If you’re thinking about a charter vacation in the Bahamas, the Exumas are open for business as usual. The Exumas avoided the destruction of Hurricane Dorian, and they’re are as beautiful and welcoming as ever. Dream Yacht Charter, based in Nassau, has power cruising boats for charter there from 37 to 63 feet.
The Exumas are an exotic collection of 365 cays and islands starting just 26 nm below Nassau. They basically are divided into three major areas – Great Exuma, Little Exuma, and The Exuma Cays, each with its own character and attractions. Great Exuma and Little Exuma, for example, are fairly laidback and relaxed, while The Exuma Cays lean more to the rich and famous, with private homes, luxury resorts and waterfront condos; they also are home to the “mile-long sandbar,” a stretch of white sand that emerges from the blue-green water at low tide.
On a charter, you can cruise to the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park at Warderick Wells, one of the largest marine parks in the world. You can hike up Boo Boo Hill and see the blow holes there, or explore some of the world’s oldest stromatolite reefs. If you like animals, you can swim with the nurse sharks at Compass Cay, swim with the pigs at Big Major Cay, and feed the iguanas at Allen Cay.
If you want to play James Bond, you can dive at the Thunderball Grotto near Staniel Cay. If you want to remember the Miami Vice days, cruise over to Norman’s Cay, the former hideout of Carlos Lehder of the Medellín cartel, who’s now in jail in the U.S. A smuggler’s plane is still in the water there.
The Exumas have a series of docking facilities and six full-service marinas to make cruising life easy. But they also have miles and miles of cays and hidden coves that you simply won’t see in other parts of the world. Drop the hook at any of these, feel your blood pressure drop, and enjoy life. Read more: