Capital of the Bahamas:
Nassau

Airports with Commercial Flights by U.S. Air Carriers flying into the Bahamas:
Nassau

Bahamas' Population: 300,000

Entry requirements into the Bahamas from U.S. or Canada:
(1) passport or ;(2) certified copy of birth certificate.

Area: 700 islands of 5,380 square miles (13,900 sq. km)

Currency:
Bahamas currency; however, U.S. Dollars accepted in virtually all places. Exchange for U.S. $ and Bahamas is usually about 1 to 1.

Bahamas Language:
English but major European languages spoken at tourist centers

Bahamas Political status: independent nation; member of the Commonwealth

Electricity: 120 volts AC, 60 cycles.

Telecommunications: the international dialing code for The Bahamas is +1 242 followed by seven digits. On the island, use the seven digits alone. To dial the UK from the Bahamas, the international access code is +44 followed by the area code, omitting 0, and then the number.

 

With some 700 islands and cays making up the Bahamas and only 55 miles from Florida, no wonder it's a popular Caribbean destination.   Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas is located on Grand Bahama island and is home to non-stop excitement and plenty of peaceful escapes.   Nassau captures the elegance of old world charm combined with modern features.   You'll find exciting attractions both above and below the sea, duty free shopping, straw markets, wonderful cuisine and of course breathtaking sugar white beaches.   World famed Paradise Island is connected to Nassau by bridge and home to several plush hotel and Los Vegas style casinos, world-class golf courses and expansive beaches flowing into the clear blue water.  With endless activities, you'll want to visit again and again to enjoy them all.  For families, singles, couples and romantics... there's something for everyone.

For dive enthusiasts the Bahamas offer a wide range of experiences down under.  Not only are they home to the largest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere, but hold a divers dream of opportunities.   Dive along reefs that range 50 to 100 feet long with endless walls, countless shipwrecks, blue holes, caves and night diving.  You'll also find that much of the water that surrounds the Bahama islands are less than 20 feet deep and make for excellent shallow dives.

If you choose to stay on Nassau or Paradise island, a day trip to outer islands can offer exciting and relaxing adventure.  From 7 foot kayaks to 57 foot catamarans, a half day, full day or sunset cruise can include snorkeling, sight-seeing, exploring, swimming with dolphins or fishing.   Toss in food, drink, some calypso music and you've created your own party.

Nightlife abounds from island to island with pleasures of the Caribbean.  Glitz and glamour, casinos and shows, local talent or peaceful walks on moonlit beaches all round out your version of a perfect day.

The cuisine of the islands is never bland.  Although you'll find International flavor, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy local eats.  Regardless of the island, fresh seafood and Bahamian style treats can be found at a reasonable price.  Nothing is more refreshing than a cold drink on a hot Bahamas day.  Bars pride themselves on their own "concoctions" of rum punch and other specialties.  Kalik is the Islands of the Bahamas beer, light tasting and served well chilled.  Many nonalcoholic varieties can be found throughout the islands as well.

  

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