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Relocation Guide

Considering Moving To The Bahamas?

Relocation Guide

The Official Bahamas Relocation Guide

We extend a warm welcome to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bahamas Real Estate's official guide to moving to The Bahamas, we are thrilled that you are contemplating relocating to our breathtaking country. Formerly known as the "Isles of June," our nation boasts a temperate climate that keeps us cooler in summer and warmer in winter than Florida, courtesy of the Gulf Stream.

Situated conveniently close, we offer easy and swift flights to and from the USA. Our mesmerizing archipelago comprises 700 islands and cays spanning 600 miles, surrounded by crystal-clear waters showcasing an array of captivating colors. The consistent spectacle of blues and greens has been so remarkable that astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted in August 2016, describing the Bahamas as "the most beautiful place from space."

Passionate about our stunning country, we are thrilled at the prospect of you spending more time here. At BahamaGuide.com, we aspire to serve as your information hub, facilitating a smooth and comfortable transition by providing comprehensive details essential for your move.

Recognizing the significance of information, our network of trusted and verified partners offers a wealth of local knowledge, connecting you with those best suited to cater to your specific needs. Within this guide, you'll discover insights covering almost every facet of moving to and living in the Bahamas. Our heartfelt welcome extends to you and your family, and we're delighted to support your journey in becoming part of our community.

Welcome to the exquisite islands of the Bahamas! Our aim is to assist you in beginning a life where the world chooses to vacation!

Brief history of the Bahamas

The Bahamas witnessed its first tourist arrival with Christopher Columbus, who landed in 1492 on San Salvador, marking his initial contact in "The New World." His exploration continued across the New World thereafter.

For about 150 years, these islands remained largely overlooked until the arrival of the Eleutherin Adventurers from Bermuda in 1648, establishing a settlement on Eleuthera. This marked the first successful European settlement, enduring invasions by Spain, France, and even the United States in 1776. The US Marines made their inaugural amphibious landing and assault against Nassau's Fort Montagu.

Benefiting from a natural harbor, New Providence and Nassau (formerly Charles Town) emerged as the commercial and legislative hubs, simultaneously attracting notorious pirates like Blackbeard. However, in 1718, Britain appointed Woodes Rogers, a former privateer, as Royal Governor, aiming to curb the lawlessness prevailing among the pirates.

Post the loss of their 13 North American colonies, numerous colonists who supported King George III fled to British territories, including the Bahamas. Their influx, accompanied by a substantial number of slaves, significantly increased the population, marking the commencement of the Loyalist Period.

To compensate for their losses in the United States, Loyalists received extensive Crown Land grants, leading many to settle in the Out Islands and introduce cotton cultivation.

During the American Civil War, the Bahamas served as a strategic location for the Southern states to secure their supplies. Additionally, during the era of "Prohibition," specifically in Bimini, Grand Bahama, and Nassau, these islands became central to "rum-running."

Governorship of the Bahamas by the Duke of Windsor between 1840 and 1845 attracted numerous international visitors during his tenure.

The Bahamas attained Independence on July 10, 1973. Presently, tourism and financial services act as pivotal drivers of the Bahamian economy. Since Independence, the Bahamas has witnessed four different Prime Ministers while maintaining its membership in the Commonwealth.

Brief geography of the Bahamas

Geography of The Bahamas: Overview of Its Archipelago and Dimensions The Bahamas comprises around 700 flat, low-lying islands in the western Atlantic Ocean, spanning roughly 600 miles. Positioned 50 miles east of Florida and 50 miles northeast of Cuba, it shares proximity with the United States, Cuba, Hispaniola, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The archipelago is intersected by the Tropic of Cancer, crossing through Great Exuma Island and Long Island. While the land area totals 13,934 square kilometers (5,379.95 square miles) - slightly larger than the combined area of New Jersey and Connecticut - the islands are dispersed across approximately 259,000 square kilometers (100,000 square miles).

The Many Islands of the Bahamas

Most Northern Island - Abaco

Most Southern Island - Inagua

Most Western Island - Cay Sal Bank

Most Eastern Island - Mayaguana

Andros Island

30 miles from the island of New Providence, Andros is an archipelago and the largest landmass Located just 30 miles from the island of New Providence, Andros is the largest landmass within the Bahamian archipelago. Politically considered a single island, Andros boasts an area greater than the combined total of over 700 other islands in the Bahamas. Its diverse landscape comprises numerous small islets, cays interconnected by mangrove estuaries, and untouched tidal wetlands. Three main islands - North Andros, Mangrove Cay, and South Andros - are linked by estuaries known as 'bights', seamlessly connecting the island's east and west coasts. Spanning 104 miles in length and 40 miles at its widest point, Andros is a remarkable expanse of natural beauty.

Renowned as the Bonefishing capital of the world, Andros is dotted with numerous Fishing Lodges, offering ample opportunities for fishing enthusiasts. Notably, North Andros hosts the luxurious Kamalame Cay, featuring elegant bungalows and exceptional dining experiences. Additionally, the island boasts the world's second-largest barrier reef, trailing only the Great Barrier Reef. This magnificent reef system runs along Andros, providing rich marine ecosystems and unparalleled diving experiences.

Bordered by expansive shallow flats stretching towards the Gulf Stream in the West and the 6,000-foot-deep Tongue of the Ocean in the east, Andros is a haven for sportfishing enthusiasts, housing a diverse range of marine species."

Abacos

The Abaco Islands lie in the northern Bahamas, 180 miles off the South Florida coast. They comprise the main islands of Great Abaco and Little Abaco, along with smaller barrier cays. The northernmost island are Walker's Cay and its sister island Grand Cay. To the south, the next inhabited islands are Spanish Cay and Green Turtle Cay, with its settlement of New Plymouth, Great Guana Cay, Scotland Cay, Man-O-War Cay, and Elbow Cay, with its settlement of Hope Town. Southernmost are Tilloo Cay and Lubbers Quarters. Another of note off Abaco's western shore is Gorda Cay, now a Disney Island and cruise ship stop and renamed Castaway Cay. Also in the vicinity is Moore's Island. On the mainland Island of Abaco is Marsh Harbour, the Abacos' commercial hub and the Bahamas' third largest city, plus the resort area of Treasure Cay. Both have international airports. A few mainland settlements of significance are Coopers Town and Fox Town in the north and Cherokee and Sandy Point in the south. Administratively, the Abaco Islands constitute seven of the 31 Local Government Districts of the Bahamas: Grand Cay, North Abaco, Green Turtle Cay, Central Abaco, South Abaco, Moore's Island, and Hope Town.

Great Guana Cay

Great Guana Cay, a picturesque islet nestled in The Bahamas, spans 7 miles (11 km) in length and holds a central position within the Abaco Islands archipelago, close to Gumelemi Cay and approximately 8 miles from Marsh Harbour. Home to around 150 residents, the island's population primarily resides along its captivating five and a half mile beachfront. Renowned for its rich loyalist culture and distinctive architecture, the settlement on Great Guana Cay boasts traditional loyalist homes clustered around a charming natural harbor. Notably, the vibrant social hub of the island is Nipper's Beach Bar and Grill, attracting visitors with its lively ambiance.

Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean Club

Baker's Bay, nestled between the Sea of Abaco and the Atlantic Ocean, is an exclusive 585-acre (2.37 km2) luxury resort boasting 385 homes. Developed by Discovery Land Company, this project features a renowned Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole golf course, a 200-slip marina, Marina Village resort area, and an exclusive club offering a beach club and spa experiences.

Baker's Bay, nestled between the Sea of Abaco and the Atlantic Ocean, is an exclusive 585-acre (2.37 km2) luxury resort boasting 385 homes. Developed by Discovery Land Company, this project features a renowned Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole golf course, a 200-slip marina, Marina Village resort area, and an exclusive club offering a beach club and spa experiences.

Berry Islands

The Berry Islands, situated around 30 miles northeast of New Providence, comprise a breathtaking chain of 30 islands. Offering miles of secluded swim-ashore beaches, exhilarating dive spots, and top-notch championship sport fishing, The Berry Islands stand out as an alluring destination. Discovering footprint-free beaches and secluded coves is a common experience here, where it's entirely possible to spend an entire day without encountering another soul.

These islands boast an array of captivating dive sites, including caverns, reefs, walls, and wrecks, alongside a remarkable 600-foot-wide blue hole. Enthusiasts can relish in exceptional billfishing, spearfishing, bonefishing, and explore ancient churches. Among the highlights is the prestigious Chub Cay Club, renowned for its luxurious amenities, state-of-the-art marina, and impeccable marina services.

At one time, Bird Cay was home to some extraordinary privately owned island retreats favored by the rich and famous. From Chub Cay to Great Harbour Cay, visitors are greeted with stunning beaches, exceptional fishing opportunities, and serene seclusion.

Bimini

Bimini, situated as the westernmost chain within the Bahamas archipelago, extends beyond the commonly known North Bimini Island. This island cluster encompasses various cays, including South Bimini, Cat Cay, and the Cay Sal Bank Cays.

North Bimini spans from Alice Town in the south to Resorts World in the north. Alice Town, a charming village, boasts notable attractions like Guy Harvey's Bimini Big Game Club and historical resorts and bars that were frequented by the late Ernest Hemingway. Among his favored spots was the Complete Angler, unfortunately lost to a fire in 2006. Hemingway found inspiration for his renowned book "Islands in The Stream" from Bimini, with the 'Stream' referring to the Gulf Stream that flows along the west side of the Bimini chain. This region is globally acclaimed for its exceptional sportfishing opportunities.

During the winter, the Great Hammerhead sharks gather near the banks just beyond the harbor entrance, offering an awe-inspiring diving experience with these majestic creatures. While the Hammerheads are renowned, Bimini hosts a diverse range of other shark species in its waters, including bull sharks, lemon sharks, tiger sharks, thresher sharks, makos, and sawfish. Hence, the Bimini Biological Field Station, known as the 'Shark Lab,' is situated on South Bimini, attracting scientists worldwide who study these magnificent predators.

At the northern tip of North Bimini, Resorts World Bimini stands as a premier development, offering world-class amenities such as resorts, a casino, marina, and the Marina Village shopping center

Cat Cay

Cat Cay, an exquisite island nestled within the captivating Bimini Island archipelago situated on the western frontier of the Great Bahama Bank, is a sought-after haven just 47 miles east of Miami, drawing in a discerning crowd, especially from the vibrant South Florida boating community. Renowned for its luxurious residential estates, this secluded sanctuary serves as an idyllic escape, even counting renowned figures like Jimmy Buffet among its homeowners, who possesses a stunning beachfront abode on this private paradise.

This exclusive enclave boasts a cutting-edge 108-slip marina, capable of accommodating vessels stretching up to 160 feet in length, alongside a private airstrip, facilitating seamless access to the island. The majority of homes are waterfront properties, enveloped by the island's lush landscapes, including a meticulously designed nine-hole golf course at its heart. Enhancing the island's allure, vibrant peacocks and graceful iguanas freely roam amidst the palm-draped scenery, contributing to the enchanting ambiance of this tropical oasis.

An array of world-class amenities awaits, including the esteemed Nautical Restaurant and Lounge, the inviting Dockside Bar, a convenient market, an exclusive boutique golf course, tennis courts, a refreshing pool, a clinic, and numerous stretches of powdery white beaches lapped by the crystalline turquoise waters of the tropics. Cat Cay offers an unparalleled private island experience, blending seclusion with the convenience of shared facilities.

With a storied legacy steeped in sportfishing, Cat Cay stands as one of the foremost destinations for angling aficionados worldwide. While the island remains a private haven for its residents, its marina is open to the public and provides customs clearance services, making it a favored inaugural stop for boating enthusiasts exploring the Bahamas' captivating islands.

Cat Island

The highest elevation in the Bahamas can be found on this island nestled in Central Bahamas. Standing tall at 206 feet above sea level, Mount Alvernia is a popular attraction, offering breathtaking panoramic views and hosting The Hermitage, a historic monastery crafted by the Franciscan Father Jerome. This island boasts a vibrant cultural tapestry and preserves an untouched allure in its landscapes. It holds the distinction of being the birthplace of the renowned actor, Sir Sidney Poitier, recognized worldwide for his talent. Encompassing an area of 150 square miles, this locale lies close to the Tropic of Cancer and serves as the cradle of the indigenous Rake and Scrape music. It becomes a focal point during annual regattas and Homecoming Festivals, making it an ideal destination for exploration and celebration alike.

Crooked Island/Acklins

Acklins Island and Crooked Island, though distinct, are commonly grouped together due to their close proximity. Situated roughly 240 miles southeast of Nassau, these islands offer a sanctuary for various activities such as boating, bonefishing, snorkeling, and diving. Acklins stands out as one of The Bahamas' least explored yet well-preserved islands, while Crooked Island remains a peaceful and tranquil gem, often regarded as one of the country's best-kept secrets. Both islands boast unspoiled natural beauty and low population density, making them ideal destinations for secluded getaways.

San Salvador

In 1492, the dawn of the New World unfolded as Christopher Columbus 'discovered' The Bahamas, marking the genesis of a new era. However, long before Columbus set foot, the serene Lucayan Indians thrived on the island, referring to it as Guanahani. Their peaceful existence endured for centuries until the arrival of Columbus. Today, over 1,000 warm-hearted locals extend a hearty welcome to visitors, showcasing the nation's premier attractions in diving, sailing, fishing, and unwinding.

The island boasts a distinct landscape comprising undulating hills, vast saltwater lakes, expansive picturesque beaches, and encircling reefs. Notable landmarks commemorating Columbus's arrival, notably the iconic Long Bay monument, alongside the historic remnants of Watlings Castle at Sandy Point and Fortune Hill plantation, draw travelers' attention. The Great Lake Preserve, spanning 2 miles in width and 10 miles in length, serves as a habitat for diverse bird species and shelters the endangered San Salvador Rock Iguana.

Offering over 50 dive sites, predominantly on the sheltered side, adventurers can explore shipwrecks, walls, reefs, and ancient ruins. Devil's Claw beckons with thrilling encounters with sharks and stingrays, while French Bay showcases the majestic elkhorn and staghorn corals.

