Do not skip the Bahamas!
There are some who think that the Bahamas, being so close to the US, are really just an extension of that large country and as such, are hardly worth visiting. And of course, there are many cruisers who do travel to the Bahamas but, for any number of reasons, venture no further. I suspect that many of these people believe that the “really nice places” lie further south, just out of their reach.
Those of us who have spent some time in the Bahamas, and have then gone on to travel further, know just how wrong this way of thinking really is. In fact, on multiple occasions we have had a conversation with cruising friends down here which basically boils down to “if it wasn’t so darn far to get back to the Bahamas, we’d go back for another visit.” To stretch that even further, if there was no such thing as hurricanes, I bet a large number of cruisers would never leave there!
No, as you can likely tell from the hair, this is not a current pic.
This shot, and the others in this post, were taken during our stay in the Exumas.
The crystal clear waters of the Bahamas are without parallel. While we have been to many beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, none have quite had that Bahamian water clarity. For those who enjoy stopping off at deserted beaches for a little quiet and privacy, nowhere is that easier to do than there. The islands are a diving and snorkeling paradise and when it comes to fish, we had friends who would routinely, after just a few hours of hunting, bring back a large feed of lobster and fish for dinner.
Are the Bahamas perfect? No place is. For starters, there is that hurricane thing that I mentioned. Most insurance companies frown upon boats remaining in that area during the windy season. And even if the weather doesn’t turn quite that sour, the Bahamas are still pretty far north, and in the winter months it can get a bit chilly, especially with the fronts that seem to blow through just about every other week. The Bahamas are also a bit expensive when it come to provisioning as, unlike the fertile islands of the Caribbean, nothing is really grown there, the food is all imported. So no, not perfect, but that said, the islands are still pretty awesome.
We haven’t been in the Bahamas for a year and a half and it’s unlikely we’ll be back there in the very near future. This post is for all of our readers who are making their way south on their initial voyage. Please don’t fall into the trap of thinking that the “grass is greener on the other side.” The Bahamas have a lot to offer so enjoy yourself while you’re there. We sure did!