Most people who plan their vacation on Paradise Island do so because of the all-inclusive nature of the island, and having a rental car at their disposal simply is not necessary. Tourists who need or still want to have a vehicle on hand, however, won't have much trouble getting behind the wheel.
If you're going to rent a car for your stay on Paradise Island, it is recommended that you do so when you arrive at the airport. This will save you from having to take a taxi over the bridge and pay not only the cab fare but the bridge toll as well. There are numerous agencies set on airport property, so this shouldn't be a struggle. Still, if you'd rather have someone who knows the way get you to Paradise Island before you get behind the wheel, there are plenty of rental agencies across the bridge for you to choose from.
When you arrive, make sure to have a valid driver's license on hand. This will allow you to drive in the Bahamas for up to three months. If you plan to stay longer, apply for an International Driver's License well in advance of your trip and have it with you. Also, you'll need to be at least 21-years-old, and many agencies even require you to be 25. Call in advance to find out at what age the agency allows tourists to rent vehicles from them if you are worried.
View the following table which shows some of the area rental agencies.
|(242) 377-7121||Lynden Pindling International Airport - 4.1 mi. (6.6 km) South West of Cable Beach|
|Budget Cars Nassau||(242) 377-9000||Lynden Pindling International Airport - 4.1 mi. (6.6 km) South West of Cable Beach|
|Dollar NAS Airport||(242) 377-8300||Lynden Pindling International Airport - 4.1 mi. (6.6 km) South West of Cable Beach|
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Driving around Paradise Island
Paradise Island is not overwhelmed with traffic like other areas of New Providence Island such as Nassau, so it is one of the better areas for tourists to get in the grove of driving on foreign soil. The most important thing to know about driving on the island is that traffic moves on the left side of the road, and roundabouts are frequently used to slow down traffic. Roads can be narrow, so be prepared to be packed in close to other cars as you drive.
Parking can be hard to find and you may end up having to park a reasonable distance away from your destination and walk. Gas is also a bit of a problem, with prices soaring well over $4(USD) a gallon regularly.
The cost of a rental on Paradise Island is anywhere from $80 to $120(USD) a day. The cost varies based upon where you rent from (local agencies tend to offer lower prices), when you rent (it is more expensive during the peak of tourist season), and the type of vehicle and amenities you request.
If you aren't keen on renting a full sized vehicle for your whole trip, consider renting a motor scooter for a day or two of sightseeing. These vehicles require less gas and are great for zipping around town as you explore, plus the cost is low. A full day rental, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. costs just $85(USD), and a half day is $65(USD).
As there are only a few places that sell gas near the area, it is a good idea to take a look at the list below to get a feel for where some are located.
|Olde Town Sandyport|
|2.4 mi. (3.8 km) East of Cable Beach|
Make sure to have a map or GPS system on hand to help you get around, or you may find that you are stopping to ask for directions frequently. Locals are friendly and helpful off the road, but once they get behind the wheel they can be a bit aggressive. Always wear your seat belt, buckle children into the appropriate child safety seats, and drive defensively.
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