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cassieb0404 commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Nassau, Bahamas
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Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Know what you are getting into prior to coming. The island seems pretty segregated. I'm from California and lived in Miami where everyone got along, mixed and mingled. I see that rarely here and it's bothersome.

Visit the island several times before making a commitment to reside. Make sure to have your paperwork in order.

Understand that anything you order and have shipped it will be charged duties and freight charges. If you use recoup one or receive discounts on items and those savings are listed on an invoice, you pay FULL PRICE regardless of the discount.

Prices are extremely high for everything. Cash is better than using credit cards as both the Bahamas and your bank will charge you ridiculous fees. Don't use your credit cards without keeping notes and track of where you used them. Check your account daily as credit card number theft is high.

Everything shuts down by 10:00 PM. There are no "7-elevens" or Circle K's here. If you need food, fast is your main option after 9 PM. Bars and restaurants may be open later but not much.

Traffic can be a nightmare. People drive how they want, not how they should or what's dictated by law.

People expect to get tipped for everything...pumping gas, bagging groceries, etc. be aware that when you buy food, they have youngsters pack the bags and carry them out. Be prepared to tip up to $5.

Prices on shelves are NOT reflected on the items you may purchase. Be aware that shelf prices are not changed regularly.

Prices on items are not the prices you will be charged. If a bag of chips have $3.99 stamped on them, rest assured you'll pay $5.99 for them or more.

You won't find gas prices posted. You'll have to ask. Most gas is over $5 per gallon. (Continue)

