February 27th 2013. By Neil Rabinowitz.

Bahamas Photo Tour

Photographer Neil Rabinowitz takes us on a tour of the Abacos, Turks and Caicos, and more.

This West Bay lies in a cove not far from Bimini, a half day off the Florida coast and close to the thoroughfare of the gulf stream—yet one of the hidden gems of the region.

Shalimar, a 118' Benetti, has a combination of speed and luxury to explore as many islands as possible during a charter period. She has jet skis, high speed tenders, dive equipment, and all the toys, along with a moderately shallow draft to make her an ideal island explorer.

Speaking of jet skis, they are one of the most popular toys on board large yachts, especially among the network of safe and warm waterways of the Bahamas. Variations of speed and performance should be considered when researching options for purchase or charter.

Hope Town on Elbow Cay in the Abacos has no motorized traffic and is an eclectic collection of characters and cruisers, attracted to one of the most popular and attractive sheltered hideaways in the Bahamas.

The Abacos have some of the finest beaches, warm water coves, and calm anchorages in the Bahamas chain. Once the anchor drops into a puff of sand, swimming is an irresistible activity.

The Albury Brothers build a small custom selection of open boats on this tiny Abacos outpost known as Man O'War Cay. Their family-run business has been thriving since 1952, and what began as wooden planked day boats are still built one at at a time. The fiberglass models of today are ideal for gunkholing the charming fishing coves, remnants of the island's past.

The Abacos has a few islands where coconut palm groves line the shores, a sharp contrast from the common geography of short scrub and dunes that make up most of the Bahamian landscape.

A Grand Banks Aleutian 70 noses close to shore while its guests kayak over surrounding reefs. This boat is an ideal base for activities, with its broad extended aft cockpit, topside bimini for tropical shade, and a foredeck with abundant seating and play areas. The bowsprit has the best view.

This sprawling mansion is an example of luxurious island living. It includes a drawbridge for privacy, indoor fountains, gymnasium, volleyball, tennis courts, tender garages, and a library with 50' ceilings. It sits in the island chain to the south, the Turks & Caicos, a British Colony of 40 islands, eight of which are inhabited. And it's available for rent.

Providenciales is the largest of the islands in the Turks & Caicos, with a population of over 30,000 on its 38 square miles. The beaches are speckled with working sailboats in all stages of repair.

Neil Rabinowitz
YachtWorld Senior Photographer Neil Rabinowitz has photographed and written about all ends of the yachting world—racing, cruising and chartering—from the Caribbean to the South Pacific, and the Mediterranean to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest where he lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Recognized as one of the best, Neil has produced more than 2000 magazine covers and numerous feature stories. He continues to write and photograph for both editorial and advertising clients and has been a contributor to YachtWorld.com since its inception in 1995. View more of his photos on the Neil Rabinowitz website (http://neilrabinowitz.com/).