FAQ

What travel documents do I need?

All adults and children are required to have a valid passport for international travel.

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What type of currency will I need?

The Bahamian dollar is on par with the US dollar and either is accepted throughout the islands.

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Are vaccinations required to travel to the Bahamas?

No vaccinations are required to travel to the Bahamas.

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What should I wear while in the Bahamas?

The Bahamas are generally very tropical in climate so shorts are advised. Sometimes in December and February the nights can get cold but other than that expect high temperatures.

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What is the legal drinking age?

18 years of age.

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What is the legal gambling age?

18 for tourists only. Gambling is illegal for Bahamians.

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How much should I tip?

15% is acceptable for staff, taxi drivers, and waiters. A lot of restaurants add the gratuities to the bill so be sure to check before you add a tip.

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Is nude sunbathing allowed?

In private or appropriately marked beaches yes but generally no.

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Is driving in the Bahamas the same as in the US?

No, driving is on the left and it is advised that you get a feel for how the Bahamian people drive before attempting it on your own.

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How do I get around the island?

Taxis, rental cars, busses, and mopeds are available to vacationers and are a good way to get around the island.

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How much does a taxi cost?

All taxis have meters and general rates are $3 for the first quarter mile and each additional quarter mile is forty cents. Each additional passenger is $3 as well. Most baggage is free however large bags can cost up to an additional 75 cents to a dollar.

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Can I drink the water?

Tap water is fine for drinking.

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Can I text and call in the Bahamas?

Depending on what carrier and plan you are on you may get charged extra so calling and texting is not advised. If you want to text or call and don't want to get charged prepaid phones are available from any BTC vendor throughout the island that are cheap and inexpensive.

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What languages do the people of the Bahamas speak?

The official language of the Bahamas is English.

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What time zone is the Bahamas in?

Eastern Standard Time, the same time zone as New York City and dailight savings time is in conjunction with the US.

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What is the best way to arrive in the Bahamas?

International flights and cruise ships are most frequently used to get to the Bahamas.

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Are the Bahamas safe for tourists?

Yes, the Bahamas are a safe place to travel. The people of the Bahamas are generally very nice and welcoming to tourists.

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Where should I stay in the Bahamas?

There are hundreds of places to stay that range from resorts to private villages. Do some research and find the perfect fit for you.

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What is the best island in the Bahamas to visit?

New Providence harbors the city of Nassau which is the biggest city and capital in the Bahamas. New Providence is also the center of tourism in the Bahamas and is most frequently visited by tourists. Grand Bahama Island is the next most visited tourist island and features snorkeling and other outdoor activities that are perfect for family vacations.

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What voltage for electical outlets are used in the Bahamas?

110/120 volts the same as in North America.

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