Getting to the Bahamas by Mail Boat

Photograph of Bahama Mail BoatTraveling between the Out Islands by mail boat is an adventure. You won’t find many reference to these little ships, and you can’t make reservations.

Operating out of Potter’s Cay dock at the Paradise Island bridge, some 20 mail boats leave daily, usually in the afternoons, and return two or three days later. The schedules, though posted as regular, often can be haphazard. But, if you have the time and patience, this can add to your experience. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself.

To sail the mail boats, simply pick a time and destination – you’ll find details in each chapter and in the Mailboat Schedules section of this website.

You should get to the dock a few hours before sailing to book your passage. Sailing time to the Abacos is five hours; to the Inaguas, 18 hours. Don’t even consider taking the mail boats if you suffer from sea sickness.

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Getting There:

For visitors arriving by air, the Bahamas are served through Nassau by most US airlines and by international airlines from Canada and Europe, and to a slightly more limited degree through Freeport.

The Out Islands are served mainly by Bahamas Air via connections in Nassau and Freeport.

The Bahamas is also a major destination for the cruise ship industry

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