Just a short trip east from Florida, the Bahamas provide the ideal vacation destination for those looking for the quintessential Caribbean island experience. With warm, strong trade winds and air temperatures averaging near 79ºF year round, sailors from around the world flock to these beautiful islands to experience their very own private bareboat 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 that you are hop between at your own pace. Enjoy stunning views from Elbow Cay, discover the boat building heritage of Man-O-War Cay, or explore the former pirate haven at Green Turtle Cay and its lively beach bars. You can try bone fishing at Little Harbour, stroll the kong stretch of sands at Great Guana Cay or find out why Treasure Cay is voted one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
The Bahamas enjoys trade winds year-round between 5-20 knots, which provide steady, warm temperatures.
Between September and May, the temperatures cool slightly to 69-75ºF, with the southern islands being warmer than the northern islands. The winder are stronger and blow from the northwest. The rest of the year, temperatures are between 80ºF and 84ºF.
Navigation is mainly line of sight and depths can be shallow, so close attention to charts and tide tables is a must.
You can fly from Fort Lauderdale direct to Marsh Harbour (MMH) with a flight just over one-hour flight. You can also fly into Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS), Bahamas, from Orlando, Washington and New York with flight times under three hours.
7 day Bahamas
DAY 1: Elbow Cay
Join your yacht at Marsh Harbor on Great Abaco Island. Head to Hope Town, Elbow Cay, the largest village 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: Hope Town to 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: Green Turtle Cay to 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, or enjoy snorkeling and divingand the vibrant beach side bars.
DAY 4: New Plymouth to Little Harbor
Little Harbor is a unique community and definitely worth stop on your private yacht charter. Founded in the late 1950s 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. Explore the abandoned pirate hideouts or try your hand at the world famous bone-fishing in nearby Bight of Old Robinson.
DAY 5: Great Guana Cay
Famous for its miles-long 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 1700s.
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 renowned fishing, 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: Back to base
Enjoy your last morning on the boat then set off on a quick sail back to base.
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