Ahh, the Bahamas… the dreamy, heavenly paradise that occupies many sailors’ minds as the ideal sailing location. And it’s easy to see why: this place is all about views: ocean views, island views, beach views. Everything about this place is magical. But what is the best way to see the Bahamas? Below we have outlined what we think is the most appealing way to experience this Caribbean utopia.
First Up: How to Get Here
From the US:
There is never really an issue getting to the Bahamas from the US, particularly from the East Coast. Florida, New York, and Texas offer the most connections, but you should have no trouble flying from the US directly. However, if you are flying from the west coast, expect to have to make a layover in another US city before landing in Nassau.
A less simple option, as the only direct flight from Europe to Nassau seems to be from London. As London Heathrow does happen to be one of the largest airports in the world, you can make your connection from your city of origin to here, before continuing to the Bahamas.
What to Pack for a Yacht Charter in the Bahamas:
Let’s talk about the weather in the Bahamas: hot. Even during the winter months, you are still looking at mid-20s temperature range, which is why a yacht charter is best done between December and April as you avoid the region’s hurricane season.
With that said, here is what you absolutely cannot do without:
- Sunscreen and after-sun/moisturizer
- A large hat
- A light cardigan/jumper for the evenings
- A beach bag with towel, sandals, and any other beach essentials (bucket and spade? Everyone loves a sandcastle I do not care how old you say you are)
After that, it’s a bit of a free-for-all. I would need a good book and my headphones to listen to some tropical music and really immerse myself in the Caribbean lifestyle. Go hard or go home.
So where are we sailing first?
I think it would be a crime to have a blog on yacht charter in the Bahamas and not mention Exuma. This is the epitome of what makes the Bahamas a thriving sailing location: the pristine beaches, the turquoise waters, the swimming pigs which are extremely adorable.
It is almost too perfect, with the sandbars and cave snorkelling being straight out of a fever dream. But it is the first port of call for many who choose to sail in the Bahamas. Did I mention the pigs?
A hive of activity, brimming with a vibrant social scene and diverse activities to try, Nassau is one of the Bahama's most famous stopping-points. Discover the intricate works in the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, or immerse yourself in the culture of the Bahamas by exploring the Straw Market which is lined with traditional artworks, sculptures, clothing and more. Of course, a yacht charter in Nassau means you can sail straight to Blue Lagoon Island, where the exuberant lifestlye, kaleidescope of colours, and alluring weather makes it a popular stopping point.
3. Inagua Islands
Forget the bars, the water parks, the trendy hotels and the immense villas. Let's bring it back to the true core beauty of the Bahamas - the natural landscape and the diverse wildlife which call these islands home. During your yacht charter, visit the southern most part of the Bahamas and try to spot the range of birds which inhabit this area.
There's a reason the Inagua Islands are called the birdwatching capital of the Bahamas. You should be able to see the iconic flamingos - given that there are over 80,000 of them! But try spot some of the more elusive species nestled in the luscious landscape (do you know what a Bahama Woodstar looks like?).
How to get to my yacht charter in the Bahamas?
One of the many major concerns people have when booking a yacht charter in the Bahamas is wondering how to get there. Flights from the US occur regularly, with many international airports being found throughout the islands. Nassau and Freeport are the largest of the airports, which also offer routes to European destinations during high season. From these airports, you can obtain connecting flights to many of the other islands, or you can of course choose to sail straight away. Whether by air or sea, the view of the Bahamas is simply unforgettable.
So there we go! A little guide to the Bahamas should you wish to sail there this winter. Plan ahead to make the booking process easy, and don't forget to make sure you take plenty of photos. This is one trip you are going to want to remember!