Bahamas Travel Guide



Public holidays that fall on a Saturday or Sunday are often observed on the following Monday.


Regional specialities

Special specialties are conch (sea clams), grouper (perch), grilled, boiled, braised, cooked crawfish (lobster) and fish fillets in anchovy sauce. Souse is a soup made from onions, water, lime juice, celery, paprika and meat. The dessert guava duff (guava pudding), served with a rum sauce, is probably the specialty.


15% service is appropriate for all services including taxi rides. In some hotels and restaurants, the service charge is already included in the bill. Porters receive B $ 1.00 per item of luggage.

Regional drinks

Rum is an important component of many domestic drinks. The Nassau Royal Rum is locally produced and served either neat or with coffee. In the bars, people are served at the counter and / or at the table. A refreshing, alcoholic drink is made from coconut water, sweet milk and gin. The beer of the Bahamas is called Kalik.

Minimum age for consuming alcoholic beverages

In the Bahamas you can drink alcohol from the age of 18.



The size and range of services offered by the hotels vary widely. Luxury hotels offer luggage, bellboy and room service, sports and leisure programs, shops and swimming pools; some have private beaches and golf and tennis courts. The price for double and single rooms is often the same. In the smaller hotels the atmosphere is more informal, there are fewer leisure facilities, but mostly a dining room and a bar. Newer hotels such as the South Ocean Beach Resort on the island of New Providence offer sports facilities and rooms with the highest level of comfort. The Crystal Palace on Cable Beach doesn’t even lack a casino, fitness center, and gourmet restaurant. In some hotels the service is already included in the price.


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Other accommodation options

Separate bungalows with service, a clubhouse with bar and dining room are available in the Cottage Colonies. The houses do not have kitchens, but some are equipped for the preparation of hot drinks or small meals. Holiday villages combine the advantages of a hotel, such as B. private beaches or swimming pool, with relative seclusion.



1 Bahamian dollar = 100 cents. Currency abbreviation: B $, BSD (ISO code). Notes are available in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 3, 1 and ½ B $; Coins with denominations of 25, 15, 10, 5 and 1 cent. The Bahamian dollar is pegged to the US dollar, which is also accepted as an official currency.

Credit cards

Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club are accepted. Details from the issuer of the credit card in question.

ec / Maestro card / Sparcard
cards with the Cirrus or Maestro symbol are accepted throughout Europe and worldwide. Cards with the Cirrus or Maestro symbols are accepted at some ATMs in the Bahamas, but not in stores. Further information from banks and credit institutes.

Attention: Travelers who pay abroad with their bank customer card and want to withdraw money should find out about the possibilities of using their card from their bank before starting their journey.

Bank opening times

Mon-Thu 9.30 a.m.-3 p.m., Fri 9.30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Foreign exchange regulations

Approval from the Central Bank of the Bahamas is required to import local currency according to areacodesexplorer. The import and export of foreign currencies is possible without restriction. Local currency export is limited to B $ 70 per person.

Currency Exchange

Foreign currencies can be exchanged in banks and exchange offices. We recommend that you bring euros and US dollars in cash. There are ATMs on the larger islands at the airports, in banks and casinos.

Bahamas Travel Guide