A Bahamas cruising itinerary will take you north and south of bustling Marsh Harbour to explore the nearby islands and cays on an adventure ideal for the entire family in the sheltered Sea of Abaco. One day you’ll be anchored off an uninhabited cay to snorkel on coral reefs in crystal clear water with excellent visibility, and the next you’ll be strolling the quiet streets of towns that were first settled hundreds of years ago (see Bahamas maps). And, of course, the chartering is superb.

Day 1
Great Guana Cay

Great Guana Cay

Known for its expansive white-sand beach on the Atlantic side, Great Guana Cay is sparsely populated with few stores or restaurants. It’s an incredibly scenic island, one that will inspire you to return for more fun. Cruising in Bakers Bay, the prettiest anchorage in the vicinity is a great way to end the day. Another popular spot perfect for a beach day is Bakers Bay, this spot has a scenic sunset anchorage, a beautiful beach, but activities must be limited to the beach.

Day 2
Manjack Cay

Manjack Cay

Let the ocean waves brushing the white sand beaches on this uninhabited island lull you into a relaxing state while you explore. This cay has plenty of activities to keep you busy for the day starting with snorkeling the nearby reefs. These are some of the healthiest reefs in the area and they are bursting with marine life. There are also two well-known hiking trails on this cay that are marked with signs. Explore the mangroves while you are here and take in the wildlife as fish and turtles surround you. 

Day 3
Green Turtle Cay

Green Turtle Cay

New Plymouth, the quaint village on Green Turtle Cay, is the epitome of Bahamian charm with its narrow streets, white picket fences, and brightly painted buildings. First settled in 1783, at the end of the American Revolution, it grew into the second largest city in the Bahamas by the 1800s. Now it’s known for its shops, restaurants, and historic sites popular among boaters, making New Plymouth yachting a delight. The two main harbors are White Sound to the north and Black Sound to the south.

Day 4
Hope Town

Hope Town

Elbow Cay has much to offer cruisers, including historic Hope Town, White Sound, and Tahiti Beach. Snorkeling, scuba diving, watersports, shopping, and fine dining are all popular pastimes. Yachting in Tahiti Beach waters is a highlight of cruising to Elbow Cay, this spot offers a great anchorage and access to a tidal sand bar and beach. Many guests also enjoy exploring Elbow Cay by land via Golf Carts. 

Day 5
Little Harbour

Little Harbour

If there ever was a place that time seems to have forgotten, it’s the picturesque and secluded anchorage at Little Harbour on Great Abaco. A narrow spit separates the harbor from the Atlantic – the surf booms and the balmy trade winds gently sweep across the white-sand beach. The abandoned lighthouse perched on the spit stands as a lonely sentinel, a vestige of the past. Best known for the internationally acclaimed artist, the late Randolph Johnston, who established an art colony at Little Harbour with his wife, Margot, in the 1950s, the arts still flourish in this idyllic place. Yachting in Little Harbour waters transports you back to a time when the Bahamas remained an undiscovered paradise

Day 6
Lynyard Cay

Lynyard Cay

This long skinny island is a perfect place to drop anchor safe from the ocean waves of the Atlantic and east winds. Dingy ashore for a quick walk across the cay to the Atlantic side for pristine beaches and views. This quiet and remote spot is ideal for a long walk on the beach or a relaxing sunbathing session. 

Day 7
Man-O-War Cay

Man-O-War Cay

Man-O-War Cay is a quiet community of roughly 200 residents, many of whom earn a living in the boatbuilding trade, which dates back about a century. The original settlers, who first came to the cay in 1820, farmed the land, but they eventually gave it up in favor of crafting vessels from wood, such as the famous Abaco dinghy. In keeping with tradition, no alcohol is sold anywhere, but cruisers are welcome to enjoy sundowners aboard their yachts. Exploring the village on foot is a delight, taking you into some unique shops or to one of the casual restaurants for conch fritters. The white-sand beaches on the Atlantic side are stunning, making Man-O-War Cay yachting an unforgettable experience.

Day 1
Great Guana Cay

Great Guana Cay

Known for its expansive white-sand beach on the Atlantic side, Great Guana Cay is sparsely populated with few stores or restaurants. It’s an incredibly scenic island, one that will inspire you to return for more fun. Cruising in Bakers Bay, the prettiest anchorage in the vicinity is a great way to end the day. Another popular spot perfect for a beach day is Bakers Bay, this spot has a scenic sunset anchorage, a beautiful beach, but activities must be limited to the beach.

Day 2

Spanish Cay

Spanish Cay yachting is the essence of luxury at this private resort island. There are many amenities and three great beaches.

Day 3

Moraine Cay

Cruising in Moraine Cay waters takes you out beyond Great Abaco Island to the incredibly beautiful cays and reefs north of Little Abaco. It’s isolated, scenic, and serene in this tropical paradise. Moraine Cay is perched atop the reef system and is vaguely reminiscent of the South Pacific. You’ll definitely get a good sense of the “Out Islands” and why they are so popular.

Day 4
Green Turtle Cay

Green Turtle Cay

New Plymouth, the quaint village on Green Turtle Cay, is the epitome of Bahamian charm with its narrow streets, white picket fences, and brightly painted buildings. First settled in 1783, at the end of the American Revolution, it grew into the second largest city in the Bahamas by the 1800s. Now it’s known for its shops, restaurants, and historic sites popular among boaters, making New Plymouth yachting a delight. The two main harbors are White Sound to the north and Black Sound to the south.

Day 5

Treasure Cay

Treasure Cay was developed as a resort in the 1950s, the first of its kind in the Abacos. It has since grown into a thriving tourist destination famous for its beautiful crescent-shaped, white-sand beach ideal for swimming, sunbathing, and watersports of all kinds. Treasure Cay cruising is a must during any charter in the Sea of Abaco.

Day 6

Settlement Harbour

Cruising in Settlement Harbour waters brings you to the southern end of Great Guana Cay, where you’ll find a number of attractions within an easy walk from your luxury yacht that you can’t easily reach from Bakers Bay at the northwest end of the island. Although it is still a sleepy hamlet, Settlement Harbour has undergone development in recent years, boosting its popularity as a great place to visit during a Bahamas luxury yacht charter.

Day 7

Elbow Cay

Elbow Cay has much to offer cruisers, including historic Hope Town, White Sound, and Tahiti Beach. Snorkeling, scuba diving, watersports, shopping, and fine dining are all popular pastimes. Yachting in Tahiti Beach waters is a highlight of cruising to Elbow Cay.

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