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How do I get from the airport to my hotel?

The main airport servicing the city of Nassau is Lynden Pindling International Airport, the largest airport in the Bahamas, located in western New Providence Island near Nassau.

If you have not booked a private transfer with us there are a few options to reach your hotel from the airport including taxis, buses (jitneys), and rental cars.

What types of transportation can I find at the airport?

There are plenty of taxis available at the airport, located outside the terminals with a ride to downtown Nassau costing approximately $27 and $34 to Paradise Island. The taxi drivers don't use meters, so be sure to ask for a quote to your destination before you depart. Official taxis in the Bahamas have a yellow license plate.

Jitney buses travel from Freeport`s Grand Bahama International Airport and Nassau's Lynden Pindling International Airport. Bus journeys cost around $1.25 per person, no change is provided on buses.

There are several international named rental car companies found at the airport including Avis, Budget, Thrifty, and Hertz.

How do I get around the city using public transportation?

Public buses in the Bahamas are called jitneys, these are the most common form of public transportation. Buses travel around Nassau city and New Providence Island, along the main stretch of Bay Street. The #10 Jitney travels to Cable Beach, picking up passengers at George and Bay Streets, across from the British Colonial Hilton, others can be found on Charlotte and Bay Streets. A ride costs around $1.25, and operates between the hours are 6:30 am until 6 pm daily excluding Sundays, when only a limited service is operable.

How do I get around by boat in Nassau?

There are ferry services offered for visiting the island including Bahamas Ferries, taking guests out on day trips from Nassau to places including Bimini, and Abaco. The port of Nassau is the main port of call for many cruise ships plying to the Bahamas, where several cruise ships can dock at the Prince George Wharf Cruise Terminal which is situated adjacent to downtown Nassau.

Should I rent a car in Nassau?

There is no need to rent a car to travel around Nassau, there are plenty of taxis, buses and water transport options. There are several options if you wish to rent a car with US rental shops found at the airport, Bahamians drive on the left-hand side of the road and there is limited parking on the island.

How do I call/hail a taxi?

There is no issue finding a taxi in downtown Nassau including Romeo`s Executive Limousine and Taxi Services. Taxi drivers are knowledgeable and kind, taxis are metered and cost around $4 per person from Paradise Island to Downtown Nassau, a short trip can cost between $15-$20.

Kroozzy is a rideshare app offered in Nassau, allowing passengers to book a ride on-demand from their cell (similar to Uber). A safe and reliable service with options for women only drivers.

Is Nassau a walking city?

It is possible to walk around the downtown Nassau area connecting to different shops and attractions. Distances from the beaches and areas of interest are within walking distance.

Can I ride a bike in Nassau?

There are not many options to rent bicycles in Nassau, traffic can be dangerous. However, there are a few options to rent scooters.

Is Nassau a dangerous city, is there anything I should be aware of?

Nassau is a relatively safe destination, however, there is a high crime rate on many of the Bahamian Islands especially on New Providence, Paradise, and Grand Bahama Islands. It is important to practice safe street smarts when out sightseeing and keep your wits about you. Leave your valuables at the hotel, and be sure to stay alert at all times and travel in groups.

What are some popular areas for shopping?

Shopping on Nassau Island can be done at several places including Crystal Court Shops and Marina Village on Paradise Island, which features upscale fashion and designer boutiques. In downtown Nassau, there are several popular shops found on Bay Street including unique boutiques, Bahamian stores, and bustling markets. Picking up authentic souvenirs is easy with all the shopping options found on the island along quaint streets and at the renowned straw market, duty-free shops, and Tortuga Rum Cakes stores.

Marina Village is situated next to the Atlantis Resort where over 20 designer and retail shops cover 65,000 square feet along with dining options including casual and fine dining. A stroll around this vibrant outdoor marketplace is a wonderfully unique experience. Retailers at the village include Atlantis Signatures, Columbian Emeralds International, La Parfumerie, Pirana Joe Resort Wear, Pandora, and Paradise Blue Surf Shop.

What is the language spoken in Nassau?

The official language spoken in the Bahamas is Bahamian Creole, many people speak English especially in the service industry at hotels and restaurants. Most of the island's inhabitants have a good comprehension of the English language. We recommend you get a good English-Bahamian Creole guidebook and learn the common phrases such as hello, goodbye, please, thank you, and numbers 1-10.

What is the best time to visit Nassau?

Nassau features a balmy, humid, subtropical climate all year round. The climate is identical to South Florida with very hot, humid weather throughout the year and cooler nights that rarely dip below the ’40s in the winter. The ideal time to visit Nassau is from mid-December to mid-April, which is peak tourist season in the Bahamas, hurricane season is from June 1st to November 30th and the islands fall on the hurricane belt.

What is the currency? Can I pay/tip in US dollars?

The currency in the Bahamas is the Bahamian Dollar, US dollars are widely accepted and is equivalent to the Bahamian dollar. If you pay in US dollars, you will likely receive change in Bahamian dollars, not the US. There are currency exchange desks at the airport and some banks on the island. For more detailed information, consult our guide by clicking here Tipping in the Bahamas.

What is the food like?

There is some delicious Bahamian fare to enjoy in Nassau with many restaurants, bars, hole in the wall joints found downtown along with highly regarded restaurants and upscale dining options. Many restaurants are located on the waterfront providing great menu items such as fresh fish and seafood and spectacular tropical views. Some local favorites in Nassau include Pirate Republic Brewing and The Bearded Clam Sports Bar along with national chains such as McDonald's and Sbarro's.

Resorts such as the Four Seasons, Sandals Emerald Bay, and Atlantis offer gourmet restaurants with pricey menu items and top named chefs serving up delectable cuisine and Bahamian breakfast buffets. A few popular local staples include `johnnycakes` similar to cornbread made with peas and rice. Conch served in chowder, grilled and fried grouper, conch, and rock lobsters. Guava duff (a guava filled pastry) topped with rum or brandy butter sauce is a delicious dessert and rum cakes.

What is the nightlife like?

Nassau offers a bustling bar scene and features many breweries and distillery`s to tour. The Bahamas are legendary for rum cocktails, the drink of choice on the island for centuries and bars, pubs and restaurants all over the island offer delicious tropical rum drinks made with fresh tropical fruits grown on the islands. The historic John Watling's Distillery is located in downtown Nassau and is well worth a visit to discover the history of the nation's Rum. Pirate Republic Brewing is another great location, this one for the beer lovers, and Bahama Barrels will appeal to the wine drinkers, it is the first-ever winery founded in the Bahamas.

There are several popular establishments found in Nassau including Senor Frogs, Club Waterloo, and Cocktails and Dreams. The club scene is alive in Nassau and passes are offered for purchase through major hotels as well as an all-inclusive entertainment pass which covers the entry charge.

What should I do if I need medical assistance or need to go to the hospital?

In case of an emergency dial 919 for an ambulance or fire, 911 for the police.


Princess Margaret Hospital tel. 244-322-2861

Doctor`s Hospital tel.242-302-4600