Do you want to fall in love with the local side to Nassau, Bahamas?
When you search for “Bahamas,” you commonly get fed the obvious. The impeccable façade of the mystical looking Atlantis hotel, visiting the Exuma pigs, and even facts about how pirates once settled on the populous island of Nassau.
The constant repetition of the things to know in Nassau.
It’s like you know the Bahamas already because you are repeatedly fed the same facts about Nassau.
The worse part?
You don’t really know the true Nassau, Bahamas. You just know the tourist side.
But don’t worry. I’m going to share with you 5 interesting facts that tourists don’t know about Nassau, Bahamas.
Utilizing this list will guarantee locals give you a second look because you know the finest, yet powerful facts about Nassau.
1. Spanish is the Most Common Foreign Language Learned in Nassau
Throughout my trekking journey in Nassau, I began noticing a fascinating pattern.
Out of all the locals, I talked to, 20% of them didn’t speak Spanish. That means, 80% spoke Spanish or knew more than basic phrases!
But I found out why.
Hispanics and Latin Americans flood the Caribbean. Every where I went, I heard tourists speaking Spanish. Additionally, I would hear local workers speaking Spanish to the tourists as well.
I talked to a local that worked at the Atlantis, and he told me that Spanish is encouraged because of the large amounts of tourists they get from Spanish speaking countries.
That’s the reason numerous local workers know Spanish, especially those who work in the tourist industry.
While there may be a minority of Bahamians that speak Spanish, it still fails to remain arduous to find that interesting group.
2. Hondas & Nissans are the Most Popular Cars in the Bahamas
After speaking to many (I mean, MANY) cab drivers, they all shared the same information about Nassau.
Hondas and Nissans are the most common cars to own in the Bahamas.
Specifically, Japanese cars are the most common cars imported from foreign countries.
When I was chatting with this awesome cab driver, he told me that the van he uses costs WAY cheaper than the cost of shipping. It was ridiculous, but in a sense, understandable.
3. Mercedes are the Cars They Want
Mercedes Benz. The car of luxury, the car of speed, the car of class.
But it’s also the dream car for Bahamians!
They adore Mercedes Benz and love to talk about them as well!
4. Their Favorite Sport to Watch is Track & Field
If there is one thing I know, it’s that people come together to have fun as friends whenever there is a sports game showing on TV.
Think about it:
People flood bars to watch a UFC fight, flood neighbors homes to watch the FIFA World Cup, and friends gather up at someone’s house to watch the NBA Playoffs.
Here in the Bahamas?
Come cheer with local Bahamians as their team plays in the annual track and field race, or even attend the beach volleyball tournament!
If you’re feeling active and want to play sports with the locals, then meet up at a local basketball court and shoot some hoops!
They love to play basketball so much that they continue to “hit buckets” even after the sun sets below the horizon.
This is the perfect opportunity to get some daily fitness, play a fun sport with new friends, and enjoy the cooler weather while the stars shine on you with their brilliance.
5. Grab a Drink of Hennessy with Locals
Are you feeling tired from the running on the basketball court?
Feeling completely relaxed after that hot shower?
Grab a drink at a local bar with the local Bahamians. In all honesty, this is a fact that every tourist should know in Nassau.
Social drinking can really expedite your interaction with Bahamian locals. All you have to do is meet a local at a bar, or come up to someone in the street and invite them with you to grab a drink. (The second option is more exciting and memorable!)
Once you’re at the bar with them, order a shot of Hennessy right off the bat for them.
Trust me, and really do.
And you will find that local stranger becomes one of your closest friends in less than a second.
All the Bahamians I talked to said their favorite drink is Hennessy. So, don’t be afraid to go out and make new friends because Bahamians are the nicest people! And that’s no hidden fact about Nassau. 😉
P.S. They love themselves a little bit of Kalik! Kalik is the locally brewed beer in the Bahamas.
There you have it, 5 interesting facts about Nassau that every tourist should know.
Bring all these facts to the table when talking to locals, and you will feel the connection get stronger and stronger.
Do you have any more facts that’ll help connect with the Bahamian locals?
If so, share them in the comments below!