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Getting Around Nassau
Getting Around Nassau
Your ship berths at Prince George Wharf in the heart of the port. Paradise Island is across the water. A short walk puts you in the heart of town. Disembarkation starts at around 9:30 am (check your Personal Navigator for going ashore details), and be sure to bring photo ID—wharfside security is tight these days. Enjoy the view from deck 10 or 12 to note major landmarks before going ashore, including the Water Tower at the top of the hill, the towering Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, and the arching bridge to Paradise Island. Check your Personal Navigator for the all-aboard time, usually at 5:00 or 6:00 pm.
Nassau is a good port for walking, but several popular attractions, including Paradise Island and Cable Beach, are best reached by taxi, jitney, or water taxi. The taxi stand is to the right as you leave the wharf, beyond the hair braiders stand. • As you leave the pier, you’ll pass through a pierside welcome center, with a tourist information booth (get free tourist maps here), post office, ATM, telephone/Internet facilities, and a small, pleasant shopping mall. • As you leave the wharf, you’ll find Woodes Rogers Walk, which parallels the waterfront. One block inland is the main shopping district, Bay Street. To your left, you’ll find the grand government buildings near Rawson Square, while a right turn on Bay Street will take you toward the Straw Market. The streets follow a rough grid, and the town is built on a slope. If you get disoriented, just walk downhill to the waterfront. • Small jitneys provide local bus service. The fare is $1 (exact change). Taxi fares are negotiable, but expect to pay $8 for a trip for two to Paradise Island, $12 to Cable Beach, and about $6 for shorter trips. The fare is good for two people, with a $3 surcharge for each extra passenger. Note that the passenger in the front seat may be required to pay the bridge toll. • When crossing streets and if you rent a car or scooter, note that Nassau follows the British tradition of driving on the left-hand side of the road.
Safety is often a state of mind, and that’s especially true here. Downtown Nassau is reasonably safe, but it can be intimidating, with busy streets near the wharf and many locals hustling aggressively. The streets can be empty a few blocks beyond the wharf, so you’ll feel better (and be safer) walking with a companion. You can’t hide the fact that you’re a tourist, so relax, look self-assured, stay alert, keep valuables out of sight, and use your big city street smarts. Panhandlers may offer their “services” as tour guides. Be firm, and don’t get sucked in. Carry a few dollars, just in case you need to tip a guide.
Top Photo Slice: The Nassau Lighthouse seen from the top deck upon departure (℗ 36127) Photo contributed by © iloverags2
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