Any sailor will have a dream destination in mind for their perfect sailing holiday, and for many people that will be the Bahamas. With the advantage of being easily accessible from the United States, the Bahamas also offers a broad choice of tropical sailing destinations that offer everything that a holidaymaker could want.
Some of the most popular destinations in the Bahamas include:
As the largest city in the Bahamas and the nation’s capital, Nassau is home to more than 70 per cent of the total population of the country. Served by the Lynden Pindling International Airport, it is a common choice of first destination for travellers wanting to explore the islands and offers a wide range of tourist attractions, historically significant sites, and impressively well-preserved natural environments.
The weather in the Bahamas is one of the things that appeals most to visitors, but it is also an integral part of life on the island. Temperatures are consistently high, and Nassau enjoys a tropical savannah climate that makes it perfect for sailors that want to enjoy sunny days and balmy nights.
With a choice of well-appointed marinas, docking facilities, and a wide range of other amenities Nassau is the perfect place for chartering a catamaran. Many sailing fans choose to drop anchor just off the coast of one of the stunning beaches that can be found all around Nassau, and it is the ideal place for those that want to try a little snorkelling or reef diving.
Great Guana Cay
This long, thin island is perfectly placed to offer visitors the very best of the Bahamas, including the soft white sand for which the area is famous and the palm trees that epitomise tropical island life. The warm seas are perfect for those that want to relax and take in the spectacular views, incredible sunsets and fascinating marine life.
Those that want to embrace everything the sea has to offer can snorkel through beautiful coral reefs, exploring the underwater habitats of a wide range of tropical fish, turtles, and other sea life. There is an old town that encircles an ancient natural harbour and offers a warm welcome to sea-faring visitors, celebrities and holidaymakers alike.
Beach bars offer the chance to party in style, surrounded by both the wonders of Bahamian nature and the best that the area’s nightlife has to offer. For those that want a base from which they can do anything, this is the perfect spot.
Green Turtle Cay
One of the most enduring images for those that want to visit the Bahamas is that of the swimming pigs that have become one of the area’s top tourist attractions. Green Turtle Cay may have been named after more traditional aquatic life, but it is the more unusual sea-faring creatures that attract visitors from all over the world.
A small food-based bribe is all you need to join the wild pigs that take to the water just for their own entertainment, but keen explorers will also be able to spot an array of fish and other marine life in between the trotters. Because it can only be reached from the mainland by ferry or boat, Green Turtle Cay is the ideal spot for anyone chartering a Catamaran through BorrowABoat.
As one of the most easily accessible spots for those travelling from the United States, particularly Florida, Bimini is another spot that attracts a lot of sailors that want to use it as a base to explore the Bahamas. With only 1,500 permanent residents, Bimini has plenty of unspoilt areas for visitors to explore and as well as being popular with sailors, it also attracts powerboats, fishing expeditions, and other watercraft.
The unique natural environment provides the perfect habitat for blue marlin and this is reflected in the sheer number of fishing tournaments that take place throughout the year. The aquatic appeal doesn’t stop there though – visitors can also see bull sharks and great hammerheads that swim by in the Gulf Stream, and divers can also explore the Victory Reef and the Continental Shelf.
Another popular choice with sailors, Exuma offers visitors a tropical paradise with plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife in the ‘Octopus Garden’ reef that is home to a wide variety of wildlife. On land, there is a colony of giant iguanas that have made the island their home, and lucky visitors may enjoy the chance to get up close and personal with one.
For those that want to enjoy all the modern benefits of Exuma, George Town offers everything a seasoned sailor might want from their Bahamian break. With a full-service marina and a range of water-sports available in the area, it’s the ideal base for anyone that wants to make the most of being on the water.
A wide variety of restaurants and beach bars complement the peace and tranquillity that can be found in some of the more secluded spots, Exuma has a lot to offer those that charter catamarans in the Bahamas.
The Bahamas has plenty to offer those chartering a catamaran, from exceptional weather and the chance to explore some truly remote spots, to the bustling nightlife of the bigger cities and a wide variety of watersports. Visitors chartering a catamaran can enjoy all the benefits of being able to choose their own itinerary and travel independently from one island to the next, alongside pristine facilities and a boat-friendly environment that offers a warm welcome to all.