Hiking and Biking in the Bahamas

Opportunities to enjoy an afternoon, or even a week, hiking the quiet country lanes and beaches are just about endless. There’s not a single island in the entire archipelago that doesn’t offer some sort of hiking route.  Most hiking routes are lonely, often dusty, and without facilities. Be sure to carry everything you need, especially an adequate quantity of water and sun block.

Bicycling offers the opportunitys to see the land at a more leisurely pace than by car or taxi. While bicycles are available for rent on the two main islands, they are not quite so easily come by in the Out Islands. Some of the hotels in the Out Islands offer them free of charge to their guests, and some do rent them to guests staying at other hotels. Check with your travel agent.

There are virtually no designated walking, hiking or bicycling trails on any of the islands. These activities are very much go-as-you-please affairs, especially on the Out Islands. The main roads are the first and most obvious choice, but there are also the beaches, of course, and hundreds of unmarked side roads that often end up at a secluded beach where you can enjoy a picnic lunch and a swim. At least in the Out Islands, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t wander at will. The locals are friendly and willing to give ideas, directions and the benefit of their knowledge about the best places to go and sites to see. Don’t be afraid to ask.

Guided bike rides are offered by some of the larger hotels on New Providence Island, Pedal & Paddle Ecoventures in Nassau, phone 242-362-2772, and Kayak Nature Tours on Grand Bahama Island, phone 242-373-2485. Both offer guided rides and day-trips. Both use modern, off-road bikes.

If you are going to one of the more remote islands, consider taking your own bike. Check with the airline as to procedure and costs.

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Getting There:

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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