Getting Around Nassau Bahamas

Photograph of Paradise Island BridgeNew Providence is small and fairly easy to navigate. Roads are all well paved and maintained, though somewhat narrow in Nassau, and they will take you quickly to most of the island’s many attractions. Bay Street, the main highway, flows east-west along the shoreline, and makes traveling from one end of the island to the other relatively simple.

The speed limit on New Providence is 40 miles an hour and, while it’s not often enforced, you should remain within the limit. Unfortunately, most of the islanders do not. You’ll find them honking behind you and whizzing past at high speeds.

Transportation comes in all the usual forms: rental cars, motorcycles, bicycles, taxis, and jitneys. New Providence’s answer to public transportation, the jitney is a 32-seat Bahamian public bus, and riding it can be something of an adventure in itself. Often, it’s difficult to know exactly where you are or where you’re going when riding a jitney. But your fellow passengers will be happy to offer directions and instructions – if you can understand them, that is. The $1 fare makes the jitney a bargain.

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For visitors arriving by air, the Bahamas are served through Nassau by most US airlines and by international airlines from Canada and Europe, and to a slightly more limited degree through Freeport.

The Out Islands are served mainly by Bahamas Air via connections in Nassau and Freeport.

The Bahamas is also a major destination for the cruise ship industry

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