Getting Around The Bahamas

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    Lynden Pindling International Airport

    by traveldave Updated May 21, 2014

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    The main port of entry into the Bahamas is Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS). The airport is set up to get tourists through customs and immigration quickly and conveniently. Most of the hotels and resorts meet their guests at the airport and transport them directly to the hotel.

    Airlines serving Lynden Pindling International Airport: Abaco Air, Air Canada, Air Turks and Caicos, American Airlines, American Eagle, Bahamasair, British Airways, CanJet, Cat Island Air, Copa Airlines, Cubana Airlines, Delta Air Lines, jetBlue Airways, Pineapple Air, Sky Bahamas, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, Western Air, and WestJet.

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    Getting Here....

    by monica71 Written Feb 4, 2012

    We flew US Airways from Chicago to Freeport (with a stop over in Charlotte). Other airlines that fly to the island are: American Eagle, Baer Air, Bahamasair, Continental Connection, Delta/Comair, Sky Bahamas, Vision Airlines, Western Air

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    Car Rental

    by monica71 Written Feb 4, 2012

    There are several companies where you can rent a car from. The hotel can also help you with the rental. They drive on the left side of the road, so you have to be careful. The roads are good in general, but I was told that in the remote locations you have to be careful since the road conditions vary.
    The rental rates are high, but if you book a car in advance (prior to leaving US) you can get a good price.
    Local companies have better rates than the big rental ones, but their cars are old and not in the best condition.

    Here are some handy phone numbers you may want to use if deciding to rent a car while on the island:

    Avis: 352-7666 or 352-8144
    Brad's Car Rental: 352-7930
    Dollar: 352-9325
    Island Jeep and Car Rental: 373-4001, 373-4002, 351-4810
    KSR Rent A Car: 351-3830

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    Cabs

    by monica71 Written Feb 4, 2012

    Taxis are available all over the island. The fares are set by government. It is best to make sure the driver turns on the meter once you get into the cab.
    You can either go to a taxi stand and get a cab or have the hotel call you one.

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    Carnival Sensation

    by Florida999 Written Nov 27, 2011

    We went on a 3 day cruise to the Bahamas on the Carnival Sensation.

    The cruise left Port Canaveral Florida on Thursday afternoon, and we got back Sunday morning. It was worth the price, we had a good time, and enjoyed the cruise and the Bahamas.

    Tip on cabins: We had a 4 people cabin on the Empress Deck (7) in the front of the boat. It was small ( but all cabins are) but very quiet compared to the horrible room we had on a different ship in the back of the boat , on the bottom , right on top of the engines. So , if you plan on sleeping at night, avoid the back bottom of any ship ( but those are the least expensive cabins).

    Tip on preventing getting sea sick: get accupressure wrist bands, they work ( no medication needed)

    Our ship docked in Nassau Towel Animal in Cabin :)
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    Virgo Car Rentals

    by kgduke Written May 4, 2010

    Virgo Car Rentals is definitely the cheapest in town, but with that you have some problems.

    They rent cars for 24 hours for $40. Insurance is $9. As they have three locations, if you return your car to another location, the charge is $10. There is free pickup and drop-off to/from your hotel (IF a driver is available).

    However...Virgo does not accept reservations. You have to call the morning you want the car to see if one is available. You can also sometimes call the night before to see if they have one for the next day. I did this and arranged a pickup time. An hour after the pickup time, I called Virgo and they said they had no record of me wanting to rent a car. I waited about a half hour from then for the driver to arrive.

    Once I rented the car and was doing the walkaround with the agent, she noticed that the Club did not have a key and so was unusable. They refused to rent me the car without a working security device. They proposed that I drive the car to their airport location to exchange the non-working club for a working one. I refused. Eventually they found another one.

    I asked for a discount because of all the difficulties and they gave me a three hour extension on my rental. Since I rented the car (once all was finished) at noon, that meant that I could have the car until the next day at 3pm.

    The driver and mechanics were very nice and apologetic, but the saleswoman was very difficult.

    This is a possibility for renting cars, but go in with lots of patience. They open at 9am and so you won't be able to drive out of the lot much before 11 if all goes well.

    Kemp Road (Head Office)
    P.O. Box N-1702
    Nassau
    The Bahamas

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  • Catamaran Miami-Freeport

    by catamaranfun Written Mar 19, 2010

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    Hi - A group of 20 or so will be in Miami for a wedding, and thought about chartering a catamaran to the Bahamas, and would like to do it over a week´s time in mid-April. Although we have a "captain" or two in our group, we thought it be best to charter it captained by a professional who knows the waters during that time of the year. Thanks for your suggestions!
    Cheers, Deb

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    Returning Late Night -- Beware no Ferry

    by XKuger Written Feb 8, 2010

    Even though it is a lot more ideal to take a little ferry from Atlantis into town where you can get a fantastic view of the property from the water also the cruise ships as you cruise into the local harbour beware.. if you intend to return after dark, ferries do not run. You have to get a cab back. If you end up puchasing a round trip ticket the return ticket will be wasted.

