The World’s Great Cruising Ground
Discover turquoise waters, sparkling beaches, moderate winds and a wealth of new anchorages on your Bahamas yacht charter. These fantastically rich waters bring exceptional sailing to the cruising paradise of The Bahamas. Nature took time to build a sparkling arc, letting centuries of coral make the foundation for these low-lying islands. The attraction here is in the subtle beauty of soft sands, sheltered sailing, and surprising delights of seclusion. These laid-back islands are known for snorkeling, diving, and fishing, astonishing beaches, picturesque settlements, and genuine friendliness.
One of the world’s most extensive barrier reef systems surrounds the Bahamas. Reef-and-cay sheltered waters provide 100 miles of relaxed cruising in the relatively shallow safety of The Sea of Abaco. Once the home of swashbuckling privateers, one of the world’s significant cruising areas are found in those clear waters. Easy air access from anywhere in North America makes this “the Caribbean that’s close to home.” Visitors from across the world come to find warm sun, beautiful turquoise waters, and hundreds of secluded soft white sand beaches.
The Abacos are a string of Bahamian islands located approximately 175 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida. The “mainland” is Great Abaco, the third-largest island in the Bahamas. It has a curve of cays just a few miles offshore creating the protected Sea of Abaco, perfect for sailing or day trip powerboating. Historically different from other areas in the Bahamas, the population of the Abacos descended from Loyalists during the War of Independence from the United States. These blonde-haired, blue-eyed Abaconians have given up wrecking and rum-running. However, they still work at traditional occupations– farming, fishing, and boat building.
Small guest houses and family-run hotels, as well as private home rentals, allow for a more personal experience. Tourists can embrace the relaxed culture and feel like locals. The cruising area is comprised of Great Abaco and Little Abaco, along with a delightful string of cays to the east. Begin in the center at quaint Man-O-War Cay.
The beach at Treasure Cay is one of National Geographic’s Top 10! Great snorkeling locations. A Marine Park is another attraction at Fowl Cay. The cultural appeal of Green Turtle Cay is evident with its museum, sculpture gardens, and dining at Green Turtle Club.
Visible for miles is the historic lighthouse of Hope Town, a candy-striped sentinel on the southeastern reef. South to Pelican Cays National Park, you’ll be amazed by the vast collection of colorful coral and sea life. Giant starfish are scattered along the sandy bottom for miles. Sail The Abacos on your Bahamas yacht charter vacation, and you won’t believe your eyes!
Together, the Cays and Great Exuma offer an amazing variety of vacation possibilities in The Out Islands of The Bahamas. A wide range of resorts and hotels are available from luxury amenities to basic fishing lodges. The Exumas are a 120-mile long island chain, within the chain of the Out Islands. Beginning at Great Exuma, the Cays stretch to the north-east toward New Providence. The Cays are the most exotic of the Out Islands, a collection of tiny jewels set in the aquamarine and sapphire waters.