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Seasons/ Weather/Climate/Water Conditions
The Bahamas has an annual rainfall of approximately 45 inches, creating a tropical climate with average air temperatures ranging between 75-85 F. Light and casual clothing is suggested. Temperatures are generally 5 to 7 degrees cooler in the evenings, especially in the months of December through February.
It is considered offensive/inappropriate to wear beach attire outside of the pool or beach area (i.e. city streets, churches, restaurants, and casinos). On smaller islands the dress code is a little more relaxed. Some restaurants may require the man to wear a jacket while eating.
Average water temperatures ranging from 73F to 82F, and water visibility averages around 80 feet. Outside of the hurricane season, the best time to dive in the Bahamas is any time!
Taxis are available at the airport, as well as rental cars. When traveling by car in Bahamas, you will drive on the left hand side of the road. To rent a car, a valid national or international (English Language) driver's license is needed. If the driver's license is not in the English language, the visitor must carry a translation with the license. Some rental companies also have a minimum driver age of 21. The major car rental companies in the Bahamas include Avis, Hertz, Budget, and Dollar.
Entry and Exit Requirements
Beginning December 31, 2005, the United States will require a valid passport or other secure/accepted documents (Border Crossing Card, SENTRI, NEXUS or FAST cards) for re-entry of either U.S. Citizens, or legitimate foreign visitors/nationals. For more information and any updates on these new regulations visit http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html.
Citizens from countries other than the United States and Canada are required to present a passport (valid for six (6) months beyond the dates of travel), and/or a valid Bahamas Visa, along with a return or onward journey ticket/e-itinerary.
When visitors arrive in the Bahamas, each will be required to fill out and sign an Immigration form, a portion of which will be held by the visitor until departure.
When departing the Bahamas, those visitors departing to the US must go through US Customs pre-clearance. All visitors must present the remaining portion of the Immigration form that was given at arrival.
Banking Hours (Nassau and Freeport):
Mobile phones are available for rent, or with prior set-up you could bring your own mobile phone with you. BaTelCo has roaming agreements with many companies from the U.S., Canada and Mexico; for more information contact BaTelCo at www.betelco.com, or your service provider to activate international roaming while you are visiting Bahamas.
For information regarding inoculations required for traveling abroad, contact the Center for Disease Control in the US. http://www.cdc.gov
There are two major hospitals in Nassau, the Princess Margaret Hospital (public/government operated 400 beds) and Doctors Hospital (private operated 70 beds). The hyperbaric chamber is located in Nassau, Bahamas:
The Bahamas Hyperbaric Centre
The Grand Bahama Island has a 100 bed hospital in Freeport, the Rand Memorial Hospital (community/public).
Shopping in Bahamas