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8 reasons to choose the Bahamas for your next sailing holiday
- Explore the coral-based archipelago’s more than 700 islands and 100,000 square mile area of Caribbean Ocean.
- Dive in the famous spots of the Abacos.
- Explore the raw beauty of the Berry Islands.
- Experience some of the best sailing in the Caribbean around the Exumas.
- Trade the Winter chill for a beautiful, warm Caribbean paradise.
- Enjoy the freshest of seafood as the sunsets beyond the ocean.
- Relax on the netting of a catamaran as you enjoy the fresh Caribbean sea air.
- See rare and beautiful fish and marine wildlife.
The best places to visit when visiting the Bahamas on a sailboat or catamaran:
The Bahamas is made up of over 700 islands, with more than 2,000 islets and cays that are scattered over a 100,000 square mile area of the Caribbean Ocean. The archipelago is home to miles of white (and pink) sand beaches, stunning coral reefs, some spectacular wreck dive sites, rare bird watching opportunities, and what is said to be the clearest waters in the world.
Aboard a sailboat or catamaran with a local skipper you will be well-equipped to discover all of the splendours of the Bahamas. Whether you are exploring the waters of Bimini, the Berry Islands, Andros, Nassau & Paradise Island, Eleuthera & Harbour Island, Exumas, Cat Island, Long Island, Ragged Island, San Salvador, Rum Cay, Acklins & Crooked Island, Mayaguana, or Inagua, you will find beauty and a unique sailing holiday.
Must-see destinations of the Bahamas
The Abacos are one of the Bahamas most popular archipelagos for both beginners and the more experienced sailors. The islands are home to the picturesque settlements of Marsh Harbour and Hope Town. You can find a number of excellent diving sites and coral reefs in areas such as the Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park. You have the opportunity to see wildlife such as turtles, eagle rays, and sharks in the Walker’s Cay National Park to the northwest.
Then you have the archipelago of the Berry Islands, part of the Out Islands, are a destination for those looking for a little more peace and quiet, as most of the cays remain undeveloped. This group of 30 islands are often referred to as the “Fish Bowl of the Bahamas”, as they are home to some beautiful and rare fish, including billfish, tiger fish, wahoo, and king mackerel.
The Exumas are known by sailors as a cruising paradise, for they hold stunning beauty, snorkelling and fishing opportunities, and crucially some great sailing conditions! The archipelago is made up of a 130-mile chain and include some of the most iconic areas of the Bahamas such as Allen’s Cay, Norma’s Cay, the Thunderball Grotto of Staniel Cay, Shroud Cay, as well as the George Town Cruising Regatta in early March of each year.
Tips to help you to better plan for your next sailing holidays in the Bahamas:
The best time of year to explore the Bahamas by sailboat or catamaran is from November to May. Regarding budget, you can find all inclusive holidays in the Bahamas starting from approximately €1,200, plus your transport costs to get to and from the departure point, and other expenses that may be incurred, such as the cash float (that helps to cover variable costs eg. harbour mooring). The main international airport of the Bahamas is Lynden Pindling International Airport, which is connected with major international airports worldwide.
Suggested sailing itineraries for your next holiday with a skipper in the Bahamas:
A week of sailing in the islands of Bahamas
Example itinerary: Depart from the Marsh Harbour and sail gently onto the Great Guana Cay where you cam anchor into the beautiful Fishers Bay. After taking some time to explore the beach and move onto the Treasure Cay, rated one of the world’s top 10 beaches by National Geographic. Next, move onto the Man of War settlement, where you can enjoy some quiet time and enjoy some snorkelling on the side of the island.
Then, move onto the crystal clear waters of Tahiti Beach and lunch at Hope Town - one of the most picturesque destinations in the Bahamas. After this, move onto the deserted island of Abaco and meet an abundance of marine wildlife. For your final day of the week, enjoy breakfast before returning to Marsh Harbour, with a stop off at the Matt Lowes Cay where you can swim in the Abaco Sea.
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