Medical services and facilities in Bahamas are good, comparable to those in North America, however other than on New Providence and Grand Bahama islands medical care is more limited. Medical services for visitors can be also relatively expensive. Doctors and hospitals typically expect immediate cash payment for their services.
Comprehensive travel health insurance is recommended. Emergency evacuation to the United States can be very costly and air ambulance companies generally require payment or an insurerís guarantee of payment up front.
Food and Water
Local water, although not very tasty, is safe to drink. Bottled water is available and recommended for those who don't like the salty taste. Meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables and dairy products are considered safe for consumption. Milk is pasteurized.
The crime rate in Bahamas is pretty high, especially on the island of New Providence.
Tourist can become targets for thieves and pickpocketers. In 2009 there were also incidents of violent armed robbery against groups of tourists. According to a 2007 UN report, the Bahamas has the highest incidence of rape in the Caribbean. Most of the violent criminal activity takes place outside of the tourist areas and is not usually directed at tourists, but visitors should be aware that being just innocent bystanders, they may accidentally become victims of those crimes.
The Bahamas is situated inside the Caribbean 'hurricane belt' and is vulnerable to hurricanes. Hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30, however hurricanes occasionally occur outside that time period.
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