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The Bahamas or The Bahama Islands, is an archipelago consisting of many islands. There are about 2,000 islands if you include the cays which are small islands that are formed on coral reefs. The word Bahamas is of Spanish descent and means 'Shallow Water'

Population: 319,031 people
Area: 13,880 km2
Highest point: 63 m
Coastline: 3,542 km
Life expectancy: 71.69 years
GDP per capita: $31,900
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About Bahamas

History

Arawak Indians inhabited the islands when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the New World on San Salvador Island in 1492. British settlement of the islands began in 1647; the islands became a colony in 1783. Since attaining independence from the UK in 1973, The Bahamas have prospered through tourism and international banking and investment management. Because of its geography, the country is a major transshipment point for illegal drugs, particularly shipments to the US, and its territory is used for smuggling illegal migrants into the US.

Climate

Tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream. Hurricanes and other tropical storms cause extensive flood and wind damage. Can be cool if trade winds shift. During summer months, temperature in the Bahamas rarely goes above 90°F (32°C). The normal climate during winter is mild with temperatures around 60°F (16°C). The Northern and Western islands, Grand Bahama Island, Great Abaco, Andros and Eleuthera are somewhat cooler than the southern islands. The Bahamas hurricane season runs between June and November and rain storms are expected during this period.

Food

As you'd expect in an island nation, seafood is very popular. The national dish is conch (pronounced "conk" with a hard K), a type of mollusk, served deep-fried ("cracked") or raw with a twist of lemon, and as elsewhere in the Caribbean, the classic accompaniment is peas and rice.

Ordinary meals can be purchased for anywhere from $5-$25 a plate. Authentic island food can be found at the Fish Fry, a collection of small open air restaurants where many locals hang out. Meals can be had for about $8. Sunday night the locals flock to this area for some authentic Bahamian nightlife. You can find fast-food chains such as KFC or McDonalds, especially in the downtown areas, but as it is a highly touristed country, you can find many nice restaurants serving many different cuisines. Most restaurants serve American or British food, though you can easily find the normal island flair, especially during the Fish Fry during June. A 15% service charge is added to the bill at most establishments; additional tips are optional.

Service is distinct from the American standard. There is a concentration on the customer at hand. You are expected to patiently wait your turn. At fast food restaurants the server will take care of only the first customer until they have left the service area. Don't expect to be in a hurry even at a fast food establishment.

Service in the Bahamas takes place at a relaxed pace. Travelers can expect a leisurely pace to their meal. Expect polite, if slow, service at most establishments.

Drinks

Soda

Soda can be pretty pricy in the hotels, and you will find it only on a soda tap if you are in a good restaurant; otherwise, you will usually get it in a can. The cheapest way to get this would be to go to a local "Food Mart."

"Goombay Punch" is the local soda. It has a pineapple flavor and is what the locals call a "Sweet" soda versus a cola. It is sold in cans at all grocery stores and also available in almost every Bahamian eatery.

Non-alcoholic malt beverages are also very popular. The primary brand of choice is Vita-Malt.

Beer

Kalik is the national beer of the Bahamas and is always served at "all-inclusive" resorts. There are three rather distinct types: "Kalik regular" which has 4% alcohol and a smooth refreshing taste, "Kalik Light" which has been often compared to a Budweiser is a light lager which delivers the same great taste as the regular kalik but with a lower alcohol content and less calories, "Kalik Gold" has 7% alcohol, though very potent it has an excellent taste, which gives you an extra feel of the island. Guinness is also very popular.

A new beer is available -- called Sands. It can be obtained at many resorts and in the local liquor stores. It is a similar style product to Kalik. Sands is now readily available in both regular and light.

Imported beer can be incredibly expensive in the hotels but is not overly priced in bars and liquor stores. Cases of beer are available in a variety of Duty Free liquor stores.

In Freeport, the Port Lucaya Marketplace and Marina has many bars offering two Kaliks (and some other brews) for $5.

The drinking age is 18, however it is weakly enforced and teenage drinking is common.

Hard Liquors

The Bahamas has significant amount of liquor stores in relation to the population of the country. You can find liquors stores downtown, in the hotels, the port lucaya marketplace and as you continue to tour the island, if you may not be sure of exactly where one may be located please feel free to ask for assistance.

Rum

This the best choice of drinks in the Bahamas. It's as cheap as you can get ($2-$10 a bottle), tastes great, and it's made fresh by 3 different companies, the largest being the Bacardi Rum factory on New Providence south of Nassau, where you can take tours and get free drinks if you go on a 2-hour bus ride (Bacardi closed down!).

The Bahamas has its own native rum to offer with a variety of brands which include Ron Ricardo rum, Ole Nassau Rum and a very popular Fire in the Hole Rum, while this fire in the hole rum is gold in color it has a very distinct bottle label which is sure to be a good converstion piece in the home. The Ron Ricardo rums and Ole Nassau rums both come in a variety of flavours. Ron Ricardo has the best leading coconut rum which is used to make the ever so popular island drink "The Bahama Mamma". Other flavours include mango, pineapple and banana, a gold rum, light rum and one 151 rum. The Ole Nassau rum also offers all of the flavors to that of the Ron Ricardo. Its bottle label too is very unique and creative portraying a pirate ship along the Bahama Islands.

