turks and caicos
South of the
Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean lies the multi-island country of
the Turks and Caicos Islands. From the language of the Taino and
Lucayan Indians, the islands’ original inhabitants, “Turks” is a
reference to the indigenous Turk’s head cactus and “Caicos” is
from the Lucayan term “caya hico” meaning string of islands.
This string of 40 diverse islands and cays, only eight of which
are inhabited, form a Caribbean archipelago that invites charter
yachts to explore its 200 miles of fine white sand beaches
lapped by shining turquoise seas.
Only in the
last 30 years has the Turks and Caicos grown into a popular
tourist destination. With its natural coral reef reaching depths
of more than 7,000 feet, the Turks and Caicos is relished by
wall divers and is one of the world’s top choices for diving and
snorkeling. Sport fishing is also a main draw. Many visitors
arrive to the Turks & Caicos by boat and enjoy cruising its
pristine waters. To truly develop a relationship with this
fascinating destination, sailing through each island in the
chain is recommended, a goal that attracts repeat visitors.
The tourist hub of The Turks and
Caicos Islands is Povidenciales, or Provo, which hosts cruise
ships, the Club Med Turkoise Resort, restaurants, attractions,
and the startlingly beautiful Grace Bay with its 12-mile beach.
Povidenciales is well equipped to host yacht charter visitors.
Marinas include Turtle Cove Marina, Leeward Marina, South Side
Marina, and Caicos Marina and Shipyard. Sail boats are best
anchored at Sappodilla Bay on Provo’s south side.
North Caicos is a green island
with lush vegetation, swampy estuaries and the seven-mile Whitby
Beach. Middle Caicos is known for Conch Bar, its cave network of
unique limestone formations. West Caicos and East Caicos are
uninhabited, yet offer numerous white beaches accessible by
yacht. Cruise on to the fishing port and yachting center of
South Caicos, which also boasts miles of beaches.
Sailing southward will bring you
to the historic Grand Turk, the capital city of this British
Commonwealth country. Grand Turk is also home to a brand new
cruise ship center. Below Grand Turk lies Salt Cay, where the
salt making industry was born.
many islands of the 40 irresistible Turks and Caicos will you
conquer in your upcoming yacht charter vacation?
From fishing and farming to salt
mining, from pirate hideouts to cotton plantations, The Exumas
in the Bahama Islands have a colorful history. Today, this
120-mile string of tropical islands with hundreds of pink sand
beaches, natural cays and inviting harbors for your Bahamas
charter yacht is the premier sailing and boating destination of
the Bahama Islands.
The National Land and Sea Park,
established in 1958, is one of the most notable attractions in
The Exumas and is located at the northern end of the islands.
Yachting visitors may harbor at beautiful Warderick Wells Cay
near the park headquarters or in the quieter south anchorage,
and enjoy snorkeling among the protected coral reefs, kayaking,
and hiking trails. The Land and Sea Park includes an array of
other anchorage opportunities during your Bahamas yacht charter
adventure including Shroud Cay, Hawksbill Cay, and Cambridge
As your yacht meanders southward
through The Exumas, you’ll find Staniel Cay and the Staniel Cay
Yacht Club, OBrien Cay which offers a sea aquarium worth
viewing, and Sampson Cay with its resort and marina. Great Exuma,
in the south, is a great place for lodging and restaurants.
Moriah Harbour Cay, a Bahamian National Park, has miles of the
most beautiful, pristine beaches in the world. Cruise to
Stocking Island and enjoy its deserted beaches and rocky cliffs.
The multicolored turquoise
waters, unspoiled sandy beaches that invite barefoot discovery,
and myriad coves and cays make exploring The Exumas a
unforgettable Bahamas yacht charter vacation.
Islands are found in the northern-most part of the 700-island
Bahamas archipelago in the western Atlantic Ocean, and lie east
of Grand Bahama Island. Little Abaco Island and Great Abaco
Island and their out islands are a yachter’s paradise of cays,
harbors, sparkling waters and modern marinas, so it is no wonder
that the Abacos are often referred to as the sailing vacation
capital of the world. The sea channel between the two islands is
known for pleasant cruising.
