With more than 700 islands and cays scattered across the south Atlantic, it’s easy to find something to like in the Bahamas. The sun, the sand, the aquamarine water and the tropical breezes are all constant. From the cosmopolitan bustle of Nassau to the blissfully empty Out Islands, there’s a fit for any personality. Fishing, from bonefish in the shallows to marlin in the deep, is world class; so is the golf, the diving and more. And the people of The Bahamas are as warm as the islands’ tropical sun.
With more than 700 islands making up the archipelago known as The Bahamas, one can find almost any kind of island experience. The most populated islands–Nassau and Grand Bahamas–feature high-rise resort hotels, casinos, cruise ships disgorging passengers, and all the modern-day hustle and bustle one could want.
But out on some of the smaller islands, Eleuthera, Exuma, Abacos, Andros and Bimini, life is slower and much quieter. The gentle trade winds rustle the coconut palms, the brilliant aquamarine water laps against the pinkish beach, and the sun follows its daily arc across the heavens from dawn until the green flash occurs at sunset.
The Bahamas is a sportsman’s paradise, with world-class golf courses, some of the best fishing in the world, miles of ocean reefs to dive and bike paths to pedal. Culturally, the islands are a little bit British–they drive on the left and wear wigs to court–and a little bit Caribbean, with a lilting accent, a love of family and friends, and a “no worries” attitude towards life. And The Bahamas is made to order for romance, a relaxed, hedonistic celebration of life.
With all those islands, and all those choices, The Bahamas truly offers something for everyone. As long as everyone enjoys gorgeous tropical islands baking in the hot sun, dancing to the steel drums and sampling some fresh fish in the torch-lit night air.
English is the official language of The Bahamas. Native creole is also spoken in some places.
The currency in The Bahamas is the Bahamian dollar, which is kept on par with the U.S. Dollar. US currency is generally accepted everywhere on the island.
The electrical current is the same as in the United States: 120v, 60Hz, AC.
Internet connections and WiFi spots are found throughout the country. Most major hotels provide good accessibility.
Residents of the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom do not require visas to enter The Bahamas. A passport and return or onward air ticket is required. Other nationalities may require a visa, obtainable from the British consulate in their country.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends using bottled water for drinking and ice making.
Bermuda is in the Eastern (US) time zone. When it is noon in New York, it is noon in The Bahamas.
In The Bahamas, hotels charge their highest prices during the peak winter period from mid-December to mid-April, when visitors fleeing from cold north winds flock to the islands. Winter is the driest season.