At the Gerace Research Centre, previously known as the Bahamian Field Station, housed within the former US Navy base, scholarly pursuits have delved into the island's biology, geology, marine science, and archaeology for over three decades. Accommodation options encompass renowned resorts such as Club Med, Guanahani Beach Club Resort, Riding Rock Inn, and the Sands Residence Hotel.

Access to the island primarily relies on San Salvador International Airport, facilitating daily flights from Nassau via Bahamasair and chartered flights. Additionally, there's a bi-weekly mail boat service, while Riding Rock Marina stands at Cockburn Town, catering to maritime enthusiasts.

Eleuthera

Located 50 miles east of Nassau, Eleuthera stretches over 100 miles with stunning natural beauty and boasts a collection of over 30 pristine beaches, making it a versatile destination catering to diverse preferences.

Geographically, Eleuthera is divided into three distinct parts: North, Central, and South Eleuthera.

North Eleuthera, although sparsely populated itself, serves as the gateway to two prominent communities in the Eleuthera chain: Harbour Island and Spanish Wells.

Harbour Island, situated off the northeast coast, spans three miles long and half a mile wide. Famous for its Pink Sands beach and upscale dining and nightlife options, it attracts affluent visitors, celebrities, and the elite. This enchanting island hosts high-end boutique hotels, marinas, and private residences while also offering family-friendly experiences with luxurious amenities. The Harbour Island Green School, from pre-kindergarten to grade 8, adds to its charm.

On the northwest coast lies Spanish Wells, a long-inhabited island primarily known as a commercial fishing community. Ideal for boating enthusiasts, Spanish Wells boasts a highly productive, organized, and tidy community that prioritizes family values and religious grounding. Recently, the island has ventured into tourism with the establishment of a new marina and dining spots. Spanish Wells serves as the Bahamas' commercial fishing hub, annually exporting over $100 million in seafood, particularly spiny lobster.

Both Harbour Island and Spanish Wells are easily accessible through the North Eleuthera Airport (ELH), offering frequent flights from Nassau and the USA.

Experience the allure of Eleuthera's diverse landscapes and vibrant communities as you explore its hidden treasures in North Eleuthera.

Central Eleuthera

The most densely populated region of Eleuthera is its central part, stretching from Gregory Town in the north (known for The Cove Hotel and rock star Lenny Kravitz's residence) to various small settlements, with Tarmpum Bay marking the transition toward South Eleuthera. Along this route, the island often narrows to less than a mile, providing breathtaking views of both the deep blue Atlantic Ocean and the turquoise Caribbean waters of the western shallow banks.

Governor's Harbour serves as the focal point for Central Eleuthera. This historic settlement retains much of its original charm, with numerous preserved homes showcasing the village's heritage. A striking white sand beach lines the eastern side of the island in Governor's Harbour, offering a picturesque backdrop for several delightful beachfront accommodations and dining venues along Banks Roads.

Visitors can conveniently access Governor's Harbour via daily flights operating from both Nassau and various locations in America through the Governor's Harbour airport (GHB).

South Eleuthera

Heading southward, you'll encounter Rock Sound, a thriving settlement currently experiencing a revival as a sought-after tourist hotspot in The Bahamas. Throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, the prominence of The Cotton Bay club and its high-profile clientele drove numerous advancements in the southern region. However, several of these initiatives faltered due to political complexities surrounding Independence.

A promising addition to the area is Jacks Bay, a new project spearheaded by Tiger Woods, anticipated to commence operations in 2021. This development will center around a captivating 10-hole "short-course" golf setup nestled along the coastal area. Additionally, Cape Eleuthera boasts a meticulously developed marina and lodging options for visitors keen on exploring the southern expanse of the island.

Exumas

The Exumas, known for their famous swimming pigs and stunning beaches, are often hailed as a slice of paradise on earth. This archipelago comprises 365 islands and cays, including the prominent Great Exuma and Little Exuma, all surrounded by breathtaking crystal-clear waters. Notable attractions encompass expansive sandbars emerging from turquoise waters, the renowned swimming pigs, Allan's Cays Iguanas, Thunderball Grotto, Norman's Cay plane wreck snorkeling, shark encounters at Compass Cay, David Copperfield's underwater brass mermaid piano player, Cave Cay, and more. Many of these Cays are privately owned by renowned celebrities and affluent individuals. There's a compelling reason why these personalities have chosen Exuma as their home. Exuma consistently captivates with its beauty, earning consistent accolades as one of the most picturesque places on the planet.

Grand Bahama/Freeport

Grand Bahama, known affectionately as the "Second City" in The Bahamas, boasts an extensive footprint and meticulously planned infrastructure. Serving as the capital of Grand Bahama, Freeport sits just 55 miles off the Florida coast, making it a sought-after tourist destination for years. Offering an array of unique activities and amenities, Grand Bahama stands out with its attractions, including renowned casinos and expansive resorts, setting it apart from other destinations outside New Providence.

Tourists visiting Grand Bahama should explore popular destinations like Port Lucaya, Taino Beach, Coral Beach, and Lucaya Beach, each offering distinct experiences. Notably, West End, the island's oldest settlement, is a mere 35-minute drive from Freeport. This area provides an authentic Bahamian encounter, attracting South Floridian boaters with its upscale marina, resorts, and restaurants. Its relaxed atmosphere resonates with the vibe reminiscent of The Florida Keys.

The island is renowned across The Bahamas for its exceptional fishing opportunities. Deep-sea fishing for game fish like Tuna, Wahoo, and Marlin is easily accessible within a 30-minute boat ride from South Florida. Additionally, Grand Bahama's east end is a hotspot for some of the finest bone fishing in the country. Several bone fishing camps, accompanied by local guides, offer visitors an immersive experience in this activity.

For travelers' convenience, Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) facilitates daily direct flights from Nassau and the USA.

Explore Grand Bahama's allure - from its diverse attractions to unparalleled fishing experiences - all just a short flight away from Nassau and the United States

Inagua

Explore Inagua, the southernmost paradise in The Bahamas, comprising two distinct islands: Great Inagua Island and Little Inagua Island. Great Inagua spans 20 miles in length and 55.19 miles in width, boasting the renowned Inagua National Park that blankets over 45% of its expanse. This sanctuary is famed for hosting the world's largest breeding colony of Flamingos, boasting a staggering count of over 80,000 flamingos alongside 140 diverse species of indigenous and migratory birds.

Little Inagua, a protected haven for endangered sea turtles, shelters an array of rare animal species found exclusively within its shores. Inagua beckons ecotourists with an ardent love for nature and wildlife, offering an unparalleled opportunity to immerse oneself in the wonders of its biodiverse landscapes.

Plan your visit to Inagua today and witness the untouched beauty of these islands, a haven for nature enthusiasts and wildlife aficionados

Long Island

Long Island, nestled within the captivating archipelago of The Bahamas and intersected by the Tropic of Cancer, stands out as a scenic gem among its extraordinary counterparts. This 80-mile stretch of land boasts remarkable landmarks like Dean's Blue Hole, ranked as the world's second deepest blue hole, along with Hamilton's Cave and other awe-inspiring sites.

Hosting just around 3,000 residents, Long Island magnetizes thousands of visitors by air or sea to explore its natural wonders. Among the island's attractions is the renowned Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas, an upscale 41-room property situated on the island's northern point. Accessible by a short flight from Nassau, this tranquil retreat offers an unparalleled beach experience, known for its pristine, serene, and picturesque setting.

Cape Santa Maria provides two distinct accommodation options: cozy Bungalows, ideal for budget-conscious travelers seeking private verandas, and lavish Villas boasting deluxe amenities like full kitchens, washer/dryers, and upscale furnishings.

For maritime enthusiasts, the Flying Fish Marina serves as a crucial waypoint for yachts voyaging between Florida and the Caribbean. Offering the last gas stop for boaters heading south to Turks and Caicos, this marina also serves as a gateway to exploring the untouched beauty of the Southern Bahamas. It's a favored hub for sport-fishing yachts navigating the Southeastern Bahamas. The Lighthouse Point Restaurant, enveloping the Marina property, offers indoor dining, while guests can also relish moments by the pool, creating cherished memories with their children.

Among Long Island's treasures is Hamilton Cave, owned and guided by Leonard Cartwright, who takes immense pride in showcasing this natural wonder. Delve into an hour-long spelunking adventure to fully immerse yourself in this captivating cave system.

Mayaguana

Mayaguana Island derives its name from the rare Mayaguana Iguana, an indigenous species named by the Arawak Indians who once inhabited this remote haven. This unique iguana solely inhabits this serene cay. With a population of around 300 residents residing in Abraham's Bay, Pirate's Well, and Betsy Bay, the island offers a tranquil escape. If you seek solace amidst unspoiled beauty, untouched landscapes, and pristine seascapes, Mayaguana is your ideal destination. Its breathtaking beaches promise solitude, ensuring your footprints grace these shores in splendid isolation on most visits.

New Providence

New Providence Island, the esteemed capital of The Bahamas, epitomizes tropical splendor with its breathtaking beaches and coveted oceanfront gated communities. Located within the Atlantic Ocean, this captivating island offers direct flight connections to the USA, UK, and Dubai, ensuring seamless access for global adventurers. Dotted along its picturesque shores are a myriad of five-star dining experiences, complemented by a selection of prominent hotels such as Atlantis Paradise Island, The Ocean Club, and Rosewood Baha Mar. New Providence seamlessly blends its historical charm with contemporary elegance, providing an enticing blend of culture, upscale living, and unparalleled natural beauty for travelers seeking an unforgettable escape.

Ragged Island

Spanning just 9 square miles and fondly referred to as 'The Rock,' Ragged Island stands as one of the Bahamas' tiniest inhabited islands, boasting a populace of fewer than 100 residents. Situated south of New Providence, this island was historically renowned for its bustling salt industry, established in the 19th century by Duncan Taylor. The inhabitants of Ragged Island are celebrated for their adeptness in boat building, and numerous descendants have risen to prominence in fields such as athletics, politics, business, and the arts.

Ragged Island is a sought-after destination for fishing enthusiasts, gaining recognition as a prime location for bonefishing. Offering awe-inspiring vistas, the island is adorned with numerous unexplored caves and secluded spots. Steeped in history, it is believed to have served as the base for many pirates, evident in the names Blackbeard's Cay and Blackbeard's Well.

Embassy / Consulates information

Embassy of the United States of America

Queen St. , P. O. Box N-8197 Tel (242) -322-1181/ Fax (242)-328-7838 Emergency (242)-328-2206

Embassy of The Republic of Haiti

Shirley St. P.O. Box N-3046 Tel (242)326-0325/ Fax (242)-323-3832

Consulate General of the Republic of Cuba

Miller House, 61 Collins Ave. P. O. Box EE-15679 Tel (242)-356-3473/ Fax (242)-356-3472

Embassy of the People's Republic of China

#3 Orchard Terrace, P. O. Box SS-6389 Tel (242)-393-1415/ Fax (242)-393-0733

Embassy of The Federative Republic of Brazil

Gillingham House, 2nd Floor East Bay Street P. O. Box SS-6252 Tel (242) 393-3430/ Fax (242)-393-3007

Embassy of the Republic of San Marion

291 The Office of the Old Fort Bay Building 2 Western Road P.O. Box N-7776 Tel (242)-362-6383/ Fax (242) 362-5973

Embassy of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller

Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta 75 Templeton Building, Western Building (242)-362-5783 / Fax (242)-362-5737

Honorary Consuls

AUSTRALIA

Caroline Moncur PO Box SP-61265 Nassau. The Bahamas Tel (242) 327-8301 Email: caroline_moncur@hotmail.com

AUSTRIA

Wolfgang Reichenberger PO Box N-7532 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel 327-8278 Email: w.reichen@gmail.com

BELGIUM

Etienne R Claes PO Box CR-56766-363 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 363-4264 / Fax (242) 363-4266 Email: eclaes@belconsulbahamas.net

BELIZE

Rev Canon S. Sebastian Campbell PO Box SB-50488 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 361-3800 or (242) 361-3874 / Fax (242) 341-3752 Email: solomon.campbell@live.com

BOTSWANA

Bertha Mae Cooper Rousseau PO Box SS-19725 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 393-7753 Email: bcr@rousseaucooper.com

CANADA

Le Consulate du Canada, Harvey Skolnick, Honorary Consul Shirley Street PO Box SS-6371 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 393-2123 or (242) 324-1566 / Fax 393-1305 Email: info@cdnbahamas.com hms@coralwave.com hmscommadore@gmail.com

CHILE

Carmen Massoni PO Box SS-6193 Nassau. The Bahamas Tel (242) 502-3400 / Fax (242) 677-5476 Email: carmenmassoni@me.com

COLOMBIA

Mario B. Portuondo P.O. Box CB-11277 Nassau. The Bahamas Tel (242) 359-2900 Email: 242Colombia@gmail.com

COSTA RICA

Robert S Jagger PO Box CB-11297 Nassau. The Bahamas Tel (242) 327-3796 or (242) 327-6246 Email: jaggerrobert@gmail.com

DENMARK

Pia N Andersen Farmer PO Box N-3243 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 396-1141 / Fax 364-3076 Email: danishconsul@windfallbahamas.com

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Paul McWeeney PO Box N-7771 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 677-0535 / Fax (242) 362-6976 Email: pjimcweeney61@gmail.com

ECUADOR

C M Anthony Darville Vera PO Box CB-11980 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 425-9505 / Fax (242) 327-4942 Email: cecunassau@cancilleria.gob.ec

FINLAND

Mike Klonaris PO Box N-7776 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 362-6006 / Fax (242) 362-5788 Email: mklonaris@klonarislaw.com

FRANCE

Dominique Lefevre PO Box AP 59223-289 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 424-8629 Email: honconsulfrance@ymail.com

GERMANY

Hermann-Josef Hermanns PO Box CB-12144 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 357-3633 / Fax 327-0557 Email: HermannsJosef@gmail.com

GREECE

Sofia Papageorge PO Box CB-13349 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 702-4515 / Fax (242) 702-4524 Email: hellenicconsulatebahamas@gmail.com

GUYANA

Jairam Mangra PO Box CB-11666 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 328-2883 / Fax 356-2216 Email: guyanaconsulate.bahamas@gmail.com

