Monday, May 9, 2011

A Quick Travel Guide to Paradise Island in the Bahamas

The Bahamas are made up of 29 beautiful islands, situated in the Atlantic Ocean. The Paradise Island is connected by two 600-ft. bridges to the capital city Nassau, via Potter Cay, and it combines the best of the two worlds that the Bahamas can offer. The peace and tranquility of Paradise Island are only a small hop away from the thriving Nassau, and if you want to take the very short ferry crossing as opposed to a taxi, then that is most certainly available too. The ferry runs every hour throughout the day and costs about $4.

Getting there

The island is only a three-hour plane flight from New York City and even less if you are coming in from Florida. Paradise Island does have a very small airport next to the beautiful Paradise Island Golf Course. However, the nearest international airport is just across in Nassau. The airport is now known as Lynden Pindling International Airport, named after the “father of the nation” who led the country to majority rule and then to independence from the British.

It is only a short trip from the Lynden Airport to Paradise Island. The island was originally called Hogg Island and has nearly 700 acres for the family to explore, with plenty of quality restaurants and resorts. Of course, it’s also a great place to kick off your shoes, get away from the traffic, and lay on the many beaches throughout the small island. It really is worth considering if you and your family are thinking of vacationing in the Bahamas.

Transportation across Paradise Island

If you do not have a car, look out for the local buses, which are also referred to on the island as “jitneys” and will cost you between $2 and $4 dollars, depending on where you want to go. The buses run from 6:30 in the morning until 7 pm at night, so make sure you have your watch on and do not fall asleep on the beach for too long. The buses run a smaller service on Sundays.

Car rentals are available, but it is really best to pick up a car in Nassau and travel across. Remember: this is a former British colony, and you must be 21 to be able to drive, and to drive you must know that you do it on the left side of the road. Using a taxi is possible, but be aware that they have to obey zoning laws and may not be able to go out of their own zones. Also take into account that taxis will claim surcharge for extra customers and luggage.

There are plenty of beaches to visit and enjoy for a family vacations Bahamas, and what works best for you and your family is down to your personal preferences. But if you have a car, or even the bus, then take a tour along Cabbage Beach onto the Sheridan Hotel for coffee, and then onto Pirates Cove at Paradise Beach. Be warned that some of the roads may be a little “exciting” near the coast, so take it easy.

Author Bio: John Grant is a British entrepreneur and freelance travel writer. He spends his time exploring the hidden treasures of the world and is currently writing for a great site where you can discover today’s best packages for family vacations Bahamas.



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