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Bicycling on Abaco/Safety

SDB
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Bicycling on Abaco/Safety

Hi, we are headed to Marsh Harbor later this month for the first time. Are the roads safe to bike on? Are there many cars there or do most people bike or use a golf cart? Is it safe to walk around at night? thank you!

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Our cycling club holds races in Abaco from time to time and we have found that cycling is safe as long as you pay attention to what's going on around around you, as there is traffic, particiularly on the main drag and the roads are not in the best of shape. You can rent bikes right in town, and there is a bike shop, Cycles Unlimited, in Marsh Harbour.

You will not find golf carts typical on the main streets of Marsh Harbour, but rather cars. Bikes are usually only used by tourists and the occasional local, but is sadly by no means the main form for transportation.

Walking around at night, unless right in the main tourist section, is probably not advisable. I would use the same common sense and caution as you might in a major city.

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I have limited experience with Marsh Harbour, but in general I find cycling in the family islands relatively safe. There are not many bikes on the road so the drivers are not used to watching for bikes, but there are not a lot of cars either. The main hazards are potholes and potcakes.

I didn't know that you were also a cyclist Dusty. Do you get over to Eleuthera for the Ride For Hope?

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Thank you for the info. We are staying right in Marsh Harbor so hopefully we can walk around freely and visit local shops/restaurants safely.

Do you know anything about Nassau? We have an 8 hr layover there before heading to Marsh Harbor. Can we easily get to an area for lunch/shopping exploring from the airport. It would be pretty lousy to have to hang in the airport for 8 hrs.

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For short layovers in Nassau we usually take a taxi to Compass Point resort. They will check your luggage and you can have a nice meal and a walk on the beach. An 8 hour stop does give you enough time for a quick trip into Nassau if you wish. The main problem is that there isn't a place to store or check luggage at the airport if don't want to take it with you.

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Depending on your airline, you may be able to check your luggage in early, then take a taxi to town, or to a nice restaurant, such as the Compass Point resort that Windsordave suggested. Nassau "downtown" is about 30-45 minutes from the airport (largely depending on traffic) You can ask to be dropped off at the British Colonial Hotel at the western end of town and walk around for a bit. And if you are still stuck with your luggage, you may well be able to have bell services to store it for you -- particularly if you are planning to have lunch or a drink at the bar. Then take a walk around town.

Make sure you leave yourselves enough time to return to the airport. Check-in for US or Canada bound flights is 2-3 hours (check with your airline) and 1 hour for domestic flights.

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