When most folks, especially Floridians, think of the Bahamas, we think of the popular Islands closest to us, such as Bimini, Nassau, and Grand Bahama. To be sure, these are great yacht charter destinations, and easy to get to. However, there is another “Bahamas” that is a little less known, but equally, if not even more enchanting – the Islands of the Southern Bahamas.
The most notable Islands of the Southern Bahamas are San Salvador, Eleuthera, Acklins Island, and Crooked Island. Others include Long Island, Inagua and Mayaguana.
Yachting Adventures in the Southern Bahamas
In 2015, the area, and particularly, San Salvador, was hit very hard by Hurricane Joaquin. It has been rebuilding ever since, and it is now once again a flourishing yacht destination.
Fishing, diving, snorkeling, and all manner of other water sports abound in the Southern Bahamas. For fishing, take a cruise to Crooked Island, where there is excellent deep-sea fishing and stunning stretches of open, unpopulated waters. If you want some “on shore” adventures and shopping opportunities more like those you might find in some of the more northern Islands, drop anchor on Long Island.
As far as facilities go, the Flying Fish Marina on Long Island is a full service marina with access to world-class diving and fishing, and it’s the last place to top off your tanks before heading further South. San Salvador is rich in tropical splendor as well as history. San Salvador is the island Christopher Columbus first stepped foot on, upon his arrival to the New World. San Salvador is a world-class ranked scuba diving and snorkeling location. Most of the dive sites are underwater “walls”, such as the well-known Riding Rock Wall. It is one of the top five wall-diving destinations in the region.
On Eleuthera and Harbour Island you will find miles of pink sand beaches, pineapple plantations and classic examples of historic Bahamian architecture. Nightlife with a Caribbean flair is to be found all over the Island of Eleuthera, with live bands playing almost every night in the clubs and Tiki Bars. In 2015 Eleuthera was ranked “The Best Island in the Caribbean” by Travel & Leisure magazine.
Bahamas Yacht Charters from Miami and Ft. Lauderdale
If you would like to explore this region, we can surely arrange such a charter for you. But, you do not have to charter a yacht all the way to the Southern Bahamas to have a fun Caribbean adventure. We have short-term charters to Bimini and Grand Bahama that are just a hop, skip and a jump away!
And did you know that you do not even have to leave South Florida for and incredible snorkeling experience? There is an amazing wreck, reachable with only snorkel gear right off of Ft. Lauderdale beach, and you can enjoy it as part of our exclusive snorkeling charter experience. The S.S. Copenhagen, is located just off Lauderdale-by-the-Sea beach. Shipwrecked in 1900, this 325’ cargo steamer is both a fascinating archeological wonder and a vibrant artificial reef, home to a spectacular amount of marine life. The Copenhagen appears on the distinguished US Registry of Historic Places.
Contact one of our charter brokers today, and ask how you can get 200.00 off of your first charter experience with 26 North Yachts, now operators of the largest yacht charter fleet north of Miami!
Choosing the right charter experience can be challenging. If you would like to benefit from our expertise in these areas, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Charter Specialists, or call us at 954-235-3468