This island group with over 700 islands and islets is located southeast of Florida and it’s Florida Keys north of Cuba and Haiti, bordering in the southwest to Turk & Caicos and forming the western border if the Caribbean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean.
The area is a superb cruising ground for a yacht charter cruise. Pristine beaches, shallow and crystal clear waters ensures the best swimming, snorkelling, diving and beach combing so there is no surprise that the area has long been regarded as a Caribbean paradise.
Catamarans with their shallow depth allows anchoring in close proximity to beaches and are perfect for your yachting vacation in the Bahamas.
Andros & The Berry Islands
Andros is 2,300 square miles and is the largest of the Bahama Islands and the fifth largest island in the Caribbean. With more than 50% being national park there is no wonder that Andros is a heaven for anyone liking the outdoors. If you are an diver, snorkeler, kayaker, bird watcher, hiker or fisherman you can be sure you will love the exceptional natural surroundings. The island is reknown for absolute top diving including deep coral canyons and magnificent blue holes.
The Berry islands are a cluster of 30 cays, the majority being uninhabited. Do not be alarmed if you spend a whole day without seeing a single soul these islands are well known get-away spot for celebrities and anyone else wanting some secluded privacy.
Located just 50 miles off Florida’s east coastline resides the island group of Bimini. It has two main islands and numerous cays and islets. With being so close to the USAs mainland the islands where long used by rumrunning trade during the liquor prohibition years. Bimini was Hemmingway’s summer home and various celebrities has during used the islands as an easy get way for a little calm and quiet.
Bimini Nature Trail and guided tour features various plants and animals indigenous of the islands including the Bimini Boa.
For more information of Bimini go:
The Bahamas Official – Bimini
Grand Bahama, The Abacos
Grand Bahama Island is a perfect destination for anyone wanting to have a variety of activities. Explore the small villages, the world largest under water cave system and the other national parks, do some glamorous shopping before you return to your private and exclusive chartered yacht to enjoy the crystal clear waters.
The national parks on the island are Lucayan National Park and Rand Nature Centre whilst Peterson Cay National Park resides just offshore on the leeward side of the island, all three parks has their own uniqueness and beauty.
If you wish to combine your yacht charter holiday with some golfing, The Abacos Islands is a port not to be missed. Combine this with charming colonial towns, calm waters and a gentle breezes the 120-mile–long chain of islands is a perfect destination for your cruising itinerary.
Located east of Grand Bahama, The Abacos includes the two main islands of Great Abaco and Little Abaco, together Wood Cay, Elbow Cay, Lubbers Quarters Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Great Guana Cay, Castaway Cay, Man-o-War Cay, Stranger’s Cay, Umbrella Cay, Great Stirrup Cay, Walker’s Cay, Little Grand Cay, Moore’s Island, and Sandy Point.
The Abacos islands have several interesting national parks: Abaco National Park, Black Sound Cay Reserve, Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park, Fowl Cays National Park , Tilloo Cay National Reserveand Walker’s Cay National Park.
Eleuthera, Harbour and Current Islands
Pineapples and pink/white beaches may well define Eleuthera and Harbour islands. Needless to say pineapple farming and fishing is the majority of the islands occupations outside the tourism and hospitality industries.
Eleuthera from the Greek word freedom and was given to the island by the first European settlers arriving in the mid 17th century from Bermuda. The island had then for long been unoccupied as such after the native Indians had been deported by the Spanish a couple of hundred years earlier.
Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is the first national park on the island of Eleuthera serving as an environmental educational centre as well as a facility for the propagation of native plants and trees.
Nassau, New Providence & Paradise Island
Nassau is the capital of The Bahamas and located on New Providence Island. It is a bustling international hub with all the amenities of a modern city and holds approximately 70% of the entire Bahamian population. The island’s infrastructure is designed and well equipped with the holiday maker in mind so rest assured there is something for everyone.
At New Providence north west corner resides Paradise Island, 685 acres of vacation paradise.
New Providence has hundreds of years rich history and culture and the island has islands four nature reserves ensuring the flora and fauna are well looked after – The Retreat, Harrold and Wilson Ponds National Park, Primeval Forest National Park and Bonefish Pond National Park.
The Exumas & Long Island
One island for each day of the year – The Exumas are an archipelago of over 365 cays, islands and islets located in the center of The Bahamas and southeast of Nassau. The islands, originally called the Yumey and Suma – an Amer-Indian origin, are divided into three major areas: Great Exuma, Little Exuma and The Exuma Cays. Great Exuma and Little Exuma in the south have a relaxed laid-back flair whilst The Exuma Cays has popular luxury resorts, private estates and exclusive beach condos where the celebrities find places to rest and relax.
The Exumas have two National parks, Moriah Harbour Cay National Park and Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park, both vital parts of the Bahamian ecosystem with pristine beauty, outstanding anchorages and breathtaking marine environment.
