Getting Around Bahamas
The best way to get around the Bahamas is by jitney minibuses. They are the most common form of transport from the country's many airports, including Nassau's Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS), Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) and Exuma International Airport (GGT) on Great Exuma Island. You can also travel to other Bahamian Islands from NAS Airport using the inter-island air service, Bahamasair or via pricey water taxis. Once you're on your chosen island, the aforementioned jitneys and taxis will get you to where you need to go.
Bahamasair flies from Nassau to about two dozen airports in the Bahamas and surrounding areas, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Orlando. The airline has an excellent safety reputation, but delays are common. This is also a very expensive way to island-hop.
|Car||Renting a car can be helpful if you're going to explore the areas beyond your resort (just don't forget to drive on the left side of the road). But the rental rates are notoriously expensive, not to mention the fact that the island's older and less-traveled roads are usually in poor condition.|
|Taxi||Easily flagged down on all of the islands, taxis are quicker and easier than driving on your own. But some cabs are in rough condition, and combined with some of the less traveled roads, you could be in for a bumpy ride.|
|Minibus||The most popular form of transportation is the jitney minibuses, especially if you're moving around the downtown area of Nassau. The popular No. 10 Jitney runs frequently between Nassau and Cable Beach. The 10 bus also stops by many of the resorts along Bay Street. The "10" designation is marked on the outside of the bus, and you can wave it down anywhere along the route.|
Despite the ferry and water taxi routes, island hopping in the Bahamas can be very difficult, time-consuming and expensive. Water taxis provide short service between Nassau and Paradise Island and are common throughout the Out Islands. The most popular inter-island ferry service is Bahamas Ferries, which offers service from Nassau to Andros, Abacos, Eleuthera and the Exumas islands.
Entry & Exit Requirements
A valid travel document is required for citizens of the United States traveling to the Bahamas by air or sea, as well as for U.S. citizens trying to re-enter the country. The preferred form of documentation is a U.S. passport; however, if you travel on a cruise that departs from and returns to a U.S. port, a passport card might be permissible. You won't need a travel visa to visit the Bahamas, but immigration authorities may ask for proof of a return trip if you're staying for several months. For more information on entry and exit requirements, visit the U.S. Department of State's website.