Though many tourists spend their time in Governors Harbour at their resort or on one of the area's famed beaches, others will want to venture out and see the sites. There is no public transportation on the island, so if this sounds like something you'd like to do, you'll need to procure a rental car.
Legitimate, government licensed rental car agencies are typically located right near the. Sticking to these locations will help you to avoid being swindled by a local who is out to make a few bucks by renting out their personal vehicle to an unsuspecting tourist. Rental car agencies here are locally owned, and very laid back. Usually, the exchange of money for keys is all it takes to rent a car, but be sure to ask for a receipt just to be safe. Make sure to reserve your vehicle in advance to make sure it is available when you arrive.
Check this table for some of the rental agencies located in this area.
|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|
...get on the road without issue...
There is one main road that travels the length of the island called Queen's Highway. The road has two lanes and winds through the island, matching the elevation of the landscape and often the condition of the surrounding area. In some places, the paved road is in fine condition, while in other locales you'll encounter numerous cracks and pot holes. Be on the lookout for these disfigurements and drive slowly when you are near them. The speed limit on this road is 45 miles per hour. Side roads may be paved, but for the most part they are dirt roads that snake to the coast, and should only be attempted by those driving a vehicle with four wheel drive.
When you get behind the wheel in Governors Harbour, make sure you are aware that traffic moves on the left side of the road like in Europe, but the steering wheel will most likely be on the left side of the vehicle like in the United States.
If you want to rent a car on the island, you'll need to be 21-years-old and possess a driver's license from your country of origin. If you'll stay in the Bahamas for more than 90 days, an International Driver's License will be necessary. The cars here are almost always at least a decade old and cost between $50 and $75(USD) a day, with discounts for those who rent for a week or more.
As can be seen below, prices will vary, with the season and vehicle size. The lowest rates in each table are typically only available from the least costly agencies during the slowest times of the year. The highest rates are what you can anticipate during the high season at one of the busier agencies.
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Mid Size Car||$ 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|
Because there are only a few service stations around the surrounding area, you will want to check out the list that follows to find out where some are located.
|4.4 mi. (7.1 km) Southeast of Governors Harbour|
Renting a car for a day of exploring or during your entire stay is a great option for many tourists. If you'll be in the market for a rental, make sure you are aware of the requirements and driving laws on the island and you should be able to get on the road without issue.
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