09 September 2019

The Bahamas Is Still Open For Business

I was thinking about what to blog about today and since the devastation that Hurricane Dorian wrought on portions of the Bahamas is very much on my mind, I thought I'd help spread the word that the rest of the Bahamas is still open for business. You can see on the map above which islands were impacted and which weren't.

Many folks are canceling their plans to visit the Bahamas not realizing that only part of this island nation was impacted by the hurricane. The Bahamian economy is very dependent on tourism and keeping that tourism continuing to flow will help them rebuild.

We've cruised throughout the Bahamas on our sailboat, both in the Abacos (marked in red above) and in the southern islands (marked in green). This lovely country is well worth a visit whether you travel by boat or plane. And if you need a little inspiration, check out all of our posts on our Bahamian adventures HERE.)

Have you been to the Bahamas? Where are you planning on taking your next vacation?


  1. That's still a lot of ports open for business.

  2. Yes I've been to the Bahamas. We don't want to travel anymore unless it's on our boat.

    Have a fabulous day and week, Ellen. ♥

  3. I didn't realize that parts of it weren't damaged. That's good to know. My heart goes out to those who must rebuild.

  4. My hope is that the word goes out and a lot of people continue to visit. It's a beautiful place.

  5. I stayed 5 days on the Grand Bahama island when I first moved to Florida, and met a lot of sweet people. My heart breaks for them. You could take the ferry from the FL Fort Launder dale port to the island because it was 2 1/2 hours by boat. (The only ferry to the islands at that time at least) The island was so beautiful. It was so peaceful and one of the best vacations I have ever taken. I loved it there. My heart is with them.

  6. Hello Ellen, Geoff here.
    I haven't been to the Bahamas but when I saw what was happening to these islands on main stream media I was in tears thinking about was happening to them. Tropical beaches and lives trashed. I didn't realize that these islands extended so far south, you have given me hope for these people. Good to know but there must be many broken hearts that need to be reassured that God has not forgotten them and tears are flowing down His face while watching them try to make sense of it all.
    Ever since I heard about Hurricane Dorian heading your way I've been concerned about your well being, I have no idea where your marina is situated but am very glad you and your boat were out of harm's way.
    God bless Ellen and the marina where she and her husband are situated, Geoff.

  7. Wonderful that still so many ports are open. I've never been to any of the islands, but one day... one day...

  8. Hi appreciate your map but i am finding it difficult to read to determine which areas in the green border are open.

  9. We spent five months cruising in the Bahamas on Irie in 2008 and loved it - other than the cold front that required us hiding every five days. :-) We feel so sorry for the people living in the Abacos. It’s sad that tourists are cancelling their plans, not realizing that the Bahamas are big and contain of many islands...

  10. I have two friends from that Bahamas and although I know they continue to ask for prayers for their home country, they have also said that the hurricane just hit part of the islands. Some homes were completely ruined, while others are completely okay.
    I hope tourists still keep giving their business to the Bahamas.

  11. The devastation in the Abacos and Grand Bahamas is just terrible. I know that so many cruisers probably consider the Abacos their second home. Hopefully they will venture out and give some of the less visited islands a go. And hopefully there will be opportunities for cruisers to go and help rebuild these places that have given us so much.

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