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By: Michael Cheung. TDC100 TA- Top Destinations in Canada. Bahamas. Video about the Bahamas Presentation of the Bahamas Handout will be distributed after presentation. Overview of today’s presentation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsA9Lt7xIx0. Video. Map of Bahamas.

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by michael cheung
By: Michael Cheung

TDC100 TA- Top Destinations in Canada

Bahamas

overview of today s presentation

Video about the Bahamas

Presentation of the Bahamas

Handout will be distributed after presentation

Overview of today’s presentation
introduction to bahamas

Capital city is Nassau

  • Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS)
  • Language:
    • Locals speak English
    • Some have accent such as African, Irish or Scottish
  • Religion:
    • Baptist, Anglican, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Church of God, Methodist
  • Currency: $Bahamian Dollars (BSD)
    • U.S. Dollars are the always equivalent to Bahamian Dollar
Introduction to Bahamas
how to get there
How to get there
  • In total there are 14 islands
  • Grand Bahamas International Airport - Freeport (FPO)
  • Marsh Harbour Airport – The Abacos (MHH)
  • National Airline: Bahamasair
    • Serves 19 airports and 12 Bahamian islands
  • Some of the outer islands have airports or airstrips, or have a short ferry ride
  • Air Canada is the only carrier offering scheduled service from Canada to Nassau
climate and weather patterns
Climate and weather Patterns
  • Averages between 24ºC -29ºC during both Winter and Summer
  • It can get chilly in the morning and in the night time
  • Hurricanes
    • The hurricane season usually comes June 1 – November 30
    • More tropical cyclones in the U.S. Mainland than Bahamas
cultural patterns
Cultural Patterns

Holidays

  • Whit Monday When: May 20
  • Boxing Day When: December 26
  • Christmas Day When: December 25
  • Discovery Day When: October 14
  • Good Friday

When: March 29

  • Easter Sunday & Monday

When:

  • Emancipation Day When: August 5
  • Independence Day When: July 10
  • Labour Day When: June 7
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Food
  • Johnnycake
    • Originally called, “Journey Cake”
    • Dates back from the early settlers
    • Made with butter, milk, flour, sugar, salt and baking powder
  • Peas ‘n’ Rice
    • Popular method to cook is with pigeon peas which grow on small trees or with black-eyed peas with salt park, tomatoes, celery, uncooked rice, thyme, green pepper, onion, salt, and pepper
customs

Arriving at Bahamas:

Allows you to bring in 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 1 pound of tobacco, plus 1 quart of spirits (hard liquor)

Returning to US:

Can bring back $800 of merchandise duty-free

1 litre of duty-free wine or liquor and up to five cartons of duty-free cigarettes

Customs
travel advisories

Canadian’s must:

    • Present a Canadian passport to visit Bahamas
    • Show Permanent Resident Card and a valid passport if you are permanent resident of Canada
  • Visas
    • Student Permit is required
    • Business visa and tourist visa are not required
Travel advisories
travel advisories continued

Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate

    • It is required for entry for travellers over 1 year of age
  • Malaria
    • Recommended for Great Exuma Island
Travel Advisories (Continued)
miscellaneous considerations for travellers

ATM’s

    • Most banks have ATMs
    • Accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and any other bank or credit card
  • Some may not accept credit cards unless there is a computer chip to prevent credit card fraud
Miscellaneous considerations for Travellers
lodging

Budget

    • Best Western Bay View Suites
    • Location: Nassau
      • Attractions: At least 6-10 minutes drive to Paradise Beach
      • 10 minute walk to Cabbage Beach
      • Amenities include: Lunch-only restaurant, bar, babysitting, 3 outdoor pools, tennis court, In room: A/C, TV, hairdryer, kitchen, Wi-Fi (Free)
      • Appeals to children and adults
      • Rates: $180-$245 for 1 bedroom suite
Lodging
lodging continued

Intermediate

    • Comfort Suites Paradise Island
    • Location: Nassau
      • Attractions: Paradise Island Golf Course
      • Amenities include: Restaurant, bar, small health club, outdoor pool, tennis court, In room: A/C, TV, fridge, hair dryer, Wi-Fi ($10)
      • Appeal to honeymooners
      • Rates: Winter $265-$330 double
        • Off-season $250-$330 double
Lodging (Continued)
lodging continued1

