Stroller or Baby Carrier?
Many of the major resorts are stroller friendly and it is worth bringing one, if only to get a chance to have your hands free while eating. Some of the hotels are so large that a stroller will be a useful addition just getting around the resort itself. A baby carrier can also be useful if you will be visiting more natural beauty spots and expect to have to walk a little over rougher terrain. These are also great for walks on the beach!
Getting to the Bahamas By Air
Inter-island flights offer the only quick and convenient way to travel within the Bahamas. The flight safety record of the national carrier Bahamasair is untarnished although delays and cancellations of flights are common. Private charter flights can be an economical option for those traveling in a group.
There are several airlines operating in the Bahamas. Flights to the main tourist hubs and more populated islands are frequent with multiple daily. These flights will generally cost less than $100.00 one way. There are flights to the out islands and less busy tourist spots however there may only be 2 or three flights weekly so check the flight schedule before you travel.
By Boat & Water Taxi
In New Providence, water taxis offer frequent services between Prince George Wharf, Nassau, and Paradise Island. Several other offshore islands and their neighboring cays are served by private water taxis.
Government-run water taxis link islands that are a short distance apart, such as North and South Bimini, Mangrove Cay and South Andros, and Crooked and Acklins Islands.
The only major interisland ferry operator in the Bahamas is Bahamas Ferries, which runs a high-speed ferry linking Nassau, Andros, the Abacos, Eleuthera and the Exumas.
There are a number of services from Nassau:
Current, Eleuthera BS$50, 4pm Friday and Sunday
Fresh Creek, Andros BS$50, 8am Friday and Sunday
George Town, the Exumas BS$60, 8:30pm Monday and Wednesday
Governor’s Harbour BS$50, 7am Thursday and Friday, 4:15pm Sunday April to December; 7am Wednesday, 4:15pm Friday and Sunday February to March
Harbour Island BS$65, 8am daily
Morgan’s Bluff, Andros BS$50, 8am Saturday April to December only
Sandy Point, Great Abaco BS$60, 11am Friday and Sunday April to December only
Buses and Local Transport
Nassau and Freeport Have dozens of jitneys or private minibuses licensed to operate on specific routes.
Out Islands There’s not much public transportation, as the taxi drivers’ union is too powerful. Likewise, few hotels are permitted to operate their own transfer service for guests. A number of adventure outfitters and tours, however, will send courtesy shuttles to your hotel before and after reserved trips.
On arrival you will find taxis available at all airports. Many of the larger hotels also offer a shuttle bus service so enquire about this before departure. There’s no shortage of taxis in Nassau and Freeport, where they can be hailed on the streets. Taxis are also the main local transportation in the Out Islands, where they meet all incoming planes and ferries.
Taxi fares are fixed by the government according to distance: rates are usually for two people. Each additional person is charged a flat rate of BS$3. Fixed rates have been established from airports and cruise terminals to specific hotels and major destinations and these rates should be displayed in the taxi.
In order to drive you must have a current license from your home country or state and driving is on the left hand side. Generally the person renting the car must be over 21 and some rental agencies will require you to be over 25.
Driving in traffic-clogged downtown Nassau can be a frustrating. On the Out Islands, expect poor road quality and a lack of lighting.
Golf carts are popular on the smaller islands and cays, and rent for about BS$40 per day.