Bahamas Guide

Bahamas Guide

Bahamas – Country Information

Country name Price
Official name Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Capital Nassau
continent North America
Area 13,878 km
Population 351 461 (2010)
Foundation of a state 10. 7. 1973
The highest mountains highest point 61 m
State system constitutional monarchy with a bicameral parliament
The biggest cities Nassau (Capital) 185,000, Freeport/Lucaya 28,000
Official language English
Ethnicity/National Composition blacks 80%, mixed race 10%, whites 10%
Religious affiliation Anglicans 20%, other Protestants 56%, Roman Catholics 18%, others 6%
Currency 1 Bahamian dollar (B$) = 100 cents
gross domestic product (GDP) US$31,324 (2012)
Average life expectancy of the population 65.60 let (2006)
Structure of GDP agriculture, forestry and fishing 4%, mining and industry 11%, construction 3%, services 82%

Country overview

According to Abbreviationfinder, the Bahamas form an extensive archipelago in the western part of the Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida and north of Cuba.

Country data

Location: Caribbean

Time zone: CET – 6 (during summer time CET – 7)

Total area: 13,880 km²

Land area: 10,010 km²

Water area: 3,870 km²

Length of the state border: 0 km

Coastline: 3,542 km

Capital: Nassau

Districts: 31
Acklins Islands, Berry Islands, Bimini, Black Point, Cat Island, Central Abaco, Central Andros, Central Eleuthera, City of Freeport, Crooked Island and Long Cay, East Grand Bahama, Exuma, Grand Cay, Harbor Island, Hope Town, Inagua, Long Island, Mangrove Cay, Mayaguana, Moore’s Island, North Abaco, North Andros, North Eleuthera, Ragged Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador, South Abaco, South Andros, South Eleuthera, Spanish Wells, West Grand Bahama

Electric current: 120 V / 60 Hz

Telephone code: 00 1242 (Source: Allcitycodes)

Highest point: Mount Alvernia (Cat Island) 63 m


Population: approx. 320,000 residents (Countryaah, 2021)

Population growth: 0.9% per year

Population density (residents per km²): 23

Life expectancy: 69 (male), 74 (female)

Official language: English


  • 70% Protestants
  • 12% Roman Catholic
  • 18% other


The whole year round there is a subtropical climate with moderate trade winds. In the period from September to November, stronger storms also occur.

The average annual temperature is 24-29 ° C with minor fluctuations. The water is also pleasantly warm at around 25-28 ° C in summer.


Currency / finance

Currency unit: Bahamian dollar (BSD)

Division: 1 dollar = 100 cents

ATMs: are available in major cities.

International credit cards: These are accepted by many hotels and shops.

Regulations: There is no limit to the amount of foreign currencies that can be imported and exported.

The export of the local currency is limited to an amount of 70 BSD. In order to be able to import the local currency into the Bahamas, you must be able to present a permit from the Central Bank of the Bahamas!

Since the US dollar (as a second currency) can be used to pay in almost all shops, it is recommended to carry it with you as a foreign currency.

Customs regulations

The following may be carried duty-free:

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 450 g of tobacco
  • 1 liter of alcoholic beverages

(Information applies to people aged 18 and over)

Tourists and people in transit can bring items of personal use with them duty-free.

Travel advice

There is currently no country-specific safety notice for the Bahamas.


With more than 3 million guests per year (and the trend is rising), tourism is the Bahamas’ strongest industry.

Due to the many tax breaks, many banks and companies have settled in the Bahamas and thus form the second largest economic share.

Industries: banking, fish processing, tourism

Natural resources: fish, wood, salt

Land use:

  • Usable land: 1%
  • Grain cultivation: 0%
  • Pasture area: 0%
  • Forests: 32%
  • other: 67%


By utilizing many islands, there are only vast savannas and plains overgrown with grasses and bushes. Few islands still have forests made up of pine, mangrove and pine trees.


Few animal species live in the Bahamas. In the Inagua National Park you can still observe various iguanas and flamingos.

In contrast, fish and small animals are particularly rich in species in the waters around the Bahamas.

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