WE do the discovery cruise over to the Island out of fortlauterdale or fly out of the same to the Island real cheap!!Lots of other u.s.hub cities like Alanta that have graet fly deals to the grand bahamas.
We always rent a car try KSR car rentals or Brads car rental $50.00 day and we save that in about one hour put the car on a major credit car this will cover your inssurance and pay with cash when you come back to save more!
We took a cruise, though I think we will fly next time. I wasn't seasick, but I had a constant feeling of vertigo when the ship was moving. Also, being confined to a ship for a whole day became tiresome. We did make sure to catch every sunrise and sunset from the upper decks and took advantage of the pool and walking deck. And we ate - the food was fabulous. However, we are not into gambling and the dance club was somewhat lame, so we were glad it was a short cruise.
I would advise flying in to Grand Bahama Island, then staying at a hotel with beach access. Many of the beaches are private and only guests at certain hotels are allowed to be there. You can usually pay some kind of daily fee for beach access if you are at a hotel without a beachfront.
Easy access to The Bahamas is one reason for its long-standing popularity as a winter holiday destination. Only a few miles from the south Florida coast, in fact closer than Caribbean destinations, the islands can be reached quickly either by air or by sea.
If you stay on Paradise Island, which I recommend, there are ferries that go between the island and Nassau (very cheap and it's a short ride, 10 min?). They run constantly, and eliminate the need for a car to go back and forth.
In Febuary 1999 there was a high speed cat making daily trips betwwen Miami and Nassau for $99 round trip. There are island freighters that make weekly or twice weekly trips to most islands from Nassau. Not great schedules but reasonable prices. Otherwise small commuter planes which are expensive.
Hitchhiking is safe on the smaller islands. Bikes are also great.
once on the island the best and least expensive way to travel is to take their public mini van ( buses ) at one dollar per person . this bus will get you all around the island .
also nkow that in the Bahamas driving is on the left side of the road .
Now don't forget - Bahamians drive on the left side of the road! For those of you (like me) that are afraid to try this out (for fear of killing yourself and others), there are public minivans which provide transportation all throughout Nassau and the resort areas. These are very convenient, inexpensive, and much safer than taking your life in your hands by attempting to drive on the other side of the road. Of course, this is unless you're British, then it should be NO PROBLEM, MON!
I like to use Fort Lauderdale Executive airport for customs and renting the survival gear. The custom folks have been great and I have no trouble.
Stop in Nassau for customs. They may not be very wordy but they will help out. Get your stamp and then you can fly anywhere in the bahamas. I can give you additional details. The Caribean flying guide is very helpful.
The best way to get to Bimini is by boat. A quick trip by motorboat or relaxing sail across the Gulfstream from South Florida will have you there in about 8 hours. If you are in a hurry hop aboard a sea-plane, which lands in the water and is quite an experience if you've never tried it.
Bimini is small and can be seen on foot. Or explore the island by bicycle, which you can rent from the local Scuba Shop.
The most interesting way for me to get around in the Bahamas was on a scooter! Although, I must say this isn't for everyone. I crashed a total of 4 times. No serious injuries, thank goodness! But it was a challenge and a great way to see the island and meet new people. Great for going to local parties!
I went there on a cruise. I would suggest that you take a good cruisline. Mine was very clean and had a lot to eat, but there was nothing to do except sleep.
I was with a tour group and we rode around in vans. It was real crowded, and I got stuck next to some guy that smelled really bad.
Most people probably take a cruise ship, but you can also fly in from the US, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean. There's also a lot of private boat traffic between the Bahamas and Florida, which is barely 100 kms away. And if you have a few bucks, you can take a Windjammer Cruise on a large two-masted sailing schooner.
Air and inter-island ferries. But in Nassau, you can also get around in a 'surrey with a fringe on top' to borrow a phrase from Oscar Hammerstein.
Well, my favorite way is by a cruise-line...which we took the Disney Wonder and had a fantastic time. We also visited there private island, Castaway Cay, which I liked better than any of the other Bahamian Islands.
Once you're there the best way to get around Nassau is by water taxi or regular taxi...just make sure you get a price before you ride.
If you need to get to popular places around Grand Bahama take the Public Bus System. It's only $1 and was not a bad ride at all.
i think the bus fare was a dollar. stopped right near the hotel and took us to downtown Nassau. we didn't go to Paradise Island
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