Bahamas Travel Overview
Official language: English
Continent: Caribbean North America
Bahamas – pirates, flamingas and sea turtles
Once a hideout for pirates, the Bahamas are now a popular destination in the Caribbean not only for tourists; Many wealthy people also own a private island in this island state.
According to Countryaah, although the Bahamas is in the Caribbean, they are included in Central America. The islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean and are neighbors of the USA in the north and Cuba in the west.
The Bahamas consist of approx. 29 larger islands, 660 smaller ones and over 2,300 rocks and coral reefs, which extend over approx. 250,000 km² of lake area. Part of this small island is privately owned.
Most of the residents of the Bahamas live in the capital Nassau on the island of New Providence.
There are 22 national parks in the Bahamas. You can visit them and watch water turtles hatch in the middle of mangrove forests. In addition, the West Indian flamingo on the island of Great Inagua was saved from extinction by the national parks. The “Andros Barrier Reef” is the third largest reef in the world.
The Bahamas have long been a haven for the pirates of the Caribbean. You can find evidence of this time in the museum in Nassau. There you can visit some well-preserved forts and the straw market. Many exhibitions in Nassau deal with the legacy of slavery.
The same applies to the Bahamas as to the entire Caribbean: bright sunshine, dreamy beaches, diving trips in clear water and warm water all year round.
Similar to Jamaica, a well-known British film spy had two missions in the Bahamas.
Official language: English
Dollars (100 cents)
ISO 4217 code
BSD / 044
Continent: North America
Geo coordinates: N 25 ° 2 ‘3.4 ” W -77 ° -23’ -46.6″
Highest mountain: Mount Alvernia (63 m)
Total area: 13,939 km²
Mainland: 10,069 km²
Coastline: 3,542 km
Dependency: Great Britain until 1973
UN member since: 1973
Other political affiliation: Commonwealth
Form of government: Parliamentary monarchy
Houses of Parliament: bikameral
Party system: Multi-party system
State building: centralized
Political culture: not known
Export goods: Fish, vegetables, wood
GDP: $ 6,214,700,000
GDP purchasing power parity: $ 6.583 billion
Economic growth: 3.3%
State budget revenue: $ 1.05 billion
State budget expenditure: $ 10.7 billion
Electricity consumption: 1,866 million KWh
Oil consumption: 23,600 million m³
Cultivation area: 0.84%
Fishing: 63,000 t
Residents in cities: 268,800
Minorities: Europeans, Asians, Latin America.
Average age: 27.8 years
0-14 years: 27.5%
15-64 years: 66.1%
> 65 years: 6.4%
Population growth: 0.64%
Birth rate: 17.87 / 1,000 residents
Death rate: 9.05 / 1,000 residents
Migration: -2.17 / 1,000 residents
Ratio men / women: 0.96
Fertility: 2.18 children / woman
Infant mortality: 24.68 ‰
Life expectancy men: 62.24 years
Life expectancy women: 69.03 years
Country codes and abbreviations
ISO 3166 Alpha 2: BS
ISO 3166 Alpha 3: Bras
ISO 3166 numeric: 44
Top Level Domain: bs
IOC country code: BAH
UN / LOCODE: BS
Telephone connections: 141,000
Cell Phones: 181,000
Internet users: 177,000
Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 1,177
Number of doctors: 480
Daily food intake: 2,800 kcal / resident
HIV- infected people: 5,900
Last sovereign since: 1973
Main religious group: Christians
Distribution of religions: Baptists, Anglicans
Prison inmates: 1,300
Arriving by plane
Scheduled flights: The Bahamas can be reached with the airlines British Airways (BA) from Germany, Switzerland and Austria via London (Internet: www.britishairways.com), Delta Airlines (DL) (Internet: www.delta.com) via Atlanta, Lufthansa (LH) (Internet: www.lufthansa.de) via Miami, Swiss International (LX) (Internet: www.swiss.ch) from Zurich via Miami to Nassau. The national airline Bahamasair (UP) (Internet: www.bahamasair.com), United Airlines (UA),American Eagle (MQ) (Internet: www.aa.com) to Nassau and other destinations. Tropic Ocean Airways flies from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini.
