Bahamas

Mythical retreats

With around 700 islands, comprising everything from tourist hotspots to shallow swellings of reef and rock that remain largely untouched, the Bahamas has achieved almost mythical status in charter yacht circles.

Its position just 50 miles off the coast of Florida has seen substantial investment bolster the archipelago’s natural beauty with luxury resorts, prestigious bars and cutting edge superyacht marinas. But happily, the Abaco Islands to the north continue to offer a tranquil, almost old-fashioned slice of Bahamian charter yacht bliss. Shallow seas, warm water, fine beaches and exotic marine life make the Bahamas a paradise for swimmers, watersports fans and anglers – and cultural tourists are also well served, with a relaxed way of life that remains deep-rooted in the region’s musical and nautical heritage.

Nassau combines both British charm and culture: fans of James Bond extasieront before the British Colonial Hotel, location of two films in the days of Sean Connery. The kilometers of beautiful beaches and coral reefs are a major attraction of the city, where you can enjoy diving and snorkeling during nice weather. Visit is highly recommended during the Great Junkanoo festival, to admire the spectacular parade of costumed dancers.

Eleuthera island, with its pink and white sandy places, is the ideal destination. The nature reserve Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is a must-see to learn more about the flora of the island and combine pleasure and knowledge. A stay in Eleuthera would not without a detour to the bridge of “Glass Window,” famous place of encounter between the dark blue of the Atlantic Ocean and the turquoise Caribbean Sea !

One of the many small specks that make up the Bahamian archipelago. While it tiny size is not uncommon, its New England-meets-the tropics ambience is out of the ordinary. Elbow Cay is recommended for its pastel cottages and hot pink bouganvillea, some of the high points of Hope Town, the island’s largest settlement, where walking and bicycling are the mian modes of transportation.

Part of the Abacos Islands, Marsh harbour benefits of calm waters, warm breezes and panoramic beauty. But it’s not just the sea that attracts travelers from around the world: those who prefer to explore by land will find championship golf, charming colonial houses and countless restaurants and bars.

This is the most sparkling natural feature of the coastal regions on the island of Abaco. Stunning is the word for this 3.5-mile stretch of sugar-soft, powdery white sand, matched only in brilliance by the sparkling diamond and turquoise water colors lapping at its shore. There are no pictures that can prepare a visitor for the awesome sight of Treasure Cay; its size, its white powdery sand and those beautiful blue water !

Guana Cay is one of several small cays in the boomerang-shaped barrier to the mainland of Abaco, Bahamas. Guana Cay is home to welcoming people, great caribbean food, very beautiful beaches, breathtaking sunsets, and is in close proximity to world-class sailing, snorkeling, diving, and fishing. spots, among the most sought-after in the Northern Caribbean archipelagos.

Sister island of Nassau; part British, part Spanish and part West African;  the variety of Paradise Island’s historical and cultural influences gives a spirit all its own. Musical traditions here reflect both the impact of history on the island and a homegrown, distinctively national character. Among the most impressive assets of the island: it is hosting some of the main luxury hotels resorts of the world, with 5-star luxury services and exclusive sports and relaxing spots.

TOP TEN BAHAMAS ATTRACTIONS

  1. Include a big game fishing trip off Elbow Cay in your charter plans.
  2. mb Hope Town Lighthouse on Abaco for memorable island views.
  3. Anchor off Big Major Cay to watch the famous beach pigs take a sea swim.
  4. Get to grips with downtown Nassau on a Bahamian Food Tour.
  5. plore the extraordinary subsurface caves of the Lucayan National Park.
  6. Cast a line at one of the region’s oceanic trenches and wait for a serious bite.
  7. joy cocktails and dancing by night in the pulsating heart of Nassau.
  8. Stop off at Pete’s Pub & Gallery, a local institution at Little Harbour, Abaco.
  9. Take a cage-free swim with the sharks off New Providence.
  10. Park your yacht and place your bets at Paradise Island’s glitzy casino.

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