Cars travel on the left side of the road
The Bahamas have heavy Spanish, British, and African heritage, and were once a British Crown Colony. They retain some British culture including driving on the left side of the road. Unless you have experience driving on the left side, I would recommend just staying away from driving motorized vehicles while you’re there. There are plenty of taxis available to get you wherever you need to go.
English is the language
If you’re worrying about your Spanish not being up to par, take a load off because the official language of The Bahamas is English. Many local residents speak a Bahamian Dialect, but you shouldn’t have a problem communicating with anyone.
The US dollar is accepted
The official currency of The Bahamas is the Bahamian Dollar. However, the Bahamian Dollar is pegged to the US dollar on a one-to-one basis. Because they are equal to one another, US dollars are widely accepted everywhere in The Bahamas. Especially if you are sticking to the traditionally touristy areas (such as Nassau). Which leads perfectly into my next point…
It’s not cheap
One of the best things about traveling in Southeast Asia was that the exchange rate on the US dollar was amazing, making everything dirt cheap by American standards. Because the US dollar is equal to the Bahamian dollar, things are just as expensive in The Bahamas as it would be in a touristy place in the US. If you’re counting on a killer exchange rate to help lessen the costs of your trip, trade in your flight to the Caribbean for a flight to Thailand.
Tipping is customary
Because The Bahamas is so much like America in their hospitality standards, you should also tip like you would in the States. The standard 15%-20% tip should be used, especially in touristy areas and at resorts.
Note: Some places automatically add in a 15% gratuity to the total of the bill. Make sure to confirm if the tip has been added automatically to your bill before you shell out more money for a tip.
Pack for the seasons
I’m not talking Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Countries like The Bahamas that have tropical climates have two seasons. The wet or rainy reason, which runs from June to November, and Dry Season, which runs from December to May.
It should also be noted that Wet season coincides with hurricane season. If you are traveling during this time be aware that hurricanes can develop quickly and go from bad to worst extremely fast. Hurricane season is not a reason not to travel, but you should always be aware if you’re traveling during that time that it is a possibility.
Be ready to be bombarded with people trying to sell you things
Ok, every country I’ve traveled to there is always locals there trying to sell you things. It’s not normally anything to mention, but the struggle is real in The Bahamas. There were times I was laying on the beach at the resort, SLEEPING. Yes, eyes shut, visibly trying to sleep, and there were still people coming up to me and vigorously asking me if I wanted to buy their shell necklace. I love supporting the local economy, but it was so excessive and it was annoying at times.
Don’t leave without trying local conch
Conch is the national food of The Bahamas, and you can enjoy it in mannnny different forms. Conch fritters, conch chowder, conch salad, conch burgers, and fried conch are just the beginning of all the ways you can enjoy this firm white mollusk meat. Lobster, crab, and grouper are also popular and local to the area.
Exercise common sense regarding safety
Any place can be dangerous. The Bahamas is by no means more or less dangerous than anywhere else in the world. The resorts are perfectly safe, but if you do leave your resort at all you should exercise the same common sense safety you would use in any large city, anywhere in the world. You will almost certainly be asked to buy weed or cocaine. This is nothing to be alarmed about, confidently say you’re not interested and be on your way. Bahamian people are not naturally aggressive or mean to tourists.