Bahamas General Information

Information on the Bahamas

The Bahamas is made up of over 700 islands and 2,400 cays extending 800 miles north to south, across a swatch of Atlantic Ocean from off the coast of Florida to the island of Hispaniola. Just thirty of those islands are inhabited by the spirited people of this country, 300,000 fun-loving and fiercely independent Bahamians whose welcoming attitudes mirror the islands' inviting natural scenery. They'll be the first to tell you the popular legend that the crystal blue waters surrounding the Bahamas are one of only two things astronauts can pinpoint from space, along with the Great Wall of China. Fact or fiction, all information on the Bahamas shows that the sea is what makes these islands tick - economically, culturally, and spiritually speaking. Over the past few decades the Bahamas has opened its arms to the world and revealed these many virtues; activities abound here, from exciting watersports of every variety to fascinating cultural sites, great restaurants, duty-free shopping and a jumping nightlife. Being home to countless pristine beaches also means that the Bahamas is the perfect place to just relax, enjoying the views and letting the warm sun soothe your soul.

The following practical information on the Bahamas will be useful in planning a trip there:

Information on the Bahamas - Currency:

The official currency is the Bahamian dollar (B$), but US dollars are used here interchangeably because they are of an equivalent value.

Bahamas Passport requirements

Entry requirements vary for each destination, it is your responsibility to verify you have the correct documents prior to travel. July 1, 2005 a valid passport is required for travel to Bahamas. January 1, 2006 a valid passport is required for travel to all the Caribbean and Mexico.

Information on the Bahamas - Driving:

Cars drive on the left-hand side of the road.

Information on the Bahamas - Voltage:

Electricity in the Bahamas runs on 120 volts, and is compatible with North American appliances.

Information on the Bahamas - Time:

All of the Bahamian islands fall under Eastern Standard Time.

Information on the Bahamas - Language:

The official language of the Bahamas is English, spoken with a British-sounding accent and using some words distinct to the area.

For more information on the Bahamas, visit the Ministry of Tourism's official site at:

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