Hidden away amid the Caribbean’s turquoise waters, the Bahamas offers a delicious cocktail of cosmopolitan city life and suburban solitude, making it the perfect destination for any intrepid traveller. From beach bums and sun worshippers, to carnival seekers, romantic honeymooners and daring divers, the Bahamas will seduce you all. Soak up the charm and allure of Nassau, dote over the famous swimming pigs at The Exumas and visit the sailing capital, The Abacos. With the taste of rum on your tongue and the soft white sand between your toes, we guarantee you’ll be mesmerised by the kaleidoscopic vibrancy of the Bahamas.
Why not combine a visit to the Bahamas with your Miami or New York trip? In a matter of hours, you could be swapping the Big Apple’s busy streets or Miami’s vibrant nightlife with the calming Bahamian seas and white sands. It’s the perfect way to extend your travels.
There are two main carriers offering flights to Nassau, the Bahamas’ capital, from the UK.
Direct Carriers: The direct carrier from the UK is British Airways from London Heathrow up, to five times per week.
Indirect Carriers: British Airways also offer flights from most other regional airports including Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh with a connection via London Heathrow. American Airlines fly from most regional UK airports going via the USA.
Most restaurants in the Bahamas automatically add a 15% service charge to your bill so check before double tipping. It is customary to leave a bit extra if the service was good. At a bar, tip one or two dollars per drink and the same per bag for porters. For taxi drivers, round up to the nearest dollar for short trips or give a couple for longer journeys. Most people in the service industry in the Bahamas are not paid well and rely on tips for the bulk of their earnings.
It is recommended that you get a Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid jab before you travel to the Bahamas.
British citizens do not require a visa to travel to the Bahamas.
The official currency of the Bahamas is the Bahamian Dollar that is pegged to the US dollar keeping them equal. US dollars are also accepted across the islands. You can exchange your UK currency for Bahamian dollars before you travel and there is no restriction on foreign currency when entering the Bahamas.
People usually use the US dollar when on holiday in the Bahamas. If you don’t exchange your UK currency before you travel, you can withdraw cash from a cash machine after arrival. Cash machines offer the best exchange rates, however you will be charged a transaction fee from the bank you are using as well as from your bank at home. The major commercial banks are available throughout the larger islands and tourist areas for exchanging currency or withdrawing cash but they’re not as prevalent on more remote islands so make sure you’re prepared. Avoid exchanging cash at bureau exchanges or hotels where the transaction fees tend to be much higher. Major credit cards are widely accepted on the main islands but you may have difficulty on the more remote isles. Most establishments only accept credit cards with chip and pin.