The 5 best routes for sailors in the Bahamas

5 best sailing routes in the Bahamas

Discover the allure of yacht cruising in the Bahamas, where adventure awaits on the azure waves of these tropical paradises.

Embark on a journey through the Bahamas, where each sailing route offers a unique adventure across turquoise waters and scenic landscapes. Here are five itineraries that highlight the beauty and serenity of the Bahamas, complete with approximate sailing times to help you plan your voyage.

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Enjoy every second of your holiday in the Bahamas

When sailing in the Bahamas, you can quickly become immersed in the tranquil rhythm of the waves and lose track of time. But be mindful that knowing your time zone is essential for planning your adventures. The Bahamas operates on Eastern Standard Time (EST), aligning with the New York City. This reflects the Bahamas' close cultural ties to the American way of life, and ensures efficient communication and coordination for both residents and travellers.

For European sailors, knowing the time difference is a must when planning. In the winter months, the Bahamas is typically 6 hours behind Central European Time (CET), while in the summer that difference decreases to 5 hours. Taking this into account will also help you plan exactly when to be online to share your sailing adventures and on-shore discoveries with loved ones in real-time. 

And if you find a moment of downtime aboard, you can also delve into the local pastime of fishing to pass the time.

Catamaran anchored in the Bahamas

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1. From Nassau to Exuma Cays: Journey to Serenity (approx. 20-25 hours)

Begin your adventure in Nassau, the lively capital, and set course towards the Exuma Cays. This voyage takes you to the famous Exuma Land and Sea Park, a marine sanctuary brimming with vibrant coral reefs and a rich array of marine life. Find solace in hidden coves, indulge in snorkelling in the pristine waters, and wander the vast stretches of beaches that define Exuma's beauty. 

Rent a sailboat, motorboat or even a catamaran to set sail from the archipelago's capital.

2. From Grand Bahama to Bimini: Scenic Beauty (approx. 8-10 hours)

Embark on a picturesque journey from Grand Bahama to Bimini, navigating a path laced with stunning anchorages and captivating seascapes. Bimini, known as the gateway to the Bahamas, presents a delightful blend of natural splendour and historical landmarks. Its tranquil waters and lively underwater world make this route a favourite among sailors eager for both relaxation and adventure.

3. Circumnavigation the Abacos Islands: Discovering Island Charm (approx. 30-35 hours)

Navigate the Abaco Circuit, a route that winds through the enchanting chain of islands in the northern Bahamas. From the vibrant culture of Marsh Harbour to the picturesque settlements of Elbow Cay, each stop along the route offers a unique experience. Cruise through clear, turquoise waters, visit historic lighthouses and indulge in the vibrant atmosphere of the Abacos.

Set sail from Marsh Harbour, located near the international airport.

Elbow Reef Lighthouse

Elbow Reef Lighthouse on Elbow Cay in the Abacos Archipelago, Bahamas

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4. Charming Eleuthera coast (approx. 15-20 hours)

Depart from Marsh Harbour along Eleuthera's magical coastline, an island renowned for its pink sand beaches and secluded coves. This serene voyage offers plenty of opportunities for snorkelling among vibrant coral reefs and visiting tranquil island settlements. Discover the natural beauty and tranquillity that make Eleuthera a haven for yachting enthusiasts. 

5. Discover the island of Andros (approx. 25-30 hours)

Head to Andros, the largest island in the Bahamas, known for its expansiive, unspoilt landscape. This route offers a unique blend of inland lakes and diverse ecosystems. Explore the world's third-largest coral reef and immerse yourself in the distinctive charm that permeates this lesser-known destination.

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