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Following in the steps of Christopher Columbus, BoatPlanner explores the ‘baja mar’, to craft the ultimate cruise in the tropic zone for you.

The Bahamas is a tropical haven of over 700 islands and 2,400 cays, nestled in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean, within the Lucayan Archipelago of the West Indies. Although it is considered to be part of the Caribbean, it is not geographically into the Caribbean Sea.

  • Carribean Islands (Antigua / Nelson’s Dockyard, Marigot Saint Martin/ Marina Fort Luis, Martinique / Le Marin, St Lucia – Castries / Rodney Bay Marina, St Vincent / Blue Lagoon)

Moorings & Anchorages

Nassau Harbor is one of the busiest and most convenient anchorages for cruiseships and yachts in the Bahamas, offering easy access to the capital city of this island nation. It offers numerous marinas, fuel docks and repair facilities.  An alternative mooring option for nature enthusiasts is to be found inside the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park and the Warderick WellsGeorgetown on Great Exuma is a busy hub for cruisers, hosting a series of boat events and activities. If you wish to visit the famous Thunderball Grotto, in Exumas, you should anchor to Staniel Cay. When in Abacos, anchor at the Hope Town Harbor or the Marsh Harbor.

Weather & Climate

Winter is the peak season for sailing and yachting in the Bahamas. The temperature does not drop under 21oC, the winds are favorable, yet popular destinations might have limited availability. The crowds begin to thin as spring progresses, making it a quieter and more affordable time to visit. The possibility of increased rainfall and hurricanes during summer brings disruptions to travel plans, while autumn is the peak of hurricane season.

History & Places of Interest

This exotic island country has a rich history to tell through the mouth of indigenous Lucayan people, from the era of European colonization and the Golden Age of Piracy under the English rule, up to 1973, when it became an independent nation. The Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation, the colonial-era Fort Charlotte, the Fort Fincastle and its stone-carved Queen’s Staircase in Nassau, are but a few tokens of this rich cultural heritage.

Beaches

Pink Sand Beach is famous for its blush-hued sands, created by the crushed shells of tiny marine creatures. The beach offers opportunities for snorkeling. You can anchor your boat on Harbor Island. Cabbage Beach in New Providence is a popular beach near Nassau. There is a harbor near Paradise Island, where you can rent a tender or a water taxi to Cabbage Beach. Gold Rock Beach is found on the Grand Bahama Island, with the closest anchor site in the Lucayan National Park’s mooring. An anchorage area off Little Exuma is where you can take a dinghy to reach the calm soft-sanded Tropic of Cancer Beach. The shallow waters of Tahiti Beach on the coral reef of Elbow Cay in Abacos are ideal for families with children and snorkeling fans, accessible only with a dinghy. An anchorage available near Long Island gives easy access to Cape Santa Maria Beach. Be sure to visit the nearby caves and Dean’s Blue Hole.

Activities

The Bahamas offers a wide range of activities for visitors, including watersports, festival events, and pleasant surprises for families or romantic couples. Explore the Dean’s Blue Hole on a snorkeling session. Enjoy the strong trade winds with kiteboarding and windsurfing in Long Island or Exuma. The Lucayan National Park is ideal for paddleboarding and kayaking, while in Bimini and the Abacos, you can go deep-sea fishing. There is also a number of festival events such as the Junkanoo, held on Boxing Day, the National Island Regatta in Georgetown and the Bahamas Independence Regatta in Exuma. Are you a family looking for some excitement? Visit Big Major Cay to see the famous swimming pigs, swim with dolphins on the Blue Lagoon Island or learn about the Bahamas history of piracy at the Pirates of Nassau Museum. Bahamas also offers a couple’s getaway, with romantic beach picnics, private island escapes, candlelit dinners on waterfront restaurants, spa retreats, and sunset cruises right on the plate.