What Are The 7 Essential Bahama Facts?

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The best in-depth Bahama facts that you will find are all in the Bahamas Handbook. It is re-issued and updated every year. And it is a professionally presented facts book with a number of high quality photos.

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The Seven Most Valuable Bahama Facts

Are you intending to visit the Bahamas as a tourist, are you planning on building a second home or would you like to do business in the Bahamas?

In either case, the 7 Bahama facts below will prepare you well.

First, let's take a quick look at the many islands below that constitute The Bahamas.

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  • Bahama fact #1: Country, Language, Currency, Main Islands

The Bahamas - a politically stable and independent country since 1973 - consist of a group of islands off the coast of eastern Florida, USA.

The official language is English and the currency, the Bahamas-Dollar is at par with the US-Dollar.

The main island is New Providence where the capital Nassau is located. It is very touristic. Hotels, casinos and cruise ships. What are the Nassau Pros & Cons?

The second highly touristic island in the Bahamas is Grand Bahama, where Freeport is the main center of attraction. This is the place for sun-and-fun and casinos of course. It is also the country’s centre of eco-tourism, offering nature tours, national parks and botanical gardens.

  • Bahama fact #2: Climate and Water Temperatures (75°F Winter; 88°F Summer)

The Bahamas have a sub-tropical climate, about 340 sunny days per year and - according to astronauts - the clearest waters in the Caribbean region.

It's no surprise that the Bahamas are such an important tourist destination, when you look at the temperatures across a full year.

Average daily air temperatures are:

  • In the Winter:
    Maximum: 77°F/25°C.; Minimum 65°F/18°C.
  • In the Summer:
    Maximum: 91°F/33°C.; Minimum: 75°F/24°C.

And did you know that the water temperature in the Bahamas hardly ever drops below 72° F (equivalent to 22° Celsius) near the shorelines?

We keep measuring water temperatures on the shoreline of the Atlantic side of Central Eleuthera. Here is what we're usually finding...

  • 24° C = 75° F Winter
  • 27° C = 80° F Spring
  • 31° C = 88° F Summer

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  • Bahama fact #3: Out Islands = Family Islands

All but two islands in The Bahamas are called Out Islands. The two "Non-Out-Islands" are Nassau on New Providence Island and Freeport on Grand Bahama Island.

Most Bahamians (85% Black, 15% White and mixed) live in Nassau and Freeport.

Out-Islands are called *Family Islands* because everybody knows everybody. Well, almost... hence the term.

Out-Islands are quiet, peaceful, relaxed, uncrowded and unspoiled. Here are a few of them...

Eleuthera island, 20 minutes by air from Nassau, is famous for many of the best Bahamas beaches.

Eleuthera has been a romantic hideaway for the British Royals for many years. Prince Charles and Diana used to stay at Windermere Island adjacent to Eleuthera.

Abaco a quite well developed island with several small and picturesque islands in the vicinity of the main town Marsh Harbour, is a boaters paradise.

Abaco is only a half hour flight from Nassau and has Anglo-American culture, especially in the small offshore islands near Marsh Harbour.

The sport fishing capital is Bimini, just 50 miles off the coast of South Florida. Yes, the famous American writer Hemingway lived there for over two years. Another excellent island for fishing is Andros.

But by far the most alluring features of The Bahamas are its sparkling turquoise waters and powdery pink sand beaches, stretching for miles. If you clicked the Bahamas beaches link above, you know what I'm talking about...

  • Bahama fact #4: Tax structure and real estate interview

There is no income or corporate tax and no capital gains or inheritance tax in The Bahamas. You will find all the details about annual property tax etc. in The Bahamas Handbook. A link to it can be found in the first paragraph above.

Read this interesting interview with an American developer about buying and selling real estate in the Bahamas. Clicking the link will open a new window. You'll be right back here when you close it.

  • Bahama fact #5: As a tourist you should bring your...
    • Camera
    • Sunscreen. BTW, no one is suggesting that you fry on a beach. But many scientists believe that "safe sun" — 15 minutes a few times a week without sunscreen — is not only possible but helpful to health. 
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat
    • Beach Towel
    • Bathing Suit
    • Insect repellent. Here is a good one.
    • Sandals
    • Personal Water Sport Equipment i.e. Snorkeling, Scuba Diving
    • Maps
    • A Bahamas travel guide. Browse the Frommer's Guide BAHAMAS 2015, i.e. click on the black triangles just below. 
    • Then decide whether you want to buy it.

    Read the latest Bahamas News just below...

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    • Money. The official currency is the Bahamian Dollar. It is at par with the U.S. Dollar. You can use either one throughout the islands.
      Special Note: Each person leaving The Bahamas must pay a $15.00 departure tax. Children under 6 years old are exempt.

  • Bahama fact #6: Hotels & Island Hopping

For good hotel deals in Nassau and Freeport, check out package offers that include your flight, meals and hotel accommodation.

Also look into the option of renting timeshare weeks from owners online. They're located at some of Nassau and Freeport's nicest resorts like Harborside Atlantis, and you'll be spending just a fraction of what others are paying to stay there.

The best way to find hotels in the Out Islands is to search the Web. Type the following words into the Google window... bahamas out islands hotels

The cheapest and fastest version of island hopping is by BahamasAir the national air carrier and not by the Fast Ferries.

Click to find the Island Round Trip Search of BahamasAir.

Click on the little down arrows in the FROM & TO windows to see all the BahamasAir destinations within the Bahamas.

You can also charter private planes from Nassau or Freeport.

The island chain - south-east of Nassau - called Exumas, makes for a great island hopping experience. Click to see a spectacular aerial photo of one of the Exuma islands.

  • Bahama fact #7: Fishing & Diving

The most famous islands for excellent fishing are, Bimini, Andros, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, and Walker's Cay. Here is more detailed information on fishing.

The shallow waters of the Bahamas are a true divers paradise.

The country has the clearest waters in the world with visibility of over 200 feet (60 meters).

Andros is a bug-ridden island in the summer but it has the largest number of dive sites in the Bahamas. With the third-longest barrier reef in the world (behind those of Australia and Belize), Andros offers about 100 miles of drop-off diving into the Tongue of the Ocean. You will see this interesting tongue shape of the sea bottom on almost any map of the Bahamas.

Here's more in-depth info on diving in the Bahamas.

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Second home owners & business people do need the Bahamas Handbook.

If you are interested in buying property to build a home in the Bahamas or if you are intending to do business, I strongly recommend you go back to the top of this page and click on the Bahamas Handbook link.

I'm saying this because my wife and I have owned a house on Eleuthera island for several year now. In the Bahamas Handbook we found all the latest updated information which are essential to you, too. Trust us, studying this book ensures your project will be a success.


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