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Bahamas Facts & Information

 Location Caribbean, chain of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida, northeast of Cuba
 Climate Tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream
 Terrain Long, flat coral formations with some low rounded hills
 Population 301,790
 Nationality Bahamian
 Ethnic groups Black 85%, white 12%, Asian and Hispanic 3%
 Religions Baptist 35.4%, Anglican 15.1%, Roman Catholic 13.5%, Pentecostal 8.1%, Church of God 4.8%, Methodist 4.2%, other Christian 15.2%, none or unspecified 2.9%, other 0.8% (2000 census)
 Languages English (official), Creole
 Government Type Constitutional parliamentary democracy
 Capital Nassau
 Currency Bahamian dollar (BSD)
 Description of Flag Three equal horizontal bands of aquamarine, gold, and aquamarine, with a black equilateral triangle based on the hoist side
 Bahamas Flag Flag of The Bahamas

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Bahamas Culture

The people and culture of the Bahamas is very rich and authentic. Music, religion, and native food play a crucial role on the island. Traditional music influenced and brought over by African slaves includes, Goombay, a synthesis of calypso, Soca, and English folk songs. In addition, something called, working class rake and scrape is also played, which usually involves the guitar, accordion, and shakers, made from Poinciana trees. Religion another important and

emphasized trait of the Bahamas is practiced by all people on the island. A majority of the Bahamians belong to the mainline Christian demon nation with a popular practiced folk religion called obeah. Obeah is a system of beliefs that interact between the living and the spirit world. Obeah is somewhat related to voodoo and Cuban Santeria but to a lesser degree. The official language of the Bahamas is English, which can be heard and spoken throughout the entire island. Only a handful of people on the Bahamas speak Creole, and those people are of Haitian decent. When visiting the island, one can be enriched with the culture that Bahamian people share, provide, and practice, because it is so empowering and insightful.

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Bahamas Shopping

Those of you who love to shop will be excited to know that many items sold in the Bahamas are duty free. Items that fall under duty free include perfumes, leather goods, linens, crystal, photographic equipment, and most important, the sweet nectar of Caribbean Rum. The Bahamas has a great line and selection of jewelry from all around the world. If you are looking for a special one of a kind piece to take back home, you have come to the right place. The

Bahamas has stands and swap markets outside that sell amazing gifts, which include woodcarvings, and statues that can be bought for a bargain. Popular items to buy on the island are straw hats and assorted woven goods made from straw. Remember when you shop on the Bahamas bargaining is always allowed. So keep knocking off the value until you are satisfied with the price!

Shopping Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm in Nassau. Some shops in Nassau close at noon on Thursday. Hours vary on the other islands.

Banking Hours: In Nassau and Freeport/Lucaya, Monday-Thursday 9:30 am-3 pm; Friday 9:30 am-5 pm. Hours vary in the Out Islands.


Bahamas Restaurants

We’ve provided listings for some of the top restaurants in Bahamas including Freeport, St. Bathelemy, Nassau, Paradise Island and more. You’ll find lavish gourmet restaurants, affordable restaurants serving up good food, and everything in between. Sample traditional Bahamas cuisine or other specialty cuisines that are sure to make your taste buds happy.

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  Freeport Grand Bahamas Harbour Island  
  Long Island Nassau Paradise Island  
  St. Barthelemy Treasure Cay    


Bahamas Travel Guides
 Frommer's Bahamas
 Lonely Planet Bahamas
 Let's Go Bahamas
 Fodors Bahamas