Bahamas Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Bahamas

Where is it?: Caribbean, chain of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida, northeast of Cuba

Why do people go here?: One of the most popular, and easiest to reach, island destinations near the United States. A bit overruns, but there’s enough sand and sun to go around.

What are the main entry points?: Bahamas has seven international airports, the one at the capital (Nassau) and Feeport being the most common. Flights from the US are plentiful, as are cruise ships.

Currency used: Bahamian dollar (BSD)

Country Code: 1-242

Religion: Baptist 32%, Anglican 20%, Roman Catholic 19%, Methodist 6%, Church of God 6%, other Protestant 12%, none or unknown 3%, other 2%

Population: 300,000

Ethnic Breakdown: 85% Black (esp. West African), 12% European, 3% Other

Government: Parliamentary Democracy and Constitutional Monarchy

Languages: English (official), Creole (among Haitian immigrants)

Travel Information

Major Cities: Nassau

Attractions: Nassau, Fishing, Relaxation

Accommodations: Bahamas Hostels, Bahamas Hotels

Tourism Office locations and links: Bahamas-Ministry of Tourism PO Box N-3701, Bay Street Nassau, TheBahamas +1-809-322 7500, +1-809-322 8634; FAX +1-809-328 0945 //www.interknowledge.com/Bahamas/

Health Issues: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas.

Tips for Visiting

When to go: The Bahamas are beautiful year round, although you’ll get cheaper prices if you avoid the snowbirds.

Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day, 10 July (1973)

Getting Around: There are a couple of inter-island ferries, but no public transportation to take you around once you arrive. Plan on hiring a car.

Cheapest airport to fly into: There are two main airports offering flights to/from Bahamas, namely Nassau International and Grand Bahama International.

Need more information Check out the Bahamas travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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