The Bahamas
"Exumas"

The Bahamas is home to 700 islands, consisting of 2000 cays that form an archipelago. This sovereign, independent, English-speaking country is officially known as the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and is located just southeast of the United States, in the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll find The Bahamas to the north of Cuba, Hispaniola (the Dominican Republic & Haiti) and the Caribbean Sea, and northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Bimini (known too as the gateway to the Bahamas) is the island closest to the United States, with Great Inagua’s furthest. The low, flat islands have ridges that typically only rise between 15 and 20m, and the highest recorded point is Mount Alvernia (Como Hill), with an altitude of 63m. The Turks and Caicos Islands are in the southeast, while three more extensive submarine features called Mouchoir Bank, Silver Bank, and Navidad Bank, are geographically a continuation of the Bahamas but not part of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

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Marinas

Palm Cay Marina

Palm Cay Marina is situated on the southeastern shore of New Providence, only 28 miles away from the Exumas, making Palm Cay the departure destination to adventure through the Bahamas islands. In addition, Palm Cay is just 15 minutes drive from Paradise Island, plus 35 minutes from Sir Lynden Pindling International Airport. There is a complimentary shuttle service available to take you anywhere on the island.

Address: Yamacraw Hill Road, Nassau, Bahamas
Phone: +1 242-676-8554
Email:  marina@​palmcay.com
Website:  https://palmcay.com/the-marina/
VHF Channels:  16
Open:  All year
Max Length Berths:  70ft
Number of Berths:  194

Marina Services:

• 194 slips, full service, deep-water marina
• 24 hour security with sea gate
• Fuel dock facility (Gas and Diesel)
• Fish cleaning station
• Vessels from 18′ to 70′
• 8ft at low tide
• Monitor VHF-16
• Marina store
• Power, water, Wi-Fi
• Boat cleaning

A birds eye view facing towards Palm Cay Marina, the Exumas, Bahamas.
A birds eye view facing towards Palm Cay Marina, the Exumas, Bahamas.
A catamaran passing through the entrance channel into Palm Cay Marina, Exumas, The Bahamas.
A catamaran passing through the entrance channel into Palm Cay Marina, Exumas, The Bahamas.
Birds eye view of Emerald Bay Marina, adjacent to the Sandals Resort, Exumas, Bahamas
Birds eye view of Emerald Bay Marina, adjacent to the Sandals Resort, Exumas, Bahamas
A closer look inside Emerald Bay Marina and the emerald blue waters, Exumas, Bahamas
A closer look inside Emerald Bay Marina and the emerald blue waters, Exumas, Bahamas

Emerald Bay Marina

Emerald Bay Marina is the perfect yachting paradise, assured to elevate the luxurious island experience the Exumas offers. The 23-acre marina boasts deep water and yacht slips up to 150, berthing a maximum size of a massive 260ft in length. Emerald Bay Marina also features a selection of charming amenities, such as the floating docks of Bellingham. Throughout your stay, you can visit the dockside restaurant to enjoy exquisite cuisine, adventure out onto the gorgeous 18=hole championship golf course close to the marina, or relax by the private clubhouse.

Address: Emerald Bay Resort
Phone: +1 242-336-6100
Email:  emunroe@grp.sandals.com
Websitehttps://www.marinaemeraldbay.com/https://palmcay.com/the-marina/
VHF Channels:  16 & 11
Open:  All year
Max Length Berths:  240ft
Number of Berths:  133

Marina Services:

  • 133 boat slips
  • Sewage pump-outs at each slips
  • 30/50/100 amp 120/240 (3ph)
  • R/O Water
  • High capacity fuel tanks with high volume pumps
  • Floating docks
  • Slips from 40ft to 240ft
  • 14ft MLW
  • 24 hour security
  • Monitoring Channel 16 & Channel 11

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Map and Chart of The Bahamas
Map and Chart of The Bahamas

The Weather

The Bahamas has two seasons, winter and summer, and the climate of the archipelago is semitropical.  Between May and November, warm, tropical and moist air masses dominate this climate throughout the summer, moving north through the Caribbean.  Typically, summer temperatures sit between 21 °C to 34 °C, with relative humidity at 60-100%.  Between December and April, cold polar masses from North America affect this climate, and temperatures sit between 15 °C to 24 °C.

