Nassau has been built up in such a manner that tourists who plan to stay in town will have no need for a rental car. Hotel and casino shuttles, buses, and taxis can get you everywhere you can't walk with little trouble. Still, some people feel more comfortable with a car at their disposal, others need to have a car on hand perhaps for medical purposes, and those who plan to explore other parts of the island will find renting a car to be the least expensive option for them.
You can expect that you'll need to be at least 21-years-old, but more often 25, plus have a valid driver's license from your country of origin. This will allow you to drive in the Bahamas for up to three months. If you plan to stay longer, make sure you order an International Driver's License (IDL) before your trip. With these facts in mind, you're ready to choose which agency to rent with.
Both large, international franchises and locally owned independent rental agencies exist in Nassau. Local agencies typically offer the better deals and more personalized service because their business relies on word-of-mouth, but international chains tend to give visitors a sense of security because they are renting with a name they know and probably trust. Ask around if you know anyone who has visited Nassau in the past and you may get a first hand recommendation that will help you to make the final call.
Check the following chart for a list of rental companies.
|(242) 676-7376||East Bay Street - Nassau|
|324-9257||Springfield Road - Nassau|
|326-6380||1 Cumberland St - Downtown Nassau|
|326-8270||East Ave Centreville - Nassau|
|394-8551||East Bay Street - Nassau|
|(242) 328-0500||97 Saint Charles Vincent - Nassau|
|323-2581||Thompson Blvd - Nassau|
|Orange Creek Car Rental||(242) 323-4967||West Bay Street - Nassau|
|393-8250||20B Airport Industrial Park - Nassau|
...have a GPS or map on hand...
Driving in Nassau is not terribly difficult as long as you keep one rule in mind: stay on the left side of the road. This is the opposite of what drivers from the United States are used to, but with a little practice it can quickly become second nature. Roads can be narrow, which can cause some difficulty, but nothing that you cannot overcome as an experienced driver.
Try to stay off the road during rush hour, when traffic can become heavy with locals weaving in and out of traffic, practicing their aggressive driving styles. Always wear a seat belt, keep children in the appropriate safety seats, and drive defensively. It also helps to have a GPS or map on hand to help you get around.
The cost to rent a car in Nassau will depend on the type of car you choose as well as the amenities you request, the time of year you rent (the off-season brings greater discounts), and where you rent from. Local agencies are known for having better prices, but also rent out older model vehicles, so you may be driving around a clunker. With all of that in mind, you can still expect to spend anywhere from $80 to $120(USD) a day, plus the cost of insurance if you choose to purchase it.
Even though you should not have any difficulties finding places to refuel, it is still helpful to take a look at the table right below for a picture of where some can be found.
|1.0 mi. (1.6 km) South of Nassau|
|3.2 mi. (5.2 km) Northeast of Nassau|
|Soldier Road - 0.3 mi. (0.5 km) North-Northeast of Nassau|
|Wulff Road and Mackey Street - 2.0 mi. (3.2 km) Northeast of Nassau|
|Balfour Avenue - 1.3 mi. (2.1 km) North of Nassau|
|Carter Street - 2.2 mi. (3.6 km) North-Northwest of Nassau|
|East West Highway - 0.9 mi. (1.4 km) North of Nassau|
|Harrold Road - 0.8 mi. (1.3 km) Northwest of Nassau|
|Mackey Street and Madeira Street - 2.5 mi. (4.0 km) North-Northeast of Nassau|
|Madeira Street and Montrose Avenue - 2.4 mi. (3.8 km) North-Northeast of Nassau|
|Rosetta Street and Montrose Avenue - 2.5 mi. (4.1 km) North-Northeast of Nassau|
|Poinciana Avenue - 1.4 mi. (2.3 km) North of Nassau|
|Portago and Thompson Boulevard - 2.1 mi. (3.3 km) Northwest of Nassau|
|Thompson Boulevard - 1.9 mi. (3.1 km) North-Northwest of Nassau|
|Robinson and Baillou Hill Roads - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) North-Northwest of Nassau|
|Old Trail and Robinson Roads - 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) Northeast of Nassau|
|Sears Road - 2.6 mi. (4.2 km) North-Northwest of Nassau|
|Shirley Street and John Evans Road - 3.2 mi. (5.1 km) Northeast of Nassau|
|Shirley Street and Albury Lane - 3.0 mi. (4.8 km) North-Northeast of Nassau|
|Wulff Road and Minnie Street - 1.8 mi. (2.9 km) North-Northeast of Nassau|
|Wulff Road and Montrose Avenue - 1.9 mi. (3.0 km) North-Northeast of Nassau|
|Wulff and Soldier Roads - 2.4 mi. (3.8 km) Northeast of Nassau|
|Miami Street - Nassau|
|Farrington Road and Thompson Boulevard - 2.6 mi. (4.2 km) Northwest of Nassau|
|2.4 mi. (3.8 km) East of Cable Beach|
|Marathon Road - 2.1 mi. (3.3 km) Northeast of Nassau|
|3.5 mi. (5.6 km) North-Northwest of Nassau|
|3.1 mi. (4.9 km) North of Nassau|
|Baillou Hill Road - 0.9 mi. (1.4 km) North-Northwest of Nassau|
|Soldier Road - 0.3 mi. (0.5 km) North of Nassau|
Two of the main downsides to driving in Nassau are that parking is hard to come by and gas is expensive. Be prepared to drive in circles looking for a spot to open up, or to park a good distance out from your destination and walk, and have enough money on hand to pay more than $4(USD) a gallon on gas.
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