ICELAND

Clement T Maynard III PO Box CB-10957 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 323-1234 / Fax 326-3779 Email: clem@clementmaynard.com

INDONESIA

Elmer I G Lowe PO Box CB-13223 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 328-2366 or (242) 322-7419 Email: indoconsul242@gmail.com

IRELAND

William Mills PO Box SS-5091 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 397-2100 / Fax (242) 323-3720 Email: wmills@jsjohnson.com

ISRAEL

Arthur Seligman PO Box N-7776 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 502-5000 / Fax 327-6122 Email: arthurseligman@gmail.com

ITALY

Alberto Suighi PO Box CB-13177 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 327-2335 or (242) 327-8257 Email: nassau.onorario@esteri.it

JAMAICA

Patrick Hanlan PO Box N-3451 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 394-8538 or (242) 324-3897 Email: consulatejamaica@batelnet.bs patharry@coralwave.com

JAPAN

Robert D L Sands PO Box CB-13950 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 677-9026 or 327-8257 / Fax 677-9100 Email: rdlsands@bahamar.com sandysands54@gmail.com

KAZAKHSTAN

Patrick Robertson, FRSA PO Box CR-56766 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel 44 7770 300505 Email: patrickrobertson@me.com

SOUTH KOREA

Maxwell Gibson PO Box N-623 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 326-4745 ext. 221 / Fax (242) 328-4211 Email: mgibson@luxuryretaillimited.com

LATVIA

Dr. Joan Marie Rolle PO Box SP-64063 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 225-0312 Fax 361-0874 Email: latvianconsulate.bs@gmail.com

LUXEMBOURG

Gilles Schanen PO Box SP-63984 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 362-7000 / Fax (242) 362-7007 Email: schanengilles@yahoo.com

REPUBLIC OF MALTA

Gerard J Wirth PO Box N-8652 18 Hibiscus Beach Cable Beach, Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 327-7815 / Fax (242) 327- 7391 Email: maltaconsul.nassau@gov.mt

MEXICO

Juan A Bacardi PO Box N-131 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 601-9300 / Fax 601-9325 Email: mexicanConsulate.bah@bristol.bs

MONACO

Koren Debi Williams PO Box SP-63126 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 327-7771/2 / Fax 327-7774 Email: hcmonaco@wealthstyle.club

THE NETHERLANDS

Saskia D'Aguilar Schutte PO Box N-213 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 327-7641 or (242) 322-2323 Email: sds.bahamas@yahoo.com

REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA

Edison Sumner PO Box N-7807 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 322-2145 or (242) 801-1044 Email: namibiahcbahamas@gmail.com

NICARAGUA

Dr. Kenneth J A Rodgers PO Box N-386 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 393-0930 / Fax (242) 325-1647 Email: kjarodgers@gmail.com

NORWAY

Craig Symonette PO Box N-7776 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 327-3182 / Fax 327-3184 Email: craig@symonettegroup.com

POLAND

Edith Powell PO Box N-4225 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 328-7238 or (242) 362-2409 Email: edith_powell@hotmail.com

PORTUGAL

Robert J Arnold PO Box SS-19407 Nassau, The Bahamas (242) Tel 324-6150 / Fax 364-5427 Email: robertjarnold@gmail.com Honorary Vice-Consul Manuela Camacho-Major PO Box SS-19407 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 324-6150 / Fax (242) 364-5427 Email: manuelavconsul@gmail.com

SIERRA LEONE

Nikolaos Antoni Karathanassis PO Box CR-56766 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 424-8516 / Fax 44 -207-197-8109 Email: nakconsulgeneral@gmail.com

REPUBLIC OF SLOVAKIA

Chester Cooper PO Box N-7097 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 461-1001/3 / Fax (242) 361-2519 or (242) 361-2524 Email: ccooper@mybafsolutions.com

SPAIN

Aranzazu Iparraguirre Klonaris PO Box N-7776 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 362-6006 / Fax 362-4944 Email: arantxaklonaris@gmail.com

SRI LANKA

John Ravindra (Ravi) Jesubatham PO Box CB-11665 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 396-3228 or 424-5377 / Fax 397-6913 Email: rjesubatham@gmail.com

SWEDEN

John Wiberg PO Box CB-11000 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 359-0918 / Fax (242) 362-6862 Email: nassau.swecons@ldccs.cc Honorary Vice-Consul Sofia Wiberg PO Box CB-11000 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 326-2817 / Fax (242) 362-6862 Email: wibergsofia@hotmail.com

SWITZERLAND

Christian Coquoz Box N-7776 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 362-5539 Email: nassau@honrep.ch

UGANDA

John Dorrance III PO Box N-7776 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 362-4887 / Fax (242) 362-5013 Email: officejtd@yahoo.com

UNITED KINGDOM

Rosamund Roberts PO Box N-918 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel 225-6033 Email: rosamund.roberts-hc@fconet.fco.gov.uk

URUGUAY

Analia Whitehead PO Box SS-6208 Nassau, The Bahamas Tel (242) 397-1050 / Fax 397-1056 Email: analiaexuma@gmail.com

Bahamian recognized Public Holidays

New Year's day (Jan 1st) Majority rule day (Jan. 10th) Good Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday) Easter Sunday Easter Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday) Whit Monday (7th Monday after Easter) Randal Fawkes Day (1st Friday in June) Emancipation Day / August Monday (1st Monday in August) National Heroes Day (2nd Monday in October) Christmas Day (Dec 25th) Boxing Day (Dec 26th) Public Holiday Calendar and Observances: Understanding Celebration Days and Business Closures Holidays falling on weekends (Saturday or Sunday) are typically observed on the following Monday. When a holiday falls on a Tuesday, it's usually celebrated on the preceding Monday. However, if a holiday lands on a Wednesday or Thursday, it is often observed on the following Friday, except for Independence Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. Please note that on public holidays, banks, businesses, and many shops tend to be closed.

Politics

The Bahamas, as a former member of the Commonwealth, operates under a parliamentary democracy akin to many other Commonwealth nations worldwide. Governed by a democratically elected Prime Minister, the Parliament comprises 39 seats, with 24 located in Nassau and the remaining 15 distributed across other communities nationwide. Notably, within these seats, 16 Cabinet Ministers hold pivotal roles, spearheading specific sectors such as Finance, Education, Tourism, and Aviation. Retaining ties to its historical association with the British Commonwealth, The Bahamas upholds the presence of a Governor General, symbolically representing Queen Elizabeth II. Primarily ceremonial in nature, the Governor General operates under the guidance of the Prime Minister. Following its independence in 1973, The Bahamas has maintained political stability, conducting uncontested elections every five years. Recent electoral landscapes have been predominantly shaped by two major parties, the PLP and FNM, although several smaller parties also participate in campaigns. Geopolitically, The Bahamas maintains a longstanding rapport with the United States, reaping substantial benefits from its proximity to the nation. Moreover, the country has strengthened its ties with China, evident through their support for substantial infrastructure projects like Baha-Mar and the Thomas Robinson Stadium. The Bahamas also fosters close relationships with other Caribbean nations through its membership in Caricom, the Association of Caribbean States.

Permanent Residency Certificate

Investing $750,000 or more in Bahamian Real Estate grants eligibility for Bahamas Permanent Residency, ensuring a lifetime privilege for the individual and endorsed family members, or until dependent children are no longer reliant. Bahamian Permanent Residency for foreigners delivers substantial advantages, such as indefinite residence in the Bahamas and significant tax benefits in their native tax jurisdictions. Notably, a $750,000 investment qualifies an applicant, while investing $1.5 million or more expedites the application process. The standard procedure takes 6-9 months, but fast-tracking shortens it to as little as three months. Following the issuance of the Permanent Residency Certificate, residing in the Bahamas isn't obligatory, and the properties can be sold or leased as tax-free investments. This investment flexibility permits a single property or multiple properties as long as the total investment meets the application thresholds. The application process, facilitated by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bahamas Real Estate, is straightforward. Their proficient agents will navigate clients from property purchase to application submission, ensuring a smooth completion. Collaborating with local immigration lawyers guarantees seamless guidance through the process. The advantages for foreigners are substantial, and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bahamas Real Estate can connect clients with Bahamas-based US Tax Attorneys, specializing in optimizing offshore tax structures for US Citizens. For further details, contact info@bhhsb.com.

Bahamas Tax Benefits for foreigners

For international individuals seeking a Bahamian Permanent Residency Certificate for wealth management tax avoidance purposes and/or a luxury lifestyle in paradise, an investment in Bahamian real estate is an excellent and legal means to obtain this. The Bahamas is one the premiere off-shore banking and financial tax havens of the world. There are very few taxes in the Bahamas and the majority of them are taxes on expenditure with earnings being tax-free. There are no taxes on personal income, capital gains, corporate earnings and/or dividend earnings. Local partnerships, trusts and companies can all take advantage of this favorable tax structure. There is no requirement for beneficiaries to reside in the Bahamas for any set period of time and the real property purchased to qualify an individual for these benefits can be leased or sold once the permanent residency certificate has been obtained. The Bahamas is a large international financial center having over two hundred and fifty registered banks and trust companies. Many of the banks and trust companies have international ties with the USA, Canada, Switzerland, Brazil, UK, France, Japan and more. (See Financial Institutions Section for specifics) For Detailed information of the Tax Benefits and Financial Benefits the Bahamas has to offer please see the report below produced by the Bahamas Financial Services Board. THE BAHAMAS: THE CLEARCHOICE FOR INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES (Copy this PDF to a separate page on our website and cite the source) https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.199/25k.4e5.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/bahamas-value-proposition-may-24-2019.pdf

Homeowner Resident Card

Individuals who are not citizens of the Bahamas but are interested in Bahamian real estate, regardless of its value, have the opportunity to seek a Homeowner's Resident Card. This card grants them unrestricted travel in and out of the country, enabling them to fully enjoy their property in the Bahamas. The process to apply for this card is straightforward. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bahamas Real Estate is available to aid in property purchases in the Bahamas and can offer guidance by connecting interested buyers with a specialized Bahamian Immigration Lawyer who will handle the Homeowner Resident Card application process on their behalf

US Citizen Global Taxation Avoidance Through Expatriation

The global income tax policy of the United States significantly impacts its citizens residing abroad, often resulting in multiple taxations and increased filing obligations. Previously, many Americans concealed offshore income from US tax authorities, but the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA) eliminated this option, leading to severe penalties for non-disclosure. Concealing assets and earnings in offshore accounts has become nearly impossible for US citizens. With FACTA ushering tax compliance into the digital era and mandating the sharing of financial data, more Americans are opting to formally renounce their US citizenship due to the burdensome tax implications. Although the expatriation process is generally straightforward, the US Treasury imposes additional requirements to discourage such actions. Individuals are classified, and "Covered Expatriates" face adverse tax consequences to maintain the Treasury's control over their assets and income. Nevertheless, strategic financial planning before, during, and after expatriation can employ innovative structures to minimize associated tax burdens. Seeking guidance from an offshore US Tax Planning Attorney is crucial for those considering expatriation. These professionals can assess individual circumstances accurately, minimizing the tax implications of expatriation. If you're considering consulting an offshore US Tax Planning Attorney, feel free to contact us. We can direct you to a reputable firm with extensive experience in expatriation and offshore structures. Despite the costs involved, the expertise of a trusted advisor outweighs the potential savings due to their comprehensive understanding of the intricate rules and regulations governing the US expatriation process.

What Defines a "Covered Expatriate"

-A Covered Expatriate is someone with a net worth of US$2 million as of the date of expatriation. and/or -A person with a 5-year average income of $168,000 (2019 - adjusted annually for inflation) for the 5-years immediately preceding the date of expatriation. and/or -A person that is not current and compliant on United States (USA) Income Tax report filings for the preceding 5-years. There is one exception for Dual Nationals which can exclude them from being considered a Covered Expatriate for the purposes of expatriation. -The person obtained both citizenships solely through birthright. -The person is a citizen and resident for tax purposes of the other country -The person does not meet the United States (USA) Residency test for substantial presence.

Calculating the Exit Tax for Covered Expats

The Exit Tax is a tax charged upon Covered Expatriates based on their net worth upon expatriation. It is also known as the "Mark-to-Market" tax and is applicable to expatriating United States (USA) Citizens whose net worth exceeds US$725,000 (2019 - adjusted annually for inflation). There is an exemption on the Exit Tax up to this threshold. Due to this exemption many Covered Expatriates are able to avoid paying an Exit Tax to the US Treasury.

Tax Deferred Assets

Not all capital assets are considered capital assets for the purpose of Capital Gains Tax. Tax Deferred Accounts such as IRA's and HAS's are not subject to Capital Gains Tax. However, early distribution penalties may apply. Retirement plans such as 401(K) plans and 403(B) accounts are also subject to different rulings.

Worldwide Property for Net Worth Test and Exit Tax Calculations

Broad rules apply to determining the scope of the expatriate's property assets. United States (USA) federal estate tax rules are applied as if the expatriate has died on the date of expatriation. Additionally, many of the exemptions that lessen the tax burden on an estate tax are not applicable during expatriation.

Taxes on Gifts from Covered Expatriates

The US Treasury will tax the recipient of a gift (value must exceed US$15,000) from a covered expatriate at the highest marginal rate.

Planning for Expatriation

The financial burden associated with a formal US expatriation are greatly hinged on whether the person can avoid being considered a covered expatriate. Even if a person is considered a covered expatriate there are still steps a qualified offshore United States (USA) Tax Attorney can take to minimize the tax burden associated with the United States expatriation process. It is absolutely critical that any person considering expatriating from the United States speak with a qualified offshore United States (USA) Tax attorney prior to beginning the process. These offshore United States (USA) Tax Attorneys specialize in assessing your unique financial situation and executing the expatriation in a manner that minimizes the United States expatriation exit taxation and any future taxations. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bahamas Real Estate if you would like to be connected to an offshore United States (USA) Tax Attorney that can assist you.

