Resources

Lonely Planet Bahamas (www.lonelyplanet.com/the-bahamas) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveler forum and more.

Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (www.bahamas.com) Useful hotel, dining, transportation, activity and events info.

Nassau Paradise Island (www.nassauparadiseisland.com) Useful for researching activities, accommodations and deals in the capital and PI.

My Out Islands (www.myoutislands.com) Travel information that avoids the usual focus on Nassau and New Providence.

What to Take

  • Your fins, mask and snorkel, so you can plunge in at a moment's notice
  • Proof of return ticket, which may be required to clear immigration
  • A small day pack for hikes and adventures
  • US electrical adapter

What to Wear

Beach attire and light casual clothes are the default throughout the Bahamas. It's rare that temperatures get low enough to warrant more, and only higher-end restaurants in resorts and Nassau will impose anything but the most basic dress code. That said, frequent winds can make milder winter and night-time temperatures feel chilly: you'd be wise to pack long pants, covered shoes and at least one extra layer between November and February. High temperatures and humidity are guaranteed between May and October.

Naturally, you should also factor in your activities: if you plan to sail or hike, then footwear and outer-wear suited to the elements are always advisable. Although the Bahamas are not especially prudish, public nudity is prohibited.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date.
  • Ensure your ESTA authorization or visa is current for transiting through the United States.
  • Book accommodations and car rental in advance in peak times and popular places.
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance.