Between airfare costs, visa issues, and carving out time to travel, exploring exotic faraway places may seem impossible. To the everyday wanderer-at-heart, finding new places to satiate that wanderlust may be tough, but Florida has no shortage of amazing places to explore, and that includes outside the U.S.! If you're looking for Florida day trip ideas, in Fort Lauderdale, you can actually catch a private plane to the Bahamas just for a quick day trip!
The Bahamas Air Tour is a one of a kind experience, letting you escape to the Bahamas for just a day to swim in crystal blue water, eat delicious Caribbean food, and explore all the islands have to offer.
Your adventure begins at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, where you’ll check-in at 7 a.m. and depart promptly by 7:30 a.m.
It’s just about an hour ride to the International Airport on Andros Island in the Bahamas, where you'll stop to clear customs and immigration before hitting the road…or, air again.
From there, it’s just another 45 minutes until you reach your destination, Staniel Cay in the Exumas.
The air tour usually costs $799 but as of publication is on sale for $749. Passports are required for all guests, and they’ll have you back in the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport by 6 p.m.
There are tons of things to do and see at Staniel Cay, and you’ll get to explore it all on the boat tour leg of your adventure with Bahamas Air Tours.
The boat tour begins at Compass Cay, where you can actually pet nurse sharks at the marina. Then you’ll move on to the sand bar at Pipe Cay, and of course, get to see the famous swimming pigs on Big Major Cay.
You’ll also hit the Thunderball Grotto for some snorkeling —
featured in the James Bond movie — an underwater plane wreck from the ’80s, see stunning rock iguanas, and finally break for lunch around 1 p.m. at the yacht club.
Take a look around the Staniel Clay Village, maybe grab a souvenir or two, and then you'll depart at 4:30 p.m. to head back to Fort Lauderdale.
What a day! Make sure you bring a small bag with beach essentials, proper documentation, and money; U.S. dollars are accepted in the Bahamas.
Definitely make sure your cameras are charged! You wouldn't want to miss out on all the stunning shots you can capture of your day away in the Bahamas.
Fort Lauderdale to Bahamas Day Trip
Price: Normally $799, but on sale for $749 as of publication.
Address: 2201 NW 55th Ct., Hangar 11, Fort Lauderdale FL
Why You Need To Go: Take the day trip of a lifetime and be back home just in time for dinner!
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