When traveling internationally, it’s always good to plan ahead and make sure you’ve got the right forms of identification, the proper currency, and the appropriate paperwork on hand to avoid any surprises at the customs desk or during check-in. Here are 10 things you need to know before joining us in Nassau Paradise Island:
1. Bring a passport that’s valid for at least six months after travel. Passport processing can take some time, so if you don’t have a passport or it’s expired, make sure you give yourself enough time to obtain one before your departure date.
2. The Bahamian dollar is on par with the US dollar – no need to exchange currency! Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and most debit cards are also widely accepted throughout Nassau Paradise Island, as well as travelers’ cheques. Some credit card companies may charge small international transaction fees, so it's best to check with your provider before leaving home. Banks in The Bahamas are open Monday-Thursday from 9:30-3:00 and on Fridays 9:30-5:00.
3. Don’t forget to bring proof of your return ticket. You may be required to show proof that you will be returning home, so make sure you’re prepared to show your return plane ticket when entering The Bahamas. (Yes, you do need to go home…eventually.)
4. Don’t worry about electronics. If you’re traveling from North America, your electronics will plug into our outlets, so there’s no need to pack adapters.
5. Stay in touch without your cell phone bill skyrocketing. Thanks to Wi-Fi and a handful of apps, it's easier than ever to stay in touch without spending a dime. Viber, Google Hangouts and WhatsApp allow you to text, call and video chat with family and friends at home. You can bring your favorite shows and movies on the road using apps like Netflix and Amazon. Of course it's always a good idea to contact your cell phone provider before traveling to talk about your best options.
6. Gratuities are usually included. Restaurant and bar bills in The Bahamas may automatically add a 15% gratuity so you don’t need to leave a tip, unless the service was exceptional and you’d like to leave something extra.
7. Set your watch to Eastern Standard Time. All of The Bahamas operates on EST and observes Daylight Savings Time.