The Bahamas is a real tourist paradise and as this is no longer news to anyone, we thought we would bring you some useful information about this destination.
The archipelago located in the southeast of the USA attracts five to six million tourists annually due to its sunny beaches, crystal clear water, dream scenery, and, last but not least, the hospitality of the locals. So, if you are thinking of treating yourself to a trip to the Bahamas, you are making an excellent choice.
How much does it cost to travel to the Bahamas?
You should plan on spending around $210 per day in the Bahamas, according to other tourists. Previous visitors have spent every day around $35 on local transportation and $50 on meals. Also, the average cost for a hotel room for two persons in the Bahamas is $200 per night. So, you should be prepared to get around $ 3,000 out of your pocket for one week’s vacation in the Bahamas for two people.
In case you are traveling alone to the Bahamas, then the cost for one week would be around $1,500, while for two weeks, for a couple, you will have to pay around $5,800.
Of course, the costs per person will get lower if you are traveling as a family of three to four members as the hotel rooms can be shared and the tickets for children are cheaper. Also, if you are traveling for a longer period of time, your costs per day will decrease. Usually, a couple that travels for one month in the Bahamas would spend less per day than a person who travels alone for only one week.
In the following lines, we are going to talk about each cost category, such as food, accommodation, transport, and others, so you can get a better idea about how much you should budget for your next dream vacation.
Accommodation costs in the Bahamas
A person should plan on spending around $110 per night for a hotel room in the Bahamas, while the average cost for a double-occupancy hotel room is almost $210. The costs will vary depending on the level of luxury, location, season, and date.
For instance, at the time this article is written the cost of an average hotel room in the Bahamas is $290, a luxury room costs almost $650, a mid-range room is priced at $310 and a budget room can be bought at around $140.
Food costs in the Bahamas
Plan on spending around $50 per day for food in the Bahamas. The cost of a meal at a restaurant in the Bahamas is almost $20, with breakfast being a little cheaper than dinner or lunch. Also, fast food and street food are cheaper than the food you can enjoy at sit-down restaurants.
Alcohol costs in the Bahamas
You can spend in the Bahamas as much as you want on alcohol, but an average person would spend around $25 per day. For example, a cocktail costs around $8.
Transportation costs in the Bahamas
As you would expect, taxi rides in the Bahamas cost much more than public transportation. According to previous travelers, you should plan on spending around $35 per day per person on local transportation in the Bahamas.
For example, a taxi to Cable Beach costs around $30, a water taxi is $10 and the cost of a taxi from the airport is almost $35.
In case you want to travel between towns and cities, you will have to pay around $320, depending on the date, the type of transportation you choose, and the length of the route.
As for the costs of a flight ticket, it depends on the airport you are leaving from, the date, the air company you choose, and the class (business or economic). For example, a round-trip flight ticket from Newark Airport, New York to Nassau Airport, the Bahamas costs around $600.
If you want to rent a car while staying in the Bahamas, expect to pay around $80 per day, depending on the location, your age, the dates, and the type of car.
Entertainment costs in the Bahamas
Entertainment expenses would include the fees paid for admission tickets to attractions, museums, day tours, and different sightseeing costs. In the Bahamas, you would have to pay around $40 per day per person for all of these.
For example, a jet ski costs around $50, a four-hour kayak tour is priced at almost $70, and for a half-day snorkel day, you will have to pay around $80. Also, a ten-dive package costs around $300.
Handouts and tips costs in the Bahamas
Usually, in the Bahamas, the amount for a tip is 5% to 15%. You should budget around $15 per day for handouts and tips in the Bahamas.
The Bahamas at a glance
The Bahamas is an island country in the Lucayan archipelago consisting of more than 700 islands and atolls in the Atlantic Ocean, north of Cuba and the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), northwest of the Turks & Caicos Islands and southeast of the US state of Florida. The capital is in Nassau, on the island of New Providence.
The Bahamas enjoys approximately 320 sunny days per year. The peak season is between December and April when hotel prices are the highest. The peak of the tourist season is Christmas and Easter. In the off-season, many hotels offer significant discounts.
Made mostly of limestone, the islands of the Bahamas are full of caves that were created thousands of years ago when the seas were about 30 meters lower than today. Today, these sites are highly sought after by cave divers.
From the point of view of flora and fauna, the Bahamas is an exotic paradise of birds, palm trees, and all tropical vegetation. There are places where birds outnumber people, such as the Great Inagua Island, which has a human population of fewer than 1,000 people, but instead hosts over 80,000 birds: flamingos, parrots, egrets, pelicans, ducks, geese, owls.
Top tourist attractions in the Bahamas
Among the vacation destinations most sought after by tourists are the islands: Andros (which is also the largest island of the archipelago), Grand Bahama, New Providence, Harbour, Paradise Island, and Cat Island.
Paradise Island and the capital Nassau offer tourists the image of an exotic and luxurious destination, with active nightlife and casinos, while other islands, such as San Salvador Island, represent real oases of peace and isolation in a unique tropical landscape.
The Elbow Cay reef, with Tahiti beach, is another place where you can retreat from the daily hustle and bustle since very few tourists choose to come to the beaches bathed by these cold waters. Another destination worth mentioning is the Saddle Cay reef, which has the shape of a horseshoe, located in the northern part of the Exuma Islands; you will have a wild view. Many other islands are waiting for you to explore, like Robinson Crusoe.
One of the most sought-after attractions in the entire archipelago is the Andros Barrier Reef, one of the largest in the world.
Important things to consider
The official currency is the Bahamian dollar, which is locked to the US dollar at a 1:1 ratio. In all hotels, an amount is blocked on the card for possible expenses (accepted credit cards are American Express MasterCard, and Visa).
The inhabitants of the Bahamas are predominantly Christian. Most of them are Baptists (35.4%), Anglicans (15.1%), and Catholics (13.5%).
The Bahamas is one of the few places in the world where you can find pink sand beaches. Harbor Island, located northeast of Eleuthera, is one of the best pink sand spots.
Held at Christmas and New Year, Junkanoo is a major annual event in the Bahamas. The celebration can be described as the local version of the Brazilian carnival, with music, live bands, costumes, traditional instruments, parties, parades, allegorical parades, and lots of fun.
What is the best time of year to go to the Bahamas?
The Bahamas is among the most famous destinations where tourists can enjoy the beach at any time, regardless of the season. So, whether you want to spend your summer vacation in an exotic destination, or whether you want to escape the cold for a few days (or even weeks, depending on your budget), this is the ideal place. However, the Bahamas is less recommended as a destination between the end of June and the middle of November due to storms.
What is the traditional food in the Bahamas?
The traditional food is based on a species of large shells, called Conch, which can be served raw, steamed, boiled, fried, in salads or soups.
What are the dangers for a tourist?
Although the waters are calm in the shore area, being safe for bathing, excessive distance from the shore can expose you to unpleasant situations. The currents that are created at sea are extremely dangerous, so it is not recommended to venture too far. Also, the sun is extremely strong, so exposure to its rays without sun protection can lead to burns. For the most sensitive, it is recommended to wear a T-shirt.
Have there ever been any warnings about possible violent attacks in this destination?
No, not up until now.
What are the five most beautiful beaches in the Bahamas?
- Ten Bay Beach (on the island of Eleuthera)
- Cable Beach (on New Providence Island)
- Xanadu Beach (on Grand Bahama Island)
- Pink Sands Beach (on Harbor Island)
- Cabbage Beach (on Paradise Island)