Ferries are one of the most important forms of transportation in the Bahamas, and Paradise Island is a great example of this. If you'll be staying on this island, you'll want to be aware of ferry services as one transportation option, plus, you'll want to know about some of the other ferry services that travel around the Bahamas as well.
The most important ferry for guests who plan to stay on Paradise Island to be aware of is the Paradise Island Ferry. The island is set just off the northeast coast of New Providence, connected only by a toll bridge. Crossing the bridge is one way to get to Paradise Island, but many people choose to instead travel to the island aboard a ferry that runs all day, every day. It costs $3(USD) and runs from the middle of Nassau straight to Paradise Island. It takes about 20 minutes to sail between the two locations, and ferry service moves continually throughout the day meaning you'll never have to wait longer than 40 minutes for the next ferry.
Originating from Potter's Cay, which is easily accessible just after the bridge between Paradise Island and the main land of New Providence, is the government run Mail Boat service, which offers freight, mail, and passenger transport between quite a collection of islands in the Bahamas.
Mail Boats are the least expensive ferry service between the islands, but the trade off is that they move very slowly. Tourists report the most success when they plan to travel between islands that are very near one another.
Servicing New Providence, the Abacos, Andros, Eleuthera, and the Exumas, Bahamas Fast Ferries is true to its name and offers quick transportation around the Bahamas. In fact, the service was created as a counter to the slower Mail Boat system. Each morning a fleet of ferries leaves New Providence and makes a stop at each island before returning back to Potter's Cay at 6:00 p.m.
Albury's Ferries is a fleet of a dozen fiberglass boats called "donnies" that visit the collection of islands surrounding March Garbour each day. You can take this ferry to Marsh Harbour, Man-of-War, Hope Town, Guana, and Scotland on a daily basis.
Sometimes referred to the Bahamas Express Ferry, Pinar del Rio offers transportation between Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Freeport, Grand Bahama. The ferry runs daily, except for Wednesdays, leaving Florida at 10:00 a.m. and returning at 7:30 p.m. It takes two-and-a-half hours of sailing to get to either destination, but the $49.50(USD) price makes it a great option for a quick trip to the Bahamas. This is not the ideal way to get to Paradise Island, but it is a valid option for tourists visiting from Florida who don't mind getting a small domestic flight from Grand Bahama to Nassau after they arrive.
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Ferries serve as a great way to connect between numerous islands in the Bahamas. Knowing what your options are helps you to decide which services you'll take advantage of and which you'll save for next time.
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