Bahamas In A Nutshell: A Quick (and Useful) Guide To The Bahamas
Heading over to The Bahamas? Here is a list of helpful and useful information which will prepare you for life on the islands.
AREA CODE – The country code of The Bahamas is +(1) 242.
TOTAL AREA – The Bahamas is comprised of 700 islands with Nassau being the capital city of the Bahamas which lies on the island of New Providence. The other main inhabited islands are Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, Cat Island, Rum Cay, Long Island, San Salvador Island, Ragged Island, Acklins, Crooked Island, Exuma, Berry Islands, Mayaguana, the Bimini islands, Great Abaco and Great Inagua.
RELIGION – Christianity
MONEY – The Bahamian Dollar is on par with the US Dollar.
CAPITAL CITY – Nassau
AIRPORT – The Bahamas has 41 operational airports, 32 of which are domestic and 5 of which are international. The Lynden Pindling International Airport is the largest airport as well as the largest international gateway to The Bahamas.
LANGUAGE – English is the official language
WEATHER – The Bahamas tends to be consistently warm and sunny all year round but the islands do fall within the hurricane belt, so hurricanes may be a factor during the hurricane season between the months of June to November.
WATER – Technically, tap water is drinkable throughout The Bahamas. but you'll find that most persons still prefer bottled water. But on the "out islands", the main source of drinking water is provided by rainfall, therefore, you'll certainly want to drink bottled water while you're there.
ELECTRICITY – The power sockets are of type A and B (like Canada and the US) with a standard voltage of 110-120 and a standard frequency of 60 Hz. But, it's always wise to bring a travel adapter - better safe than sorry!
TIPPING – While not mandatory, as many establishments add a service charge, it's always a polite gesture to acknowledge good service!