cassieb0404 replied most recently with:
I have visited several times both Nassau & Freeport. My fiancé is Freeport and we're seriously considering the move. I love his family & they love me, so i don't think the social aspect would be as bad. However, what about jobs & schools for my children? Do you have any take on this? You have two children, right?
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breija replied to the thread Shipping and broker on the Bahamas forum:
lookingintofreeport initially posted:
I am (slowly) building a house in Freeport. We are almost ready for walls. I will need to buy or ship lumber and a truss package from the states. Has anyone done this? Up until now we have had little to ship so we just use bins on the Baleària Bahamas Express. We have partnered with a Bahamian builder to build under his bond even though we are doing the work. (all of our materials are bonded) So here is the question(s): Who is the best/cheapest shipper and broker to work with? Will 20 foot pieces of lumber actually fit in a 20 foot container? Is it best to buy a container? What are all the logistics? What is the best way to get the lumber to the dock? Will someone load a container for me? Will I have to rent a forklift or other equipment? How about once it gets there? I'm not sure I even know all the questions to ask. Will the paperwork/manifest need to be any different than when I use a bin? Can lumber and a truss package be purchased in Freeport? Would this be cheaper easier? What company? Do they deliver to site? Thank you in advance for any help/questions you can enlighten me on.
breija replied most recently with:
Just sent you a PM
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blchapman replied to the thread Roommate Wanted - Nassau on the Bahamas forum:
debib initially posted:
Professional Female - Expat living in Nassau in very desirable Sandyport Marina Village looking for roommate. My current roommate returns to her home country mid January 2015. I am seeking roommate to share a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo. Fully Furnished with EVERYTHING you would need. Photos and more info available. Short or long-term roommates - I'm flexible. Please contact me for more details. debrabova@hotmail.com
blchapman replied most recently with:
My name is Belinda and I live in Phoenix, AZ I am looking into moving to the Bahamas. I know it's more expensive than Arizona how much would it cost to be a roommate ? I also work as a food server out here and that's what I'm going to do when I move there. I'm easy going I'm 52 single no kids but I have a cat. Smoke outside, very clean person.
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dolfie replied to the thread Building my own home on the Bahamas forum:
geraldrhoover initially posted:
HI, I'm new to the forum and have been unable to find the answer to a couple of important question. 1. Can I build my own home, as a hands on, do it myself project? Amplifying information: I have built a home before and am adept at stuctural aspects, but will still have to hire elect and plumbing contractors. I realize some Bahamians may be upset that I want to build my own home, as it seems on the surface to be taking away gainful employment from ptotential builders. However, I am seeking this as another life fulfilling challenge, rather than a withholding of employment opprotunities. 2. I will want to camp on my lot while building, is this allowed? I have a stream of income and am not looking for work to sustain myself, so that is not an issue. This is strictly for my personal use. Thanks in advance for any insight you can provide.
dolfie replied most recently with:
You will work and need a work permit. As for contractors: If you are well trained and can fix all yourself, before getting a certificate of occupancy you will need to find some contractors to sign off. (costs something) Your project will work easier if you have some general contractor, fronting for you. It is similar to the USA, you will need inspections before some phases start. Once you have a plan, you apply for for a building permit. This can go fast if all is OK. Did it in 14 days. Pay a deposit and start. Many live in shack on the site= also good for not being robbed of your tools and building materials.
geraldrhoover replied most recently with:
Shirley, I have only rented for a short time, a week or less, or traveled on Uncle Sam's dime. Either way I haven't rented long term. It seems to be difficult to find affordable long term rentals online. I'm hoping to have better luck upon returning to the Island.
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clcizme replied to the thread Moving to Freeport. on the Bahamas forum:
lalymojito initially posted:
Hi..I'm a Island girl..canadian citizen and permanent resident in USA..planning to move to the Freeport island of bahamas but I just wonder about immigration rules..will I be able to live there full time or leave the country every 6 months..?..
clcizme replied most recently with:
A few questions to help me help you better. Are you planning on renting or buying? Will you need to work? Freeport is a great place to live, let me know if you have specific questions about the Island as well. : )
Bahamas411 replied most recently with:
Hi, lalymojito Whether you want to live here full time or leave every so often depends on certain things. For instance if you want to work here, open a company, rent a place or purchase a home or investment property. If you would like to stay full time your options are to apply for a work permit, annual residency or permanent residency.
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Hello. My name is Tere. I am a single 50 yr old female planning to stay in the bahamas for six months a year every year starting in about five years. I am looking for someone around my age to share a place near the beach on any island. I have some friends in nassua who I came to visit about 8 yrs ago. I loved it there. write me at tere64@shaw.ca Tere
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breija replied to the thread Possible move to Bahamas - need tips for exploring on the Bahamas forum:
kebaha initially posted:
Hi all, I may be moving to Nassau with my wife for a job and was wondering what I should make sure to check out when I go there on an exploratory trip. Things like the supermarkets, drugstore, driving around, etc. - I know it is difficult to get an idea during a short visit, but I wanted to make sure I take the time to explore things that would be an important part of day-to-day life on the island. Any specific suggestions?
breija replied most recently with:
Hi kebaha, When you come to explore, hook up with a real estate agent to see some of the communities where expats might live. Then, have them take you to see where the amenities are - groceries primarily. Wherever there are groceries, there are often drugstores nearby. Keep in mind that the pharmacies here are very different from in North America. There is relatively no front shop - they truly are small pharmacies for the most part, with the exception of some of the larger Lowe's pharmacies. Also find out where you would be working, and have the agent drive you there from each of the prospective residential areas you are considering during rush hours - so that you can see what it might be like. This may help you to determine your preferred location. Groceries are expensive in comparison to North America, and you cannot always find what you want. You can get used to it though. Of course, a short visit is never indicative of day to day living here, but hope these ideas help. Feel free to pm is you like.
debib replied most recently with:
See some apartments for sure so you can get an idea of what is out there in terms of cost and size and location. I suggest west. Look for safe gated community. Grocery store will be eye opening. Electricity costs are high but no avoiding that. Cars are abundant but used and right-hand drive is the best affordable way to go. If you don't plan to get a car, then you want to be on a bus line and that would mean the main boulevards like West Bay St, Bay St, etc. Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you. Debi
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terethetiger posted SHARE CONDO IN THE BAHAMAS on the Bahamas forum:
Hello. My name is Tere. I am a single 50 yr old female looking for someone to share a condo or house in the bahamas. I plan on staying for six months a year every year starting in about four years. I am presently living in BC Canada. tere64@shaw.ca Tere
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Teach a private English language class to an adult student in Nassau.
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