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*Visiting the Bahamas? Check out my Bahamas travel guide below for everything you need to know when traveling to the Bahamas, where to stay when visiting Nassau, and the best places to visit in the Bahamas! Want to swim with pigs? Scroll down to head to my swimming with the pigs full tour guide!*

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Bahamas Travel Tips

  • The Bahamas is a 2.5 hour flight from New York which makes it one of the absolute best and easiest warm destinations to escape the winter. It is super accessible from New York as well as most other places in the country and is less than an hour from Florida. It also has the most beautiful, clear turquoise water you may ever encounter, especially this close to America.
  • SWIM WITH PIGS!!! You have to swim with pigs when you visit the Bahamas. Its one of the best places to go in the Bahamas. Definitely the BEST of what to do in the Bahamas. I made a FULL travel guide on how to swim with the pigs from Nassau and the tour I did and everything you need to know.
  • If you are into diving, check out this full guide to diving in the Bahamas.
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: When visiting the Bahamas, I highly recommend getting travel insurance. You never know what may happen to your flights, a death/personal emergency in your family, or an accident happening while traveling (think: getting mugged, falling while hiking and spraining your ankle, literally any accident than can happen ANYWHERE!). World Nomads makes it super easy and I never leave for a trip without getting their insurance. Most importantly it’s extremely affordable: get your World Nomads travel insurance before your trip here!

BAHAMAS PACKING TIPS: It is HOT in the Bahamas year-round! Lots of bathing suits and cover-ups! For all of my travel/packing essentials I bring on any trip compiled together, head to my influencer page on Amazon here for a complete list or my descriptive carry-on packing guide here or my favorite travel gear here!

Bahamas Currency

The Bahamas Dollar, which is equivalent to the US Dollar.

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Bahamas Language

English, of course!

Best Places To Visit In The Bahamas & Best Bahamas Hotels

Nassau is THE place to stay in the Bahamas and the best place to visit in the Bahamas as your base to touring the island! There are a TON of big name hotels for the Bahamas, specifically in Nassau. I recommend staying at hotels in Nassau because it is close to the airport, it is the most built up area of the city, and its where any of the excursions you may be interested in leave from. I personally have stayed at the Atlantis (amazing for kids) and most recently, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, which I HIGHLY recommend! Read more on both below. You can search other Bahamas hotels on by clicking here or searching in the box below. Find more Nassau hotel reviews on TripAdvisor here!

Baha Mar Bahamas

On my most recent trip to the Bahamas, when I went swimming with the pigs (full review link below), I stayed at the new and modern Baha Mar resort. Baha Mar consists of 3 hotels connected to each other – SLS, Grand Hyatt and the Rosewood, from lowest to highest in price and amenities. I personally stayed at the Grand Hyatt but I honestly don’t see ANY difference in where you stay. You can sit at any of the 3 hotels pools (all with different comfort in cushions (seriously), you can eat at all of the hotels different restaurants and bars, and the same with everything else. It REALLY doesn’t matter which you sleep in because you can use all facilities. I highly recommend the Baha Mar for couples, solo, family or groups of friends (the SLS side is very popular for bachelorettes because of the club on the ground floor as well as a daytime pool exclusively for clubbing). I loved staying at this new, modern resort and can’t wait to get back! You can click here to book the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar as well as the other Baha Mar properties.

Book the Baha Mar Bahamas Hotel here!

Atlantis Bahamas

You really can never go wrong staying at The Atlantis Hotel when visiting the Bahamas. With a significant other, friends, small family, massive family, this hotel has it all. I have so many good memories of staying at the Atlantis at all different ages and occasions. This is THE spot to stay at if you are looking for the quintessential beach+pool+activities destination. It really is perfect for the WHOLE family.

Book The Atlantis Hotel Bahamas here!

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Rachel Shulman is the owner of From East To West and a seasoned traveler having been to 45+ countries and no intention of stopping soon. She is obsessed with planning and specializes in creating detailed, efficient travel itineraries and guides so you don’t have to when planning your next destination.