Airports & Airlines
The Bahamas' proximity to Florida means regular, relatively inexpensive flights from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, as well as other East Coast gateways. A few airlines fly directly to airports on the larger Out Islands, but the majority of flights arrive in Nassau or Freeport where passengers will connect to another flight before continuing to the Out Islands. For a brief summary of airlines and flight schedules by island, check www.bahamas.com.
The national airline Bahamasair has an unblemished safety record and its pilots have an excellent reputation (see www.airsafe.com for details). Delays, however, are regular occurrences and flights are canceled without warning. Bahamians like to say, ‘If you have time to spare, fly Bahamasair.’
Lynden Pindling International Airport (Nassau; http://nassaulpia.com) The Bahamas’ number-one entry point, with direct services to the USA, Canada, the UK, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Jamaica, Panama and Turks and Caicos.
Grand Bahama International Airport (Freeport) Direct flights to the US and Canada.
Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.
It is not possible to travel here by land.
Cruise Ship & Yacht
The sheltered waters of the archipelago attract thousands of yachters each year. Winds and currents favor the passage south, and sailing conditions are at their best in summer, though hurricanes can be a threat throughout the season (June to November).
Private boats arriving in the Bahamas must clear customs and immigration at an official port of entry, of which there are around 50 across the islands. Until clearance is given, the yellow quarantine flag must be flown, and only the captain can come ashore. All aboard must fill out immigration forms, and there's an entry fee for each vessel (BS$150 for vessels of less than 35ft, BS$300 for anything larger), which includes cruising and fishing permits and departure tax for three people.
Though Bahamas Ferries mail boats and ferries run between the various Bahamian islands, there is no regular passenger service to other island nations.