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Biking around the Island and Kayaking Question

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Biking around the Island and Kayaking Question

We are coming for our first time in April. We love to bike and can rent bikes from Taino Beach where we are staying. If we rent them for a full day, what could we get to? Are there any areas to avoid? We like the biking itself, great scenery, beaches, hiking, etc.

Also, we would like to do some kayaking. We can rent them by the hour from Taino but I'm wondering if we'd be better served doing a kayak tour somewhere. The onsite activity service doesn't seem to have kayak tours (at least on their website). Any veterans or locals that can help?

Thanks,

Jackie

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1. Re: Biking around the Island and Kayaking Question

If you look at Taino Beach on something like Google Maps, you'll see that it's acutually on a peninsula, with a lot of canals behind it. You could spend all day kayaking on the calm water back there, checking out the waterfront homes and looking at the fish in the calm, clear water. Off to the east, there's another inlet with a very interesting house nearby as well as the site of the dolphin encounter (which means you might poke around in that area and see them). If there aren't any swells coming in the inlet, there's access to another beach on the east side. Bike riding can be pretty precarious. The divided highways just outside of the resort (Midshipman Road and W Beach Road) are very busy. Traffic drives on the left side and a lot of the cars are rentals driven by people who aren't used to driving on the left. A couple from Germany that we met while at Lucaya destroyed 2 rental cars on Midshipman in 5 days. If you have a chance to take a tour to the National Park toward the Eastern end (caves, boardwalk and long beautiful beach) that would be a worthwhile excursion. I wouldn't recommend biking there.

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2. Re: Biking around the Island and Kayaking Question

Renting bikes is not really a problem - there is a bike lane on Midshipman as you go East from Taino Beach, and there isn't much traffic as you travel East. There are wide, straight roads for the most part, but it's not well signed and the highway just cuts down the middle of the island with only branch roads going out to the beaches, so best to bring a map with you and pre-plan where you might like to ride to. The folks at your resort activities desk can give you some suggestions. I would not ride any further West than Port Lucaya except maybe to Coral Beach. The traffic gets a lot heavier, and not much that is nice for biking out that way. But to the East is nice for biking. The few cars that you'll encounter out there will be driving fast and often either not paying attention or drunk, so you will want to use caution when you see or hear a car coming, but there is plenty of room for them to pass. Grand Bahama Nature Tours and Calabash do bike tours as well, if that option interests you.

For Kayaking, the best is to do a kayaking tour - Chad4Nature, Grand Bahama Nature Tours and Calabash all run them and quite well. You will see a lot nicer areas than just paddling off the beach. That's not to say that it's not worthwhile to paddle from the beach though - it's just a different experience, so you could even do both and be quite happy you did.

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3. Re: Biking around the Island and Kayaking Question

Thanks to both of you! Found some snorkeling/kayak tours that would take care of that "itch" but wondering if we could take a scooter rental from Taino Beach out to Lucayan National Park (and Gold Rock Beach)? Looks like it's about 20 miles. Thoughts from those who've been there?

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4. Re: Biking around the Island and Kayaking Question

You can do it, people do. I personally think it's a very long ride on a scooter and would rent a car or take a tour, but people do it.

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