The American Yacht Company and BoatMiami.com take pleasure in offering our charter clients a comprehensive cruising guide to the Bahamas. Only a short distance from Florida, a vacation or holiday in the Bahamas on a fully crewed sailing yacht or catamaran, power boat or motor yacht is the ultimate cruise vacation. Our crewed yacht search engine with real-time availability can find the right boat at the right time at the right price. Our Bareboat Search Engine can find the right boat for your Abacos bareboat cruise.
If your primary objective is to use a yacht for transportation from the Mainland to Nassau, don't even think about it. If you are looking to charter a yacht on the mainland and explore the Islands, it's usually better to fly over and pick up your yacht in the Bahamas. This way you will avoid potential bad weather and rough seas on the Gulf Stream. There is no ferry service from the mainland except for a new ferry service BALEARIA that can take passengers from Fort Lauderdale to Freeport / Lucaya on Grand Bahama Island..
There are 700 islands in The Bahamas covering 150,000 square miles of tropical sea with approximately 5,000 square miles of land. The islands have flat coral formations with some low rounded hills. It is a beautiful country and a difficult one to administer: ferry services between the islands constitute the main communications and transportation medium for commercial goods and people.
Each island of The Bahamas has its own personality and something different to offer. Enjoy a variety filled vacation or holiday by visiting as many islands as time allows. Spend a few fun days in cosmopolitan Nassau with its duty free shops, golf, museums and restaurants. Lie back and relax on the bright white sand of Long Island's deserted beaches. Experience the dive of a lifetime in challenging wreck sites off the coast of San Salvador. Witness the spectacle of nesting flamingos and other exotic wildlife in Inagua National Park. Cruise through the Exumas' 100-mile-long string of pristine cays. The hard part is deciding which islands to visit!
Sailing In The Bahamas - Visit Many Islands
Luckily for cruising and yachting enthusiasts, there are some very well defined areas that are pretty much self-contained for cruises of a week or more. It's impossible to see all the islands on one trip, but if you organize yourself you can explore the different regions at your leisure over time. The main cruising regions are:
- Bimini and the Gulf Stream Islands, sports-fishing paradise
- The Berry Islands, solitude, friendly natives, a day or two's sail from the Mainland
- The Abacos Islands, gorgeous little towns and villages, protected waters.
- The Exuma Islands chain, over 100 miles long, great beaches, diving and sailing.
- Harbour Island, Eleuthera and Cat Island, less frequented, great from a boat.
- The Out-Islands, the real Bahamas, friendly locals,
- Grand Bahama, Freeport and Port Lucaya, gamblers and hustlers paradise,
- Nassau and Paradise Island, Atlantis Hotel - what can I say?
We will describe each cruising area and recommend what to do and see and how to get the best from your Bahamas experience. Click here to see some of the boats that cruise and charter in these areas.
Bimini & the Gulf Stream
Crossing the Gulf Stream from Miami to Bimini can be either a non-event or a nightmare for smaller recreational and charter vessels. The sea state of the approximately 40 Nautical Miles of deep water with a north bound current of between 2 and 3 kts. is instantly affected by the wind direction and intensity as well as by distant Atlantic swells. When the wind is from the North or North East, it opposes the direction of the current and has the effect of forming shorter and more irregular wave patterns that can be quite disturbing. Generally speaking, we do not recommend crossings in the Winter, especially if you have an immovable timetable like 7 or 10 days into which you need to shoe-horn your vacation. What we're trying to say, in a rather roundabout way, is that the Summer Months are generally the safest and most pleasurable for crossing the Stream.
On a powerboat, it is possible to go to Bimini from Miami in 2 1/2 to 3 Hours. You can therefore go for the day although it will be quite expensive ($2,000 to $3,000 dollars) because there is no "regular" ferry service and you have to charter a boat to do the crossing and pay the Bahamas cruising tax to boot. On a sail boat, you're talking about an overnight trip of about 8 hours to arrive in the
morning. Care needs to be exercised on overnight trips, the Gulf Stream is a high traffic area with cruise ships, freighters, tankers, and recreational boats all doing their thing. Radar recommended.
