Just a short trip east from Florida, the Bahamas provide the ideal vacation destination for those looking for the quintessential island experience. With warm, strong breezes and air temperatures averaging near 26C/80F year round, sailors from around the world flock to these beautiful islands to experience their very own private yacht charter.
Unlike her Caribbean neighbors, the Bahamas were not formed by volcanic activity. Instead of towering peaks and volcanic craters, you will find low sandy islands, plenty of palm trees, and quiet uninhabited cays.
Winds average 5 – 20 knots year round. In the winter an ocassional stronger wind blows in from the Northwest. navigation is mainly line of sight. Depths can be shallow so close attention to charts and tide tables is a must.
There are direct flights from the UK to Nassau International Airport, or indirect flights to Freeport, with connecting local flights available to Marsh Harbour or Treasure Cay.
Sample 7 Day Itinerary
Day 1: Join your yacht at Marsh Harbor on Great Abaco Island.
Head to Hope Town, Elbow Cay
Hope Town is the largest village on Elbow Cay and home of the famous Elbow Reef Lighthouse. Take some time to explore the village and the surrounding area. Don’t forget to climb to the top of Elbow Reef Lighthouse for some breathtaking views of the surrounding cay.
Day 2: Depart Hope Town bound for Man-O-War Cay
Man-O-War Cay is a haven for sailors and charterers alike. As a result of a long heritage in boat building and the maritime industry, Man-O-War Cay caters heavily to sailors. Here you will find ample opportunities to provision and enjoy the services offered by local Bahamians.
With lively markets and delicious local cuisine, a stop at Man-O-War Cay is essential. Spend some time snorkeling in the crystal blue waters or go ashore to explore the wonders of this tiny island.
Day 3: Sail to Green Turtle Cay and New Plymouth
Here in Green Turtle Cay you will find the village of New Plymouth. This beautiful beach side village is the epitome of Bahamian living. Established around the time of the American Revolution, New Plymouth quickly grew to be one of the largest towns in the Bahamas. Spend time exploring this village and former pirate haven.
Whether you want to spend the day relaxing on the beach, snorkeling and diving, or enjoying the vibrant beach side bars, New Plymouth has something for everyone to enjoy.
Day 4: Depart New Plymouth for Little Harbor
Little Harbor is a unique community and definitely worth stop on your private yacht charter. Founded in the late 1950’s by artist Randolph Johnston and his family, Little Harbor retains much of the charm of years past. An abandoned lighthouse stands watch over this tiny village and the protected anchorage provides a perfect place for a quiet evening. Be sure to explore the abandoned pirate hideouts or try your hand at bone-fishing in nearby Bight of Old Robinson. The bone-fishing here is world famous!
Day 5: Great Guana Cay
Famous for its 5 ½-mile beach along the Atlantic, Great Guana Cay is a beautiful and secluded island with a population of only 150. Home to only a tiny settlement, here you will discover the true meaning of relaxation. Hike around the sandy island or grab a rum punch at one of the local hang outs. Also, be sure to check out some of the original houses from the 1700’s!
Day 6: Treasure Cay
Treasure Cay is the Bahamas at their best and is home to one of National Geographic’s Top Ten beaches in the world. A stop at Treasure Cay is the best way to wrap up your Bahamas private yacht charter. Spend time on the beach, take part in some of the world famous fishing here, or grab your golf clubs for a round at Treasure Cay Golf Club.
Treasure Cay is also home to several famous restaurants and bars. Get to know some of the locals or shoot the breeze with other sailors who have stopped in for some rum punch.
Day 7: Relax and sail back for departure
Enjoy your last morning on the boat then set off on a quick sail back to base.
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