Bahamas Travel Guide For Backpackers & Digital Nomads
Bahamas at a Glace
Top 5 Things to See and Do in Bahamas
Other Things to See and Do in Bahamas
1. Gregory TownGregory is a small town ideal for those wishing to experience Bahamian culture. During summers, you can enjoy amazing festivals, local music, and roadside barbecue while in the colder months, the winter waves attract a large number of tourists.
2. Coopers TownCoopers town is a small village in Abaco that has tons of attractions and activities for travelers. Treasure Cay, located 27 kilometers from here has Treasure Cay Golf Course and impressive sites like Gilliam Bay and Albert Lowe Museum.
3. Andros TownThe capital of Andros Island, Andros Town is majorly known for its quaint settlements, secluded beaches, and superb diving and snorkeling sites.
4. Arawak CayArawak is a small city where you can find authentic Bahamian food in over 30 restaurants. This land also hosts cultural events like festivals, concerts, and parades.
5. Cape Santa MariaFamous for its stunning white sand and clear blue water beaches, this city is a great place to visit as it provides an amazing atmosphere.
6. Matthew TownThe only city on Great Inagua Island, Matthew town is a small tourist destination where you can visit historic buildings, go for deep-sea fishing, or enjoy snorkeling.
7. Alice TownSits on the Bimini Island, Alice Town is a compact tourist destination known for having many sunbathing spots, an array of local bars and restaurants, and a beautiful beach area.
You can take ferries for intercity traveling which not only saves you money but offers stunning views. Another budget-friendly option is the jitney(a bus) which runs regularly and costs less than $5. Alternatively, you can ask your hotel if they have bicycles available to borrow or rent $85.
Budget travelers can find some hostels but most of them cost at least $50 a night. You can find reasonably-priced guest houses where a small double room has an ensuite bathroom and costs about $80/night. Airbnb is also a great option that enables you to get anything from a spare room to an entire apartment starting from $70/night. A resort can be cheaper than other options if combined with flights in packages like Expedia. You can spend a few nights at an upper scale restaurant in Nassau for almost $500 per person, including flights. However, upper scale hotels and resorts are for adults only.
You can eat cheap in the Bahamas by going for fish fry. In restaurants, you can have a big plate filled with tasty seafood, salad, and cheese starting from $12. You can have chicken wings or tacos from the food truck costing around $10. The cafes and bakeries serve up fast food for about $5-$15. For fine dining, expect to pay between $30-$40 at a resort or high-end restaurant. You can get a beer that will cost around $4. If you want to stick with cooking your own meals, expect to pay about $60 a week for groceries like chicken, vegetables, pasta, and other essential food items.
In the Bahamas, there are plenty of activities for people of all ages. The food tasting and cultural walking tour costs about $120 per person, different rum tours can reach up to $80, and luxurious full day swimming with a powerboat can cost around $530 per person. You can also go for almost free activities like visiting the historic sites of the city.
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1. Drink tap waterDon’t buy bottled water from stores as the tap water here is super safe.
2. CouchsurfingWith Couchsurfing, you can stay with locals who share a bed with you, enjoy free accommodation, and find a local tour guide.
3. Get free thingsMost of the hotels offer free services like breakfast, snorkeling equipment, and organized trips that can reduce the costs.
4. Choose activities wiselyWith so many activities and experiences to enjoy, do some research and select the activity that excites you the most, and save money at the same time. There are many free and low-cost activities that give you so much fun for just a few dollars.
5. Eat like localsEat at local restaurants away from the tourist areas, or just cook for yourself.
6. Prefer rum over othersAlcohol is quite expensive in the Bahamas as most of it is imported. So, drink rum or local beer which is equally as good and inexpensive too.
7. Advance bookingIf you book a hotel or lodge while in the Bahamas, it can cost you a lot of money. To avoid that, make pre-bookings and look for discounted rates online.
Where To Stay
Nomad Coworking And Working Spots
You cant be a digital nomad without wifi. So below are some spots where one can work comfortably. Dont forget to check my nomad lunch break section for places you can still visit and/or work from during lunch. #nomadworkspace
Nomad Lunch Breaks
Balancing work and exploring can be tough, here are some activities or places you can visit during a lunch hour. You will see the words hotspot, wifi, or break which indicates what you can use to work there, or if you cant and its time for a work break. #nomadlunchbreak
How To Get Around
There is no shortage of taxis in Cable Beach/Nassau/Paradise Island and Free-port area. Most of the cabs are metered and they accept only cash, not credit cards. Taxis are the main local transportation and the best way to get around the Bahamas. All taxis are licensed and the fares are fixed by the government depending on the distance. The base rate is $4.5 and after every kilometer,$2.02 gets added to the fare. Fixed rates have been established from airports and terminals to specific destinations and hotels. In some areas, you can use the Bahamas Ride app to request a taxi.