Expatriating from the United States Conclusion

A carefully planned and executed United States expatriation will have as little tax burden on the covered expatriate as possible and seek maximum long-term benefits. It is critical to implement the correct legal strategies specific to your unique situation to reduce the exit tax burden as much as possible and position yourself properly to take full advantage of the long-term tax-free status benefits. A properly executed expatriation should have as little negative short-term impact as possible while maximizing the long-term benefits. When executed correctly the long-term upside can greatly exceed the short-term burden and position you, your family and future generations for huge unhindered wealth acquisition while avoiding the excessive United States taxes designed to capture and redistribute your family's wealth. If you think expatriation may be right for you and your family contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bahamas Real Estate today to be connected directly to a qualified offshore US Tax Attorney that can confidentially discuss your situation and provide you with the information you need to give a United States expatriation the proper consideration it is die. They stand ready to assist and provide you with the necessary expertise to simplify and navigate this process for you to a successful conclusion.

National Insurance contributions

The National Insurance program was established on December 12, 1972 with the signing into law of the National Insurance Act, 1972. The National Insurance Board (NIB), the organization charged with administering the social security program, opened its doors officially on October 7, 1974. Its primary mission was and is to provide income-replacement in respect of sickness, invalidity, maternity, retirement, death, industrial injury/disease, and involuntary loss of income. NIB's added mission in the administration of the country's social security program, is to provide assistance for needy citizens and to assist with the social and infrastructural development of the country. For more information please visit: https://www.nib-bahamas.com/

Bahamas Customs Duty Rates

Rates and Duties of Frequently Imported Items - Customs Department - Government (Copy this data to our page and cite the source)

INTERNATIONAL VISITORS

An oral baggage declaration is required for all visitors travelling with only used personal belongings. If they are carrying other items, a Baggage Declaration (C17) form is to be completed to declare the items. All valid receipts for declared items are required. All visitors to the Bahamas are entitled to an exemption of $100.00 on any dutiable article being brought into the Bahamas. Any value in excess of this, the necessary custom duties and taxes will be applicable.

DUTY FREE ALLOWANCES FOR ALL TRAVELLERS

Alcoholic Beverages not exceeding one quart of spirits and one quart of wine (Adults only), Tobacco not exceeding one pound in weight or 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars (Adults Only).

RETURNING RESIDENTS

Residents are allowed an exemption of $500.00 exemption, twice in each calendar year on any dutiable article. This exemption is not cumulative and is not transferable to any other person on items brought into the country that is not intended for sale or business purposes. This does not relate to goods shipped as cargo. All returning residents are required to complete a baggage declaration (C17) form whether they have items to declare or not. Receipts for declared items are required for processing. Returning Residents who have been away from the Bahamas for a period for not less than 24 consecutive months and is returning to The Bahamas for permanent residence either for retirement, has been away for full time employment, full time education for post-secondary school at some time during the period of absence; the following exemption shall apply:— (Approval Granted by the Ministry of Finance) All household effects books, apparel, footwear, personal adornment, toilet articles and effects, not intended for resale or for any business purpose to the limit of $10,000.00; One Vehicle up to a limit in value of $30,000.00. A person receiving this exemption is not entitled to the general exemption for more than once in every 5 years.

Boat registration and fees

Registering a Boat/Jet Ski for Private Use

It is a requirement of The Government of The Bahamas that all boats/jet skis to be used privately, must be registered.

  • To register for a Private License the applicant must fill out and submit an application Form to the Port Department Office in New Providence.
  • The applicant must pay the registration fee at the time that the application is submitted and provide all supporting documents listed below.
  • The Port Department evaluates the vessel to ensure that it has adequate crew and determines a limit on the maximum number of passengers that can be safely transported on a boat.
  • Once all registration requirements are satisfied the Private License is issued.

Boat Registration Fees

  • Boats under 15 feet in length - $30.00
  • Boats 15 feet or over and under 25 feet in length - $50.00
  • Boats 25 feet or over and under 50 in length - $100.00
  • Boats 50 feet or over and under 100 feet in length - $200.00
  • Boats100 feet or over in length - $400.00
  • Boats 100 feet or over in length - $10.00

Registering a Foreign Charter

It is a requirement of The Government of The Bahamas that all foreign charters secure a license in order to utilize Bahamian waters.

  • To register for a Foreign Charter License the applicant must fill out and submit an application Form to the Port Department Office in New Providence.
  • The applicant must provide all supporting documents and pay the appropriate Boat Registration and Inspection Fees at the time that the application is submitted.
  • The Port Department evaluates the vessel to ensure that it has adequate crew and determines a limit on the maximum number of passengers that can be safely transported on a boat.
  • The boat MUST then be inspected by a Port Department Inspector.
  • Once approval is granted by the Inspector the Foreign Charter License is issued.

Foreign Charter Registration Fees

Application for an Annual or Temporary Permit $50

Annual Permits for

  • Boats Under 36 Feet in Length - $625
  • Boats 36 Feet or Over and Under 51 in Length - $875
  • Boats 51 Feet or Over and Under 66 in Length - $1,250
  • Boats 66 Feet or Over and Under 101 in Length - $1,875
  • Boats 101 Feet or Over and Under 151 in Length - $2,500
  • Boats 151 Feet in Length or Over - $3,750
  • Temporary Permit - $437

Inspection Fees

  • Boats under 15 feet in length $20.00
  • Boats 15 feet or over and under 25 feet in length $30.00
  • Boats 25 feet or over and under 50 in length - $30.00
  • Boats 50 feet or over and under 100 feet in length - $60.00
  • Boats 100 feet or over in length - $80.00

Plane registration and fees

CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT bcaa.gov/bs FLIGHT STANDARDS INSPECTORATE LYNDEN PINDLING INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AP 59244 NASSAU, BAHAMAS Tel.:+1 242 377 7281 Fax: +1 242 377 2138 For fees please contact the Civil Aviation Department. In order to register a plane in the Bahamas the procedure is as follows:

  • Submit a duly completed prescribed application form to the FSI.
  • Submit all the necessary documents with the original application to FSI. This will determine the acceptability of the aircraft for registration.
  • The FSI will evaluate the documents to establish its authenticity, genuity and validity. It also allows the FSI to verify that the aircraft Type Certificate complies with an acceptable airworthiness code.
  • On completion of a successful documents evaluation, the airworthiness inspector issues the aircraft acceptance for registration note.
  • After the aircraft has been evaluated and found acceptable for issue of a certificate of registration, the applicant is required to submit the following documents stated below to the FSI.
  • The aircraft is finally registered after the processes are made. Aircrafts that are not compliant to acceptable airworthiness codes cannot be registered in Bahamas. Application Form for Aircraft Registration: http://forms.bahamas.gov.bs/documents/CAD_049%20FSI%20FORM%20-%20AIRCRAFT%20REGISTRATION%20APP%20%5B1%5D%208-16-02.pdf

Required Documents

  • duly completed prescribed application form to the FSI
  • full specification of the aircraft including
  • The full description of the type, model and serial number;
  • Type certificate data sheet;
  • Supplementary type certificate data, if any;
  • Make and part numbers of avionics and equipment installed;
  • Airworthiness Directives (ADs) status report;
  • Copy of the current Certificate of Registration, if applicable;
  • Copy of the current C of A, if applicable
  • for aircraft type or model that is new on the Bahamas aircraft register, the applicant should submit the application form and the documents listed above
  • A certificate or notice of de-registration from the previous State of Registry or a letter from the State of Manufacture, if the aircraft is new and has never been registered in any other state, confirming de-registration.
  • Document(s) to prove the aircraft ownership, (e.g. Bill of Sale, e.t.c.);
  • Proof of identityA copy of a government issued Identity Card (ID) or Passport if owned by an individual, or any other identification card approved by the FSI;
  • A certified copy of the Certificate of Incorporation;if owned by a company;
  • Names of the directors of the company owning or leasing the aircraft and th
  • eir specimen signatures giving authority to register and/or operate the aircraft in Bahamas; This documents must also designate the person(s) who has the authority to transact on their behalf on matters relating to the aircraft registration and/or operation;
  • A certified copy of the lease agreement, if the aircraft is on lease;
  • A certified copy of the power of attorney from both the owner/lessor and the lessee;
  • A certified copy of an aircraft current Insurance Certificate; and
  • Proof of payment of the prescribed fees

General Culture

Junkanoo

A street parade with music, dance, and costumes of mixed African origin in several islands across the Bahamas, but the Nassau Junkanoo is the largest and most spectacular. Takes place every Boxing Day (26 December) and New Year's Day (1 January).

Fish fry

An area with small wooden constructed local restaurants all together within a central area. Only native Bahamian is served at Fish Fry. Located just west of the city of Nassau, on the shore near Fort Charlotte.

Conch stands

Around all the islands of the Bahamas and New Providence you can find "Conch stands" where fishermen make a delicious fresh conch salad while you wait.

Coconut salesmen on the street

Fresh Coconut water straight from the coconut can be found from stalls on the roadside.

Mango / Tamarind / Guineps street sale

Local farmers will set up roadside stalls when certain fruits come in season and can be sold in quantities.

Peanut salesmen on bikes

Once upon a time the peanut salesman was a fixture in Nassau, but there are few left. They roast their own peanuts and bag them. They are quite delicious.

Bahamian Food

Conch salad

One of our esteemed national delicacies, conch salad, holds a special place in our pride. Crafted from the mollusks dwelling within the exquisite queen conch, this dish involves dicing the conch meat raw and mixing it with green peppers, tomatoes, onions, celery, and cucumber. The blend is then soaked in a tangy mixture of lemon juice, lime juice, and sour orange. Reflecting the Bahamian penchant for spice, conch salad is typically seasoned liberally with goat pepper or bird pepper, although variations with these classic ingredients exist, catering to diverse tastes.

conch Fritters

The mollusk found in the queen conch, which is a type of large sea snail, is often used in various culinary dishes. One popular way to prepare it is by finely chopping the conch and incorporating it into a fritter batter. Conch fritters are a beloved dish in some regions, especially in the Caribbean. To make conch fritters, the chopped conch meat is mixed with a batter made from flour, eggs, milk or water, herbs, spices, and sometimes diced vegetables like bell peppers or onions. The mixture is then formed into small balls or patties and deep-fried until they are crispy and golden brown. Conch fritters are commonly served as appetizers or snacks and can be accompanied by various dipping sauces. Some popular options include a spicy cocktail sauce made with ingredients like ketchup, horseradish, hot sauce, and lemon or lime juice. Others prefer to enjoy conch fritters with a simple squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of hot pepper for added flavor. The dish's taste can vary depending on the spices and seasonings used in the batter, and it often showcases a blend of savory flavors from the conch meat itself along with the crispiness of the fried coating. Overall, conch fritters offer a delightful way to enjoy the unique flavor and texture of conch meat in a tasty and appetizing form. .

Scorched conch

Scorched conch is a delectable and traditional Bahamian dish that highlights the rich flavors of fresh conch meat. This beloved culinary delight involves tenderizing the conch meat by pounding it thinly, marinating it in a mixture of lime or citrus juices, and then scorching it on a hot grill or skillet. The conch, a shellfish abundant in the Bahamas, is revered for its firm texture and subtly sweet taste. In preparing scorched conch, the meat is often seasoned with a blend of spices like garlic, onion, pepper, and local herbs, infusing it with a tantalizing Caribbean flair. The high heat used in scorching the conch sears the exterior, locking in its natural juices while creating a delightful caramelized crust. This dish is typically served alongside traditional Bahamian sides like peas and rice, fried plantains, or coleslaw. The scorched conch's smoky aroma and robust flavor profile make it a favorite among locals and visitors alike, offering a mouthwatering experience that captures the essence of Bahamian cuisine. Its combination of vibrant spices and the succulent tenderness of the conch meat creates a culinary sensation that embodies the heart and soul of the Bahamas' gastronomic heritage.

Cracked conch

Cracked conch, a revered dish in Bahamian cuisine, showcases the flavors of the sea through its preparation of tenderized conch meat. Sliced thinly, seasoned with a blend of spices, and coated in a crispy breading, the conch is fried to golden perfection, creating a tantalizing contrast between its crunchy exterior and succulent interior. Accompanied by traditional sides and sauces, this beloved delicacy not only delights the taste buds but also honors the Bahamas' maritime heritage, serving as a culinary emblem of the island nation's connection to the ocean and its rich cultural traditions.

Corned beef and grits (fire engine)

Canned corned beef mixed with tomato paste, onions, green pepper, (sometimes diced potatoes) and served with grits (white or yellow) and hot peppers.

Tuna and grits

Bahamian tuna and grits is a delightful marriage of flavors and textures. Freshly seared tuna, seasoned to perfection, rests atop a creamy bed of smooth grits, creating a harmonious blend of hearty and savory elements. The tender, flavorful tuna complements the comforting richness of the grits, resulting in a dish that captures the essence of Bahamian cuisine in a single, satisfying bite.

Boil Fish

Bahamian boiled fish is a tantalizing culinary delight that encapsulates the essence of the Bahamas' coastal flavors. This traditional dish features locally caught fish simmered in a fragrant broth infused with onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and a medley of spices. Slow-cooked to tender perfection, the fish absorbs the savory essence of the broth, resulting in a flavorful and comforting meal that embodies the island's rich culinary heritage. Served alongside sides like Johnny cake or peas and rice, Bahamian boiled fish stands as a cherished dish that showcases the vibrant tastes of the Bahamian kitchen.

Stew Fish

Bahamian Stew Fish is a beloved traditional dish that captures the essence of Bahamian cuisine. This flavorful delicacy typically features a variety of local fish, often snapper or grouper, marinated in a tangy blend of herbs, spices, and citrus juices like lime or lemon. The fish is then gently simmered in a rich tomato-based sauce infused with peppers, onions, celery, and other aromatic ingredients, allowing the flavors to meld together beautifully. Served hot over a bed of rice or with Johnny cake, this hearty and savory stew showcases the vibrant taste of the Bahamas, enticing locals and visitors alike with its irresistible taste and cultural significance.

Peas n' rice

Bahamian Peas n' Rice is a quintessential dish in Bahamian cuisine, renowned for its flavorful blend of rice, pigeon peas, and aromatic spices. The dish typically includes sauteed onions, bell peppers, thyme, and bacon or ham, all simmered together in a rich, savory broth. The combination of ingredients creates a vibrant and hearty side dish that complements various main courses, from seafood to meats, offering a delightful medley of tastes and textures. This beloved staple represents the cultural fusion and vibrant flavors of the Bahamas, making it a cherished component of the country's culinary heritage.

