English is the official language spoken in the Bahamas.

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The Bahamian dollar, which is equal to the US dollar. Both forms of currencies and credit cards are widely accepted. You can exchange currency at banks and many hotels or withdraw from any of the ATMs in the main tourist centers.   

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The international country code to dial the Bahamas is +1, followed by 242. Calls out from the Bahamas can be very expensive, so it’s a good idea to get a calling card.

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Tips of 10 to 15 percent are customary, unless it’s been automatically included in your bill. Hotel staff usually expects $1 per bag.

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The Bahamas are relatively safe, but you should use common sense and be aware of your surroundings in big cities like Nassau and Freeport.

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If you’re arriving from an area infected with yellow fever, you’ll need a yellow fever vaccination. A Hepatitis A immunization is recommended if you’re older than two. Food and water are safe, but some types of fish are poisonous even when cooked. Medical facilities in the area are good, but can be expensive, so carry your own health insurance.

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The Bahamas use 120 volts, 60 Hz with two-pinned flat plugs.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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