How To Choose A Bahamas Island For Your Christmas Yacht Charter
There’s nowhere quite like the Bahamas, a glorious archipelago boasting some of the clearest waters in the world. This coupled with its beautiful climate, with December bringing highs of around 79°F, makes it the perfect place to spend Christmas in the sun. But with so many incredible islands to explore on a Bahamas yacht charter, which ones deserve to go straight to the top of your priority list? Read this guide to which Bahamas islands you should spend the holidays on, and get ready to book your flight!
A Bahamas island for each part of the festive season
24-26th December: Bimini Island
Just like in many other locations across the world, December 24th and 25th are national holidays on this Bahamas island, so expect the closure of stores and some restaurants and bars, especially on Christmas day itself. However, there’s nowhere we’d rather spend Christmas than this enchanting island, based just 50 miles from Florida (meaning you and your family needn’t travel far). Offering miles of untouched beaches and a mystical past, with Bimini Road said to be part of the road system of the Lost Continent of Atlantis, this island is festive, tranquil and family-friendly.
On Christmas Eve at 9am, don’t miss the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, held at the Administrator’s Complex on King’s Highway. There will be food, fun and games, local talents spreading Christmas cheer with their music, and gift-giving to get little ones excited for the big day. Christmas Day is for lounging around the yacht, feasting on delicacies prepared by your expert crew and perhaps finding a secluded cove to enjoy with your family. Then, on Boxing Day, the 500-year-old Junkanoo Festival is the place to be. Expect a magical street parade filled with colorful costumes, rhythmic Carribean music, and plenty of incredible street foods - think conch fritters, chicken wings, baked macaroni and cheese and frozen daiquiris.
27-29th December: Eleuthera and Harbour Island
Once you’ve tired of Bimini’s festive fun, the next stop on your luxury yacht charter in the Bahamas is the Eleuthera and Harbour islands, where you can relax on pink sand beaches, explore pineapple fields and hike through tropical greenery. This pair of Bahamas islands are made for each other - Eleuthera is an island of casual sophistication, housing small communities and massive coral reefs that create magnificent backdrops, whereas Harbour Island was once the capital of the Bahamas, with truly exquisite architecture that goes back as far as the 1500s and has influenced the entire country. For those who want to keep the Christmas spirit alive, head to the Cove Resort, where you’ll be treated to holiday movie nights complete with hot cocoa around a beach fire pit.
30 December-1st January: New Providence and Paradise Island
As excitement builds for bringing in the New Year, your Bahamas yacht charter is destined for New Providence and Paradise islands, home to that perfect blend of glamorous casinos, glitzy bars and restaurants, and completely secluded bays for getting away from it all. On New Year’s Eve day, head to Bahamas capital Nassau and explore its creative market; with a range of unique handmade arts, crafts and foods, this is a great place to pick up anything you didn’t get from your Christmas wishlist this year. Then in the evening, party like a royal at the Atlantis Hotel’s themed event, with special performances by singer Bebe Rexha and violinist Lindsey Stirling, fine desserts and magical fireworks displays. Spend New Year’s Day relaxing on one of many idyllic beaches, dreaming about the year ahead.
If you want to escape to a Bahamas island or two this holiday season, follow our itinerary for the best Christmas yet!