Did you know that there are 700 islands in The Bahamas? Only 30 of them are inhabited but the sheer size or the footprint is staggering. Just about 90 miles from Florida, The Bahamas is a popular destination for US travellers as well as those from further afield. The hospitality, crystal clear waters and activities are second to none. There’s no wonder why people keep coming back.

Bimini, on of the many islands in The Bahamas, is known the world over for its tropical fish variety and clear diving. Likewise, some of the best fishing in the world is found in the waters surrounding The Bahamas. The out islands have a style all their own, each with an individuality that is refreshing. Abaco is a cluster of islands with an eclectic mix of tourist attractions and rustic charm. Cat Island remains true to its original roots. Eleuthera, Crooked Island, Long Island, Andros – all of these islands in The Bahamas bring something different to the table. Sample them and decide which suits your tastes.

The most populated islands in The Bahamas are New Providence Island and Grand Bahama Island, however Paradise Island, the country’s tourist capital, is the most popular destination for travellers. In about 30 minutes you can leave the hustle and bustle of the US and relax in the tranquillity of the Caribbean.

It doesn’t get any better than that.

Great food, enjoyable activities, and a vacation to fit any budget or style, The Bahamas is truly a versatile vacation spot. Do some island hopping and see all that the out islands have to offer. Take a day to enjoy the royal treatment at a spa. Enjoy one of the island’s finest beaches. The Bahamas has everything you are looking for and more.

Size: 5,358 square miles
Population: 354,000

Language: English
Demonym: Bahamians

Government: Unitary Parliamentary with British Constitutional Monarchy
Currency: Bahamian dollars (B$); plus US dollars (US$) widely accepted

Main City: Nassau
Main Airport (s): Exuma International Airport (George Town, the Exumas), Freeport International Airport (Freeport, Grand Bahama), Lynden Pindling International Airport (Nassau, New Providence), Marh Harbour International Airporat (Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco), Moss Town Exuma International Airport (Moss Town, the Exumas), North Eleuthera International Airport (North Eleuthera) and Treasure Cay International Airport (located 25 miles north of Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco).

Telephone Country Code: 242

Local Beer: Kalik and Sands
Local Cuisine: Fungee & Pepperpot

Entry Visa: Visitors to The Bahamas must have a valid passport. When you arrive in The Bahamas you will need either a ticket for another destination or a return ticket. The Bahamas does not require a visa. There is a departure tax that must be paid before leaving the island.

When To Go: The Bahamas’ mild temperature is a lure for travellers who try to escape the climate where they are. The temperature averages between 75°F and 84°F (24°C-29°C) during the winter and summer. Mornings and evenings are typically chilly. The hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30th. High season typically runs from mid-December to mid-April.

Marriage Requirements: The bride and groom will need to present themselves at either the Registrar General’s Office in Nassau and Freeport or the Commissioner’s Office, Outer Islands for a special license which takes 24 hours to process.

Documents Required: In addition to the completed application for marriage, both the bride and groom will need their:
• passports
• birth certificates along with driver’s licences or other forms of identification
• certificates of no impediment or single status report

Also if applicable:
• divorce papers i.e. decree absolute and/or death certificate of spouse
• proof of parental consent if under 18, stamped and signed by a solicitor
• proof of name change by Deed Poll, stamped and signed by a solicitor

Residency: Couples need to be in The Bahamas for a period of 24 hours before the ceremony. They can apply for the marriage license after that time period and be married the following day.

Fees: A marriage license cost B$120.

Witnesses: Two witnesses that are not immediate family members must be present at the ceremony.