Rainfall throughout the year typically averages 52 inches/1,320 mm, concentrated during the months’ May to June and September to October.  Rain appears in sometimes intense but short-lasting showers accompanied by gusty winds and followed by clear skies.  If anything, they can be somewhat refreshing on a hot, humid day.  

The winds are predominantly the easterly tradewinds and, through October to April, become northeasterly and southeasterly between May to September.  You’d rarely see these winds above 13 knots, other than during hurricane season, which is best to be avoided.  The hurricane season in the Bahamas typically arises from June to November, with most arriving through July and October.  The last major hurricane to devastate the Bahamas was Category 5 on September 1st 2019.  

Although extraordinarily rare, and during Arctic outbreaks that affect Florida, temperatures have been known to drop as low as 3°C, which occurrences of snow mixed with rain.   

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Places To Visit in the Bahamas

Highborne Cay

Highborne Cay is world-renowned as the gateway to the ultimate ephemeral islands – The Exuma Cays, and especially, this privately owned island welcomes yachtsmen and guests to its first-class marina and luxury cottages.  It’s simply a dream location for an overnight stay.  Enjoy snorkelling, kayaking, swimming and paddle boarding at the uninhabited beach at Horshoe Bay, home to the remarkable Octopus Garden reef.  

Approximately 1 mile to the north, you’ll find Allan’s Cay.  Here, the large Igaunanas reaching almost 3 feet, residing at Leaf Cay Beach, will welcome you ashore.  This is a great spot to explore and snorkel.  

During the evening, enjoy panoramic ocean views over cocktails and dinner at the hilltop restaurant.  An unspoiled, paradisical backdrop of stunning Bahamian sunset awaits.  

Highbourne Cay Marina, Exumas, Bahamas
Highbourne Cay Marina, Exumas, Bahamas
Highbourne Cay, Beach, Exumas, Bahamas
Highbourne Cay, Beach, Exumas, Bahamas
Norman Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
Norman Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
Pablo Escobar's Plane Wreck, Norman Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
Pablo Escobar's Plane Wreck, Norman Cay, Exumas, Bahamas

Norman Cay

A lush, pristine coral reef surrounds Norman Cay.  This, combined with the neighbouring islets, make this one of the most memorable and striking stops of your sailing Exumas itinerary.  The impeccable conditions here are primed for all things water and beach; snorkelling, paddleboarding, swimming, exploring and simply relaxing in the glorious Bahamian sunshine.  

At the southwest point of Norman’s Cay, you’ll find Pablo Escobar’s drug smuggling plane wreck at 10 feet below the surface, an underwater habit for a vast array of tropical, vibrant fish and coral.  Ashore, take a wander along Twinkie Beach, where you’ll find a great selection of seashells for your collections and home to the lone palm tree.

Great Guana Cay

Great Guana Cay, one of the largest anchorages within the Exumas and, importantly, does not have any moorings.  However, the approach is straightforward and offers excellent protection, with Great Guana Cay providing an authentic “Out Islands” experience.  

In the charming small town of Black Point Settlement, the locals are warm and welcoming, allowing you to become immersed in the easy-going island culture.  Gaze upon the handwoven, palm-leaf baskets crafted by local women, indulge in traditional Bahamian cuisine and order homemade, fresh bread straight from Lorraine’s Cafe – picking it up the next morning.  

The dredged channel at Bakers Bay, Great Guana Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
The dredged channel at Bakers Bay, Great Guana Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
Big Point, Great Guana Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
Big Point, Great Guana Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
Norman Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
Norman Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
Pablo Escobar's Plane Wreck, Norman Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
Pablo Escobar's Plane Wreck, Norman Cay, Exumas, Bahamas

Norman Cay

A lush, pristine coral reef surrounds Norman Cay.  This, combined with the neighbouring islets, make this one of the most memorable and striking stops of your sailing Exumas itinerary.  The impeccable conditions here are primed for all things water and beach; snorkelling, paddleboarding, swimming, exploring and simply relaxing in the glorious Bahamian sunshine.  

At the southwest point of Norman’s Cay, you’ll find Pablo Escobar’s drug smuggling plane wreck at 10 feet below the surface, an underwater habit for a vast array of tropical, vibrant fish and coral.  Ashore, take a wander along Twinkie Beach, where you’ll find a great selection of seashells for your collections and home to the lone palm tree.

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