Crab n' rice

Bahamian Crab n' Rice is a quintessential dish that embodies the vibrant flavors of the Bahamas. This traditional delicacy combines succulent crab meat, aromatic herbs, and spices with fluffy white rice, creating a symphony of taste and texture. The sweet and tender crab infuses the dish with its distinctive flavor while marrying perfectly with the fragrant blend of onions, bell peppers, thyme, and spices like paprika and Old Bay seasoning. Often served as a main course or alongside other Bahamian specialties, this savory dish reflects the island's rich culinary heritage, offering a delightful medley of seafood essence and Caribbean zest that captivates the taste buds.

Minced crawfish

Bahamian minced crawfish is a beloved dish renowned for its exquisite blend of flavors and the island's seafood expertise. This culinary delight features succulent crawfish, finely minced and cooked to perfection with a medley of aromatic herbs and spices. The tender crawfish meat, delicately seasoned with peppers, onions, garlic, and a dash of local spices, delivers a rich and savory taste that captivates the palate. Served alongside rice, pasta, or as a filling for pastries, Bahamian minced crawfish embodies the essence of the Bahamas' coastal cuisine, offering a delectable harmony of fresh seafood and robust island flavors that leave a lasting impression on anyone fortunate enough to savor its deliciousness.

Smothered "Smudder" Pork Chop

The Bahamian Smothered "Smudder" Pork Chop is a cherished culinary treasure celebrated for its comforting and savory profile. This dish features succulent pork chops that are expertly seasoned, seared, and then slow-cooked to tender perfection. The magic happens as the chops are smothered in a rich gravy made from a delightful blend of onions, bell peppers, garlic, and a medley of Bahamian spices, infusing the meat with a depth of flavors. Served alongside traditional sides like peas and rice or macaroni and cheese, this dish encapsulates the heart and soul of Bahamian cuisine, delivering a satisfying and flavorful experience that pays homage to the island's culinary heritage.

Chicken in da bag

Secret ingredients, delicious fried chicken on the bone with French fries served in brown paper bag.

Macaroni & cheese

Very different from the Italians (even if an Italian was the first tourist to the Bahamas) baked in a casserole pan with onion and seasonings and served cut in squares, frequently with hot pepper.

Souse (Conch, mutton, chicken pig's feet or sheep's tongue)

A souse is made with lime and lemon juice, hot peppers, potatoes, celery, all spice and boiling until the meat is cooked.

Guava Duff

This is a national desert. a steamed pudding made with guavas and served with a very sweet rum sauce. A Bahamian delight and a must try for sweets lovers.

Switcher

Made with lemon and limes, but can also be made from the pineapple skin, allow it to sit for a few hours and add sugar. Most refreshing.

Famous Bahamians

Sir Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier, born in 1927, is a Bahamian-American trailblazing actor who broke barriers for Black representation in Hollywood. His achievements include being the first African American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor. Poitier's refusal to accept roles perpetuating racial stereotypes expanded opportunities for Black actors in the film industry. Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz, a Grammy-winning musician, and actor of Jewish, African American, and Bahamian descent, gained fame for his diverse musical talents. He rose to prominence with albums like "Let Love Rule" and "Are You Gonna Go My Way," showcasing his musical versatility and earning multiple awards.

Rick Fox

Rick Fox, a former NBA player turned actor and businessman, excelled in both basketball and acting. He played for the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers while also making a mark in various television shows and movies.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo

Bahamian sprinter Shaunae Miller-Uibo, an Olympic gold medalist, holds records in the 200m and 400m sprints, showcasing exceptional talent in track and field events.

Sir Durward Knowles

Sir Durward Knowles, an Olympic champion sailor, represented the Bahamas in the Olympics for an extraordinary span of 40 years, achieving numerous medals and becoming a celebrated athlete.

Mark Knowles

Mark Knowles, a former tennis player and Olympian, ranked number one in the world in doubles and secured multiple Grand Slam titles before retiring. He currently works as a tennis coach and commentator.

Buddy Hield

Buddy Hield, a Bahamian NBA basketball player, gained recognition for his skills early in his career and currently plays for the Sacramento Kings.

Dr. Myles Munroe

Dr. Myles Munroe, a renowned pastor, author, and motivational speaker, made significant contributions to religion and leadership, leaving behind an impactful legacy.

Baha Men

The Baha Men, known for their hit single "Who Let the Dogs Out," achieved international success, winning Grammy and Billboard awards, and contributing to popular films and collaborations with Disney.

Famous Residents

Notable figures like Sir Sean Connery, Michael Jordan, Johnny Depp, Beyonce, and others have been residents or spent time in the Bahamas, adding to the island's cultural diversity and appeal.

Schools

The Bahamian education system encompasses various levels, spanning from preschool to tertiary education, overseen by the Ministry of Education, Sports, and Culture. Mandatory enrollment in an educational institution applies to children between the ages of 5 and 16, covering preschools, primary, and secondary education. Policies governing the education sector are formulated and implemented by the Ministry, ensuring comprehensive learning opportunities for students throughout these essential developmental stages.

Lyford Cay International School

Pre-K to Grade 12 https://www.lcis.bs/

Kings College

Pre-K to Grade 12 https://www.kingscollegeschool.bs/

Windsor School, Albany Campus

High School (Grade 6 - 12) https://www.windsorschoolbahamas.com/

Windsor School, Old Fort Bay Campus

Kindergarten to Middle School (K - Year 6 ) https://www.windsorschoolbahamas.com/

Tambearly School at Sandyport

Pre-K to Grade 12 http://www.tambearly.com/

Aquinas College

Grades 7 to 12 http://ac.cec.edu.bs/

The Meridian School

K - Grade 6 http://www.themeridianschool.com/

Xavier's Lower School

K - Grade 6 http://xavier.cec.edu.bs/

San Pedro International School

Grades 1-7 https://www.escuelasanpedrointl.com/

Summit Academy

K2 - Grade 8 http://www.summitacademybahamas.net/

Genesis Academy

Pre-K to Grade 12 https://genesisacademy.org/

Queen's College

Pre-K to Grade 12 https://www.qchenceforth.com/

St. Andrew's School

Pre-K to Grade https://standrewsbahamas.com/

Tertiary Education

The University of The Bahamas

Undergraduate Degree programs http://www.ub.edu.bs/

The University of the West Industries

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs https://open.uwi.edu/bahamas

Barry University

Graduate Programs https://www.barry.edu/bahamas/

School Supplies in Nassau

Bookworld & Stationers - Mackey Street

https://www.bookworldbah.com/

Chapter One Bookstore

https://www.bahamaslocal.com/showlisting/16331/Chapter_One_Bookstore.html

John Bull Business Center - Robinson Road

https://www.bahamaslocal.com/showlisting/1124/John_Bull_Business_Centre_and_Warehouse.html

Kelly's Home Centre

http://www.kellysbahamas.com/

School Uniform Stores In Nassau

Hoffer Sport - Cable Beach

http://www.hoffersport.com/index.php

Lorene's Shop - Four Locations

https://www.bahamaslocal.com/showlisting/6067/Lorenes_Shop_Ltd.html

Sandy's Limited - Five locations

https://www.bahamaslocal.com/showlisting/17513/Sandys_Limited.html

Medical Facilities in Nassau

Oncology Specialists

Dr. Theodore Turnquest #80 Nassau Street PO Box N-9311 Nassau Bahamas Tel: 242-325-6284 / Fax: 242-325-8060 Email: tturnquest@oncologyconsultantsbahamas.com Dr. Theodore Turnquest received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of South Florida in 1995. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. After which time, he returned to the University of South Florida, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center to complete a fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology. Dr. Turnquest is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. Dr. Duvaughn E. Curling #80 Nassau Street PO Box N-9311 Nassau Bahamas Tel: 242-325-6284 / Fax: 242-325-8060 Email: dcurling@oncologyconsultantsbahamas.com Dr. DuVaughn E. Curling graduated Cum Laude from Hampton University earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He then went on to Temple University School of Medicine where he earned his doctorate. After completing his medical degree, Dr. Curling completed his secondary training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Here Dr. Curling completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in hematology and oncology. Dr. Curling is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology. After completing his training in 2004, Dr. Curling returned to Nassau where he became a consultant in hematology and medical oncology with the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA).

Sports Medicine

Dr. Kathryn de Souza Sandyport Medical Center (242) 327-0708 or (242) 456-6688 sportsspineandrehabilitation@gmail.com Dr. Kathryn de Souza received her undergraduate education at Middlebury College and studied medicine at New York Medical College. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine and Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, where she was chief resident. She is U.S. Board Certified in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.

Urology Specialists

Dr. Robin Roberts Hilltop Medical Center #14 East Terrace Ave. & Rusty Bethel Drive phone (242)603-1805 office@urologyassociatesltd.com Dr. Robin Roberts, a recipient of numerous scholastic awards, is a medical graduate of the University of the West Indies. He attained his Fellowship from the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada having completed his postgraduate training in Urological Surgery. He also attained his Fellowship in Clinical Renal Transplantation at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. On his return home in 1987, he was appointed the first Consultant Urologist in the Government health services at the Princess Margaret Hospital, where he introduced and provided urological care to the entire Bahamian population for over 30 years; in 1996 he performed the first kidney transplant in the Bahamas. Dr. Greggory Pinto Oaktree Medical Centre #2 Fifth Terrace & Mount Royal Ave phone (242) 322 1145/6/7 Dr. Pinto, holds a degree in minimally invasive Laparoscopic Urological Surgery from the University of Strasbourg, France. Having worked in South Africa, Germany, and France, he is a Board Certified Urologist and Laparoscopic Urological Surgeon and a member of the European Association of Urology. After finishing postgraduate fellowships in Endourology with renown German kidney stone authority and Thulium Laser Prostate pioneer, Professor Andreas Gross, Dr. Pinto also completed fellowships with Professor Sanjay Kulkarni and Surgical Oncologist, Shailesh Puntambekar, both renowned in the field of urological surgery.

Internal Medicine

Dr. Sheena Antonio-Collie #56 Montrose Avenue & Arundel Street (242) 328-1119 Dr. Omala Ablack

Pediatricians

Dr. Marcia Bassett Dr. Marcia Bassett obtained an Associates of Science Degree in Biology and Chemistry from the College of The Bahamas in 1986 and continued her education to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Western Ontario in 1989 and a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery Degree from University of the West Indies in 1996.After obtaining her medical degree, Dr. Bassett completed post-graduate training in the area of General Pediatrics at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Bassett is a member of The Medical Association of The Bahamas, the local Consultant Physician Staff Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Charelle Lockhart Dr. Charelle Lockhart obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree with honors from the University of Western Ontario in 1998, and a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from the University of the West Indies in 2003. After graduating from the University of the West Indies, Dr. Lockhart completed her internship at The Princess Margaret Hospital, in Nassau, Bahamas.It was her desire to specialize in pediatric medicine that propelled her to complete a residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami/Holtz Children's Hospital in Miami Florida, where she was trained in the area of general pediatrics.From 2010 to 2011 Dr. Lockhart served as a Pediatric Chief Resident at JHH/UM/Holtz Children's Hospital. Today, Dr. Lockhart serves as a Pediatric Consultant at The Princess Margaret Hospital's Accident and Emergency Room, where she is responsible for teaching and mentoring Medical Students, Interns and Residents. Dr. Lockhart also practices as a Pediatric Consultant at The Pediatric Place, where she specializes in pediatric urgent care and GOMCO circumcisions. Dr. Carlos Thomas Respected as one of the leading pediatricians in the Bahamas. Dr. Carlos Thomas is a licensed Pediatrician and Neonatologist. At Pediatric Associates, we are a group practice of three United States trained and Board, Certified Pediatricians. Our group practice allows us to have extended hours and the convenience of Saturday mornings. We are passionate and committed to providing optimal pediatric care and recommend well visits and routine checkup visits. We are always amazed by our little ones as we see them thrive and meet their development milestones. #6 Collins Avenue and #14 Caves Village (242)-325-8028, (242) 327-7790

Doctor Concierge Services

Island MD - Medical Concierge - Bahamas Home Visit https://www.facebook.com/vipmedicalconcierge1/ Dr. Adrian Dean et al. (242)-808-0200

Banks

Commercial Banks Bank of The Bahamas International P.O. Box N-7118 Shirley & Charlotte Streets Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 326-2560 Fax: (242) 325-2762 Website: www.bankbahamas.com SERVICE AREAS: Commercial Bank Commercial Banks Private Banking & Trust Services Trust Services CIBC Financial Group Contact: Marie Rodland-Allen P.O. Box N-8329 Shirley Street Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 325-7384 Fax: (242) 323-1087 Email: Marie.Rodland-Allen@cibcfcib.com Website: http://www.firstcaribbeanbank.com SERVICE AREAS:Broker Dealers Commercial Bank Commercial Banks Private Banking & Trust Services Securities Investment Advisors Cititrust (Bahamas) Limited Contact: Margaret Butler P.O. Box N1576 Thompson Boulevard Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 302-8777 Fax: (242) 302-8779 Email: margaret.a.butler@citigroup.com Website: http://www.citigroup.com SERVICE AREAS: Commercial Banks Fund Administration Investment Funds Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks SMART Funds Trust Services Commonwealth Bank Limited Contact: Williams B. Sands Jr., DM P.O. Box SS-5541 Mackey Street Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 502-6200 Fax: (242) 394-5807 Website: http://www.combankltd.com SERVICE AREAS: Commercial Bank Commercial Banks Private Banking & Trust Services Fidelity Bank & Trust International Limited Contact: Stacia D. Williams Address P.O. Box N4853 51 Frederick Street Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 356-7764 Fax: (242) 326-3000 Email: stacia.williams@fidelitybahamas.com Website: http://www.fidelitybahamas.com SERVICE AREAS: Broker Dealers Broker Dealers & Security Traders Broker/Dealers Commercial Bank Commercial Banks Fund Administration Investment Advisors Investment Funds Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Securities Investment Advisors SMART Funds Trust Services Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd. Contact: Sean N. Albert P.O. Box N-7518 Rawson Square Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 356-1400 Fax: (242) 322-7989 Email: sean.albert@scotiabank.com Website: http://www.bahamas.scotiabank.com SERVICE AREAS: Commercial Bank Commercial Banks Private Banking & Trust Services

