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With a subtropical climate, pristine beaches and top-class tourism infrastructure, it is no surprise that the islands and cays of the Bahamas archipelago are some of the world's top tourist destinations. Each island has its own charm and beauty, attracting thousands of visitors each year and offering something for everyone. Andros Island is not only the biggest of the islands, but also boasts the third biggest reef in the world, and is thus a haven for snorkellers and scuba divers. New Providence Island is a bustling hub of activity, with plenty of sights, sounds and activities for the visitor to enjoy. New Providence also provides easy ferry and car access to the resorts at neighbouring Paradise Island, as well as the fun and festivity of the nation's capital, Nassau.

The northernmost islands of North and South Bimini are the closest to the US, and draw serious fishermen seeking the catch of a lifetime. Named after the Greek word for freedom by English pilgrims seeking religious autonomy, Eleuthera Island, east of Andros, is a popular escape, with plenty to explore and enjoy.

The rest of the islands all have something to reel in the visitor and sunseekers, fishermen, sailors and watersports enthusiasts flock to these islands time and again to experience the magic of the Bahamas.

Information & Facts


In general the weather is good all year and the trade winds ensure that the temperatures remain relatively mild. There is little variation in temperature year round, but the coolest months are December to February, while the hottest are June to August. The rainy season extends from May to November when there is a slight chance of hurricanes. Peak season is between December and April. Generally the northern and western islands, including New Providence Island, are cooler than the southern islands.


English is the official language in the Bahamas.


The official currency is the Bahamian Dollar (BSD), which is divided into 100 cents. The Bahamian Dollar is equal in value to the US Dollar and both currencies are accepted throughout the islands. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and many hotels. There are ATMs in the main tourist centres and credit and debit cards are widely accepted in all the big resorts. Travellers cheques can be changed at all banks, although those in US Dollars receive the best rates. Banks tend to be open from 9.30am to 3pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9.30am to 5pm (Fridays).


Local time in the Bahamas is GMT -5 (GMT -4 from first Sunday in April till last Sunday in October).

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