Bahamas

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Destination Information

A nation of 700 low-lying islands, the Bahamas can boast some of the finest beaches on earth. The exquisite and infinitely varied colors of the sea are a perennial pleasure, and the diving and saltwater fly-fishing are world-class. New Providence Island and the capital city of Nassau are bustling and developed. Just 15 minutes away by air, Andros has a total land area larger than the rest of the Bahamian islands combined. The 8,000 inhabitants live in settlements along the east coast. The island’s interior is almost impenetrable and comprises one of the largest tracts of unexplored land in North America.

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World-Class Bonefishing

Not for nothing is Andros known as the Bonefishing Capital of the WorldThe island’s shallow surrounding waters hold a huge population of the “gray ghosts of the flats.” Many of the dedicated fishing lodges on Andros are located close to Mangrove Cay and the legendary Middle Bight, where, fishing lore maintains, huge bonefish smash up 8- and 9-weight fly rods with impunity. 

The Glass Window Bridge

The islands of the Bahamas are justly renowned for their beaches. Although the quality of their sand is consistently superb, the beaches vary greatly, depending on whether they front the open Atlantic or face the relatively sheltered stretch of ocean that extends to the east coast of Florida. The best place to observe this contrast is from the so-called Glass Window Bridge on Eleuthera, where the island narrows to the width of the road. On the Atlantic side, the water is a deep and restless sapphire blue, while to the west, it is an expanse of aquamarine, scarcely disturbed by a ripple.

Direct Dial Codes

To phone hotels in the Bahamas, dial 1 + 242 (Bahamas code) + local numbers in listings.

Currency

Bahamian dollar (BSD). The Bahamian dollar is set at par with the U.S. dollar.

Entry Requirements

Passport (containing at least two unstamped pages). Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

U.S. Embassy

Nassau, Tel. (242) 322-1181.

When to Visit

The best weather is from March to June. January and February can be chilly. The hurricane months of August and September should be avoided. Fishing is best October-January.