Shopping

The local currency is the Bahamian dollar (B$), but it's tied to the US dollar at a 1:1 ratio and US dollars are accepted everywhere at par. There is thus no need for Americans to change money, and many tourist-oriented businesses will even give change back in US$. Do keep an eye out for the famous (but now rare) three-dollar bill and 15-cent coin, both originally made to ease the 1966 transition from British pounds to dollars, $3 being roughly equivalent to £1 and $0.15 approximating a shilling.

There is very little made in the Bahamas, but some luxury goods can be purchased at a bargain. Salespeople in the straw market have a very direct but often humorous manner of negotiating the price of a product. A sense of humor is greatly appreciated in this island nation.

Beware of purchasing Cuban cigars. The vast majority of "Cubans" for sale in the Bahamas are counterfeit. Only buy cigars from reputable and dedicated tobacconists, do not buy on the street, in the market, or from rinky-dink combination cigar/liquor shops. Real Cubans cost upwards of $30 USD per cigar. If the price is $10, it's 100% fauxhiba. If you do plan to buy cigars, some online research may assist you in identifying authentic Cubans. The Ultimate Counterfeit Cuban Cigar Primer [29] and The Havana Journal Counterfeit vs Real Cohibas [30] pages may be particularly useful to you.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Bahamas on Wikivoyage.

Cities in Bahamas

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Nassau is the capital of The Bahamas, a member of the British Commonwealth. It is the largest city in the Bahamas and its low-rise sprawl dominates the eastern half of New Providence Island.

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  • Straw Market
  • Parliament House
  • Rawson Square
  • Atlantis Museum
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There is more than one place called Freeport:

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  • Port Lucaya Marketplace
  • Lucaya Beach
  • Port Lucayan Marina
  • Taino Beach
  • The Lucayan Country Club
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Paradise Island is a small island just off of Nassau, Bahamas. It is dominated by the Las Vegas-style Atlantis resort, which is responsible for an amazing 11% of the Bahamas' GNP.

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Harbour Island is a Caribbean island that was once the capitol of the Bahamas. Harbour Island is set off the north east coast of Eleuthera Island. The only town on the island is Dunmore Town, named after the former Governor of the Bahamas, the Earl of Dunmore (1786-1798), who had a summer residence on Harbour ... (read more)

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  • Government Dock
  • Dr. Albert Johnson Memorial
  • Fisherman\'s Dock
  • Pink Sand Beach
  • Lone Tree
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Eleuthera is an island in Bahamas.

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  • Haynes Public Library
  • Hut Point Beach
  • Poponi Beach
  • Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve
  • OceanView Farm
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The Abacos are a group of islands in the Bahamas east of Grand Bahama. Great Abaco and Little Abaco are the primary islands. Disney's privately-owned "Castaway Cay" is here.

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Bimini is a district of the Bahamas and consist of two main islands located 50-miles east of Florida. Bimini is surrounded by shallow reefs near shore, the depth increases to 80 to 100 feet before dropping into the abyss of the Gulf Stream. Bimini is a group of small islands in the Bahamas. Bimini is only 50 ... (read more)

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  • Browns Marina
  • Alice Town Beach
  • Bimini Water Sports
  • Stones of Atlantis Dive Site
  • Bimini Bay Marina
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  • Dean\'s Blue Hole
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  • Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club
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  • Treasure Cay Golf Course
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  • Hope Town Lighthouse
  • Tahiti Beach
  • Tilloo National Park
  • Wyannie Malone Museum
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  • Albert Lowe Museum
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Eleuthera is an island in Bahamas.

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  • Somerset Beach
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  • Glass Window Bridge
  • Queens Bath
  • Gaulding Cay Beach
  • Hatchet Bay Cave
  • Surfers Beach
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  • Behring Point Boat Ramp
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Interesting places:

  • Lighthouse Beach
  • Ocean Hole
  • Cotton Bay Club Golf Course
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Points of Interest in Bahamas

  • Lucayan National Park and Port Lucaya in Freeport
  • Dolphin Cay on Paradise Island
  • The Thunderball Grotto in Exuma
  • Flamingos, iguanas and other tropical wildlife.
  • Fort Fincastle, the Old Town and the Pirate museum in Nassau

Prince George Wharf - Nassau

Port Lucaya Marketplace - Freeport

Blue Lagoon - Salt Cay

Government Dock - Harbour Island

Lighthouse Beach - Rock Sound

Guana Cay Beach - Great Guana Cay

Ocean Club Golf Course - Paradise Island

Glass Window Bridge - Gregory Town

Browns Marina - Alice Town

Haynes Public Library - Governor's Harbour

Hope Town Lighthouse - Hope Town

Albert Lowe Museum - Green Turtle Cay

Thunderball Grotto - Rolleville

Fresh Creek Harbour - Andros Town

Ten Bay Beach - Palmetto Point

Marsh Harbour - Marsh Harbour

Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club - Rokers Point

Black Point Beach - Black Point

Dean\'s Blue Hole - Clarence Town

Palm Bay Beach - George Town

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