A Caribbean Vacation in Bahamas
A Bahamas vacation aboard a luxury charter yacht reveals a destination that remains uniquely unspoiled and pristine. The Bahamas have provided the royal treatment to the wealthy and famous for centuries. A sophisticated yet rustic series of islands, the Bahamas regularly hosts VIPs ranging from British royals to U.S. Presidents as well as the Rolling Stones, Bill Gates and the Rockefellers. However, you don't have to be a billionaire to enjoy a holiday aboard a luxury charter yacht in the Bahamas. Our Bahamas luxury charter yachts showcase something for all budgets. Sea, sand, and sun are merely perimeters to the islands of The Bahamas but are ever-present features on one of our Bahamas luxury yacht charters.
The Exuma Islands, at the center of the Bahamas, are just incredible. You've got gin clear, turquoise-tinted waters and the softest, whitest sand beaches; you feel like you're the first one ever to set foot on them. The Exuma Land and Sea Park is an insuperable locale for snorkeling. It's a protected area where you can't fish and you can't even take a shell. Snorkeling from your luxury charter yacht you will feel the difference immediately in the reactions of the fishes; tropical marine specimens come right up to you.
Bahamas Beaches and Activities
The Islands of the Bahamas offer clear warm water and sandy beaches. Several are relatively large but others are tiny and uninhabited. The emerald and turquoise waters of The Bahamas archipelago naturally form breathtaking beaches. Seclusion. Activity. Countless meandering miles of sand - white, or pink. Where ocean meets land here, the possible rewards are genuinely endless.
Luxury Yacht Source Bahamas Beach Selections
- Cable Beach (New Providence Island):
The glittering shoreline of Cable Beach has easy access to shops, casinos, restaurants, watersports, and bars. It's a sandy 6.5km-long (4-mile) long strip, with a great array of facilities and activities.
- Cabbage Beach (Paradise Island):
Think Vegas in the Tropics. It seems as if most of the sunbathers dozing on the sands here are recovering from the previous evening's partying, but you can find a bit more solitude on the beach's isolated northwestern extension (Paradise Beach), which is accessible only by boat or on foot. Lined with palms, sea grapes, and casuarinas, the sands are broad and stretch for at least 3km (2 miles).
- Xanadu Beach (Grand Bahama Island):
Grand Bahama has 97km (60 miles) of sandy shoreline. There's more than a kilometer of white sand and (usually) gentle surf. Don't expect to have Xanadu to yourself, but if you want more quiet and privacy, try any of the beaches that stretch from Xanadu for many miles in either direction.
- Tahiti Beach (Hope Town, the Abacos):
Since the beach is so isolated at the far end of Elbow Cay Island, you can be sure that only a handful of people will ever visit these cool waters and white sands. The crowds stay away because you can't drive to Tahiti Beach: To get there, you'll have to walk or ride a rented bike along sand and gravel paths from Hope Town. You can also charter a boat to get there, which isn't too hard, since the Abacos are the sailing capital of The Bahamas.
- Saddle Cay (the Exumas):
Most of the Exumas are oval-shaped islands strung end to end like links in a 209km (130-mile) chain. One notable exception is Saddle Cay, with its horseshoe-shaped curve near the Exumas' northern tip. It can be reached only by boat, but once achieved offers an unspoiled setting without a trace of the modern world -- and plenty of other cays and islets where you can play Robinson Crusoe for a few hours if you like.
- Stocking Island (the Exumas):
One of the finest white-sandy beaches in The Bahamas lies off Elizabeth Harbour, the main harbor of the archipelago, close to the little capital of George Town. You can reach Stocking Island easily by boat from Elizabeth Harbour, and the sands of this offshore island are rarely crowded; snorkelers and divers love to explore its gin-clear waters. In addition to its beach of powdery white sand, the island is also known for its "blue holes," coral gardens, and undersea caves.
Bahamas Fishing and Watersports
These are exceptionally well catered for in The Bahamas: sailing, parasailing, diving, swimming, snorkeling and water-skiing are all widely available. The Bahamas has produced over 50 record catches. Come for big-game tournaments, deep-sea charters, or to witness the vigorous strike of the bonefish. The flats and deep waters of The Bahamas are suitable for beginners and sport fishing enthusiasts.
The flats, reefs, and steep drop-offs that surround the 700 islands in The Bahamas attract a variety of fish and fishermen alike. The bonefish among the flats draw fly fishermen and spin casters looking for a fresh challenge. The reefs lure large fish and extremely skilled, patient anglers. And the deep waters of the Atlantic, home to prized big-game fish, are also home to the kind of fishermen who prefer the heaviest of heavy-gauge line.
