Measuring in at 2,300 square miles,Andros is the largest island in the Bahamas – yet it remains largely undeveloped. This makes it a haven for tourists interested in experiencing the natural side of the islands and who want to take advantage of Mother Nature's bounty. Before tourists can get their kicks visiting the famed Blue Holes, diving around the third largest barrier reef in the world, or taking a hike to do some bird watching, they have to work out how they'll get to the island, and then, how they'll get around when they arrive.
When it comes to traveling to Andros Island, you have two options: fly or sail. If you're flying, there are four airports serviced by both commercial and charter airlines, while those who are sailing will have to determine whether they'll captain their own boat or hire a crew.
Although technically considered to be one island, Andros actually consists of three major islands known as North Andros, Mangrove Cay, and South Andros, as well as a collection of small islets. These islands are not connected by land bridges, so although rental cars and taxis are a major source of transportation, tourists who want to see as much of Andros as possible will likely have to spend some time sailing.
Despite the small number of tourists who visit Andros on a regular basis, flying to this island is no more difficult than many other more popular spots in the Bahamas. There are four airports on the island, all of which are located along the east coast spare one, but spread out enough so that you'll be able to fly as near your accommodations as possible without having to spend hours driving to get to your final destination. These airports, listed by location from north to south, are New Providence Island and Ft. Lauderdale in the United States, and all three welcome chartered flights as needed.(SAQ), (ASD), (COX), and the (MAY). San Andros Airport and Andros Town International Airport have regularly scheduled flights from
You can learn more about each airport, including which airlines they serve, when you click here.
You can't plan a getaway on Andros without considering sailing as an important source of transportation. Because this group is so close to the coast of the U.S. state of Florida, it is a very popular sailing destination. There are a few things those who have plans to sail themselves should be aware of, such as the fact that the calm waters on the west coast can be deceiving, and that there are a staggering four different ports of entry on the island. You can learn everything you need to know about what it takes to sail to Andros, as well as get a few tips on participating in sailing excursions hosted by locals when you read this.
...65 miles of roadways...
On the mainland of Andros there are 65 miles of roadways that stretch from Morgan's Bluff to Behring Point. Tourists who are aged 21 and up can rent a vehicle from the airport or in any of the major settlements for between $70 and $120(USD) a day as long as they have a valid driver's license from home. Rental agencies here are locally owned, and your rental agreement will likely be so informal that there will be no paperwork involved, and some spots only accept cash.
The chart on this page has contact information for rental agencies on Andros, allowing you to call ahead and find out specific policies.
The roads on the island are rather poorly developed, so proceed with caution wherever you drive, and remember to keep to the left side of the road when you're behind the wheel.
Independent taxi operators pick up the slack for tourists who decide not to rent a car when vacationing on Andros. You'll find them camped out at the airports when known flights land, and also by the ferry docks to pick up those who arrive by sea. If you're looking for a ride elsewhere on the island, you'll likely have to call to have someone pick you up.
Rates are set by the government, based upon a two person occupancy. Passengers pay $3 to ride, plus an additional $0.40(USD) per quarter mile. Extra passengers are $3(USD) a piece, and if you have more than two pieces of luggage per person, you'll pay extra for those as well. If your driver gave you good service, 15 percent tip is the norm.
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As you might imagine, ferries play an important role in travel around Andros, as well as the rest of the Bahamas. If you're hoping to visit several different islands, you can utilize one of two different ferry operations that service the island. One is the slow-moving government run Mail Boat which is typically chosen by those traveling on a budget, and the other is, which are much faster but also more expensive.
For more detailed information about ferry service to Andros, click here.
A trip to Andros involves a lot of planning, and you should begin with choosing your transportation. Take into account where you'll stay, travel time, and cost as you begin to make your decisions and you'll find yourself easily led in one direction over another.
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