The Bahamian island chain begins with Bimini, just 45 miles from Miami, stretching all the way to the Turks, 500 miles to the southwest. The Bahamas is a brilliant charter location that has both excitement or serenity, depending on your mood. Colourful clapboard houses and pristine white sandy beaches invite you ashore whilst conditions for ﬁshing, snorkelling and diving are ﬁrst-class in the turquoise waters.
The Bahamas are very popular amongst crewed luxury yachts, whether for charter or for private use. Once upon a time, this is where Christopher Columbus arrived in 1492 and has in earlier days been an area sailed by swashbuckling pirates looking for places to bury their plunder in the many secluded anchorages.
The Bahamas is not all remote escapism: Nassau and Paradise Island provide lots of action with a casino and vareid nightlife – best illustrated by the Las Vegas-style Atlantis on Paradise Island.