The Bahamas offer a little bit of everything, including remote fishing, world-class diving, gorgeous sailing, fresh seafood, and friendly locals, all in a relaxing island paradise.
But not every island has those crystal-clear waters, vibey beach bars, and incredible snorkeling. I sailed a good bit of the archipelago and put together everything you need to know to plan a trip to the best islands in the Bahamas.
Things to Know Before You Go:
- You don’t need to get Bahamian currency. They accept US dollars everywhere, and the exchange is 1:1. But on many islands, it is a good idea to use cash rather than a card.
- The official language of the Bahamas is English.
- Cars drive on the left side of the road.
- Public transportation and car and golf cart rentals exist on some of the more touristy islands. For the more remote islands, you will have no problem hitchhiking with friendly locals. Be sure you tip for their time and gas.
- Tourism is a big part of the Bahamian economy. Feel free to negotiate with vendors.
When to visit
Spring: The nor’easters have died down but hurricane season hasn’t yet arrived. Rates are cheaper, the crowds are smaller, and the weather is beautiful. It’s all-around the best time to visit the Bahamas.
Summer: Hurricanes are possible, and it’s the hottest time of year, but the wind and seas are calm. There are very few crowds, and prices are at their lowest. It’s one of the riskier times to vacation, but also one of the most peaceful in terms of clear, calm days and fewer travelers.
Fall: Hurricanes are still in full-swing until the end of November, but the weather will start to cool down. Nor’easters will begin to blow through, and crowds will start to grow. Rates will still be moderate. It’s a decent time to visit.
Winter: One of the busiest times of year to visit. Rates will be high. The nor’easters will be in full swing, which means cooler temperatures and windier days. Despite winter being a popular time, it’s definitely one of the worst seasons in terms of weather.
What to bring
No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll want to bring the following:
- Reef-friendly sunscreen
- Water shoes
- Light clothing
- Sweater for the cooler evenings
- Underwater camera
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