With very little public transportation to speak of on Eleuthera, tourists who would like to explore the island will have to rely on rental cars to get around. The number of rental car agencies on the island are few, and locals will often try and rent out their own vehicles, so it is important to always make sure you are renting with a government licensed facility.
The best way to be sure that you're renting a vehicle from a government sanctioned locale, your best bet is to rent from an agency at one of the island's three airports (click here for Eleuthera's air travel page). Regardless of where you rent from, you'll generally find the process to be informal, with the simple exchange of payment for car keys. Always ask for a receipt, because you likely won't be given one otherwise.
Make sure to call before your vacation and reserve your vehicle of choice to ensure that it is available to you when you arrive. Also notice that there are no large international chains, because all of the agencies on the island are locally-owned.
Review the following chart if you want more information.
|Aluethera Car Rental||(242) 470-0844||North Palmetto Point - Eleuthera|
|Kingsley Sands||(242) 332-1619||Governors Harbour|
|Knowles Rent-a-Car||(242) 359-7893||LA Drive Palmetto Point - Eleuthera|
|Taylor & Taylor Rent-a-Car||(242) 332-1665||Banks Road, Palmetto Point - North Palmentton Point|
...run into pot holes and cracks...
The most important thing to remember as you're driving around on Eleuthera is that traffic moves on the left side of the road like in England, though the steering wheel is generally located on the left side of the vehicle as in the United States. This means that everyone who gets behind the wheel will likely have some adjusting to do. The roads are not kept in the best condition, so you can expect to run into pot holes and cracks regularly. Be sure to proceed with caution until you are more familiar with the driving style and road conditions.
Queen's Highway is the one main road on Eleuthera , and it travels the length of the island with just two lanes at all times and with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour. Some of the side roads are paved, but most are made of dirt, gravel, and sand, and should only be driven on if you've got a vehicle with four wheel drive. Gas is nearly double the price of gas in the United States, so make sure you leave room in your budget for the extra expense.
Vehicles on this island are almost always at least 10 years old and cost between $50 and $75(USD) a day. Discounts may be available if you rent for longer than one week.
Different companies will sometimes charge widely different rates so it may be worth the effort to shop around. The lowest rates displayed are typically only available from the least costly local firms when demand is low. The high end of the range is what you can anticipate during the high season at one of the busier agencies.
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Mid Size Car||$ 50.00||$ 75.00|
|Light SUV||$ 70.00||$ 75.00|
|Mini Van||$ 70.00||$ 90.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 75.00||$ 90.00|
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Mid Size Car||$ 350.00||$ 480.00|
|Light SUV||$ 520.00||$ 600.00|
|Mini Van||$ 525.00||$ 560.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 525.00||$ 595.00|
Renting a car on Eleuthera isn't difficult, and though the roads can be a little tricky to manage, you should become adept at navigating through the bad parts quickly. This will allow you to make the most of your getaway by spending your vacation exploring one the Bahamas most beautiful islands.
View the table that follows which displays a selection of fueling locations in and around Eleuthera.
|6.0 mi. (9.7 km) North of Rock Sound|
|4.4 mi. (7.1 km) Southeast of Governors Harbour|
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