At the hub of
this Bahamas charter yacht destination is Marsh Harbor, the
capital city, on Great Abaco. Plentiful restaurants and
nightlife attract visitors, and Marsh Harbor is a popular spot
to seek out diving and snorkeling opportunities along the
barrier reef rimming Abaco’s out islands.
Like to fish?
Cruise out and reel in marlin and sailfish from the deep waters
off the Abaco cays, or explore the shallow bonefishing flats to
the west of Great Abaco.
charter yacht just south of Marsh Harbor to find Hope Town at
Elbow Cay, home to one of the Abacos’ most photographed sites,
the cheerful 120-foot red and white striped Hope Town Light
House. Hope Town’s New England style villages, museums, shops
and restaurants are worth an afternoon stroll.
As you cruise
in your charter yacht from northern waters to the south, you’ll
take in the beauty of Walkers Cay, the Grand Cays and Guana Cay,
followed by Green Turtle Cay known for its museum, sculpture
gardens and spectacular beach. Man-O-War Cay, midway along your
Abacos cruise, is a quaint boat building community offering
dining, shops and sandy beach, all welcoming you to alight for a
Lynyard Cay and Sandy Cay beckon, along with Pelican Cays
National Park where coral and sea life abound. Treasure Cay
offers one of the Bahamas’ most famous championship golf
courses, and its beach is ranked among the top 10 in the world
by National Geographic magazine.
Abacos offer a never-ending variety of views, anchorages and
activities to make your Bahamas charter yacht cruise an
Nassau & Paradise Island
incomparable Bahamian yachting experience awaits at the famous
northern Bahama island of New Providence, more well known for
its two popular cities, Nassau and Paradise Island. New
Providence is the most visited island of the Bahamas due to its
international airport and cruise ship dock busy with sun seeking
capital city of the Bahamas, epitomizes the Bahamas reputation
as the ultimate island getaway. Many yacht charter trips
originate in Naussau, as it makes a convenient base from which
to visit all the out islands of this 700-island archipelago.
Marinas and boat slips are plentiful.
trouble choosing what to see in Nassau, a contrast of old world
charm and modern elegance. Why not enjoy it all, from the famous
straw markets and duty free shops including the tempting
boutiques of Bay Street, to historical Colonial buildings and
Parliament Square downtown. Tour historic Fort Charlotte, Fort
Montague and Fort Fincastle which protected the island against
18th century pirates.
are readily available in the crystal clear waters surrounding
Nassau, as well as fishing, incredible snorkeling at sites
including Rose Island, and diving in the beautiful underwater
gardens at Shark Wall, famous for its colorful marine life.
the rich culture and the pristine white sand beaches all cast
their magic in busy Nassau, yet you’ll find plenty of remote
sites to drop anchor and enjoy pure relaxation or quiet swimming
in the sun, right off shore.
A bridge to the east of Nassau
leads to Paradise Island, a magnificent resort destination which
lives up to its name. The island’s tropical splendor is
exhibited in spectacular beaches, a world class golf course,
huge casinos offering high rolling excitement and luxurious
hotels. Probably most well known is the Atlantis Resort which
also has a marina for your yachting convenience. Other notable
sites on Paradise Island include Versailles Garden, and The
Cloisters, a 14th century French monastery that was
rebuilt on the top of a hill overlooking Nassau Harbor and makes
a picturesque site for weddings.
yacht charter among the gorgeous waters and beautiful views of
Nassau and Paradise Island will inspire you to sigh and say…this
Grand Bahama Freeport & Lucaya
Bahamas yacht charter cruise begins on the fascinating 96-mile
Grand Bahama Island. This northernmost island of the Bahamas
archipelago invites yachters to explore its breathtaking
beaches, unspoiled pine forests, small villages, and of course,
the mega-popular cosmopolitan cities of Freeport and Lucaya.
Grand Bahama has seven well-equipped marinas, one of which is
Old Bahama Bay Marina and Resort at the settlement of West End.
You’ll want to anchor and enjoy this secluded resort which
offers swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, sport fishing,
bonefishing flats and nature trails.
