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Frequently Asked Questions about the Out Islands of the Bahamas

Do I need a passport to go to the Bahamas?

Yes, you do need a passport.

Do I need a visa to visit The Bahamas?

Please see for visa requirements.

Do you have to go through customs in The Bahamas?

If you are leaving from New Providence (Nassau) or Grand Bahama (Freeport) to the United States, you will clear customs before landing. If you are departing from any other island you will have to go through customs when you land in the United States.

What currency is used in The Bahamas?

BSD and USD are used.

Can I use US dollars in The Bahamas?


Can I use a credit card in the Out Islands?

There are places where you can use a credit card but if you’re exploring always carry a bit of cash.

Can I rent a car in The Bahamas?

Yes, you can.

Which side of the road do they drive on in The Bahamas?

The left side.

What is the weather like in The Bahamas?

The weather is typically sunny year-round.

Is The Bahamas part of the Caribbean islands?

Yes, the Islands of The Bahamas are a part of the Caribbean.

What are the Out Islands?

The Bahamas is a long chain of islands. The Out Islands are those outside of New Providence (Nassau) and Grand Bahama (Freeport).

How many Islands are there in The Bahamas?

There are 700-plus islands and cays, 16 of which are inhabited.

What should I pack for a trip to The Bahamas?

Ensure that you pack sunblock, flip-flops, and your favorite swimsuit! The Bahamas is a subtropical region; dress for the islands.

How do I get to the Out Islands?

For a list of flights please click here. Outside of boat charters or the use of personal vessels, there is a ferry from Miami into Bimini.

How do you to get to the Out Islands from Nassau?

There are daily flights from Nassau to most of the Out Islands.

Can I take a ferry between the Out Islands?

There is a ferry service from Nassau to Harbour Island. Charter boats are the best route if you’d like to travel between the Out Islands.

Are there beach resorts in the Out Islands?

Yes, there are many. Visit for an extensive list of resorts.

Are there golf courses in the Out Islands?

Yes, there are two golf courses in The Abacos and one in The Exumas.

Which islands should I visit during my Bahamas vacation?

The Out Islands each offer a unique experience every traveler can appreciate.

Which islands have the best nightlife in the Out Islands?

Great Abaco has the best nightlife because they are our third most populous island.

Which island is best for scuba diving?

All the Out Islands offer varied, signature, scuba diving experiences because of their geolocation but one of the most intense scuba diving experiences can be found off Andros at the wall of the tongue of the ocean.

Which islands are best for deep sea fishing?

Bimini is known for some of the best deep-sea fishing.

Which islands are best for eco travel and bird watching?

The Abacos and Andros offer wonderful bird watching experiences.

Which islands are best for fly fishing?

Acklins, Andros and The Berry Islands are wonderful destinations for fly fishing.

Where can I swim with the pigs?

The famous swimming pigs can be found on Big Major Cay, The Exumas.

Where can I swim with nurse sharks?

You can swim with nurse sharks in Compass Cay, Staniel Cay, and The Exumas.

Is there Uber in The Bahamas?

There is no Uber in The Bahamas.

Do you need an adapter in The Bahamas?

If you are visiting from North America, you will not need an adapter. In The Bahamas, power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. The standard voltage is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.

How cold is the water in Out Islands of The Bahamas in December?

Water in the Out Islands is about 75°F-78°F (24°C) in December.

What is the rainy season in The Bahamas?

There is no precise ‘rainy season’ but there is an increased chance of precipitation during hurricane season – June to November.

What forms of transportation are there in The Bahamas?

Car rentals, taxis, and buses are the modes of transportation on the island.