Boating In The Bahamas
There is no finer journey than the one that leads you to paradise. The fish are more colorful, the coral reefs are brighter and the water clearer. Since the moment Christopher Columbus came ashore in the New World, The Bahamas have been a magnet for sea vessels. Everyone from Blackbeard to Ernest Hemingway has made the voyage. Whether you’re planning a quick getaway to The Bimini Islands or a weeklong voyage to Nassau/Paradise Island, the waters of The Bahamas are waiting for you.
The Bahamas is a haven for powerboaters looking for a thrilling adventure. From small dinghies to luxurious yachts, our “Bahama Blue” waters cater to all. With everything from lakes to bays and ultimately the open sea, The Bahamas is a powerboater’s paradise. And for those looking to stay a few days, we offer many fully stocked marinas.
The Bahamas is one of the most popular sailing destinations in the world. With crystal-clear waters and perfect weather year-round, sailors from all around visit our islands for a first-class sailing experience. Navigate around hundreds of cays, explore ecological wonders and even dock your boat for a day to enjoy a relaxing, secluded beach. Wherever your journey takes you, let The Bahamas make it special.
For over half a century, amateur and experienced captains from all over the world have been gracing our waters every year to compete in sailing regattas. Events are held annually and are great for families. Some come to compete, while others visit our shores to be a part of the numerous festivities that accompany our competitions.
Boating flings are the Bahamian equivalent of a road trip, but instead of cars we use boats. A lead boat and captain pilot the way for a caravan of pleasure boaters on a journey across the Gulf Stream to our beautiful islands. After the simple crossing, you can relax on our white powder beaches or enjoy an itinerary filled with exciting activities and still have enough time to snorkel, scuba dive, fish and stock up on Bahamian bread.
Don’t have a boat? No worries. Just schedule a charter and embark on a journey around The Bahamas. Nassau & Paradise Island are great places to start, as you’ll find full-service marinas with electrical hook-ups, fuel, Internet connections and accommodations. Grand Bahama Island is also another popular charter destination, however, a majority of our islands offer services for those looking to explore by sea.
The Berry Islands
Natural deep-water passages have led to The Berry Islands becoming one of the leading cruise ship ports-of-call within The Bahamas. The surrounding waters offer dozens of uninhabited cays, miles of secluded swim-ashore beaches, and a multitude of magical harbors, all a big attraction to cruising boaters.
With an entire chain of enchanting islands arrayed around a warm, calm sea, The Abacos are one of the world’s best cruising and sailing areas and have been The Bahamas’ boating capital since colonial times.
There are docking facilities and six full-service marinas here, offering short or long-term dockage. Miles of cays and hidden coves make for some of the most spectacular sailing in The Bahamas, and frequent stops are recommended to really appreciate these picturesque islands.
Grand Bahama Island
Some of the world’s most beautiful stretches of sea surround Grand Bahama Island, which may account for the high number of visitors who arrive here the old-fashioned way—by sailing into port.
Nassau & Paradise Island
The marinas in Nassau & Paradise Island have fully functioning slips, most equipped with electric and water hook-ups and fuel. Some even have cable and Internet. The marina at Atlantis is the premier facility in The Bahamas, a luxury yacht harbor accommodating vessels of up to 220 feet.
Boaters entering and/or exiting The Bahamas must follow certain protocol, such as filling out forms and registering their vessels.
Learn more about our entering and exiting policies.
Official Ports of Entry
Boaters and sailors traveling to The Bahamas can enter the country at numerous ports scattered throughout our islands.
Just 50 nautical miles from Florida, The Bahamas is a quick sail or cruise away. We have many full-service marinas with hundreds of slips available while you explore our islands.