How to Travel To and Around Nassau

Cruise Ship docked in Nassau Bahamas

If you’re planning a vacation in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, it’s best to know what to expect so you can properly prepare for your dream island getaway. One of the most important pieces of information that you will need to find out is how to travel to Nassau and how to get around. We wouldn’t want to be lost travelers now, do we?

Getting to Nassau:

Since it is the capital of Bahamas, there are numerous airlines that can take you there.  It’s national flag carrier is Bahamasair which flies nonstop from Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Orlando. International airlines are also available such as Air Canada and British Airways. For those who have want the sea air on their face, you can choose to take a leisurely cruise to the island, charter  a boat, or even take your own private yacht. If it’s the latter, then lucky you.

Getting around Nassau & Paradise Island:

Once you get off Bahamasair or whatever mode of travel you did end up choosing, there are several types of transportation available to any tourist. If you’re a backseat driver, then it might be best if you take a rental car. There are plenty available on the island, at the airport and downtown Nassau. Just don’t forget to drive on the LEFT side of the road. And to ensure you don’t get lost, you can get a Bahamas map to help you reach any of the tourist attractions you’re interested in visiting. You can also rent a moped (motorbike) if you’re feeling more adventurous. You’ll need to wear a helmet so don’t expect to feel the wind in your hair as you ride around the island.

If you don’t want to drive but still want to get around in style, you can take a taxi. These are also readily available as there are lots of taxi stands near hotels and at the airport. You can also get taxi service through phone or simply flagging one on the street. With a taxi, you probably won’t need a Bahamas map so you can skip that. Areas are zoned so there’s a fixed rate. But you can also request the use of the meter, if you prefer. Extra charges usually occur if there are more than two of you and if you happen to have extra luggage.

Water taxis, known to us as ferry boats, can take you from Nassau to Paradise Island; an alternative to going over the bridge via car or public transportation. It takes around 10 minutes to get from one point to the other. The ferries leave every half hour between the hours of 9am to 6pm so it isn’t hard to get on one should you wish to see the waterfront view of Nassau Harbor.

If you  want to feel more “local” and save your money for souvenirs, you can take a jitney which is what they call the local bus. On the bus, you’ll get to experience more of the island’s culture and people. Just be prepared to always have exact change with you.

Now, if you really want to save money, you ‘can opt to go about the old-fashioned way – walking. The weather is great, there is much to see around the island, and you even get some exercise to boot.

Whatever mode of travel you do end up choosing, one thing’s for sure. You won’t regret going to Nassau for some fun in the sun.

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Category: Get to Know the Islands, Nassau & Paradise Island

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