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The Ultimate Island-Hopping Vacation in The Bahamas

By: Alexander Britell - May 3, 2024

Island-hopping across places like Green Turtle Cay and Great Guana in The Abacos. Taking your dinghy to pristine sandbars and islands with swimming pigs in the Exumas. Journeying through history in Hope Town. The undersea coves of Manjack Cay. A cocktail at Pete’s Pub. 

If you like island hopping, The Bahamas is for you. And two places in particular: Abaco and Exuma, a pair of archipelagos each with its own distinct charms and small-island wonders. 

In Abaco, you can set out from Great Abaco (an easy flight from the mainland US) and venture out to postcard-perfect little islands and cays, from the beloved Green Turtle Cay (make sure you stop for a Tranquil Turtle Rum Punch at the Bluff House) to the legendary Nippers. 

The water is unlike anything you’ve seen.

In Exuma, it’s all about that Windex blue, where you can move right up and down the Exuma chain, stopping for picnics on deserted sandbars and uninhabited little cays, swim with the famous pigs, or make the pilgrimage to the Staniel Cay Yacht Club. 

But if you’re looking to island hop in The Bahamas, one option towers above the rest: a power catamaran charter with The Moorings, the region’s top yacht charter firm. 

With bases in both Great Exuma and Marsh Harbour, the company has cultivated the best way to explore these two island-heavy destinations. 

Tropic of Cancer Beach in Little Exuma. 

Those impromptu snorkeling outings in an empty corner of Abaco; evenings bobbing in the sea on a secluded mooring; the feeling of discovery as you take your dinghy to a deliciously secluded bay in the Exuma Cays. 

If you haven’t done it, we can say this, as veterans of many a yacht trip around the Caribbean: it’s one of the ultimate vacations anywhere in the Caribbean. It’s not just a vacation, it’s an adventure — and it’s something you’ll remember forever.

It’s really that good. 

To learn more, visit The Moorings or see one of the company’s sample seven-day Bahamas itineraries. 

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Green Turtle Cay

A short boat ride from Great Abaco, Green Turtle Cay is one of those postcard-worthy little destinations that’s beloved by boaters and island collectors, and the Tranquil Turtle is at the center of it. This spot at the Bluff House hotel is famous for its eponymous Tranquil Turtle cocktail, perched on a lovely stretch of Abaconian beach with gentle waves and easy afternoons.


The Tranquil Turtle Beach Bar was voted #6 out of the Top 25 Beach Bars in the Caribbean. 


Bluff House recognized as a Top Performing Resort as reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site for five consecutive years.

Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, The Bahamas – BLUFF HOUSE

Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina has been awarded the prestigious TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence “Hall of Fame” award The ‘Certificate of Excellence’ accolade is awarded only to companies that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, which is the largest travel site in the world. The additional “Hall of Fame” designation is given to establishments awarded the ‘Certificate of Excellence’ for five consecutive years, demonstrating they have delivered outstanding customer service over a long period of time.

“Receiving the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, which is based on customer reviews five years in a row and now being inducted into their ‘Hall of Fame’ is an outstanding tribute to our staff” said General Manager, Molly McIntosh. They bring their smiles to work and are determined to go the extra mile to deliver exceptional hospitality everyday, They should be proud. And, there is no greater compliment than being genuinely recognized by our guests in such a positive light. To our patrons, thank you for taking the time to leave your positive feedback on TripAdvisor. This honor is a exceptional vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”
“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travelers on the site,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.
Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years is a remarkable feat. TripAdvisor is pleased to induct five-time award winners into the ‘Hall of Fame’,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on consistently delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement in hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”
When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that take into account the quality, quantity and recent reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

About Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina

Bluff House has been described as the “most special piece of property in Abaco.” Perched on the highest point of Green Turtle Cay, this 12 acre, tropical, Bahamian paradise stretches from White Sound to the Sea of Abaco, complete with its own private, white-sand beach. The management is dedicated to retaining the old charm and first class service that, over the years, guests have come to expect from Bluff House.


Green Turtle Cay Named “Best Caribbean Island for Romance” by the 2019 USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for the Caribbean!

Bahamas island named Best Caribbean Island for Romance

There’s a reason so many couples look to the azure waters, balmy breezes and luxurious accommodations of the Caribbean to dial up the romance. There’s something seriously sexy about a toes-in-the-sand tropical escape with a special someone, and we want to know your favorite destination to set the mood.

#1 – GREEN TURTLE CAY – Bahamas

Green Turtle Cay gets its name from the many sea turtles that inhabit its waters. Couples visiting this long and narrow island enjoy New England-style architecture, outstanding beaches and a charming village complete with picket fences, all accessible by golf cart or bicycle.

The top 10 winners in the Best Caribbean Island for Romance category are as follows:

  • 1. Green Turtle Cay – Bahamas

  • 2. Grenada

  • 3. St. Martin / Sint Maarten

  • 4. Saint Lucia

  • 5. Anguilla

  • 6. Antigua

  • 7. Aruba

  • 8. Grand Turk

  • 9. Cat Island – Bahamas

  • 10. Elbow Cay – Bahamas 


A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Melanie Reffes and Chelle Koster Walton (10Best Local Expert) were chosen for their knowledge of the Caribbean.

Congratulations to all these winning destinations!

To check it out, go here:…/travel/best-caribbean-island-for-…/

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The Islands Of The Bahamas Wins Big In USA Today’s 2019 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards

The Bahamas Was Recognized With 18 Awards across Nine Categories, Winning Overall Best Caribbean Beach, Best Caribbean Island for Romance and Best Caribbean Restaurant

NASSAU, Bahamas, Feb. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Islands of The Bahamas was recognized with 18 awards across nine categories in this year’s USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for the Caribbean. The Bahamas claimed three number one spots for Best Caribbean Beach (Gold Rock Beach in Freeport), Best Caribbean Island for Romance (Green Turtle Cay in The Abacos) and Best Caribbean Restaurant (Graycliff in Nassau).

Among many winning features, The Bahamas was celebrated across categories for its white and pink sand beaches, translucent waters, authentic culture, delicious cuisines and distinct attractions.


“We are thrilled to have several of our islands and cays from Freeport to the Family Islands recognized by USA Today’s 10Best Awards,” said Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation’s Director General, Joy Jibrilu. “These awards highlight the natural beauty and authentic experiences that travelers can expect when they visit The Bahamas, whether diving, enjoying our pristine beaches or taking a romantic getaway.”

The 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards recognize the world’s best in food, lodging, destinations, travel gear, things to do and more. Nominees are selected by USA Today and editors and winners are determined by popular vote.


Caribbean Journal Chooses Abaco As One Of “The 19 Best Caribbean Islands to Visit in 2019”

Abaco Island hopping. Out-of-this-world beaches. Deep sea fishing. Golf. Boating. The island chain of Abaco might be the most complete destination in The Bahamas, and it’s one of the best-kept secrets in hemisphere — from historic towns to charming little island hotels to some of the most legendary bars in the Caribbean. It’s a Caribbean destination for people who are in love with the Caribbean. In other words – it’s just about perfect — and it’s time to discover it.

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