Much of the natural beauty of the Bahamas remains unseen by visitors who stay within the confines of their resorts and private beaches and never experience the less populated regions of the islands.
Even those who venture out on hired tours are generally restricted to the areas that are easily accessible by automobile, causing them to miss a wealth of island scenery. For travelers who don't want to miss a thing, bicycles and mopeds are a great way to sate the explorer within.
In the Bahamas, bikes are an attractive way to travel around. Many travelers enjoy leaving the hustle and bustle of crowded metro streets for the peaceful atmosphere of trails and dirt roads. Because they require nothing more than a rider, bikes are an extremely convenient option for vacationers who crave activity, solitude, and fresh air. Most hotels offer rentals by the day or week, and rates are often discounted for guests.
Mopeds and scooters also make good travel alternatives, although they require riders to be aware of service stations, which can be somewhat hard to find. Gas prices in the Bahamas tend to be much higher than American tourists are accustomed to, but these vehicles also get fairly good mileage. Rental rates vary but should be somewhere in the neighborhood of $40(USD) per day. A deposit of around $200(USD) will also often be required.
Moped and scooters are fairly easy to come by, with many hotels renting them out on a daily to weekly basis. Cruise ship passengers can find scooter rental stations in the Freeport Harbour area, and other stands can be spotted throughout Freeport and Lucaya. Helmets are required, but typically included in the cost of your rental.
If you like the idea of sightseeing at a more leisurely pace, you will encounter a variety of different businesses that can help make it happen.
If you're ready to go riding, you should consider Island Rentals. Island Rentals is your one stop adventure shop on Staniel Cay. Every activity you can think of is handled by this company from kite surfing to fishing trips; and of course, you can even rent golf carts for your stay. They are located within Staniel Cay, in central the Bahamas.
Another option is Seaside Cart Rentals. The golf carts at Seaside are available in both gas and electric power, and have big wheels so that they are able to navigate the sometimes rough terrain. Do note that there are a limited amount of bicycles available, to reservations are necessary. You can reach them at (219) 979-7618.
A third option is Lucaya Watersports Bikes and Scooters. Although Lucaya Watersports obviously specializes in all things aquatic, they have diversified to offer scooter and bicycle rentals as well. Anyone looking to get out and explore the area on two wheels shouldn't hesitate to stop by. They're located within Freeport, in western the Bahamas.
The table right below shows more details regarding 47 businesses in the area.
|Bahamas Out Island Adventures||(242) 551-9635||Gregory Town, Western part of the Bahamas||Eleuthera|
|(242) 357-2375||Stocking Island||Stocking Island|
|(242) 365-8687||Treasure Cay, Northwestern part of the Bahamas||Great Abaco|
|--||2.2 mi. East of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Bowcar Scooters Cable Beach||(242) 328-7300||0.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central Cable Beach||New Providence|
|Bowcar Scooters East||(242) 328-7300||Downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|Brendal's Bike Rentals||(242) 365-4411||Green Turtle Cay||Green Turtle Cay|
|(242) 347-3366||The Bimini Islands|
|Cash's Cart Rentals||(242) 365-8771||Treasure Cay, Northwestern part of the Bahamas||Great Abaco|
|Cruisin Carts||(242) 365-4047||Green Turtle Cay||Green Turtle Cay|
|(242) 365-4655||Green Turtle Cay||Green Turtle Cay|
|(242) 367-8117||1.7 mi. Southeast of Central Great Harbour Cay||Great Harbour Cay|
|Dexter Bootle||(242) 332-2229||1.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central Eleuthera||Eleuthera|
|(242) 464-5704||The Bimini Islands|
|Donna Sands Golf Carts||(242) 365-5195||Great Guana Cay||Great Guana Cay|
|Dunmore Rentals||(242) 333-2372||2.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central Mano Creek||Harbour Island|
|Elbow Cay Carts||(242) 366-0530||0.9 mi. South West of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
|(242) 332-2221||1.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central Eleuthera||Eleuthera|
|(242) 365-4081||Green Turtle Cay||Green Turtle Cay|
|Harbour View Cart Rentals||(242) 365-4411||Green Turtle Cay||Green Turtle Cay|
|Island Cart Rentals||(242) 366-0448||0.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
|Island Jeep Scooters Cruise Harbour||(242) 351-7333||6.0 mi. West of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Island Jeep Scooters FPO||(242) 351-4810||1.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central downtown Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Island Jeep Scooters Island Seas||(242) 373-4001||1.7 mi. South-Southeast of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Island Rentals||(242) 524-8191||Central the Bahamas||Staniel Cay|
|Island Road Runner||(242) 365-4160||Green Turtle Cay||Green Turtle Cay|
|JR's Cart Rentals||(242) 366-0361||0.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
|Johnson's Rentals||(242) 333-2376||2.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central Mano Creek||Harbour Island|
|(242) 367-8349||0.8 mi. Southeast of Central Great Harbour Cay||Great Harbour Cay|
|Kool Karts||(242) 365-4176||Green Turtle Cay||Green Turtle Cay|
|Lucaya Watersports Bikes and Scooters||(242) 727-0968||2.6 mi. East of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|(242) 352-2629||1.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|(242) 470-5065||2.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central Mano Creek||Harbour Island|
|(242) 333-2384||2.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central Mano Creek||Harbour Island|
|(242) 333-2384||Dunmore Town, Western part of the Bahamas||Harbour Island|
|Paradise Bay Scooter Rental||--||Central the Bahamas||Great Exuma|
|(242) 357-0066||George Town, Central the Bahamas||Great Exuma|
|(242) 367-4643||1.6 mi. East of Central Dundas Town||Great Abaco|
|Ross Garage Cart Rentals||(242) 333-2122||2.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central Mano Creek||Harbour Island|
|Seaside Cart Rentals||(219) 979-7618||0.1 mi. Northwest of Central Green Turtle Cay||Green Turtle Cay|
|(242) 464-5732||The Bimini Islands|
|(954) 467-6658||Central the Bahamas||Staniel Cay|
|Summer Boyz Golf Cart Rentals||(242) 551-3648||2.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central Mano Creek||Harbour Island|
|T & A Golf Cart Rentals||(242) 365-4259||Green Turtle Cay||Green Turtle Cay|
|Unique Rentals||(242) 457-1906||0.7 mi. East of Central downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|Wendell's Bicycle Rentals||(242) 365-8687||Treasure Cay, Northwestern part of the Bahamas||Great Abaco|
Travelers should be extremely wary of biking or driving mopeds in the congestion of larger city traffic. The European style roadways cause many accidents and much confusion for riders who are not familiar with roundabout procedures and driving on the left side of the road. While visiting the Bahamas, bikes and mopeds should not be one's primary form of transportation, but vacationers should feel encouraged to use them for more out-of-the-way exploring.
When traveling in the Bahamas, bikes and mopeds allow visitors to see remote spots that they may never have known existed if they limited their transportation to taxis, rental cars, and buses. The fresh air of the Bahamas makes open-air travel enjoyable for adventurous travelers who are eager to find a bit of seclusion, and the convenience of two-wheeled travel is perfect for a laid-back vacation.
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