    Also remember that the Bahamas is a US$ grabbing operation, what cost the locals a fraction of a dime will cost tourist an arm. The whole place is a walking ATM deposit machine that you have to perpetually throw money into for anything and everything.

    It is not paradise when all they care about is your wallet. I do not say take money, but do not extort as you do and aleast provide half way decent service.

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    Public buses

    by Irina80 Written Jul 2, 2009

    Public buses in Grand Bahama are actually mini vans with the sign "Public bus service", they are kind of like taxis, can be stopped practically everywhere, on any road, they are very inexpensive and you can hire them as personal transportation vehicle, we were walking down the street to the grocery store and they stop and offer service, one that we used took us to the store, waited and then drove us back to the hotel

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    Bahamas Day Trip

    by csordila Updated Jun 6, 2009

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    Depart Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale at 7:45am. Arrive Grand Bahama at 1pm. Return Depart Grand Bahama at 4:45 pm. Arrive Port Everglades at 10pm.

    Directions to Port Everglades
    • Main entrance
    Take I-95 to I-595 East straight into the Port (I-595 becomes Eller Drive once inside the Port). I-595 runs east/west with connections to the Fort Lauderdale/ Hollywood International Airport, U.S.1, I-95, State Road 7 (441), Florida's Turnpike, Sawgrass Expressway and I-75.
    • US1/Federal Highway entrance
    At the intersection of State Road 84/Spangler Blvd., East and U.S.1 (Federal Hwy.), turn east into the seaport.

    Price about U$ 100,- and includes:
    • 3 All you can eat Buffet Meals
    • Round trip transportation
    • Swimming pool and sun decks
    • Bars, clubs and video arcade
    • Dancing, live music
    • Slot machines and Shopping
    • Las Vegas Style Casino
    • Win onboard prizes during the cruise
    • Free casino Match Play at the Isle of Capri Casino on the Island
    • A Bahama Mama Cocktail on the Island

    Grand Bahama considered the second most popular island in the Bahamas, and its major city, Freeport, is regarded as the nation’s second city.
    Location: 200 miles west of Nassau
    Size: about 1.375 square kilometers
    Population: about 50.000
    Language: English
    Currency: Bahamian dollar

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    Beware of water taxis in Nassau

    by redbaron Written Jan 10, 2009

    Getting around Nassau can be nerve-wrecking. There are no schedules that are adhered to. For example if you wish to get from one of the resorts on Paradise Island to downtown (central) Nassau, you have three choices. The Atlantis Resort - as expensive as it is - does not provide you with their own shuttle service. You have to hire a taxi which will cost you at least $10 to downtown. You can walk across one of the two bridges. It is free but it will take you at least half an hour of brisk walking. The third choice is the ferry service which has a terminal below the bridge on Paradise Island as well as at the wharf located at the end of Frederick Street (one block from Bay Street). The cost is $3.00 one way and $6.00 for a round-trip. Not a bad deal if you could depend on them to stick to the schedule they advertise. The first boat is to leave Paradise Island at 9:00 am but never does. The earliest I have seen it leave was 9:40 am. It is supposed to leave every half hour but never does.

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    Scooters

    by deedlebug Written Feb 9, 2008

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    We rented scooters for the time we were there. They were so much fun. Of course you have to be careful and drive on the opposite side of the road. They get great gas mileage, were road almost the entire island. Don't forget your sunblock though!

    My cousin and sister on there scooters!!

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    Airport Transfer

    by XKuger Written Nov 19, 2007

    I found that most cabs were negotiating prices all over the radar. Lucky for me I did my hotel booking via expedia and I recieved a complimentary round trip to and from the airpot from Majestic tours.

    That most definitly saved me some $$. Transport to and from the Airpor is a real rip off just like many other prices in the Bahamas.

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    Bahama Air

    by James.Jenks Written Aug 15, 2007

    Never ever under any circumstances fly Bahama Air. They are owned by the government and they'll get you there when they get you there, not when you are scheduled to be there. Our flight there was delayed by 9 hours and the return was delayed 4 hours.

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    Downtown Nassau ---> Paradise Island

    by UKDaisy Updated Mar 5, 2007

    You can either get from one place to the other by walking the bridge (you can't miss it!) or by using the ferry service. The ferry service costs $3 one way (January 2006 price). Tickets available at the point of departure or on the boat. Duration of ferry crossing about 5-10 minutes.

    Departure points:
    On downtown - on the waterside parallel to Bay Street
    On Paradise Island - at the end of the bridge outside the Atlantis hotel.

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