Sailing Itinerary for the Bahamas Islands
This is sample itinerary of what you may expect while enjoying a sailing vacation in the Bahamas. Weather or other outside factors may mean that your Captain sets an alternative course.
Upon arrival at the Marsh Harbor Airport, take a short taxi into town on your way to our home base at Marsh Harbor Marina and the Jib Room restaurant. Arrive early to explore the Marsh Harbor town, after checking in and dropping off your luggage. Originally the natural sponge center of the Bahamas, before becoming an agriculture hub, Marsh Harbor is now one of the main settlements in the northern islands. These islands are home to many restaurants and some of the best nightlife in the Bahamian chain, as well as fabulous shopping for local arts and gifts. Boarding and welcome cocktails are at 5pm, and later we’ll enjoy dinner onboard and discuss the week’s agenda.
Cruising Day 1: GREAT GUANA CAY
We will gently cruise toward Great Guana Cay, where we will drop anchor off a lovely cay in Fishers Bay. Great Guana is the home of the world famous Nippers Bar, with its equally famous Sunday hog roast. Set against a backdrop of a beautiful Atlantic long white-sand beach, Great Guana Cay is perfect for taking long walks, and those iconic white-sand beach shots that grace the pages of glossy travel magazines. Beachcombing, snorkelling, diving - or just taking a leisurely stroll along the beach - there is something here for everyone.
Cruising Day 2: TREASURE CAY
After a lazy morning and a leisurely lunch we will set off for Treasure Cay, which is listed in National Geographic's Top 10 beaches in the world! The powdery white sand is just incredible. This beach also has every convenience one could desire, including excellent sights, as well as tennis, golf, swimming and even a few shops.
Cruising Day 3: MAN O' WAR CAY
In the morning we set sail for Man of War Cay (named after the magnificent frigate birds who soar above it). Man of War Cay has a sleepy, but prosperous, and beautifully maintained settlement. The Albury family, famous for their Bahamian work boats, continue to build both small and larger vessels in the town. Good snorkeling can be found on the ocean side of the island.
Cruising Day 4: TAHITI BEACH/HOPE TOWN
Jump straight off the boat and wade through crystal blue waters onto Tahiti Beach. The crystal clear waters are shallow and the sand is very soft - could there be a better way to get to such a beautiful beach? After lunch we sail up to Hope Town, which is one of the most picturesque harbours in the Bahamas. Dominating the town is the well-photographed, red and white striped lighthouse, which is one of only three kerosene-lighted, manned lighthouses in the world, and is still in use by sailors in the Bahamas. It also provides amazing panoramic views of your cruising grounds. Hope Town is a charming settlement with a wide selection of shops, restaurants historic museums and homes. Dinner ashore will be at the Harbour's Edge restaurant. They have their own dock and you can pull your boat up next to your table, dine at the water's edge... and the grouper is definitely not to be missed!
Cruising Day 5: SOUTH ABACOS
We will get up early, so that we can sail down to the South of Abaco to find our own secluded island. Spend the day lying on the beach or snorkelling the reef, with its abundance of sea life, or going down deeper for those who want to dive. There is nothing on earth like having an island all to yourself. Spend your early evening drinking cocktails whilst watching the sunset, enjoy another heavenly dinner onboard, and relax later under the stars. Could you be in paradise - you could well be!
Cruising Day 6: MARSH HARBOR
After a delicious breakfast, we head back toward Marsh Harbor, stopping at Matt Lowes Cay. We enjoy swimming in the Sea of Abaco before heading back to our marina for dinner ashore, and then perhaps celebrating our fantastic week with the local people, whilst listening to local bands nearby.
After breakfast, we swap email addresses and photos, and we send you home with great memories and anticipation for your next Alizes Charters sailing vacation.