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Whether aboard a large superyacht charter with crew looking after your every need, or a bareboat sailing yacht, a luxury yacht charter Bahamas will allow you to enjoy the best of the Bahamas and Florida Keys.
Just NE of Miami, the Bahamas is an island paradise of coral cays and islands, making for a top end Caribbean playground perfect for a yacht charter holiday.
With Nassau the centre there are broadly three groups of islands you can visit with different vibes and cultures - explore all three as a yacht charter destination!
West of Grand Bahama is the Abaco Island group. Historically this was populated by English loyalists after the American Revolution and is now a boating paradise dotted with colonial era towns such as Marsh Harbour and New Providence. It is now a sailing paradise with islands like Great Abaco and Treasure Cay making for a refined playground with excellent beaches, coral reefs, golf courses and marinas right across the area.
Just to the SW of the Abaco Islands are the Berry Islands. Thanks to deep waters and upwellings of nutrients you will find some of the best game fishing in the Americas. On your superyacht or luxury yacht, do put a line over the side and see what ends up on your dinner plate!
South again is the Exuma Islands Land and Sea Park. Protected since the 1950s (you're not allowed even to fish) you will be awed with the crystal clear waters. Highlights here include Highbourne Cay private island; Staniel Cay with its limestone sea cave and luxury resort, the uninhabited Shroud Cay, Long Island and Big Major Cay (home only to swimming pigs).
Grand Bahama Island and Nassau are the major hubs here, and on your yacht charter holiday you may well spend time at the Paradise Island resort just outside of downtown Nassau before joining your charter yacht.
A private yacht charter is one of the best ways to enjoy a Caribbean yacht charter vacation. With an often large vessel just for you and your fellow yacht charter guests' use, the skipper and crew will look after your every need afloat. They will look after the tender as you venture ashore on islands like Cat Island and Treasure Cay, and perhaps make suggestions as to the best spots to enjoy a first class meal or activity of your choice. Life aboard is about chill too, with the captain and crew ensuring you have the best possible time afloat on your Bahamas yacht charter.
Bareboat: Though you will often have to have a sailing license for a larger vessel, a bareboat charter will give you complete freedom and privacy to do what you want. This will often come with en suite heads in all the staterooms, an AC generator and all the comforts of home as you captain your own ship on this 48ft+ monohull or catamaran.
Skippered: A skippered yacht charter can range from a 45ft+ sailing yacht or a 46ft+ catamaran. The skipper aboard will look after the sailing and make suggestions as to your next destinations, with you playing as much or as little a role in getting from A-B as you want. It is customary to pay a tip at the end of the trip, on top of the $100-$150 a day fee for the skipper you pay as well as the basic charter fee.
Crewed: A crewed yacht charter could mean a 60ft yacht with skipper and crew, but could also mean a superyacht or crewed charter with a team of people looking after your every need. As well as sailing the vessel up the Leeward Island chain, they will cook, look after the housekeeping and water toys, and provide you with the service you expect at the top end of yacht charter holiday experiences.
Ranging from a 50ft luxury charter yacht to a 104ft schooner rigged private yacht, a luxury sailing yacht charter can mean a variety of things. Coming as a bareboat charter, skippered or fully crewed, there is a sailing yacht to suit almost every budget.
Ranging from 46ft to over 100ft LOA, you can charter a luxury power catamaran or sailing catamaran with crew or bareboat. They are faster, more stable and thanks to the wide beam, far more spacious than monohulls of a similar size. Thanks to having a lower draft, they can also get closer in shore or over a coral reef for swimming and snorkelling should you want!
Again with skipper, crew or bareboat; a luxury motor yacht charter can range in size from 50ft right up to 150 metres plus. Quicker, less dependent on the wind, and often with water toys aboard, a luxury motor yacht charter is one of relaxation and fun with the added thrill of a speed as you island hop at 30 knots!
The sky's the limit on a superyacht charter holiday. Coming as sailing yachts and motor yachts, expect to have almost everything you want catered to by expert crew who will sail the vessel look after your every need.
There are a variety of ways of coming into the Bahamas. You may sail out of Miami through the Florida Keys and into the country this way, or into Nassau and connect to your departure point on another island such as Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco.
As we showed in the introduction, there are three broad faces to the Bahamas. Nassau itself is the exception to the rule with its cosmopolitan buzz, and Paradise Island is quite artificial compared to the rest of the islands.
At the other end of the scale is the Exuma Islands Land and Sea Park, a 170 square mile nature reserve with fish that know you won't try eating them! The sea is crystal clear and you will be spoiled for choice as to which coral reef you want to explore. Try Staniel Cay with its limestone sea cave and Long Island Cay with its coral reef blue hole...
Sitting neatly between city life and utter natural beauty are the Abaco Island group with Great Abaco at its centre. You will run into colonial towns at least as beautiful and quaint as New England (without the snow and gales in December!). Among many other highlights is Treasure Cay Resort.
An average day aboard a Bahamas yacht charter charter yacht will involve rousing out of your stateroom for breakfast at a decent hour, eating breakfast on deck and then heading out to sea. Enjoy the trade winds for a few hours and then drop anchor near a coral reef for lunch (perhaps something that you caught on the way) and a swim. More sailing and then into a marina for a run ashore. You may wish to hit a boutique or two in the Abaco Island group and perhaps have dinner and a sundowner or three at a beach bar. Perhaps a little tired and emotional, stumble back aboard for a nightcap, thinking of the next hard day's relaxation ahead.
