Bahamas

We all heard that it's better in the Bahamas! How could it be otherwise? Islands, islands, islands ... Nothing but islands! There are no less than 2700 if you count every piece of land emerged. A parade of flat land bordered by beaches and coconut trees, encircled by coral reefs among the largest in the world. Above all, you will receive an incredibly warm welcome. Canadian citizens must have a passport, valid for at least 6 months after the date of return, a return ticket or onward stay and proof of sufficient funds for the duration of the expected stay.

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WHAT TO DO:

Most Bahama beaches are public. Diving occupies a prominent place among the more popular activities; the Bahamas include 5% of the world's coral reefs and display an underwater visibility of 30 meters or more! Sailing is another popular activity even if it concerns only the wealthy or the lucky owner of a boat. Protected waters of Exuma Sound ( Cays ) and the Sea of Abaco are ideal for those looking for pleasure rather than performance of a sea kayak, great for exploring the islands and deserted beaches that prevail. Golfing is particularly well established with 18 listed nine holes. Birdwatchers will be thrilled with around 230 species of birds to discover. Although limited by distance and difficult to access, Great Inagua is the most interesting destination with its red flamingos and pink spatulas, large egrets, herons of all kinds and brown pelicans. Finally, one must visit the Reserve Creek Union, created to protect the green turtle.

WHAT TO SEE:

The Lucayan National Park on Grand Bahama Island is the site of one of the world's longest and elaborate underwater cave system. The Bahamas are also recognized for having the clearest waters in the world and contain 5% of the world's coral reefs. The EASTERN COAST of most islands are highlighted with light sandy beaches or short cliffs. Offshore coral reefs protect against the Atlantic swell and occasional hurricanes. With time, astonishing "blue holes" were formed, a kind of large natural wells dug in the coral, up to 200 m deep. Vast networks of caves were thus created; this is a paradise for experienced divers. On the WEST COAST of the islands, the landscape is quite different: the coast, still low, sinking softly between sandbars and shoals. If you are in Nassau, the 1st or 3rd Saturday of the month, be sure to attend the changing of the guard in full parade dress (Leopard!) at 10am at Government House! Or, you can visit Nassau by horse-drawn carriage, to admire the pastel-colored houses, with colonial and European architecture.

THINGS TO DO:

International driving license is recommended. Bahamians drive on the LEFT. There are Internet cafes in Nassau and Freeport, but most hotels also have access (cable and / or wi-fi, usually free). Hospitals offer quality care, especially in Nassau, but their rates are very high. It is therefore important to subscribe to travel insurance before leaving. The Bahamian economy relies heavily on tourism. The archipelago also presents a range of ecological accommodations. For the majority of Bahamians, the traditional dish is grilled fish. Hotel bars make it their duty to concoct the most alluring cocktails, either by name or color. A classic, the Bahama Mamma mixes rum, coconut rum, grenadine, lime juice, orange and pineapple. On the artistic side, most of it comes down to the vibrant and colorful music, you will find omnipresent, throughout the day.

ELECTRICITY:

The current is 110 V, 60 cycles; same as in Canada. The sockets are the same, two flat pins or two flat pins and one round. It is however strongly recommended to bring an adapter ( not all hotels have spare ones ). (http://www.levoyageur.net/prises.php?paysfr=Ha%EFti)

CURRENCY:

In the Bahamas, the legal currency used is the Bahamian dollar (B $ or BSD) and it is equivalent to the value of the US dollar; to know the exchange rates: http://www.bankofcanada.ca/rates/exchange/ It is recommended to carry US dollars and / or withdraw cash in ATMs (ATM) on site. According to places and banks, they will provide you with US dollars and / or Bahamian dollar. Although prices are displayed in the local currency, US dollars are accepted and you do not have to exchange your currency. Remember to bring some spare change for when you will bargain at the Straw Market! Please also note that other currencies can be exchanged at the many banks and exchange offices. Hotels, shops or restaurants will only exchange US cash. ATM machines are available through the most populated areas of the islands (Note that banks have rather limited opening hours). All major credit cards Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. The departure tax and security fees are about $ 18 US per person and must be paid when you leave the islands.

TIPPING:

There is no sales tax in the Bahamas and many purchases are tax-free. Hotels and restaurants charge a tax and gratuity fee of 10-15% which is usually included in the amount of the bill. Taxi drivers and other tourism industry workers receive tips of 15% and baggage handlers should receive a Bahamian dollar per suitcase.

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