The Bahamas: A Year-Round Yachting Paradise
Offering the opportunity to explore turquoise waters fringed by velvet shores and swim with vibrant marine life amongst colourful coral reefs, a yacht charter in the Bahamas is an idyllic getaway.
Offering the opportunity to explore turquoise waters fringed by velvet shores, swim with vibrant marine life amongst colourful coral reefs and enjoy sundowners in style on the aft deck, a yacht charter in the Bahamas is an idyllic getaway. With a warm, tropical climate year-round boasting average temperatures between 21-28 degrees Celsius (70-82 Fahrenheit) and so many islands to explore, it’s easy to see the year-round appeal of this yachting destination.
With global travel restrictions limiting travel to the Mediterranean for much of the last two years, the Bahamas has been more popular than ever, and many US-based yacht charterers are opting to stay closer to home and explore the region outside of the core winter months. Combine this with returning winter travellers from further afield, and it’s no surprise that Nassau was the single most popular port of embarkation for Ocean Independence charters in both 2020 and 2021.
Ocean Independence Senior Charter Manager Daphne D’Offay notes, “The close proximity to the U.S., plus consistent and clear covid protocols for entry to The Bahamas has made this region one of the most popular over the past two years. An increase of yachts as well as clients was very well received and confirmed across industry statistics in 2021.”
Whether soaking up colonial charm and spectacular views in the Abacos or heading to the unspoiled Exumas, the ubiquitous pristine beaches and crystal waters of the Bahamas are a year-round yachting haven. Choose a superyacht with a range of water toys, knowledgeable crew plus great amenities and it is a recipe for success. When the sun goes down, a dedicated chef that can create mouth-watering dishes will deliver the perfect end to a busy day paddleboarding or water-skiing. From deserted shores and exciting underwater adventures to quirky art galleries and a charming local vibe, there is so much to explore on a luxury yacht charter in the Bahamas. Discover some of our favourite spots and the best yachts to take you there below.
Charming capital Nassau is strewn with pastel-coloured buildings and grand fortresses, flanked by swathes of velvet beaches boasting offshore coral reefs. A location simply prime for water-based activities, such as windsurfing, snorkelling and diving, a yacht charter makes the most of every opportunity. World-class marinas and an international airport ensure Nassau is popular for its excellent high-end shopping and exclusive casinos while neighbouring Paradise Island offers another vibrant hub of chic boutiques, resort hotels plus a lively beach scene.
Hot yacht: SAMARA
With a unique look that combines superyacht elegance with luxurious resort-style flare, 24m SAMARA is an expedition-ready power catamaran, created specifically for adventure. Exhibiting excellent sea-keeping qualities, nimble handling and large deck areas, she is primed for extended time on board, making worldwide cruising a straightforward possibility. Packed with advanced technology and extensive amenities normally found on a large monohull yacht, SAMARA's multi-level design is ideal for cool Caribbean cruising.
Hotspot: The Abaco islands
Home to some of the finest cruising grounds the Bahamas have to offer, the Abacos are blessed with turquoise water and white powdery sand beaches. Include Treasure Cay in your charter itinerary where the private marina and golf course are a popular hub or visit Little Harbour where picture-perfect sunsets continually inspire the local resident artists. In the Abacos you will find no casinos or shopping malls, just relaxed waterfront restaurants surrounded by vast natural beauty. This is a spot to check in to island time and soak up the ultimate tranquillity.
Hot yacht: LOVEBUG
Having recently completed a comprehensive refit both inside and out, 37m Sanlorenzo motor yacht LOVEBUG is in immaculate condition and ready to welcome charter guests. Accommodation is provided across five spacious staterooms, while four expansive decks offer a range of areas to entertain, socialise and relax. A great selection of water toys and accessories provide plenty of fun for guests of all ages, and underwater lights provide a true spectacle after dark. Most of all, the yacht’s outstanding, energetic crew ensure an unforgettable charter experience.
Hotspot: The Exumas
Possibly one of the most coveted sailing destinations in the world, the cruising grounds in the Exumas are sublime. Gathering point for visiting yachts is the hub of Staniel Cay, while Thunderball Grotto is must for a unique snorkelling experience within the sunlit cave system. Wildlife thrives in the Exumas with iguana-clad shores to wander at the Land and Sea Park, the chance to meet friendly nurse sharks in Compass Cay or join the local swimming pigs at Big Major Cay.
Hot yacht: ODYSSEA
With an exceptional range of leisure and entertainment facilities, combined with a versatile array of spaces for socialising and entertaining, 47m ODYSSEA is a family-friendly superyacht for cruising the beautiful waters of the Bahamas. With a vast array of water toys stowed in the tender garage, the fabulous beach club, complete with swim platform, makes access to the water a breeze. An active and exciting water sports program, with a big focus on kitesurfing, awaits charter guests seeking fun on vacation. In addition, for all fishing enthusiasts, this is a sport the crew and yacht specialise in.
There is most certainly no better way to explore the Bahamas than from the water, with an endless flow of island hotspots to visit during an itinerary tailored entirely to your requirements. For more information about planning the perfect yacht charter getaway, contact us today.