Because Port Lucaya is designed as a resort community, the area is laid out so that renting a car is not a necessity. Instead of driving yourself around on an unfamiliar island, let local taxi drivers do the job. Although rates can add up if you're taking long, extended trips, over all, you'll find them to be fair, and the drivers to be quite friendly.
In Port Lucaya, you'll have the greatest success hailing a cab around the major shopping areas, resorts, and beaches; however, restaurant clusters might have a few taxis milling about as well. When you are unable to find a taxi on the street, you can head to the nearest place of business and ask them to call a cab for you.
Take a look at the listing that follows to get information on local taxi services.
|(242) 646-7287||Port Lucaya|
|(242) 646-3336||Port Lucaya|
|(242) 352-9311||International Bazaar - 1.3 mi. (2.1 km) West of Freeport|
...two kinds of taxis ...
There are two kinds of taxis in the Bahamas. The first set are metered. In these vehicles, you'll pay $3 for two passengers to ride, plus an additional $0.40(USD) per mile. The second set use rates established by the government. The rates are available on cards that you can take a look at when you get in the vehicle and are based on the departure and arrival point.
Regardless of which type of cab you get into, you'll be charged for extra passengers and storage space in the trunk of the car. If you have questions about rates, simply ask the driver and they will be happy to explain the fares to you.
This table provides some taxi fares for this area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 8.84||Downtown Freeport||Port Lucaya|
|$ 5.80||Port Lucaya||Lucayan Golf Course|
|$ 34.92||Port Lucaya||Lacayan National Park|
|$ 6.78||Port Lucaya||Grand Bahama International Airport|
|$ 7.00||Freeport Cruise Port||Taino Beach|
|$ 17.96||Freeport Harbour Terminal One||Port Lucaya|
|$ 5.00||Freeport Cruise Port||Bell Channel Inn|
|$ 7.00||Freeport Cruise Port||Flamingo Bay Hotel And Marina|
|$ 5.00||Freeport Cruise Port||Port Lucaya Marketplace|
Make sure to leave room in your transportation budget for a tip. Taxi drivers depend on tips as a huge source of income and should be rewarded for a job well-done. What you tip is up to you, but know that 15 to 20 percent is the norm here.
If you'll spend most of your time on resort property, skip the stress of renting a car and opt to hire a taxi for destinations you can't walk to instead.
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