You won't find any taxis or public transportation like buses in Rock Sound, so in order to get around the town and the rest of Eleuthera renting a car is a necessity.
Most of the area's rental car agencies are located at the airport, and you should be wary of any that are not. Locals will often try and make a few extra bucks by renting their private vehicles out to locals despite the fact that they are unlicensed by the government to do so. Because there are no international chain names to choose from here it can be hard discerning between a legal facility and one that is not, so ask to see licensing if you are unsure. Be aware that even at a licensed facility the rental process is typically informal, and you may not be required to even fill out any paperwork. All you'll need is a valid driver's license from your home country or an International Driver's License, to be 21, and your payment and you're generally good to go.
Also, if you can, ask for a sport utility vehicle that can handle the area's back roads and call with any questions and to reserve your rental in advance.
In Rock Sound, traffic moves on the left side of the road, while the steering wheel remains on the left side of the vehicle, which mean drivers from outside of the Caribbean (where this is common) will have a bit of adjusting to do. There is one main road, Queen's Highway, that runs the length of Eleuthera, and continues through Rock Sound. The road is not well-maintained, and is riddled with pot holes and cracks, but most agree this is still better than the alternative, which is the side roads that are often unpaved and comprised of dirt, sand, or gravel. Your best bet is always to drive cautiously until you get used to the way of driving in town. The posted speed limit throughout the island is 45 miles an hour, and gas prices are nearly double that of the United States.
Most people begin their exploration of Rock Sound and its surrounding areas by driving south on Queen's Highway to Bannerman Town, where a historic lighthouse is perched atop a cliff and a beautiful pink sand beach offers a view of the Bahamas highest peak of Mt. Alvernia on Cat Island. Elsewhere on the island you'll find numerous forested areas and other beaches to divide your time amongst.
Rentals in Rock Sounds will cost between $50 and $75(USD) a day, though discounts can be made for those who rent for longer than a week. The vehicles on this island are all older models, usually at least a decade old, so be sure to look your car over before you leave the property. However, as you might suspect, rates for the vehicles tend to change throughout the year.
Since there are a small selection of places that sell gas around the area, you will want to take a look at the table just below to better understand your options.
|6.0 mi. (9.7 km) North of Rock Sound|
Not everyone will need to rent a vehicle for their stay in Rock Sound, but for those who need or want to do so, it is a possibility that is not too difficult to arrange.
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