- Endless warm shallow waters and lagoons ideal for water sports
- Over 700 islands and thousands of cays spread over 5,358 square miles of the Northern Caribbean/Atlantic Ocean. Some bustle with life whilst many are uninhabited
- Excellent dive sites
“The journey matters,
not the arrival”
As many of the anchorages are in very shallow water – often just 1-2m, you’ll need a yacht with a shallow draft. That might rule out some motor yachts. Sailing monohull yachts with lifting keels are another good option, as are catamarans.
Although the Northern islands are relatively close to Miami, the chain runs right down above and along the North of Cuba to the Turks and Caicos, 500 or so miles away.
The Bahamas are often described as a scattered string of pearls, perhaps due to their sheer number, as well as their famously white sandy beaches. There is huge variety to be found here: you could spend your entire charter exploring uninhabited islands, with your yacht providing all of your daily needs.
Conversely, if you enjoy the hustle and bustle of clubs and casinos, then you’ll prefer to spend time near resort islands of New Providence, Paradise or Grand Bahama
If you’re into diving and sport fishing then the Andros islands might be perfect for you – although with clear, shallow waters, the snorkelling and diving is good everywhere. The Eleuthera, like several other islands, has a long barrier reef to explore, plus some of the best surfing in the area.
All in all, the Bahamas makes a great charter destination – many islands are only accessible by private yacht, the sand is white, the gin-clear sea perfect aquamarine and there is so much to do on and below the water that you will definitely make the most of all of your yacht’s watertoys.
Best time to visit:
The Bahamas are warm all the year round: the coldest month is January with low/high of 17˚C/26 ˚C warmest is July/August 24˚C/32˚C
Mid-December to mid-April is peak season, with low rainfall and no risk of hurricanes
June-November is hurricane season