Bahamas

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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

Bahamas Money-Saving Tips

Rent a Bike

Instead of relying on taxis 24/7, save some cash and rent a bike and explore the island on wheels (this is particularly recommended for Nassau and Paradise Island).

Local Currency

Although the official currency is the Bahamian dollar, it is interchangeable with the American dollar. If available, it is often possible to request that your change be given in U.S. currency.

Bargain Space

Local vendors are often open to negotiation and will frequently quote a higher price expecting you to try to barter them down. Start low and bargain up!

Cell Service

Check with your service operator before you pack your cell. Some providers do not work in The Bahamas.

Wheeled Explorer

Although cars drive on the left, renting a car is advisable for exploring – a single road typically runs the length of each island. Only on Grand Bahama can you travel everywhere by taxi (marked cabs, though expensive, are reliable).

Official Ride

Avoid unmarked cars claiming to be taxis – you’ll know official cabs from their displayed tag, yellow plates and driver identification. Ask about the fare before you agree to the ride, but don’t expect to negotiate – many fares are pre-set.

Bahamian Cuisine

Conch is a local shellfish delicacy. It can be served raw in salad, fried in a fritter, breaded and deep fried, or in chowder. It is sweet and mild – try it at least once!

Local Brews

Brewed, bottled, and available everywhere in the Bahamas, local beer Kalik is a mouth-watering lager with a worldwide following.

Junkanoo

Celebrated the day after Christmas and on New Years day, this street parade starts around 2am and goes until daylight. Called “Mardi Gras without the mugging” it can still be unsafe – opt for paid street-side seating to avoid being hassled.

Regatta Time

Try to catch an island regatta if you can. These gatherings of Bahamian people, music, food, culture and, of course, sailboat racing, are always worth experiencing. Different islands celebrate them at different times.

The Fish Fry

This collection of eateries at Arawak Cay is the place for Bahamian food. Watch chefs prepare conch salad, try Sky Juice (coconut water, sweet milk and gin), or a enjoy traditional fish dinner while watching the sunset.

Buy Booze at Local Supermarkets

Island grocers sell alcohol at way lower prices than you'd find at hotels. Stock up and save on drink tabs.

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