By One Particular Harbour Condos, Nassau on Mar 13, 2020 1:37:17 PM
Nassau is just 179 miles from the Florida coast, so in an easy a one-hour flight from Miami, you can be in paradise. Palms swaying, white sand beaches, turquoise water, picture-perfect paradise, and drink in hand.
So, whether you're heading to your residence at One Particular Harbour Condos at Margaritaville Beach Resort, Nassau, or visiting the Out Islands on the vacation of a lifetime, here are the best transportation options to consider as you plan your trip to one particularly chill destination.
Commercial Flights to Nassau
One of the most common misconceptions about traveling to the Bahamas is the Nassau airport will be small and under-serviced. In reality, nothing is further from the truth. Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), formerly known as the Nassau International Airport (NAS), is the country’s largest international airport and was renovated several years back, adding 24 new stores and 16 bars and restaurants. Last year, over 4.1 million passengers passed through the expanded terminal.
Many airlines service Lynden Pindling and you can get there on non-stop or one-stop flights from over 40 locations around the globe. For example, British Airways flies into Nassau five times a week with a direct flight from Heathrow International Airport in London. And from the United States and Canada, there are flights to Nassau from most major cities on the East Coast and the Midwest, including Boston, New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, and Toronto.
Private Flights and Charters to Nassau
Lynden Pindling is also a hub for private and charter flights. Because the journey from many Florida airports is so short, a popular option – especially among business executives and those with a second home on the island – is to fly commercial into Florida and then make the final leg of the journey on a private charter flight.
Some of the most popular airports for private jet charter service to Nassau include Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, the Boca Raton Airport, and Miami’s Kendall – Tamiami Executive Airport.
And for those piloting their own plane, Lynden supplies fixed-based operators (FBOs) to handle fueling and support services.
Flying to Nassau From the Out Islands
While Nassau on New Providence is the hub of The Bahamas, you’ll most certainly want to visit the Out Islands. Fortunately, there are 24 international airports scattered across the 700 islands and domestic flights are readily available and short in duration. In fact, it’s not uncommon to snag a puddle-jumper out of Lynden Pindling that takes just 15 or 25 minutes to reach its final, remote destination.
A number of local airlines operate domestic flights to the Out Islands from Nassau, including Flamingo Air, Bahamas Air, Western Air, Sky Bahamas and more.
Cruise Ships to Nassau
Over 3 million passengers arrive in Nassau by cruise ship each year, and the main seaport, Prince George Wharf, can accommodate up to seven ships at one time. Most dock in the capital city for about 12 hours, and because the port is centrally located in Nassau, it is easy for visitors to visit local restaurants, shops, and more. The top cruise lines that visit Nassau include Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Disney, and Norwegian.
Bahamas Ferry Services
Located on Potter’s Cay Dock in Nassau, Bahamas Ferries is the primary provider of inter-island shuttles. It regularly serves seven of the larger islands, including Andros, Exuma, Grand Bahama, and South Abaco, but there are frequent ferries available to places like Harbour Island and Spanish Wells on Eleuthera as well. Bahama Ferries are fast and air-conditioned, which means the journey is both quick and comfortable.
While there are currently no direct scheduled ferries between Florida and Nassau, your best option for arriving from the mainland by boat is to hop a ferry from Fort Lauderdale to Freeport or from Miami to Bimini. Once you're in The Bahamas, you can rely on domestic flights or local ferry services to get you to Nassau.
Since Nassau and The Bahamas are one of the world’s top destinations for scuba diving, boating, and fishing, it’s no surprise that many visitors arrive aboard their own boat. Also not surprising, there are plenty of local marinas that can accommodate boats of all sizes and provide luxury amenities to those arriving by water. The soon-to-open The Pointe Marina and Boardwalk is a fine example. Located in the heart of Nassau, the marina accommodates boats up to 150 feet in length and offers state-of-the-art facilities for amateur and professional mariners.
Naturally, anyone arriving in The Bahamas by boat will still need to clear Customs and Immigration at the nearest Port of Entry. There are associated fees and documents required for all boats, some based on size of the vessel or your place of citizenship, and you can find more information on entering and exiting policies at the Association of Bahamas Marinas website.
Arrive to Paradise by Air or Sea
Clearly, there is no shortage of travel options for heading to Nassau in The Bahamas. Whether by air or by sea, there are countless affordable, convenient, and quality choices to get you here and safely back home.
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