Sailing in the Bahamas

A picture perfect paradise.

Language: English

Time Zone: GMT-5

Currency: Bahamian Dollar fixed to USD

Population: 389,000

Culinary Favourite: Cracked Conch

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The Bahamas at a glance

The Bahamas are made up of 16 islands comprising of roughly 690 sandbars, islets and islands. This historically famous cruising area is divided in the north and south and when combined stretches 540 miles offering sailors a huge number pristine, azure anchorages and islands to explore.

The Bahamas

Naussau (New Providence) is the departure point for sailing the the Bahamas and the Out Islands which include: Grand Bahama, Great Abaco, Eleuthera and Andros, while the southern Bahamas, are made up of Great Exuma and the Exumas, Cat island, Long island, Crooked island, Mayaguana and the Iguana islands.

Sailing yourself: This is an excellent charter region for intermediate sailors offering short island passages between islands with line of sight navigation. Care is needed when navigating the channels close to shore as The Bahamas is notoriously shallow especially at low tide, so catamarans with shallow draft are the best choice of charter boat.

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When to enjoy sailing in The Bahamas

The Bahamas are open for charter year-round with the warmer months being from March to November and the ideal months to visit November to April. The Bahamas tends to avoid the track of most hurricanes which generally pass-by to the south of the Gulf of Mexico.  June to November are the months for tropical depressions and likely weather disruption. 

The Bahamas is a great charter destination for all levels of sailor. A practical  sailing license or certificate is not mandatory for yacht charter/bareboat but you will be asked to provide a sailing resume with your last three charters or cruises on your own yacht. For luxury charter, skippered charter or cabin charter, you do not require any experience or certification.

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Discover The Bahamas

Depending on your itinerary while sailing in the Bahamas, visit some of these Bahamian beauty spots.

Nassau
Nassau
Abacos
Abacos
Norman's Cay
Norman's Cay
Staniel Cay
Staniel Cay
Great Exuma
Great Exuma
Warderick Wells
Warderick Wells