If your idea of the perfect holiday is lounging under a swaying palm with a cool drink in one hand and the latest page-turner in the other, you’ll be right at home in the Bahamas. But venture beyond the beaches of this beautiful archipelago and you’ll find plenty of other diversions. From the glitz of Paradise Island to the heritage landmarks of Nassau, the colourful coral reefs to the lush flora of Lucayan National Park, a holiday to this Caribbean nation serves up a tropical island banquet with all the trimmings. And the good news for British tourists is that the increasing availability of cheap flights to Bahamas is making this dream destination more affordable than ever.
The Bahamas’ tropical climate guarantees year-round sunshine, with little variation in price between the seasons. The majority of the moderate rainfall occurs in the summer months, so if you’re looking for a bargain this might be the best time to book. The period between Thanksgiving and New Year is particularly popular with winter sun-seekers from the USA and Europe – the traditional street parades held on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, known as ‘Junkanoos’, bring an extra surge of visitors. But provided your travel dates are flexible and you plan well ahead, you should be able to source cheap flights to Bahamas at any time of year.
British Airways operate direct flights to Bahamas from London Heathrow to Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport, with a flight time of almost ten hours. One-stop options out of Heathrow include Air France via Atlanta and Air Canada via Toronto. Delta and Virgin Atlantic offer one-stop routes from Manchester, and depending on the time of year, passengers from Glasgow can fly to Orlando with Delta and then take the simple and speedy transfer to Nassau with Bahamasair.
Nassau’s airport is the main gateway to the Bahamas, and is located less than ten miles away from the town centre. There are plenty of on-site taxis to whisk you from the airport to the city and the beach resorts on the island of New Providence. Expect to pay upwards of 25 Bermudan dollars for a trip to the centre of Nassau. Alternatively, pre-book private transport and enjoy a hassle-free transfer straight to your hotel, or pick up a hire car and make your own tracks.
A visit to Nassau, the animated Bahamian capital, is ideal for those looking to explore beyond the country’s resorts. Discover the city’s seafaring past at the Pirates of Nassau museum, or trace its colonial heritage on a tour of famous landmarks like the British Colonial Hotel, Christ Church Cathedral and the Public Library, originally built as the town jail. Meet inquisitive lemurs, colourful flamingos and playful parrots in Ardastra Gardens and Zoo, or enjoy the tranquil landscapes of Versailles Gardens, dotted with European statues and outdoor art.
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