TRAVEL TO THE BAHAMAS
Visitors must bring a valid passport AND a return ticket.
IMPORTANT: A PASSPORT IS NOW REQUIRED for U.S. citizens of all ages returning from the Bahamas, and a Birth Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization will NO LONGER be accepted by U.S. immigration! For information on how to obtain or renew a passport please visit: http://travel.state.gov/passport.
No, vaccinations are not required for visitors to The Bahamas, unless arriving from an infected area.
Yes, children under the age of ten can travel to The Bahamas, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children will need valid passports to enter or return from the Bahamas.
LEAVING THE BAHAMAS
A current passport is required for U.S. citizens of all ages returning from the Bahamas.
Yes, a $15 per person departure tax is included in the price of most commercial airline tickets. Children under six years, with proof of age, are exempted from payment of departure tax.
ABOUT THE BAHAMAS
The Bahamas archipelago has some of the most beautiful waters on earth. The waters are virtually free of pollution, making them among the clearest and most colorful to be found anywhere. The sandy bottoms, depth of the water, coral heads and sunlight are ultimately responsible for its incandescent colors.
The Bahamas comprises 700 low-lying islands and cays that stretch over 100,000 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean between the southeastern tip of Florida and northern Hispaniola. The island of Bimini is just 25 minutes by plane from Florida. Nassau is the capital city, located on the island of New Providence. About 29 of the islands are well inhabited with the infrastructure to support tourism. Some of these Bahamian islands are Andros, Abaco (Home of The Bahama Beach Club Resort), Eleuthera & Harbour Island, Grand Bahama Island, New Providence (Nassau & Paradise) Island, Long Island, Cat Island and Bimini.
As in any country, there is some crime. Fortunately, crime is kept to a minimum in Treasure Cay, where many residents still refuse to lock their doors. Bahamians are a warm and friendly people, but we do ask that you exercise the usual measure of caution.
Yes. The Bahamas is an independent country and a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations.
Bahamians have enjoyed political, economic and social stability for more than 250 years. Tourism in The Bahamas has flourished because of our warm, friendly people, political freedoms and temperate climate.
We celebrate New Year’s Day (January 1), Good Friday (Friday before Easter), Easter Monday (Monday after Easter), Whit Monday (8th Monday after Easter), Labour Day (1st Friday in June), Independence Day (July 10), Emancipation Day (1st Monday in August), Columbus Day (October 12), Christmas (December 25), and Boxing Day (December 26).
Summer clothing in The Bahamas can be worn year-round. However, a sweater or light jacket may be desired for some early mornings and evenings in the winter. All Abaco area restaurants allow casual dress.
For the latest information on weather in The Bahamas please consult The Bahamas Department of Meteorology website. The Bahamas has a temperate climate ranging from 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity in the summer months to 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. Night-time temperatures are generally cooler by 5-7 degrees. Sea surface temperatures vary between 74 degrees in February and 84 degrees in August.
The Bahamas experiences some rain year round, however the months of May through October constitute the rainy season.
The months of June to November constitute the hurricane season. The weather does influence travel decisions and inaccurate reporting of information on hurricanes results in needless cancellations by U.S. travelers. The Bahamas hoteliers, including The Bahama Beach Club Resort, have instituted a Hurricane Hotel Policy for vacationers which states that visitors who cancel a Bahamas vacation during a hurricane will receive an immediate refund with no penalties. If caught on-island during a hurricane, they would be extended the lowest possible rate and all possible courtesies. Before you travel we advise that you monitor the Weather Channel in your city for accurate coverage on hurricanes traveling in The Bahamas and Caribbean regions.
MONEY IN THE BAHAMAS
Yes. The United States dollar is on par with the Bahamian dollar.
Prices in The Bahamas are comparable to other destinations. Prices vary in relation to the product. Some luxury items, for example liquor, perfume, watches, or photography equipment, can be more reasonably priced than in the Unites States. “Breadbasket” items tend to be more expensive than in the United States. Below are some examples of food prices from the local store, Solomon’s, in July 2006:
1/2 gal. milk: $3.29
1 loaf Natures Own Bread: $2.89
1 doz. ex. large eggs: $1.63
1 gal. bottled water: $1.49
5 lbs Uncle Ben’s Rice: $5.95
Tropicana Orange Juice: $7.02
24 oz. Corn Flakes: $6.39
1 pack filter cigarettes: $4.99
The minimum age for legal gambling in the Bahamas is eighteen.
The age of legal majority in the Bahamas is eighteen.
The Tipsy Seagull Bar at the marina, just a short walk from the Bahama Beach Club, is open 7 nights till midnight (and beyond) for your dancing and drinking pleasures.
The Anglican, Catholic, Assemblies of God and Baptist Churches are minutes from the Bahama Beach Club, as is the nondenominational Treasure Cay Community Center Church.
Convenient regularly scheduled airline service and charter flights are available. The Bahama Beach Club is just 7 miles from the Treasure Cay Airport (Airport code: TCB) and some 21 miles from the Marsh Harbour Airport (Airport code: MHH). See “Getting Here” for more information. Private pilots see Pilots and yachtsmen see Boaters.
