As a popular resort area, Port Lucaya has plenty to keep tourists entertained without need of a rental car. Not everyone feels comfortable staying in an unfamiliar place without a vehicle available to them, and others will want to make plans to visit other towns around Grand Bahama. For these people, renting a car makes more sense than relying on taxis and buses.
Before you can take any vehicle off the lot, you must prove you are fit to drive by presenting your driver's license from your home town. This will give you access to Bahamian roads for three months. If you'll stay on the island longer than that you can get an International Driver's License (IDL). Most agencies will also require you to be 25-years-old or older, though some may be persuaded to let someone 21 or older rent a vehicle.
Check out the following table for a list of rental companies.
|(242) 373-2525||Coral Rd & East Sunrise - 5.2 mi. (8.4 km) East-Northeast of Freeport|
|Island Jeep & Car Rentals||(242) 373-4001||Island Seas Resort - William's Town Beach|
|KSR Rent A Car||(242) 351-5737||Queens Highway - Seahorse Village|
|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|
...make sure to go slow...
To get to Port Lucaya from Freeport, which will most likely be your point of entry, travel east along East Sunrise Highway. After several minutes, you'll encounter a roundabout and turn in at a sign that clearly directs you to Port Lucaya. Heading south on Seahorse Road, you'll hit Port Lucaya after another mile of driving.
The flat terrain makes driving in this area of the island favorable, so long as tourists remember that traffic moves on the left side of the road like in England. As you begin to tour other areas of Grand Bahama, especially headed East, you'll very quickly see how poorly roads here are maintained. Pot holes, cracks, sand, and debris are a common sight, and you'll have to make sure to go slow and do what you can to remain safe.
Expect to pay anywhere from $80 to $120(USD) a day depending upon the type of vehicle you reserve as well as the amenities you ask for. The time of year you visit will also affect the price, with prices being higher in the height of tourism season. Local agencies are known for having better prices, but the trade off is that you'll be renting an earlier model vehicle.
Since you might have problems finding places to refuel, take a look at the chart below to get a picture of where some can be found.
|Beach Drive - 0.6 mi. (0.9 km) South West of Freeport|
|East Mall and Settler's Way - Downtown Freeport|
Car rentals are easy to come by and they tend to be relatively affordable. Just make sure you take the time to review road conditions and remember to stick to driving on the left side of the road and you shouldn't have any trouble at all.
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