The Exumas (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exuma) are a lightly populated island chain starting approximately 35 miles southeast of Nassau. With over 300 islands, the Exumas extend over 125 miles from northwest to southeast. The Exumas are known for crystal clear water, shallow sand bars, iguanas, swimming pigs, and nurse sharks galore!
With winds consistently from the NE-E-SE, you can find great sailing conditions year-round. The Bahamas are further north than many popular Carribean chartering areas so you'll find slightly larger temperature swings between summer and winter.
In the northern Exumas, you'll find the Land and Sea Park which is a beautifully protected national park and a sailors paradise.
Provisions, water, fuel, and places to get rid of trash are tough to come by in many areas of the Exumas, so you'll want to prepare appropriately.
Due to the amazing reefs and shallow sand bars, the bareboat charter will want to pay close attention to the chart briefing. Many areas are less than six feet in depth so monohulls will need to be especially cautious as they navigate the Exuma waters. Charts are very accurate which is helpful but keep in mind that sandbars shift over time.
If you're looking for natural beauty, wildlife galore, and want to get away from it all, the Exumas are a must sail!