Flights to Nassau


 

Located on the island of New Providence, Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas, an archipelago of more than 700 islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

The island has a colorful history of harboring pirates, freed slaves, exiled royalty, rumrunners, and blockade busters.

Although Christopher Columbus first claimed the island for Spain, Charles I claimed it for England in 1629, and it became an English royal colony during the American Revolution. After the Parliament banned slavery in 1807, the Royal Navy began intercepting slave ships headed for America and freeing West Africans on the island. As a result, the island’s culture is an intriguing blend of British and West African traditions.

The Bahamas gained a measure of independence in 1973, when it became a commonwealth. Today, it is a popular cruise ship destination and world-class site for diving and snorkeling.

Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS), formerly known as the Nassau International Airport, serves 21 domestic and international airlines, including Delta Air Lines. There are three terminals. Terminal A has one gate and serves domestic and international flights. Terminal B has four gates and serves U.S. and international arrivals. Terminal C has 14 gates that serve U.S. departures.

U.S. and international customs and baggage claim is on the ground level of Terminal B. Food courts and lounges are located on the Departures level of Terminals B and C.

For the comfort of its travelers, the airport has two children’s play areas and two outdoor patios at Terminals B and C.

In addition to stores selling duty-free goods and souvenirs, shopping options include Havana Crafter cigars, Frangipani fragrances, and My Ocean soaps and candles. Dining options include fast-food favorites such as Wendy’s, Starbucks, TCBY, and Dunkin’ Donuts. Full-service restaurants include Bootleggers Bar, Coral Royale Bar, Rhum Runners, and Sushi Rokkan.

  • Taxi service is available outside Terminals A and B.
  • Visitors can pre-arrange transportation from the airport to their hotels with tour operators such as Majestic Tours, Bahamas Experience, Leisure Travel and Tours Ltd., and Dan Knowles Tours.
  • Visitors can pre-arrange car service with transportation services including A-1 Transportation, Bahamas Airport Fast Track, Big Al’s Limo, and PJ’s Town Car Service.
  • Car rental service is provided by Hertz, Avis, Thrifty, and Budget.

Swim with hundreds of Cownose stingrays and feed them by hand at Stingray Experience at Atlantis on Paradise Island. Or swim with dolphins at Blue Lagoon Island.

Book a half-day or full-day fishing charter with Chubasco Charters or Born Free Fishing Charters and angle for trophy fish like barracuda, wahoo, and kingfish.

Take a sailing cruise or watch the day end on a sunset cruise. You can help the captain sheet the sails and helm the controls, or sit back and nosh on gourmet nibbles and sip a glass of bubbly. Operators include Barefoot Sailing Cruises and Seahorse Sunset Dinner Cruise.

Snorkel or dive shipwrecks and underwater reefs where you can spot lionfish, clownfish, sea turtles, and nurse sharks with operators such as Nassau Sailing and Snorkeling Tours, Bahama Divers, or Nassau Scuba Dive.

Tour Pirates of Nassau, an interactive museum devoted to the Bahamas’ colorful history as a hideout for pirates. Learn about life in shantytowns, the famous pirate Capt. Teach, aka Blackbeard, and women pirates.

When it comes to a resort that provides everything you could possibly want in one place, Atlantis Paradise Island is the gold standard. Six hotels offer a variety of accommodations from standard hotel rooms to three-bedroom villas with full kitchens. Amenities include a 141-acre water park, 11 pools, five miles of beach, a casino, a marina, an 18-hole golf course, 21 restaurants, 19 bars, and live shows with big-name performers.

For a completely different experience, Graycliff in the heart of old Nassau is located in the former home of Capt. John Howard Graysmith, a notorious pirate. Built in 1740, the home changed hands many times over the years before it became the elegant inn it is today. In addition to 18 guest rooms and two cottage suites, there is a swimming pool, two restaurants, three bars and a wine cellar.

Nassau has a tropical savanna climate, which means it is hot year-round and summers are quite rainy. The hottest months are June through September with average highs in the high-80s and low-90s. The coolest months are December to March, with averages highs in the low-80s.

Rainy season is May through October, but the wettest months are June, July, August, and September, when average rainfall is four to six inches a month. Rain is practically nonexistent November through April. Hurricane season is June through November.