The Bahamas Local Customs

  • My brother sampling the scorched conch
    My brother sampling the scorched conch
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    The Live Conch in the Shell
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  • I pull the live conch from it's shell
    I pull the live conch from it's shell
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The Bahamas Local Customs

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    The Bahamas Local Customs

    We liked the uniforms of the Bahamian police that was directing traffic everywhere, white gloves and all. I asked the one in the photo if it was ok to take a photo of him, and he just smiled at us ( after giving us directions) and said "of course".

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    The Bahamas Local Customs

    There are many girls on the island that set up on the beach ready to braid your hair with beads. I took on this experience and it was fun and the girls are very talkative. They are not only good at it, but very fast. What a job? Where do I sign up for that position - beach all day, doing hair, meeting new people and get paid (pretty good) for it!

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  • Bahamian Police

    We liked the uniforms of the Bahamian police that was directing traffic everywhere, white gloves and all. I asked the one in the photo if it was ok to take a photo of him, and he just smiled at us ( after giving us directions) and said "of course".

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  • Bahamian currency

    The Bahamian dollar is pegged to the American dollar, which means they can be traded one-for-one. Furthermore, US currency seems to be accepted everywhere in the Bahamas.In most cases, when you get change for your purchases, it will be in the currency you paid in. If you pay in US dollars, you will get US change, and if you pay in Bahamian dollars,...

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  • Hair Braiding

    Having long blond hair I probably got more notice from the locals who will offer to braid your hair, but this is quite common. Though I did not have it done, I did see some tourists with their hair braided and they do a good job. I am unsure of how much they charge, since they are clearly looking for tourists who have extra money to spend.

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  • Conky Joe

    A white Bahamian is called a 'Conky Joe'. There are quite a few and most have family ties to the UK. This can be seen in the National Flag. Even though the Bahamas is independant they are still members of the Commonwealth of Nations and the Union Flag in the upper corner attests to that.Bahamians love US Football and are almost all Miami Dolphin...

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  • crossing the street

    On cable beach they do not have lights telling you to cross or dont cross just signs telling you where to cross and it may be wise for you to signal first and still look because there are times when we saw people speeding in the pedestrian zones.

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  • Braiding your hair with Beads!

    There are many girls on the island that set up on the beach ready to braid your hair with beads. I took on this experience and it was fun and the girls are very talkative. They are not only good at it, but very fast. What a job? Where do I sign up for that position - beach all day, doing hair, meeting new people and get paid (pretty good) for it!

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  • Trash

    Do NOTDO notDO NOTLITTER!!!Really,really REALLY BAD idea!!If you smoke, also carry about with you some way to carry butts. DON'T just flip them about.Actually, not a bad idea anywhere you go. I saw a cobber get hauled away by a gendarme for this. Wow.

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  • We got along great with the...

    We got along great with the natives as we had money to spend and there were no more tourists because of the war. We found that a lot of the domestic workers were poorly paid and lived in horrible shacks etc. So when we rented a house eventually (we were 5 guys) we gave the maid, cook and laundry lady $25.U.S. per week plus find ( food left from a...

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  • The locals in Turks & Caicos...

    The locals in Turks & Caicos and the Out islands in the Bahamas are wonderful, gentle people. Very kind. Always smiling and waving to you as you go by. For the most part, they seemed spiritually in tune, generous of spirit and kind-hearted.

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  • They add a tip on at all...

    They add a tip on at all places,but the local joints we do not like this and I think It hurts the Bahamian economy,most deals you get say tip is in your bill!well if somebody gives me great service I will leave a tip ,not as much let say U.S. 15/20% but something to let that person know that we care,like our maids if I catch them in my room and I...

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  • Book a profesional guided...

    Book a profesional guided tour. They take you to the historical sites and points of interest. Call : 242 302 2055 for more info.

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  • Bahamian hospitality and...

    Bahamian hospitality and culture is warm and rich. Call the People to People Unit, Ministry of Tourism Nassau. Tel : 242 326 5371 or Fax : 242 356 0434

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  • There is some truth in stereotypes

    This may sound like a stereotype, but it is quite true that many of the people you meet in the Bahamas who live there are very laid-back and relaxed, and take their time getting things done, so don't expect things to get accomplished quickly. That is why this is a great vacation place for rest and relaxation!

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  • Don't offend the natives by...

    Don't offend the natives by dressing immodestly. The Bahamians are a very modest people, unlike many peoples fantasies that every one lives in the nude on tropical islands. This applies more for women then men, but don' walk around in your swimsuit when in the presence of natives especially the older ones. They find it offensive.

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  • Mom's Bakery.......consists of...

    Mom's Bakery.......consists of her selling her baked items from her VAN.....across from Exuma Dive, usually.....need to know that there is only one 'sizeable' grocery store on this island....food, etc. arrives by ship.....once a week, if weather permits.....so stock up

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  • This was the nice thing about...

    This was the nice thing about Nasau you could still really feel and see the culture. Through the buildings and the people, still there was definately tourists traps. They do try to sell you herb when you get there. Its probably safer to bring your own. Can I say that?

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  • Tourism is their number one...

    Tourism is their number one form of income, you will find that when you stop somehwere to site see, if someone shows you around a place, expect to pay them at least a few dollars. They will ask!The flowers are very beautiful, but some are poisonous.

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  • The casinos can be quite fun,...

    The casinos can be quite fun, if you like that sort of thing. One thing that I found interesting was the fact that locals are not allowed to gamble or enter the casios unless they are working. They do this to prevent crime caused by gaming additions! It has seemed to work and locals do not mind!

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