From the famed pink sands to the sparkling topaz seas, the Bahamas will paint a set of vivid holiday memories...
Explore the many cays of the 3,000+ islands that make up this region, or visit one of the exclusive casinos located at the many luxury resorts.
Discovered by Columbus in 1492, the Bahamas offers a get-away-from-it-all atmosphere with peaceful, isolated outlying islands, quiet cays and paradise island beaches. This idyllic island tranquillity is contrasted with the well-developed casinos, nightclubs, restaurants and bars in the capital of Nassau.
With a number of destinations to choose from, Bahamas flights can arrive at any of the main airports. The capital of Nassau is the gateway for flights from the UK with Nassau International Airport (NAS) being the largest airport in the islands. Direct flights or connecting flights also land at Grand Bahama Freeport (FPO); Grand Exuma Georgetown (GGT); North Eleuthera (ELH); South Bimini (BIM); Deadmans Cay (LGI); Governors Harbour (GHB); Marsh Harbour (MHH), in the Abaco Islands; and San Andros Airport (SAQ), on Andros Island.
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With non-stop flights from London, the airport at Nassau is reached daily in just 10 hours from the UK...
The British Airways flight leaves Heathrow and is the fastest way to reach the island chain. Regional connections from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds make this service accessible to the rest of the UK.
If this service does not fit your plans the best alternatives are flights via the USA. The fastest and most frequent connections are via Miami with American Airlines and US Airways taking around 12 to 13 hours. Other options are with United through Chicago and New York or Delta through Atlanta. Several of these allow for departures from Manchester and Edinburgh.
Whether you land on flights to Nassau, flights to Freeport or anywhere else in the Bahamas, you’ll find that it’s easy to get around...
On landing there are several transport links to take you to your resort. Many resorts offer a free shuttle service, or you can catch a bus or taxi. To travel to remote areas rent a car or scooter, or catch a ferry or charter between islands.
From Nassau, a quick ferry or charter will transport you to Paradise Island, where 685 acres of tropical island awaits. Alternatively, as the island is connected by road, you could simply use a taxi or bus to get, literally, to Paradise.
Car hire in the Bahamas is a good option for those who like to explore during their holidays in the sun. Car rental can be arranged on many of the islands and the road system, apart from in the busy capital city of Nassau, is simple and the traffic unhurried. Having a car allows easy travel to the main tourist attractions – or you can slip away from the crowds and find a peaceful beach.
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Daily flights arrive at Nassau International Airport and Nassau Colonial old town and Long Island are a popular first destination for many holidaymakers. With an attractive harbour and blend of old world and modern architecture, the capital offers a combination of beautiful tropical beaches and a thriving nightlife.
Nassau offers stunning beaches with white and pink tinged sands and low water levels of green, turquoise and blues. A visit to Cable Beach is a must and, if you tire of lazing at one of the many resorts located on the shore, take a trip to Straw Market where locally made goods can be purchased in abundance. A visit to nearby Eleuthera is also worth the trip as it boasts more pink sandy beaches and ancient coral reefs.
A trip to the archipelagos that make up Andros Island, Abacos Island or the Exhumas offers you an island-hopping adventure. These larger areas of the Bahamas are home to small, secluded cays and a full range of waters ports and activities.
Inagua is the southernmost district of the Bahamas, comprising two islands that can be visited by ferry or charter. A very popular location to visit is Mount Alvernia, which is located on Cat Island and is the highest point of the country at 63 metres above sea level.
Landing in Freeport (FPO) offers you easy access to the Lucayan National Park with parasailing, golf and an abundant sea life of dolphins, rays and sharks. Visit the private Blue Lagoon Island and experience a full range of water sports that are available across the Bahamas, including diving and snorkelling. For a real party atmosphere attend the Junkanoo festival on Boxing Day, celebrating more than 200 years of Bahamian culture.
Hotels in the Bahamas are mostly havens of luxury and elegance, with a few boutique hotels in colonial houses thrown in for good measure. Budget travellers are also catered for here, with a reasonable smattering of rustic lodges by the sea.
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