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THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY CONTINUES WITH PINK SANDS, COLONIAL ARCHTECTURE AND FINE CUISINE.
Just 45 miles from Miami, the Bahamian island chain begins with Bimini and meanders 500 miles to the southwest, comprising over 700 islands and 2400 cays. Rimmed by one of the world's great barrier reefs, these sheltered waters offer myriad opportunities for relaxed cruising, undersea exploration, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, water sports and plenty of on-land hiking and discovery. Whether you're in the mood for adventure or serenity, The Bahamas caters to every whim. But, to experience the true magnificence of this largely uninhabited area, it is ideal to visit by private yacht.
This winter, indulge in the quintessential Bahamian experience with a charter aboard any of Fleet Miami's private yachts. Ranging in size and style from 31 to 154 feet, these vessels are perfectly suited for shallow water cruising and include plenty of toys to discover the world in and above these spectacular waters. Fleet Miami's personal concierge can work with you to select the best boat and the perfect itinerary to suit your preferences.
The Bahamas' proximity to the U.S. mainland makes this island chain the ideal destination for a weekend or long weekend yacht charter. Those seeking a touch of true Bahamian culture, with a flair that harkens back to its British colonial roots, will enjoy the islands of The Abacos, to the north. Hope Town, on the island of Elbow Cay, offers visitors a quintessentially Bahamian experience, where golf carts are the preferred mode of transport, the locals know one another by name, the breadmaker is a town icon, and an island Tiki bar accessible only by boat provides the perfect tropical island cocktail experience. Restaurants and nightlife are the attraction of the Middle Bahamas and Berry Islands. But for an idyllic retreat, look no further than the Exumas, a small island chain that offers both natural wonders and magnificent luxury.Get a copy of the itinerary!
Your charter begins in Nassau, Paradise Island, which is easily serviced by commercial and private flights. Arrive a day before to take advantage of the local boutiques and the nightlife at the Atlantis resort and casino, or fly in the day of your charter to be met by your crew at the airport and whisked to your awaiting yacht for a refreshing welcome cocktail marking the beginning of a fabulous getaway.
Relax as your yacht embarks on a picturesque cruise toward the Exuma island chain. Lunch will be served al fresco on the aft deck at the secluded Allen's Cay, a national park only accessible by boat, where you'll likely spot one of the large, indigenous and endangered rock iguanas. After a quick dip in the warm turquoise waters, the cruise continues to Highbourne Cay, known as the gateway to the Exumas. Anchored out in Horseshoe Bay, which features a beautiful deserted beach and fabulous reef, you can also explore the nearby Exuma Sound, which offers amazing dive sites and fishing. Tour around the charming marina by tender and watch nurse sharks congregate, or head ashore to relax in beach hammocks as the sun sets.
Depart early this morning - after a sunrise swim or beach walk, of course - for the highly rated Hammerhead Gulch, for a drift dive or a bit of snorkeling. After a satisfying lunch of local conch salad, your yacht will set off for a world of adventure and intrigue with a visit to Norman's Cay. This island once served as the bustling headquarters for the famed Carlos Lehder's cocaine smuggling operation, but today enjoys a quieter life with incredible bays, stunning beaches, lagoons and spectacular views. Fishing enthusiasts can take to the water today, while beach lovers can tender to Twinkie Beach, a charming beach littered with sea shells and highlighted by a lone palm tree. A snorkel amidst the infamous partially submerged wreck of a drug smuggling Curtiss C-46 Commando is a must. Guests may also try their hand at spearfishing or hire a local flats bonefishing guide. Late in the afternoon, tender around the island to visit Norman's Cay Beach Club, formerly known as McDuff's, for a burger, cocktail and island stories as the sun sets.
The old pirate's hideaway of Warderick Wells is the destination of the morning. Serving as the headquarters of the Exumas Land and Sea Park, due to its wide variety of naturally occurring ecosystems, Warderick Wells is home to the skeleton of a 53-foot sperm whale and over 7 miles of hiking trails. Hike Boo Boo hill for scenic vistas and driftwood souvenirs left by visitors before you, or explore the beaches and reefs that provide for fabulous snorkeling. To the south is Pirate's Lair, a hidden anchorage accessible via a longer day hike or tender ride.
In the afternoon, cruise south to the Rocky Dundas, two high cays featuring interior caves that provide an exceptional snorkeling experiences. Nearby is the north end of Compass Cay, home to a famous natural whirlpool known as Rachel's Bubble Bath. Affected by the tide, this pool can either be a bubbling bath or a flat lagoon.
Continue on through the inviting shallow waters of Pipe Creek to Big Major's Spot, where you may be treated to a welcome by the famous swimming pigs.
Enjoy breakfast while underway to Staniel Cay and the Thunderball Grotto this morning. Featured in the James Bond films Thunderball and Never Say Never Again, the cave can be accessed via snorkel and, once inside, features breathtakingly colorful corals that shimmer in the light. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy another day on the water, whether bone, reef or deep-sea fishing. Anglers are treated to some of the best bonefishing flats in the world and local guides are always available.
After a leisurely breakfast and a dip in the crystal clear waters this morning, settle in for the 125nm cruise to the beautiful island of Eleuthera. Settled in 1649, Eleuthera boasts long stretches of pink sand beaches and long outcrops of coral reef inviting plenty of undersea exploration. Eleuthera is also known as the Pineapple Capital of the World, with pineapple farming established in the 18th century.
Your yacht may pick up a pilot in Spanish Wells to assist in navigating the Devil's Backbone reef, after which you may anchor in Rock Sound. If time permits, stretch your legs with a walk ashore to the charming town where the bakery's key lime tarts will make for a tasty dessert or breakfast treat. Return aboard for a relaxing dinner as the sun sets.
Explore Harbour Island and the charming Dunmore Town today, with its quaint shops, old churches, art galleries and beautiful gardens. Beach lovers must spend some time on the magnificent pink sand beaches and a golf cart rental for the day will allow you to take in all of the sights of this popular island. After a leisurely lunch at the famed Pink Sands Resort, spend the afternoon snorkeling, diving the reefs or curled up with a good book on the sun deck. If time permits, enjoy a sunset cocktail at the Dunmore Beach Club.
Homemade Bahamian Bread is a must for breakfast today, along with a final stroll through the town for pictures and a bit of shopping. Then it's back aboard for the return cruise to Nassau. Upon arrival at the Atlantis resort, bid farewell to your crew and spend the afternoon delighting in the resort's exciting waterslides and casino before your return home the following morning.