The Bahamas Warnings and Dangers

  • Water Hazards
    by monica71
  • Water Hazards
    by monica71
  • Water Hazards
    by monica71

The Bahamas Warnings and Dangers

  • Taxi charges

    Nassau Warnings and Dangers

    beware - Taxi tried to charge me an additional $60 to transport my quiet and friendly dog (in his cage) when I arrived at the airport in Nassau (Jan 08, 2011). I asked the airport taxi attendant on duty for clarification and he said "taxis are public transit and must charge this surcharge, how much did your airline charge you to bring the dog to...

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  • Water Hazards

    The Bahamas Warnings and Dangers

    If you want to swim in the ocean, you have to make sure you stay beyond the buoy. There are also currents you have to be aware of. All the beaches have flags that show you how safe it is to swim in the ocean: Red Flag = dangerous conditions; Yellow Flag = be careful; Green Flag = go and enjoy swimming in the ocean

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  • Vendors

    The Bahamas Warnings and Dangers

    THE DIAMOND CENTER PURCHASING ANY JEWELRY FROM THE DIAMOND CENTER IS NOT RECOMMENDED !! THEY HAVE AT LEAST 2 LOCATIONS IN THE BAHAMAS, AND ARE NOT HONORABLE BUSINESS PEOPLE. BASICALLY THEY IGNORE / ERASE YOU AFTER YOU BUY JEWELRY FROM THEM. THE STONE FELL OUT OF MY RING AFTER 3 SHORT DAYS. MANY EMAILS & PHONE CALLS MADE TO THE DIAMOND CENTER...

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  • Safety

    The Bahamas Warnings and Dangers

    When I recently visited The Bahamas I brought along my young nephew to experience the place. Upon visiting we got situated into our room and chilled out for the night. The next morning before we went out to sea we cleaned up and got ready to leave when I released my little nephew had opened and brushed his teeth with Bulmax chafing cream. When I...

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  • Sunburn

    The Bahamas Warnings and Dangers

    If you go snorkeling, WEAR LOTS OF SUNSCREEN, WEAR A T-SHIRT, AND DON'T STAY OUT TOO LONG! Despite my bouyance problems (I don't float, even with floatation devices), the fish and coral were so beautiful that I stayed out for two hours in only a swimsuit. Even with waterproof SPF 50 I ended up with a second degree sunburn over my entire back. NO...

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  • Animals

    The Bahamas Warnings and Dangers

    PLEASE DON'T FEED THE WILDLIFE!!! The cruiseline set us up with a BBQ on CocoCay and hundreds of people were eating at the same time. Some of the 'brighter' ones thought feeding the birds would be fun. Once a few were fed, they all went nuts trying to get our food (duhhh)! When in a large crowd with lots of food and birds around, DON'T FEED THE...

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  • Rocks on the beach

    There are some rocks on the beach where you can take nice pictures or just enjoy watching the ocean. Be careful when walking on the rocks and climbing them. They are slippery!

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  • Swimming in the ocean

    If you want to swim in the ocean, you have to make sure you stay beyond the buoy. There are also currents you have to be aware of. All the beaches have flags that show you how safe it is to swim in the ocean: Red Flag = dangerous conditions; Yellow Flag = be careful; Green Flag = go and enjoy swimming in the ocean

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  • Traffic!

    As a former British colony, the traffic drives on the LEFT side of the road in the Bahamas. When you arrive in Nassau, this is not immediately obvious, since almost all cars have the steering wheel on the left, plus many streets are one-way. I almost walked right in front of a bus on a 2 way traffic road, not paying attention, and not looking in...

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  • Don't Feed the Wildlife!

    Why do people do this???The guy in the photo was feeding the seagulls at the beach, and they practically attacked him!Not a good idea to do this anywhere.

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  • Medical Assistance

    When I recently visited The Bahamas I brought along my young nephew to experience the place. Upon visiting we got situated into our room and chilled out for the night. The next morning before we went out to sea we cleaned up and got ready to leave when I released my little nephew had opened and brushed his teeth with Bulmax chafing cream. When I...

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  • Ciguatera

    Ciguatera is a poison that can occur in all fish with high mercury levels, predatory status, or lives upon a tropical reef in general. 1. Barracuda 2. Tuna 3. Amber-jack 4. Shark 5. Parrot Fish 6. Grouper 7. And many more fish The rule of thumb is, if the fish has a metallic look or is a predatory feeder on other fish that feed off the reef, then...

