Bahamas - Islands of Beauty and Fun

Reasons to Visit the Bahamas

The Bahamas are a wonderful group of islands to visit and Bahamas vacation packages are all inclusive and reasonably priced.

The beaches are gorgeous and there is every type of water sport imaginable. They also have great golfing, horseback riding, plus many open air markets where you can find many items at great prices. There is an international bazaar and straw market located in Freeport. There is also Parrot Jungle’s Garden of the Groves and nature tours. Wonderful coral reefs surround several of the islands. The foliage and birds are pleasant features.

Tourist Map

Postcard Aerial View of Freeport

Typical House in Nice Area

This house would cost $500,000. My photo
This house would cost $500,000. My photo

Bahamas Economy & Housing

While the Bahamas once relied on agriculture and fishing for their support, they diversified their economy into tourism, financial services and international shipping. There are several Bahama hotels and Bahamas vacation packages are very popular. There is a big gap between the urbane middle class and the poor farmers, although their per capita income is among the top 30 in the world. The other problem is their vulnerability to hurricanes. Their monetary unit is the Bahamian dollar.

While I was recently on a tour of Nassau, the tour guide gave us a lot of general information. The Bahamas are an expensive place to live. What I would consider a moderate home of maybe $150,000, costs $500,000 in the Bahamas. If you are very close to the ocean the price skyrockets to $1,500,000. You can purchase a condo for $250,000. All new construction for the past several years has been built to hurricane standards. Most homes can with stand hurricanes in the 3-5 category range. The tour guide told us they sink poles 5’ down in the ground and that when the hurricanes come they have very little damage.

Beautiful Yachts Line the Shoreline

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Protecting Your Home

Another interesting aspect concerning home ownership is you really want a fence around your complete yard. The fence may be a standard size, or only a foot tall. If you have no fence, someone can come on your property and you can’t make them leave. If you have a fence and someone comes on your property and won’t leave, you may use a weapon to solve the problem. They call the police Popo.

Ocean View from Nassau

View from Atlantis Hotel My photo
View from Atlantis Hotel My photo

Taxes, Health care and Food Costs

They pay no income tax, no sales tax, and only the rich pay property taxes, but according to the guide he pays $89 annually for a moderate home. There is no social security or welfare. They do have socialized medicine and it cost $10.00 when you see a doctor or check into the hospital, for any type of medical problem. I asked him about retirement since they don’t have any type of social security. He stated most work two jobs, and you are expected to save enough for your retirement. The minimum wage is $25,000 but with the cost of living so high, most need to work a second job anyway.

The price of food is also high as most things must be imported from the mainland. A gallon of milk costs $8.20 and a bottle of water is $3.00. Products they grown on the islands are pineapple, sugar cane, grapefruits, limes, okra, papaya and avocados. They do raise livestock, chickens which produce plenty of eggs and dairy cows. Since almost everything else has to be shipped in, costs are always going to be higher for products made outside of the Bahamas

Nassau College

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Bahamas School System

They have public and private schools are not free for students but college scholarships are available for those with grade point averages of 3.5-4.0. Parents have to pay for schooling to the government in the form of duties (compulsory taxation), whether they have children or not. You can also get special training in tourism and make a good living. According to the Bahamas government 24% of their National budget is spent on education.

Paradise Island Atlantis Hotel

The Michael Jackson suite is in the center. My photo
The Michael Jackson suite is in the center. My photo

Stingray at Atlantis Aquarium

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Paradise Island Atlantis Hotel

One of the beautiful places we toured was Atlantis Hotel Paradise Island. The Atlantis Hotel Bahamas is a gorgeous hotel. They have a beautiful aquarium filled with beautiful fish. The hotel is huge with many yachts docked close by and there is a lovely private lake. Everything about the Atlantis is gorgeous from the decorating to the landscape. They have a huge casino, not unlike one you would find in Las Vegas.

The hotel rooms start at $1000 per night and you can rent the Michael Jackson suite for $24,000 per night. I can’t even imagine what you could put into a suite even with a beautiful view that could add up to that amount. Michael Jackson actually only stayed there once according to our guide. They have numerous water adventures and activities, plus several areas for dining. We walked through many of the areas and everything was beautifully decorated.

There are other very nice hotels on various islands, along with miles of sandy beaches.


Atlantis Bahamas Resort Vacation Paradise Island

Some Family Time For a Few of Us

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Brother & Sister Enjoying Food

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More Family Discussions

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Relatives from Ohio

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Atlantis Big Throne

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Summary of the Bahamas

I included some family pictures as the together time was so important. The family members that came on the cruise don't all live in the same state, so we don't see each other as often as we would like.

In conclusion, the Bahamas have a fascinating history with their long struggle to democracy. The people were very friendly and cheerful everywhere we visited. Our guide couldn’t have been any more knowledgeable or accommodating.

As for the Bahamas, I noticed the colorful clothing, along with many gorgeous trees and flowers. The Atlantis Hotel is certainly a spectacular place to stay. The Bahamas are a great place to visit. There are a lot of Bahamas packages for affordable travel and a Bahamas honeymoon would be lovely.