Bimini is a Sport-Fishing paradise. There is always a fine array of recreational fishing vessels, either locally or Miami based that will take you out for the day. There are also diving boats that will take you to the "Atlantis" rock formations and numerous power and sailing boats that will take you and the family out to "swim with the Dolphins".
On land at Bimini you will find the quintessential Hemingway memorabilia like "The Compleat Angler" bar and other places to share a beer or two with the locals. There are several marinas, some good eating places, a few hotels and a whole bunch of bars; macho atmosphere with the emphasis on pictures of heavy duty Sports-Fishing boats with stuffed swordfish and marlins on the walls. Nevertheless, Bimini remains a good weekend getaway or a good first stop on your trip from Miami or Fort Lauderdale across to Nassau or to the Berry islands. You need to check in to clear Bahamas customs and pay the rather steep $300 per boat
Gun Cay and Cat Cay are smaller islands just South of Bimini.
Gun Key is uninhabited and Cat Cay is home to a pretty snooty
yacht club where you can have an excellent but expensive dinner.
The cut between these two Cays is one of the favorite
recreational routes to get up onto the Grand Bahamas Bank and
across to the Berry's and Nassau. You should be quite careful
navigating this cut, however; hopefully you would have done it
before with a professional captain. If not, make sure your draft
is less than 5 feet and follow the instructions in your cruising
guide to the letter.
South of Cat Cay there are some uninhabited rocks that afford
little protection but offer some pretty good fishing. South of
these rocks at some distance, you will find the larger island of
Andros. Although this island is quite large on the map, in
practice it's a huge swamp with small channels that cross it and
a bunch of mosquitoes . Very Shallow here. The East side of
Andros is now being slowly developed with some neat small
Chub Cay and the Berry's
With landmass totaling about a dozen square miles, the Berry
Islands are a cluster of 30 islands and close to 100 cays that
lie 60 miles East of Bimini and 35 miles north of Nassau. A
permanent home to approximately 700 people, the Berry Islands
lure vacationers seeking privacy. Many desolate cays are home to
those who have created their own private paradise, and are the
nesting grounds of wildlife such as terns, pelicans and noddies.
These islands, (including Chubb Cay) mostly known to
yachtsmen as a stopover between Florida and Nassau, have some of
the most private, unspoiled beaches in the world. Underwater
life is equally protected and tranquil. Many big game fish like
sailfish, blue marlin and giant blue fin tuna roam these waters,
making it yet another choice Bahamian spot for the dedicated
- The largest of the Berry Islands is Great Harbour Cay and
its main settlement, Bullock's Harbour, at six miles long and
two and a half miles wide.
- The southernmost cay of the Berry chain is Chub Cay, known
to many as the billfish capital of The Bahamas. Due to its
location, Chub Cay overlooks the deep-sea trench, The Tongue
of the Ocean, a haven for big game fish.
- Great Stirrup Cay, located north of Great Harbour Cay, is
home to a lighthouse that dates back to 1863 and the wreck of
an unidentified ship lies just offshore.
- Sugar Beach Caves is considered by many to be the most
beautiful spot in The Islands of The Bahamas and is an area of
numerous sandy coves set among tall cliffs.
- A must for divers, Mamma Rhoda Rock is a shallow coral reef
only 16-feet deep, where crawfish and moray eels share living
space in the hole-filled rocks.
- Sand Dollar Hill is a sandy shoal that offers great shell
- Hoffman Cay is a 600-foot blue hole whose only living
inhabitants are oysters.
The Abacos Islands
The Abacos is one of the principal cruising grounds
for both sail and power boats. Marsh Harbour, the
bustling capital of Abaco, and Treasure Cay, offer a wide range
of small family run hotels and villas. Restaurants are plentiful
and nightlife varied. The outlying cays, nestled around Marsh
Harbour and Treasure Cay are made up of picture perfect
villages, with quaint, white clapboard houses, trimmed in jewel
tones. Elbow Cay is a short, 20-minute water taxi ride from
Marsh Harbour. Its main town, quaint New England-style Hope
Town, is situated on an almost land-locked harbour. The town is
overlooked by a 120 foot candy-striped lighthouse, perhaps the
most-photographed sight in Abaco. Hope Town is dotted by a
number of small hotels and villas. No worries about traffic jams
here, but be sure to watch out for a bicycle or golf cart
Green Turtle Cay ranks with Elbow Cay as one of the two most
important destinations that have wonderful beaches and a
relaxing atmosphere. The main town of New Plymouth also has New
England look-alike pretty clapboard houses surrounded by white
More than anything else, Abaco is synonymous with sailing.