OFFSHORE BANKS

BAC Bahamas Bank Ltd. Contact: Helaena P. Dean Office Space C, Building #3 Caves Village West Bay Street Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 325-4600/1 Fax: (242) 325-4602 Email: HDean@bs.bac.net SERVICE AREAS: Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Trust Services Banco Votorantim S.A. - Nassau Branch Contact: Mario R.K. Pavan P.O. Box N-951 Centre of Commerce Suite 401 (4th Floor) Bay Street Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 328-0981/2 Fax: (242) 328-0983 Email: mpavan@votorantimbank.com Website: http://www.bancovotorantim.com SERVICE AREAS: Investment Funds Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Bank of Nova Scotia International Limited Contact: Marianne Hasold-Schilter Address PO Box N-7518 2nd Floor Scotiabank Building, Rawson Square Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 356-1415 Fax: (242) 356-2014 SERVICE AREAS: Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Banque Havilland (Bahamas) Ltd. Contact: Stefano Grace P.O. Box AP-59241 Mt. Pleasant Unit#1 Western New Providence Western Road Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 702-2900 Fax: (242) 362-6186 Email: s.grace@banquehavilland.com Website: http://www.banquehavilland.com/ SERVICE AREAS: Broker/Dealers Investment Funds Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Securities Investment Advisors Britannia Bank & Trust Ltd. Contact: Lisa Patterson-Smith P.O. Box N-3917 West Bay Street Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 327-6594 Fax: (242) 327-6584 SERVICE AREAS: Broker Dealers Fund Administration Investment Funds Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Securities Investment Advisors SMART Funds Trust Services Butterfield Trust (Bahamas) Limited Contact: Craig Barley P.O. Box N-3242 East Bay Street Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 393-8622 Fax: (242) 393-3772 Email: craig.barley@butterfieldgroup.com Website: http://www.butterfieldgroup.com SERVICE AREAS: Estate Planning Services Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Securities Investment Advisors Trust Services Capital Union Bank Contact: Ludovic Chechin-Laurans CUB Financial Centre PO Box AP 59223 Lyford Cay Nassau New Providence The Bahamas Telephone: 242 362-6880 Fax: 242 362-6887 Email: info@capitalunionbank.com Website: www.capitalunionbank.com SERVICE AREAS: Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Securities Investment Advisors Wealth Management CBH (Bahamas) Ltd. Contact: Dorothy Hilton P.O. Box N-1724 Alliance House East Bay Street Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 394-6161 Fax: (242) 394-6262 Email: dhilton@cbhbank.com Website: http://www.cbhbank.com SERVICE AREAS: Broker/Dealers Fund Administration Investment Funds Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Securities Investment Advisors Trust Services Cititrust (Bahamas) Limited Contact: Margaret Butler P.O. Box N1576 Thompson Boulevard Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 302-8777 Fax: (242) 302-8779 Email: margaret.a.butler@citigroup.com Website: http://www.citigroup.com SERVICE AREAS: Commercial Banks Fund Administration Investment Funds Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks SMART Funds Trust Services Corner Bank (Overseas) Limited Contact: Christine Russell P.O.Box N-7134 Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 394-4977 Fax: (242) 394-5264 Email: info@corner.bs Website: http://www.corner.bs SERVICE AREAS: Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Securities Investment Advisors Credit Suisse AG Nassau Branch P.O. Box N-4928 Shirley & Charlotte Streets Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 356-1900 Fax: (242) 328-4680 Email: cs.bahamas@credit-suisse.com Website: http://www.credit-suisse.com SERVICE AREAS: Investment Funds Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks SMART Funds Deltec Bank and Trust Limited Contact: Terry Girling P.O. Box N-3229 Deltec House Lyford Cay Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 302-4100 Fax: (242) 362-4623 Email: teg@deltecbank.com Website: http://www.deltecbanktrust.com SERVICE AREAS: Broker Dealers Fund Administration Investment Funds Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Securities Investment Advisors SMART Funds Trust Services EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd Centre of Commerce#1 Bay Street P.O. Box SS 6289 Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 502-5400 Fax: (242) 502-5428 Website: http://www.efgbankbahamas.com Address Centre of Commerce#1 Bay Street P.O. Box SS 6289 Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 502-5400 Fax: (242) 502-5428 Website: http://www.efgbankbahamas.com SERVICE AREAS: Broker Dealers Estate Planning Services Fund Administration Investment Funds Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Securities Investment Advisors SMART Funds Trust Services Website: www.bs.efgbank.com Fidelity Bank & Trust International Limited Contact: Stacia D. Williams P.O. Box N4853 51 Frederick Street Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 356-7764 Fax: (242) 326-3000 Email: stacia.williams@fidelitybahamas.com Website: http://www.fidelitybahamas.com SERVICE AREAS: Broker Dealers Broker Dealers & Security Traders Broker/Dealers Commercial Bank Commercial Banks Fund Administration Investment Advisors Investment Funds Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Securities Investment Advisors SMART Funds Trust Services Gonet Bank & Trust Limited Contact: Patrick Feuz P.O. Box SP-61302 Offices at Old Fort Bay, #8 Pineapple House, Western Road Nassau New Providence The Bahamas Telephone: (242) 676 6200 Fax: (242) 362-5405 Email: pfeuz@bankgonet.com Website: http://www.gonet.ch SERVICE AREAS: Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Trust Services Guaranty Trust Bank Limited Contact: James P. Coyle Address |P.O. Box N-4918 West Bay Street Telephone: (242) 362-7200 Fax: (242) 362-7210 Email: info@guarantybahamas.com Website: http://www.guarantybahamas.com SERVICE AREAS: Corporate & Financial Services Corporate Services Estate Planning Services Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Trust Services Inteligo Bank Contact: Silka Rodriguez P.O. Box N-3732 Collins Avenue & Fourth Terrace, Centreville Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 328-6846 Fax: (242) 328-6847 Email: srodriguez@inteligogroup.com Website: http://www.inteligobank.com SERVICE AREAS: Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Itaú Private Bank Contact: Jose Toniolo P.O. Box N-3930 31B Annex Building, 2nd floor Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 502-3100 Fax: (242) 328-2750 Email: jose.toniolo@itau.us Website: http://www.itauprivatebank.com SERVICE AREAS: Broker Dealers Estate Planning Services Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Trust Services JPMorgan Trust Company (Bahamas) Limited Contact: Timothy Colclough Address P.O. Box N-4899 Bahamas Financial Centre, 3rd Floor Shirley & Charlotte Streets Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 397-8712 Fax: (242) 325-1706 Email: timothy.j.colclough@jpmorgan.com Website: http://www.jpmorgan.com SERVICE AREAS: Estate Planning Services Fund Administration Investment Funds Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks SMART Funds Trust Services LOM Financial (Bahamas) Limited Contact: Craig Lines P.O. Box AP 59223, SL# 0436 Caves Village West Bay Street Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 327-5100 Fax: (242) 327-5101 Email: craig.lines@lom.com Website: http://www.lom.com SERVICE AREAS: Asset Management Asset Managers Broker Dealers Broker Dealers & Security Traders Fund Managers Investment Advisors Investment Funds Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Securities Investment Advisors Wealth Management Lombard Odier & Cie (Bahamas) Limited Contact: Renaud Vielfaure P.O. Box N-4938 Goodman's Bay Corporate Centre, West Bay Street Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 302-2136 Fax: (242) 302-2115 Email: r.vielfaure@lombardodier.com Website: http://www.lombardodier.com SERVICE AREAS: Broker Dealers Estate Planning Services Fund Administration Investment Funds Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Securities Investment Advisors Trust Services MMG Bank & Trust Contact: Laverne S. Thompson P.O. Box N4889 Suite 102 Saffrey Square Bay Street & Bank Lane Nassau New Providence The Bahamas Telephone: (242) 326-2400 Fax: (242) 322-5567 Email: laverne.thompson@mmgbank.com Website: http://www.mmgbank.com SERVICE AREAS: Broker Dealers Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Trust Services Wealth Management Nexor Asset Management Ltd. Contact: Daniel-Marc Brunner P.O. Box N-1089 Old Fort Bay Town Centre Building 2, 2nd Floor Windsor Field Road Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 702-1400 Fax: (242) 702-1410 Email: daniel-marc.brunner@syzgroup.com Website: http://www.syzgroup.com SERVICE AREAS: Broker Dealers Estate Planning Services Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Securities Investment Advisors Trust Services Pictet Bank & Trust Limited Contact: Alberto Valenzuela P.O. Box N-4837 Blake Road & West Bay Street Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 302-2222 Fax: (242) 327-6610 Email: cseymour@pictet.com Website: http://www.pictet.com SERVICE AREAS: Broker Dealers Fund Administration Investment Funds Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Securities Investment Advisors SMART Funds Trust Services Private Investment Bank Limited Contact: Eleanor Bain P.O. Box N-3918 Queen Street Nassau New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 302-5950 Fax: (242) 302-5970 Email: eleanor.bain@pib.bs SERVICE AREAS: Broker Dealers Fund Administration Investment Funds Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Securities Investment Advisors SMART Funds Trust Services The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited Contact: Ivan Hooper P.O. Box N-3026 Marlborough & Queen Streets Nassau New Providence The Bahamas Telephone: (242) 356-5454 Fax: (242) 356-9432 Email: ihooper@winterbotham.com Website: www.winterbotham.com SERVICE AREAS: Asset Managers Back-Office Services Broker Dealers Broker Dealers & Security Traders Captive Insurance Company Formation & Management Corporate Services E-Business & ICT Estate Planning Services Fund Administration Investment Funds Life Insurance Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Securities Investment Advisors SMART Funds Trust Services Union Bancaire Privee (Bahamas) Ltd. Contact: Andrea del Bubba P.O. Box N-7529 LYFORD CAY HOUSE 5th Floor West Bay Street Lyford Cay New Providence Bahamas Telephone: (242) 362 4207 SERVICE AREAS: Broker Dealers Private Banking & Trust Services Private Banks Securities Investment Advisors

Financial Services Overview

The Bahamas boasts a mature financial services industry, robust infrastructure, forward-thinking governance, tax-neutral environment, and a lavish lifestyle, meticulously curated to position it as a global hub for international business. The Bahamian dollar maintains a steadfast one-to-one peg with the US dollar. The monetary policy, as outlined by The Central Bank of The Bahamas, relies on reserve requirements, Bank discount rate adjustments, selective credit controls, and moral suasion as primary tools. The Central Bank's aim is to ensure stable conditions, particularly in credit, to uphold the parity between the Bahamian dollar and the US dollar while fostering economic growth. Notably, while exchange control laws apply to foreign currencies in The Bahamas, the equal valuation between Bahamian and US dollars enables businesses to accept either currency. Moreover, many establishments catering to tourists keep a surplus of US dollars, catering to the convenience of American visitors.

Lawyers

The attorneys listed below have established reputations with extensive experience and maintain high ethical standards. They are recommended as the attorneys of choice by the Bahama Guide. Paul King - King and Co. Real Estate and Corporate Law http://kinglawbahamas.com Email: paulking@kinglaw.co Phone: (242) 327 3127 Cell Phone: (242) 424 844 Cable Beach, Nassau Sara King - King and Co. Real Estate and Corporate Law http://kinglawbahamas.com/ Email: sarahking@kinglaw.co Phone: (242) 327 3127 Cable Beach, Nassau Donna Harding-Lee - Harding Lee and Co. Phone: (242) 326 4065 Dowdeswell Street, Nassau Darron Pickstock - Glinton Sweeting O'brian Real Estate and Corporate Law https://gsolegal.com/ Email: dpickstock@gsolegal.com Phone: (242) 328 3500 Shirley Street, Nassau Mike Klonaris -Klonaris and Co. Real Estate, Corporate, Immigration and Maritime Law http://www.klonarislaw.com/ Email: MKlonaris@klonarislaw.com Phone: (242) 362 6006 Lyford Cay, Nassau Llewellyn Boyer-Cartwright - Harley James Aviation Law http://www.harleyjames.law Phone: (242) 237 7275 Lyford Cay, Nassau Theresa Haven-Adderley - Isle Of Knight Ltd. Real Estate and Immigration https://www.iokltd.com/ Email: tha@iokltd.com Phone: (242) 702 8734 Lyford Cay, Nassau Devin Peet - West Bay Advisors Immigration Law https://www.westbayadvisors.com/ Email: Devin@westbayadvisors.com Phone: (242) 424 0373 Cable Beach, Nassau Jan Borghardt Real Estate Law Email: info@winterborghardt.com Phone: (242) 362 5090 Building 9, Pineapple Grove Nassau Other reputable firms include the following: Lennox Paton Higgs and Johnson Callender and Co. Holowesko, Pyfrom Fletcher Graham Thompson

Gyms in Nassau

Club One Fitness - Sandyport https://www.clubonebahamas.com/ J-Line Fitness Bahamas - Shirley Street https://jlinefitness242.com/ Evolve Functional Fitness - 67 Rosetta Street http://www.evolvebahamas.com/ Happy Hour Crossfit - East Bay Street https://www.happyhourcrossfit.com/ Macfit 360 Bahamar Blvd Harbour Bay Shopping Center https://www.macfit360.com/

Dry Cleaning in Nassau

New Oriental Cleaners (9 Locations) https://www.neworientalcleaners.com/ Dry Clean Alternative - Harbour Bay Shopping Center https://www.bahamaslocal.com/showlisting/6228/DryClean_Alternative.html

Domestic, Maid Services and Cleaning Companies in Nassau

Frank Hanna Cleaning Services - Collins Avenue - (Central) http://www.frankhannacleaningco.com/ Spick and Span Bahamas - South Beach Estates - (South) https://www.spickandspanbahamas.com/ Mike's Janitorial and Carpet Cleaning Services - Pyfrom Road (East) https://www.facebook.com/Mikes-Janitorial-Carpet-Cleaning-Services-130058757058598

SALONS and SPAS

Vela Salon and Men's Department at Albany For a premium hair care services catering to both men and women, emphasizing sophistication, exceptional service, and excellence. At NEXUS Wellness Collective, situated within The Spa at Albany and Wellness Center, we adopt an integrated approach to enhance lifestyles, focusing on advanced wellness solutions. From diagnostics and biotherapies to fitness programs, wellness retreats, camps, and nutrition, we aim to elevate how we live, work, play, and thrive. Step into Vela Salon, where we offer state-of-the-art hairstyling, makeup services, and top-notch nail care. Our Men's Department combines the essence of a contemporary barbershop with the charm of a traditional men's grooming club. ESPA at Baha Mar Cable Beach, Nassau Indulge in the world-renowned relaxation of ESPA, the 30,000-square-foot of luxury spa space at Baha Mar in Nassau. Red Lane Spa Cable Beach, Nassau Enjoy luxurious European spa techniques with a distinctive Caribbean flair. Couples welcome. Mandara Spa Atlantis Paradise Island Experience ancient Balinese healing techniques, and traditional European therapies. Ocean Club Spa Paradise Island Discover serenity with centuries' old Asian traditions with Bahamian hospitality. Sense, A Rosewood Spa® Cable Beach, Nassau Unwind in sophisticated, soothing surroundings with traditional spa techniques and progressive health and wellness concepts. Windermere Caves Village,West Bay St., Nassau, Ph: 242-327-6135 or 242-327-6136 windermere@gussiemae.org Harbour Bay Shopping Centre Nassau, Bahamas Ph: 242-393-8788 or 242-393-0033 Full-service Salon and selective Spa services from hair styling, coloring and treatments, to gel and acrylic pedicures and manicures, eyelash extensions, brow threading, facials, massages. They will even come to your yacht!

