Composed of 700 islands and more than 2,000 rocks and cays off the coast of Florida, the Bahamas are packed with beautiful beaches, opportunities for adventure and a unique mixture of cultures that cannot be found anywhere else. Packed with stunning resorts and adventures for any comfort level, there is something for every kind of traveler in the Bahamas.
- Currency: Bahamian Dollar (BSD) (U.S. currency regularly accepted)
- Must-See Landmark: The Atlantis Paradise Island
- Must-Try Food: Conch Fritters
- Most Common Language: English
- Emergency Services Telephone Number: 919
Weather and What to Pack
Like most of the Caribbean islands, the Bahamas are temperate and warm for the majority of the year. May and June are the Rainiest months of the year, although hurricane season can last from June to November. If you're staying at a major hotel, it likely has plans in the event of a strong hurricane.
Generally, the weather year-round is warm with intermittent showers. Pack warm-weather clothes and some light waterproof jackets in the event of rain.
Etiquette and Cultural Norms
The people in the Bahamas are generally very friendly, outgoing and relaxed. Handshakes are a good way to greet someone new. Sharing a meal is a good way to get to know people better.
Although most social etiquette is relaxed in the Bahamas, people take religion very seriously. Most of the population are Christian and Sunday is widely considered to be a day for church and prayer outside of large resorts. If attending a local church, dress up and be respectful during the ceremony
- Nassau: Also known as Paradise Island, Nassau is one of the most beautiful and exciting islands in the Bahamas. Home to centuries of history, Nassau is today home to world-class resorts including the iconic Atlantis Paradise Island and its Dolphin Cay.
- Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park: This gorgeous park contains 176 square miles of protected land and underwater landscape. Ideal for snorkelers and divers, this nature reserve offers one of a kind opportunities to view and interact with tropical fish and wildlife.
- Port Lucaya Marketplace: The largest open-air facility for dining, shopping and entertainment in the Bahamas, this colorful marketplace is known for specialty stores and boutiques that enchant visitors from around the world.
- The Cloud Forests: In the highlands of the country, could forests contain rich foliage. This combined greenery, heat and humidity, create an almost constant cloud cover. Visitors can explore amazing rainforests, ziplines, suspension bridges and more.
- Pink Sand at Harbour Island: This vast, natural pink-sand beach is one of the most amazing wonders of the Caribbean. The pink color comes from nearby coral reefs which have broken down over thousands of years to create the distinct beach. This is a perfect place to relax and explore.
- Fort Charlotte: This beautifully preserved fort is a historical look at the island of Nassau and the Caribbean as a whole. With impressive views, a network of underground tunnels and 42 cannons, Fort Charlotte is an excellent stop for history buffs and adventurers.
Have fun but stay safe
Once you book your trip to the Bahamas, protect yourself and your investment with trip and travel medical insurance. Read more about visa and travel insurance requirements for your trip.