The Bahamas are a year-round destination with average daytime temperatures of 21°C/70°F in winter (December to April) and 26°C/80°F in summer. Peak season is from mid-December through to mid-April when the days are mild and dry.
Travel Information For The Bahamas
The Bahamas comprise 2,000 islands and cays which stretch across 470,000 square kilometres between Florida and Cuba. The rich and famous come for the glamourous hotels, newly-weds for a romantic getaway and divers come for shark and dolphin encounters, eerie World War wrecks and spectacular drop-offs. Here's what you need to know before you travel...
Citizens of EU countries, Canada and the US do not need a visa to enter The Bahamas for stays of up to 90 days. However, you may well be asked for proof of an exit or onward ticket and of sufficient funds to finance your stay ($200) upon arrival in the country. Passport holders of all other countries are advised to contact The Bahamas High Commission to check if a visa is needed. Passports should be valid at least six months from the departure date.
4G is available throughout the islands. To call The Bahamas from the UK and Europe dial +1 242 + local number. To call the UK and Europe from The Bahamas dial 011 + the international dialling code + local number. For local emergency services dial 911.
The Bahamian dollar (BS $) and the US dollar (US $) are equivalent and both accepted throughout the country. ATMs are available throughout the islands and Credit Cards are accepted in most hotels and restaurants.
English is the official language of The Bahamas and most locals speak Bahamian English, the islands' dialect.
Travelling to The Bahamas is safe and no travel vaccinations are necessary, but you are required to show proof of yellow fever vaccination if your are travelling from an infected area.
There are approximately 57 airports throughout The Bahamas and most of them offer flights to the US. There are regular and inexpensive flights from Florida and other hubs along the US East Coast available, for UK travellers British Airways offers flights from Heathrow airport five times a week. The best option for inter island travel are local airlines which are fairly inexpensive, schedules and prices can be found on www.majesticholidays.com and www.bahamago.com.
Electricity supply: 120 volts a/c. An American-style adapter and 220-volt converter are needed to connect.
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