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Tips for Expats Driving in Nassau

Driving in a new country can be daunting. These tips offer insight into what to expect when driving in Nassau.
|-Tips for Expats Driving in Nassau

1. Driving on the Left

One of the first things to note about driving in Nassau is that they drive on the left-hand side of the road. This can be a bit disorienting for those who are used to driving on the right, so it’s important to stay alert and aware, especially when making turns.

2. Car Recommendation

As for the type of car to drive, a compact or mid-size car is usually sufficient for navigating the city streets. However, if you plan on exploring more rural areas, a 4×4 might be a better option. It’s also worth noting that many cars in the Bahamas are imported from the US, so they are left-hand drive, which can be a bit confusing when driving on the left side of the road.

3. Parking in Nassau

Parking in Nassau can be a bit of a challenge, especially in the downtown area. However, there are several parking lots and garages available. The cost of parking can vary, but it’s generally not overly expensive. It’s also important to note that parking regulations are strictly enforced, so be sure to pay attention to any posted signs or markings.

4. Driving with an International License

Foreigners can drive in the Bahamas with an international driver’s license for up to three months. After that, you will need to obtain a Bahamian driver’s license. It’s also worth noting that the minimum driving age in the Bahamas is 17.

5. Obtaining a Bahamian Driver’s License

To obtain a Bahamian driver’s license, you will need to pass a written test and a road test. The process is fairly straightforward, but it’s recommended to study the local driving laws and regulations beforehand. You will also need to provide proof of residency, so be sure to have all your necessary documents in order.

6. Road Conditions

While the main roads in Nassau are generally in good condition, some of the smaller side streets can be a bit rough. Be prepared for occasional potholes and uneven surfaces. Also, be aware that traffic can be quite heavy, especially during rush hour, so plan your travel times accordingly.

7. Be Aware of Pedestrians and Cyclists

Finally, be aware of pedestrians and cyclists, especially in the downtown area. Not all streets have sidewalks, so pedestrians often walk along the side of the road. Similarly, cyclists often share the road with cars, so it’s important to be vigilant and respectful of all road users.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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