Visiting the Bahamas
Just saying ‘the Bahamas’ evokes images of subtropical islands, palm trees and heavenly beaches. Known the world over as a maritime adventure park, this incredible archipelago of over 700 islands and 2,000 cays – spanning an area of almost 14,000 square kilometres – merits more than a brief holiday stopover.
For many visitors to the area, the powdery white sand beaches are undoubtedly the star attraction. But, there’s more to the Bahamas than beautiful sands. When you include the region’s history, phenomenal reefs and dive sites, world-class fishing and fantastic cuisine, you have a charter yacht holiday destination that’s hard to rival.
The Bahamas is situated in the western Atlantic Ocean – with its largest island Andros positioned north of Cuba, some 200 kilometres southeast of Florida. Its other neighbours include Haiti and the Turks and Caicos Islands, which are to the southeast. With an impressive average of 340 sunny days a year, the Bahamas attracts visitors all year round. The region has a semi-tropical climate, with two seasons: summer and winter.
Summer runs from May to November and can be wet and humid, with temperatures ranging from 20 to 35˚C. Winter (also high-season) extends from December to April, with temperatures ranging from 15 to 25˚C. The hurricane season lasts from June to November. As a result of its unique setting, the Bahamas is home to an array of wildlife, such as the rare Bahamian iguana and the endangered Hawksbill Turtle. This makes the area a great place to indulge in some eco-tourism. You’ll find the world’s third-largest fringing barrier reef here, as well as the biggest colony of pink flamingos!
Nassau: The vibrant capital is where most Bahamians live – and it attracts a large number of visitors. In contrast to the laid-back atmosphere that permeates the region, the Bahama’s only city bursts with life. From shopping to dining, dancing or taking in the sights – you won’t be short of things to do in Nassau.
Diving: Opportunities to dive abound in the Bahamas, with Grand Bahama and the Biminis being amongst the top spots. With a range of diverse sites (including many shipwrecks) and outstanding visibility, the Bahamas is quite simply the place to dive.
Exuma and Cays: A charter yacht holiday wouldn’t be complete without a trip here. With heavenly beaches, outstanding diving and stunning wildlife, this string of islands is the perfect place to melt away your worries.
Grand Bahama: This popular island is home to Lucayan National Park which is known for its mangroves and vast underwater cave system.