Travelers should plan to fly to Nassau, Bahamas, on one of the major airlines, such as American or Continental. Unless you are flying from the East Coast, you'll probably have a stopover and possibly a plane change in Florida -- usually Miami or Ft. Lauderdale.
TRAVEL TO LONG ISLAND: Bahamas Air, Pineapple Air and Southern Airall have regular schedules to Long Island, with most having daily flights. Long Island has two airports: Deadman's Cay in the south and Stella Maris in the north. We recommend flying into the Deadman's Cay Airport, but either would be acceptable. Grotto Bay is situated between the two airports. Check out their schedules and fares on:
www.bahamasair.com www.pineappleair.net www.southernaircharter.com The last flight of the day out of Nassau is usually around 2:30pm. Therefore travelers might require overnighting in Nassau or Florida. If overnighting in Nassau, we recommend the Orange Hill Beach Inn (242/327-7157; taxi required). However, in most cases, it is less expensive to overnight in the U.S. & take an airport shuttle to/from the motel.
For international travelers, Bahamas Air allows 50 pounds per bag. The other carriers allow only 30 to 40 pounds per person.
Travelers are required to have a valid passport and a return ticket. You will go through Customs in Nassau, so make sure to leave several hours between your flights.
Refer to the domestic Bahamas airline schedule before booking your U.S. flight, if you are hoping for a same-day arrival.
Expect flight delays and leave several hours between connections, if possible.
Porters are available at the Nassau Airport for taking you to the Domestic Terminal.
There is a duty-free liquor store at the Nassau airport. Prices are very good.