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Weather

The climate in The Bahamas is sub-tropical with average temperatures range between approx. 21 to 32 degrees Celsius.  Brief heavy showers are common throughout the year; locals call that Liquid Sunshine!

In the islands, there are basically two seasons: Wet and Dry. The Wet Season is from June through November which is also the hurricane season. The height of the tropical activity is traditionally between August and October. The Dry Season, much cooler and less humid, is between December and May. Temperatures under 20 degrees Celsius during the Dry Season are rare but do happen. Bright colored loose airy clothing is the recommended daytime wear. A light sweater or jacket should be part of your travel gear during the Dry Season.

With that said, the resort is fully air-conditioned so you should be prepared for cooler temperatures indoors.

Currency

The official currency in The Bahamas is the Bahamas Dollar (B$1), which is equivalent in value to the U.S. dollar. Both U.S. and Bahamian dollars are accepted interchangeably throughout the islands.

It is illegal to depart the country with more than B$200 in your possession because the currency is restricted.

Time Zone

The Bahamas are on Eastern Standard Time.

How to Get to The Atlantis Resort

Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), formerly known as Nassau International Airport, is the largest international gateway in The Bahamas.

The airport is a 25-45 minute drive depending on traffic from the Atlantis Paradise Island. The hotel does not provide shuttle service to or from the airport. The following transportation options are available.
• Taxi fare (one-way) is $38 + $1 toll bridge fee per person. As most taxis do not use meter in The Bahamas, always use licensed taxis and confirm the fare before you get in the vehicle.
• Bahamas Experience Limousine Tours & Transfers (reservation required): www.bahamasexperiencetours.com

The resort is vast and offer many amenities and on-site activities. All convention events will be held on property. Should you plan to rent a car, please be aware that traffic drives in the left.

Passport, Visa, and Border Crossing Information

Passports are required by all persons entering The Bahamas.

Visas are not required for: Canadian citizens and landed immigrants, US Citizens and residents, UK citizens, British Commonweath citizens (with some exceptions), and South American citizens.

Visas are required for citizens of all other countries.
Please see http://www.bahamas.gov.bs/ and “Landing in The Bahamas by Air or Sea” for more information.

Upon your entry to The Bahamas, you will be asked to complete and sign an immigration card. This card will be stamped by customs officials and you are required to keep the card until your departure.
Customs officials may also ask you to show them a return or onward ticket.

Travel & Health Insurance

It is strongly recommended that attendees take out insurance to cover loss incurred in case of cancellation, medical expenses and damage to or loss of personal effects. Medical emergencies in The Bahamas can be expensive; A&W will not be responsible for any medical costs incurred by attendees and their family.

You are not required to get specific vaccination prior to going to The Bahamas; however, it is recommended to consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic for information on tropical illness and food and water-borne diseases you may be at risk while travelling to The Bahamas.

If you take prescription medication, you are responsible for determining their legality in The Bahamas.
• Bring sufficient quantities of your medication for your stay
• Always pack medication in the original container
• Pack them in your carry-on luggage
• Bring a copy of the prescription