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 chart shows which airlines offer flights from the U.S. and the places from which they are flying. The online booking services don't always list the least costly options so it can be useful to see at a glance which airlines offer direct flights to this airport.
|Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||FLL||Silver Airways, United Airlines|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Eagle|
Check the chart below for airline service from other Caribbean airports. If there are no flights from an airport near you, connecting through another Caribbean airport may be a great option.
|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.
If you are considering an air charter, you can call one of these regional agencies:
|(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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