Currency: Bahamian dollar
Electricity: 120V, 60Hz
Time Zone: GMT -5 hr. Daylight savings time is applied.
Government: Constitutional parliamentary democracy.
Land size: 13,940 km2
Language: English, Bahamian dialect
National Airlines: Bahamasair
Population: 300,000 approx
Religion: Baptist 35%, Anglican 15%, Roman Catholic 14%, Pentecostal 8%, Christian 15%, other 13%
Driver's License: International license recommended. Must be 21 years old and have a credit card. Bahamians drive on the LEFT.
Entry Requirements: A valid passport is recommended. An official birth certificate and photo ID are accepted for stays not exceeding 21 days. Return or onward ticket required.
Bahamas Vacation Tips
In the Bahamas, the legal tender is the Bahamian dollar and it is at par in value to the US dollar. Although prices are listed with the national currency, US dollars are accepted readily so you may not need to exchange your money at all. Carry small bills when bargaining at the straw market.
Other currencies can be exchanged in the many banks and change offices. Hotels, stores, or restaurants will only exchange $US cash. Banks ATMs are available throughout the more populated areas of the islands. All major credit cards are accepted.
Once in town, the Jitney (the local bus service) is a very affordable way to get around the larger islands. Taxis stands are often located near hotels or they can be flagged down on the street. Use only clearly marked taxis with yellow license plates. Taxi drivers who have been trained by the Bahamas Travel Ministry will display a Bahamahost decal in the taxi cab window.