Springtime in the Bahamas

Tom Collins, one of our experienced charter brokers in Miami, gives his personal take on chartering in the Bahamas and why springtime is the perfect time to visit.

About 35 miles south-east of Nassau lie the Exumas, a spectacular chain of islands all very close together. With your yacht lying at anchor a short distance offshore, there are many places where the crew can set up awnings on a quiet beach. They’ll bring all the watersports toys, refreshments and music ashore and make an afternoon of it - really special!

My favorite anchorage is Warderick Wells in the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park – a vast marine reserve where all species above and below water are protected. This makes for the most amazing snorkelling in clear shallow waters – no fishing, but bring your underwater camera!

It is not all remote escapism in the Bahamas: Nassau and Paradise Island provide lots of action with a casino and nightlife – best illustrated by the Las Vegas-style Atlantis on Paradise Island. The nearby Ocean Club is the polar opposite, very quiet and elegant with probably the best dining experience in the Bahamas at chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurant, Dune. Come here for cocktails at the white sand beachfront bar, and enjoy superb French-Asian cuisine with a Bahamian twist in the über-elegant restaurant.

Plan your charter in April or May for the very best weather. Cold fronts are possible mid-December to February; August and September are the peak of hurricane season. Allow 10 days – although one could spend two months and see nothing twice! Nassau is the easiest place to start, as it’s centrally located with an international airport.

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