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Driving around may be a challenge for Americans as driving is on the left hand side of the road. Your best bet is to stick with taxis, jitneys (local medium sized buses) and the ferry boats.
Under the shade trees outside Festival Place, you'll find a que of Bahamian decorated carriages awaiting your arrival. Drivers will take your for a historic and scenic tour of downtown Nassau for as little as $10 per person for a 20 minute tour. These colorful carriages are a great way to see the sites and take a break from walking if you've got little ones with you.
There are many jitney buses traveling around Nassau and into the suburban areas of Nassau. The #10 bus is the most popular, and will take you from downtown Nassau to Cable Beach. The jitney will take you along the Western Esplanade, passing Fort Charlotte, Ardastra Gardens entry road, Arawak Cay's Fish Fry as well as the Cable Beach Resorts area passing hotels such as Wyndham, Sheraton and Sandals. You can ask the driver to stop anywhere along the way. Pay as you leave the jitney, exact change only, $1.25 for adults and 1.00 for small children. To return to downtown, just flag down the jitney from in front of your hotel or restaurant. They run every few minutes from 6am - 6:30pm. Jitneys do not go over the Paradise Island bridge, for this you need to take a cab or ferry boat or if you're feeling up for a challenging walk, you can hike up and over the bridge.
To catch the #10 jitney, head to George Street, just across the street from the Bay Street entrance to the Straw Market, hop on at that bus stop in front of McDonalds, across from the British Colonial Hilton entrance.
There are several ways to get from Paradise Island to Nassau and back. Keep in mind that the area just over the bridge is a good 1/2 hour walk from downtown Nassau.
The Atlantis Hotel Shuttle is a free service to Atlantis Resort guests, which runs every 1/2 hour from 7am to midnite, in a circular route
via the Beach Tower, Coral Tower, Royal Tower, The Ocean Club, The Reef, The Cove, Harborside and Paradise Island Golf Club.
You will find scooter vendors outside most of the hotels in Nassau and on Paradise Island. You can also find them outside of the cruiseship dock. Rentals agents should give you a quick lesson on how to drive. Driving is on the left, and traffic is tricky.
A newcomer to Nassau is Island Scooter Rentals. They are located a block east past the Cruise Ship dock on Bay St and look for Island Scooter Rental. See Nassau/Paradise Island at your own pace. These car-like scooters allow you and a partner to sit comfortably side by side in a 2-person scooter. Or, you can rent a larger scooter that fits a group of 5 people! Island Scooter Rental vehicles are very easy to drive and quite safe. They supply you with a full tank of gas, snorkel equipment, and one can pay for insurance for only $5. If you're planning to travel around the Nassau/Paradise Island and see some of the famous beaches and historic locations, using Island Scooter Rentals is a great way to do it.