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Bahamas – Close to Home, But a World Away….

This well-known island chain includes 700 islands and 2,000 cays (low sand banks) and each has its own diversity. Only 30 of the islands are inhabited.

Although located less than 200 miles off the Florida coast, the Bahamas is really about getting away from it all. You and your guests can relax on the pink coral beaches or opt for tennis, snorkeling, or sailing in the beautiful Caribbean waters.


Quick Facts

  • Language: English
  • Passport: Yes 
  • Currency: Bahamian Dollar       
  • Time Zone:        Eastern Standard Time
  • Airport: There are a number of airports located on the islands of the Bahamas, but only two handle longer flights coming from outside of the Caribbean - Nassau International Airport on New Providence Island and Freeport Airport on Grand Bahama.
  • Weather: Lows temperatures average in the 60’s and 70’s and highs in the upper 70’s to upper 80’s.  On average July is the warmest month and February is the coolest month.  June is the wettest month and February is the driest month.

Marriage Requirements

The bride and groom must spend one day in Bahamas prior to submitting your application for a marriage license, which can be completed at the registers office.  A government issued photo id is required as well as evidence of arrival in the Bahamas must also be produced.   The fee for obtaining a marriage license is $100 and is valid for 3 months.  No blood test is required. If either party is divorced, a certified (certified documents must bear a raised seal from the court) or original final decree is required.  If either party is widowed, the death certificate of deceased spouse must be produced. 


Articles:  Fall Winter 2007

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