U.S. currency and electrical appliances work everywhere.
Area: Grand Bahama Island is 96 miles long and 17 miles at its widest point. All of the island's major development is west from Freeport/Lucaya.
At the East End, McLean's Town and Sweeting's Cay remain relatively unvisited. Sweeting's Cay, 55 miles east of Freeport, can be reached only by boat; roads and electricity are relatively new introductions there. The small villages are the real Grand Bahama way of life and well worth a visit.
Climate: Temperatures average 70 to 75 degrees
from September to May, 80 to 85 the rest of the year. Grand Bahama is close
enough to the U.S. to be affected by passing cold fronts.
Documents: U.S. citizens need a passport for re-entry to the States. Canadian citizens need a return ticket and a valid passport or certified birth certificate with photo I.D. A driver's license is not a valid form of identification. All others need a valid passport for entry.
Currency: The Bahamian dollar which is on par with the U.S. dollar. U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere.
Electricity: 120 volts; U.S. appliances are compatible.
Taxes and Tipping: The government levies a $12 per night, per person room tax. The normal service charge is 15%, which sometimes is added automatically to the bill. The departure tax is $18; children 6 and under are exempt
Time: Eastern Standard Time that switches to Eastern Daylight Time to correspond with the U.S. eastern time zone.
Around the Island: Although taxis are readily available, the easiest and most convenient form of transportation is a rental car. The roads are well marked and easy to follow. Driving is on the left. Book your rental car in advance and pick it up at the airport.