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Put-in-Bay Ohio Travel Tips

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PutinBay Climate

The temperature on South Bass Island averages 77° F (25° C) in summer, and the water temperature is just slightly less. In the summer there is a steadiness of the winds, blowing almost without exception from a northwesterly direction. Average annual rainfall is approximately 20 inches, although it almost never rains on the weekends.

  Lake Erie Island   Average-Temp   Average-Rainfall   Water Temp
  Summer     Winter     Summer     Winter  
South Bass Island 77 30 20" 68 ICE

Put-in-Bay Airport

Many guests choose to fly their private planes to the South Bass Island Put-in-Bay Airport, located on the northwestern end of the island. Put-in-Bay's airport is NOT an international airport, so if you are flying from Canada, please check with your local customs agents.

Flight Times from Major Gateways
Cleveland 20 minutes
Detroit 45 minutes
Columbus 1 hour
Cincinnati 1.5 hours

PutinBay Ferries

There is only one high-speed passenger ferryboat company that services South Bass Island, where Put in Bay is located. The Jet Express is a high speed, passenger only ferry that arrives just a short walk from the Put-in-Bay Resort Hotel and Conference Center and the downtown area. The Jet Express offers late night service departing from Port Clinton, Sandusky and Lorain Ohio.

Taxis are also readily available to bring you directly to the Put-in-Bay Resort Hotel and Conference Center if you don't want to walk.

Getting around South Bass Island

Taxis are readily available on South Bass Island. We recommend Island Club Taxis for fast, safe, and friendly taxi service.

We highly recommend that you do not bring your car to the island. Wait times to get on or off the island can run as long as four hours. Cars are generally not allowed on the island unless you have an overnight reservation confirmed. Parking can be limited downtown and the island is small enough that a car is really unnecessary.

The favorite form of Put-in-Bay transportation, however, is the golf cart! These fuel-efficient and fun vehicles can get you anywhere you want to go on the island. They are great for a scenic drive, a quick hop from one point to another, or for transporting friends from the airport to the hotel. Golf cart reservations are recommended and may be made by visiting Delaware Carts website.

Delaware Carts rents 4-6-8 passenger golf carts by the hour, daily, overnight and weekly.

Most major roads are well-maintained asphalt. Please remember to obey all speed limits, wear your seat belt, obey all traffic laws, and drive on the right! Bicycles and mopeds are also available for rent.

Other Put in Bay Travel Tips

Location/Size - South Bass is 5 miles long by 2.5 miles wide, the largest of the three Bass islands.

Clothing - Dress at Put-in-Bay here is mostly informal, resort casual, even in the evening. Hats and sunscreen are a must to protect you from the sun if you plan on sitting by the pool or on the patio. Even if you tan easily, the sun will burn you if you're not prepared, ruining what could be your best vacation.

Currency - Since South Bass is part of the United States, even though it is close to Canada, the currency is the U.S. dollar. Traveler's checks and major credit cards are widely accepted.

Drinking Water - Our water comes from the Village of Put-in-Bay city water system and is perfectly fine to drink. The fresh water supply on South Bass is not plentiful, so please do your best to conserve it.

Electricity - Standard North American, 120 volt/60 cycle.

Language- Being part of the U.S., the language is English. The local lilt given to English is referred to as Ohio State Buckeye-Pride!

Weddings at Put-in-Bay - Everything can be arranged-from clergy to music to videotape to reception. Contact one of our managers for details. please visit our Put in Bay weddings page for more details.

Photo Tips - Because of the intense light during the day, slower film like 100 or 200 ASA will be the most practical. For non-automatic exposure cameras, cut the exposure down a stop or two when at the docks or on Perrys monument since the water and sand will reflect a lot of the brightness. For a clear image, 100 ASA film is recommended.

Time Zone - PutinBay Ohio is in the Eastern Standard Time Zone.

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