All taxis are government controlled. Accompanied children under three years ride free.
> To / from The Bahama Beach Club and Treasure Cay Airport: approximately$30.00 for the first 2 persons and $3.00 for each additional.
> To / from The Bahama Beach Club and Marsh Harbour Airport: approximately $85.00 for the first 2 persons and $3 each additional.
Cars, golf carts, and bicycles can be rented by contacting The Bahama Beach Club’s front desk. Taxis are readily available at all times, and several local island restaurants provide complimentary taxi service for dinners. Boats can be rented, and you can travel by regularly scheduled ferry boats to New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay and to Hopetown on Elbow Cay. This service to the out islands is provided through the mailboats. Although principally outfitted for freight, they offer passage to travelers for a minimal fee.
FOOD & DINING
Anything except fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products can be brought into The Bahamas. All meats must be canned or frozen. Note: To save on food costs, our guests are encouraged to bring one suitcase full of canned items, meats, cheeses and other goodies with them to the resort.
Since The Bahama Beach Club provides fully-equipped kitchens, you may want to shop at one of our nearby food stores. They sell a range of familiar foods, beverages and drugstore items, along with local fruits and vegetables in season.
Bahamian food is high in carbohydrates but very flavorful. Some of our staples include peas ‘n’ rice, macaroni, boiled or fried fish, steamed conch and Johnny Cake. A favorite among visitors is the conch, an aphrodisiac, which is served as chowder or a salad. Tropical drinks include Rum Punch, Bahama Mama, Goombay Smash and Yellow Bird.
The water is drinkable, but we recommend bottled water for drinking. It’s readily available at several local markets and at our resort.
A visitor can bring a quart of alcoholic beverage, a quart of wine, two hundred cigarettes or 50 cigars.
Most restaurants in the Bahamas include a 15% gratuity in the bill.
First, make sure to visit our new Beachfront Bar and Grill located on property and open 7 days a week from 11am to 7pm. In addition, Treasure Cay features many fine restaurants, most of which provide Free transportation.
APPLIANCES & ELECTRONICS
Central air conditioning, color television (with premium cable service), telephones and fully-equipped all-electric kitchens are standard in all units at The Bahama Beach Club. Also supplied are steam irons and ironing boards. Full-sized washing machines and dryers are conveniently located inside each rental condominium at the Bahama Beach Club.
The electrical voltage is the same as that of the United States (120 voltage 60 cycles). The Bahama Beach Club has standard US-style electrical outlets.
Yes. On arrival, you will have to fill out a Declaration of Value form and Bahamas Customs will make note of the make, model and serial number of the computer. Free high speed wireless internet service is available at the Bahama Beach Club.
Many cell telephones registered with US or other foreign carriers work in The Bahamas. Some do not. If you wish to use your cellular phone while in The Bahamas you should first register it with The Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation. You can call them at tel: (242) 394-4000 or by fax at (242) 394-3573.
The “How do U.S. Planners Deduct The Cost of A Meeting Held in The Bahamas” guide provides answers to questions regarding tax incentives for special groups visiting the country. Call toll-free 1(888) GROUPS1 for more information.
Complaints can be forwarded to the Visitor Relations Units of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism in Nassau / Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island or to the local tourist offices in Abaco, Andros, Bimini, Eleuthera, Exuma or Harbour Island, or you can contact the help line at (242) 326-4357.
U.S. residents, including minors, can take home duty free purchases up to $600 providing they have been out of the country for 48 hours. Items, which must be purchased from duty free stores, include crystal, liquor, linen, leather, jewelry, porcelain and souvenirs. United Kingdom residents are allowed 2 liters (67 oz) of spirits, (one of which must be manufactured in The Bahamas or Caribbean) 200 cigarettes or a half pound of tobacco, and duty free exemption on other goods up to a total value of 145 pounds.
There are three categories for Canadian residents:
A 24-hour visitor — $50.00 duty free on return.
A 48-hour visitor — $200.00 duty free.
A Canadian visitor staying longer than 48 hours — $500 duty exemption.
The $500 exemption is allowed only once per year.
US and local newspapers are available throughout Treasure Cay usually within one day of publication.
Sorry, we do not allow pets.
BAHAMAS WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS
It’s a perfect spot for honeymooners and for a Bahamas wedding, and our Wedding Planning Services are always free!
Couples can be married after residing in The Bahamas for 24 hours. Both parties must bring birth certificates and photo IDs. Persons who are divorced must bring along their final divorce decree (original or certified with raised seal). U.S. residents only are required to make a sworn declaration either at the U.S. Embassy in Nassau / Paradise Island (a $50 fee) or at the office of a Bahamian Notary Public (a $15 fee) if they have never been married. Other nationals (both parties) are required to bring sworn affidavits in English stating that the parties concerned were never married. No blood tests required. For more information, please call toll-free at 1(888) NUPTUAL, or contact the Ministry of Tourism’s People-to-People / Weddings Department at tel: (242) 356-0435 or call the Registrar General’s office at (242) 322-3316, or contact The Bahamas Tourist Office nearest you.