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Originally Posted by estopa
Here's my Bahamas Itinerary for now:
Fort Lauderdale to Bimini (8 Days, 160 + nautical miles)
Saturday, March 10 – First night - Depart Fort Lauderdale to Biscayne Bay via the Intercoastal waterway (ICW) to Elliot Key (part of the National Park system); Anchor out the rest of the night.
Sunday, March 11 - Day 1: Leaving from Biscayne Bay at first light to sail to Bimini. You need to allow between eight and twelve hours to make the fifty-mile crossing to BIMINI. Head to Bimini Blue Water Resort in Alice Town. The dockmaster at your marina will give you all the Customs and Immigrations paperwork to fill out. Explore Alice Town, Rest, walk over to the beach, and have some cracked conch for dinner at one of the local establishments.
Monday, March 12 - Day 2: Spend a gorgeous day sailing to the north end of North Bimini. Anchor off the beach and carry a picnic lunch to a wonderful swimming beach. In the afternoon sail out to Bimini Road for a nice snorkel or shallow dive. Go back in near the beach and anchor out for the night.
Tuesday, March 13 - Day 3: Sail south to the wreck of the Sapona. Snorkel around this old 1940’s concrete hull sunken freighter. Pick up anchor and head south, sail to Gun Cay and anchor on the east or west side depending on conditions.
Wednesday, March 14 - Day 4: Dinghy into Gun Cay and explore this uninhabited island. Check out the lighthouse and the nice beaches. There is also good conching around the east side of the island. Sail on down to the south end of North Cat Cay where there is a protected bay and a beautiful beach. Spend the night.
Thursday, March 15 - Day 5: Sail out to Tuna Alley, hook up with a mooring ball, and enjoy a world-class dive site. This is a 50’ to 80’ dive with coral caverns and giant crevasses. You will see lots of reef fish and an occasional turtle, shark and other wildlife. In the afternoon sail to the east side of North Cat Cay and spend your last night at Cat Cay Marina. There is fine dining there at the marina as well as a more casual dining room.
Friday, March 16 - Day 6: Sail down to South Cat Cay. Anchor off the west side and do some snorkeling. . If we don’t have to leave for Ft Lauderdale sail down to Dollar Harbor at South Cat Cay. Sail boat out to WEDGE ROCKS for another afternoon of snorkeling. You can either stay at Dollar Harbor tonight or run back to the Gun Cay anchorage. Either location puts you in a good position for your departure tomorrow.
Saturday, March 17- St Paddy’s Day 7: Head back to Ft. Lauderdale so you arrive before dark. Go out to dinner in the Ft. Lauderdale area.
Sunday, March 18 - Day 8: Back in Ft Lauderdale, well rested for our flights Sunday Night!
You really need to rethink this. You might be stuck in Miami for two weeks waiting for a window to cross. March can still be bad as far as fronts go. It is silly to plan such an itinerary.
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.
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