Boating in New Providence and Paradise Islands
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From Chub Cay—one of the Berry Islands 35 mi north of New Providence—to Nassau, the sailing route goes across the mile-deep Tongue of the Ocean. The Paradise Island Lighthouse welcomes yachters to Nassau Harbour, which is open at both ends. The harbor can handle the world's largest cruise liners; sometimes as many as eight tie up at one time. Two looming bridges bisect the harbor connecting Paradise Island to Nassau. Sailboats with masts taller than the high-water clearance of 72 feet must enter the harbor from the east end to reach marinas east of the bridges.
Nassau Yacht Haven. On the Nassau side of the harbor, Nassau Yacht Haven is a 150-berth marina—the largest in the Bahamas—that also arranges fishing charters. 242/393–8173. www.nassauyachthaven.com.
Hurricane Hole Marina. Ninety-slip Hurricane Hole Marina is on the Paradise Island side of the harbor. 242/363–3600. www.hurricaneholemarina.com.
Atlantis. The marina at Atlantis has 63 megayacht slips. 242/363–3000.
Brown's Boat Basin. On the Nassau side, Brown's Boat Basin offers a place to tie up your boat, as well as on-site engine repairs. 242/393–3331.
Lyford Cay. At the western end of New Providence, Lyford Cay, a posh development for the rich and famous, has an excellent marina, but there is limited availability for the humble masses. 242/362–4271 Ext. 4799.
A number of outfitters rent Jet Skis in front of Atlantis and the Riu Palace Paradise Island on Cabbage Beach.
Premier Watersports. If your children would enjoy sitting in a row on a rubber banana and bouncing along behind a motorboat, ride the big banana at Premier Watersports, at the beach at the Riu and Atlantis. 242/324–1475; 242/427–0939 cellular.
Sail Nassau. To participate in an America's Cup racing challenge, contact Sail Nassau at Paradise Island Ferry Terminal. They also offer sunset sail cruises. 242/363–1552. www.sailnassau.com.
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