Stocking Island is a small but peaceful destination just off the coast of Great Exuma. Only a handful of people stay overnight in rental homes at one time, and if you couple this with the fact that the island itself is only three miles long, you'll see why it does not have its own airport. Instead, visitors will fly to the airport across the way on Great Exuma and make use of a ferry to get to their final stop.
Most people who fly into Exuma International Airport are greeted with the smallest airport they've ever encountered. The runway is just 7050 feet long, and the building housing customs is not much larger than that of someone's personal home. Thankfully, the process of getting through immigration and customs is pretty quick on this island, so you can get your vacation started without having to wait for hours in line.
Direct flights to Exuma are available through Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, and Toronto with well-known carriers, but they can be pricy. In order to save money, consider a layover at the Lynden Pindling International Airport on New Providence Island, then flying with a local carrier like or .
This table tells you which airlines offer service from the states and the places they fly from. Not all of the flight combinations you will see on the web are logical options so it can be handy to see at a glance which airlines actually offer direct service to this location.
|Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||FLL||Silver Airways, United Airlines|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Eagle|
See the table below for scheduled air service from other airports in the region. If you can't take a flight from an airport near you, making a connection through another Caribbean airport might be a viable solution.
|New Providence Island, Bahamas||NAS||Bahamasair, SkyBahamas|
A ferry is available at the dock in Georgetown. It is run by Club Peace & Plenty, a local , and is free to use by guests of the property. Others pay $12(USD) each way. The ferry leaves the docks twice a day at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., so it is best to try and arrange your flight so that you can make it to the ferry with ease.
There is no doubt about it. A secluded getaway on a quiet island in the Bahamas is the vacation that dreams are made of. Though you can't fly direct, all it takes is a short ferry ride and your tropical paradise awaits.
The following table indicates how to get a hold of one of the regional air charter services.
|(242) 338-0360||Stella Maris Airport - Stella Maris||Long Island|
|(242) 369-0020||Clarence A. Bain Airport - Central Andros||Central Andros|
|(242) 464-8093||Crooked Island Airfield - Crooked Island||Crooked Island|
|(242) 332-3811||Governor's Harbour Airport - 7.6 mi. (12.2 km) Northwest of Governors Harbour||Eleuthera|
|(242) 337-0411||Deadman's Cay Airport - 9.9 mi. (16.0 km) Northwest of Clarence Town||Long Island|
|(242) 334-3000||Rock Sound International Airport - 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) Northwest of Rock Sound||Eleuthera|
|(242) 338-2070||Stella Maris Airport - Stella Maris||Long Island|
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