Bahamas Planning & Tips

The Art of Smart Timing
The Bahamian weather is closer to that of Florida than in the rest of the Caribbean, especially on the Big Three islands, and nights can still get a bit nippy, even in December. The high peak season is January through March, with rates decreasing in April and May. Temperature-wise, there's no bad time to visit the islands, but the weather can be iffy during the rainy season (May to November). There are some perks to chancing it, though, especially during May and June, as you can find better deals and fewer crowds than during the winter months. Avoid August and September, as this is when hurricanes are most common and the Bahamas have been hit hard this decade.

Getting There
There are seven international airports on the Bahamas, but the two major ones are on the two main islands of the Bahamas, Nassau and Grand Bahama Island. The Bahamas is an accessible destination from most carriers in Europe and the U.S.: some airlines fly directly to the islands, but the majority of flights are more likely to connect from Miami or Fort Lauderdale.

Getting Around
Taxis are plentiful on the island, and you can negotiate prices with taxi drivers, but the most common form of transportation are the jitney minibuses, which have routes going all over the island and often stop near resorts (you can also wave them down if you see one and need a ride). If you choose to rent a car, remember that the Bahamas were an English colony and drive on the left side of the road--and be prepared for high rates and poor road maintenance in certain areas.

The currency is the Bahamian dollar, which is equivalent in value to the U.S. dollar. Most islands and islanders will accept U.S. dollars.

English is the official language of the Bahamas.

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