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  • Sharks and Barracuda

    If you go with an experienced guide then you should have no problem with this, because they can sense when it's time to leave the water, or if you can stay. And, if you are familiar with water and its aquatic creatures, then this doesn't apply to you. But if this is your first time, then take the following precautions. (Of course those of you with...

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  • Corral Reefs

    It is important for you to realize that in The Bahamas' corral reefs are a real danger to your water vessel. If you go out on your own, make sure that you are well informed of the area, have sufficient charts, and are an experienced captain. I have grown up on the water and have been on the seas many times and still there are places in the bahamas...

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  • THE DIAMOND CENTER / BAHAMAS

    THE DIAMOND CENTERPURCHASING ANY JEWELRY FROM THE DIAMOND CENTER IS NOT RECOMMENDED !! THEY HAVE AT LEAST 2 LOCATIONS IN THE BAHAMAS, AND ARE NOT HONORABLE BUSINESS PEOPLE. BASICALLY THEY IGNORE / ERASE YOU AFTER YOU BUY JEWELRY FROM THEM. THE STONE FELL OUT OF MY RING AFTER 3 SHORT DAYS. MANY EMAILS & PHONE CALLS MADE TO THE DIAMOND CENTER UPON...

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  • Hurricane weather

    The weather was bad when we tried the sub aquanauts trip. Many got sick afterwards. The rain made the buoys go up and down rapidly which affected the current of the water. This in turn affected the movement of the underwater scooter and the boat. Another person who was doing regular scuba diving in the same place got vertigo (sp). Try to avoid the...

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  • Traffic

    If you are on a tight schedule like we were... build extra time in your outing because if there is a traffic accident on the only road that we found...it can take hours to clean up. Locals can be very creative with their driving skills.Riding mopeds allowed us to manoeuvre around the cars.

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  • Cover up, because it's HOT!

    The sun is wonderful, but at the Bahamas it is more than wonderful and it could burn your booty if you let it! And I did at times :)

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  • Nassau... "Lady, Wanna Buy Some...?"

    One thing I must say about Nassau... there is no lack of access to marijuana. As soon as we stepped off our cruise ship, we were greeted by a local offering us a baggie of pot. It nearly scared me to death, but my husband just said, "Nah, man"Everywhere we went, it seems there was someone offering drugs. (I don't really think we look like druggies,...

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  • Phone Bandits

    Most cell phones will not work in the Bahamas. I heard from someone who was at a convention on Paradise Island and they said none of the 200 people there could use any of their cellphones with various different providers. OTOH, I sometimes hear that Verizon phones will work.In any case, since 2002 no phone cards will work in the Bahamas except for...

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  • Hair Braiding

    When you see TONS of black folks on your cruise disembarking in Nassau, and not a ONE of them stop to get their hair braided by the dozen or so Bahama Mama Official Hair Braiders -- wouldn't that make you think , WHY!?!? White folks kill me some times! ; )

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  • Check places wherer you are...

    Check places where you are going to see the best places to walk or park. There has been people jumped getting out of their cars and robbed. Some people love to walk like me! Check the safest places if your planning a long walk. You might find yourself in not so good company along the path.

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  • Snorkeling Sunburn

    If you go snorkeling, WEAR LOTS OF SUNSCREEN, WEAR A T-SHIRT, AND DON'T STAY OUT TOO LONG! Despite my bouyance problems (I don't float, even with floatation devices), the fish and coral were so beautiful that I stayed out for two hours in only a swimsuit. Even with waterproof SPF 50 I ended up with a second degree sunburn over my entire back. NO...

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  • Bare Boating is a wonderful...

    Bare Boating is a wonderful way to dive the Bahamas if the captain knows the waters. The hazard is do it with a people who are compatible since 4 to 10 days aboard a small boat with uncompatible persons is pure hell.

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  • Be prepared for LOTS of...

    Be prepared for LOTS of mosquitos!!! I was eaten alive. They do have mosquito netsover the beds & mosquito coils to burn, but bring extra strength repellant with you.

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  • Beware of picnic tables on...

