U.S. Citizens entering Bahamas:
• Valid Passport only. Get one here:
Travelers to Bahamas who are under 18 need a signed parental release.
NON-US CITIZENS: You must obtain proper travel documentation from
the consulate of your nationality.
The official currency of the Bahamas is the Bahamian dollar,
which is equivalent in value to the US dollar. US currency,
including traveler’s checks, is accepted throughout
the islands by shops, hotels, restaurants and nightclubs.
Most shops and restaurants accept all major credit cards.
You may want to notify your credit card company in advance
to be sure you are set up to access your card outside
of the country. ATM machines can be found in the casinos
and at major banks in Nassau. Most bank cards with Cirrus
or Visa/MasterCard status can be used; check with your
bank before you leave to be sure. Banks are open Monday
through Thursday 9:30am to 3pm, and Friday from 9:30am
Most taxis are large vans that can accommodate up to 12
people. The drivers typically do not use the meters so
it is a good idea to negotiate the price of the trip before
getting in. A full taxi costs an average of $2 to$4 per
person, one-way. When returning to Paradise Island from
Nassau, there is a $2 bridge toll which passengers are
responsible for paying. The local bus operates from 7am
to 7pm and cost about $1 one-way. During the day, it is
the cheapest and easiest way to get around the island.
Many places automatically add a 15% gratuity to all food
and beverage charges; check your receipt. If you have
been treated particularly well, your server will certainly
appreciate something extra.
Casual spring and summer weight clothing is the dress
of the day, and night too, unless you decide otherwise.
There are no restrictions other than a cover-up for swimwear
when leaving the beach or pool areas.