Travelling from Florida to the Bahamas by Boat

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As the warm weather starts to fade and the days get shorter in North America, the “snowbirds” start making their annual journey south. For sailors and boat enthusiasts, Florida and the Bahamas are ideal destinations for escaping the cold northern air. Enjoy the warm waters that surround the southern tip of the US and the Caribbean whether it be just for the weekend or an extended voyage aboard your own yacht. Sound like a dream? We can make it a reality. Here’s our guide to travelling from Florida to the Bahamas by boat.

travelling from Florida to the Bahamas by boat

The Bahamas are made up of 700 gorgeous islands located only 50 miles off the coast of Florida. With its crystal clear water, phenomenal white sandy beaches and warm climate, the Bahamas are an oasis for sailors. The tropical archipelago is the perfect place for an island hopping adventure and also has plenty of great options for anchorages, including 32 ports of entry.

Only a few hours from southern Florida, you’ll find yourself immersed in the sights and sounds of the Caribbean. Leaving from Miami or Ft. Lauderdale you’ll be riding the Gulf Stream as you make your way to Cat Cay or Bimini, the closest islands of the Bahamas. In order to avoid hurricane season and enjoy the warm Caribbean breeze while the cold winds hit the East Coast, it is recommended that November is the best time to start your sailing trip to the Caribbean.

Here are just a few of the fantastic islands within easy reach when travelling from Florida to the Bahamas by boat.

Bimini (50 miles)

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Known as the Gateway to the Bahamas, Bimini is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway from southern Florida. Known for big game fishing, Bimini is also significant historically and has attracted many famous travellers including Christopher Columbus and Ernest Hemingway. It is also believed that Bimini holds many secrets and is connected to legends of The Lost City of Atlantis and the Fountain of Youth. Given the Bimini Islands’ convenient location in close proximity to Florida, they are often quite crowded on the weekends so keep this mind if you are looking for a more tranquil retreat. 

Abacos (50-70 miles)

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The Abacos offer some of the best sailing areas in the Bahamas and have been commonly referred to as the “boating capital” since colonial times. One of the major draws of the Abacos is the Sea of Abaco, an incredible lagoon with crystal clear waters. The Sea of Abaco also borders the famous Great Abaco Barrier Reef, home to some of the most beautiful tropical fish and corals. The protected waters are the perfect place for snorkeling whereas this area’s sheltered conditions make it an ideal spot for novice sailors.

Grand Bahama Island (55 miles from Palm Beach)

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The stunning waters that surround the island of Grand Bahama and its close proximity to Florida, make it one of the most popular charter destinations. You’ll find many well-equipped and modern docking facilities, including the harbour located at the luxury resort, Old Bahama Bay. The beaches of Grand Bahama will surely not disappoint. In Freeport, the second largest city in the Bahamas, you will find many fantastic day and nighttime activities from golf courses to vibrant nightclubs.

Berry Islands (126 miles)

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The serene Berry Islands are made up of several beautiful cays and make an ideal place to spend the night if sailing to Nassau from Florida. This gorgeous archipelago is surrounded by spectacular sky and electric blue waters that are perfect for swimming, snorkeling or fishing. Many of the cays that surround the Berry Islands are uninhabited and you will often find yourself a secluded beach. It’s the perfect destination if you are looking for a peaceful retreat on your own private little piece of paradise.

Nassau (180 miles)

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Nassau is the capital and largest city of the Bahamas and is a common ending spot for a weeklong voyage to the Caribbean from Florida. Nassau and the nearby Paradise Island offer some of the most pristine and picturesque beaches in the entire Caribbean – so perfect that they have been used as backdrops for movies like Pirates of the Caribbean and Casino Royal. The coral reefs that surround the shores of Nassau are also perfect for snorkelers looking for some of the Caribbean’s most diverse marine life. When not taking a swim or lounging on the powder white beaches, you’ll find many activities for the whole family on the mainland. From the Adventure Water Park at the Atlantis Resort to the charming market and shops on Nassau, you’ll find something for everyone. You may even want to try your luck at the largest casino in the Caribbean located on Paradise Island. Nassau is the perfect last stop before making your way back to the Florida.

 

Greek Island Hopping Holidays

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Greece just might have it all. Gorgeous beaches, inspiring landscapes, an incredible history, fantastic cuisine – and that’s only the beginning. In addition to its sure beauty and ideal climate, Greece remains one of the top destinations for sailing because of its many diverse island regions. Here our some of our favourite destinations for Greek island hopping holidays

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Greek Island Hopping Holidays in Greece – Your Route

It is advisable to begin planning your route well before your departure, which is why we created a Guide to the Greek Islands to give you some inspiration and practical information. Whether you choose to sail around the Aegean or the Ionian Sea, you will be sure to encounter some of the most beautiful beaches and most striking landscapes in the world. Let us help you find the perfect route for your own personal Greek island cruise.