Marinas abound throughout the cays, and many are the permanent
home to numerous yachts and bareboat charter companies. In
addition to sailing, fishing and diving are popular activities
in Abaco. Deep-sea fishing generally takes place off the Abaco
cays, where the drop-off from the reef to the Atlantic is steep
and the shallow marshy flats to the west of great Abaco are
ideal for bone-fishermen. Deep walls, reefs and a multitude of
shipwrecks provide excellent diving territory right around the
Abaco cays. Several excellent dive operations are located in
Abaco, including Walker's Cay Undersea Adventures, home of the
Shark Rodeo. The Moorings
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The Exuma Cays Chain
Diving in the Exumas
Exuma has the distinction of being the only island in the
Caribbean where not one but two James Bond movies were filmed.
Those films, Thunderball and Never Say Never Again, were both
filmed in Staniel Cay.
There are 365 islands and cays that lie strung out across
over 120 miles of ocean that make up The Exumas. From the air,
these cays look like jeweled stepping stones surrounded by a
shimmering emerald sea giving this chain the distinction of
being one of the prettiest in The Islands of The Bahamas. The
bright white sand of the deserted beaches is a striking contrast
to the deep aquamarine and jade hues of the water.
Most of Exuma's 3,600 residents live on Great Exuma or Little
Exuma, the two largest islands that are connected by a short
bridge. These friendly and outgoing people are genuinely happy
to receive vacationers. Most Exumians make their living fishing
or farming, with the main crops being onions, tomatoes, pigeon
peas, guavas, papayas and mangoes.
Visitors will also find wild cotton growing on Exuma, a
testament to the importance of this plant in the island's
Lord John Rolle, who imported the first cottonseeds in the
late 18th century, had more than 300 slaves working on Great
Exuma. The slaves, following the custom of the day, adopted
their master's surname. When cotton proved to be a financial
failure for him and the prospect of emancipation loomed, Lord
John Rolle deeded the 2,300 acres of land that were given to him
by the British Government to his foremen slaves. This land, in
turn, has been passed on to each new generation and can never be
sold to outsiders. Today almost half of the residents go by the
name Rolle and one of the largest settlements is appropriately
One of The Islands of The Bahamas' most prestigious events,
the Annual Family Island Regatta, is held every April in
picturesque Elizabeth Harbour in George Town. A tribute to
tradition, the regatta is a race of Bahamian workboats, handmade
sloops with wooden hulls, canvas sails and tall wooden masts.
George Town is also home to the Government Administration
Building, a pink and white building modeled after the Government
House in Nassau. A few steps north is St. Andrew's Anglican
Church, a beautiful 150-year old white building with blue doors
and shutters that is an active place of worship today.
Naturally, in the heart of the Exuma Cays, is the Exuma Cays
Land and Sea Park, a 176-square mile natural preserve which is
home to brilliant coral reefs, exotic marine life and the rare
Bahamian iguana - some of which grow to over two feet long.
Harbour Island, Eleuthera and Cat Island.
Harbour Island, or 'Briland, as it is known by residents, is
situated one mile off the northern coast of Eleuthera (just five
minutes away by water taxi) and is just three miles long and a
half mile wide. The island's first major settlement of Dunmore
Town, originally the capital of The Islands of the Bahamas, was
named after the 18th century royal governor of the islands, Lord
Dunmore. Harbour Island was actually founded before the United
States was even a nation!
Today, Dunmore Town is renowned for its three mile pink sand
beach and charming New England-style architecture. Visitors to
Harbour Island enjoy strolling through the quaint town's tree
lined narrow streets, exploring the settlement onboard a golf
cart, bonefishing in the pristine water off the island's coast,
and frolicking on the island's sandy coastline. The Plateau and
the Arch, both giant coral structures densely populated with
marine life, attracts divers from around the world.
