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Live such as a local in Nassau, Bahamas

The Bahamas is really a Caribbean archipelago located off the coast of Florida with an extended history of colonization; however, the national country became independent from the united kingdom in 1973. With a population of 319 approximately,000, 70 percent of inhabitants go on New Providence Island almost. Paradise Island is linked to New Providence by way of a toll bridge with among the better beaches alongside high-end accommodations, luxurious villas, golf casinos and courses.

Of its 700 islands, only 29 are inhabited. The region houses 2000 coral reefs almost, spanning the length from the southeast coasts of Florida to the northwest of Hispaniola.

The national government is elected every five years and the parliament has sat, uninterrupted, since 1729. The Bahamas is linked to the united kingdom through the Commonwealth of Nations, which Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is head.

Follow the Money

The rich and famous selecting The Bahamas for his or her retreat include: Nicolas Case who owns an estate on Paradise Island and an exclusive island in the Exuma chain; PADRAIG HARRINGTON, owns property at the Albany Estate; Mariah Carey, owns a homely house on Windermere, an exclusive island linked to Eleuthera. Other notables (past and present) who spending some time in the Bahamas include Johnny Depp, Bill Gates, JORDAN, Lenny Kravitz, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Eddie Murphy. The most used places among expats are New Providence, Grand and abaco Bahama.

New Providence, the administrative centre of the national country, may be the seat of government, a commercial center, the locale for the Lynden Pindling Airport terminal and populated with major hotels.

Villas and Condos Upstage Hotels

For an increasing number of global travelers, hotels don&rsquo just;t cut it. Regardless of how well decorated and designed, the hotel environment could be stressful…specifically for families with special-needs children (from autism to nutrition), adults with military trauma, Alzheimer’s or other debilitating medical issues together with adults who would like to eat, sleep and walk within their PJs and/or need personal security around. The hotel environment requires conforming to the regulations and rules of others which, for an increasing number of travelers, isn’t any occasion just.

Know Before You Go

Whether you’ve planned on surviving in Nassau on an effort basis by renting a villa or condo on the Thanksgiving and New Year’s holiday, or investing in a second home and developing a brand-new Bahamian lifestyle, there are several things to consider. Nassau presents a fantastic venue for holiday /extended-stay opportunities…but like else&hellip everywhere;life isn’t a beach.


Because of the close proximity of the united states to the Bahamas, Nassau offers a quick escape to the “exotic” while being near friends, family and business in the entire case of a crisis. You can find frequent air links between Nassau and the united states, English may be the language of the united states and the united states dollar is acceptable currency although passports are essential for US people to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.


  1. Food. Because almost all of the food/beverages (wines and spirits) are imported and the Bahamas places high import duties on products (rather than taxes), the expense of dining could be “more expensive” than planned. Some Bahamians fly to Florida to look for groceries and also clothes, so consult with your property broker for info on food delivery services from mainland to Nassau and the very best local grocery stores.
  1. Bureaucracy. Should you be in Nassau being an extended-stay holiday family, government red tape isn’t more likely to become an presssing issue; however, in the event you end up buying or create a true home, take up a business or invest (citizenship by investment), make certain the tranquilizer prescription has been renewed as well as your fidget toy in operational.
  1. Crime. You can find inner-city ghettos, gang violence, and poverty; however, villas, condo along with other gated communities in either the east or west parts of New Providence are communities which are picture-perfect beautiful with pools and beaches within walking/biking distance and come built with private security.
  1. Entertainment. There are several small cinemas, a bowling alley, roller skating rink, paintball arena and a lot of beaches which are accessible for swimming easily, scuba and snorkeling along with sailing. The Dundas theatre offers Bahamian shows and plays; Arawak Cay for meeting and eating with locals; the National MEMORIAL for views of local artists and their works; the Baha Mar features local artists and the Atlantis, Baha Breezes and Mar offer casinos.
  1. Culture. Bahamians want to go to town through art, dance and music and there are lots of local artists/sculptors/designers to meet up.
  1. Healthcare. The Bahamas has several well-equipped medical facilities and well-trained staff with three government and two hostipal wards. You can find 55 health centers, with nine on New Providence.
  1. Taxation. The Bahamas certainly are a tax haven. The national country doesn’t have a capital gains tax, inheritance tax, personal gift or tax tax and, as a total result, it is the most preferred tax havens for residents of the united states and Europe. There’s offshore banking and registration of offshore companies also. Offshore companies or people who have offshore bank accounts haven’t any tax liability at all for income earned outside the jurisdiction. It really is interesting to notice that The Bahamas was one of the primary Caribbean countries to look at stringent banking secrecy laws.
  1. Tourism may be the main income source for the bigger islands; however, small family islands tend to be more secluded and invite visitors the chance to see a laid-back lifestyle.

Villas and Condos

Tim Roland, PROPERTY Broker

The first person to get hold of as as you choose to spend quality amount of time in The Bahamas soon, is a property broker. I spent time with Tim Roland recently, among the top 4 producers at Better Gardens and Homes PROPERTY, who whetted my appetite for a Nassau lifestyle by introducing me to an array of accommodations where I possibly could “live such as a local.”