Island hopping in the Cyclades

greek island hopping holidaysThe Cyclades are the most popular and most visited islands in Greece. The group consists of 56 islands, including the well-known islands of Ios, Mykonos and Santorini – and the smaller Cyclades including Naxos, Donousa, Irakleia, Koufonisia and Schinoussa. This island region is especially well known for its whitewashed houses with vibrant colored blue roofs and its volcanic beaches. If you are looking for a place to party or a romantic getaway, then Mykonos and Santorini are the islands for you.

But if you are looking for something a bit different, we recommend spending your Greek holiday island hopping around the smaller Cyclades. Though located within a short distance from the busy islands of Santorini and Mykonos, the smaller Cyclades remain a peaceful oasis with secluded beaches and a truly authentic feel. From Mykonos, head south to take a tour of the islands of Naxos, Iraklia, Schinoussa, Keros and Amorgos.

If you want to sail around the Cyclades, please note that this is not protected against from strong winds. Start your tour around the Cyclades from one of our many boats in Mykonos.

The northeastern Aegean islands

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Another option for those seeking a bit more seclusion for your sailing holiday would be the northeastern Aegean islands. This picturesque archipelago is located at the northern end of the mainland and includes some of the more remote and larger Greek islands of Ikaria, Samos, Lemnos, Lesvos and Chios. From the rich history of Samos to the magical waters of Fourni and the therapeutic hot springs of Ikaria, this group of islands are sure to make your island hopping trip in Greece one to remember. Get started by checking in to your boat in Chios and get ready for a holiday of a lifetime.

The Sporades

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The Sporades are ideal for island hopping in Greece. The name of these islands can be translated as “those scattered”. Located close to Athens, the Sporades are an ideal destination for a weekend getaway for many residents as well as visitors to the capital. The 24 islands that make up this region are full of stunning natural scenery: dense forests, rocky landscapes and striking bays. Start your trip in Skiathos and explore the other islands from there.

Enjoy the pleasure of discovering the Greek islands at your own pace on your own private boat. An experience not easily achieved when going on an organized Greek island hopping tour.

Our Favourite Destinations for Sailing in Northern Europe

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Our favourite destinations for sailing in Northern Europe

Lidingo, Sweeden

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Explore the marvels of the Stockholm archipelago while experiencing Sweden’s natural beauty and experiencing Swedish culture while sailing on your private yacht from Lidingo. Sailing around the 24,000 islands and inlets that make up the Stockholm archipelago is an experience like no other. Situated close to Sweden’s capital, Lidingo is an ideal place to start your holiday. Lidingo is also famed for the Lidingo Regetta, an event highly esteemed by yachtsmen across the globe.

Rostock

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Rostock is a charming Hanseatic city, famous for historical treasures and its ideal location by the Baltic Sea. The low current and ideal wind conditions beckons sailors from all over the world to enjoy the long coastline around Rostock. The city is also home to Hanse Sail, the largest maritime festival in Mecklenburg, Germany and one of the largest in Europe. Check out the event on your own private yacht. We’ve got a lovely Vilm 41 Cruiser that’s perfect for your next sailing trip in Rostock.

Jyväskylä, Finland

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Jyväskylä is located in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland, an alluring labyrinth of rivers, lakes, canals and islands. It’s the largest lake district in Europe and boasts some of the cleanest and most pure bodies of water in the world. Get to know the lively city of Jyväskylä, known for its vast cultural offerings, including an intriguing wooden church that has been included on the List of World Heritage Sites then get ready to cruise gently on the placid waters of Finland while taking in the beauty of the surrounding landscape aboard a Bellamare Deluxe houseboat.

Tromsø, Norway

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Most famed as wonderful destination to see the Northern Lights, Tromsø is also an excellent place for a sailing holiday. This amazing city is only 350 km from the Arctic Circle, making it an ideal location to start expeditions to the Arctic. Outdoor and nature enthusiasts will love Tromsø’s diverse offerings of activities including hiking, fishing, dogsledding and of course, sailing. Tromsø is an ideal location to witness the wonders of Arctic wildlife and natural landscapes, including the fjords. Begin your journey in the Arctic in Tromsdalen.  

Stavoren, Netherlands

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Ijesselmeer Lake is the largest lake in Holland and is one of the Netherland’s most popular sailing regions. The picturesque views, calm waters, diverse wildlife and the charming fishing and trading towns that surround the shores of this lovely lake make it a fantastic place for a weekend getaway. One of our favourite villages is Stavoren, the oldest of the 11 towns that border the lake. Stavoren was one of the most important towns in the Hanseatic League and was a major player in the Baltic Maritime trade in the middle ages. Though not a lot remains from its rich past as a trading town, Stavoren has become a prime destination for water sports enthusiasts.