Bahamas Travel Facts

By | March 12, 2022

The Bahamas is an island paradise in the Atlantic Ocean located southeast of the United States. Geographically it belongs to Central America. Only about 30% of the more than 700 islands in the Bahamas are inhabited. A trip to the island can be perfectly combined with a Florida vacation.

Capital City Nassau
Size 13.939 km²
Resident 355.000
Official Language English
Currency Bahamas-Dollar
Time Zone UTC-5
Telephone Area Code +1 (242)

Source: Destination Explorer

Fast facts to know

  • Pirates like the notorious Blackbeard once hid here.
  • Around 70% of the 300,000 inhabitants live in the capital Nassau.
  • The majority of the population is of the Christian faith.
  • AIDS is a serious problem in the Bahamas.
  • Consists of around 700 islands.
  • Music plays a very important role in the Bahamas.
  • Most residents of the Bahamas have ancestry from West Africa.
  • The passport must be valid for six months after leaving the country, and a return ticket is required upon entry.
  • A visa is required to travel via the USA.
  • No vaccinations are necessary.

Exciting cities in the Bahamas

  • Nassau
  • Freeport

History of the Bahamas

  • First settlement attempts as early as the 4th century.
  • Permanently settled since the 9th / 10th century.
  • After discovery by Columbus, the inhabitants were enslaved and kidnapped.
  • First English colonies in the mid-17th century.
  • Late 17th/early 18th century shelter for pirates like Blackbeard.
  • 1964 right of self-government.
  • Declared independent in 1973.
  • Known today as a tourist destination and tax haven.

Climate & travel weather in the Bahamas

  • Temperate subtropical climate.
  • Temperature slightly lower than the other Caribbean islands.
  • December – April hardly any precipitation, September & October the rainiest.
  • Recommended travel time:
    • Attractive all year round.
    • Tropical storms can occur during the hurricane season from June to October.
    • Winter months are therefore the most popular.

Ideas for trips in the Bahamas

  • Paradise Island
    • Mönchskloster
    • „The Dig“
    • Versailles Gardens
  • Visit famous straw markets (e.g. the one in Nassau).
  • Diving and snorkeling at the barrier reef off Andros.
  • Dean’s Blue Hole.
  • Grand Bahama Island with Freeport and Lucaya.

Food & Drink in the Bahamas

  • Fish and seafood are the focus.
  • Local beer “Kalik” very popular.
  • Coffee is also a popular drink.
  • Rum distilled on the island is drunk neat or as an alcoholic ingredient in cocktails or coffee.
  • Typical dishes:
    • Guava Duff (a steamed pastry made with guavas).
    • Conch.
    • Grouper (delicious grouper).
    • Red snapper (very tasty fish).
    • Yellow tail or trigger fish with onions, tomatoes, various spices.
    • Johnny Cake (Buttered Cornbread)
    • Peas’n rice (fried rice with peas and intense spices)

Particularly scenic

  • Clifton Heritage National Park.
  • Abaco-Archipel.
  • Inagua National Park.
  • salt lagoons.
  • Mangrovensümpfe.
  • pine forests.
  • Endless sandy beaches.

Bahamas Travel Facts