With water temperatures averaging about 80°F year-round throughout The Bahamas, water sports are naturally a popular vacation activity. Throw on a swimsuit. Grab a towel. Explore the emerald-green, turquoise, and crystal-blue waters one sport at a time aboard your Luxury Charter Yacht. Coral reefs. Blue holes. Walls. Caves. Shipwrecks. Sharks. Dolphins. Stingrays. The variety of islands in The Bahamas presents a variety of diving and snorkeling experiences. Beginners and experts are welcome.
Since the day they were first discovered by ship, the 700 islands in The Bahamas have increasingly become a magnet for sea vessels. Your Luxury Charter Yacht can take you to uninhabited cays and hidden coves. Annual regattas, and modern marinas will sweeten the voyage. Sailing Regattas with majestic sloops, built by local craftsmen, race around The Islands of the Bahamas to earn bragging rights.
Geography played a crucial role in Bahamian history. In 1492, Christopher Columbus made his first landfall in the New World on the island of San Salvador in the eastern Bahamas. After observing the shallow sea around the islands, he said "baja mar" (shallow water or sea), and effectively named the area The Bahamas, or The Islands of the Shallow Sea.
Since it was located close to Florida and well-traveled shipping channels, The Islands Of The Bahamas caught the attention of explorers, settlers, invaders and traders. These people shaped the colorful history of The Bahamas and made the country what it is today.
The late 1600s to the early 1700s were the golden age for pirates and privateers. Most of the ones you've heard about—like Sir Francis Drake and Blackbeard—used The Islands Of The Bahamas as their port at one time or another. The Islands Of The Bahamas made an ideal home base for pirates and privateers. The numerous islands and islets with their complex shoals and channels provided excellent hiding places for the plundering ships. And since The Islands Of The Bahamas were close to well-traveled shipping lanes, it gave the buccaneers plenty of opportunities to steal from merchant ships.
The tourism industry began in the mid-19th century with government support for the construction of hotels and subsidized steamship service. Tourism once again blossomed in the 1920s when prohibition brought well-to-do American tourists to the islands. The influx of visitors increased the demand for food, lodging and other items. Consequently, the banking industry boomed as The Islands Of The Bahamas built new hotels, warehouses, bars, distilleries and wharves.
In 1964, Great Britain granted The Islands Of The Bahamas limited self-government, and in 1969 the colony of The Bahamas became a Commonwealth. It then legally became a nation on July 10, 1973, which is celebrated today as Bahamian Independence Day.
The Bahamian Golf courses offer natural beauty with scenic fairways. Golfing is convenient, challenging and thoroughly enjoyable at any of a number of courses situated on The Islands of the Bahamas. Many courses are located near the cities of Nassau and Freeport and vary in degree of difficulty -appealing to both beginner and expert players. The Islands of the Bahamas host tournaments including the annual Pro-Am and an Open on the Bahamian Independence Day.
Your Luxury Charter Yacht crew will be happy to assist you in arranging your Tee time.
Luxury Yacht Source Bahamas Golf Selections
- Cable Beach:
The main course is the Radisson Cable Beach Golf Course. The oldest golf course in The Bahamas, this par-72 green was the private retreat of British expatriates in the 1930s. Today, it's managed by a corporate namesake of Arnold Palmer and owned by Cable Beach casino marketers. Small ponds and water traps heighten the challenge, amid more than 7,040 yards of well-maintained greens and fairways.
- Paradise Island:
Tom Weiskopf designed Ocean Club Golf Club, an 18-hole, par-72 course, and it's a stunner. With its own pitfalls, including the world's largest sand trap and water hazards (mainly the Atlantic Ocean) on three sides, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player have endorsed this course. For the best panoramic ocean view -- good enough to take your mind off your game -- play the par-3 14th hole.
- New Providence Island:
South Ocean Golf Club. This 18-hole course (6,707 yards, par 72) on the secluded southern part of New Providence was designed by Joe Lee and built in 1969. Narrow fairways are a notable feature. OPEN: Daily 7-6.
- Grand Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island:
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., The Reef Course opened in 2000. The Bahamian press called it a bit like a Scottish course, "but a lot warmer." The course boasts 6,920 yards of link-style greens.
