The Bahamas are known for their resorts, from basic family places to no-expense-spared enclaves of extreme privilege. But there are alternatives: most inhabited islands offer villas and hotels and (with a little more effort) a few hostels and campsites can be found. Bear in mind that some places close annually around September and October, and that booking ahead is strongly advised in peak periods (US summer and college holidays).
Nearly all hotels change their rates at least twice a year between low and high season. Prices quoted here are for the high season and include the 7.5% VAT. During low season (mid-April to mid-December) prices drop between 20% and 60%.
$ less than BS$150
$$$ more than BS$400