Quick Facts

Time zone
Bahamian $
Departure tax
$15 included in air
Cruising tax
4.5% included in yacht pricing

Destination: Bahamas


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.                                                                                                 

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.


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.

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