Yacht /Boat, The Bahamas
Hi - A group of 20 or so will be in Miami for a wedding, and thought about chartering a catamaran to the Bahamas, and would like to do it over a week´s time in mid-April. Although we have a "captain" or two in our group, we thought it be best to charter it captained by a professional who knows the waters during that time of the year. Thanks for your suggestions!
A number of cruises are available:
(1) Bahama Fast Ferries - 323-2166
(2) Barefoot Sailing Cruises 393-0820
(3) Flying Cloud 363-4430
(4) Island World Adventures 357-7782
(5) Island Tours Party Cat
(6) Powerboat Adventures
(7) Sea Island Adventures 325-3910/328-2581
(8) Seaworld Explorer 356-2548
(9) Robinson Crusoe 322-2606
(10) Island Tours 327-8653/327-0504
(11) Stuart Coves 362-4171
We took a boat out to the ocean to Para-Sail and it was a great ride with the crew and the others we met. Water splashing all around and the sun shinning down, just hold on to your hat because at high speeds you can lose it!
There are multiple ways to get to the Bahamas - by air (keeping in mind that the guy that met us at the plane told us to call when we got to the airport - that he met people not planes - and the plane was indeed late), by sea plane, by cruise ship, by private boat (one of the best ways IMHO), and by Bahamian mail boat (the cheapest way).
Depending on your destination, the Bimini's and West Emd on Grand Bahama, and Walkers' Cay in the northern Abaco's may be reached by boat in about 10 hours from the east coast of Florida, or plane (commercial or private) from anywhere. The out islands are reached by transfering to Bahamasair or private planes.
Airplanes or boat from island to island. Taxi's in cities on the larger islands.
We sailed from island to island. On the islands we relied on locals to drive us. We found that the locals monitor the sailor's radio channels and one can arrange a ride from wherever you are moored. In Provodenciales, Caicos island, we caught many rides with a fellow named Morris. He would take us anywhere we wanted and then come back and pick us up -- all for around $10. On Cat Island we rode bikes that Hawk's Nest provided to it's guests. On Eleuthera, you can rent a local's car (like the old Chevy that was used to take us to the doctor). It gives the locals some money and you get to drive around on your own. There weren't any car rental agencies anywhere we went. It was too remote.
Easy access to The Bahamas is one reason for its long-standing popularity as a winter holiday destination. Only a few miles from the south Florida coast, in fact closer than Caribbean destinations, the islands can be reached quickly either by air or by sea.
The best way to get to Bimini is by boat. A quick trip by motorboat or relaxing sail across the Gulfstream from South Florida will have you there in about 8 hours. If you are in a hurry hop aboard a sea-plane, which lands in the water and is quite an experience if you've never tried it.
Bimini is small and can be seen on foot. Or explore the island by bicycle, which you can rent from the local Scuba Shop.
THERE ARE OTHER ISLANDS WITHIN CLOSE PROXIMITY OF EXUMA BY BOAT, AND THE BEACHES, AT LEAST ON THE ISLANDS WE VISITED, ARE GREAT. THIS STARFISH WAS RIGHT OFF SHORE.