Information & Facts
Nassau enjoys a tropical climate with summer temperatures rarely exceeding 92ºF (33ºC) while winter months see daytime temperatures reaching between 68ºF and 80ºF (20ºC and 26ºC) and minimums rarely dropping below 50°F (10°C).
Minibuses act as the bus system of Nassau city and New Providence island, with journeys costing roughly $1 per ride. Buses can be found on Bay St, but figuring out the routes can be complicated for a tourist. Taxis are common and often take the form of minivans. They are identifiable by their yellow license plates and 'Taxi' signs in black lettering. Most come equipped with meters but it is best to agree on a fare in advance.
English is the official language in the Bahamas.
The official currency is the Bahamian Dollar (BSD), which is divided into 100 cents. The Bahamian Dollar is equal in value to the US Dollar and both currencies are accepted throughout the islands. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and many hotels. There are ATMs in the main tourist centres and credit and debit cards are widely accepted in all the big resorts. Travellers cheques can be changed at all banks, although those in US Dollars receive the best rates. Banks tend to be open from 9.30am to 3pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9.30am to 5pm (Fridays).
Local time in the Bahamas is GMT -5 (GMT -4 from first Sunday in April till last Sunday in October).