The Bahamas is a nation of 700 islands of which only approximately 30 are inhabited. It consists of hundreds of cays and thousands of islets. Located in the Atlantic Ocean, the Bahamas lies 50 miles off of the Florida coast and lies in the same island chain as Cuba, Hispaniola, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Read more
The Bahamas extends between the two poles of Grand Bahama and Great Inagua. The two main islands are New Providence Island and Grand Bahama Island. The capital city of Nassau is located on New Providence Island with its neighbouring Paradise Island. Two bridges link the two islands. These islands feature many exciting attractions, fine dining, fresh fish markets, boutique shopping, authentic markets, and many water sports. Paradise Island, in particular, features gorgeous beaches, famed hotels and resorts, and large casinos. Grand Bahamas Island is the second most popular vacation destination in the Bahamas. It features clean, compelling white beaches, world-class scuba diving, and a myriad of land and sea sports. It is home to one of the world’s longest underwater limestone cave systems, which is located in Lucayan National Park. It is also home to Gold Rock Beach, the only place where one can see all six of the Bahamas’ ecosystems. In addition to these two beautiful destinations are the many “Out Islands” of the Bahamas that demand exploration and promise truly memorable experiences.
Climate ranges from subtropical to tropical with 320 sunny days per year, the average winter temperature is 21°C and the average summer temperature is 26°C. The Bahamas benefits from near constant trade winds and is moderated by the Gulf Stream, especially in the winter. The supposed rainy season extends from May to November. Potential hurricane activity occurs between the months of June through November. High season falls between mid-December and mid-April.
Characterized by calm waters and cooling trade winds, the Bahamas is truly a sailing paradise. Renowned for sailing regattas and races that are held year-round, the Bahamas is the location where more than 50 international fishing records have been set. Fishing companies, hotels and marinas offer opportunities for fly-fishing, bonefishing, and deep sea fishing expeditions.
The Bahamas is home to an astonishing array and abundance of aquatic life. It boasts more than 5% of the planet’s reef mass making it an ideal location for snorkeling and diving. Shallow reefs teeming with life, deep caves, sharks, and wrecks beckon and astonish divers from around the world. With thousands of miles of shoreline, the Bahamas provides stunning beaches and every opportunity for sunbathing, swimming, kayaking, jet skiing, banana boating, and other water sports including swimming with the dolphins. For land lovers, there are national parks and historical nature trails for hiking, birding, golfing, tennis, and horseback riding, as well as casinos and boutique and authentic market shopping.
Nassau Nassau is the capital city of the Bahamas and is the largest city and commercial center of the Bahamas, an archipelago of 700 islands. Nassau is located on New Providence Island, one of the two main Bahamian islands.
Grand Bahama Grand Bahama is 1 of the 2 main islands in the 700-island archipelago of the Bahamas. Located off the coast of Florida, Grand Bahama is one of the top vacation destinations in the region.
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Resort Check-in Information
Please have your Sunwing hotel voucher ready for check-in at the hotel's reception. Based upon your arrival and check-in time, it is possible that your room may not be ready. Pack your bathing suit, shorts and sunscreen in your carry-on so that you can enjoy the facilities until your room is available.
Our welcome briefing provides valuable information on Bahamas, your hotel services, money exchange, shopping, and excursions. We will also inform you about the departure procedure and answer any questions you may have. Make sure to attend yours.
Help in Destination
Your friendly Sunwing destination representative is available in Bahamas should you require assistance. Please check the Sunwing Vacations information boards or binders located in your hotel for a schedule of when your Sunwing destination representative is available.
It is recommended that you drink bottled water while in Bahamas. Most hotels offer bottled water in your hotel room and can also be purchased in the hotel's shop and in grocery stores. The ice and drinking water served in the hotels are generally made from purified water.
Long Distance Calls
Long distance telephone charges in Bahamas can be quite expensive. It is recommended to make a collect call or use your calling card. Service charges may apply when calling from your hotel room.
Safety Deposit Boxes
Please use your safety deposit box for all your valuables, cash and travel documents. Some hotels in Bahamas provide safety deposit boxes free of charge while others may require a nominal fee. You will be required to pay a penalty fee if you lose the key.
Traveling to foreign destinations can be very exhilarating. Tourists must be aware that potential problems and risks to your personal safety could exist anywhere. Please use the same personal safety precautions and common sense on your vacation that you would at home e.g. apply sunscreen frequently, do not swim alone and do not display cash. Avoid venturing out alone and beware of dark or isolated areas.
Taxes and Tipping
Generally, taxes are automatically added to purchases. The tipping percentage is similar to that at home. If you receive good service, please express your gratitude and offer a tip.
Your Flight Home
Please check the Sunwing Vacations information boards or binders located in your hotel to reconfirm your flight from Bahamas and its departure time. As a friendly reminder, make sure that you have packed your flight documents, medication, or any articles that you must have with you at all times in your carry-on luggage. Seat selection is on a first come, first serve basis at the airport, unless previously booked and paid for prior to your departure.