Food in the Bahamas

Dining in the Bahamas offers a unique experience for many vacationers

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Bahamas Food

One of the most exciting parts of traveling to a new place can be sampling the local cuisine.  Many vacationers in the Bahamas will get the opportunity to do this for every meal of the day, especially if they are staying in a hotel that does not have a place for guests to cook for themselves.  Luckily, there are so many different eateries on the islands that dining out will never get boring.


The cost of dining in the Bahamas can be somewhat expensive at times, but for the most part comparable to meal prices in the United States.  A full meal on the low end of the price spectrum will cost around $10(USD), while something at a more uppercrust establishment can cost upwards of $40(USD).  Remember, foods that are more readily available, such as freshly caught seafood and locally harvested fruits will be more affordable.


Unless you are hitting up a beach side shack or driving through to grab some fast food, it is advisable that you make reservations for sit-down meals.  Especially during the peak tourist season, restaurants have a tendency to fill up quickly around mealtimes, and the last thing you want to do is sit around waiting when your stomach is running on empty.  


Culinary Styles

The typical meal of locals in the Bahamas is as follows: rice mixed with crab or peas (sometimes both), fish, and potato salad or macaroni and cheese (and often both).  Dessert is daily occurrence, and meals are washed down with a glass of switcha (water, sugar, and lemon on the rocks).  Visitors can mimic this style of eating while they are on vacation, or choose from a number of other options. 

Seafood is the main attraction when it comes to eating in the Bahamas.  A wide variety of fish and sea life is caught fresh from the surrounding sea on a daily basis, and incorporated into most meals.  Conch, crawfish, red snapper, grouper, and yellow tail are some of the most popular tourist choices, and provide the base for some of the islands' top dishes.  With seafood available in such abundance, many methods of preparation are used to add variety and mix things up.  Steamed, baked, fried, stewed, heavily seasoned, barely seasoned at all - you name it, and it is available in the Bahamas.

If you don't have a taste for food from the sea, but still want to sample local delicacies, your choices are pretty much limited to peas and rice and johnnycake, souse soup, curried mutton, and coconut based desserts.  But, who doesn't like desserts?

Learn more about the food served on the islands by reading our article on Culinary Styles in the Bahamas.


Kalik is a locally brewed beer...


Quench your thirst with one of the Bahamas locally made sodas, Desnoes and Geddes, freshly squeezed tropical fruit juices, and Island Rose Tea.  Tap water on the islands is potable, though sometimes salty to taste, so make sure to order bottled water if this does not sound appealing to you. 

Like many other Caribbean islands, rum is the national alcoholic beverage of the Bahamas.  Many of the islands' most popular mixed drinks are rum-based including Planter's Punch, Yellow Bird, Goombay Smash, and the famed Bahama Mama.  Beer lovers cannot leave the island without sipping a can of Kalik.  Kalik is a locally brewed beer that is only available in the Bahamas - and by many accounts one of the best beers in the world.  The brew has won several awards, and earns 51 percent of beer sales on the islands.

Whether vacationers are looking for take-out they can grab quickly to consume on the beach, or an upscale restaurant for a romantic evening out, the Bahamas is overflowing with varied and delicious culinary options.


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