The Bahamas is an archipelago of over 3000 islands (including cays), world-renowned for its stunning scenery, rich culture and warm, friendly locals. The capital of the Bahamas is Nassau, located on the eastern half of New Providence Island, a bustling historic town which is home to the vast majority of the Bahamian population. Once the hideout of famed pirate Blackbeard, these days Nassau is a thriving capital and a popular stop-off point for cruise ships. Some of the attractions you can visit here include the Pirate Museum, the Graycliff Cigar Company and the National Art Gallery.
Generally, though, the islands of the Bahamas are known for their natural attractions – the stunning beaches and sparkling azure waters. Water-based sports and activities are sure to be the main draw for many tourists. You can enjoy everything from snorkelling and scuba diving to deep-sea fishing, kiteboarding and dolphin watching courtesy of Bahamas Dolphin Encounters. There are also a variety of eco/adventure tours on offer, not to mention boat excursions such as the Flying Cloud or the Booze Cruise. If you want to explore ‘off the beaten track’, head to Andros, the largest and most sparsely populated island, home to mangrove swamps, untamed forests and savannas – and supposedly a legendary creature called the chickcharnie.
Depending on the month you visit the Bahamas, you are likely to experience one of the colourful local festivals which are held throughout the year in the Bahamas, such as Junkanoo, a vibrant event held on Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve, or Goombay, held in Nassau.
What is the currency in the Bahamas?
The local currency on the islands is the Bahamian dollar (BSD) but US dollars are also widely accepted.
How long does it take to fly to the Bahamas?
British Airways non-stop flights to Nassau from London take approximately 9 hours and 20 minutes.
What is the time difference in the Bahamas?
The Bahamas are 5 hours behind London.
When is the best time to visit the Bahamas?
The best time to visit the islands is during the off-season, between May and November. During this period you will find the best hotel deals, and while it is likely to be wetter there should still be plenty of sunny days for you to enjoy. Visit during June and July to catch events such as the Junkanoo Summer Festival and the Eleuthera Pineapple Festival.
What language is spoken in the Bahamas?
English is the official language of the Bahamas, though the rapid speech and regional slang of the locals may sometimes prove tricky for tourists to comprehend. Creole is also spoken in the Bahamas among Haitian immigrants.
Do I need a visa to visit Bahamas?
British nationals can visit Bahamas for up to 21 days without a visa. For more info on travel advice, please visit the FCO website here.