By Blair Howard

This trip consultant at the Bahamas contains sections on San Salvador, manhattan, Cat Island, the Acklins and the Berry Islands. The booklet additionally positive aspects experiences on Grand Bahama, Freeport, Eleuthera, Bimini and Andros, in addition to mailboat schedules and snorkeling journeys by means of John Michel Cousteau.

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If you want iced tea, you must ask for it. On most of the islands, the water is pure and safe to drink straight from the tap. Nassaus water is imported from Andros by ship and, by the time it reaches the consumer, the taste is not what you might like. Its best to drink only bottled water in Nassau. Tipping Its an almost universally accepted practice in the Bahamas to add a 15% service charge automatically to restaurant checks and the same with room service in the large hotels. If you dont see a gratuity on the bill, ask.

Shipwrecks, coral reefs, and mysterious blue holes dot the vast stretches of empty flats and shallow reefs. There are beaches where the sand is the color of pink champagne and School children in the Out Islands. Page 8 theres not an empty soda can to be seen anywhere; where you can wade in the shallow waters, lie in the sun, or cast a line into the gently rolling surf; where you can hook a chunky snapper, bake it on a stick over a small fire, and then, as the sun goes down in a blaze of red and gold, enjoy a meal like none youve ever tasted.

US residents, including children, may take home duty-free purchases valued up to $600, including up to 32 ounces of alcohol per person over the age of 21. Canadian citizens may take home up to $300 in purchases. Residents of Great Britain may take home up to £32 in duty-free purchases and each adult visitor is allowed 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or one pound of tobacco and a liter of alcohol duty-free. Departure Taxes At the time of writing, air travelers must pay a departure tax of $15 at Nassau and $18 at Freeport.

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