Described as “Villa Island Dream” this 6500 sq. ft. property offers 5 bedrooms and 6 baths, an in-ground pool, an outdoor with water palm and views trees. The interiors were created with a colonial-island flair, customized furniture, travertine floors, dark wood accents and white columns, and also a guest cottage.  The air-conditioned villa is furnished and includes a spa fully, wireless Internet and a boat dock. You can find 2 beaches nearby, a course and the Atlantis Hotel supplying a waterpark, pools, restaurants, and a walk-in aquarium. The villas rental includes daily housekeeping (however, not on weekends and holidays). For a little additional fee, the villa could be stocked together with your favorite wines and groceries and airport transfers and special activities could be arranged.

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Identified as “Island’s End” this trophy property is situated on Paradise Island with nearby white sandy beaches and blue-green water and within walking distance of top – tier shopping. The teak dock is really a perfect perch for the yacht. With 6 bedrooms that may accommodate around 12 members of the family or your very best friends, the master bedroom comes filled with a steam shower and jetted tub. Needless to say, there’s wireless Internet, and the complete villa is air conditioned. The pool is heated, and carries a spa, and jacuzzi. The housekeeper visits and personal chefs daily, nannies, chauffeurs, etc. could be arranged (for additional fees).  This non-smoking villa isn’t social and pet-friendly events require pre-approval.

For small budgets and fewer friends, a 2-bedroom villa (section of a flat complex) is ideal for under $300 per night (predicated on season). Within walking distance of the Atlantis (for dining/nightlife/gambling) the house supplies a private patio and shared pool. The furnished space is air-conditioned and includes TV and Wi-Fi fully.


A newly-renovated 1-bedroom, 1-bath in a gated condo community is on Cable Beach with dining, and beaches nearby. This furnished fully, budget-priced property, (under $200 per night predicated on season), offers air-conditioning, cable television, Wi-Fi and private yard.


One of the best options can be an totally glass-enclosed penthouse in a recently opened condo almost. The area was just sold and you will be on the rental list on Cable Beach soon. (Enter line because of this one – it’ll definitely maintain popular).

sculptor and

Artist. Keisha Oliver

While most rentals in Nassau are presented furnished, visitors may choose to add a handful of their very own personal touches to the tables and walls. If the visit becomes a need to buy or build, art, artists and interior designers can be the most crucial people that you experienced quickly. Not long ago i spent quality time with Kiesha Oliver and was introduced to her works at her studio in Nassau.

Oliver studied at the faculty of The Bahamas, receiving her BA from the University for the Creative Arts and a Masters in GRAPHICAL DESIGN from the University of the Arts London. Currently an associate of the faculty and the Coordinator of the Visual Arts Program at the University of the Bahamas she actually is also the Founder and Curator of the general public Treasury Art Program in Nassau.




Wellness. Doctors Hospital

No matter how carefully travel is planned, there are always a many opportunities for having an accidental fall or slip, picking right up the flu, having a negative a reaction to a prescription or feeling &ldquo just;under the elements.” Fortunately that New Providence has among the best hospitals in your community, and folks from round the global world select Doctors Hospital because of their unique medical programs and outstanding medical team.

Jessica Robertson, Director of Marketing, Doctors Hospital

In 2010, this medical facility was accredited by the Joint Commission International and contains delivered the best degree of private health care for over 50 years. With 72 beds, Doctors Hospital may be the modern acute care owned healthcare facility in the Caribbean privately, providing a lot more than 200 educated and trained physicians within the media team professionally, representing every medical specialty almost. Visitors may use their holiday time and energy to schedule their Annual Physical Exams.

In addition to Out Patient facilities, a healthcare facility offers elective surgery, an onsite laboratory, imaging and rehabilitation services in addition to wound care, a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chamber, and Fecal Microbiota Stem and Transplant Cell programs.


Marina + Yachts

Peter Maury, GM, Baystreet Marina

The perfect yacht for an ideal villa may need a lottery windfall. A number of the yachts docked by mansions, high-end upscale and hotels dining spots, shining in the Bahamian sun, can average around $10 million. Once you own one, you’re one of an extremely small group; only one 1,512 individuals, worldwide, have the ability to claim ownership (Camper & Nicholsons International). Who owns or charters these awesome yachts? Americans mostly, accompanied by Canadians, Arabs and europeans. From December &ndash the yachting season runs; May.

To call your boat a “super yacht” it should be more than 98 ft., and crewed professionally. Amenities include wine cellars, hot tubs, gyms, aromatherapy steam rooms, cinemas, and leisure accessories such as for example wave runners, and jet skis.

If yacht ownership isn’t area of the holiday plan, a little (55 ft. Otam Millennium) could be yours for $6,250 for an 8-hour day or $8,250 for just one overnight experience. A Moonraker, the costliest to charter, runs $30,000 for 8-hours and $40,the night time 500 to invest.

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