Departure from Freeport (FPO): US $ 18; Departure from other locations: US $ 15. Children under 6 years of age and transit travelers are excluded
Arrival by ship
Passenger ships from New York and Miami call at Nassau. The Tourist Office publishes a detailed brochure (see addresses). Nassau has direct connections to the US, West Indies, Great Britain and South America.
The Discovery Cruise Line (Internet: www.discoverycruise.com) offers daily passenger trips from Fort Lauderdale (Everglades port) to Freeport on Grand Bahama. Departure is at 7.45 a.m. and arrival at 1 p.m.
Balearia Bahamas Express fast ferries connect Bimini to Miami on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. At 9 a.m., the express ferry leaves Miami. Travel time: approx. 3 hours. At 5 p.m., the fast ferry also leaves Bimini for Miami on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Various cruise lines call at the ports of Freeport and / or Nassau from the USA. Information is available from Carnival Cruise Line (Internet: www.carnival.com), Celebrity Cruises (Internet: www.celebrity.com), Costa Cruises Line (Internet: www.costacruises.com), Crystal Cruises(Internet: www.crystalcruises.com), Disney Cruise Line, Holland America (Internet: www.hollandamerica.com), Majesty Cruise Line (Internet: www.majestycruise.com), Norwegian Cruise Line (Internet: www.ncl.com), Radisson Seven Seas Cruises (Internet: www.rssc.com), Royal Caribbean (Internet: www.royalcaribbean.com) and Seabourn Cruise Line (Internet: www.seabourn.com).
ON THE GO
Traveling by plane
Almost each of the tourist islands has at least one airport. Hopping around the island by plane is a good idea.
Bahamas Air (UP) connects Nassau and Freeport with the Out Islands (see Travel – International). Charter flights are available from Abaco Air (Internet: www.abacoaviationcentre.com), Air Charter Bahamas (Internet: www.aircharterbahamas.com), Cat Island Air Ltd, Cherokee Air (Internet: www.cherokeeair.com) and Southern Air Charter (Internet: http://southernaircharter.com) to book.
On the way by car / bus
Bus: Per Jitney (public bus) you can take sightseeing tours on the large islands such as Nassau and Grand Bahama (have the appropriate money ready for the ticket); on Nassau / Paradise Island the buses stop at every hotel. The buses run between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. In the dark you should exercise caution in public transport. Smaller islands have no public transport. Taxis: All New Providence taxis are metered and the fares are prescribed by the government. A surcharge is often required for more than two people and extra luggage. In Nassau there are horse-drawn carriages that can take up to three passengers on a city tour. Rental car:Are represented in Nassau, at the airfields and in the large hotels. Minimum age: 25 years. Mopeds and bicycles can be rented by the day or by the week. Documents: If you stay for a maximum of three months, your own country’s driving license is sufficient.
Helmets are mandatory for motorcyclists.
On the way by ship
A mail boat from Nassau calls at the Out Islands several times a week. Passengers and crew use the same facilities on board. Arrangements are made with the boat captains at Potter’s Cay. For more information, please contact the Bahamas Tourist Information Office or the Nassau Port of Departure (Tel: (242) 394 09 60).
Air-conditioned ferries run daily between Nassau, North Eleuthera and Harbor Island and twice a week from Nassau to Governor’s Harbor. For more information, contact Bahamas Ferry Services Ltd (Tel: (242) 323 21 66. Fax: (242) 322 81 85. E-Mail: [email protected] ; Internet: www.bahamasferries.com). Ferries ofAlbury’s Ferry Service (Internet: www.alburysferry.com) on the island of Abaco operate several times a day between Marsh Harbor and Man-O-War, Marsh Harbor and Hope Town as well as Marsh Harbor and Guana and Scotland Cay.