Tourists who dream of getting out and exploring all that the Bahamian island of Grand Bahama has to offer may find that renting a car is cheaper than relying on taxis and buses to get them from place to place. Seasoned visitors might recommend you avoid driving yourself because of the poor road conditions, but if you know what you are prepared you should be able to master the roads without too much difficulty.
The obvious place to find a rental car is at the Grand Bahama International Airport; however, there are others around the island especially in Freeport where most tourists book their stay. If you're flying to the island, you can make arrangements to pick up your car right away, or you can ask if it is possible to have the vehicle delivered to you at your hotel. Some large resorts even have rental car agencies on site, so make sure to check with the hotel you've booked with to see if they do.
Check this table if you want more information.
|(242) 352-3051||West Settlers Way - Downtown Freeport|
|(242) 352-7666||Freeport Cruise Port - 6.0 mi. (9.6 km) West of Freeport|
|Avis Grand Bahamas International||(242) 352-8144||Grand Bahama International Airport - 2.5 mi. (4.1 km) Northwest of Freeport|
|Brad's Car Rental||(242) 352-7930||3.7 mi. (5.9 km) West-Southwest of Freeport|
|(242) 351-3002||Queen’s Highway - 2.5 mi. (4.0 km) West-Northwest of Freeport|
|351-6676||Grand Bahama International Airport - 2.5 mi. (4.1 km) Northwest of Freeport|
|(242) 351-6870||Queens Hwy - 18.9 mi. (30.4 km) East-Northeast of Port Lucaya|
|D's Car Rental||(242) 351-2121||International Bazaar - 1.3 mi. (2.1 km) West of Freeport|
|(242) 373-2525||Coral Rd & East Sunrise - 5.2 mi. (8.4 km) East-Northeast of Freeport|
|Dollar FPO Airport||(242) 352-9325||Grand Bahama International Airport - 2.5 mi. (4.1 km) Northwest of Freeport|
|351-6700||Queen's Highway - Grand Bahama Island|
|Hertz - Red Cap Car Rental||(242) 352-9250||Grand Bahama International Airport - 2.5 mi. (4.1 km) Northwest of Freeport|
|Island Jeep & Car Rentals||(242) 373-4001||Island Seas Resort - William's Town Beach|
|352-7930||Grand Bahama International Airport - 2.5 mi. (4.1 km) Northwest of Freeport|
|KSR Rent A Car||(242) 351-5737||Queens Highway - Seahorse Village|
|(242) 351-3830||Grand Bahama International Airport - 2.5 mi. (4.0 km) Northwest of Freeport|
|352-8274||Queens Hwy - Grand Bahama Island|
|Millie's Car Rental||(242) 351-3486||Logwood Rd - Arden Forest|
|(242) 373-2525||E. Sunrise Highway - Seahorse Village|
|(242) 351-7142||Bellevue Ln - Downtown Freeport|
|(242) 351-3860||International Airport - Seahorse Village|
|(242) 351-5230||Grand Bahama International Airport - 2.3 mi. (3.8 km) Northwest of Freeport|
... see all the sites you can...
In order to rent a car on the island, you'll have to be 25-years-old (though some agencies will rent to 21-year-olds), and have a driver's license from your home country. If you plan to stay on the island for three months, you'll need to get an International Driver's License before you arrive.
What you need to know about driving on Grand Bahama is that traffic moves on the left side of the road like in Europe, very few roads are very well-maintained, and local drivers are known for their erratic behavior. If you keep these facts in mind, you'll quickly pick up the skill it takes to drive on this island.
If you'll be driving yourself around the whole island to see all the sites you can, you'll want to bring along a map or a GPS to help guide you. Roads are rarely named, and you'll likely end up relying on landmarks and recognizable buildings to let you know you're close to your destination.
Because the airport and the docks are located in Freeport, most visitors will start their tour of the island here. The terrain is pretty flat and clean in this area of the island, so you'll have the easiest time driving here. Nearby Port Lucaya is another resort town, and is much the same. All of the island's main roads seem to snack towards these two major destinations. To get to Port Lucaya from Freeport, you'll drive east on East Sunrise Highway, then south on Seahorse Road. A huge sign reading Port Lucaya will make it fairly obvious which direction you should go.
Once you've had your fill of Port Lucaya, you have a choice to make: whether to go west or east. Those who like to take the road less traveled should travel east along the pot-hole ridden, crumbling Grand Bahama Highway to East End, a scenic drive that takes about two hours. There are a few sites to see along the way, and once you arrive you'll find that fishing is especially popular here.
Heading West on the West Sunrise Highway, you'll pass the center of industry on the island before hitting Queen's Highway, which will take you to West End in just under a half an hour. Along the way you'll see Freeport Harbour and you'll end up in a quaint village of local workers.
...check out local agencies...
As you search for a rental, make sure to check out local agencies. Most International chains will charge between $80 and $120(USD), but local agencies will often offer lower prices to remain competitive. The trade of for the low price, however, is that the vehicle you rent will likely be older.
Gasoline stations in and around Grand Bahama are luckily relatively available. Take a look at the table just below to better understand your options. the listing
|Queen's Highway and Fishing Hole - 3.9 mi. (6.3 km) West of Freeport|
|Yellow Pine and Queen's Highway - 2.2 mi. (3.5 km) Northwest of Freeport|
|2.3 mi. (3.8 km) Northwest of Freeport|
|Beach Drive - 0.6 mi. (0.9 km) South West of Freeport|
|West Sunrise Highway and Gran Bahamian Way - 3.6 mi. (5.8 km) West of Freeport|
|East Mall and Settler's Way - Downtown Freeport|
If you know what you're getting into, driving on Grand Bahama shouldn't be too difficult. Make sure to book your vehicle in advance, arrive prepared to pay with a credit card, and keep to the left side of the road and everything should move along nicely.
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