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Bahamas and the Cay Sal Banks

The Bahamas is a magnificent for yachts from the United States due to its proximity to the east coast of Florida and easy access to numerous ports of call. The tropical waters of the Bahamas are home to fish, lobster and many wrecks suitable for snorkeling or diving. Shallow waters also abound in coral reefs.

Cay Sal Banks

The Cay Sal Banks consists of a rare Atlantic Ocean atoll located between the Florida Keys, Cuba and the Great Bahama Bank. It is one of the largest atolls in terms of surface area, but has very little land mass. There are many coral reefs, rocks and walls and its remote location make for some of the best diving in the Western hemisphere.

Bimini

Bimini is the Bahamian port of entry closest to the United States and is an extremely popular cruising destination. Bordering the Gulf Stream, this island has some excellent sport fishing and diving. Wrecks abound in the waters near Bimini. It is said that Bimini is all that remains of the legendary civilization of Atlantis. In fact, one of the popular dive sites called Bimini Road is an underwater rock formation near North Bimini that is said to be the remains of an Antediluvian highway. It is said that the flat rocks are fitted so perfectly that the only explanation is that they were laid by expert masons before the area was flooded.

The Gulf Stream starts in the Gulf of Mexico, exits through the Straits of Florida and the Florida Keys, and follows the eastern coastlines of the United States and Newfoundland before crossing the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to being a heat pump that carries warm water from the tropics to the northern latitudes, the Gulf Stream is also an amazingly diverse ecosystem that helps add to the biodiversity of the ecosystems it feeds as it makes its circuit of the North Atlantic. Therefore the health of the Florida Keys environment has a profound effect on environments all over the Atlantic Ocean and the world.