The Bahamas is a group of 700 islands and more than 2,000 cays in the Atlantic Ocean, off the southeastern coast of Florida. Each of the 16 main islands has its own personality and attractions with some of the world’s best beaches, scuba diving, fishing, sailing and boating, as well as shopping and dining.
Visa requirements: No visa required for stays up to 90 days. If arriving from the USA, you need to apply for an ESTA
Time zone: GMT – 5
Currency: Bahamian dollar
Electricity: 120V, two-flat-pin plugs
Tipping policy: A 15 per cent service charge is usually added to food and beverage bills
AIRPORTS AND FLYING TIME FROM THE UK
Direct flights to Nassau (average flight time: 9h): London Heathrow.
Fly indirect to Nassau or Freeport via: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando.
TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS
The Exumas, where you can swim with pigs
Blue Lagoon Island for dolphin and sea lion encounters
People-to-People Tea Party at Government House
Private Island Day Trip
Diving and snorkelling around the islands
Family Island Regatta, April
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, May
Eleuthera Pineapple Festival, June
Junkanoo Summer Festival, July to August
Boxing Day and New Year’s Day Junkanoo Parades
Couples can apply for a marriage licence after 24 hours in the country at the Administrator’s Office located on the island of their wedding. You will receive the licence after two business days, excluding major holidays.
Same-sex or LGBTQ marriages are not legal in the Bahamas.