perfect anchorages, the Bahamas offer you an ideal spot for the perfect sailing charter holiday. Most sailing charters begin in the Abacos, one of the world's most renowned sailing areas. From here, your crew will take you from island to island, exploring breath-taking locations and incredible beaches. The large deck spaces are brilliant for sunbathing or enjoying delectable meals fastidiously prepared by your expert chef.
Increasingly people are discovering that a Bahamas catamaran charter offers a superb yachting holiday thanks to their easy access to the water. A catamaran is perfect for those who love swimming, snorkelling and other water sports. The large, open living areas provide great spaces for socialising and entertaining, while the pontoon cabins offer excellent privacy, separate from the main salon. A catamaran is the perfect option for those that love to immerse themselves in the adventure and excitement of life at sea.
Having the freedom to sail your own boat is one of the joys of bareboat chartering and there are few places as open and vast as the Bahamas. Hundreds of islands and thousands of beaches, cays and lagoons are waiting for you to discover, drop anchor and bask in. Your holiday is entirely within your power. The comfort and stability provided by catamarans make them the favourite choice for bareboat charterers in the Bahamas, as they also allow you to float very close to the sandy white shores while you're exploring.
It is no wonder that so many newlyweds choose to wake up to azure skies, cerulean waters and pearlescent beaches in the Bahamas for their honeymoon. Cruise the islands and watch the sunset from the privacy of a secluded beach in the Bahamas, before enjoying some luscious food and a refreshing glass of wine beneath the breathtaking blanket of stars. Your floating five-star hotel is far superior to staying in a resort, explore the Bahamas in utter privacy and experience a honeymoon adventure like no other.
Please see below a brief summary of each of the key charter destinations in the Bahamas. Beyond this, there are plenty of other amazing locations, the options in the Bahamas are endless.
Embark on your Bahamas luxury yacht charter in Marsh Harbor on the Abaco Islands. From here you can trace the beautiful string of sandy cays: Man-O-War Cay, Treasure Cay, Fowl Cay and Green Turtle Cay, stopping off from time to time for a splash in the sea or to take advantage of the water toys. Take a look at our 7 Day Abacos Itinerary to see how a charter exploring these islands could look like!
Spot the famous red and white striped lighthouse of Hope Town and spend hours exploring the unique and beautiful marine life in Pelican Cays National Land and Sea Park.
The capital of Grand Bahama Island offers everything you could wish for in a holiday – utopian beaches, contemporary shopping malls, lush golf courses and buzzing nightclubs for those that can’t resist a party.
Beyond the hidden beaches and endless wildlife, you'll find the famous underwater cave systems in the Lucayan National Park and the flourishing botanical Garden of the Groves.
Nassau boasts a rich history and, more importantly, beautiful sailing. Nassau is one of the most fascinating destinations in the Bahamas. Made up of over 100,000 square miles of coral reefs painting the sea with vibrant colour, you'll be constantly surrounded by overwhelming beauty.
As the capital city, Nassau contains 70% of the Bahamas' entire population making it incredibly dynamic, diverse and exciting. On top of this, Nassau is home to some of the best resorts, restaurants and casinos in the world. Nassau really does have it all.
Delve deeper into the Bahamas and explore other magnificent islands such as Eleuthera, Exumas, and Long Island. These islands, like the entirety of the awe-inspiring Bahamas, offer astonishing scenery, beautiful beaches and a bounty of marine life.
1 - Paddle with the Famous Pigs
Head to the uninhabited island of Big Major’s Cay, which is home to these special creatures. Although no one knows how the pigs actually arrived on Big Major’s Cay, this adorable family of pigs are loved by tourists and the locals. They live freely on the sun-soaked sands and, after basking in the sun for hours, they enjoy a swim in the surf. The pigs are very friendly and love nothing more than to greet visitors that bring them treats to coax them from the shade of the almond trees.
2 - Swim with the Sharks
In the Bahamas you can dive amongst eagle rays, a family of friendly reef sharks and, if you’re lucky, you might even catch sight of turtles! While these creatures are slightly less surprising than swimming pigs, they are uniquely fascinating and will provide all ages with an experience that they will never forget.
3 - Andros Barrier Reef
The Andros Barrier Reef is not only the third longest reef in the world but also the third largest living organism on Earth, making it both a diver and a snorkeller’s dream. Delve into shipwrecks, blue holes, caves and be greeted by a myriad of sea creatures of all shapes and sizes - the Andros Barrier Reef is well worth a visit during your charter holiday.
4 - Dive Like a Dolphin
Wild dolphins thrive in the Abacos, experience the sheer energy and thrill of these incredible creatures during your Bahamas yacht charter holiday. Our expert crews know exactly when and where to take you to find these tranquil and friendly beasts.
5 - Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park
Snorkel with sea turtles and eagle rays in this stunning conservation, sparkling with precious coral. Just south of Marsh Harbor it is easy to access and is home to some of the world's most stunning underwater caves, flora and fauna.
6 - X Marks the Spot at Treasure Cay
Treasure Cay is a 3 ½ mile long sandy beach consistently listed as one of the world’s top beaches. Arrive by water in your charter catamaran and soak up the picture-perfect views. Explore the wildlife, hire some golf equipment or simply take the time to unwind in absolute paradise.
7 - Thunderball Grotto has a License to Thrill
With a barely-there secret entrance, this fascinating underwater cave system is located just west of Staniel Cay and is perfect for snorkelling, diving and wading. The famous grotto got its name from the 1965 James Bond film "Thunderball," which was shot there. The grotto is filled with brilliantly coloured coral reefs and exotic fish, ideal for snorkelling at low tide.
8 - Harbour Island's Pink Beaches
Harbour Island is known for its stunning candy floss-pink sand beaches. The pink sand is made up from a composition of coral, broken shells, minute rocks and calcium carbonate from tiny marine invertebrates which gives the whole island a magical, dreamy, utopian feel. For a picture your friends won't believe back home, Harbour Island has to go on your bucket list.
9 - Shroud Cay's Wonderous Washing Machine
Shroud Cay is located at the northern ridge of the Bahamas National Trust Land and Sea Park. Here you can drop the toys in the water and head through the mangroves on the wave runners, before experiencing the "washing machine". Swirling currents whip you along at an exhilarating pace in what can only be described as the world's best wave machine. Not for the faint-hearted!
10 - Nassau's Very Own Atlantis
The Atlantis resort is a destination the kids will love, with the opportunity to get up close and personal with a whole array of the exceptional marine life that flourishes in the Bahamas. For the adults, the Atlantis resort boasts many fine restaurants and bars to spend the evening, as well as a thrilling casino.
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