At one time Harbour Island was second only to Nassau in terms
of prosperity. In the late 1800's Dunmore Town was a noted
shipyard and sugar refinement centre, both of which lent itself
to a profitable secondary industry - rum.
The island's charming New England architecture, which is
reminiscent of the island's Loyalist history, is still very much
in existence. The pastel-coloured clap-board homes edged by
white picket fences and tropical flowers line the old streets of
Dunmore Town. For vacationers, Harbour Island's popularity is
founded on its spectacular three-mile powdery pink sand beach,
its intimate inns and hotels, and the warm hospitality of its
Eleuthera, first settled in 1648, is perhaps the best known
of the Out Islands of The Bahamas. Shaped like a praying mantis,
the island is just under five miles wide and 110 miles long. The
magnificent glass window bridge to the north of the island
affords spectacular views of the deep blue Atlantic on one side
and the turquoise Caribbean Sea on the other. Eleuthera attracts
those who wish to explore, either by bicycle or car, the land
and nature in its undisturbed atmosphere. Visitors may visit the
island's scattered settlements, grottos, and hidden caves that
combine to create Eleuthera's remote and laid back ambiance.
Despite a coral and limestone surface which may seem
forbidding to farmers, Eleuthera is one of the agricultural
centres of The Islands of The Bahamas. The hilly farming area in
the centre of the island with its rich, red soil is ideal for
producing pineapples, tomatoes and a variety of vegetables. In
the late 1800's Eleuthera dominated the world's pineapple market
with its luscious fruit of rare sweetness.
History reveals that in 1648 British Puritans seeking
religious freedom settled in Eleuthera. Taking shelter in a
limestone cave, they faced hardship but persevered on the island
that they named Eleuthera after the Greek word for
"freedom". Led by William Sayle, a former governor of
Bermuda, the group called themselves the Eleutheran Adventurers.
They gave The Islands of The Bahamas its first written
constitution which called for the establishment of a republic.
The group eventually divided and later settled Eleuthera,
Harbour Island and Spanish Wells.
The enterprising Eleutheran Adventurers were able to survive
on the island with the help of their generous Puritan relatives
in the newly formed colonies of Massachusetts and Virginia. The
New Englanders sent supplies and the Eleutherans thanked them in
return with rare and valuable wood - from which the proceeds
were used to help build Harvard College.
Today, many visitors are attracted to Eleuthera for its
abundance of water-related activities - there are plenty of
great fishing holes and dive spots. The Devil's Backbone just
north of Spanish Wells is a long stretch of fringe reef that is
a vast playground for a variety of reef and deep-sea fish,
attracted to the many shipwrecks. The Current Cut, located
between Eleuthera and the small island of Current is exciting
for experienced divers, where changing tides send a tricky
current through a 100-yard wide channel.
Ninety-five miles southeast of Nassau, Cat Island is known as
the least inhabited island in The Islands of The Bahamas. The
destination caters to those who are looking for total seclusion,
miles of beautiful pink and white sand beaches, word class
diving, snorkeling and fishing sites and the beauty of the
island's 50-miles of rolling hills, rocky cliffs, empty beaches,
especially the 8-mile Pink Sand Beach, and cerulean waters.
No one is quite sure how Cat Island acquired its name,
however this island has many lives. A pirate and contemporary of
Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, Arthur Catt was a frequent
visitor to the island, which is one explanation of its name.
Others say that the island resembles a feline sitting on its
haunches when looking at it from above.
For more than four centuries Cat Island was actually called
San Salvador and many believed this was where Christopher
Columbus first landed in the new world. However, in 1926 a
nearby island was redesignated San Salvador (as it is known
today) and the name Cat Island was revived.
British Loyalists who were fleeing the newly formed United
States settled the island in 1783. They established cotton
plantations but when the cotton industry failed and the slaves
were freed the people of Cat Island turned to farming peas,
corn, potatoes, and later to growing pineapples.
A single road runs the length of the island making it
difficult to get lost while exploring. Appropriately called the
Main Road, it begins at Arthur's Town in the north and ends at
Port Howe in the south. Along the way visitors will spot
residents participating in traditional activities such as straw
plaiting (weaving) hats and bags.