Renting a car is helpful if you want to visit places far away from your resort. But car rentals are expensive in the Bahamas starting from $55 a day (not accounting for insurance and gas) and the less-traveled roads are mostly in poor condition. If you plan to rent a car for your trip, you’ll find many vehicles at major airports like Grand Bahama International Airport, Exuma International Airport, Lynden Pindling International, etc.
Interisland flights are quick and convenient, especially to remote regions. Private charter flights are better for people traveling in groups or might be the only option for some more remote destinations. Western Air, SkyBahamas, Bahamasair, and Pineapple Air operate within the islands. A flight from Nassau to Eleuthera costs over $100 while from Nassau to George Town costs almost $135 for a 40-minute flight.
Bicycling is not common in the Bahamas and is not safe in traffic-clogged areas like Nassau. However, visitors can explore Grand Bahama, Paradise Island, and the Out Islands on Bicycle . There are many hotels that rent cruiser bikes for $15 a day while some let the guests use it for free.
In the Bahamas, the ferry service is run by ‘Bahamas Ferries’, frequently between Nassau and Andros and less frequently between Nassau and Andros, Grand Exuma, and Long Island. Some of the routes take long hours while others run once a week. Normally, the ferry fares range between $60-$75.
When To Go
The best time to go to the Bahamas is during peak season which is from mid-December to mid-April. The temperature during this duration rarely goes below 60 F and the average daily high temperature is 81 F. Avoid visiting the Bahamas between June to November as this is the hurricane season which can leave you with fewer days to enjoy the outdoor activities. As December-April is a high season, know that there will be hordes of travelers, and prices will be at their highest during these months.
Common Questions About Bahamas
The best time to visit the Bahamas is during the winter months, from December to April, when the weather is pleasantly warm and there is less chance of rainfall.
The official currency of the Bahamas is the Bahamian dollar (BSD), but US dollars are widely accepted throughout the islands.
If you are a citizen of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or many other countries, you do not need a visa for visits up to 90 days. However, it is always recommended to check the latest visa requirements before your trip.
The Bahamas offers a range of popular attractions, including the stunning beaches of Nassau and Paradise Island, the swimming pigs of Exuma, the beautiful coral reefs for snorkeling and diving, and the historic sites of the capital city, Nassau.
Yes, the waters around the Bahamas are generally safe for swimming. However, it’s always important to exercise caution and follow any posted warnings or guidelines, especially during periods of rough weather or strong currents.
The legal drinking age in the Bahamas is 18 years old.
It is recommended to be up-to-date on routine vaccinations before traveling to the Bahamas. It’s also advisable to consult with a healthcare professional to discuss any specific health concerns and recommended vaccinations for your trip
The official language of the Bahamas is English, so communication should not be a barrier for English-speaking visitors.
Yes, most major mobile phone networks have coverage in the Bahamas. However, it’s important to check with your provider regarding international roaming charges and plans before your trip to avoid unexpected fees.
The Bahamas has several transportation options, including taxis, rental cars, buses, and boats. Local airlines and ferries also provide transportation between the islands. It’s advisable to plan and book your transportation in advance, especially during peak travel seasons.
How To Stay Safe and Aware of Scams
1. Taxi scamMost of the taxis are metered so if a taxi driver claims that his meter is not working or doesn’t want to turn it on, insist that he turns it on or take another taxi. Also, look out for taxis whose meter runs very quickly as you may get overcharged. Some taxi drivers also take a longer route to increase the amount of taxi fare. Check a map on your phone to make sure he isn’t taking the longer way.
2. ATM scamCommon in Bahamas, people come around when you are using an ATM and wait around to rob the cash off as soon as you exit. So, avoid using an ATM at night and use those located in busy areas.
3. Jet ski scamMany of the jet ski operators overcharge and may not follow proper safety regulations. So, ensure that your jet ski operator is reputable, often recommended by your hotel.
4. Avoid the rainy seasonFrom June to November, the islands in the Bahamas can get hit by the storms. This is the hurricane season which isn’t considered the ideal time for visiting this region.
5. Spiked DrinksNever leave your glass unattended and watch closely when your drink is getting poured out for you.
6. Fake tour guidesFake tour guides are common in the Bahamas. Tourists eager to utilize their time often fall prey to fake guides who promise for an amazing tour.
7. Travel InsurancePurchase good travel insurance which will help you in protecting against theft, injury, or illness.
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8 pairs of underwear
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