Ryan Russell

Feb 19, 2009
Outside Magazine
Alex Korch

"The locals utilize the water," says Nassau native and tenth-generation Bahamian Russell, "but only the beaches that are very accessible by land." Armed with this knowledge, Russell and his older brother, Brooks, decided to launch their own business, High Seas Bahamas, a luxury charter service that specializes in private excursions. "We started with one small boat and no overhead," says Russell. "Now, we've purchased a larger boat and can take 20 of your closest friends to secluded beaches with cabanas, kayaks, and fresh conch salad." And after just four years in business, Russell, 28, can rattle off an impressive list of celebrity clients, including Janet Jackson, James Gandolfini, and Aerosmith. "If I tried to go to Florida and start this operation, there would be 1,500 other people trying the same thing," he says. "Here, there are avenues that have never been explored. That's the beauty of the Bahamas."

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