The historical sites of the island are all accessible from
the Main Road. Many beautiful churches dot the picturesque
landscape. At Port Howe one can see the ruins of the Deveaux
Mansion, a two story whitewashed building formerly used as a
cotton plantation and now overrun with wild vegetation. Deveaux
Mansion was once the home of Col. Andrew Deveaux of the U.S.
Navy and was given to him as a reward for recapturing Nassau
from the Spaniards in 1783.
The highest point in The Islands of the Bahamas is found on
Cat Island. Mt. Alvernia rises up 206-feet through a thick
forest. However this is not its only interesting characteristic.
The Hermitage, a small monastery at the summit of this mountain,
is to this day still shrouded in mystique. Father Jerome built
the Hermitage and the rock staircase leading to it as a final
act of religious dedication. An Anglican seminarian turned
Catholic priest, Father Jerome was well know for having built
cathedrals and convents throughout the islands.
- San Salvador
- Rum Cay
- Samana Cay
- Long Island
- Acklins Island
- Crooked Island
- Great Inagua
Farthest to the east of The Islands of The Bahamas and
looking out to the Atlantic Ocean lies San Salvador, just 12
miles long and 5 miles wide. Home to miles of pristine and
secluded beaches, an emerald blue sea of sparkling clarity and
challenging reef and wreck dive sites, San Salvador is the
ultimate escape for divers, fishermen, yachtsmen and those who
yearn to relax in a serene atmosphere. The island is actually
the exposed peak of a submerged mountain that plunges 15,000
feet to the ocean floor.
The island's several name changes are a reflection of its
deep historical past. The Lucayan Indians initially named the
island "Guanahani". Then, in 1492, Columbus made his
first landfall in the New World on the island. He named it San
Salvador or "Holy Savior", which he noted in his
travel journal and described it as "the beauty of these
islands surpasses that of any other and as much as the day
surpasses the night in splendor". Today, four separate
monuments mark the exact spots where he came ashore, although it
is generally regarded that he landed at Long Bay where a large
stone cross stands. However, British Pirate Captain George
Watling took over the island, making it his headquarters of the
buccaneer and named it Watling Island after himself. The island
retained this name until 1925 when it was then renamed San
San Salvador is dotted with monuments, ruins and wreck sites,
all illuminating its history. Besides lounging on secluded
beaches, basking in sunshine and diving, snorkelling and fishing
in clear waters, guests to the island enjoy touring the old
plantation ruins, climbing to the top of the old
kerosene-operated lighthouse and exploring the archaeological
site of the Lucayan Indians.
Rum Cay is just ten miles long and five miles wide. The only
settlement, Port Nelson, is home to the few inhabitants of the
island. While rimmed with stunning beaches, Rum Cay remains one
of the less developed islands of the archipelago, with very
little in the way of tourist activities.
Only 80-miles long and 4-miles wide, Long Island is one of
the most scenic hideaways in The Islands of The Bahamas, famous
for its world-class scuba diving and bonefishing. The island is
divided by the Tropic of Cancer and is bordered on each side by
two contrasting coasts, one with soft-white beach, and the other
with rocky headlands that descent into the sea and serve as
boundaries for the crashing waves. The topography of the island
varies as well - from sloping hills in the northeast to low
hillsides in the south to stark white flatlands to swampland to
pristine beaches, all of which combine to create a picturesque
landscape and an ideal haven for seamen, sun-lovers and
Long Island was originally named Yuma by the Lucayan Indians
and was renamed Fernandina by Christopher Columbus upon his
third landfall in the New World. Then, in 1790, Loyalists from
the Carolinas and their slaves settled Fernandina. They built
large plantations and produced sea-island cotton until the
abolition of slavery, which made them unprofitable.
Today, many of the Loyalist mansions still stand as a
reminder of the island's past. Although the plantations are
overgrown and non-productive, agriculture is still a very
important part of life. Pothole farming, which is a method that
utilised fertile holes in the limestone where fertile topsoil
collects, yields much of the food supply for the other islands,
including peas, corn, pineapples and bananas. Raising sheep,
goats and pigs is also popular amongst Long Islanders.
