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Bahamas suggestions for my first trip

Seeking advice for my first trip to the Bahamas.-----My Pearson 365 is current on the hard in Labelle Florida and I hope to sail to Miami area and then push off with an experienced crew. I have sailed all my life with numerous offshore trips. The plan is to spend 4-6 weeks starting in March. My wife and various guests will join me so proximity to airports is important and I do not want to race around. This will be a slow trip. I have my explore charts, electronic charts and the guide book. What I need is a suggested itinerary. We like it on the hook and do not want the bar scene every night. Any Thoughts??? What are the must stops!
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Miami to North Rock to Chubb. If blowing hide behind Fraziers Hog for a day or two, then on to Nassau. Clear in. Buy rum. Onto the Exumas. Take your time. Stop everywhere. If folks are flying in, Staniel Cay is an ideal spot. You can visit the world famous Thunderball Cave. You can gunk around here for two or three weeks. If you want to see tons of yachties acting like kids go on down to Georgetown. It'll be regatta time. Must stops. Normans Cay, Shroud Cay. If it's your first trip, stop at Warderick Wells. You might need another month or two or else you'll be busy going from one cay to the next. I would take my time and only go as far as Staniel Cay. Good spot to use as your base.
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Visit Harbour Island....off the north end of Eleuthra. Great little marina, a family style island featured on the Life Styles of the Rich and Famous. Don't picture Nantucket or some other fou-fou celebrity infested place. Harbour Island is very laid back. A place where the occasional celebrity hides. Nice, nice people. And if you like to dive, Valentines Dive shop will take you on the Current Cut dive....one of the world's greatest dive experiences.
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Question for AJ

Hi AJ,

We were considering doing the same but have new dogs so we'll lay low in Marathon which is our first time so it should be ok.

Question, any idea how long from Labelle to Miami and what to expect for traffic and wind on the outside down to Marathon in Mid January to Feb?

Thanks a bunch.
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