The islands of The Bahamas have a warm, agreeable climate which
varies little year-round. This is due to the trade winds, which
continually blow. The coolest time to take vacations to one of the
Bahamas islands or Freeport is from September through May when the
The rest of the year is little warmer with temperatures between 80-85
degrees. From November through April each year rainfall is scarce
however, showers can occur during the months of May through October.
Always remember, there's really never a "bad time" for a Grand Bahamas
vacation, or for visiting Freeport.
What To Wear
While you're on your Bahamas vacation, casual
summer clothing is appropriate during the day any time of the year, but
for the cooler evenings from December to February be sure to bring a
jacket or sweater . Most of the better restaurants, hotels and casinos
require jackets for men in the evening. Although you may feel like wearing
your swimming suit, beach clothing is inappropriate on the streets
downtown, in churches, restaurants and casinos.
What To Wear.....How
you're going by cruise to the Bahamas, you want to be sure you have
everything you need without over packing. The first thing you should do is
check with your cruise line to see if there are any dress codes aboard
ship. Cruise ship dress codes vary from ship to ship, and the length of the
cruise. The shorter 2-4 day cruises are usually much more casual than
longer cruises where you're required to dress for dinner or Captain's Night
in formal evening gowns and tuxedos.
The shorter cruises are
much more relaxed. Jeans, t-shirts, polo shirts, tennis shoes, skirts,
khaki pants, shorts and flip-flops are common casual attire worn on board
ship. The ladies definitely need a skirt or casual dress for the
restaurants. Men can wear pants with a casual button-down shirt…or
something similar. Swim suits or shorts and halters are definite no-no's
in the restaurants.
In The Bahamas
often, you'll enjoy the Bahamas weather. The sub-tropical and tropical
climate makes the islands a pleasant destination year-round. The Gulf Stream
and Trade Winds help to maintain even temperatures throughout the year,
ranging from 20 to 30 degrees celsius during the day and 17 to 21 degrees C
at night. Sea temperatures range between 23 degrees C in February and 28
degrees C in August.
The Bahamas has
been known as a vacation destination for longer than most of the Caribbean,
and with 2201 miles of coastline on more than 700 islands and 2,500 cays,
beachwear is a necessity. Therefore, unlike some of the other islands in the
Caribbean, it is not considered inappropriate to leave the beach in your
beachwear. The Bahamas is a bit more laid back than some of the islands that
retain more staunch cultural standards from their days as British colonies.
However, you should still use common sense and not show up to even a casual
restaurant in shorts and a bikini top.
The Bahamas is
with its warm, beautiful beaches, exotic food, and fun shopping The Bahamas
are the place to go if you are looking for great beaches, great nightlife,
and a lot of rest and relaxation. The Bahamas is a much laid back place to
visit and when planning your trip there you should follow one simple rule;
less is more. Pack according to the
weather and thinking about comfort.
Casual summer wear can be worn during the day any time of the year; but be
sure to bring a jacket or sweater for cooler evenings from December to
February. Most hotels/restaurants/casinos require jackets for men in the
evening, especially in cosmopolitan Nassau. Though walking the streets in
swim trunks in mid-January might sound irresistible, beach clothing is
inappropriate on the streets of downtown Nassau, in churches, restaurants
and casinos. On the more laid-back Out Islands, dress-codes are much more
Shorts: The Bahamas are hot so bring
a few pairs of shorts. Guys can always look great in cargos and gals can get
away with short shorts if they can pull them off. If not, then go with a
nice pair of carpris pants that will keep you feeling good and looking good
Some nice casual slacks made of cotton topped off with a nice button down
shirt for guys and a fun skirt or dress for the ladies is appropriate. Do
NOT wear swim suits or beach wear in the churches or down town.
Shoes: A good pair of walking shoes,
and a pair of flip flops. Your flip flops will come in handy at the beach
and you will want a nice pair of walking shoes for all the window shopping
you are bound to do as the Bahamas seem to have an endless array of shops
and stores. Don’t forget a nice pair of shoes to wear when you go out at
Swim Suits: The number one reason
that people visit the Bahamas is the beach. Bring your suit and be ready to
get wet. Guys typically look great in a cool pair of board shorts and women
can go about as bare as they dare. Be warned though, there are some nude or
clothing optional beaches in the Bahamas- so be sure you go to the beach you
The Bahamas tend to be cooler at night so make sure you pack a
light sweater or jacket. Some resort restaurants will require guys to wear a
jacket and tie before entering so check with the place you are staying at
beforehand to see if you need to pack these items.
If you are
traveling for business, a lightweight suit, jacket, and tie are appropriate.
The usual Western formalities and courtesies are observed.
Electricity is normally 120 volts AC. American appliances are fully
British rules apply, so please drive on the left
and watch those roundabouts! Persons entering a roundabout (traffic
circle) must give way to traffic coming from the right already on the
roundabout. Visitors may use their home license for up to three months and
may also apply for an international driver's license. Pedestrians should
remember to look right before crossing streets.
What is the legal
drinking age in The Bahamas?
Is there a legal gambling age?
Eighteen is the legal age in The Bahamas for
drinking, gambling (non-residents only allowed to gamble in The Bahamas),
and voting. This makes the Bahamas an ideal spot for the spring breakers
from the states. Many college students are under 21, or have friends that
are not of legal age. They can come to the islands and enjoy all the
excitement and fun that places like Las Vegas offer.
Parents should be aware of this when sending
their college age kids here for a vacation. If you don't approve of these
activities perhaps you should consider a chaperone.
Can I use my ATM
Card on my Bahamas Vacation?
Most of the larger islands have ATMs
located in airport terminals, branch banks, most casinos, the larger
hotels and other convenient locations. Most machines dispense local
currency and U.S, dollars.
The legal tender is the Bahamian
dollar (B$1), which is equivalent in value to the U.S. dollar. Both U.S.
and Bahamian dollars are accepted interchangeably throughout the islands.
Can I call home using my cell
from the Bahamas ?
The Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation (BaTelCo) has automatic roaming
agreements with cellular carriers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
BaTelCo's roaming partners include Aliant Cellular, Ameritech Cellular,
BCTEL Mobility, Bell Mobility, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, BellSouth
Mobility, Blue Ridge Cellular, Cantel, Cellular Holding,
Cellular One Bay Area Cellular,
Cellular One of Illinois, Cellular One of Southwest Florida, Comcast
Cellular, Crowley Cellular, Dansbury Cellular, Pioneer/Enid Cellular, MT&T
Mobile, NBTel Mobility, Radiofone, 360° Communications, Telcel, TELUS
Mobility U.S. Cellular and Western Wireless.
If your home carrier has a roaming
agreement with BaTelCo and your cellular number is active in The Islands
Of The Bahamas, you can enjoy cellular service. Simply ensure that your
phone is switched to system B and dial away!
- To place a call, dial 7 digits for local calls
and 10 digits for calls to the United States
- To receive a call, the caller must dial
BaTelCo's access code (242-359-7626), wait for the second dial tone and
dial the roamer's cellular number including the area code.
- Billing is a breeze ... There are
no activation fees for Roaming in The Bahamas and you will be billed via
your home carrier at a rate of $3.00 per day and $0.99 per minute (plus
toll charges for long distance.