Pace of life has not changed much from Long Island's deep
past. The carriage road, built more than a century ago, is lined
by the island's major settlements of Burnt Ground, Simms, Wood
Hill, Clarence Town, Roses and South Point, all situated around
the island's harbours and anchorages
Little-known Acklins and Crooked Island lie next to each
other and are connected by ferry. They are an escapist's dream
with endless beautiful beaches lapped by aquamarine water. These
waters are popular with the more adventurous tarpon and
bonefishermen, as well as with divers, as a 50 mile barrier reef
rings the islands. Crooked Island is the main island of the two,
with most of the sparse population living in and around the
capital of Colonel Hill. Experienced birders also know that the
undisturbed wooded areas are a popular resting place for
numerous species, including the ever elusive hummingbird.
Crooked Island, approximately 200 miles southeast of Nassau,
is one of three major islands called The Crooked Island
District. At the southeastern tip of Crooked Island, a ferry
transports visitors across the ocean to the exotic Acklins
Island - also part of The District - where gentle hills as well
as the colorful scattering of the purple, green and blue houses
make Acklins Islands a very unique site within The Islands of
According to Bahamian historians, when Columbus was sailing
down the Crooked Island Passage, the sweet aroma of native herbs
and flowers drifted out to his ship and delighted his senses.
Soon after The Crooked Island District developed the nickname
the "fragrant islands." However, it was not until the
end of the 18th century that the first-known settlers, British
Loyalists, actually stepped foot on Crooked Island. These
Loyalists established almost 50 cotton plantations, but in 1820
the plantations were ruined because the crops were destroyed by
blight and poor soil conditions. Those remaining were able to
survive by adapting to fishing and small-scale farming. In
addition, since the middle of the 18th century, Crooked
Islanders have been stripping the Croton Cascarilla shrub and
shipping the Cascarilla bark to Italy to be used as flavouring
for the famous Campari liquor.
Some interesting structures, old plantation houses and the
like, still remain on Crooked Island. The ruins, preserved by
the Bahamas National Trust, overlook Crooked Island Passage,
which separates Crooked Island from Long Cay, the third island
in the Acklins-Crooked Island chain.
Yet another interesting spot to explore is Crooked Island
Caves. These are dark passageways, which widen into gaping
chambers and embrace speckles of sunlight that poke through
holes from above.
Built in the north the glistening Bird Rock Lighthouse on
Crooked Island is a popular nesting spot for ospreys and acts as
a guard to the Crooked Island Passage, one of the most important
sea passages for ships, which follow the southerly route to the
Panama Canal. The Castle Island.
The ultimate desert island dream, Mayaguana makes Crooked
Island and Acklins look busy! Similarly, Jumento Cays and Ragged
Island, to the west of Acklins, are isolated with just a few
inhabitants who make their living from fishing.
Inagua's pristine environment is home to an exotic variety of
wildlife and is one of the largest breeding destinations of the
West Indian flamingo in the western hemisphere. The flamingo was
saved from near extinction 30 years ago by The Bahamas National
Trust, with help from The National Audubon Society. Today, more
than 80,000 flamingoes live primarily in Inagua National Park.
Visitors can witness the spectacle of nesting flamingoes, see
adults standing guard over fluffy white chicks or feeding on
tasty shrimp. The flamingo mating season runs October through
February and the nesting season is March through April.
The island is also home to many water birds including the
unusual roseate spoonbill, pelicans, herons, egrets,
black-necked stilts and Bahamas pintail ducks. One of the most
exotic birds in Inagua is the endangered Bahama parrot that
feeds among the Inagua oak trees and are a vibrant green color
with a whitehead camouflage. Visitors to the park may be lucky
to see the Bahama woodstar, a dazzling endemic humming bird that
is not found anywhere else in the world.
Other wondrous sights include burrowing owls, American
kestrels in courtship displays, and ospreys. In the fall and
winter many North American birds escape from the cold to Inagua.
The most famous of these are the endangered Kirtland's warblers
that travel from their Michigan nesting grounds.
In addition to the exotic variety of birds, visitors can see
feral donkeys and endangered freshwater turtles. Accompanied by
experienced guides, travelers can explore Inagua's limestone
caves and enjoy fabulous beaches and snorkelling.
Inagua, mostly flat and scrub, is the third-largest island in
The Islands of the Bahamas. The national park's 287 square miles
account for almost half the island and is dominated by Lake
Windsor. About 1,000 people live on Inagua whose capital,
Matthew Town, is on the southwest coast.