Movie Theaters in Nassau

Fusion Superplex and IMAX Cinema

Gladstone Road and JFK Highway feature a sprawling 100,000 square foot complex hosting an array of entertainment offerings. Among its highlights are nine movie theaters, including IMAX presented by REV, 4DX, XS3, Pure V.I.P., and Fusion Cinema. Additionally, visitors can enjoy dining experiences at two restaurants, edge and Altitude, as well as unwind at Celsius—a coffee and ice-cream lounge serving Starbucks and Sub Zero Nitrogen ice-cream. Families can delight in the dedicated kids' zone, PLAY, while gaming enthusiasts can explore the two-level arcade featuring virtual reality gaming, known as Reboot. The venue also boasts spacious event grounds for various activities and gatherings.

The Island House

Discover the exclusive Island House experience featuring a comfortable sofa, lounge chairs, and a 48-seat cinema designed to captivate guests and local culture enthusiasts. Enjoy current blockbuster and art house films, along with live music, seminars, and speaking events in this versatile space. The 24 ft screen is coupled with a state-of-the-art Meyer sound system and Barco Projector, offering a top-notch audio-visual experience.

Performing Arts in Nassau

The Dundas Center for the Performing Arts

The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts, situated in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, features two performance spaces: the Main Stage Theatre seating 332 and the Black Box Theatre accommodating 80. Originally a domestic training center in the 1930s, it was transformed into an arts hub in the 1960s by influential Bahamian cultural activists like Meta Davis Cumberbatch, E. Clement Bethel, Donald Cartwright, and Winston Saunders. Since its reincorporation as a performing arts center in 1970, its mission has been to support and encourage diverse cultural activities in the Bahamas. The center hosts a range of performances, including theatrical plays, dramas, musical comedies, farce comedies, operas, operettas, and ballets. A significant highlight was in August 2014 when The Dundas proudly hosted the "Globe Theatre" production of Hamlet during its global tour. The sold-out show witnessed a packed theater, accommodating even standing-room attendees, marking a pivotal moment for the center.

National Centre For The Performing Arts

The National Centre for the Performing Arts in Nassau, The Bahamas, stands as an iconic cultural hub, showcasing the country's rich artistic heritage. Nestled amidst the vibrant cityscape, this architectural marvel not only serves as a venue for world-class performances but also embodies the soul of Bahamian artistry. Its state-of-the-art facilities cater to a diverse array of artistic expressions, from captivating theatrical productions to mesmerizing musical concerts, captivating visitors and locals alike. The Centre's commitment to nurturing local talent, alongside hosting renowned international acts, fosters a vibrant cultural exchange, making it a beacon of artistic excellence and a focal point for the celebration of the performing arts in the heart of The Bahamas.

Educational and Activities For All Ages in Nassau

Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center

Dunmore Avenue, Chippingham, Nassau. www.ardastra.com/ Tel: (242) 323 5806 Ardastra Gardens Zoo is renowned for its captivating feature: the "marching Flamingos." This unique spectacle draws visitors from all over, offering a delightful experience in a spacious outdoor setting. With a collection of 200 animals to explore, it's a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. The zoo's child-friendly atmosphere fosters an environment where kids can marvel at diverse creatures while learning about conservation efforts. Ardastra Gardens Zoo stands as a wonderful destination that seamlessly blends entertainment with education, creating cherished memories for visitors of all ages.

Adventure Learning Center

www.alcbahamas.org. Tel: (242) 361 2120 A playful amusement park designed for children featuring animals and games operated by a Christian organization. Situated on the southern part of the island, it typically opens to the public only a few days each month. Often reserved for birthday celebrations and educational outings for schools.

Happy Trails Riding

Happy Trails Stables|Norman Rd, Coral Harbour, Nassau, Bahamas Tel: (242) 362 1820 Booking & Management: sue@happytrailsbahamas.com www.ridingbahamas.com Situated a mere 25-minute drive from downtown Nassau and just 7 minutes away from the esteemed Lyford Cay, Happy Trails Riding boasts a legacy dating back to 1977. Offering a highly educational and secure riding adventure suitable for children aged 12 and above, the journey spans across the Coral Harbour residential area, culminating in a breathtaking ride leading to the beach on horseback. Additionally, roundtrip transportation is available, alleviating any concerns about getting there and leaving you with only the need to bring yourself and your smile.

Camperdown riding

Camperdown Riding Club Tel: (242) 324 2065 www.facebook.com/Camperdown-Equestrian-Centre-137582719624616 The Camperdown Riding Club, a non-profit Hunter/Jumper riding establishment, primarily focuses on fostering the sport's growth and offering an alternative avenue for children. Alongside providing boarding amenities, hosting public horse shows, and supporting competitive riding, Camperdown has remained an integral part of the community for numerous decades. Catering to children aged 6 and above, the club provides riding lessons spanning from lead line to advanced levels, ensuring a comprehensive learning experience.

Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas Tel: (242) 362 4171 www.stuartcove.com Stuart Cove's provides thrilling dive trips, shark encounters, captivating night dives (including shark encounters), PADI courses, Snuba, and subs for enjoyable family experiences. A point of pride for Stuart Cove's is the regular presence and personal engagement of the boss, Stuart Cove himself. He actively ensures customers experience the adventure of a lifetime by greeting them and being directly involved in their unforgettable moments almost every day.

Harbour Island Day-Away Operated by Bahamas Fast Ferries

Tel: (242) 323 2166 E-mail: info@bahamasferries.com Experience Harbour Island's mesmerizing pink sand beaches and pristine waters, an idyllic destination to bask in the sun, relish delectable cuisine, and take refreshing dips in the crystal-clear sea. This package encompasses:
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup for international guests.
  • Convenient ferry service from Nassau.
  • Engaging guided tours.
  • Full-day access to a golf cart for exploration.

Party Cat Cruises

www.partycatcruises.com Tel: (242) 363 0050 Exciting Bahamas Catamaran Cruise Perfect for Large Groups - Enjoy a Fun-Filled Day at Our Private Beach! Our Cruise Offers Sightseeing, Beach Games, and Complimentary Rum Punch

Sandy Toes, Rose Island

www.sandytoesbahamas.com Tel: (242) 363 8637 Email: info@sandytoesbahamas.com Escape to Sandy Toes, an idyllic island retreat just moments away from downtown Nassau. Situated on Rose Island and a short distance from New Providence, Sandy Toes stands out as one of the premier beach bars and restaurants in the Bahamas. Perched atop a picturesque hill, this remarkable venue overlooks a stunning powdery white sand cove embraced by the breathtaking Bahamian turquoise waters. Immerse yourself in the inviting atmosphere while sipping on superb frozen cocktails, making your visit to Sandy Toes an unforgettable experience.

Paint and Sip

www.bigpicltd.com Tel: (242) 601 0144 Indulge in the creativity at Paint and Sip, where fun and artistic expression blend seamlessly. Unleash your creativity while savoring a selection of wines, enhancing the evening's enjoyment. Perfect for intimate gatherings, our entertaining sessions offer a delightful experience of painting canvases together.

John Watling's Rum Distillery and Bar

www.johnwatlings.com Tel: (242) 322 2811 info@johnwatlings.com www.johnwatlings.com Explore John Watling's Distillery, the renowned home of JOHN WATLING'S rum and RED TURTLE vodka, famously known as 'The Spirit of The Bahamas.' Enjoy complimentary tours at the historic Buena Vista Estate in Downtown Nassau, established in 1789 and boasting a captivating view of the harbor. Experience the artistry of Bahamian craftsmanship as JOHN WATLING'S small-batch rums and RED TURTLE vodka are meticulously produced at this site, using pink sand filtration. The Estate offers an immersive production tour, a museum-like experience, shopping opportunities, and the chance to savor signature Bahamian cocktails at the charming Red Turtle Tavern. Conveniently located within walking distance from the cruise ship port in Downtown Nassau, John Watling's Distillery resides on Delancy Street and operates from 10 am to 6 pm daily, extending its hours until 9 pm on Fridays.

Pirates of Nassau

www.piratesofnassau@batelnet.bs Tel : (242) 356 3759 Experience Pirates of Nassau, an immersive Pirate Attraction located at the heart of downtown Nassau. Embark on your adventure from a moonlit dock surrounded by the authentic scents of sea salt and tar. Immerse yourself in the ambiance of lapping waters and lively pirates reveling in a nearby tavern. Step aboard the replica pirate ship ‘Revenge' to enter a world of swashbuckling pirates wielding cutlasses. Explore a treasure trove of piratical merchandise and intriguing facts spread throughout the store. Conclude your visit by savoring a variety of drinks at the Pirates Pub, where seasoned buccaneers can relax and unwind.

Pearl Island

www.pearlislandbahamas.com Tel: (242) 325 4122 Just a mile east of Paradise Island lies Pearl Island, famed for its warm, crystal-clear waters, breathtaking natural scenery, pristine white-sand beaches, and the iconic Lighthouse! Explore numerous restaurants, bars, and a spectacular beach, making it an ideal destination for a beautiful day trip and an unforgettable Bahamian experience.

Powerboat Adventures

www.powerboatadventures.com Tel: (242) 363 2265 Experience an exhilarating day trip aboard a high-speed powerboat to Ship Channel Cay in Exuma. Immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of this cay while indulging in cocktails amidst the crystal-clear turquoise waters. Interact with friendly rays and iguanas as you enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Delight in delectable traditional Bahamian cuisine served for lunch, followed by an unforgettable feeding frenzy with sharks in knee-deep waters. Prepare for an unparalleled day trip that guarantees an unforgettable experience.

Seaplane Exuma Tour - Trans Island Airways

www.tia.aero Tel: (242) 262 4006 Experience the Bahamas by chartering a seaplane to witness the renowned swimming pigs at Big Major's Spot or indulge in a swim at the iconic James Bond Thunderball underwater cave near Staniel Cay. Discover the ultimate way to explore the Bahamas!

Limos and taxis

Sherman Johnson Tel: (242) 804 9884 Colette Hutchinson Tel: (242) 424 3983 Cherryl's Bahamas Taxi and Tours www.cherylbahamastaxiandtours.com Tel: (242) 393 3667 or (242) 423 4982 Majestic Tours www.majestictoursbahamas.com Tel: (242) 323 1410 Majestic Tours presents an array of services encompassing tour experiences, limousine rentals, and taxi services. With an extensive fleet, we cater to diverse needs, adept at transporting large groups, accommodating excess baggage, and fulfilling specialized requests for limousines and SUV taxis. School Pick-up Services Elaine Major Tel: (242) 357 7108 Experienced, trustworthy, and reliable service to and from Lyford Cay in the west all the way to St. Andrews area schools in the east.

