Bahamas is a pretty laid back place, but it
does not hurt to be informed of the local customs.
1. Money Matters:
Currency: the official currency is the
Bahamian Dollar. Check out exchange
rates. Generally, both
are accepted throughout the island To avoid
ending up with a wallet full of mixed currency,
you may choose to use only Bahamian or American
- Departure Tax: There is a $15.00
departure tax that you must pay as you leave
the Island. Children under 6 are exempt. This
is often included in your airfare.
- Tipping: In general, 15% is the standard.
Check first, some hotels and resorts automatically
add gratuities to your bill.
2. How to get around:
Getting around most of the islands is pretty
- Rental cars: Remember that you must
drive on the left side of the road!
- Taxis: plentiful and reasonably priced.
Negotiate the rate before you leave.
- Buses: also known as jitneys
- Motorbikes or mopeds
- Bicycles: you never forget how!
- Surreys: Horse and carriage used
for short tours
- Water taxis: for getting to and from
- Ferries: inter-island transportation, affordable prices
3. Where to get tourist information:
- Bahamas Tourism Office
4. Mail service:
- The Exuma Island post office is located
- $0.65(USD) letters or postcards that weigh up to one half ounce is required for postcards
to Canada, United Stated and United Kingdom.
- Letters weighing over one half ounce are charged additionally per every half ounce.
- Mail delivery is made by mail boat, so
Federal Express and United Parcel Service
are not available on Exuma.
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