There are two major ferry services in the Bahamas that sail directly into Freeport, making it a great alternative to flying when you'd like to visit some of the other islands in the chain.
Pinar del Rio is an international ferry connecting south Florida with the Bahamas every day of the week except Wednesday. The ferry sails from Ft. Lauderdale at 10:00 a.m., then takes a two and a half hour trip to Freeport. This is a great way for a quick trip between the Unites States and the Bahamas, or is an inexpensive option when compares to flying, since a one way ticket is just $49.50(USD).
Once, Mail Boats were the only way for the people of the Bahamas to get from one island to the next. Originally, it was a freight and mail service, then locals began to hop on for the ride, and soon is evolved so that passengers can comfortable sail along with the mail. Although Mail Boats are slow going, they are very cheap, and you can avoid spending more time than necessary on the boat by planning to use the service on islands that are nearby one another. Mail Boats sail between Grand Bahama, the Abacos, Acklins, Andros, the Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera, the Exumas, Grand Bahama, Harbour Island, Inagua, New Providence, Long Island, Mayaguana, and San Salvador.
The MV Marcella III is the boat that currently travels to Freeport, leaving Potter's Cay on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. and returning on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. The trip takes 12 hours and costs $45(USD) per person each way. You can call the Dockmaster's Office at 242-393-1064 for confirmation of rates and schedules.
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Ferries open up the possibility of inter-island travel for dozens of tourists who may not have otherwise been able to afford the expense. Take some time to look over the schedules and see if hopping a ferry is something you'll be able to do during your stay in Freeport.
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