General Info

Time Differences
Europe: - 6 hours
North America: Eastern Standard Time, the same time zone as New York City is used on all islands.

Language
Official language: English.
Creol is spoken too in areas heavily populated by Haitian-Bahamians.

Currency
Bahamian dollar Exchange rates (please note that all currencies are subjected to market fluctuation):
1 US$ = 1 B$
Both U.S. and Bahamian dollars are accepted interchangeably throughout the island.

Credit Cards
The following credit cards are widely accepted at the major shopping center, restaurants, hotels etc...
American Express
Master Card
VISA
Please note: Due to technical problems, Guanahani Beach Club is unable to accept Credit Cards. Payments only by CASH ( USD).

Banking hours
Monday- Fridays: from 9,30 to 2,00 pm
In San Salvador ATM service is still not available.

Visitors - VISAs
To enter The Bahamas, citizens from countries other than the U.S. and Canada are required to present a  6 months validity passport at least. Some countries are also required to have a Bahamas visa (for further details, please, enter: www.mfabahamas.org).
You must also have a return, or onward journey ticket, and proof of funds to support your visit.
Permits (=VISA) are issued on arrival to visitors who hold the correct documentation.
Validity: Usually three months. Applications for extension should be made to the Director of Immigration.
There is no cost for the extension of the permit.

Driving
The drive is on the left-hand-side of the road. If you are not used to it, than we suggest a taxi!

Driving license
Foreign driver permits will allow drivers to navigate Bahamian streets for up to three months, after which time visitors will need to obtain an International Drivers License (IDL).

Transports
Scooter rental: K’s scooter rental.
Bicycle rental: price on request.
Car Rental: price upon request.
Driver’s minimum age must be 25.

Health
Vaccinations: no particular vaccinations are required.

Water
The water is generally drinkable.

Electricity
Standard US: 110-120 volt AC 60 hz.
Plug type: British and/or American.

Climate
Tropical climate. It is quite constant all the year.
Day temperature: 27-31 C
Night temperature: 18-24 C
In the rainy season (July - October) short showers.

For updated forecasts:
www.weatheronline.comwww.windfinder.com

Tipping
The standard tip is 15% but…it’s up to you!

Dress code

Casual summer wear can be worn during the day, any time of the year, but be sure to bring a jacket or sweater for cooler evenings from December to February.

Business hours

Grocery stores :
From Mondays to Saturdays 7,30 am to 7,30 pm
Sunday: from 7,30 to 10,00 am

Cell phone in the Bahamas
You can purchase a  "Cybercell" Bahamas Prepaid SIM Card from BTC (The Bahamas Telecommunications Company). The SIM card, together with a tri-band unlocked GSM cell phone, will allow you to have a local cell phone number for the Bahamas while paying local rates - no roaming charges and no service contract.
Please, note that without purchasing the prepaid card is not possible to make phone calls from Bahamas to Europe. Nevertheless, comunication by messages works.
How do I make overseas calls from the Bahamas?
You will find that most pay telephones in The Bahamas have discontinued accepting quarters. To use these pay phones you require a prepaid phone card issued by BTC (The Bahamas Telecommunications Company). The cards are readily for sale at grocery stores and at BTC offices. They come in denominations starting at $5.00. If you use a pay phone you can access the following long distance carriers toll free (but you will need the card to initiate the call).

What taxes will I pay?
The guests of the hotels pay :
Government tax 10% + house-keeping service charge  6%
Departure tax is generally included in the ticket price.

Getting to San Salvador
The international airport of San Salvador is served by different airlines.

- Bahamas air (
www.bahamasair.com ):
  From Monday to Sunday direct daily flight from
  Nassau ( New Providence).

- Spirit airline (
www.spiritair.com):
  On  Saturday direct flight Ft. Lauderdale- San Salvador.

- West Jet (
www.westjet.com):
  On Friday direct flight Montreal -  San Salvador. 

- Can Jet (
www.canjet.com):
  Once a week direct flight from Montreal.


How to reach San Salvador from Europe

Country of departure: Germany
 
- British Airways (www.britishairways.com):
  Berlin / London Heathrow / Nassau
  Frankfurt / London Heathrow / Nassau
  Munich / London Heathrow / Nassau
  Dusseldorf/ London Heathrow / Nassau
 
Note:
No flights on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday.
 
- Delta Airlines ( www.delta.com):
  Munich / Atlanta / Nassau
  Frankfurt / Atlanta / Nassau
 
- Lufthansa (www.lufthansa.com) /
  USAir (
www.usairways.com):
  Frankfurt / Miami / Nassau
 
From Nassau:
- Bahamas air (www.bahamasair.com):
  Nassau / San Salvador
 


Country of Departure: Italy
 
- Delta Airlines (
www.delta.com):
  Milan Malpensa / Atlanta / Nassau
  Venice - Atlanta – Nassau
  Rome – Atlanta - Nassau
 
- American Airlines (www.aa.com) / 
  United Airlines(
www.united.com):
  Rome Atlanta- Nassau
 
- US Air (www.usairways.com):
  Venice – Philadelphia – Nassau
 
From Nassau:
- Bahamas air (www.bahamasair.com):
  Nassau / San Salvador
 

Country of Departure: UK

- British Airways (
www.britishairways.com):
  London Heathrow / Nassau
 
From Nassau:
- Bahamas air (www.bahamasair.com):
  Nassau / San Salvador


Country of Departure: France
 
- Air France (www.airfrance.com) /
   Delta Airlines (www.delta.com):
  Paris Charles De Gaulle / Atlanta / Nassau

From Nassau:
- Bahamas air (www.bahamasair.com):
  Nassau / San Salvador

 

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