Cafes and Bars

Island House Cafe Beautiful location in a luxury hotel in the west, cafe overlooks an elegant swimming pool. Salads, quiches and sandwiches available. Very popular with the young "in" group $$$. Louis & Stein Casual cafe, located in the west on the sea with spectacular views. Popular gathering spot for a trendy set. Snacks and drinks available $$. Chives Great food, order at the bar, casual lunch located on a spacious terrace in the West, Near the airport. $ Bon Vivants Very trendy bar / cafe located in Sandyport. Quaint with wine by the glass and some snacks available. Busy during the day and night $$$ Starbucks Locations Harbour Bay in the East has a large outdoor terrace, indoor seating available, WIFI, specialty coffees $$ Cable Beach, small, all indoors with an upstairs seating. Specialty coffees and Wi-Fi. $$ Cafe Channing Noelle In the West in Caves Village, a delightful little cafe with delicious pastries, limited daily lunch menus. $$ News Cafe Located in Sandyport. quick sandwich and fast food fare.$ Monkey Bar SLS BAHA MAR Cable Beach, Nassau Perfect place to meet and greet. A really hot top spot with young local residents. $$$$ Ty's Place Off Village Road. Bahamian and various light fare. $ Bungalow Pool Bar & Grill SLS BAHA MAR Cable Beach, Nassau Poolside glamour meets delicious refreshment $$$ La Caverna Tel: (242) 601 0046 Located In Caves Village. Italian run. North Italian cuisine. quiet with indoor and outdoor dining available.$$ Fi'lia SLS BAHA MAR Cable Beach, Nassau Honest Italian cuisine highlighting fresh ingredients from the wood grill and hearth. Homemade breads and pasta this restaurant celebrates a fresh and pure approach to Italian food in an unpretentious setting. $$$$ Spritz Tel: (242) 327 0762 Cheerful outdoor restaurant in Sandyport Old Town. Great food, very popular with the local young and more mature crowd. $$ Carmines Tel: (242) 363 3000 Found in Marina Village on Paradise Island. Italian, family style dining (large portions feed more than one) evening indoor dining only. Reservations recommended. $$$ East Villa www.eastvillabahamas.com Tel: (242) 393-3377 "Where East meets West" one of Nassau's oldest Asian restaurants. serving continental dishes as well. East Bay Street $$ Ichiban www.ichibanbahamas.com Tel: (242) 326 7224 or (242) 326 7728 Delicious Japanese cuisine, sushi bar, Continental and Thai food also available. Indoor dining only. very popular with the business crowd at lunch. $$ Latitudes www.titanhospitalitygroup.com/latitudes Tel: (242) 676 8025 Latitudes is a unique waterfront dining experience. Located at the Nassau Harbor Club, guests of Latitudes will be able to enjoy views over Nassau's harbor and a varied menu that offers both local and international cuisine, including seafood, freshly made pizzas, sushi and teppanyaki. $$ Shima www.the-island-house.com/dining/1/Shima Tel: (242) 698 6300 Located on the top floor of The Island House in Nassau, The Bahamas with stunning views. Sophisticated and relaxed open-air dining featuring the fresh, vibrant flavors of Southeast Asian cuisine. (West) $$$ Nobu (Atlantis) www.atlantisbahamas.com/dining/finedining/nobu Tel: (242) 363 2000 A very upmarket Japanese restaurant, found all over the world. A great favorite of the rich and famous. $$$$ Sushi Rokkan www.sushirokkan.com Tel: (242) 377 0094 Located in the Old Fort Bay Town Center. Indoor and outdoor dining. Popular with the residents out west, sometimes you can catch a celebrity or two! $$$ Katsuya (Bahamar) www.katsuyarestaurant.com/bahamar Phone: (242) 788 7250 Located in the SLS Lux Hotel just off the Baha Mar Casino floor this trendy restaurant serves up some of the finest sushi and Japanese cuisine there is. Truly an experience as much as a restaurant if you are sushi lover you will not want to miss Katsuya. Very popular with local residents. $$$$ Social House www.socialhousebahamas.com Tel: (242) 603 7646 A delightful Asian and sushi restaurant. Indoor and outside dining is available. Valet Parking, or self-park. Very attractive decor, clean and simple. $$$ Shuang Ba GRAND HYATT BAHA MAR Tel: (242) 788 1234 Authentic Chinese cuisine in a small, quiet restaurant, seated in a lavish setting., you can enjoy delicious dim sum and other Chinese delicacies. $$$$ Cafe Martinique Tel: (242) 363 2000 www.atlantisbahamas.com/dining/finedining/cafemartiniqe Looking for the ultimate in French Cuisine, this restaurant is a gem. You will be transported to the French Riviera in this elegant restaurant located in Atlantis' Marina Village. $$$$ Sapodilla Tel: (242) 327 2161 www.sapodillabahamas.com Nestled against a lush backdrop on the Western part of the island, Sapodilla offers delicious gourmet dishes and a memorable fine dining experience. $$$$ Island Brothers Tel: (242) 601 0216 www.islandbrothersnassau.com A bistro belonging to two brothers, very French in style. Excellent beef, short simple menu, French music, indoor and outdoor dining. Located in a plaza just outside the Lyford Cay gates. $$$ Coco Plum Bistro Tel: (242) 677 6776 www.cocoplumbistro.com French bistro with an international flair. Indoor or courtyard dining. a very varied menu that changes regularly. Popular with the residents living nearby. Located between Lyford Cay and Old Fort Bay. $$$ Blue Sail Tel: (242) 327 7111 www.bluesailbahamas.com One of the best views in town. Located on Sandyport / Delaporte beach. Predominantly outdoor dining. Amazing sunsets. Varied food with over cooked pizzas. $$$ Mogano Tel: (242) 698 6300 www.the-island-house.com/dining/mahoganyhouse/ Experience the exquisite charm of Mogano by Giorgio Locatelli, a newly renovated restaurant situated at the Island House. Helmed by acclaimed Italian Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli, indulge in an extraordinary menu that promises a diverse culinary journey, leaving your palate thoroughly satisfied. Revel in the restaurant's captivating ambiance, offering both indoor and outdoor seating along with a stunning expansive bar serving the finest mixology cocktails. $$$ Graycliff Hotel and Restaurant Tel: (242) 302 9150 https://www.graycliff.com/ This celebrated restaurant harmonizes Haute Cuisine with Bahamian heritage, earning rare star-rated service in the Bahamas. Intimate, elegant rooms make it an ideal venue for special occasions, once a private residence. Renowned for its outstanding wine list, Graycliff's Wine Cellar has consistently won the prestigious Wine Spectator Grand Award since 1988 and the World of Fine Wines 3-stars since 2015. Housing over 250,000 bottles from 5000 vintners across 20 countries, it's a haven for wine lovers. From popular vintages to incredibly rare finds like an 1865 Château Lafite and the legendary 1727 Rudesheimer Apostelwein, it caters to both aficionados and collectors. $$$$ Syrah Cellar Cafe Tel: (242) 676 0962 www.syrahvino.com Syrah Cellar Cafe stands out for its exceptional burgers in Nassau. The restaurant offers an enticing American/Bahamian fusion menu, featuring beloved comfort foods. With weekly specials incorporated into their menu, customers are always enticed by fresh options, catering to those seeking something beyond the traditional menu items. $$$ Aquafire Bar and Restaurant Tel: (242) 698 0119 www.aquafirebahamas.com Located on the Western end of the island, this cozy restaurant is a quaint and welcoming location to have drinks with friends and light Bahamian Fare. $$ Dune Tel: (242) 363 2501 www.fourseasons.com/oceanclub/dining/restaurants/dune/ Located in the Ocean Club, Four Seasons Hotel on Paradise Island. Overlooking the spectacular Cabbage beach on Paradise Island. Indoor and outdoor dining available. A very exciting menu offering dishes from varied cultures. $$$$ Naughty Johnny's Tel: (242) 377 7776 www.naughtyjohnnysbahamas.com Naughty Johnny's is a Bahamian Bistro located in Old Fort Bay Plaza. Serving breakfast lunch and dinner via dine in and take out options. Naughty Johnny's serves an array of options including local and international appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches, burgers, entrees, pastas and desserts. $$ Captain's Table Lyford Cay Marina Tel: (242) 676 5938 www.captainstablebahamas.com A traditional Marina restaurant with a nautical theme serving up yummy food and cold cocktails in a casual laid-back atmosphere. On Friday nights they have a live band and the place comes alive with dancing and fun for all. A child and pet friendly environment and a great spot to take the family. Don't forget to say "hi" to Blue, the extremely well trained and friendly Doberman that hangs out behind the bar. $$ The Studio Cafe Tel: (242) 677 3991 www.studiocafebahamas.com Located at Compass Point, West Bay Street. Once a famous recording Studio. For more than three decades the building which stands today was considered a creative home for the likes of Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones and James Brown and many other artists and musicians from around the world. Transformed into a restaurant with an amazing view in 2014. Various cuisines, good food and a great atmosphere. $$ Anthony's Bar and Grill - Tel: (242) 363 3152 www.anthonysparadiseisland.com Discover Anthony's: the affordable, family-friendly restaurant in Paradise Island. Enjoy ample portions of fresh Bahamian seafood, pizza, pasta, and famous ribs. Conveniently located across from Atlantis Marina Village, we're open daily from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, offering a casual and enjoyable dining experience with a diverse menu. Taj Mahal Tel: (242) 356-3004 www.tajmahalbahamas.com Authentic Indian food in a great environment. This spot is located in the heart of Nassau serving up traditional Indian delicacies like tandoori, tikka and Biryani recipes with traditional Naan Bread. $$$ Malam Indian Grill and Cellar Tel: (242) 788 7562 Malam fuses Tandoori, the beloved and highly influential style of cooking in a clay oven, with fresh Bahamian seafood. The menu features delicate fish and shellfish, tempered, and elevated by intense heat and the rich spices of Punjab. Flavorful marinades and the smoky flavors of the oven add depth and complexity to exquisite dishes. $$$ Cleo Mediterranean Tel: (242) 788 8204 Delicious and authentic award-winning Mediterranean cuisine combined with local Bahamian ingredients. Delicious sharable, pizzas, flatbreads and mezzes. Interesting handcrafted cocktails all served in a modern decor. Outdoor dining available. $$$$ Meze Grill Tel: (242) 676 5396 Meze Grill puts a Modern twist on classic Mediterranean dishes for you to enjoy in a happening upbeat setting Athena Cafe Tel: (242) 326 1296 https://www.athenacafenassau.com/ Situated in the center of the city of Nassau. Balcony and inside dining available. Delicious Greek cuisine in a vibrant setting. enjoy your meal as you watch the world go by below on Bay Street. $$ Acropolis Cafe Tel: (242) 323 0320 A great lunch spot serving up traditional Greek fast food including gyros, Greek seasoned grilled chicken , Greek salads and more. A delicious spot for a quick lunch that is authentically Greek. $ Kyma Seafood Grill Tel: (242) 427 8880 Kyma Seafood Grill offers the finest in Greek and Latin fusion cuisine, featuring possibly the top gyro experience in The Bahamas. Our restaurant boasts a stunning modern design, providing guests with both indoor and outdoor seating options. Every Friday, Kyma hosts live music, creating a vibrant lounge atmosphere where patrons can savor exceptional Greek cuisine, relish cocktails, and groove to great tunes. Smugglers Restaurant Tel: (242) 698 0438 Smugglers is located between King and George Street next to Pirates of Nassau museum. With an extensive dine-in and take-out menu that includes pizzas, pasta, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and local cuisine. Starbucks coffee, beer, rums and soft drinks are on the menu as well. $$ Wild Thyme - https://www.wildthyme-bahamas.com/ 33 East Bay Street, Nassau, New Providence (242) 393-4107. Located in an old Bahamian home, with ample parking. A delightful mixture of Bahamian and international cuisine. $$$ Poop Deck (East and West) - thepoopdeck.com Phone: (242) 393-8175 (East - Original Restaurant located overlooking Nassau Harbor) Phone: (242) 327-3325. (Sandyport) Both Poop Desk locations offer delicious Bahamian dishes and seafood. The East Poop Deck overlooks Nassau Harbour with indoor and balcony dining. Authentic Bahamian seafood dishes. A Bahamian landmark. West Poop Desk at Sandyport is quieter with indoor and outdoor dining overlooking a beautiful white beach. $$$ The Cricket Club www.bahamascricket.com Tel: (242) 326 4720 Locals and tourists are drawn to this sports bar by its genuine Bahamian and British cuisine and beverages. Positioned at the Cricket Pitch opposite The Fish Fry and nestled at the foot of Fort Charlotte on West Bay Street, half a mile west of Nassau, the bar offers a breezy balcony and scenic harbor views. Praised by a seasoned British expat as serving "The best Fish and Chips this side of Brislington, England. $$ Manila Grill Tel: (242) 356 8881 Manila Grill in Nassau, Bahamas, offers an authentic taste of Filipino cuisine. With a menu featuring classic dishes like adobo and sinigang alongside specialties like pancit noodles, the restaurant brings the vibrant flavors of the Philippines to diners. It's warm ambiance and commitment to authenticity make it a go-to spot for those craving traditional Filipino fare in Nassau. $ Costa Tel: (242) 788 8000 Indulge in Authentic Mexican Cuisine at Costa- Rosewood Baha Mar's Premier Dining Spot! Savor an array of delectable dishes, from open-faced corn tortillas to tantalizing tacos and flavorful sopas, amidst a breathtaking indoor-outdoor ambiance surrounded by serene ponds. Discover the ultimate dining experience for Mexican food enthusiasts! $$$$ The Swimming Pig Gastro Pub Tel: (242) 788 7841 The Swimming Pig Gastro Pub, an American-style bar and grill, offers a delectable menu featuring your beloved comfort foods. This Nassau-based restaurant stands out with its 24/7 operational hours, making it the sole dining spot in the area open around the clock. Whether day or night, it's the ultimate destination for satisfying your cravings. $$$ Senor Frog's Tel: (242) 323 1777 Experience Thrilling Mexican Cuisine at Senor Frogs in Nassau Downtown! Indulge in our Delicious Food, Sip Margaritas, and Unleash Fun on the Dance Floor! Our vibrant restaurant is a hub for locals and tourists alike, creating an exciting atmosphere for meeting new people. With fantastic food and lively ambiance, Senor Frogs is a must-visit spot. For those seeking a serene dining experience with excellent Mexican cuisine, we offer comfortable seating away from the dance floor, providing a tranquil setting with stunning views of Nassau's harbor. $$$ Mexicaba Tel: (242) 677 8692 www.mexicaba.com Mexicaba, nestled in Western New Providence, is a vibrant Mexican/Bahamian grill eatery. Strategically situated just a brief 5-minute jaunt from the Bahamar Resort, it thrives within the lively Cable Beach community. The diverse menu at Mexicaba features an array of delectable options such as burritos, bowls, tacos, and soups. Pricing for each item varies according to the selection of chicken, beef, steak, shrimp, pulled pork, veggie, fish, conch (seasonal), or lobster (seasonal). Complementing these choices are complimentary additional toppings, while sides like cheese nachos, Mexican sweet corn, sweet potato fries, and avocado fries are available for an extra charge. Whether for a dine-in experience or take-out convenience, Mexicaba caters to both preferences.$ Green Parrot Tel: (242) 322 6900 Indoor and outdoor dining & bars A very casual atmosphere, pet friendly and kids can move around. Hamburgers and Bahamian food. $$ Twisted Lime Tel: (242) 327 0061 Sandyport Olde Town Very casual indoor or outdoor balcony dining and sports bar with lots of televisions. Happy Hour is very well attended. Great snack foods and varied cuisine. $$ Carna Tel: (242) 788 7241 A contemporary steakhouse concept headed by the legendary butcher, Dario Cecchini. Prime cuts of the finest steaks aged in house and sourced from the world's most prominent locales, and unrivaled quality of all-natural ingredients paired with an extensive wine list. Serving top quality dry and wet aged steaks along with other favorites such as lobster and lamb. If you are a steak lover this is the spot for you.$$$$

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