Gap Year in the Bahamas

 

Capital City Nassau
Population: 320,000
Currency: Bahamian Dollar ($)
Language: English
Calling Code +1 242

When you think of the Bahamas, do you think of beautiful beaches, sunny days and a relaxed way of life? If so, you’ll find that the Bahamas meets every one of your expectations! It’s true that a gap year in the Bahamas isn’t something that many people consider – put off by its touristy reputation – however there are sides to this island to enchant everyone, and it’s the perfect place to have a break from arduous travelling and simply relax.

Located just off the Florida coast, the Bahamas are perhaps the easiest of all the Caribbean islands to visit. And if you’re travelling through the USA, you should certainly make the minor diversion! Sure, you’ll find holiday hotspots on the coast, but if you’re prepared to explore you’ll find secluded beaches and scattered islands, ready to be explored. Of course, you’ll also find an amazing party scene too, for when you just want to let your hair down, Caribbean-style!

The Bahamas is also the perfect place for divers, with coastlines full of pristine water and stunning dive spots. If you haven’t dived already, you’ll also find plenty of schools able to take you through the initial training, as well as show you the best places on the island. Kayaking, snorkelling and sailing are also popular pastimes for visitors to the islands. Surely a gap year in the Bahamas is looking more and more appealing now?

Working in the Bahamas

When you’re in the Bahamas, you’ll probably be too busy relaxing to even think about working, however there are a few opportunities for travellers to find paid employment. The best bet is to approach dive schools and yachts for casual work, although there might also be opportunities in the hotel industry too. Of course, you’ll need to sort out the correct visa before starting work. Do you really want to spend your time in this paradise working though?

Where Next?

If you’re already in the Bahamas, why not use it as a launching pad for a Caribbean adventure? You can island hop from one end of the chain to the other, experiencing everything that this vibrant part of the world has to offer. Cuba, Jamaica, Barbados – all are within easy reach for you. The other obvious choice is to fly across to Florida and start exploring the USA, one of the most popular gap year destinations in the world.

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