Fancy a Caribbean break? Try the Bahamas.
Beautiful beaches and warm climate are two of the reasons why you wouldn’t regret a stay on one or more of the idyllic islands of the Bahamas. The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, is an island country of the Lucayan Archipelago consisting of more than 700 islands in the Atlantic Ocean to the east of the Florida coastline. The island of new providence has the highest population and the location of the capital, Nassau.
Bahamas facts for the Digital Nomad
- Communications network – Clearly the most important aspect to all Digital Nomads and I’m happy to report, it ticks all the boxes. Nearly all of the populated islands are supported by the Cable Bahamas network, offering high speed internet with speeds up to 120Mbit per second. The islands are also supported by the BTC mobile network, offering pre or post pay voice and 4G-LTE packages. The internet speeds provided in the Bahamas are simply world class, I haven’t been to another island nation that’s anywhere close.
- Climate – Warmed and cooled by the trade winds, the weather in the Bahamas are nearly always perfect for a tropical vacation getaway. Temperatures in most of the islands linger between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, thanks to the constant gentle trade winds.
- Currency – The currency of the Bahamas is the B$ (Dollar) and is pegged to the U.S. dollar on a one-to-one basis. The parity between Bahamian dollars and U.S. dollars means everywhere will accept either U.S. or Bahamian currency and many of the businesses that serve tourists have extra U.S. dollars on hand.
- Politically stable – Since the independence from Britain in 1973, the Bahamas has had a stable democracy. The country is a member of the Commonwealth and retains the British monarch as its official head of state, represented by the Governor General.
- Safety – Most of the islands in the Bahamas are safe, it’s largely crime in the cities, Nassau and Freeport. With 700 islands to choose from, the odds are pretty good you’ll be able to find a safe spot! In most of the out islands, you still don’t need to lock your doors.
- English Speaking – Prior to its independence in 1973 the Bahamas had been a British colony since the 17th century hence the native language being English.
- Rental Prices – There is a huge range of property for rental in the Bahamas, from 1 bedroom condo’s for around $600 to high end water front mansions costing in excess of £8000 per month!
- Cost of Living – Although the cost of living is high this can be offset dramatically if you like fishing and eating what you catch! High import taxes on most household products mean products are more expensive in the supermarkets. At least the locally brewed beers are relatively cheap.
Things to do in the Bahamas
- Beaches – The Bahamas is known for its stellar beaches. With over 2,000 breathtaking islands and cays, and the clearest water on Earth, it’s no wonder visitors come from all around to sink their toes into miles of pure white, and in some places pink, sand. Many of our beaches have been voted “best in the world” by numerous publications, and it’s not uncommon to find a celebrity or two strolling along our shores. In short, the beaches you’ll find here are the very definition of paradise. I guess that’s why films such as Pirates of the Caribbean and James Bond selected the Bahamas for many of their beach scenes.
- Fishing – Paradise islands, shimmering warm seas, perfect weather and as many fun types of fishing in The Bahamas as you can wave a rod at. Whether you want to hook a ferocious game fish, cast for all manner of fish off the reef or put your angling skills to the test against the fast and furious Bonefish, when it comes to Bahamas fishing, stand by for some of the best sport fishing on Earth.
- Diving and Snorkelling – From seagrass meadows and mangrove swamps in the north, pristine coral reefs to the 1,820m deep oceanic trench near Andros and the deep blue waters on the Atlantic side – the waters surrounding The Islands Of The Bahamas offer a huge variety of marine habitats. Shark and dolphin encounters are pretty much guaranteed and the shallows are buzzing with reef fish, such as parrotfish, grunts and snappers. If you’re lucky, you may spot whales along the coast: sperm whales, minke whales, humpbacks, pilot whales are all frequent visitors. Dive boats run from nearly all the populated islands and can be relatively inexpensive.
- Sailing – The Bahamas is one of the most popular sailing destinations in the world. With crystal-clear waters and perfect weather year-round, sailors from all around visit our islands for a first-class sailing experience. Navigate around hundreds of cays, explore ecological wonders and even dock your boat for a day to enjoy a relaxing, secluded beach. Wherever your journey takes you, let The Bahamas make it special. If you don’t have a boat or choose to leave yours at home, there are a variety of sailing excursions for you to choose from.
- Golf – Golf in The Bahamas is absolutely breathtaking. With courses that line the clear-blue Atlantic waters, golfers from all over the world yearn for the chance to play in The Bahamas….even the pros. Take Great Exuma for example. It features an 18-hole championship golf course designed by golf legend Greg Norman. It’s set to become one of the world’s greatest oceanside clubs. Numerous islands in The Bahamas boast pristine golf courses that challenge both the novice and professional golfer.
- Nightlife – When the moon lights up the night sky, the entertainment world awakens in The Bahamas. Throughout the islands, you can find quaint bars serving up our traditional Goombay, Junkanoo or Rake & Scrape music, as well as New York-style nightclubs and everything in between. Enjoy a tropical Bahamian cocktail while you try your hand in a casino, or enjoy the sounds of live music in a bar or club.
With all this to offer the Digital Nomad, the Bahamas is perfect in my eyes