The Abaco Islands are the actual sailing waters of the Bahamas, they are easy to navigate and ideal for beginners.
The Abaco Islands are the heart of Yacht Charter Area in The Bahamas where there is over 130 miles of island paradise to be explored. There are the two main islands of Great Abaco and Little Abaco, and many cays such as: Wood Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Great Guana Cay, Gorda Cay, Elbow Cay, Man-o-War Cay, Stranger's Cay, Umbrella Cay and Walker's Cay. Countless beautiful bays, pristine beaches and miles of untouched sand can be found in the Bahamas. The crystal clear waters contain many colorful coral reefs and sea life such as dolphins, turtles, eagle rays, barracudas and exotic fish.
The Abaco Islands have an extensive sailing infrastructure. The marinas are short distances from one another and have good care facilities. Many well-known islands such as Elbow Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Great Guana Cay and Man-O-War Cay offer complete services for sailing crews. A good starting point is Marsh Harbor - the city is located on the east coast of Great Abaco and has several marinas. Getting there is easy, because the airport is just a few kilometers away from the harbor. At Treasure Cay in the northern part of the island there is even a second airport. The sailing area around the Abaco Islands is sheltered by a large coral reef off the Atlantic. Navigation is simple but caution is required in the shallows and around the many sand bars and reefs. Ideal weather conditions, short sailing times and a superb infrastructure make the Abaco islands perfect for beginners.
Sailing around the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas is truly blissful. There are plenty of lovely out islands to discover amidst the turquoise waters, filled with pastel towns and soft sandy beaches. Marsh Harbour is the best place to begin an Abacos charter, as there are many boats available and the marina here has excellent facilities.
The Bahamas have the perfect weather for sailing. There is a subtropical climate and all year round sunshine. During the summer months the average temperature is 30 °C. The warmest months are July and August when it stays around 37 °C. Thanks to the warm Gulf Stream the winter temperatures rarely drop below 20 °C. The water is warm and depending on the season is between 24 and 28 °C. The winds blow at 3-5 Bft, reliably and consistently from the west. In midsummer, it can blow a little weaker. In December and January the trade winds are stronger and thunderstorms occur. The hurricane season runs from June to November and sailing is not advised at this time.