Nassau is linked to Paradise Island by two bridges, but no buses will cross them. Therefore you have three choices to go from one to the other: 1) take a taxi, 2) take a ferry or 3) walk across one of the bridges.
The most time-consuming, but cheapest, way is to walk. The quickest way is by taxi, but because we were never in a hurry, we never inquired about the price. That being said, we are pretty sure it would include the $1 bridge toll.
Somewhere in between is the ferry, which runs at 30-minute intervals. A one-way trip costs $3 and a return trip costs $6. That's right, the only thing you save by buying your return ticket in advance is time spent waiting in line on your way back! Still worth it, though. Just be warned that, inevitably, an improvised tour guide will hop on the ferry as it takes off and give you a short account of your surroundings in the hope of getting some tips before you reach your destination. The first time is entertaining, the second time... not as much.
If you're in Nassau for the day or week and don't have a rental car but want to go to the Atlantis Hotel Resort, you need to catch the "water taxi". These are passenger boats leaving Prince George Wharf and depositing you NEAR, but NOT RIGHT AT, the Atlantis! Purchase your roundtrip ticket at Festival Place information booth or nearby. When we were there last, tickets ran about $6 round trip. You must have a ticket to board.
Previously, it seemed that water taxis had no limit on the number of passengers allowed to board and this was quite possibly an accident waiting to happen. NOW, there are usually policeman checking each water taxi to make sure that the boat is not overloaded and there is a maximum passenger limit which must be adhered to. Even though you may think this is an inconvenience, enforcing passenger limit requirement might save your life.
Between Prince George Wharf and the pier near Atlantis, usually a very informative "local guide" will tell you all about what you are seeing on the way to Paradise Island. The "guide" is not necessarily an employee of the water taxi, but makes his living from the tips he receives from passengers on board. If you think the guy has done a good job, don't be a cheapskate like a lot of people. They go over to the Atlantis and drop a bundle in the casino and the shops, but can't give this guy a measley dollar for doing an honest job!
Be sure to check the time for the last returning water taxi back from Paradise Island. I believe they leave every half hour during operating hours. If you miss the water taxi, most likely you will have to take a land taxi back to the Festival Building area or your hotel.
We enjoyed walking around Nassau. This was the best way to see the shops, restauarants and see everyday life. There always seems to be plenty of people out and about,; probably due to all the resorts in the area and the endless amounts of cruise ships in port. It was a hotter than average day in Nassau but hopping in and out of air-conditioned shops helped beat the heat.
Buses run from the hotels to downtown Nassau several times a day. And, cars and motor scooters are available for rental. Please be aware that they drive on the left side of the road and that helmets are mandatory for all motor scooters.
The best way to get around downtown Nassau is walking. There is no reason to take a taxi because the downtown area is relatively small.
Have yourself guided through Nassau Town in a relaxing way for $10 per half hour for 2 people. Just take the horse drawn carriage.
Hop up next to the Prince George Wharf.
Until 1973 Nassau was British. One thing they left was driving at the left side of the road. So, watch out while crossing the streets, although much of the Nassau streets are one way.
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