Bahamas Sailing Itinerary
Imagine the perfect tropical destination holiday. Palm trees covering your sunbeds, cocktails in hand, crystal clear light blue waters as far as you can see, and endless white sandy beaches. Did you also imagine the best snorkelling spots and in the centre of it all, one of the largest protected marine parks in the world? Well, look no more dear SailCheckers because the Bahamas are here to offer all that and so much more.
We have carefully selected our Bahamas Sailing Itinerary, to provide an easy and relaxed experience (Level 1). It is ideal for families and couples, but also for people wanting to enjoy gentle winds and stunning snorkelling.
Our Guide to the Bahamas Sailing Itinerary
200 km of island paradise; Gentle winds and easy sailing conditions allow guests to enjoy some of the finest scuba-diving spots in the world, and navigation is very straight forward, mainly line of sight.
The Bahamas Sailing Itinerary starts in Nassau. From there, you can choose to sail the majestic Atlantic Ocean or head for the serene shallows and beautiful sandy bottoms of the lagoon.
Most yacht fleets in the Bahamas are based right in the centre, at Nassau.The most famous base at Palm Cay is located only 35 minutes south-east from the Lyndon-Pindling Airport (NAS). You can forget about bridges and marine traffic when you leave or arrive back at the marina, and heavy currents or the jet skis and tourist boats when trying to reach or leave from your dock is not something you have to worry about when sailing from Nassau. Best of all, you will be directly in line with the Exumas and only 25 nautical miles away from the start of this beautiful chain of islands.
The Bahamas are well served by frequent flights. You can reach this tropical paradise by flying either to Nassau (NAS), Georgetown (GGT) or Staniel Cay (STA). As you can see above, the Lyndon- Pindling airport in Nassau is only 35 minutes away from your boat, however, if you find more convenient flights to another airport you can easily reach your final destination with the local ferries “Bahamas Ferry”. From NAS you may take a cab from the airport to the marina. The fee for 2 people is approximately 40$ to Palm Cay.
US residents can also check flights with Bahamasair, Sky Bahamas, Flamingo Air and Air Flight Charter.
The best time to experience our Bahamas Sailing Itinerary is between September and May when the temperature averages are 21-24°C (70-75°F). The rest of the year is a bit warmer, with higher temperatures in the summer months between 27 and 29°C (80-85°F). Night-time temperatures are generally 5-7° cooler and sea surface temperatures vary between 23°C (74°F) in February and 29°C (84°F) in August.
Gentle, trade winds of around 15 knots, are usually blowing from the East all year round.
The currency you can expect in the Bahamas is US and Bahamian dollars and the main spoken language is English. Main Canadian and US banks can be found on the islands, and visas are not required for US and Canadian visitors. And as for local cuisine, while you're there make sure to try Conch salad and Nassau Grouper.