Feature: Bahamas Crossing, Bahamas Marinas, and Bahamas Weddings


FeatBahamas Crossing May14

by Brian  Hartz

The Bahamas offers no shortage of truly memorable experiences, and Southern Boating has been bringing them to you for more than 40 years. Each edition of our May Bahamas Issue is packed with new adventures to be discovered for boating enthusiasts who venture forth to this alluring group of islands just 50 miles removed from Miami, Florida.

But to enjoy the cruiser’s paradise that is The Bahamas, first you have to get there. And as much as we’d like to pretend that we don’t have real lives to resume, eventually, most of us have to return to the mainland. The best way to do both, of course, is to go by boat. It will take longer and require more planning, but for the yachtsmen who enjoys time on the water no matter where it is spent, the journey is just as anticipated and exciting as the destination, and the return trip offers its own delights—as well as muchneeded time to reflect on where we’ve been and what we might want to do the next time.

Read on for some other tips for traveling to and from The Bahamas, but keep in mind that it is impossible for us to publish a comprehensive guide—nor should this article be treated as such. For that, we recommend the most recent edition of The Yachtsman’s Guide to the Bahamas, published by Tropical Island Publishers in Crystal River, Florida, and endorsed by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation. To order your copy, call (732) 310-1921 or toll-free (877) 923-9653, or e-mail


FeatBahamas Marinas May14


FeatBahamasWeddings May14

by Christine Carpenter

Weddings are the stuff of dreams, a wonderful day filled with family and friends to help celebrate the start of your life with your one and only—but wedding planning is not typically as welcome as the grand celebration. If you have a ring on your finger (or plan to in the future) and want to choose the perfect place to make magical marriage memories, look no further than The Bahamas.

Less than 200 miles off the Florida coast, The Bahamas are home to some of the most sought-after cruising waters and soft, sandy beaches in the world—and for good reason. This dreamy locale sets the tone for romance and offers a number of unique, all-inclusive resort wedding packages for romance and ease when you say “I do.” Your bridal party and guests won’t hesitate to RSVP—after all, why wait until the honeymoon to share a luxurious, picturesque island getaway?

We’ve selected some of the most enchanting beachfront resorts offering all-inclusive, hassle-free, truly memorable wedding packages located on some of the most scenic Bahamian islands. And with marinas onsite or nearby, you and your  guests can cruise to and from your special day.

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