26 Interesting Facts About The Bahamas

Last updated on January 18th, 2018

#24. The tourist from the United States and Canada are not required to carry their passports to the Bahamas for a stay of less than three weeks. Every year millions of visitors to the country spend billions of dollars. The average cost per day of staying on the island varied depending on the season and location. You can expect to spend between $30 and $400 per day during your visit to the island.

#25. The Bahamian dollar is equal to the U.S. dollar and you can easily use the U.S. dollars across the island as they are freely accepted as cash. However, the U.S. does not accept Bahamian dollars on its retail counters. You will have to exchange the currency or spend it in the Bahamas before you leave the country.

#26. Bahamians watch same TV channels as the Americans do. They have a few local shows, though.

Map of the Bahamas

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The Bahamas on the map. 

The Bamahas – country at a glance

Independence10 July 1973 (from the UK)
Capital CityNassau
(25°4′N 77°20′W)
Largest CityNassau
(25°4′N 77°20′W)
Total area13,880 sq km
Population327,316 (est. 2016)
Official LanguageEnglish
BordersCuba, Haiti, the United States, and Turks and Caicos Islands (UK)
CurrencyBahamian dollar (BSD)
(US dollars widely accepted)
ReligionChristianity
DemonymBahamian
Suffrage18 years of age; universal
Life expectancy72.4 Years (2016)
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
Government typeparliamentary democracy (Parliament) under a constitutional monarchy; a Commonwealth realm
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralDame Marguerite Pindling
Prime MinisterHubert Minnis
Climatetropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream
Terrainlong, flat coral formations with some low rounded hills
Natural resourcessalt, aragonite, timber, arable land
Agricultural land1.4%
Birth rate15.4 births/1,000 population (2016 est.)
Death rate7.1 deaths/1,000 population (2016 est.)
Sex ratio0.96 male(s)/female (2016 est.)
National anthem"March On, Bahamaland!"
National symbolblue marlin, flamingo, Yellow Elder flower
National colorsaquamarine, yellow, black
Industriestourism, banking, oil bunkering, maritime industries, transshipment, salt, rum, aragonite, pharmaceuticals
Exports$880 million (2016 est.)
crawfish, aragonite, crude salt, polystyrene products
Imports$2.495 billion (2016 est.)
machinery and transport equipment, manufactures, chemicals, mineral fuels; food and live animals
GDP - per capita (PPP)$24,600 (2016 est.)
Time ZoneEST (UTC−5)
Internet country code.bs
Calling Code+1 242
Drives on theLeft
Data sourcesCIA, Wikipedia
Table last updatedAugust 24, 2017