Home to three of the most popular resort towns in the Bahamas, New Providence is a tourism Mecca as well as a hub of modern industry and financial services. Things move at a fast pace for locals and tourists who want to get thrown into the mix, but there is also a part of the island that knows that keeping a slow pace and a tropical feel is what keeps tourists coming back again and again.
Because this is the most popular island to visit, getting to the island is easy, and just as importantly, local transportation has grown to cater to foreigners, so getting around doesn't take much effort – even if it does take a bit of extra money.
Is there any easier place to travel to in the Caribbean than New Providence? Probably not. It's location plus all of the transportation options make this the most frequented island in the Bahamas, as well as one of the most popularly visited islands in the whole of the Caribbean.
The options available to tourists looking to get around New Providence are plentiful. If you want to be in charge of where and when you go, rental cars will always be the best option for you; however, if you don't mind letting someone with more experience driving on the island take the wheel a taxi or even the bus are both convenient options. Finally, a ferry that offers service the Paradise Island is available to those who like to travel over open water.
Tourists who plan to visit New Providence Island are in luck because as the most popularly visited island in the chain it is home to the only international airport. Named for the first prime minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas Islands, the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) is currently undergoing over $400 million in refurbishments to transform itself into the most modern airport in the region. Great strides have already been made on this front, though the airport currently only has one landing strip and two terminals. That doesn't stop this airport from welcoming millions of travelers each year from a number of international commercial carriers.
In additional to commercial flights, LPIA allows private planes to land on their runway as long as all of the proper precautions are followed. Whether you plan to fly commercial or private, click here to learn more about flying to New Providence Island.
New Providence is the most popular island of the Bahamas for tourists. While sailors may have to fight with crowds and wait in lines for customs (and anything else), it is also the best place for ships to restock on any provisions they need. This means that anyone who sails to New Providence will easily be able to sleep on their boat, and buy supplies as needed. Additionally, anyone planning on continuing their journey will benefit being able to fully restock before heading to their next stop.
Anyone who is already on New Providence will be pleased to know that there are numerous boat charters and excursions available here. If you do want to go on some kind of boat trip, be sure to check with your accommodation manager or front desk, or your cruise ship's excursion desk; as they are likely to have special deals.
Caribbean cruises gain in popularity every year as liners get bigger and more luxurious while all-inclusive prices dip lower and lower. The Bahamas have always been a popular stop on cruise itineraries, again, because of its close proximity to the state of Florida.in particular is one of the most visited ports of call. Major liners including Carnival, Celebrity, Princess, Disney, Holland America, and Royal Caribbean are regularly spotted docked at the in downtown Nassau.
If spending your days exploring every nook and cranny of New Providence is what you have planned for your getaway, renting a car may just be the best option for you. Although most seasoned tourists would recommend you stick to local transportation, sometimes renting a car is the best choice. Not only will it save you money if you'll be covering a lot of ground, but it will save you time – which is a very important factor to consider if your vacation isn't going to be as long as you'd like it to be.
Learn more about renting a car as well as driving on New Providence by clicking here.
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Taxis can be found making their way through the streets in all of the most popular tourism centers on New Providence such as Nassau, Cable Beach, and Paradise Island. Although finding a cab is never difficult, figuring out the fare can be a bit confusing. Some taxis charge a set rate to get from one place to another, while others run on meters. The best thing to do will always be to consult with your driver before taking off. In addition to hiring a driver to take you from one place to the next, you can also hire your driver by the hour for a tour of the island. Find out more here.
In the Bahamas, buses are called jitneys and they serve as the cheapest form of transportation on the island. The buses run from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on a daily basis, hitting all of the main tourist attractions including public beaches, shopping centers, and restaurant clusters. The ride costs $1.50(USD), and you'll be expected to pay in coin or a combination of cash and coin. Change will not be provided. The number 10 is the most popularly used jitney, heading west past, , and the Cable Beach resorts. Note that the jitney will not travel across the bridge to Paradise Island, but it will drop you off at the foot of the bridge and you can walk to the island.
Another service to be aware of is the Cable Beach Shuttle, which offers free transportation for casino guests to the major hotels on Cable Beach between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. every day.
Ferries play an important role in providing connections between the islands in the Bahamas. If you're planning to island hop during your stay on New Providence, click here to read about the four main types of ferries throughout the Bahamas. If you're travels will keep you on New Providence, the only ferry you need to be concerned with is the one that takes you to Paradise Island.
Ferries to Paradise Island operate daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 20 minute intervals, making the 12 minute trip betweenand . The trip costs $6(USD) each way and is a great, more scenic alternative to crossing the bridge in a car.
Of all the islands in the Bahamas, New Providence offers the most transportation options to tourists. In addition to the ease of getting to the island, once you've arrived a network of transport exists with the express purpose of getting tourists around. You'd be hard pressed to find a more tourist-friendly island, and that is one of the many reasons so many people seek a vacation in this tropical paradise.
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