    Beware of picnic tables on docks that are not bolted down. We sat down on one and it promptly tipped over spilling us off the dock. The tide was out, so we fell on the rocks below -- approximately 15 feet down. I broke 5 bones and my husband had deep lacerations on his legs. There isn't 911 on the out islands, so we had to be transported to the...

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  • I don't know if this is...

    I don't know if this is considered a danger, but we were approached by a carriage driver to take a ride with him in his horse and buggy (very common). However, he also began to solicite us to buy weed. He was telling us the best place to get it and the price and he would take us there. He talked of this so casually like he was talking about a place...

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  • Warning pre tan before you go...

    Warning pre tan before you go this will help the fair skined like most of us!Kids smear on the best waterproof stuff you can buy and add more after a while!This can realy wreck a tropical fun time,put on lots of moisturizers after a lot of sun too!and watch the tops of your feet if you love to walk in the ocean the sun can realy fry them even in...

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  • Be very wary of the 'Booze...

    Be very wary of the 'Booze Cruise Man' He makes a 'Bahama Mamma' that will knock you silly... I almost fell off the boat (or thrown off) a couple of times... but from what I remember I got my $25 worth of booze!

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  • The Reefs

    The reefs are beautiful to look at, but be careful they are easy to damage so it is recommended not to touch.

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  • PLEASE DON'T FEED THE...

    PLEASE DON'T FEED THE WILDLIFE!!! The cruiseline set us up with a BBQ on CocoCay and hundreds of people were eating at the same time. Some of the 'brighter' ones thought feeding the birds would be fun. Once a few were fed, they all went nuts trying to get our food (duhhh)! When in a large crowd with lots of food and birds around, DON'T FEED THE...

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  • The only thing I want to tell...

    The only thing I want to tell all the travelers of Nassau, is that it's very expensive there. And the locals like to take advantage of naive tourists.

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  • I decided to try a peaceful...

    I decided to try a peaceful time of para-sailing. Because of the flashbacks, I cannot recount too many of the details of how it felt to be hopped twice and bounced off the floating platform, throw into the sea, and dragged through the water by the speed boat before lifting off to my 300-foot aerial perch! Because the boat driver almost killed me at...

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  • I put this here to get your...

    I put this here to get your attention, but this is NOT one of the things you need to fear. The Caribean Reef Shark, while often quite large are not a threat to divers or swimmers. As long as you don't do anything completely stupid, like cutting yourself on purpose, or wearing dead fish around your neck, sharks are just another sea creature. Respect...

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  • the biggest risk to us female...

    the biggest risk to us female tourists is getting ripped off by the prices these local Bahamian women charge to get our hair braided . they offer $2.00 per braid or $100.00 for your whole head . if you have never had your hair braided before that is very high priced but it sure does look nice .

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  • We landed in a downpour at...

    We landed in a downpour at the airport where my 12-year-old brother (at the time) was nearly arrested by two guards at gunpoint. After over four hours in the airport we finally made it to our hotel and collapsed on the beds. Also, watch out for the giant rats that run freely through the cities... and around your car at night... and sometimes...

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  • Watch out for waterspouts in...

    Watch out for waterspouts in the Bermuda Triangle. (I think there was a spaceship hiding in the cloud refueling:)

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  • while we were there we met a...

    while we were there we met a woman who had been robbed. She had gone into a bad area and gotten mugged. Its not to hard to end up there either. There a main road that if you stay on it long enough you will end up there. Its kind of like the getto of Nasau. So be careful. and watch out for chickens theyre everywhere!

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  • Don't panic...I just wanted to...

    Don't panic...I just wanted to remind everyone to make sure they have their ID. on my cruise to the Bahamas, I accidentally left my passport on the ship. When I tried to board again, I didn't have it! The captain misheard my name, so he told me that he couldn't find me on the registry. Once I gave him my social security number and spelled my name...

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  • There is only one ATM machine...

    There is only one ATM machine on the island - located in the casino, so make sure you bring enough cash for taxis, etc. Most places take credit cards, however they usually have a minimum charge set between $15-20.

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  • Watch out there are a lot of...

    Watch out there are a lot of con-men& even children there will rob you blind. carry any credit cards& cash i take travelers checks myself.in money BELT.watch out for the kids that will grab your cameras off your backs if you have them on your shoulders..just like anywhere you be carefull& have eyes all around .

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