Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas, a coral-based archipelago in the Atlantic ocean east of Florida, where tourists from all over come to enjoy the sunny, warm climate, beautiful beaches and outdoor activities. With year-round warm temperatures, it’s always pleasant to visit here, but the busiest period is between December and February, when people are escaping from cold winter weather at home. Spring is the second busiest time, so book your flights and accommodation well in advance. As with all eastern Caribbean islands, the Bahamas are vulnerable to hurricanes, so you should know that they could strike anytime between June and November. If you plan your visit during this period, you should always book refundable tickets. You’ll find more affordable flights and rooms during the months of September – November, when fewer tourists visit.
If you don’t want to visit Nassau in September, then you should wait until June to fly from United States, when ticket prices are also cheap, with an average price of $370.
The best time to book a flight to Nassau from United States is 31 days out, which is when prices tend to be around $407. Keep in mind that you might also find cheap flights to Nassau outside of this time window. In fact, momondo users recently found flights from United States to Nassau for $217.
The cheapest day to depart from United States to Nassau is on a Tuesday. Travelers who choose to depart for Nassau on a Tuesday will often find tickets for as low as $381. The most expensive day to fly to Nassau is Thursday, with ticket prices averaging around $418.
The cheapest time of day to fly to Nassau is in the afternoon when flights can be purchased for as low as $296. If you have a flexible travel schedule, then try to avoid flying in the morning when prices are $415 on average. Flights to Nassau from United States in the morning are generally more expensive because this time of day is more convenient for travelers’ schedules.
Users planning a flight to Nassau during the months of May, June, or July should anticipate rain. There are still things to do in Nassau even when it's raining, though. Those looking for a great museum with interesting exhibits should take time out of their trip to Nassau to go see Bahamas Historical Society Museum. Bahamas Historical Society Museum is particularly popular with tourists when the weather in Nassau is not ideal. Popular options when the weather doesn’t cooperate are indoor, family-friendly attractions like aquariums. Nassau has Atlantis Aquarium nearby for tourists looking for something to do while avoiding the poor weather.
The month of March, April, or November is often the best time to visit Nassau to go to the beach due to the weather. Cabbage Beach is the most often visited beach in the area.
Currently, The Bahamas travel restrictions include travel to Nassau. The Bahamas reopened its borders on July 1 to all travelers, including visitors. Visitors should contact commercial airlines directly for flight information. However, all travelers entering The Bahamas via commercial flights, regardless of country of origin, must undergo a 14-day quarantine in a government facility on arrival, at their own expense. At the end of their quarantine, visitors must take an RT-PCR COVID-19 molecular test. For the most up-to-date information, check the Bahamas tourism website here. For those who may enter the Bahamas, each traveler must submit a Travel Health Visa Application form online at travel.gov.bs. Confirmation will be provided via email. Each traveler must have their confirmation on hand upon arrival at their destination. Travelers must also upload their negative COVID-19 test result (see the following paragraph) at this same website. Each traveler must also have a COVID-19 PCR (molecular swab) test in advance of travel with a negative result. The test results must not have been taken more than 5 days prior to arrival. Children under the age of 10 and private pilots who do not deplane are exempt from the requirement to present a PCR test. Inter-island travel in the Bahamas is prohibited until further notice. If you are planning to travel to Nassau at this time, it is recommended that you stay up to date on current restrictions and follow proper safety measures while in public.
You can fly direct to Nassau from the US with these airlines: Delta, jetBlue, Silver Airways, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United, and Bahamasair. Flights with one or more stops are available from Air Canada, British Airways, Westjet, Copa and Caribbean Airlines.
Nassau’s airport, about 13 kilometers from the city center, is the largest in the Bahamas, and serves as an international gateway into the Bahamas. You have a few options for getting into the city from the airport.
Taxis are available outside the US, international, and domestic terminals. The ride into Nassau takes about 25 minutes and will cost you approximately $32.00 USD.
Many arriving tourists use shuttle transfers to their accommodation, they may be provided by your hotel, or you can click here to prearrange your own shuttle service.
If you want to travel like a local, you can ride the jitneys (small buses). They are affordable, at only $1.50 USD per ride, but don’t actually stop at the airport. There are a couple of lines stopping nearby; you can catch the 12a or the 10 if you walk 5 minutes from the airport to the Shell gas station. Schedules are lax, and routes fluctuate, but if you ask the friendly locals how to get where you want to go, they are more than willing to direct you.
If you decide to rent a car in Nassau, remember that you must drive on the left side of the road. It’s definitely worth checking for deals on car rentals with momondo.
The best way to get around in Nassau is on foot, the downtown area is quite compact, and many of the attractions within walking distance of each other. If you’re up for a bit of a hike, you can even walk across the bridge to Paradise Island. Here are some other transport options for getting around in Nassau.
Taxis are readily available throughout Downtown Nassau, at the wharf, cruise port and hotel entrances. Talk to the driver and set a price before getting in, as taxis are not metered. Fares are usually based on 2 passengers, and you will be charged about $3.00 USD for each additional passenger.
There are numerous public jitneys providing transport across the city. Flag one down and you can ask the driver to stop and let you off anywhere. The jitneys do not cross the bridge onto Paradise Island. Pay the fare of $1.50 USD per adult and $1.00 USD per child as you exit the bus. They generally run from 6am – 6:30pm daily. You may also take a ride on one of the traditional horse-drawn carriages. You can enjoy an historic and scenic tour of Nassau for $10.00 USD per person for a 20-minute tour. These colorful carriages are a great way to see the sights and give your tired feet a break from walking.
If you are a US citizen, you do not need a visa to enter Nassau, but you must present a valid passport and fill out an immigration form, which can be obtained at travel agencies, airlines or at the point of entry to the Bahamas. For foreign nationals, please check the this website.
Nassau is a tropical paradise, and with its own Paradise Island right alongside. Steeped in colonial charm, you can see the city’s old-world elegance in its majestic candy-colored buildings, historical forts and grand hotels. Here are a few sights and activities you should add to your itinerary.
There is a Bahamian dollar, and Bahamian currency notes, but you needn’t bring any, US dollars are widely used.
The Aquaventure waterpark at Atlantis resort is pricy, at $120.00 USD for an adult day pass or $80.00 USD for a child under 12. Guests of the resort receive complimentary passes, and so do the guests of the nearby Comfort Inn, which is so affordable that, depending on the time of year, you may be able to get a room and waterpark admission for less than the cost of day passes to the park.