- Grand Bahama Island:
Megaresort Crowne Plaza Golf Resort and Casino at the Royal Oasis offers two golf courses, Emerald Golf Course and Ruby Golf Course. Both are par 72, with rolling, sandy terrain.
- Grand Abaco Island:
What makes this course special is generally, NO TEE TIMES are required! Treasure Cay Golf Course consists of 18-holes and was designed by Dick Wilson, one of America's most renowned golf course architects. This tropically landscaped 186 acre Treasure Cay Golf Course was the last Dick Wilson planned. At 6,985 yards from the blue tees and with 66 strategically placed sand bunkers, the Treasure Cay Golf Course presents a formidable challenge with ocean winds, tight fairways, and a layout that makes you ponder every club selection. It will certainly make you want to play it more than once.
- The Exumas:
At long last the Southern Bahamas has a world-class golf course: Four Seasons Resort Emerald Bay Golf Club opens onto the waters of Emerald Bay. The par-72, 18-hole course was designed by Greg Norman, the famous golf architect, who created six oceanfront holes. The course is challenging, yet not daunting, so that it appeals to golfers of various skills.
The Islands Of The Bahamas are pulsing with music. Most night clubs and bars feature live bands. You can dance the night away at a modern night club or take in a native show complete with fire dancing. Active nightlife and clubs are mostly found on New Providence Island. Cable Beach offers a safer environment at night.
- Club Waterloo – East Bay Street, Paradise Island:
Nassau's most famous night club features a unique indoor/outdoor atmosphere. Live music on Fridays and Saturdays, 11pm until… Also featuring a delicious bar grill offering chicken burgers, beef burgers, cracked conch and bar appetizers.
Times: 8p.m. – 4 a.m. daily. Happy Hour 4 – 8 p.m.
King and Knights Native Show – Cable Beach:
King Eric and his Knights have entertained in Nassau and around the world for over 35 years. You are in for a truly Bahamian treat when you take in "King Eric's Naïve Calypso Show". You'll feel right at home and have a good time. The menu offers something for everybody. An excellent combination of Bahamian cuisine mixed with American and European flavors. Fresh fish right out of the Bahamian waters. To give better service, we kindly ask for dinner reservations.
Shenanigan's Irish Pub – Port Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island:
The first and only authentic Irish Pub in the Bahamas. A popular nightspot serving a large selection of genuine draft beer including Guinness, Harp, Bass, Beck's, Pilsner Urquel and more! Happy Hour 5-6pm daily.
Bring an appetite for authenticity. Today's Bahamians continue the tradition of early island natives by using local resources to create distinct items that reflect their heritage. Straw markets reveal foods, spices, ceramics, crafts, art, and music.
An "Authentically Bahamian" product is handmade, handcrafted, homegrown and indigenous to The Islands Of The Bahamas. Before any product can earn this name, it must be critiqued by the Authentically Bahamian Department, a quality-control arm of the Ministry of Tourism. They inspect samples of items and ensure that established standards are met and maintained.
Effective January 1, 1992, the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas abolished all import duties on 11 categories of items. Perfumes and Fragrances, Crystal, Leather Goods, Jewelry, Fine Linens and Tablecloths, Watches and Clocks, Photographic Equipment, China, Binoculars, and Telescopes are all duty free. Savings on these items are between 25% - 50% below US prices.
Restaurants throughout the islands offer cuisines that range from Indian and Chinese to upscale French and Italian, as well as native Bahamian cuisine. On the Out Islands, Bahamian food predominates, but international fare is gaining ground. Your Villas Caribe concierge will be happy to assist you with restaurant reservations, Private Chef Service, and additional information.
Most Bahamian cuisine looks to the sea, which provides a cornucopia of fresh products. Meat, on the other hand, is often imported and consequently expensive. The islands' signature seafood is the conch (pronounced "konk"). Conch meat turns up in a variety of incarnations, including cracked conch, conch salad, conch chowder, conch fritters, even conch burgers.
Luxury Yacht Source Bahamas Restaurant Selections
New Providence Island (Nassau and Paradise Island):
Androsia Steak and Seafood Restaurant:
Continental, $30 to Over $40. The specialty here is Peppersteak au Paris, a New York sirloin served with Dijon mustard, cracked peppercorns, cream, and brandy. But you'll find a wide seafood selection as well at this comfortably upscale restaurant, where rich striped curtains add elegance, and starfish and lanterns on the wall lend a nautical flavor. Closed Sunday. No Lunch. Located on W. Bay Street in the Shoppers Haven Plaza, Paradise Island, New Providence Island.
Blue Lagoon Seafood Restaurant:
Seafood, $20 to $40. The décor tends toward the nautical, with hurricane lamps and brass rails, in this narrow third-floor dining room looking out to Nassau on one side and Atlantis to the other. Choose from simply prepared dishes such as broiled Bahamian lobster tail or grouper, or fancier selections such as almond-fried shrimp and stuffed grouper au gratin. No Lunch. Located at Club Land'Or, Paradise Island, New Providence Island.
Crocodiles Waterfront Bar and Grill:
Eclectic, Under $10 to $40. The informal outdoor grill, with deck table shaded by palms and adorned with signs from a plethora of Nassau establishments, is a good spot to linger under thatched umbrellas and take in harbor views. You can opt for a light bite – conch salad, burgers (standard and conch varieties), calamari, nachos, and sandwiches – or try one of the heartier choices such as mammoth T-bone steak. The sea breezes, relaxing music, and friendly staff make happy hour at Crocodiles (daily 5 to 7:30) a Nassau classic. MasterCard and Visa only. Located on E. Bay St., west of bridge to Paradise Island, Nassau.
Seafood, $20 to $40. Overlooking Nassau Harbour, this casual restaurant has a nautical feel. Watch the boats sail by as you dine on lobster grouper, and conch. Or set aside your seafaring ways and try the steak Diane flambé – it's served flaming, as the name implies. The tavern serves three meals a day, every day. American Express not accepted. Located on Paradise Island Drive, Paradise Island.
Grand Bahama Island:
Contemporary, $10 to $40. The windowed dining room of this bright restaurant hangs over the water just outside the Port Lucaya Marketplace. Its changing menu, always well executed, leans toward the experimental with dishes like grilled grouper with cardamom carrot puree, rack of lamb with herbed goat cheese, and roasted squab breast. A daily tasting menu includes seven courses for $75. Located at Port Lucaya inside the Bell Channel.
Continental, $20 to Over $40. Linens, soft candlelight, and a twinkling view of the harbor add to the glamour and romance of this sophisticated, second-story Port Lucaya restaurant. Classic Continental specialties include filet au poivre (fillet with peppercorn sauce), grouper almondine, stuffed quail, and chateaubriand for two, served in the formal, subdued dining room or on the veranda overlooking the marina. For a big finish, order the flamed crepes suzette. Closed Sunday. Located in Port Lucaya Marketplace.
Grand Abaco Island:
Continental, Under $10 to $30, Grand Abaco Island. Dine on filet mignon topped with sautéed onions and mushrooms or a broiled lobster tail. Located at the Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour.
Bahamian, $20 to $40. Serves both Bahamian and Continental cuisine. A more casual, kid-friendly option is Thursday night pizza at the Tipsy Seagull and is also a popular drinking and dancing spot. Located on marina, Treasure Cay, Great Abaco Island.
Grand Exuma Island:
Big D's Conch Shack:
Bahamian, Under $10. For the freshest conch salad and the coldest beer, look for the splatter-painted seaside shack. Daron Tucker does the fishing, wife Dianne heads the kitchen. No credit cards. Closed Monday. Located on Queen's Hwy, Steventon, Great Exuma Island.
Bring something old, find something new. Altars made of sky. Aisles made of sand. Matches made in heaven. Sun and surf are mere backdrops to the perfect day you imagine and everyone will remember. Dream. Plan. Start your story in The Bahamas. Whether you seek a small ceremony on the beach or a lavish ceremony on the balcony of a luxurious villa, it is all possible with Bahamian weddings. Many villas are happy to play host to weddings and accommodate larger wedding parties. The villa owners are also able to give invaluable advice on wedding planners, florists, and caterers for a Bahamian wedding. In terms of setting, it is difficult to imagine a more beautiful place to hold a wedding event, as almost everywhere in The Bahamas offers stunning views of the turquoise, emerald-green, and crystal blue waters as well as the beautiful majestic landscape.
A Bahamian wedding is sure to be just what the bride and groom have envisioned for their special day. There are certain Bahamian regulations that must be adhered to in order to make a Bahamas wedding legal, so it is highly advisable to contact the office of the Bahamas Registrar to get up to date information on all necessary paperwork and other requirements. The most important thing to note is that both parties must be in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas at the time of application and must spend 24hrs in the Bahamas prior to getting married. Persons desirous of being married in a Family Island (any island outside of New Providence) can obtain a Marriage License at the Commissioner's Office on that island and need not come to Nassau.