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Quick Facts

Country
Bahamas
Language
English
Time zone
GMT-5
Currency
Bahamian $
Population
307,000
Departure tax
$15 included in air
Cruising tax
4.5% included in yacht pricing
Voltage
120V



Destination: Bahamas

Yacht charter bases

Marsh Harbour


Weather

Average air temperatures

A sub tropical climate maintains even temperatures throughout the year, ranging from 19°C to 30°C during the day and 17°C to 21°C at night.

Average water temperatures

A sub-tropical climate keeps the azure waters warm year-round, ranging from 22°C in February to 28°C in August.

Best time to visit

June through November is warm and humid with occasional thunderstorms and is considered hurricane season. As a result of the warm waters of the Gulf Stream winters are 10°C warmer than nearby Florida. High season is from November to mid April, when the weather is dry and comfortable.


Sailing conditions

The Caribbean is a great yacht charter destinations for beginner to experienced level sailors. The best time to charter a yacht and sail is during the winter months December to May, to avoid the hottest time of year and hurricane season. Hurricane season is typically August to November. A sailing license or certificate is not required for bareboat and flotilla yacht charters but you will be asked to provide a sailing resume. If you are on a skippered bareboat or cabin charter, you do not require any experience or certification to sail with a skipper.                                                                                                 

Location     
Sailing conditions      
Bahamas/BVI        Great novice charter destination. Line of sight navigation and easy mooring at anchorages. Care must be taken for shallow water in the Bahamas.      

Antigua/St Martin/Cuba /Martinique

Good intermediate charter destination, with seasonal variations. It is advised that you have experience with anchoring and mooring as conditions vary.

Guadeloupe/St Vincent/Grenada       

Some longer passages through Atlantic swell requiring knowledge of navigation, stronger wind conditions, leeway and deeper water anchoring.       

Wind and sea

The Caribbean offers consistent easterly winds from December through June, known as the Christmas trade winds. You can expect 10-15mph winds that build in the afternoon and subside at sunset. The seas in smaller protected island chains such as the British Virgin Islands tend to have a wave height of less than one-meter. However, passages between major island groups have the full affect of open Atlantic swell and waves can range from one-five meters.  Tides are minimal in the Caribbean ranging between 10-50cm.

Mooring

Along the Bahamas and Caribbean archipelagoes there are many well-organized marinas offering berths and services ashore for yachtsman. There are also thousands of anchorages.  In order to protect the marine environment from anchors, some areas provide mooring balls designed for different sized yachts. Sailors can tie off to these mooring balls and make payment to a local representative. Lines ashore are also used sometimes so boats do not swing overnight. In other cases private charter companies have installed mooring balls for their charter guests.  

The Caribbean operates under region B of the international navigational system - red right return.


Not to miss

Hope Town

On Elbow Cay, and is one of the most picturesque harbors in the Bahamas, recognizable for its towering red and white striped lighthouse - one of only three kerosene-powered lighthouses in the world. Climb to the top of this 1826 structure for an amazing panoramic view of the cruising grounds. Hope Town is a charming settlement with a wide selection of gift shops, restaurants, historic museums and homes. In the evening, sample Bahamian gastronomy at numerous harbor side restaurants.

Marsh Harbor

Is the third largest town in the Bahamas and the arrival point for visiting the Abacos. Marsh Harbor is an historic shipbuilding center but tourism is the main source of revenue for locals. The town offers good accommodation and restaurants.


Suggested sailing itinerary

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Yacht charter itinerary Caribbean 7-nights: Bahamas
Day 1

Day 1

Marsh Harbour

Upon arrival at the Marsh Harbour Airport, take a short taxi into town on your way to our home base at Marsh Harbour Marina and the Jib Room. Arrive early to explore the Marsh Harbour town. Originally the sponging center of the Bahamas before becoming an agriculture hub, Marsh Harbour is now one of the main settlements in the northern islands. The islands include several restaurants and some of the best night life in the Bahamian chain, as well as great shopping for local arts and gifts.

Day 2

Day 2

Great Abaco | Great Guana Cay

Gently cruise toward Great Guana Cay and drop anchor off a lovely cay in Fishers Bay. Great Guana is the home of the world famous Nippers Bar with its equally famous Sunday hog roast. Set with a back drop of a beautiful Atlantic long white beach. Great Guana Cay is perfect for taking long walks and iconic white sand beach shots that grace the pages of glossy travel magazines. Beach combing, snorkeling, diving (with extra charge) or just walking along the beach – there is something for everyone

Day 3

Day 3

Great Guana Cay | Treasure Cay

Set off to Treasure Cay which is listed in National Geographic’s Top 10 beaches in the World! The sand is incredible. It also has every convenience one could desire including excellent bars and restaurants as well as tennis, golf, swimming and a few shops.

Day 4

Day 4

Treasure Cay | Man 'o' War

In the morning set sail for Man of War which is a sleepy, but prosperous and beautifully maintained settlement. The Albury family, famous for their Bahamian work boats, continue to build both small and larger vessels in the town. Snorkeling can be found on the ocean side of the island. 

Day 5

Day 5

Man 'o' War | Tahiti Beach | Hope Town

Step off the boat and wade through crystal blue waters onto Tahiti Beach. The crystal clear waters are shallow and the sand is very soft. After lunch sail to Hope Town, which is one of the most picturesque harbors in the Bahamas. Dominating the town is the well-photographed red and white striped lighthouse, which is one of only three kerosene lighted, manned lighthouses in the world and still in use by sailors in the Bahamas. It also provides amazing panoramic views of your cruising grounds. Hope Town is a charming settlement with a wide selection of shops, restaurants historic museums and homes. 

Day 6

Day 6

Hope Town | South of Abaco

Get up early and sail down to the South of Abaco to find your own secluded island. Spend the day laying on the beach or snorkeling the reefs with its abundance of sea life or going down deeper for those who want to dive. There is nothing like having an island all to yourself. Spend the early evening drinking cocktails whilst watching the sunset.

Day 7

Day 7

South of Abaco | Matt Lowes Cay | Marsh Harbour

After breakfast head back toward Marsh Harbour stopping at Matt Lowes Cay. Enjoy swimming in the Sea of Abaco before heading back to the marina for dinner and then perhaps celebrating a fantastic week with the local people whilst listening to local bands nearby.

Day 8

Day 8

Marsh Harbour

Disembark: Between 08:00 and 10:00 am.

 


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