THE BAHAMAS - FEATURED TRAVEL GUIDE
- Bahamian Dollar (BSD)
The Bahamas are a picturesque set of islands located just off the south east coast of Florida, USA. Many travellers are attracted to the Bahamas for the laid back atmosphere of the Bahamian residents, as well as the plethora of adventure sports, beaches and vibrant culture.
Top Cities to Visit
Nassau is the most popular city in the Bahamas, attracting a large number of tourists each year. The vast majority of Bahamian residents (over 70%) live in Nassau and the largest international airport in the region, Lynden Pindling International Airport, is also located near to the city centre. As well as its natural beauty, Nassau dates back hundreds of years and was once a pirate republic, meaning the city is steeped in history.
For the traveller
Be sure to be in Nassau for the Junkanoo festival, a street parade occurring in the final week of December (predominantly December 26th to January 1st. The Nassau Public Library and Museum is full of interesting historic information surrounding the Bahamas, whilst Lucayan National Park, located on Grand Bahamas Island, features the longest underwater cave system in the world. Make sure if there’s only one thing you do during your visit to the Bahamas that it is to visit the Exuma Cays - a place that truly sums up the raw beauty of the Bahamas.
From a powerboat adventure in Nassau to surfing off one of the many beaches, The Bahamas is heavily focused on watersports. Paradise Island is a great place for snorkelling whilst Lake Nancy on New Providence Island provides jet skiing, kayaking and various other watersports.
The Bahamas boast a large number of bars and clubs, as well as a number of casinos. Downtown Nassau has clubs playing a variety of music from local music to reggae to the latest hits. Cable Beach is a tourist haven, meaning that it has numerous places to drink and party the night away. The island of Grand Bahama also boasts a number of great bars to visit. The best way to spend both day and night in the Bahamas if you want to enjoy your drink, is to find a local beach cafe or beach and enjoy the sunshine with an ice cold beverage.
There have been an increasing number of violent crimes in The Bahamas in recent years so take extra care when walking after dark. Wherever possible, avoid leaving areas frequented by tourists after dark and if you do need to, do not travel alone. Outside New Providence Island and Grand Bahama Island, there is very little crime but always take sensible precautions. The most common safety concern in The Bahamas is overexposure to sun and other basic health issues.
Apart from this, The Bahamas is a generally safe place to visit and you shouldn’t need to take any more precautions than normal. Just use common sense and be prepared.
Travel (in and around)
There are three major airports in the Bahamas; Marsh Harbour International Airport on Abaco Island, Lynden Pindling International Airport on New Providence and Grand Bahama International Airport on Grand Bahama Island.
Buses and taxis are the main modes of public transportation on the islands, although in the evening transportation is provided solely by taxis. A large number of visitors to the islands hire a car to get around New Providence Island - for those who are looking to travel to multiple islands it is better to stick to public transportation which is reliable and safe.
If you do decide to drive, make sure you stay on the left hand side of the road. Road safety in the Bahamas is average so take care on the road, specifically at junctions and whilst on roundabouts.
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