The Essential Travel Guide to the Bahamas
Authentic, local culture, organic natural wonders and luxurious Caribbean escapes, all wrapped in to one incredible destination. The Bahamas is home to 700 islands, each just as breath-taking as the next and over 2,000 rocks and cays, set within 100,000 square miles of clear ocean water and each encircled with powdery pink-white sands. In a destination equally rich in local traditions and unique tourism hot spots, the Bahamas is an infinite source of holiday experiences.
We’ve taken it upon ourselves to contrive a few of the key must-knows to help you enjoy your dream Bahamas escape.
Home to 70% of the nation’s population, the city of Nassau offers opportunities to experience and submerge yourself in the modern island culture. The colourful culture of the Bahamas consists of kaleidoscopic art, lively music and soulful dance. The community is contrived of a diverse civilisation, inhabiting people of African English descent. English is the national language here, with accents of Bahamian dialect.
Weather and When to Go
Time to decide when the perfect time to travel is for you. The months of July to August are the warmest months of the year in the Bahamas at around 28°, July also being most humid with the most rainfall, closely followed by August and September. Foliage and nature thrive in these month, guaranteeing sunny days with a side of liquid sunshine. January and February are the coolest months of the year but still sit at an average of around 21° with the least annual rainfall. For cooler but drier days, these months are ideal.
Things To Do
• Set sail on a Bahamas Ocean Safari and see the natural wonders above, below and beyond the clear-water coastline
• Visit Pig Island for encounters with the adorable anomaly of swimming pigs. Need I say more?
• Kick back atop one of the flawless pink-sand beaches and relax as the gentle tide rolls in
• Discover the destination’s hidden gems on countless off-the-beaten-track echo excursions from caves to creek safaris
• Take in marine environs, bird life and more natural wonders at the 13,440 acre national park at Moriah Harbour Cay
• Sample the many menus in the cosmopolitan hub of Nassau and go shopping for high-end brands and souvenirs
• Join an adventure, cultural and historical tours to get to know the hidden gems of the destination
• Enjoy a Blue Lagoon Beach Day with a scenic round-trip boat transfer and sea lion encounters in their natural habitat
For the full Bahamian experience, jump aboard the ‘Jitney’, the public bus that runs throughout Nassau and Great Exuma. This bus will take you to countless island hot spots including Cable Beach for a low fare. You can also travel from one island to the next on an island ferry or traditional Mailboat, and hire a car to discover the island yourself. Bahamians drive on the left, but it’s worth noting that a lot of vehicles show left-side sitting for drivers.
Emergency contacts and FCO Advice
In the case of emergencies, 911 or 919 are the first point of call. These numbers cover all emergencies including fires, medical emergencies and serious crime. Keep up to date with the current events in the Bahamas with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office here.
The Bahamas is a nation of endless natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. If you’re thinking about experiencing this destination yourself, click the button below to see our holiday offers.