Whether you want to cruise by the cabin or charter bareboat, the Bahamas’ Abaco island chain is a true vacation paradise. Within the Abacos, discover 130 miles of cays and islands, including the famous Walkers Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Great Guana, Man-O-War and Elbow Cay.Read more
The boomerang-shaped Abacos span from Walkers Cay in the north to Hole-in-the-Wall in the south, just 175 miles east of Florida’s Palm Beach and 106 miles north of Nassau. Explore Elbow Cay’s candy-colored architecture, snorkel Great Guana Cay’s seven-mile beach and enjoy a cocktail at Nippers Bar. Relax at Treasure Cay, often voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, or take in the relaxed atmosphere at Man-O-War Cay. Take a dip at Gillam Bay and Coco Bay at Green Turtle Cay or spot 200 species of bird, including the Bahamian Green Parrot.
Dream Yacht Charter in Bahamas: We offer by the cabin all-inclusive and catamaran or monohull bareboat charters from our bases in the Bahamas at Harbour View Marina, Marsh Harbour and Palm Cay Marina, Nassau, for the Exumas. If you need help planning your charter, check out our inspirational itineraries or get in touch with our team to find out more.
What our customers say:
“It was a wonderful trip on a fantastic boat. The anchorages were peaceful, often with remarkable marine life in abundance.”
“We just returned from a two family, one week catamaran charter in the Abaco islands. The entire experience was perfectly wonderful. The boat was in tip top shape, the staff at Dream Yacht Charters were extremely professional and helpful. Most of all, the Abacos provided a multitude of fantastic experiences, from snorkeling coral reefs to climbing the Hope Town lighthouse. Again, I want to commend the people at the office. They helped make us feel right at home, gave us the exact information we needed and helped us every step of the way.”
-Keyes W (Abaco)
The time difference in the Bahamas is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) -4 hours. US citizens need a valid passport. Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel.
Taxis are easy to find around the airports and marinas but make sure you have some cash, as they don’t take credit cards. On the Out Islands, taxis aren’t metered and fares should be agreed in advance. They can also be shared with residents in car pool arrangements too. We can arrange airport transfers on your behalf.
For specific information about restrictions, visit the customs department and download the document.
The currency is the US/Bahamian dollar (which trade at parity). Visa and MasterCard are accepted widely. ATMs are found at the main banks, which open Monday to Friday (9:30am to 3:00pm).
You’ll find free Wi-Fi in downtown Nassau and Freeport if you visit cafes and restaurants. There are also some zones with public Wi-Fi. Connection speeds vary on the smaller islands.
Spear fishing is illegal.
Temperatures cool very slightly to between 82-87ºF in the high season between December and April. The hottest months the Bahamas are July and August and the wettest months are May and June.
Sailing conditions in the Bahamas include easterly winds between 10 and 15 knots and care is needed as the water can have shallow depths. The tidal range is up to 3.5ft.
Experience the beauty of the Bahamas’ 130 miles of cays and islands with one of our suggested itineraries. From snorkeling to tasting delicious local delicacies at world famous restaurants, we have you covered…
Day 1: Elbow Cay is the most well-known of the small colonial townships on the outer cays and its famous 130-year-old lighthouse is visible for miles. Moorings can be reserved from Hope Town Marina and great bars and restaurants, such as, Cap’n Jack’s and Harbour’s Edge. You can also come alongside Hope Town Marina or Lighthouse Marina to find fuel, water, ice and marina services. There are food markets, boutiques and the local dive shop. You can visit the small museum and then eat at one of the many restaurants surrounding the harbor. If you’re having lunch at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge beachside pool and restaurant, you can snorkel off their beach before or after your meal.
Day 2: About three miles south from the entrance to Hope Town in the White Sound, the Abaco Inn sits with its small stern-to docks – it is one of your best bets for dining out in Abaco. If the docks are full, try the nearby Sea Spray Marina where you can also find fuel, ice, water and a small restaurant at the marina. The navigable waters of White Sound are dredged and narrow, so there are no moorings available and anchoring is not possible.
Day 3: Tahiti Beach is a pleasant little lagoon anchorage with a white sand beach and coconut palm trees, which is protected from most winds except northerlies. Anchor in the lee of Tilloo Cay, just north of the Tilloo Bank, a deserted island with wild shores on the east side. It’s an open roadstead anchorage that is exposed to all winds, especially westerlies. From Tilloo Cay, you can dinghy over to Cracker P’s restaurant & bar, where they serve lunch and dinner.
Day 4: For a daytime anchorage, head for the west side of Sandy Cay. From here you’ll have dinghy access to the reefs on the east side, which form part of the Pelican Cays Sea Park with its protected coral and sea life. There are some small moorings for you to tie the dinghy to when diving or snorkeling this beautiful underwater area. Be aware it can be exposed to Atlantic weather and crosscurrents from the nearby North Bar Channel.
Day 5: Sail to Little Harbor, Great Abaco Island, where moorings are available from Pete’s Pub, or you can anchor. At mean low water there is only 3.5ft across the bar, so if you arrive too early to carry your draft, you can anchor on the west side of Tom Curry’s Point and await the rise of the tide. If you need to, you can spend the night at anchor here and be sheltered from most winds.
