All in all, we love the Bahamas and its quirky tropical delights and heavenly scenery, and we know you will, too. Flexible date change or cancellation is available up to 15 days before check-in on selected vessels, so be sure to check with the individual boat owners what the conditions are for your chosen boat.
As a rough guide though, a sailboat charter in the Bahamas in high season will cost at least $3659 per week in high season, whereas to rent a sailboat in the Bahamas in low season, you will be looking to pay at least $2274 per week.
Bareboat rentals in the Bahamas are perfect for anyone who wants a little more adventure and the freedom to be as spontaneous as they please. If you would prefer a more relaxing holiday, however, you should hire a boat with a skipper, who can take you to all the best places in this idyllic island nation.
Some of these other locations include:
There are also usually free buoys available, which can help avoid the costly fees of marinas in the north of the Bahamas.
Thanks to the beautifully transparent sea here, anchoring is easy and also means you have no excuse to not see the coral reef! Please remember to respect the wondrous sea life that the Bahamas are blessed with and to anchor carefully.
The climate is perfect for a sailboat rental in the Bahamas all year round, with temperatures that stay consistently above 20ºC.
The seasons are generally divided into two with the dry season lasting from December to April and the wet season featuring a hurricane season from July to September.
Water temperatures average between 24ºC and 28ºC, meaning swimming with the stingrays is pleasant all year round.
The trade winds in the Bahamas, also referred to as the Alizé, are gentle winds that blow throughout the year. From July to September, winds grow stronger with the rain and this area is susceptible to hurricanes, making the conditions less favourable for a Bahamas sailing vacation.
For this reason, it might be better to book your sailboat rental in the Bahamas during the shoulder season. If you go from October to November or from March to May, you should manage to avoid the crowds, while still taking advantage of the fantastic weather.
The only time we would recommend that you avoid going sailing in the Bahamas is from July until September, during the hurricane season. Although hurricanes don’t always hit the Bahamas, the weather during these months is likely to be unpredictable and there may be days when you are unable to sail, due to the dangerous conditions. In order to avoid such disruptions to your holiday, we would avoid these months completely. However, if you have to go then, make sure you keep an eye on the weather forecast and ideally rent a boat with a skipper who knows the surrounding seas very well.
You can try out a variety of different water sports, such as jet skiing, water skiing, windsurfing, and sea kayaking. These are all fairly standard things that you should have the opportunity to do on many of the Caribbean islands. What makes the Bahamas stand out are the more unique experiences available to you.
The Bahamas has a plethora of unique diving and snorkelling opportunities available to you. One such opportunity comes in the form of the Ocean Atlas statue, the tallest underwater statue in the world. In fact, this statue is so big it had to be assembled underwater. You can also feed the sharks, provided you go with a trained professional. Everyone who has participated in this experience has agreed that it is truly spectacular and the sort of thing you really can’t experience anywhere else.
The Bahamas is also one of the only places you can go swimming with dolphins in the wild. This is a very different experience than swimming with dolphins in captivity and much more special. You also have to try your hand at a spot of fishing when you rent a sailboat in the Bahamas. This is a perfect activity for the whole year, but you will catch different species depending on when you go. During the winter, you might catch a barracuda, a grouper, or maybe even a blue marlin, a prized catch for any fisherman. In the summer, the list of potential catches is no less impressive, with amberjack, snappers, and blackfin tuna at the top of the list.
If you have a little more time and are feeling adventurous, you could even start your Bahamas sailing vacation a little earlier, and fly to Miami, the Florida Keys, or Cuba before setting sail for the Bahamas.