DO NOT use your Debit or Credit card to call the States. Even if you are only on for one minute, or the call does not connect you will be charged a ridiculous amount. I was charged 41.89 for a call that did not connect. Your credit card company will not allow you to dispute the charges.
Incidentally the company doing the overcharging is BBG Communications owned by the International Satellite Communications company located in California.
Get a calling card BEFORE you travel out of the states. Preferably an AT&T calling card. Alternatively call your cell phone company before you travel and ask them about getting international service just for your trip.
While on vacation if you need to dial a l-800 number such as your credit card company dial 1-880 then the last seven digits of the number you are trying to call.
Expect to shell out A LOT of money in taxis. A ride from the airport to hotel is $21.00. A ride from cable beach to downtown is $15.00. From a Cable Beach hotel to Atlantis, $21.00. If you stay at a hotel further out such as Gambier Village expect to pay $25 to $35 to get into town. The Bahamian Government has set taxi rate zones and the cabbies are not allowed to charge more than the zone amount. Ask your cabbie to show you the chart before you take a ride with them. Don’t ask your cabbie where to eat, they will suggest Fish Fry or to go downtown (both tourist traps)
Cost $1.25 to 1.50. Note, the buses only run to 7:00 pm or dark, whichever comes first.
You will be automatically charged 15 percent on everything, just like a tax.
Good places to eat; Indigo, Moso (at the Wyndham). I have heard from other travelers that Comfort Point, Green Parrot and Lucianos are all good but we did not get a chance to visit those restaurants.
Note: Most all restaurants with the exception of hotel restaurants are closed on Sunday.
Do not bother with Twin Brothers. We waited ½ hour for service. No one came to even take a drink order so we finally ended up leaving.
Before you leave home I suggest writing down three numbers and keeping them in your wallet;
1. Customer service number
2. The number you phone if your card is lost or stolen.
3. Your credit card number itself.
The reason for this. If you are having weird credit card issues like I did, you will not have to mess around trying to call home in order to track down the number of your credit card’s customer service.
Your money will go much, much further in either Key West or Key Largo Florida plus the snorkeling/diving is just as good if not better.