With their different shades running from uninhabited bliss to fun writ large, a Caribbean yacht charter in the Bahamas is one of variety and choice. You may have had enough fun with people and want to disappear to a place where it's just you and the wildlife - that's possible almost anywhere. The silence and sound of the wind may be getting to you so you want a big shopping experience and a round of golf? You can do that too. Hedonism and fun is there to be had, making the Bahamas one of the world's great playgrounds.
A luxury yacht charter broker like Borrow a Boat can help you arrange your sailing holiday in advance, ensuring you get the right yacht for your budget and tastes. We can also suggest destinations and arrange for any extra requirements you may wish for.
Where it comes to a Bahamas luxury yacht charter, the best time of year is November, December and January with times outside school holidays a lot quieter. Perfect for a bit of winter sun!
Borrow A Boat is the leading boat rental and yacht charter marketplace worldwide with over 35,000 boat listings across 65 + countries worldwide. Launched in 2017 by yachting and boating enthusiasts with decades of yachting experience, Borrow a Boat acts as a broker for the world’s most impressive superyachts and motor boat charters. We cover North America, the Mediterranean, Caribbean, South Pacific and Rest Of World. Wherever in the world you want to sail, we have a luxury yacht and superyacht to take you there via our trusted network of industry contacts. We are an independent company which ensures you receive the maximum choice of vessel at the most competitive prices. Alongside our passion for yachting, our commitment to service and decades of luxury yacht experience ensures your luxury yacht charter will be an unforgettable experience. Most importantly, all our luxury yachts and superyacht charters meet stringent and current safety and insurance requirements in their respective locations.
We are renowned for planning bespoke yacht chartering experiences to suit your timescale and your desires - not just on the yacht but at the world’s most private anchorages and exclusive marinas. Imagine your own private chef creating a fabulous barbecue on a secret Mediterranean cove; whale-watching in the Pacific; relaxing in the Maldives or island hopping in the Caribbean.
Whether you are planning a romantic escape, a family celebration or an important corporate event, we will handle all logistical preparations to make your yacht charter the experience of a lifetime. We can help with logistics, including pre-and post- charter hotel stays -as well as embarkation. Book a private helicopter charter to land on your own superyacht helipad or step aboard a glamorous limousine tender that will take you in style from the port to your anchorage. Our experienced local teams in each destination take care of all the logistics on your behalf, ensuring you arrive onboard your luxury yacht relaxed and ready to enjoy your vacation.
Our captains and crew have personal experience of the world’s best and safest anchorages and marinas, alongside in-depth local knowledge of cultural attractions, shore dining and entertainment opportunities. Choosing a luxury yacht charter gives you and your guests the opportunity to travel discreetly, with access to the most private coves and anchorages, far from the stresses of today’s busy life.
The main types of boats that people hire on a luxury yacht charter are Sailing Yachts, Motor Yachts, Sailing Catamarans, Power Catamarans, Gulets, Superyachts (21 metres plus boats) and Megayachts (40 metres plus boats).
Your first step is to decide how many guests you will have onboard, your location preference and your desired dates. Once you have decided on the basics you can speak to a yacht broker who will organise a detailed itinerary based on where you are travelling and your preferences.
Wherever your imagination takes you, there are yachts berthed in popular locations such as The Bahamas, Maldives, New England, the Mediterranean and the South Pacific. But you can also take you on farther afield excursions such as Antarctica, the South Pacific and the wilds of Alaska, it just depends on what type of sailing holiday you want to do.
Yes, all charter companies will require a deposit to book a yacht. This is often refundable if you make cancellations or changes over ninety days in advance. But read the cancellation policy and consider trip insurance if booking inside the cancellation window.
Your party size determines the size of luxury yacht to book, so get a headcount before you look. You may also wish to explore the locality before transferring back home. The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.
Your charter rate will include the hire of your luxury yacht and its equipment, together with the services of its captain and all crew. The vessel will be properly insured against all marine risks. Additional fees not covered in the charter rate include: VAT, marina fees, local taxes, harbour fees, canal fees, fuel charges, electronic communications, provisioning and any other bespoke extras required. If you choose to embark at a different port to the yacht's home location, then you can expect to pay for delivery and/or return fees and expenses.
Luxury yachts are generally charted at a minimum for one week. You can typically charter a yacht for as long as you want, the only limiting factor is generally the yacht's availability.
The size of your yacht will determine how many guests are allowed onboard. There are no minimum amount of guests but most bookings will be between 2 to 8 guests with the maximum amount of guest being usually around 12 but this can be larger on some types of boats
We will discuss all your transfer and onboard requirements when you make your booking and will send you a comprehensive questionnaire to complete. We will also contact you just before your charter begins to ensure all your preferences and individual requirements regarding dietary preferences, medical conditions, allergies have been covered. This also includes your requested activities - including toys - entertainment and offshore excursions.
Usually guests are covered under the yacht owner's own liability policy for damage, however we recommend taking out Charter Liability insurance as an extra buffer. Should you or your guests accidentally damage any interior fixtures and fittings, the hull or tenders/toys then you will be fully protected.
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