The Bahamas is located in the Atlantic Ocean north of Cuba and Hispaniola (Dominican
Republic and Haiti), northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and southeast of
the United States. It is just a short flight away from the state of Florida. It
is a country consisting of 29 islands, 661 cays and multiple islets made of rock.
On many of the islands, tiny villages seem lifted from the Massachusetts coast and
set down amongst palms and pines and iridescent sands. The Bahamas have an international
reputation for sailing, with regattas and races held year-round. Beautiful beaches
with amazing underwater reefs are vastly popular amongst vacationers and divers.
The Bahamian medical/healthcare industry and the Medical Association of the Bahamas
worked very enthusiastically developing the medical industry and driving the effort
to position this nation as a premier medical tourism destination. The Bahamas have
established facilities with exceptionally high standards, with a high-quality network
offering highly-skilled doctors, state-of-the-art equipment and innovative treatment.
It´s proximity to the U.S. makes it one of the top destinations for patients looking
for exceptional medical care and a wonderful country. Some of the most popular procedures
offered are Cardiac Surgeries, Total Knee/Hip Surgery Replacements, Cosmetic & Plastic
Surgery and much more.
The Bahamas has a tropical maritime climate, which makes for generally year-round
good weather. The Bahamas does not experience extremes of temperatures. In centrally
situated New Providence, winter temperatures seldom fall much below 60F degrees
and usually reach about 75F degrees in the day. In summer, temperatures usually
fall to 78F degrees or less at night and seldom rise above 90F degrees during the
There are two seasons: summer which is from May thru September and winter which
is from October thru April.
The Bahamas' unit of currency is the Bahamian dollar ($B) which is based on the
U.S. dollar. One Bahamian dollar equals 100 Bahamian cents (pennies).
As the Bahamian and U.S. dollars are equivalent (1 $B = 1 $US), residents or visitors
may spend either Bahamian or U.S. dollars in the Bahamas
Visa / Entrance Requirements
U.S. and Canadian citizens must have a valid passport (valid at least 6 months from
the date of entry) with a return or onward journey ticket in order to enter the
Bahamas. A visa is not required for stays less than 90 days for citizens of most
countries. You should check your countries regulations before planning your trip-
Airlines Servicing this Destination
A major gateway for the Bahamas, Nassau Airport is located on New Providence Island,
near the capital city Nassau. Recently renamed Lynden Pindling International Airport,
it is a hub for Bahamas Air. About 20 airlines use the airport, including many from
the United States.
The following are some of the airlines servicing The Bahamas:
- American Airlines
- Bahamas Air
- United Airlines
- Air Jamaica
- US Airways
- Air Canada
Since The Bahamas has tourist attractions scattered throughout the country, there
are a range of accommodations along the islands.
There is a wide range of hotels to choose from. Several 3-4 star hotels will be
available in several destinations. Luxurious 5 star hotels will impress you with
their amazing details and attention, most of them with beautiful ocean views.
The international access code for The Bahamas is 242.
When calling another country from the islands, remember to dial the outgoing international
code of "011."
If you need to find a local number while in the Bahamas, call directory assistance
by dialing "916." To call a location on the same island, dial the seven-digit local
number. To call between islands, dial "1-242" plus the local seven-digit phone number.
Emergency Telephone Numbers
U.S. Embassy in Nassau: (242) 322-1181, (242) 322-1181, [email protected] Sightseeing
Island cruises, sailing, diving or just laying down and enjoy the beautiful beaches
are some of the activities you will enjoy at The Bahamas. There are city tours that
will take you along the country to see Forts and beautiful gardens. It offers so
many beauties you will be impressed with so much activities you can enjoy all day
Shopping in The Bahamas is a unique experience. Here, you’ll find distinctive authentically
Bahamian items that reflect our heritage, our creativity, our passion. Nassau features
stylish boutiques and our famed Straw Market, where local crafts, arts, ceramics,
and spices make for nice souvenirs. Grand Bahama has large shopping centers filled
with retail shops, straw vendors, hair braiders and artisans. And The Out Islands
also have a variety of stores, offering local crafts and jewelry.
Nightlife and the Arts
Nightlife in The Bahamas could not be more interesting. The Bahamas sports four
large casinos: two on New Providence: one at Cable Beach and the other on Paradise
Island, and two on Grand Bahama: one in Freeport and the other in Lucaya.
For those who don't trust their luck, the casinos also offer brilliant shows with
a native flair, the most popular of which is Paradise Island's Le Cabaret Theater.
In between casinos are hundreds of bars of every color, flavor and description,
as well as night clubs which play everything from funky disco of the seventies to
the latest rave hits of the nineties, till the wee hours of the morning.
For those who want a taste of the islands, almost every hotel offers local island
entertainment that involves the guests, where visitors are invited to do the limbo,
the dollar dance and the electric slide to the latest innovations in island music.
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