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    Sailing holidays in the Bahamas

    A Guide to setting sail in the Bahamas: A Caribbean paradise

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    Zizoo's Guide to Sailing in the Bahamas

    The Bahamas, in the Atlantic just south-east of Miami in Florida, are among the most beautiful island chains in the world. With a Bahamas yacht charter from Zizoo, you can enjoy island hopping around the archipelago and experience the best of Bahamian culture in the capital of Nassau and beyond.  


    • Colourful Nassau and its Old Town
    • Pink sand beaches
    • Colonial history and water sports
    • Best time to sail
      Late November – May
    • Currency
      Bahamian Dollar, American Dollar
    • Boat base locations
      Nassau and West Grand Bahama
    • Languages spoken
    • Closest airports
      Lynden Pindling International (NAS)
    • Tips
      Nassau City, Paradise Island, West Side National Park

    Best time to sail in the Bahamas and how to get there.

    Discover the Bahamas

    Go on sailing holidays in the Bahamas and discover a long chain of 700 islands in warm waters of the Atlantic. The weather is warm year-round, but arriving at the very end or beginning of the year will allow you to enjoy the driest months. Most countries will require a passport valid from six months after departure from the Bahamas while others may need a visa.

    Fly to Lynden Pindling International, the main airport, which is just a 15-minute drive from the capital of Nassau. The currency is the Bahamian dollar which is equivalent to the US dollar, but many businesses accept American dollars. Nassau is home to the country’s main marina, but you can also find ports in Andros Town, Congo Town and Morgans Bluff on the large island of Andros. The major points of interest along the archipelago provide many places for mooring or anchorages to stop off and explore.


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    Things to do and see when sailing in the Bahamas

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    A sailor's paradise

    Nassau’s downtown area is located right by the water, with its attractive and vibrant architecture making for delightful strolls through its streets. See Old Town with the Parliament Building, and Fort Fincastle in the south of town. Oh Andros and Bahamian Cookin’ are two excellent restaurants to sample the local cuisine. Enjoy Bahamian nightlife at bars like The Green Parrot and Señor Frogs, which offer great evening entertainment in Nassau. 

    The country’s second largest city of Freeport is on the island of Grand Bahama to the north. Here you can visit the Lucayan Market and hire waterbikes or go diving. Paradise Island, just off the north-east coast of New Providence, is a prime beach area while Cable Beach in the north-central part of the island, is famous worldwide for its fine sand and vibrant blue waters.

    Check out the pale pink sand beach around Eleuthera, close to Harbour Island or for a serene experience, take a trip to the Peterson Cay National Park on Grand Bahama. After relaxing on the beaches, enjoy walking or cycling the coast of New Providence is a great way to see its varied landscape on your sailing holiday. Or, you can sit back and take a bus tour of the main sights. The West Side National Park on Andros, stretching across a long mangrove habitat, is also not to be missed.

    The crystal clear waters and rich marine life make the Bahamas an excellent destination for kayaking, snorkelling and scuba diving. You can go diving in Nassau at Bahama Divers, in the downtown area, or across the water at Explore Scuba. Other top diving places in the Bahamas include the reefs of the Exumas and Abacos or the underwater caverns and wreck sites around San Salvador.

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    Cycle on the beach

    Suggested sailing routes in the Bahamas

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    Tranquil beach of the Bahamas

    The Bahamas are made up of hundreds islands and are, naturally, best explored by boat. Nassau is a common starting point for sailing holidays and island hopping in the Bahamas with the city’s harbour also serving as a port of entry into the country. From here, you can explore the large island of Andros to the west where you can berth at Andros Town Marina or cruise down and dock at Congo Town towards the south.

    Alternatively, head up to the diverse Grand Bahama from Nassau. Its geography includes pine forests and an extensive shoreline. There are many other great islands to visit with choices such as Abacos, Bimini, Blue Lagoon and Long Island.

    Nassau is a common starting point for sailing holidays and island hopping in the Bahamas.

    One of the most popular places for sailing in the Bahamas is around the Exuma islands. Often referred to as the “sailing capital of the world”, the Exumas also offer excellent opportunities for snorkelling and fishing, particularly, bonefishing. You will find several anchorages around the Exumas to make stops in secluded beaches, nature parks and exclusive resorts. You may also want to sop in Major’s Spot Cay to check out the famous swimming pigs.

    The Bahamas are also within easy reach from Florida. For more inspiration, you can find our sailing route from Florida to the Bahamas here.

    Often referred to as the “sailing capital of the world”, the Exumas also offer excellent opportunities for snorkelling and fishing,

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    Enjoy diving in the Bahamas

    Sailing conditions in the Bahamas

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    The national bird of the Bahamas

    Sailing is generally ideal from the morning until mid-afternoon which is when you’ll enjoy optimal sailing conditions. Around Nassau, expect depths of up to about 10 to 12 metres if anchoring, and mooring at buoys is usually possible too at the various marinas. These include Harbour Central, Nassau Harbour Club and Lyford Cay Harbour Marina. For less experienced sailors, it is possible to book a skipper together with your Bahamas sailing holiday with Zizoo.

    The Bahamas are blessed with about 300 days of sunshine each year.

    Ready to set sail?

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