The Caribbean offers some of the top yachting destinations in the world. With hundreds of tropical islands, you can find everything in the Caribbean: deserted sandy beaches you typically only find in a magazine, luxurious resorts, incredible wildlife, entertainment and nightlife. Regardless of how big or small your yacht is, there are a myriad of options and accommodations throughout the Caribbean. While there are countless destinations, we’ve listed five yachting destinations for your consideration (as well as one Florida destination). Without further ado, here are six destinations in Florida and the Caribbean to consider as you plan your next yachting adventure.
Located roughly 250 miles southeast of Florida and 75 miles south of Nassau, Staniel Cay is a small island (less than 2 square miles) that is part of The Exuma Cays, a district of the Bahamas. The white sandy beaches and clear blue water make Staniel Cay one of the most visited islands in the Exumas. There is a small village on the island with a few restaurants and bars, a handful of retail stores and a marine supply shop. Despite its small size, Staniel Cay does have an airport. The Staniel Cay Yacht Club Marina accommodates yachts up to 210 feet with drafts up to 12 feet. The marina offers fuel, power, water, ice and more. “Pig Beach” at nearby Big Majors Spot is a popular attraction where you can see the famous swimming pigs right on the beach.
Located just 35 miles southeast of New Providence, Highbourne Cay is often referred to as the gateway to the Exuma Cays. The island boasts incredible beaches where you’ll find the best of the Bahamas without the crowds. The first class marina at Highbourne Cay can accommodate yachts up to 180 feet with 8 feet of draft. The marina is a popular destination, so calling ahead for reservations is recommended. Luxury cottages are available for those looking to stay at Highbourne Cay.
With its warm, turquoise blue waters and glamorous attractions, Nassau and Paradise Island are ideal yachting destinations in the Caribbean. Nassau is located on the island of New Providence and is the capital of the Bahamas. Paradise Island is connected to Nassau by bridge and is a world class playground for adults and kids alike. The 685 acre island boasts world class resorts, casinos, restaurants, golf, water parks and nightlife. Oh, and the beaches are incredible too. Atlantis Resort is the widely know resort located on Paradise Island. The Atlantis Resort has a premier marina that can accommodate vessels up to 240 feet.
Sometimes referred to as the sportfishing center of the Bahamas, Harbour Island attracts yachtsmen and anglers from around the world. Valentines Resort & Marina at Harbour Island is an upscale resort that appeals to both the adventurous and the laid-back. Visitors enjoy exploring nearby Dunmore Town, a 300-year old settlement that once served as the capital of the Bahamas. The marina at Valentines Resort can handle vessels up to 200 feet and features fuel service, water, wireless internet and more.
The northernmost cay in the Exuma Land and Sea Park, Shroud Cay is an uninhabited island with gorgeous scenery and fun activities for all ages. Whether you choose to kayak the mangrove channels, hike to higher vantage points for impressive views or swim in the warm waters, Shroud Cay is a wonderful yachting destination for families. There is not a marina on the island, so plan to anchor off shore and take your dinghy to land.
The southernmost point of the continental United States, Key West is a popular yachting destination. Whether you’re there for the outstanding fishing, snorkeling reefs, enjoying the sunsets or learning about Florida’s history, Key West has something for everyone. The nearby Dry Tortugas National Park is a popular day trip from Key West where you can swim, snorkel, kayak, explore the historic Fort Jefferson or seek out the wildlife (sea turtles, birds and more!). The Galleon Marina at Key West can accommodate yachts up to 150 feet.
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