If beaches are
on your relaxation to-do list, the southern shore of Grand
Bahama offers miles of exquisite sandy beach, including Gold
Rock Beach. Grand Bahama is also home to the Underwater
Explorers Society, or UNEXSO, and its exciting dive center for
scuba enthusiasts …you may even wish to dive with the sharks or
dolphins! At Freeport, the luxurious resorts such as Bahamia
Resort & Casino are filled with tourists ready to try their luck
at a wide array of gambling opportunities, as well as high end
shopping including the International Bazaar. Like to golf?
Alight from your yacht, get your land lubber legs back, and
enjoy golf courses designed by Dick Wilson, Joe Lee and Robert
Trent Jones, Jr. Freeport may be the teaming commercial city of
Grand Bahama, but Lucaya is the main yachting destination here.
Located on the southern coast, Lucaya is reachable from the Bell
Channel. Port Lucaya Marina is the hub of attraction. Dancing,
restaurants and action-packed nightlife nearby will light up
your evenings at the famous Port Lucaya Marketplace with its 106
restaurants, bars and shops. Lucaya Village Marina is another
good stopping point, and don’t miss the colorful Lucayan
National Park with its tropical birds including the rare Bahama
parrot. Grand Bahama glitters with all the amenities and
activities the Bahamas is famous for, and is a must-see choice
on your Bahamas yacht charter vacation.
Harbour Island, Eleuthera, and Cat Island
grouped to the east of Nassau which invite charter yacht
discovery in the irresistible Bahamas are Harbour Island,
Eleuthera, and Cat Island.
Quietly beautiful Harbour
Island is situated south of The Abacos and is just three
miles long and a half mile wide. Skim to a pleasant stop on your
Bahamas yacht charter cruise to allow a swim in the sparkling
surf and a walk along Harbour Island’s magnificent three-mile
powdery pink sand beach.
snorkeling and diving may be found at The Plateau and the Arch,
two coral formations that attract a splendid variety of marine
life. Sport fishing and bonefishing satisfy the fisherman’s
yearning, while drier pursuits include browsing the small
exclusive shops. Dunmore Town, Harbour Island’s first major
settlement which originated in the 1800’s, was a noted shipyard
and sugar refinement center. Today, tourists enjoy its charming
New England-style architecture.
Just south of
Harbour Island, 110 miles of undisturbed coastline awaits
discovery by your charter yacht at Eleuthera, one of the
best known Out Islands of the Bahamas. Eleuthera is the Greek
word for freedom, named so by the British Puritans seeking
religious freedom who settled the island.
delights adventurous tourists with caves, colonial villages and
pineapple fields. One of Eleuthera’s most famous visitor
attractions to the north is the Glass Window Bridge, where a
narrow natural arched rock formation offers stunning views of
the deep blue Atlantic Ocean on one side and the turquoise
Caribbean Sea on the other.
adventure to this island which, in some places measures only a
few yards wide, will
include secluded coves perfect for relaxation or a quiet swim.
Anchor your Bahamas charter yacht at Governors Harbour or near
the deserted ruins of Royal Island. Deep sea fishing and diving
are popular activities in Eleuthera. Just north of Spanish
Wells, the Devil’s Backbone offers a long stretch of fringe reef
and wrecked ships that attract colorful fish.
For yachters seeking pure
relaxation and calming solitude, Cat Island is known as
the least inhabited of all of the islands of the Bahamas. Sail
your Bahamas charter yacht south to discover Cat Island near the
Tropic of Cancer, between Eleuthera and Long Island. The
sixth-largest island in The Bahamas, Cat Island invites
exploration of its many attractions, including world class
diving, snorkeling and fishing sites, 50-miles of beautiful
rolling hills, rocky cliffs, and the deserted 8-mile Pink Sand
Beach lapped by cerulean waters.
Main Road, the only road that
runs the length of the island, begins at Arthur's Town in the
north and ends at Port Howe in the south. Churches, plantation
ruins and other historic sites can all be reached from Main
Road, and you are likely to see a few island locals weaving
straw hats and bags for your shopping pleasure. Mt. Alvernia,
the highest point in the Bahamas, rises up 206-feet through a
thick forest and is topped by The Hermitage, a small monastery,
perched at its summit.
