Although Port Lucaya is located inland, in less than 20 minutes you can be at the docks in Freeport and hop aboard a ferry to another island in the Bahamas. Ferries serve as an important way to connect the islands in this chain, and there are plenty of different ferry services to choose from. Although only two of them regularly sail from Grand Bahama, it may help to know about the other ferries as you plan your tour of some of the Out Islands.
For just $49.50 one-way, you can sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Freeport. The trip takes two and half hours, and is available every day of the week except for Wednesday. The ferry leaves Florida at 10:00 a.m. and makes the return trip at 7:30 p.m. This is an great way to get to the Bahamas if you're from the south and interested in a quick day trip, but plenty of people sail in and stay for a week or more.
Originally created as a way to transport mail and freight between the islands, Mail Boats quickly became a passenger-based service as well. Over the years they have evolved and now tourists can comfortably sail between many islands including Grand Bahama, the Abacos, Acklins, Andros, the Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera, the Exumas, Grand Bahama, Harbour Island, New Providence, Inagua, Long Island, Mayaguana, and San Salvador. Although inexpensive, Mail Boats are known for being slow, so make sure you have plenty of travel time available if you make use of them. You can call Dockmaster's Office at 242-393-1064 if you have any questions.
Fast Ferries sail to many of the same spots as Mail Boats, but they do so in a faster manner. Unfortunately, Fast Ferries do not stop on Grand Bahama at this time. Make sure to check the schedule before your trip to check and see if any changes have been made. Below is the typical schedule as well as fares.
For almost 50 years the Bahamas has trusted Albury's Ferries to get them around the islands in the Marsh Harbour area. Albury's has 12 fiberglass donies and sails daily between Marsh Harbour, Man-of-War, Hope Town, Guana, and Scotland.
There are also several more localized ferries such as the Turtle Cay Ferry and the Paradise Island Ferry, which offer quick, direct service from a larger city to a smaller attraction. These will often save you money over a taxi, so it is good to keep an eye out.
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Traveling by ferry is not only inexpensive (for the most part), but fun. Add this transportation option to your travel plans and you certainly won't regret it.
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