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The Bahamas, a picture-perfect archipelago of more than 700 tropical islands and thousands more cays and islets, lie southeast of Florida. Laze on sandy beaches, swim in crystal-clear waters and dive through coral gardens.
Peak season in the Bahamas runs from November to April, and prices can rise as a result. At this time of year the temperature averages a pleasant 24oC.
The hurricane season runs from July to November.
It pays to book early, especially when travelling during high season. Although there are direct flights to the Bahamas there are more frequent and often cheaper fares via New York, Atlanta or Miami.
Flexibility with dates and airports can also help track down cheap flights to the Bahamas. Use our ‘Nearby airports’ and ‘Show flexible dates’ options to compare prices for different departure and arrival points and to see if there are better fares if you tweak your itinerary.
Optimal flight times from UK airports to the Bahamas are:
The main gateway to the Bahamas is Lynden Pindling International Airport near Nassau on New Providence Island. Located some eight miles to the west of the capital, almost 3.5 million people pass through its doors every year.
Other points of entry include Grand Bahama International near Freeport (Grand Bahama), North Eleuthera Airport (Eleuthera) and Exuma International (Great Exuma)
The main airlines flying from the UK to the Bahamas are:
If you are taking in more than one island, Nassau is the main hub. Bahamas Air operates flights around the country from Lynden Pindling International Airport. There is also a Fast Ferry service to Harbour Island, North Eleuthera and Eleuthera.
Only New Providence and Grand Bahama have bus services, but you can find taxis throughout the islands. The most convenient way to explore is by hire car or scooter. Driving is on the left and a UK licence is valid for three months. Drivers must be 25 or over.
Tear yourself away from the beach to explore historic Nassau. The British forts and colonial houses here are testament to more than 300 years of British rule. The Pirates of Nassau Museum and the Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation fill in the island’s history admirably.
There is no shortage of diving opportunities: visit Bimini to feed sharks, snorkel in a black coral garden and marvel at Bimini Road, a spectacular underwater rock formation.
Time your visit to coincide with the Junkanoo street festivals, which take place on Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and during the summer.
You can use either US or Bahamian dollars everywhere here.