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The Bahamas

Money & costs


The Bahamian dollar (BS$) is linked one-to-one with the US dollar, so you can use US currency everywhere. The major commercial banks maintain branches throughout the islands, although in the Out Islands they are thin on the ground.

There are ATMs in the leading tourist centers. Most accept Visa, MasterCard and Amex via international networks, such as Cirrus and PLUS. Bring extra cash for small meals, sundries and tips when heading to the far reaches of the Out Islands or hopping between cays where ATMS are few and far between.

Major credit cards are widely accepted throughout the islands. Credit cards are not widely accepted for general transactions in the more remote Out Islands. You can use your credit card to get cash advances at most commercial banks.