Proposed Bahamas Sailing Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive at Treasure Cay...
When you arrive in Treasure Cay you can get all of your necessities out of the way before you set sail for Great Guana Cay; the largest of the offshore cays stretching 7 miles. After sailing for about 2 hours you’ll arrive at a secluded island hideaway with one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Fewer than 100 people inhabit the island. We suggest you anchor in the harbor here, dinghy ashore and spend the remainder of the day exploring the town, the beach, and having drinks at Nippers.
Day 2: Picturesque village at Man-O-War
Set sail for Man-O-War, a small cay south of Great Guana, well known for its wooden boat-building industry. It is worth heading to shore to explore the picturesque village with its colorful houses and quaint paths. The majority of locals walks or bicycles around the island. Alcoholic beverages are neither sold nor served on Man-O-War, and the accepted dress code is more stringent than anywhere else in the Abacos. Most of the 100 inhabitants are direct descendants of Revolutionary Loyalists. If you take care to respect the local customs this island will reward you with peace and beauty.
Day 3: The charming islands of the Abacos
We recommend heading to Elbow Cay, one of the most charming islands in the Abacos. Even though it’s just a short sail from Man-O-War, the main settlement of Hopetown resembles a quaint New England village. The harbor is surrounded by restaurants and shops.
Standing guard is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world; a red-and-white striped landmark that was built by the British Imperial Lighthouse Service in 1863. It still uses a wind-up brass mechanism, and its light beam can be seen at night for more than twenty miles.
Contrast this boldly colored lighthouse with Hopetown's charming turn-of-the-century homes all painted in pastels. The beach has powdery pink sand and is protected by an extensive reef, abundant and absolutely glorious. If you are interested in snorkeling you can easily reach this gorgeous reef.
Day 4: Abaco is filled with turtles and dolphin
Head southward and enjoy the open water as you sail to the eastern tip of Great Abaco Island; a lovely, protected anchorage called Little Harbor. This area is filled with turtles and dolphin coming to feed in the protected waters. A lighthouse guards the rocky shore and the ocean passage to the east. For a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean, climb to the top of the lighthouse.
Randolph Johnson founded an art colony here in 1950; it is now home to his unique foundry and gallery. After a long day on the Sea of Abaco you will appreciate Pete's Pub; a fun, open air beach bar that seems to attract characters from all over the world. Drop your anchor here and stay awhile.
Day 5: Sand dollars and rare shells
Traveling slowly northward toward Treasure Cay; making stops along the way at Lynyard Cay, Sandy Cay and Tiloo Bank- the only bank in the Abacos. Tilloo is fascinating as it is a living organism, covered with sand dollars and rare shells. The snorkeling here takes place in 3-4 feet of crystal-clear water over white sand and is breathtakingly beautiful. You will spend at least a few minutes here soaking up the splendor and wondering how you could ever leave…
Day 6: A day full of relaxing and exploring
We always recommend a “cooling-out” day at the end of the journey. It helps get you back into the swing of life among the landlocked. You can arrive at Treasure Cay by mid-morning and just relax and explore. Treasure Cay has one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world, 3 1/2 miles of white sand and turquoise water for your enjoyment. You can also do some shopping in Treasure Cay, where you will find a wonderful selection of perfumes, jewelry, watches, Cuban cigars, island clothing and, of course, Bahamian art and handicraft.
The Abacos is an entire chain of enchanting islands sitting in the midst of a warm, calm sea making it one of the world's best sailing and cruising areas. Considered to be the sailing capital of the Bahamas since Colonial times, making the area a boater's paradise! The coastline is scalloped with bays, coves and protected harbors featuring full-service marinas and resorts. The large island also acts like a mainland, with a long string of barrier islands lying off its East Coast. The Sea of Abaco is a brilliant-blue body of water that is fairly shallow and protected but still large enough to offer miles and miles of sailing and exploring fun.