The Bahamas sit in sun-drenched waters on the edge of the Caribbean and just south of Florida. It’s an idyllic destination and, despite what you may think, there are more than 2,000 islands, islets, and cays in the archipelago.
But, the waters here are shallow and the sand bars can move easily, maps and even GPS are of limited use, which is why you need to rent a catamaran Bahamas.
If you have a sailboat license you’ll be able to rent a catamaran and pilot it yourself. In this instance a catamaran will be a good choice as they are generally very shallow, reducing the likelihood of you running aground. They are also stable and offer a smooth ride, helping you to see everything you want to see during your vacation in the Bahamas.
The fourth-largest island in the Bahamas is Grand Bahama and it's here you’ll find the Lucayan National Park. In this park, you’ll find the largest underwater cave system in the world! There are plenty of marinas and facilities here for you to enjoy.
You can then sail to the east and take a look at Andros, this is one of the largest islands and is a land full of swamps, creeks, woods, and even mangrove shallows. There are also plenty of blue holes. Not all of these are at sea although they are all connected to the water. The atmosphere here is still fairly traditional and the population numbers are limited.
Dropping in a southerly direction will bring you to Abacos, this is where you can explore and start to feel like Christopher Columbus! There are several small islands off the coast and beautiful sailing stretches such as Whale Cay Passage and Green Turtle Cay.
Further south again will bring you to the Berry Islands. These have very shallow waters which is why they are not as popular as Abacos. There are several fascinating islands here that will make you feel like you’re the first person to ever find them.
It is also worth stopping at Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. You’ll find a cosmopolitan city with colorful Caribbean style properties and plenty of reminders of British Colonial times. On the other side of the harbor is Paradise Island, a playground for those that want to spend money.
Don’t forget to check out the Queen’s Staircase leading to Fort Fincastle.
You’ll also want to check out the Exuma Cays where there are plenty of small islands to explore. They are rocky and sparsely populated so make sure you’ve stocked up with supplies first.
If you want to experience real Bahamian hospitality then you’ll want to head east and check out some of the smaller islands, such as Staniel Cay, Little Farmer’s Cay, or even Black Point. You should note that Staniel Cay is home to Thunderball cave where part of the James Bond film, ‘Thunderball’ was filmed. It’s also worth looking at Fow Cay Resort, a resort island.
Head north, east, or south and you’ll find smaller islands waiting to be discovered. Harbour Island is of particular interest thanks to its pink sand beaches. However, you will have to carefully navigate the Devil’s Backbone to get there!
Rent a catamaran in the Bahamas and you’ll have one of the best experiences of your life. There are so many things to see and do that 2 weeks simply isn’t enough to do it all, you can rent a catamaran in Bahamas and enjoy the experience!