Our sample itinerary for sailing the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas. This is a two-week sail starting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Day 1 – Arrive at Fun In The Sun Marina by 12:00 Noon, do inventory, mechanical check out, chart briefing, provisioning, and load boat. Make for a late evening departure from Ft. Lauderdale so you will arrive in daylight hours. It is approximately a 9 to 11 hour passage depending on conditions. (72 NM)
Day 2 – Arrive at Old Bahama Bay Marina, West End Grand Bahama early in the morning. Then clear customs and immigration and let the Captain get a nap while the crew checks out the village and resort. Go out to dinner at the restaurant. Spend the night at the Marina.
Day 3– Depart Old Bahama Bay Marina early and sail to Great Sale Cay (47 NM). Anchor at Great Sale Cay and swim, snorkel, fish, kayak, explore the cay, etc. Have dinner on the boat. Spend the night at Great Sale Cay.
Day 4 – Make for an early morning departure from Great Sale Cay. Sail to Green Turtle Cay in the Abaco Islands (50 NM). Spend the night at a Marina in Black Sound or anchored out.
Day 5 – Spend the day checking out the island at Green Turtle. Explore the village of New Plymouth. Eat at the local restaurants and have a drink at the local watering holes.
Day 6– Depart Green Turtle and sail to Hope Town (24 NM). Anchor in the harbor and spend the night on the hook.
Day 7 – Check out the island during the morning. It is worthwhile spending some time in this quintessential Bahamian out island village. Have lunch ashore and depart in the afternoon for Marsh Harbour (7 NM). Stay at Mangoes Marina in Marsh Harbour or anchor out.
Day 8 – Depart Marsh Harbor and sail to Great Guana Cay. (7 NM) The anchorage behind the settlement is nice with a NNE through SSE wind. If the wind is out of the west there is a fine dock at Guana Cay Resort.
Day 9 – Check out Nippers on the beach, where you will find an Island Pig Roast every Sunday. Depart Guana Cay in the afternoon and sail to Treasure Cay (10 NM). Once in Treasure Cay, there is a wonderful marina with all the amenities.
Day 10 – Depart Treasure Cay and sail to Allan Cay (37 NM). Anchor for the night. Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach on this uninhabited Island. Spend the night on the hook
Day 11 – Depart Allan Cay and sail NNW to Double Breasted Cay, 5-7 hour passage (36 NM).
Day 12 – Spend the day exploring this island gem. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the Abacos are on this uninhabited Island. Depart late afternoon from Double Breasted Cay and sail to the Marina at Walker’s Cay, (10 NM).
Day 13 – Get an early start and sail to West End across the Little Bahama Bank (47 NM)
Day 14 – Get an early start and sail back across the Gulf Stream knowing that it is going to take you bit longer this way since you are against the current. 12 – 14 hour passage. (72 NM) Day 15 – Clear Customs, clean up, pack up, and depart the boat by 12:00 noon.