The Bahamas is an archipelago consisting of about 29 islands and is located in the Atlantic Ocean. The word Bahamas is of Spanish decent and means “shallow waters”. The Bahamas has a total land area of almost 14 000 km2 and a population of about 330 000.
The official language of the Bahamas is English and the people are friendly. They rely on tourism for the most of their economic activity, accounting for 60% of the Bahamian GDP and providing jobs for more than half the country’s workforce.
Bahamian Dollar (BSD)
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When to go
The Bahamas has a tropical marine climate with sunny days most of the year. Winter averages temperatures are around 21°C and summer around 26°C. May to November is known as the rainy season.
Major attractions in the Bahamas
- Ardastra Gardens
- Atlantis Resort / Outdoor Aquarium
- Dolphin Encounters
- Grand Bahama Island
- Lucayan National Park
- Pirates of Nassau Museum
- Port Lucaya Marketplace
Events & Festivals
Mardi Gras-style festival
Bacardi Billfish Tournament
A deep-sea fishing tournament
Great Bahamas Seafood and Heritage Festival
A cultural affair showcasing authentic Bahamian cuisine, traditional music, and storytelling.
The Bahamas offer perfect conditions for a variety of water sports, kiteboarding, kayaking, boat tours and fishing.
Pirates of the Caribbean Tours
Money and Cash
The BS$ (Bahamian dollar) is linked with the US dollar and therefor the US currency can be used everywhere.
Preparing to visit
Luckily tourists from South Africa don’t need a visa to enter the Bahamas.
When to go
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