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WEATHER IN THE BAHAMAS
The Bahamas is less than 100 miles off the coast of Florida and blessed with the perfect holiday climate, averaging a little over 24°C. Subtropical to tropical, it is moderated significantly by the wind and sea currents of the Gulf Stream, particularly in winter. The best time to go is usually between November and April, though May is also very pleasant and hotel rates are usually better than during peak season. From July to early November hurricanes can pass near or through the Bahamian islands.
MAP OF THE BAHAMAS
MEDICATION & VACCINATIONS FOR THE BAHAMAS
Like many Caribbean countries, the Bahamas does present occasional risk of Dengue fever and the Zika virus, both mosquito-borne. Neither is fatal but both are debilitating illnesses and Zika does pose serious threats to pregnant women. We suggest you consult your local travel clinic ahead of your holiday to the Bahamas to confirm any decisions to be made regarding travel there or health precautions you may benefit from taking. Certainly while in the Bahamas you should practice mosquito bite avoidance by using superior insect repellent, covering bare skin when they are about, and requesting a mosquito net in your room. We also suggest you see your doctor before departure to secure any prescribed medications you will need for your absence, as well as a letter citing any particular health ailments should you fall ill while abroad. For more information on health and well being in the Bahamas, the NHS's website Fit for Travel
is a good source, as is The Center for Disease Control & Prevention.
TIPPING IN THE BAHAMAS
Hotel and service staff in the Bahamas expect to be tipped. For your guidance, taxi drivers and waiters should receive a 15% gratuity. If the restaurant is particularly high-end you may wish to give the waiting staff up to 20%, but only if this has not already been added to your bill. Maids in the Bahamas appreciate $1 - $3 a day for their service, and bartenders $1 - $2 per drink.
Electrical outlets in The Bahamas are 60 cycles/120 volts - compatible with all U.S. plugs. British and European appliances require a flat two-pin adaptor and 220-volt converter, which you can request from your hotel.
MOBILE / INTERNET CONNECTIVITY
There is cellular coverage in the Bahamas, and it's of adequate standard. You should check however that your foreign phone will work there before you head to the Bahamas. If it does, see if you can secure a roaming data and call package with your mobile phone provider for the duration of your stay. Internet access is also available on the island, and most hotels and establishments offer a WiFi connection to its customers; just be sure to enquire about any charges before using their facility.
Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway
Bahama Crisis by Desmond Bagley
Bahamas: White Coming On by Dennis Ryan
The Story of The Bahamas by Paul Albury
The Log of Christopher Columbus by Robert H Fuson
Isles of Eden: Life in the Southern Family Islands of The Bahama Islands by Harvey Lloyd