Named Yuma by the Arawak Indians, Fernandina by Christopher Columbus, Long Island is today named after it long and thin shape. The Tropic of Cancer runs directly through the island giving it a steady tropical climat. Long Island has two very different coastlines, the Atlantic’s constant waved shaping dramatic cliffs and caves on the east coast whilst the leeward side of the island has calm and sandy slopes towards the Bahamas Bank.
Conception Island, Cat Island, San Salvador & Rum Cay
Conception Island is sitting on a platform that rises out of the deep ocean east of the nothern tip of Long Island, south of Cat Island and north of Rum Cay. The uninhabited island is possibly the most spectacular island in the Bahamas. Miles and miles of pink sand beaches, sandstone cliffs, an extraordinary abundance wildlife on land and underwater makes the island truly spectacular.
Cat Island located very close to the Tropic of Cancer and has steady temperatures around 20˚C/65˚F in the winter and 29˚C/85˚F in the summer. Named after an infamous pirate, Arthur Catt, the untainted and unspoiled island has rich history and culture. Alleged birth place for many Bahamian culture and folklore including the rake and scrape music.
San Salvador is home to many monuments, ruins and shipwrecks that commemorate Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Caribbean in 1492. The islands was originally called Guanahani by the Lucayan Indians, prior to Columbus renaming the exposed peak of a submerged mountain that rises thousands and thousands from the ocean’s floor and the island to San Salvador (Holy Saviour). The islands just over thousand inhabitants works mostly within the hospitality, fishing, diving, sailing and touring industries.
San Salvador’s leeward coastline is dotted with fifty odd dive sites and the Gerace Research Centre is an educational and research institution that has been studying the island’s archaeology, biology, geology and marine science for over 30 years. So rest assured you will enjoy exquisite diving and snorkelling when the ocean is calling you from any of the many long stretched beautiful beaches .
Once home to Arawak Indians Rum Cay had not many left after the arrival Christopher Columbus, in the area. By the early 19 hundreds Rum Cay had five distinct settlements, Port Nelson being the biggest and today Port Nelson is the only inhabited village remaining on the island where most work within the hospitality and tourism industries. Rum Cay’s vibrant coral reefs, miles of pure sand beaches and thrilling surf is truly a place to visit.
Ragged Islands, Acklins, Crooked Island & Mayaguana
The Ragged Island chain, with almost certainty once a stronghold for pirates with great hideaways. Blackbeard’s Bay and Blackbeard’s Well is very likely to have been a pirate base.
The main island, Great Ragged Island, is one of the smallest inhabited islands in The Bahamas archipelago and has less than 100 inhabitants today mostly settled in and around Duncan Town and it’s Salt lake.
The Acklins is possibly the most preserved islands in The Bahamas. If you are looking for a rustic get away this is the place with beautiful secluded beaches. The surrounding waters are also used by sports fishermen specialising in Bonefishing.
Step back in time on Crooked Island. Once a major trading post in early plantation days, the islands are today only sparsely populated. Long Cay, their tiny sister island, originally called “Fortune Island” by Christopher Columbus equals absolute peace and tranquility.
Mayaguana is another excellent island for secluded get-away’s. It still bears its original Arawak name said to be the name of a iguana species unique to the island. Once favoured by pirates, settlers started to migrate from nearby Turks & Caicos in the early 19th century and is today home to around 300 people divided in three main villages mostly living on conch fishing and farming.
For more information of Ragged Islands, Acklins, Crooked Island & Mayaguana go:
The Bahamas Official – Ragged Islands
The Bahamas Official – Acklins & Crooked Island
The Bahamas Official – Mayaguana
Bahamas National Trust – Crooked Island
Bahamas National Trust – Marine Farms, Crooked Island
Bahamas National Trust – Hope Great House, Crooked Island
Great Inagua is the third largest island in The Bahamas and are a host toInagua National Park covering almost half of the island. Here you can find the world’s largest breeding colony of West Indian flamingos and other birds you see no where else in the Bahamas like Bahama parrots, pelicans, ducks and hummingbirds. The smaller island of the two, Little Inagua Island, is a protected habitat for endangered sea turtles.
For more information of Inagua go:
The Bahamas Official – Inagua
Bahamas National Trust – Parks of Inagua
Bahamas National Trust – Inagua National Park
Bahamas National Trust – Little Inagua National Park
Crystal clear waters loved by divers, dolphins and conch alike.
Turks & Caicos
Long stretched beaches, crystal clear waters, peace and tranquility or action – the island group of Turk & Caicos has it all.
A yacht charter cruise is the ultimate way to explore these superb islands, giving you the option to choose from day-to-day what is your preferred activities.
Diving is a major sport here and when you look over the waters this is no surprise – exquisite visibility has rated the area as one of the absolute top diving sites in the world.
Providenciales - Provo
Providenciales, “Provo” for the locals is the most developed island and also has the main international airport (PLS).
The island, surrounded by beautiful beaches caters for all modern conveniences, including luxurious shopping and dining hotels, villas spas and not to be forgotten a top caliber golf course.