Day 6: Make your way to the historical township at Man-O-War Cay, which offers marina berths, moorings as well as anchorage sites. Man-O-War Marina’s berths and moorings are right on the town’s harbor, but they can also be reserved for you in the Eastern Harbor (sometimes known as American Harbor). You can’t anchor in the main harbor due to the amount of congestion and private moorings already there.
Day 7: Sail to Great Guana Cay, which has docking facilities in the bay facing southwest at the Grabbers Resort‘s small marina. With north and easterly winds, you can anchor in the bay, but use two anchors as the holding is soft and grassy. A better anchorage can be found just to the north of the resort anchoring behind Delia’s Cay. This cay also has a famous white sand beach that stretches for seven miles.
Day 1: Board at 5.30pm and overnight at the dock.
Day 2: After a technical and chart briefing, sail away and cruise toward Great Guana Cay where you can drop anchor off a lovely cay in Fishers Bay. Great Guana is the home of the world famous Nippers Bar with its equally famous Sunday hog roast. Set against a backdrop of a beautiful white beach, Great Guana Cay is perfect for taking long beach walks, beach combing, snorkeling, diving or sunbathing – there is something for everyone.
Day 3: Just after breakfast, set sail for Treasure Cay, which is listed in National Geographic’s “Top 10 Beaches in the World”. The sand is incredible and you’ll find excellent bars and restaurants, as well as tennis, golf, swimming and a few shops.
Day 4: In the morning, head for Man-O-War Cay, a sleepy, prosperous settlement. The Albury family, famous for their Bahamian work boats, continue to build both small and larger vessels in the town. Snorkeling can be found on the ocean side of the island.
Day 5: Make for Tahiti Beach and, if you charter a catamaran, its shallow draft means you can step off the boat and wade through azure waters straight onto the beach. After a swim, sail up to Hope Town for a wide selection of shops, restaurants, historic museums and homes.
Day 6: Get up early so you can sail down to the south of Abaco to find your own secluded island. Spend the day laying on the beach, snorkeling the reefs or diving. There’s nothing like having an island all to yourself. Spend your early evening drinking cocktails while watching the sunset in Little Harbor.
Day 7: After a delicious breakfast, head back towards Marsh Harbour stopping at Matt Lowes Cay. You enjoy a last swim in the Sea of Abaco before heading back to our marina for dinner and celebrating a fantastic week by listening to local bands nearby.
Day 8: Head to Marsh Harbour to disembark.
Day 1: Arrive at Marsh Harbor to board at 5:30pm and overnight at the dock.
Day 2: After your briefing, cruise towards Great Guana Cay and drop anchor at a lovely cay in Fishers Bay. Great Guana is the home of the world famous Nippers Bar, with its fabulous Sunday hog roast. Stroll the long white sandy beach at Great Guana Cay, snorkel or dive (with extra charge) – there is something for everyone.
Day 3: Get up early and leave for the north and Spanish Cay. Arrive at the marine in the afternoon and explore the beaches and the sea views and sunset.
Day 4: In the morning, set sail to Green Turtle Cay. Visit the island by foot or bicycle and visit the local museum or the Memorial Sculpture Garden, which features bronze busts from Bahamian history. Dine at the excellent restaurants or enjoy a spot of diving.
Day 5: Head for Treasure Cay, which is listed in National Geographic’s Top 10 Beaches in the World! The sand is incredible and it has every convenience you could want, including excellent bars and restaurants as well as tennis, golf, swimming and a few shops.
Day 6: Sail to Man-O-War, a sleepy, but prosperous and beautifully maintained settlement. The Albury family, famous for their Bahamian work boats, continue to build both small and larger vessels in the town. Snorkeling can be found on the ocean side of the island.
Day 7: Enjoy the beautiful waters at Tahiti Beach before sailing up to Hope Town, which is one of the prettiest harbors in the Bahamas. Dominating the town is the well-photographed red and white striped lighthouse, which is one of only three kerosene lighted, manned lighthouses in the world and still relied upon by sailors in the Bahamas. Climb the stairs for an amazing panoramic view of your cruising grounds.
Day 8: Sail down to the south of Abaco to find your own secluded island. Spend the day laying on the beach or snorkeling the reefs with the sea life or going down deeper for those who want to dive (with extra charge). Spend your early evening drinking cocktails while watching the sunset in Little Harbor.
Day 9: A delicious breakfast and you will head back toward Marsh Harbour stopping at Matt Lowes Cay. Enjoy a last swim in the Sea of Abaco before heading back to our marina for dinner.
Day 10: Marsh Harbour to disembark.
Our Abacos Base Manager, Alexej Paladino (Tel: 00 1 242 367 0102 and Mob: 00 1 242 577 7731 or email firstname.lastname@example.org), will be pleased to welcome you on arrival at Harbour View Marina, Marsh Harbour. The marina has showers, laundry, swimming pool, BBQ areas and Wi-Fi and restaurants and bars are nearby.
Fly direct to Marsh Harbour from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. We can arrange airport transfers on request and the airport is about a 10-minute taxi ride. Make sure your passport is in date and valid for the duration of your stay and look under our Handy Info section for visa advice!
The Cruisers Net broadcast weather forecasts and tides each day on VHF channel 68 at 8.15am. Radio Abaco broadcasts the weather forecasts at 6am and 6pm daily on 93.5FM.
Stock up at the local supermarkets, which are open daily until 7pm, except on Sunday when they close at 4pm. We can manage the provisioning so that it is ready on arrival, just fill in the provisioning forms in the Useful Downloads section.