The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is an independent English speaking country which comprises 2000 cays and 700 islands. The archipelago is located in the Atlantic Ocean, southeast of USA and north of Cuba.
The official language in Bahamas is English.
The official currency is the Bahamian Dollar (BSD, B$). It’s pegged with US Dollar at par (one-to-one).
There are plenty of places to stay in Bahamas and the majority of them offer all inclusive packages. There are golfing, diving, wedding and honeymoon packages available and if you want to save some money make sure to book a room during the low season.
Food and Drinks
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Seafood is very popular in Bahamas. The national dish is conch which consists of a type of mollusk served either deep fried or raw. By tradition, it’s accompanied by peas and rice and a slice of lemon.
Most restaurants, however, serve American or British cuisine but with some luck you can find places where they serve Caribbean food as well.
Rum is the best choice of drinks in Bahamas. It’s cheap, tastes great and is produced locally. Learn more about the nightlife in Bahamas and about the best bars here.
The national beer is Kalik (there’s also Kalik Light) and you can find it even in all inclusive restaurants. Guinness is also quite popular here.
The biggest street festival is Junkanoo, held on Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year’s Day (January 1). The music and colorful costumes are fascinating.
Getting there and around
There are several airports serving the archipelago but two receive most of the flights: Nassau International Airport (NAS) and Freeport Airport (FPO). Nassau airport receives the most flights from US. There are also flights from Canada but none of the European airlines offer direct flights to Bahamas.
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To get around, you can fly (Bahamasair, but it’s very expensive) , take the bus or take a boat. The bus travel on the islands is rather limited though. The mail boats are the cheapest way to reach most of the islands but it’s not a fast way to move from place to place.
Electronics and Phones
The electricity in Bahamas uses the 120 V 60Hz standard, just like in the US and Canada. The outlets are identical to the US standard outlets. If you come from Europe, you will need both an adaptor and a transformer to ensure your electronics work properly.
Things to do
In short, the list of things to do in Bahamas comprises sightseeing, boating, diving, sea kayaking, sun bathing, attending festivals, bird watching , snorkeling, shopping and tennis. There are incredible beaches where the travelers can soak up the sun or practice water sports.
Tour the Bacardi Rum factory on New Providence to learn about how rum is made and to get free drinks.