The Bahamas offers some of the most gorgeous and sheltered yachting grounds in the world. Whether you are looking for fun and excitement or just want to get away and relax, a yacht charter to the Bahamas has something for everyone. With exquisite beaches, unspoiled waters and year-round fun and sun, the islands of the Bahamas are one of the most easily accessible and diverse destinations in the Caribbean. The Bahamas are made up of more than 700 islands with 1000's of cays to explore and is surrounded by one of the world's beautiful great barrier reefs perfect for snorkeling and diving, letting you get up close and personal with the abundance of sea life. At their closest point the Bahamas are a mere 45 miles from the United States, stretching all the way to the Turks, 500 miles to the southwest. Adventure lies around every corner as you navigate your luxury motor yacht charter through the Eleuthra, Abacos, Exuma, Nassau, the Berry Islands, Paradise Island, Grand Bahama, Cat Island, and all of the Bahamian Cays.
In 1492 British explorer Christopher Columbus first set foot on San Salvador Island, natively inhabited by the Arawak Indians, and British settlements started showing up in 1647. Piracy was at an all time high from the late 1600s to the early 1700s, the Bahamas were a popular rest stop for many of the world’s most infamous pirates. In 1783 the islands were officially adopted as a British colony and in 1973 the Bahamas gained their independence from the UK. Since then the Bahamas have prospered through tourism as one of the worlds top vacation destinations.
Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas and is located on the island of New Providence. Together with the neighboring island of Paradise Island you get a perfect blend of traditional Bahamian and modern elements. Blending the glitz and glamor of the modern 21 Century, the old world charm, and the natural tropical serenity of the Bahamas gives guests the freedom to enjoy doing everything or relax and enjoy doing absolutely nothing while they visit Nassau & Paradise Island.
From unheard of bargains to unforgettable beaches you will find everything as you walk down the spectacular and colorful Cable Beach. About three miles west of downtown is this great stretch of coastline located on a four kilometer long shimmering golden sandy beach, nightclubs, pubs, restaurants and even a casino are all just a few steps apart. Cable beach is home to many exclusive resorts and villas and also the heart of the Bahamas vibrant nightlife on Nassau & Paradise Island.
Nassau & Paradise Islands main attraction is without doubt is the five and a half acre Atlantis Waterscape, the world's largest open-air aquarium, home to over 100 species of beautiful exotic fish. Paradise Island also offers once in a life time dolphin encounters, exciting speedboat tours and so much more.
Over 90 miles long, this chain of islands is a popular destination for yacht charters from around the world, but remains un-crowded and unspoiled by the outside world. The Exumas are made up of over 365 islands and cays, each with its own unique beauty. They are bordered on one side by shallow banks and the other by the Exuma Sound. Most of the settlements on the islands are small and picturesque, and the islands themselves are surrounded by colorful reefs and crystal-clear waters.
Connected by a bridge, the two largest islands Great Exuma and Little Exuma are home to the island chains 3,600 residents. The locals are known for their friendliness and hospitality and any traveler will receive a sincerely warm welcome.
The annual Family Island regatta is held every April in the beautiful Elizabeth Harbour in Georgetown and is one of the most prestigious events of the Bahamas. Paying tribute to ancient Exuma traditions, the regatta is still a race between typical work boats of the Bahamas, handmade sloops with wooden hull, sail cloths of linen and long wooden poles.
Beautiful beaches can be found virtually everywhere, along with excellent fishing of all kinds, and Snorkeling on shallow reefs can be found on both sides of the islands. The fact that they are remote, untouched, diverse, and alluring makes the Exumas the perfect destination for relaxation or adventure on your Bahamas motor yacht charter.
Forming a boomerang like shape and stretching nearly 130 miles from end to end The Abaco islands lie around 175 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida. The outer cays and islands protect the waters between them and Abaco island often referred to as the Sea of Abaco and making the islands a very popular sailing area beyond compare. Abaco is the second largest island in the Bahamas, and generally cooler than the other islands. In the Aboco's you can still find true island paradise, islands and beaches that are uninhabited to this day. Marsh Harbour, the bustling capital of the Aboco's has many shops and restaurants to explore and located just a few miles away on Elbow Cay is the fascinating Hope Town. Filled with fun shops, great food, and friendly people, Hope Town is a must on your Bahamas yacht charter.
There is no shortage of ports around the islands making them ideal for a luxury power yacht charter. Fishing and scuba diving are always a popular activity in the Bahamas. For deep-sea fishing sail to just off the island chain, where reef abruptly falls away into the Atlantic. The shallow waters in the west of Great Abaco Island make them a perfect destination for fly fishing. The cliffs, reefs and a many ship wrecks around the Abacos also provide for an excellent diving experience.
Smooth sailing, perfect temperatures, warm water for snorkeling and swimming, pristine untouched beaches, picturesque villages, and an escape from everyday life. Abaco has everything you need to truly experience a Bahamas yacht charter vacation.
Grand Bahama Island has a rare combination making it a truly unique destination. Grand Bahama allows you to combine a sophisticated vacation stay in a luxury resort with the charm of old time fishing villages and unspoiled ecological treasures. Do some diving and explore one of the world's largest underwater cave systems. Consisting of three national parks, beaches that go on forever, emerald green water and a picturesque maritime environment, Grand Bahamas Island is a great stop on any private power boat charter.
If you are looking to get a real feel for the island, just have a look around. Spend some time at one of the islands beautiful beaches, perhaps the exquisite Gold Rock Beach that extends along the south coast, or take time to visit the quaint, colorful villages and towns in the West, like the Eight Mile Rock. If you go to the old wood-framed houses along the roadside, you can get a real feel for life on the remote Out Islands.
With a length of just over 80 miles long and a width of about 4 miles wide at it's widest points, Long Island is one of the most picturesque retreats in the Bahamas. The island is home to amazing diving spots and world famous fly fishing grounds, which is why fishing dominates the local island economy.
The Tropic of Cancer divides the island in the north and is adjacent to both sides of contrasting coastlines. The northeast side of Long Island is noted for its steep rocky headlands, while the southwest coast is noted for its broad white beaches with soft sand. Long Island is particularly noted for its caves, which have played a major role in the islands and Lucayan's history. The landscape of the island is also widely varied, from steep hills in the northeast to gentle rolling hills in the south, and pure white flat land from which salt is extracted to wetlands or pristine beaches. Together they form a unique and beautiful landscape and a perfect yacht charter getaway for sailors, sunbathers and tourists alike.
Held on Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year's Day (January 1), Junkanoo is the perfect way to experience Bahamian culture and art. Junkanoo is an exciting and energetic parade full of people dancing and flailing around in brightly coloured costumes to the rhythm and beat of an assortment of instruments like cowbells, drums and whistles. It is somewhat like Mardi Gras or Rio de Janeiro's Carnival, but unmistakably Bahamian and one of a kind.
People taking part in the parade are arranged into groups of up to 1000 people. Each parade group is given a theme and their costumes, dancing and music reflect that theme. Each group is judged during the procession and when the parade is over judges award cash prizes to the group with the best music, best costumes and best overall presentation. The biggest Junkanoo parade takes place in the capital city of Nassau, but you can also find them on Abaco, Grand Bahamas, Bimini, and Eleuthera.
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