On Provo you find Grace Bay beach, almost 20 km long beach which is the main tourist spot of the island. Off the beach you find the Princess Alexandra Marine Park, which is the playground of the famous bottle-nose dolphin Jo-Jo who once was rescued after an attack from drowning by a fisherman has befriended the human species and is happy to say hello.
Conch fritter’s is a local delicacy in the Caribbean and here on Providenciales you will also find the worlds first Conch Farm.
For more information of Providenciales go:
Turks & Caicos Tourism – Providenciales / Provo
Caicos Conch Farm
Capital island of Turks and Caicos is the island of Grand Turk and where allegedly Christopher Columbus first made landfall way back in 1492. Cockburn Town, the administrative capital and the historic and cultural center of the islands and is located in he center of the island. The capital has historic landmarks from the 18th and 19th centuries and Turks & Caicos National Museum is found in the center of town. The museum includes exhibits from the 15th century and the 16th century Molasses Reef Wreck story to the later historical events.
For more information of Grand Turk go:
Turks & Caicos National Museum
North Caicos is located northeast of the Island of Providenciales and is often referred to as ‘The Green Island” or the “Emerald Isle”. Abundant rainfall, tropical climate, extensive nature reserves and sanctuaries makes this island a refuge for birdlife and has a large population of pink flamingos and ospreys.
For more information of North Caicos go:
Turks & Caicos Tourism – North Caicos
Uninhabited for long, West Caicos is now with great effort to preserve the unique natur and history being developed by the Ritz Carlton Group.
The West Caicos Marine National Park covers the north half of the western coastline and although protected, divers and snorkelers are welcome. There are some exquisite wall dive spots featuring sheer walls dropping from 40 odd feet to thousands in seconds. Should you prefer not so dramatic diving there are ample of other splendid dive sites around the island.
For more information of West Caicos go:
Turks & Caicos Tourism – West Caicos
Middle Caicos is the largest of the island and has three settlements with a resident population of approx. 275. The island has a dramatic coastline ranging from limestone cliffs with long sandy beaches to swampland and tidal flats. Located in the north you will find the largest cave network in the Bahamian archipelago.
As North Caicos the island is a bird sanctuary and you can find Frigate birds, Flamingos, Egrets, Sand Pipers to mention a few. The coastline has abundant variety of marine life that enjoys calm sandy bottoms to dramatic drop offs.
For more information of Middle Caicos go:
Turks & Caicos Tourism – Middle Caicos
This island is uninhabited but can of course be accessed by sea. It is ‘run’ by nature with swamps and mangroves and has a 27 km long beach mostly used by turtles. Mosquitos are plentiful on this island so be aware if you venture ashore. East Caicos has the highest point of the island group.
For more information of East Caicos go:
Turks & Caicos Tourism – East Caicos
This island is the main fishing port of the islands, has plenty of natural harbours. Fishing plants are supplying lobster, conch and fish for both national consumption and export. This island also host a regatta each May – Big South Regatta.
The harbour town of Cockburn Harbour has a rich British and Bermudian heritage and was once the most active community of the islands hosting royalties and celebrities alike. Today other islands have taken over the major tourism giving the town a quieter charm.
The once largest salt producer of the islands there is many old salt panes, no longer in production that is now taken over by wildlife and host a heaven for the bird watcher.
South Caicos’ pristine waters is home to the marine research arm of the renowned School for Field Studiesand a paradise for a diver. Dramatic wall diving with ample of marine life ranging from whale sharks, rays to minuscule habitants of the colourful corals are truly a diver’s and underwater photographer’s delight.
For more information of South Caicos go:
Turks & Caicos Tourism – South Caicos
Salt Cay, Pine Cay, Ambergris Cay and Parrot Cay
A diver’s and snorkelers dream island, Salt Cay‘s shores has pristine under water visibility and abundant marine life for the snorkeler and the experienced diver alike. The island in itself is only 4 square km and is a charming get-away-from-it-all island.
Ambergris Cay is in fact two islands have been under private ownership since 1811. Today owned by the Turks & Caicos Sporting Club that in the early started to develop a luxury residential resort. The project has since a good few years been put on hold so the islands are almost uninhabited.
Parrot Cay once Pirate Cay named after the local legend of being the base of the female pirate Anne Bonny way back in the 1720s. The island is today owned and run by Parrot Cay Resort and Spa – an ultra luxury and exclusive resort allowing top celebrities to enjoy some privacy on the isolated island.
Pine Cay has a spectacular two mile long north coast beach rated as one of the top beaches in the country. The Island has quiet and laid-back atmosphere and is home to the The Meridian Club, Turks and Caicos, a small secluded resort.
For more information of the Turks & Caicos’ Cays go:
Turks & Caicos Tourism – Salt Cay
Salt Cay org.
Turks & Caicos Tourism – Pine Cay
Turks & Caicos Tourism – Ambergris Cay
Turks & Caicos Tourism – Parrot Cay
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