There is no bigger sailing playground then The Bahamas, an archipelago comprised of over 700 islands and cays. These coral based floaters present a slew of wildly beautiful settings, whether uninhabited or teeming with luxury resorts. And they are easily accessible as well – sequestered between Florida and Cuba in the Atlantic Ocean.
It is no wonder that the Bahamas were hiding grounds for prolific pirates such as Blackbeard and Calico Jack; a veritable maze of hidden coves and green-laced cropping. Sandy turfs stretch on for miles, sinking into the ombre depths of the seas. From the turquoise shallows to the deep blue where reefs, sunken wrecks, aquatic forests and marine life reside, there is no shortage of alluring sites for seafarers.
Those who prefer grounded environments need not fret either – the islands offer national parks, botanical gardens and mangrove forests as well. Pinpoint your paradise of choice by character; for mainstream luxury, Grand Bahama Island and Paradise Island proudly present large-scale hotels for your rowdy family reunions. Bimini was crafted for those who fish for sport, whereas Nassau is a patchwork of beaches. Bury your toes in the pink sand of Harbour Island, or sweeten your palate with Eleuthera’s pineapples. Eco-tourism is the name of the trade and the Bahamas is out for crown.
Thanks to the Bahamas’ low elevation, its climate is warm and winterless all year round. With only a few degrees of temperature difference between the warmest and coolest months, visitors will find the islands a comfortable holiday spot regardless of season. If you’re visiting purely on a sailing itinerary, it may be better to visit during winter months as seasonal rainfall hits hard during the summer. While the Bahamas also experiences the occasional tropical storm and hurricane, they’re generally not of concern.