The Bahamas are impossible to explore during a single charter vacation. With more than 700 islands, the nation offers multiple cruising regions. The most popular for yacht charter are the Abacos and the Exumas.

When to go

November - mid April

High season

December - March

Yacht charters in the Abacos typically begin at Marsh Harbour. Green Turtle Cay, Great Guana Cay and Elbow Cay are just a few of the islands to the east, all easy to visit on a course from north to south. Fishing is a favorite pastime here, as is leisurely cruising. One of the most popular Abacos destinations is Hope Town, home to a famous red-and-white-striped lighthouse that is one of only three left in the world that are operated manually. A person has to hand-crank a mechanism every few hours to keep the lighthouse functioning for incoming yachts. Exumas itineraries usually start at Nassau, at one of several marinas that can include the large Atlantis Resort with its water slides, shopping galleries and casino. From there, charter yachts cruise south to Staniel Cay, Highborne Cay, Norman’s Cay and more. Be sure to include Thunderball Grotto on your itinerary: There, you can snorkel in the cave where Sean Connery once “escaped” as James Bond in the film “Thunderball.”