The Bahamas Medical Tourism Tips

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The following is a list of medical tourist travel tips that should be helpful for both new and experienced medical tourists:

  • The Bahamian currency is the Bahamian dollar, but US dollars are accepted everywhere. The Bahamian dollar and US dollars are equal to each other, so no complicated conversion rates are necessary.
  • You may need to remember your sense of humor when shopping or walking through a street market in the Bahamas. Many vendors will outright call out for you to look at their merchandise, and can be very direct and humorous to try and get your attention. Just remember they are trying to make a living, and if not interested, politely and firmly say no, and walk away.
  • The food is generally safe to eat in the Bahamas, and will rarely upset your stomach. Note that since it is an island nation, the cuisine uses a lot of seafood, so if you’re allergic to any seafood or shellfish, beware.
  • If you have a simple palate and would rather eat Americanized food, the Bahamas has plenty of fast food options available.
  • The water is safe to drink in the more popular islands, but may not be in the outer Family Islands. If you are unsure, just opt for bottled water that can be bought from convenience stores and restaurants.
  • The weather in the Bahamas rarely gets below the 70s, even during the winter. Therefore, pack mindfully, and always think of comfort as your priority. Bring along loose and comfortable clothes, a hat to cover your head and broken-in walking shoes.
  • It may be a simple suggestion, but do not forget your sunscreen. The sun can be strong, especially near the coastline and on the beaches. The last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable and sunburned before your medical procedure.
  • Remember that the prices of hotel rooms on the larger islands are not dirt cheap. You can probably get away with a $50 to $70 USD a night room, but the more luxurious ones can go upwards of $300 to $500 USD.