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Quick Facts
CapitalNassau
Governmentconstitutional parliamentary democracy
CurrencyBahamian dollar (BSD)
Areatotal: 13,940 sq km
water: 3,870 sq km
land: 10,070 sq km
Population300,529
LanguageEnglish, Creole (among Haitian immigrants)
ReligionBaptist 32%, Anglican 20%, Roman Catholic 19%, Methodist 6%, Church of God 6%, other Protestant 12%, none or unknown 3%, other 2%

The Bahamas are an extensive chain of Caribbean islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida, USA and to the northeast of Cuba. Some 30 of the islands are inhabited and the country is a major tourist attraction.

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Regions

Administrative divisions 
21 districts; Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Exuma, Freeport, Fresh Creek, Governor's Harbour, Green Turtle Cay, Harbour Island, High Rock, Inagua, Kemps Bay, Long Island, Marsh Harbour, Mayaguana, New Providence, Nichollstown and Berry Islands, Ragged Island, Rock Sound, Sandy Point, San Salvador and Rum Cay
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Cities

  • Nassau, BahamasNassau - Capital
  • Freeport, BahamasFreeport
  • Matthew Town, BahamasMatthew Town
  • Alice Town, BahamasAlice Town Bimini
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Other destinations

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Understand

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Climate

Tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream. Hurricanes and other tropical storms cause extensive flood and wind damage.

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Terrain

Long, flat coral formations with some low rounded hills. The highest point is Mount Alvernia (63 m), on Cat IslandCat Island.

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History

Arawak Indians inhabited the islands when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the New World on San Salvador in 1492. British settlement of the islands began in 1647; the islands became a colony in 1783. Since attaining independence from the UK in 1973, The Bahamas have prospered through tourism and international banking and investment management. Because of its geography, the country is a major transshipment point for illegal drugs, particularly shipments to the US, and its territory is used for smuggling illegal migrants into the US.

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Electricity

Officially 120V 60Hz, which is identical to the U.S. and Canadian standard. Outlets are North American NEMA 5-15 grounded outlets, identical to standard U.S. and Canadian wall outlets. Occasionally non-grounded NEMA 1-15 outlets may be found. Non-grounded outlets do not accept the third, round pin present on grounded plugs. Adapters are available to allow equipment with grounded (three-pin) plugs to plug into non-grounded outlets while avoiding the otherwise necessary step of cutting the grounding pin off of the plug.

Additionally, U.S. and Canadian outlets are polarized. Polarized means that one of the two vertical blades is taller/wider than the other. This is a safety feature which restricts a non-grounded plug from being inserted into an outlet "upside down". Older North American outlets found in much of Central and South America, the Caribbean and other areas may not be polarized. As such, polarized plugs may not fit into non-polarized outlets. To remedy this, the wider vertical blade on a polarized plug may be filed down to match the width of the other. Otherwise, adapters are available which accept a polarized plug and adapt it for use with a non-polarized outlet.

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Get in

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By plane

Residents of the United States can use a United States official Birth Certificate to enter the Bahamas without a passport.

United States Customs is located in the airport, so leave extra time to clear customs when leaving the country.

They used to require visitors to pay a $15 per person departure tax in cash, but now it's included in the cost of the ticket.

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By boat

The Bahamas are a popular port of call for cruise ships plying the Caribbean. The capital, Nassau, BahamasNassau, on New Providence Island is one of the world's busiest cruise ship ports, and is well-served by ships that originate from Florida. Freeport, BahamasFreeport on Grand Bahama Island is a growing destination as well. Furthermore, most of the islands have marinas that serve as a ports of entry for private boats.

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Get around

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Nassau

The buses in Nassau (called jitneys) are great for tourists because they cost $1 to travel on to most points, and go to most anywhere you would want to go. Routes are posted on the buses' windshields. The only exception is the airport, where buses are not allowed and you have to get a taxi ($25 to downtown). Do note, however, that by 5PM most buses stop operating. Alternatively, rental cars and motorcycles are available at the airport.

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Other Islands

Bus travel on the other islands (with the exception of Freeport) is very limited. The best way to go around is to hire a car.

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Talk

Languages 
English, Haitian Creole (among Haitian immigrants)
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Buy

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Eat

Ordinary meals can be had for anywhere from $5-$25 a plate. You can find fast-food chains such as KFC or McDonalds, especially in the downtown areas, but as it is a highly touristed country, you can find many nice restaurants serving many different cuisines. Most restaurants serve American or British food, though you can easily find the normal island flair, especially during the Fish Fry during June, where you can usually get a meal for about $8. A 15% service charge is added to the bill at most establishments; additional tips are optional.

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Drink

Soda


This is a tourist town. Soda is pretty pricy, and you will only find it on a soda tap if you are in a good restaurant, otherwise you will usually get it in a can. The cheapest way to get this would be to go to a local "Food Mart."

Beer


Kalik is the national brewery of the Bahamas and is always served at "all-inclusive" resorts. Kalik is a decent brand, especially given the dearth of options available.

Imported beer is incredibly expensive in the Bahamas, as it is not produced there. Expect to pay about $6.00 a can there, and bottles are almost impossible to find. Don't even expect to find a decent selection.

Hard Liquors


This is not much of a step up from beer. You have to go out of your way to even FIND wiskey, and when you do, it's expensive, and they only have Jack Daniels. I couldn't even find Brandy, and vodka averaged $15 a bottle... for the cheap stuff.

Rum


This is by far the best choice of drinks in the Bahamas, it's cheap as you can get ($2-$10 a bottle), tastes great, and it's made fresh by 3 different companys, the largest being the Bacardi Rum factory, which you can take tours of and get free drinks if you go on a 2 HR bus ride.

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Sleep

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Nassau

  • Atlantis Paradise Island Resort and Casino (http://www.atlantis.com) Paradise Island. Tel. 1-800-ATLANTIS in the U.S, +1 (242) 363-3000. The largest, most tourist-oriented hotel in Nassau. Located on Paradise Island, just across the causeway from downtown Nassau. A tourist attraction in itself, with a giant aquarium, a casino, shopping center, marina, water park, not to mention the beach. Often crowded with families on packaged vacations, so the service can be wanting. Very expensive!
  • British Colonial Hilton Nassau (http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=NASHITW) One Bay Street. Tel: +1 (242) 322-3301 Fax: +1 (242) 302-9010. A hotel catering more to business travellers than package tourists. Occupies a historical landmark (Fort Nassau), and has its own private beach, from which you get a fantastic view of the cruise ships going into, going out of, and at the docks. Step out of the hotel and you're right downtown on Bay Street's shopping attractions.
  • Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino (http://nassau.wyndham-hotels.com/) West Bay Street. Tel. +1 (242) 327-6200. Fax. +1 (242) 327-5227. A tropical paradise waiting to be discovered, just minutes from the Nassau International Airport. Conveniently located near downtown Nassau, shopping centers and other island tourist attractions.
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Freeport

  • Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Resort (http://viva-fortuna-beach.wyndham-hotels.com/) CHURCHILL DRIVE & DOUBLOON ROAD. Tel. +1 (242) 373-4000. Fax. +1 (242) 373-5555. Grand Bahama's only truly all-inclusive resort located on the south coast of Grand Bahama Island. Nestled on 23 acres of prime beachfront property with 1,200 feet of white sandy beaches at your fingertips.
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