700 ISLANDS AND OVER 2,000 ROCKS AND CAYS
Bahamas yacht charter
A series of over 700 islands and more than 200 cays just off the east coast of Florida, The Bahamas plays host to adventure seekers and tourists looking to luxury escape into the beauty of the Caribbean. All powdery sand and endless beaches – and barely rising above sea level – the islands of The Bahamas are a popular, affordable, and easily reached retreat. Beyond the sands are the sophisticated pleasures of New Providence (home of Nassau, the capital, and popular Cable Beach), Paradise Island, and Grand Bahama, where glitz, gambling, top cuisine, great golfing, nightclubs, and world-class spas are found. Each island has its own unique charm and personality, making island hopping fascinating and full of endless possibilities. There is no finer journey than the one fro boat that leads you to paradise. Whether you’re planning a quick getaway to Bimini, or a cruise along the chain of islands in The Abacos or The Exumas, or a weeklong voyage to Nassau/Paradise Island, the waters of The Bahamas are the best for exploring.
Calm waters, warm breezes, and panoramic beauty make this 120-mile–long chain of islands a boating and sailing paradise. But it’s not just the sea that attracts travelers from around the world. The coastlines are scalloped with bays, coves and protected harbors that feature full-service marinas and resorts. Great Abaco Island and Little Abaco serve as the “mainland.” Marsh Harbour has a lively downtown area with all city amenities. Treasure Cay boasts miles of pristine beaches, including one of the top 10 beaches in the world. Elbow Cay and Green Turtle Cay are old English loyalist settlements, where you’ll find beautifully preserved colonial architecture with a touch of Bahamian pastels, of course. And Guana Cay is famous for Sunday barbecues atop the island’s tall sand dune, which overlooks a magnificent 7-mile– the long beach.
Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas. It lies on the island of New Providence, with neighboring Paradise Island accessible via Nassau Harbor bridges. A popular cruise-ship stop, the city has a hilly landscape and is known for beaches as well as its offshore coral reefs, popular for diving and snorkeling. It retains many of its typical pastel-colored British colonial buildings, like the pink-hued Government House. An amazing hands-on encounter with hundreds of Cownose stingrays and colorful, tropical fish, the Atlantis Stingray Experience offers you the unique thrill of feeding rays in a shallow lagoon, as well as the opportunity to snorkel alongside them.
The Exumas are an archipelago of 365 cays and islands, beginning just 35 miles southeast of Nassau. The islands are divided into three major areas—Great Exuma, Little Exuma, and The Exuma Cays. Each one offers its own unique Bahamian experience. Great Exuma and Little Exuma are known for their laid-back surroundings, while The Exuma Cays act as a playground for the rich and famous. Major attraction here is swimming with pigs, these “domesticated” pigs live on Major’s Spot Cay, and it’s uncertain how they got there. Whenever a boat arrives, they swim out to it and expect to be fed, a practice that’s been going on for years.