The largest airports in the Bahamas are in the capital Nassau on New Providence and Freeport on Grand Bahama. Smaller airports are scattered throughout the other islands. The Bahamas has six international airports, the largest being Lynden Pindling International Airport, which is located west of Nassau.
With the boat
The Bahamas is a popular port of call for cruise ships sailing in the Caribbean. The capital Nassau, on the island of New Providence, is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world and is well served by ships from Florida. Freeport, on the island of Grand Bahama, is also a growing destination.
Most island groups have customs and immigration services for those arriving by boat. The customs fee for a private yacht is $150 for yachts up to 35 feet and $300 for yachts over 35 feet.
Royal Caribbean has its own island in the Bahamas called Coco Cay. This island is leased by Royal Caribbean and is not fully owned by Disney like Castaway Cay, which is owned by Disney. It is reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean’s cruise passengers. There are 25 small gift shops on the island and their own private beaches and water features in the middle of the crystal blue ocean. They have a barbecue and main picnic area with the cruise staff as well as the people Royal Caribbean hires to live and work on the island. Royal Caribbean is very busy all year round as the warm climate of the Bahamas attracts many travellers all year round.
Disney’s Castaway Cay, formerly known as Gorda Cay, is a private island near Abaco Island, close to Sandy Point. This island differs from most leased cays in that it is owned by the Walt Disney Company and has its own dock, so no dinghy is required. Castaway Cay has separate areas for families, teens and adults. The island also contains a fibre optic network that is connected to the ship.