For those who call Florida home or who venture there from northern waters, the Bahamas make a great weekend getaway or extended stay. Or both! Once you visit we suspect you'll want to return to explore all the picturesque waters have to offer.
Throughout the Bahamas you'll find top-notch marinas that provide a safe and relaxing stay. Here are some of our favorite – and convenient – marinas to consider:
Bimini is probably the most popular target destination for folks crossing over to the Bahamas from Florida. Bimini Sands Resort and Marina is located on South Bimini Island, and features excellent amenities including a great sushi restaurant, and excursion tours that will take you scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming with dolphins, which are prevalent in the area. Bimini Sands also has resort condos available, if you’d like a to stay on land; this option makes Bimini Sands a great weekend destination from Florida for folks with smaller (at least 20’-30’ recommended) center console power boats.
Old Bahama Bay is located in West End on Grand Bahama Island, the other popular stopover for folks preparing to go through customs and immigration in the Bahamas. Roughly 60 miles from Palm Beach, this is an excellent place to shoot for in terms of landing in the islands. Old Bahama Bay is a gorgeous resort, featuring guest houses and many activities in and out of the water (but let’s be realistic: in the Bahamas, you want to be IN the water 😃 ). There is also a Tiki Bar and restaurant to visit for some local flavor.
Just down the coastline from West End on Grand Bahama Island is the town of Freeport. Grand Bahama is full of fun activities and things to see and do, including The Unexso Dive Center, which is located close to the harbor in Port Lucaya. Check out the Grand Bahama website for great ideas for activities. There are many resorts and marinas in Freeport, so make sure to check out the listings on Dockwa, and see which marina suits you and your boat the best.
Located in the Abacos to the east of Grand Bahamas Island, Treasure Cay Marina is part of the larger Treasure Cay Resort, so you have the option to stay on or off the boat. The resort also features a great golf course and spa. There are also a ton of adventurous excursions, including going to see the “swimming pigs” on No Name Cay (pictured above) and other islands.
Valentine’s Resort and Marina is located on Eleuthera Island, which is one of the larger islands in the Bahamas. The resort also includes condos and other places to stay, so you can sleep off the boat here as well. Make sure to check out the Glass Window rock formation and bridge, which connects the major parts of the island.
Explore the simple island life at Davis Harbour Marina, located southwest of Freetown on Eleuthera. With friendly, expert staff and a prime location, this marina is the perfect jumping off point for boaters interested in bone fishing and deep sea fishing, on-site diving tours, or the peace and quiet offered by the deserted Wood & Water Cay beach.
Tucked into Green Turtle Cay in the Out Islands of Abaco, Green Turtle Marina offers peace of mind as well as a slew of activities including deep sea fishing, ocean fishing, bone fishing, diving, boat rentals. Take a 10-minute stroll to the breathtaking white-sand beaches on the Atlantic Ocean.
By: Adrian Mott
Published on 2/25/16 8:00 AM