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Our People-to-People programme is based on a simple idea—locals know best.

This immersive cultural experience pairs inquisitive travellers with volunteer locals who generously open their hearts and homes to share their love of these islands.  Ask anyone who has connected through the People-to-People programme; they’ll tell you it’s the fastest and best way to find the tastiest fish fry on Arawak Cay in Nassau, reach the most secluded beaches on Long Island, and discover the most photogenic corners in Freeport’s Lucayan National Park.

Experiences

  • Culinary
  • Culture
  • Natural Wonders
  • Family

Culinary

If you’re a food lover, we’ll connect you with a fellow foodie for a once-in-a-lifetime culinary adventure in The Bahamas. Our ambassadors love introducing visitors to their favourite restaurants and they’ll often invite you into their home for an authentic Bahamian meal. They might even:

  • Take you to the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay for island favourites like conch salad and fried snapper.
  • Invite you to a “sip sip” (aka a good-natured gossip session with the neighbors).
  • Share their family recipe for Johnny cakes.

Culture

If you love history and culture, we’ll pair you with a like-minded culture buff to explore The Bahamas’ past and present. From seaside fortresses to pirate hideaways, you’ll enjoy a unique opportunity to hear about the historic events that shaped our beloved islands. A day with an ambassador might include:

  • A guided tour of Fort Fincastle and a walk up the Queen’s Staircase in Nassau.
  • A look around Bimini’s Dolphin House Museum.
  • A visit to Johnston’s Bronze Art Foundry in The Abacos.
  • A tea party at Nassau’s historic Government House, hosted by prominent Bahamian women.

Natural Wonders

The Bahamas is an ecological oasis with endless natural wonders just waiting to be explored. We’ll introduce you to an ambassador who knows the ins and outs of every blue hole and pink sand beach. Highlights include:

  • Diving into Dean’s Blue Hole on Long Island, the second deepest in the world.
  • Marvelling at the beauty of the Glass Window Bridge in Eleuthera.
  • Walking through all six of The Bahamas’ ecosystems within Freeport’s Lucayan National Park.

Family

Bringing the kids? Tag along with one of our ambassadors and get the inside scoop on The Bahamas’ best family-friendly activities. Whatever the age range and interests of your family, you’ll enjoy a unique opportunity to experience The Bahamas just like a local. A typical day might include:

  • Feeding the sun-loving iguanas in The Exumas.
  • Shopping for Bahamian-made souvenirs at Nassau’s world-famous Straw Market.
  • Riding the waves on Surfer’s Beach in Eleuthera.
  • Meeting the pink flamingos at Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservatory in Nassau.
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  • Be our Guest
  • Become an Ambassador

Let us know which island(s) you would like to visit and what your interests are, and we’ll pair you with a Bahamian ambassador, eager to share our way of life with you.

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Our People-to-People ambassadors introduce travellers to the true true Bahamian experience. Sign up to share your love for our islands. Available to Bahamas residents only. 

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Virtual Experiences

  • Local Life 101 with Arlene Nash Ferguson
  • Walk & Talk With A Local
  • Cooking Like A Local
  • Happy Hour Like A Local
  • Dance Like A Local

Local Life 101 with Arlene Nash Ferguson

May 1, 6, 13, 20, 27 | 4pm - 5pm EST

Explore The Bahamas with our own Arlene Nash Ferguson. A force of nature, she turned her family home into the Educulture Junkanoo Museum and Resource Centre so visitors and locals can celebrate the culture, history, folklore and language of The Bahamas.

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Walk & Talk With A Local

May 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 26, 27 | 7pm - 8pm EST

From beaches at sunset to backyard gardens to palm-lined streets, take a virtual stroll through some of our most scenic locations while you chat with a People-to-People ambassador about The Bahamas’ must-see sights.

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Cooking Like A Local

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 4pm - 5pm EST

The heart of any culture is found at the dinner table, so gather round: Our Cooking Like A Local experience transports you to The Bahamas to wine and dine with fellow food-loving Bahamians. Walk through their (virtual) kitchen doors and enjoy a step-by-step session showcasing authentic Bahamian cooking at its best.

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Happy Hour Like A Local

May 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 21, 28 | 6pm - 7pm EST

Shake up your afternoon with a virtual vacation to The Bahamas as People-to-People hosts show you how to mix up our beloved Bahama Mama cocktail right at home. We’ll send a list of ingredients in advance, compliments of Commonwealth Brewery Limited. *Must be 21+ to attend.

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Dance Like A Local

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 3pm - 4pm EST

Dance your way through a Bahamian history lesson in our virtual Dance Like a Local: Junkanoo Edition session. Learn first-hand how to dance to the beat of The Bahamas with a step-by-step tutorial taught by experienced Junkanoo dancers.

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Stories

People-to-People Experience

We invite you into the home of Stephen and Terry Bellot, where fresh conch fritters and good conversation await.

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Tea Party in Nassau

Attend a tea party at the historic Government House in Nassau, hosted by the Governor General’s wife. Enjoy live music and a fashion show by local artists, accompanied by local bush teas and freshly made bites.

Takes place from 4–5 p.m. on the last Friday of every month, with the exception of December.

Admission is free.

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‘It's Better in The Bahamas’

People-to-People was just the type of experience we were hoping for when we signed up for it. We got to meet real Bahamians, had great conversations, great food and can't wait to go back.

— Don and Debbie Fox

‘Thank you for the memories’

Michelle and Cooper, you showed us such warmth and hospitality, it was wonderful to get to know you. We're already missing your lovely island. Thank goodness for photographs and memories.

— Lorne

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