Sailing holidays in the Bahamas

Sailing holidays in the Bahamas

The Ultimate Guide to Bahamas Yacht Charters

A complete yacht charter guide that has everything you need to know about your next sailing holidays in the Bahamas.

If you are familiar with Bahamas sailing vacations and want to look at boat options for your next yacht charter on Nassau (Exumas) or Marsh Harbour in Abaco islands, then skip to:   Request a Tailor-made Quote

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Sailing a glance

Looking for a tropical destination with palm trees and turquoise waters? then look no further than a Yacht charter in Bahamas for the quintessential Caribbean sailing experience

The Bahamas are also home to the best snorkelling spots and one of the largest protected marine parks in the world - 200km of tropical paradise!

Best time to sail in Bahamas & weather conditions

In this sailing region, you will usually find gentle, trade winds of around 15 knots. That said, the Bahamas are an easy, Level 1 sailing destination, ideal for first time sailors and families, or more experienced sailors looking to unwind and relax.

High season, and also the best time to visit the Bahamas, is September to May, with temperatures averaging 21-24°C (70-75°F).

Note here that the southern islands are usually 5°C warmer than the northern islands.

Where to start your Bahamas yacht charter from & how to get there

Yacht charters in the Bahamas start from Nassau (Exumas). All boats are securely berthed at Palm Cay resort and marina, a hurricane-hole offering 360-degree protection.

To reach Nassau, you can either fly to Lyndon-Pindling Airport Nassau (NAS), Georgetown (GGT) or Staniel Cay (STA). If you are visting the Bahamas form the United States, you can also use local airlines such as Bahamasair, Sky Bahamas, Flamingo Air and Air Flight Charter.

Transfer Time Nassau Airport to Marina: 30 mins

If you wish to explore the Exumas chain on a Yacht4Less yacht charter, you can consider all of the below options:

  • Round trip from Nassau to the Exumas, Eleuthera or any other point in the Bahamas
  • One-way trip from Nassau to Staniel Cay or Georgetown
  • One-way trip from Staniel Cay or Georgetown to Nassau


Bahamas Sailing Holiday Tips

In the Bahamas, you will find easy, line of sight navigation, with shallow waters, and you shouldn't miss "Pig Beach", an unhabited island which takes its unofficial name from the cute feral pigs that live on its shallow waters.

The main currency is Bahamian Dollars, however, many restaurants and local shops will also accept US Dollars.

VISAS are not required for US and Canadian visitors.

The local cuisine is also remarkable, and you shouldn't miss out on the Conch salad and Nassau Grouper!

For your last day in the Exumas, you can visit Paradise Island - only 20-minute cab-ride away from the base at Palm Cay!

Ready to rent a boat in the Bahamas?  Request a Tailor-made Quote

Recommended 7-day sailing itinerary from Nassau

⚓ Day 1. Nassau (check-in)

⚓ Day 2. Highborne Cay, Exumas (30 NM)

⚓ Day 3. Warderick Well, Exumas Land and Sea Park (24NM)

⚓ Day 4. Visit the Interpretation Centre, snorkelling, hiking, visit the loyalist plantation ruins, relax on the island's 30 deserted beaches

⚓ Day 5. Shroud Cay (18NM)

⚓ Day 6. Norman's Cay (9NM)

⚓ Day 7. Return sail to Nassau (36 NM). Visit Paradise Island, the aquariums

Prices: How much does it cost to charter a yacht in Bahamas?


Prices: How much does it cost to charter a yacht in the Bahamas?

It depends. For example, the most important ones are the type of boat you will choose and whether you require a professional crew on board (e.g. skipper, hostess or cook). So, as you can see, there are many factors that can shape a price for a boat rental.

Check our full guide about yacht charter cost and how you can save much money in your next sailing holidays.


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