There are so many unique destinations in the world; planning your bucket list can take some time. The Bahamas has a stunning backdrop and is a glorious place to enjoy a holiday. But it always helps to understand the area and learn about the local life so that you can be sure of a memorable break that will stick with you forever. It may surprise you to know that there are certain customs by which even visitors are expected to abide, so here’s a quick run-down of what you can expect.
Of course, when you’re on the beach, you can certainly wear a swimming costume or trunks but across the island beachwear is considered highly inappropriate if you are headed to a restaurant, casino, or church. In this instance, you should be sure to change or cover up your swimming costume with shorts and a tee shirt or a long shirt. If you are more remote in the countryside, the dress code is slightly more relaxed.
Driving on the Island
In the Bahamas, they have similar rules of driving as the UK, so they drive on the left. If you are going to be staying for a while, you can apply for an international licence or use your residence permit to cover you for up to three months. The law states that drivers and passengers must wear seat belts at all times and any child that weighs less than pounds must have a car seat correctly installed and this must be a rear-facing car seat. If your child weighs between 20 and 40 pounds, they can be in a forward-facing car seat that must be in the back of the car. A child over 40 pounds who is under 4 foot 9 inches tall must have a booster seat. Similarly, as in most places you cannot use your mobile phone while driving, you must not drink and drive, and you must familiarise yourself with yellow box junctions. You can only enter a yellow box junction if there is enough space for your vehicle to exit the box without stopping altogether.
The Bahamas attracts a big Spring Break following, and this is the last two weeks of February through to mid-April. During this. You will find a massive gathering of young people, and specific events organised, meaning the area can get quite noisy even late into the night. Some people like to come at this time and take advantage of the beach, musical entertainment and other events explicitly arranged for Spring Break. Still, if you’re looking for a quiet holiday, then this is undoubtedly a period to avoid.
Places to Visit
Unsurprisingly the Bahamas has some fantastic beaches, and there are over 2000 islands that make up this incredible area. The coastal waters are incredibly clear, and the beaches vary with some having the purest of white sand and others having unique pink sand. There are plenty of beaches to choose from and lots of space for you to tuck yourself away from everybody else if you’re looking for a quiet time. The island has a rich history and heritage, and there are plenty of tours available whether you want to go by bus or walking for you to take part and immerse yourself in this amazing culture. Experienced guides can show you around, and they will be able to teach you all about the places you are visiting. The local cuisine features an indulgent menu, with freshly caught seafood featuring quite heavily. But don’t worry, if seafood is not your thing, there are plenty of other choices, with intense flavours and world-renowned chefs. You can also find plenty of restaurants and cafes with views out to the ocean, so you can dine in style, watching the sunset over the sea. It is advisable to book in many places so do check in advance as you don’t want to be disappointed.
If you enjoy water sports, there are plenty of places to take part in diving, snorkelling, parasailing, surfing and more. You’ll be able to hire all the equipment you need and even have a guide to take you out into the waters. There is so much to do on the island; you can be as active or lazy as your heart desires. It is an incredibly friendly place, and you will find the locals more than happy to assist, the crime rates for tourists are also relatively low. Of course, there are always opportunist thieves like pickpockets operating, so it’s still advisable to secure any belongings you take out for the day and take advantage of your accommodations safely, to stow away anything precious. The island’s currency is the Bahamas dollar, but they also accept American dollars, and you can use credit cards and traveller’s cheques in many of the locations.