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.

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Types of Boating

Powerboating

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.

Sailing

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.

Regattas

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.

Flings

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.

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Charters

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.

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The Abacos

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.

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The Exumas

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.

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Acklins & Crooked Island

You won’t find a golf or tennis court here, but that doesn’t mean there are no opportunities to work up a sweat. Locals get their exercise the traditional way—by biking, jogging or walking from Port Nelson to Port Boyd in the North (approximately six miles). The main road is paved to a point and beyond that the trail is still smooth, so you will have an easy time. There are no bicycle rental companies, but don't hesitate to negotiate with one of the locals to use their bike if you see one lying around. More often than not, they’ll let you have it at no charge.

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Andros

The western side of Andros is virtually unapproachable by boat due to the tricky shoals, but the eastern side is accessible and very scenic. Boaters will enjoy cruising through the "Bahama Blue" waters, over the coral reefs and past pristine beaches and colorful towns.

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Bimini

Bimini is a popular sailing destination for private power boaters and an entire world is waiting to be explored. You’ll be mesmerized by how the water color changes from a deep navy blue in the ocean around the island to clear green as you get into the harbor.

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Cat Island

Sailing in the beautiful water around Cat Island is one of the primary reasons that many boaters visit. You can explore uninhabited cays and hidden coves, historical landmarks, the natural beauty of rose-colored beaches and dramatic cliffs as a backdrop.

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Eleuthera & Harbour Island

An easy run across the Eleuthera banks from Nassau, Eleuthera’s 100-plus miles of coastline offer sailing and boating enthusiasts one panoramic view after another.

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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.

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Inagua

Sailors will enjoy exploring the miles of secluded beaches and sights that can be accessed only by boat. There are several natural harbors here and the assistance of local mariners should be sought to navigate channels in the reefs. Suggested anchorages on Great Inagua are Lantern Head Harbour, Man-O-War Bay at Northwest Point, the waters just off Matthew Town or the government dock in town where fuel and water are available. The private pier at Morton Salt can be utilized with prior arrangement. Small vessels can enter at Mudjen Harbour on Little Inagua.

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Long Island

An uninterrupted 80-mile stretch of contrasting coastlines gives Long Island its name and a distinct landscape. With the rich blue Atlantic Ocean on one side and the turquoise Caribbean Sea on the other, there is more than enough to keep any boating enthusiast enraptured.

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Mayaguana

Yachting enthusiasts heading farther south have made Mayaguana one of their favorite stopovers. The island is located along the Mayaguana Passage, a multi-hued waterway between Mayaguana and Acklins. The water there is a sight to be seen; before you can name its color, it will change right before your eyes! There are miles of secluded shoreline along Mayaguana’s coast for boaters to explore, with scenic beaches and several natural harbors. There is no marina here, but travelers sailing into Mayaguana can drop anchor at the public dock in Abraham’s Bay. Local guides would be willing to provide assistance with navigating the channels. If you did not arrive here on your own boat, the hotel can arrange an excursion on the water for you.

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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.

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Ragged Island

Boaters must check in at an official port of entry in The Exumas or Long Island before sailing into Ragged Island. Dockage is at Gun Point in southwest Ragged Island, where fuel and water are available. Small vessels can enter the creek in Duncan Town, the harbor at Johnson Cay in the north, at or just off Buenavista Cay, Hog Cay and Jamaica Cay.

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Rum Cay

Rum Cay offers boaters a variety of interesting things to explore—spectacular beaches, hidden harbors, caves overlooking the sea and unique marine life—so that you can spend days on the water before seeing it all. The lone marina at Sumner Point is nestled in the southeast corner of Rum Cay, just as you round the barrier reef in the protected waters of Port Nelson. It is the perfect place to drop anchor, offering the usual features and a variety of services to fulfill your every need, including a restaurant and bar, and island-style beachfront cottages overlooking St. Georges Bay.

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San Salvador

San Salvador has some of the most beautiful bays in The Bahamas—Dim Bay, Long Bay and Snow Bay—and sailing on the clear water can virtually take your breath away. The island is surrounded by protective reefs, but there are a variety of beaches, lagoons and cays where you can drop anchor to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

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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.

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Entering/Exiting Policies

Entering/Exiting Policies

Boaters entering and/or exiting The Bahamas must follow certain protocol, such as filling out forms and registering their vessels.

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Marinas

Marinas

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.

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Official Ports of Entry

Official Ports of Entry

Boaters and sailors traveling to The Bahamas can enter the country at numerous ports scattered throughout our islands.

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