Deluxe Hotel

    • Atlantis Paradise Island
    • Location: Nassau
      • Attractions: Leap of Faith (Waterslide into lagoon filled with sharks)
      • Amenities include: 20 restaurants, 18 lounges and clubs, babysitting, concierge, children’s programs (ages 3-17), health club & spa, 17 outdoor pools, room service, 5 tennis courts, In room: A/C, TV, hairdryer, minibar, Wi-Fi ($15)
      • Appeals to children and adult
      • Rates: Winter $420-$700 double,
        • Off-season $270-$660 double
Lodging (Continued)
transportation

Rental Car

    • In Nassau and Freeport Island, you can rely on taxis and public transit
    • In some outer islands, most rental cars are cheap and in poor condition
    • Budget
  • Taxi
  • Usually in Nassau/Paradise Island, Grand Bahamas area
    • Cabs are metered and only take cash, no credit cards
    • Outer Islands are not metered, so you must negotiate about the fare
    • Freeport Taxi Company
      • Open 24 hours
Transportation
transportation continued

Chartered Boat

    • Most luxurious way to see The Bahamas
    • Go to any island you want to
Transportation (Continued)
major attractions

Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Centre

    • The Caribbean flamingo, is the national bird of The Bahamas
    • Almost disappeared in the early 1940s and was brought back through the efforts of the National Trust
    • Other wildlife here include boa constrictors (snakes), macaws (parrots), kinkajous (honey bear), iguanas, brown-headed tamarins (monkey), and much more
Major Attractions
major attraction continued

Pirates of Nassau

    • Best attraction for kids
    • The exhibit is about the “Golden age of piracy” from 1960-1720
    • Walk through the pirate ship called “The Revenge”
    • The exhibit also tells about Captain Woodes Rogers, who was sent by the English Crown to suppress pirates of the Caribbean
Major Attraction (Continued)
major attractions continued

Windsor Equestrian Centre & Happy Trails Stables

Located in Coral Harbour, Nassau

Offers 90-minute horseback riding

Limited to a maximum of eight riders at a time, for $150 per person

Price includes transportation to and from the hotel

Children must be 12 years old and older and must weigh less than 201 pounds

Make reservations

Major Attractions (Continued)
major attractions continued1

Nassau Public Library and Museum

    • This building was built in 1797
    • It was a Nassau Gaol (jail)
    • It became a public library in 1873
    • Library’s collection of historic documents from the colonial days
Major Attractions (continued)
major attractions continued2

Seaworld Explorer

    • Allows you to explore above the submarine of all the islands of The Bahamas
    • Explore underwater where all the fishes are and experience the life underwater
    • Reservation is required
    • Fees: Adult $45

Children (2-12) $25

Major Attractions (continued)
geographic features

Many cays around Bahamas

  • Time
    • Eastern Standard Time (EST) and daylight saving time is during the summer
Geographic features
food drink shopping

Food

  • Conch
    • Pronounced as “Konk”
    • Every cook has a different recipe to prepare conch
    • Example is Conch salad
      • Conch salad is a local favourite
      • Uncooked conch marinated in Old Sour (hot pepper sauce) to break down its tissues and add extra flavour
      • This is also served with diced red or green peppers and chopped onions
Food, Drink, Shopping
food drink shopping continued

Drinks

    • Rum came from Cuba and Jamaica
    • Invented several drinks such as the Yellow Bird, the Bahama Mama, and the Goombay Smash
      • The Bahama Mama has Vat 19, citrus juice, a pinch of nutmeg, crème de cassis, and a hint of grenadine
Food, drink, shopping (continued)
food drink shopping continued1

Nassau International Bazaar

    • 30 shops selling international goods
    • Runs from Bay Street down to the Waterfront (near Prince George Wharf)
      • Prince George Plaza
        • Popular with cruise-ship passengers
        • Many shops occupy on Bay Street
Food, Drink, shopping (Continued)