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Lifestyle

Lifestyle

The Bahamas consists of 700 islands and 2,400 cays in the Atlantic Ocean, lying north of Cuba and southeast of the US state of Florida. Expats moving to the Bahamas will find a population with a reputation for being charming and hospitable, and always up for a celebration. The 387,500 people who live in The Bahamas are predominantly of West African descent, with the rest of the population mostly being descendants of European and Latin American settlers.

The Bahamas is one of the richest countries in the Americas. Tourism accounts for over 60 percent of the country’s GDP and 50 percent of employment. After tourism, the next most important economic sector is the financial services industry. It is within these two sectors that most expats moving to the Bahamas will find employment. Expats living in the Bahamas will find that the country has an excellent healthcare system, with a number of well-equipped hospitals and highly trained staff. The country also places a high premium on education, and with the main language of the islands being English, expats will find that integration into the local schooling system will be a lot easier for their children. There are also a handful of international schools in the Bahamas, mostly in Nassau, the country’s capital and largest city.

The islands offer expats a relaxed lifestyle with tropical beaches and turquoise seas. Sailing, diving and game fishing are just some of the outdoor activities expats can enjoy in their time off. Cricket is a national pastime, and locals gather for matches every weekend during the cricket season from March to November. Music also plays a big part in Bahamian culture, which is largely influenced by African traditions and European colonial influences, while religion also forms a central role. Read more…

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Cost of Living

Cost of living

The main source of income in the Bahamas is tourism, which means that there is relatively little manufacturing done in the country. Most goods, such as food, clothing, cars and appliances have to be imported. There are plans in place for encouraging production of goods on the islands to correct this situation, but this naturally has an impact on the cost of living. In comparison with countries which are able to mass produce their own goods, the cost of living is fairly high. The capital city of Nassau has been listed as one of the most expensive places in the world for expatriates.

The cost of purchasing daily necessities such as food and toiletries is higher than in most other capital cities and Nassau has some of the highest tariffs in the world for gas, electricity and water rates. Education and healthcare costs remain high. The country is also not the place to be if you are hoping for an inexpensive night out. Restaurants and bars are also more costly than in many other countries although expenses in relation to vehicle ownership and public transport can work out much more reasonably than in the United States or Europe.

Standard shop opening hours are 9 am to 5 pm from Monday to Saturday. The Bahamas remains one of the few places in the world which stops work on a Sunday, although in Nassau and other popular tourist destinations may see shops opening for longer hours and on a Sunday. On some of the smaller islands some businesses and shops may only open on a part-time basis, so expats choosing a less populated area should check locally first to ensure that this meets their needs.The standard of consumer goods is high and large amounts of branded goods are readily available. This is due in part to the fact that the bigger towns attract wealthier people and local businesses like to cater for them. There is no need for expats to import any goods themselves. Read more…

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Climate

Climate
The Bahamas does not suffer from extremes of temperature. Humidity is generally high with an average of over 7 hours of bright sunshine daily, although periods of a few cloudy days can occur. Rain can occur at any time of the year but the rainy season occurs from May to November. The rainfall tales thre form of thunder showers which clear quickly. The warm season lasts from June to October and has an average daily temperature of above 31 degrees celsius. The cold season lasts from December to March with an average daily high temperature of below 26 degrees celsius.

Visa Restrictions

Visa Restrictions

Working in the Bahamas has many benefits, not to mention the ability to take a nice dip in the warm, turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean after a long day on the job.

The Government of Bahamas website has all you need to know about how to get the Bahamas Work Visa (a.k.a. Bahamas Long Term Work Permit).

Go to my Bahamas visa page for information on other types of visas for the Bahamas.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

The political and security status of countries around the world are constantly changing, to keep up with the current situation in any country please monitor the relevant Government websites and international news. The links below also provide useful indicators for prospective travelers:

The UK Foreign Office        US State Department         BBC World News           Al Jazeera 

 

 

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