Bahamas Travel Guide
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Bahamas Frequently Asked Questions

The travel tips that a visitor should know are included in this page.

ATM Machines on Bahamas
The ATM's are located in the airport terminals of the larger islands. One can find these machines in the branch banks, in the casinos and other convenient locations as well. Most machines dispense local currency. Machines in casinos and at Rawson Square in Nassau dispense U.S. dollars.

Banking Hours on Bahamas
Banking hours are 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Fridays. Most automatic teller machines (ATMs) are open 24 hours. Queries relating to banking regulations may be addressed to the Bank Supervision Department, Central Bank of The Bahamas, P.O. Box N-4868, Nassau, Bahamas, or call 242-322-2193.

Cellular Phone Services
The Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation (BaTelCo) has automatic roaming agreements with cellular carriers in the United States, Canada and Mexico. BaTelCo's roaming partners include Aliant Cellular, Ameritech Cellular, BCTEL Mobility, Bell Mobility, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, BellSouth Mobility, Blue Ridge Cellular, Cantel, Cellular Holding, Cellular One Bay Area Cellular, Cellular One of Illinois, Cellular One of Southwest Florida, Comcast Cellular, Crowley Cellular, Dansbury Cellular, Pioneer/Enid Cellular, MT&T; Mobile, NBTel Mobility, Radiofone, 360? Communications, Telcel, TELUS Mobility U.S. Cellular and Western Wireless. You can enjoy cellular service if your home carrier has a roaming agreement with BaTelCo and your cellular number is active in The Islands Of The Bahamas. But you need to ensure that your phone is switched to system B and dial away! To place a call, dial 7 digits for local calls and 10 digits for calls to the United States and Canada. To receive a call, the caller must dial BaTelCo's access code (242-359-7626), wait for the second dial tone and dial the roamer's cellular number including the area code. One thing you need to know is that there are no activation fees for Roaming in The Bahamas and you will be billed via your home carrier at a rate of $3.00 per day and $0.99 per minute (plus toll charges for long distance calls). It is to be noted that the roaming agreements are subject to change without notice. Additionally, a carrier may have a Roaming agreement with BaTelCo but opt to disallow Roaming in The Bahamas for some of their markets.

Bahamas Climate
The climate on the Islands of the Bahamas is warm and agreeable and this is mostly because of the trade winds that blow here. The climate varies very little year-round. From the months of September to May is the best time to be on the islands as the temperature during this time averages 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit. The rest of the year is a bit warmer with temperatures between 80-85 degrees. From November to April each year rainfall is scarce. But there can be rain during the months of May through October.

Clothing
In the day time throughout the year one can be comfortable in casual summer wear. But during the months of December to February the evenings are cooler than usual and so one might need warmer wear, jackets and even sweaters. Some of the hotels and casinos require the men to wear jackets in the evenings especially in cosmopolitan Nassau and Grand Bahama Island. On the streets one should never wear beach clothing as it is considered to be inappropriate. On the more laid-back Out Islands, dress codes are more flexible.

Bahamas Commerce
The prices of various items vary throughout the Islands Of The Bahamas but they are comparable to other tourist destinations. The costs also are different according to the products that you choose to buy. Some luxury items, for example, liquor, perfume, watches and photography equipment are more reasonably priced than in the Unites States. The United States dollar is on par with the Bahamian dollar.

Bahamas Currency
The legal tender is the Bahamian dollar (B$1), which is equivalent in value to the U.S. dollar. Both U.S. and Bahamian dollars are accepted interchangeably throughout the islands.

Driving on the Bahamas
As the British came in and settled down first and brought up the nation British rules apply here and so one needs to drive on the left. A driver who enters roundabout i.e. a traffic circle must give way to traffic coming from the right already on the roundabout. Visitors may use their home license for up to three months. They can also choose to apply for an international driver's license. Pedestrians should remember to look right before crossing streets.

Electricity on Bahamas
Electricity is normally 120 volts AC. American appliances are fully compatible.

Emergency Numbers on Bahamas
The visitor emergency number for travelers in distress is 242-326-HELP.

Bahamas Language
English is the official language of the Bahamas. But the English used here is more British than American. The language has a special Bahamian dialect which varies in the islands. Some Indian words like "cassava" and "guava" have been retained in the language.

Mail
You would need to use Bahamian stamps when you try to send letters or postcards from The Islands Of The Bahamas. The mail to the Out Islands will arrive a little late than it will to Nassau and Grand Bahama Island since it goes by mail boat.

Sports on Bahamas
A lot of water sport activities are popular in The Islands Of The Bahamas. Like scuba diving, snorkeling, and parasailing, water/jet-skiing, windsurfing, fishing, sailing and boating. Land sport activities include tennis, golf, and cricket, soccer, bowling, squash, track and field events, basketball, American football, baseball, volleyball, roller-skating and field hockey. And of course fishing is the most popular game of all time.

Bahamas Time Zone
Eastern Standard Time is used on all islands. April to October is Eastern Daylight Time, in conjunction with U.S. summer hours.

Tipping on Bahamas
You can tip depending on the quality of the service that you get. Bellboys and porters usually receive $1 per bag, while most other servers (waiters, taxis, etc.) receive 15%. Many establishments include the gratuity in their bills.

Transportation on Bahamas
The main transportation on the islands is buses, rental cars, motor bikes, bicycles, tour cars and limousines. From any area around the nation and at any time a taxi is available. At an interval of about ten minutes Jitney buses run from downtown and Cable Beach in Nassau/Paradise Island and from several depots at Freeport/Lucaya on Grand Bahama Island. Per ride on a Jitney bus costs 75 cents.


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