Language of the Bahamas - People to People

The language spoken on the islands is English – at least it’s called English. The old language has been shaped and reshaped over more than 300 years by a potpourri of cultures, of which the British and Caribbean have had no small influence. Some say the Bahamian accent is decidedly West Indian, others say it has a sound all its own. If it’s spoken quickly, it’s almost impossible for an outsider to understand. The secret is to listen carefully, and don’t be afraid to ask the speaker to repeat – that will often bring a delighted grin to his or her face.

People to People:

If you want to get to know the real Bahamians, go out and meet the people. This is easily achieved through the government-sponsored “People to People” program offered by the Ministry of Tourism. It gives visitors the opportunity to meet and socialize with Bahamians, meeting them in their homes and participating in their social and cultural events. Get involved and you’ll be invited to a variety of activities and social events. These might include performances by a local theater group, sporting events, or afternoon tea with a Bahamian family. For more information, contact the People-to-People Unit at the Tourist Information Center at Rawson Square in Nassau, at one of the information booths at the Nassau International Airport, or on Bay Street next to the Straw Market, at Prince George Dock, where the Ministry of Tourism’s main office is located. In Freeport, there’s a tourist office at the International Bazaar. In the Out Islands there are offices on Abaco, Eleuthera and the Exumas. To find out more on the Internet, go to, click on People at the left of the screen, then click on People-to-People Programme


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Getting There:

For visitors arriving by air, the Bahamas are served through Nassau by most US airlines and by international airlines from Canada and Europe, and to a slightly more limited degree through Freeport.

The Out Islands are served mainly by Bahamas Air via connections in Nassau and Freeport.

The Bahamas is also a major destination for the cruise ship industry

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