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Need an overview on Long Island

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Need an overview on Long Island

We are thinking of staying on Long Island in June. I have a few questions: Are there direct flights from Florida? How much does it cost to rent a car for a week? What are some names of car rental agencies? Is there a bank and ATM on the island? Any other pertinent info. would be appreciated.

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June is a good time to be on Long Island. It is warm, but not the wretched heat of August and September. There are no direct scheduled flights from Florida. If as you profile suggests, you are from PA then there are direct flights from Philadelphia (US Airways) to Nassau, then you would have to fly BahamasAir (code shares with US Airways), Pineapple Air or Southern Air to Long Island (either Deadman's Cay or Stella Maris, depending on where you are staying) This can be done in the same day if you plan ahead, but otherwise, would require an overnight in Nassau.

You could also charter a plane, either with Marty Fox of Island Wings charter or Joel Friese of Stella Maris Resort. This is far more convenient and the plane leaves on your schedule. So if you are traveling with a group of 5 or so, then costwise, it would also make sense.

Car rentals are easy enough, though don't expect top quality cars like in the US. Think more along the lines of Rent a Wreck! Rates are around $45 - 95 per day, depending on the vehicle. Weekly rentals will probably be better than that. However, you should evaluate whether you really need to have a car, or will you be content around the resort(s)? Definitley rent a car for a few days to explore the island, but not for the entire week unless you plan to do much driving around. Your hotel/resort can help you with car rental agencies, and often do not require advanced booking.

Yes, there are two banks on the island, each with several branches throught the island. Scotia Bank and Royal Bank of Canada and both have ATM machines.

I hope that will get you started and let me know if you need more help with planning your trip. Long Island is definitely a gem among the out islands.

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2. Re: Need an overview on Long Island

checkout markks travel serivce at www.localyte.com

for info on long island

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3. Re: Need an overview on Long Island

We rented a car from Stanley Pinder and were happy with the car and service. 2423388987

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We were just there and the bugs were just getting nasty because of rainy week. No direct flights so it is a treck to get there. Once you do, the beaches are the best thing. Long Island it not developed for getting around. Not much to see worth renting a car for the whole week. That can be played by ear. Take a tour for the day ($45-&50/pp). It will be spent driving on the one "highway."

Expect to have 15% gratuity automatically added to all services. Don't expect the servive that warrants that involountary tip. We found most servers lazy and unattentive and hey why not? They are getting free gratuity! Airlines and security are not pleasant.

The positive side is if you are looking to retreat from the world and want to go to a remote island- this is the place. Great if you are working on a book.

There are many other interesting and deserving locations that will prove to be great hosts and full of culture and tradition open to tourism dollars.

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