Dazzling sun, sandy beaches,
sightseeing and water activities will make for an extraordinary
yacht charter vacation at these three islands of Bahamian
presence of thatch berry trees is believed to be the impetus for
the name of the Berry Islands. This stirrup-shaped chain of 30
large islands and almost 100 smaller cays offers 32 miles of
possibility for your yacht charter vacation. Often referred to
as the “fishbowl of the Bahamas,” the Berry Islands lie 35 miles
north of Nassau and attract visitors from all over the world,
often as a stopover between Florida and Nassau. Sail your
Bahamas charter yacht to the Berry Islands for delicious
seclusion. Many of the cays are uninhabited with miles of white
unspoiled beaches and water so clear you can see into their
turquoise depths. Anchor your yacht in a hidden harbor and enjoy
the quiet. Cruise over to the sandy coves and tall cliffs of
Sugar Beach Caves, known as one of the most beautiful spots in
the Bahamas. And, hunt for souvenir shells at Sand Dollar Hill.
Waters of the Berry Islands are extremely popular sport fishing
areas, second only to Bimini for big game fish champion catches
of mackerel, blue and white marlin and sailfish. Divers and
snorkelers will enjoy the spectacular underwater marine life,
including the shallow coral reef of Mamma Rhoda Rock with its
gliding moray eels. There are plenty of cays to discover in your
charter yacht as you cruise from north to south. Great Stirrup
Cay and Little Stirrup Cay are both private islands owned by
cruise lines, but Great Stirrup Cay has a historic lighthouse.
The largest Berry Island is Great Harbour Cay, which measures
eight miles long and houses most of the Berry’s population at
its main settlement of Bullock’s Harbour. In May, Great Harbour
Cay hosts scores of visitors for its annual fishing
tournament. The southernmost and second largest cay
of the Berry chain is Chub Cay, known to many as the billfish
capital of The Bahamas. Chub Cay is positioned overlooking the
deep-sea trench, The Tongue of the Ocean, a refuge for big game
quiet? You’ll hear only the sound of the water lapping against
the side of your Bahamas charter yacht as you bask in the
seclusion of the tranquil Berry Islands
Just the name
of Bimini, named by the Lucayans to mean “two islands,” conjures
up images of salty sea spray and fishing boats. Or is it because
this Bahama island, just 50 miles from Miami, is the inspiration
for Ernest Hemingway’s novel, “The Old Man and the Sea”? Bimini
is a popular destination for yacht charters, particularly in the
summer months when crossing the Gulf Stream is safer. North
Bimini and South Bimini, complemented by the smaller East Bimini,
are rich with history and a laid back atmosphere just right for
a Bahamas yacht charter vacation. On North Bimini, Alice Town is
the main tourist hub, and offers anchorage at its marina as well
as small shops for browsing and white sand beaches. Bimini Bay
Resort and Marina is located north of Alice Town and features a
casino and golf. Also on North Bimini is Bailey Town, where most
of the Bimini population resides.Cruise along in your yacht
charter and explore the small cays of Bimini, including Gun Cay,
an uninhabited island south of Bimini, and Cat Cay, where you’ll
find a private Club and Marina.
sport fishing attracts the most visitors to Bimini – “the big
game fishing capital of the world,” nicknamed so for the large
catches on record here. Recreational fishing boat charters stand
ready to provide a day’s entertainment on the water. Snorkeling
and diving are also remarkable. Cruise your charter yacht to
Bimini’s turquoise waters off the beach in Alice Town for great
underwater views of colorful tropical fish, or sail further out
to offshore coral reefs. Serious divers search for “Atlantis”
rock formations. Care to hang out with some slippery sea
friends? Bring the family and make a morning of swimming with
the dolphins. Visiting celebrities have helped develop Bimini’s
tropical vacation reputation. Hemingway-inspired watering holes
abound, as well as casual restaurants with fishing themes. As
you navigate your charter yacht on your way to Nassau or Grand
Bahama, be sure to take in the delights of Bimini.
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