Grand Bahama Island, Freeport and Port Lucaya
Beautiful beaches and unspoilt pine forests; sleepy villages
and catamaran cruises at sunset. You can experience it all on
Grand Bahama Island.
It is possible to travel by boat from the mainland to Freeport.
There is a ferry service from Fort Lauderdale that takes 2 1/2
hours and is pretty reasonable.
There are some great Casinos in Freeport and many people
travel over for the weekend to gamble and have fun in the
The holiday mecca of Freeport & Lucaya boasts wide
tree-lined boulevards, elegant resorts, world-class shopping,
superb beaches and a multitude of activities for everyone. This
is particularly true for the sportsman and the nature lover.
Golf courses and tennis courts abound on this 96 mile island in
the stream. If your taste runs to the more adventurous, take a
dive with the sharks or the dolphins.
Grand Bahama Island is also filled with natural wonders that
make it a fascinating place to explore. If you head out on your
own, be sure to take in the miles of exquisite beaches which
line the southern shore. Spectacular Gold Rock beach is a
favourite. Take time to visit some of the colourful smaller
towns, or settlements as they are known, from West End and Eight
Mile Rock to High Rock and McLean's Town, you'll think you're on
one of our Out Islands when you pass the wood-framed buildings
lining the sides of the roads.
Ultra-modern conveniences and Out island warmth; it's all
here on Grand Bahama Island
Nassau and Paradise Island
Before we describe the nation's capital in more detail, many
people ask us if it's possible to get from Miami to Nassau by
boat or yacht and the answer is a qualified "Yes".
Yes, it is possible but it's expensive. There is currently no
regular scheduled ferry service from Miami or Fort Lauderdale to
Nassau like there is to Freeport, Grand Bahama. However, there
are plans for a ferry service in 2005. Therefore if you want to
take a boat from the mainland to Nassau today, you'll have to
charter one. A one way trip on a yacht from Miami to Nassau will
take about 8 to 10 hours and cost close to $5,000 dollars or
more, depending on the boat. A sailing boat will take three
days. It's 177 Nautical Miles, a nice trip but a long one.
If this is in your budget range, call us, we'll take care of
So, welcome to the nation's capital, where old world charm
meets the 21st century. Nassau, the capital of the Islands of
the Bahamas and it's thriving commercial centre, retains its
colonial appeal. In the historic heart of Nassau, the British
heritage is much in evidence in the pastel coloured Georgian
architecture, and quaint wooden offices and shops scattered
along lively Bay Street. Hire a horse-drawn surrey and take a
leisurely tour of old Nassau while your driver regales you with
the local lore; visit the numerous historic sites and forts and
hand-carved Queen's Staircase. Trace Bahamian history through
the centuries with the Pompey Museum's display of artefacts,
documents and drawings. Don't miss the contemporary Bahamian art
galleries and the cultural Junkanoo museum.
Nassau offers activities to entertain the whole family -
including golf, diving, tennis & squash and numerous other
sports for the enthusiast. Shopping in and around Nassau is a
delight. Souvenir hunters will enjoy the unique selection in the
Straw Market - this is the one place on the island where you can
freely haggle with the vendors, in fact, it's expected. In the
many stores throughout Nassau, duty-free savings on famous
brands are passed on to shoppers.
Take a walk along the delightful and colourful 'Bahamian
Riviera' of Cable Beach. Only 3 miles west of the city, and
easily accessible by bus or taxi, this magnificent stretch of
elegant resorts and homes on two and a half miles of golden sand
beach is also the focus of the exciting nightlife on the island
- night-clubs, pubs, restaurants and even a casino all just a
short stroll away from each other.
Cross the bridge to paradise - Paradise Island that is. This
two mile long playground is dedicated to fun and relaxation.
Stunning beaches, a plethora of resorts, restaurants, shops, a
golf course, a 14-acre aquarium and the largest casino in the
Caribbean. All that's missing is you.
If you have any questions about Sailing In The Bahamas and the yacht charters that we can offer you for your Bahamas adventure, call us today at 305-758-2500 or contact us by email. We can make your vacation dreams come true.