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pamela,

More great info on the Bahamas. I thought the family pictures were special and a great rememberance of your cruise!!!!!!!!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Tom, Thank you for the comments. I don't usually add family pictures, but it felt like the right thing to do on this hub.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

I love the family pictures. They made me feel a part of things. Thanks, Pamela.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Pop, I'm glad you liked the pictures and thanks for your comment.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

I;m glad you enjoyed the pictures and thank you for your comment.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

As always glad to read about another exotic place, and makes me want to go! rated up and enjoyed!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Rebecca, I'm glad you enjoyed the article and thank you for your comment.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you, Pamela, to take us on another trip and sharing your family with us.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Pam, your Bahama hubs brings back pleasant memories of my Carnival Cruise that included Freeport. Most of your content is similar to my experience. The Bahamas is lovely. Thanks for the memories.

Forever His,


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Hello and Rev Lady, Thank you so much for your comments.


"Quill" 6 years ago

Great you have shared your family with us Pam. They are special and love the unity I see written into this one.

Blessings


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Quill, Thank you for your comments as they are always appreciated.


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

Thank you for another wonderful, informational hub on the Bahamas. I never realised the living costs were so high.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Nancy, I didn't know about the cost of living being so high either. It's a beautiful place, so I guess that's why you hear of movie stars living there and even buying islands. Thanks for your comment.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Excellent hub and great pictures, I guess I will not be able to retire their with my limited income....but I love the islands, I so enjoyed reading this, thumbs up


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Darlene, I think there must be islands that are less expensive although you may have to learn a new language! Anyway, thank you for the comment.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

Especially enjoyed your family photos!


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JannyC 6 years ago

I missed part one going to go back and read it, but just wanted to drop a line an say this was lovely and went about and beyond your normal travel guide article loved you put some of you into it.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Darlene and Janny, Thank you so much for your comments and glad you enjoyed the photos.


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entertianmentplus 6 years ago from United States

Awesome hub loved the pictures.


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

That is a lot of money for one bottle of water and one gallon of milk. Only the rich and famous can stay in the Michael Jackson suite I presume, unless someone specifically saved for it. Seems way too expensive to me, I guess the best for a home would be a condo unless you just had the money to do better. The no social security thing does not sound well to me, even though here in the US we need to be saving as much as possible as well as it's not a certainty here anymore. I don't know. Had a couple of aunts who went there and they said it was beautiful and did not want to come back, but after reading this, I'm not certain that I would want to live there. Very informative.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Entertainmentplus & Support Med, Thanks for your comments. I think it is beautiful there but I don't think I want to live there either. Too expensive.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

The Bahamas have now defintely become and island of interest for me, Pamela, thanks to your wonderful hub and great pictures!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Ann, Thanks so much for your comment.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Pamela, This is on my list of places to visit! What a great tribute to a beautiful place! Thanks and Peace ;)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Katiem, One nice thing I didn't talk about is there are so many beautiful islands to visit. Because of horrible storms we didn't get to see Freeport, so I may try to go again some day. Thanks for your comment.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I always enjoy a trip down there!! Nice post!!!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Very interesting Pamela, about "Parents have to pay for schooling to the government in the form of duties -- at least their children will be educated, Thanks again, Maita


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Carolina & Miata, Thank you so much for your comments.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

This is a beautiful hub, Pamela, and the Bahamas is a beautiful place but like many beautiful places, I love to visit there when I cruise, but I wouldn't want to live there. Everything is so expensive your money won't go very far.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

drbj, That is my outlook. Great place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there. Thanks for your comment.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I hope this is become alternative for traveling idea. I know from a long time a go that Bahamas is the beautiful island. I liked all the pictures. You have good reason. Thanks for showing me about Bahamas completely. Good work and I rate this Up!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Prasetio, Thank you for your comments and I'm glad to know you enjoyed the hub.


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rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

I bet the fishing is really good as well, which is probably where I would be spending most of my time. Great hub, great photos, thanks for sharing.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

rpalulis, There were more boats than I could have counted. I'm sure the fishing was great. Unfortunately that wasn't an option for us this trip due to a couple of disabled members of our group but it would be nice to visit and fish. Thanks for your comments.


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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Part 2 as informative as part one. I know that the Bahamas is an expensive place to live, but most of my family in the Bahamas live better then we in America. I don't know how they do it.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

2besure, Thank you for your comments. I wondered how they afforded housing if they didn't have good jobs, but not paying taxes and health care are a big advantage.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Love this! I'm writing one on Freeport to go with my older Bahamas hubs. This is another one for Hubtrail!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Habee, Thank you for your comment. I didn't realize you had written Bahama hubs. I will check them out.


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LPStarr 6 years ago from near my computer :P

WOW! I just wrote about only Nassau - there is a wealth of information on other islands in the Bahamas here - thanx. I'm using your hub at the bottom of my hub as hubs that relate. I voted your hub AWESOME!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

LPStarr, I'm glad you enjoyed my hub and thanks for using it along with yours. I appreciate your comments.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi Pam, This is a fabulous travel guide for the Bahamas! They should use it to entice more tourists. I've been to the Atlantis...I won $300 on the slots. It was a memorable vacation. My neighbor sails out tomorrow morning. Her daughters surprised her and their dad with the weekend cruise:)


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Linda, It is definitely a popular location. I played the slots at the Atlantis, but was not as lucky as you, but I did win $120 on the ship. Thanks for your remarks.

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