Is Royal Palm Hotel open during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes, we are open and operating even during these challenging times of COVID-19. We have not closed one day since the establishment of the hotel, and we do not intend to close, unless directed by officials. In short, we will remain open even during the mandatory 24 hour curfews.

Is it safe to stay at Royal Palm Hotel during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes! We are assuring that everyone’s safety and comfort measures are in place. Vigorous cleaning, high level sanitization of guest rooms, and hand sanitization receptacles are placed in our public areas. Additionally, our guests can request a mask and gloves at Guest Services as needed.

How do I get to Harbour Island?

Harbour Island is located one mile off the coast of Eleuthera. If you are outside of the Bahamas, you will fly into North Eleuthera Airport (ELH) and then take a 10 minute water taxi to Harbour Island. If you are in the Bahamas, you may take a short flight on BahamasAir, Pineapple Air or a ride on Bahamas Ferries. For more details about getting to Harbour Island or getting around while you are here, please see our “Getting Here” page.

How do I get around Harbour Island?

You can rent golf carts, mopeds and bikes on the island. Just note that we drive on the left side of the road – so please brush up on the traffic laws prior to arrival.

Do I need a passport to travel to the Bahamas?

Although the Bahamian government accepts other forms of photo identification to enter the country, United States citizens are required to possess a valid U.S. passport to leave and re-enter the country. If you are traveling from locations outside of the U.S., please verify requirements with your country’s national office of tourism or travel.

What type of currency is accepted in the Bahamas?

United States currency is accepted and the U.S. dollar is equivalent to the Bahamian dollar.  Therefore each U.S. and Bahamian dollar and coin equals the same denomination in each country.  The bank on the island is the Royal Bank of Canada, and there is an ATM available. Please expect a minimal surcharge for credit card and traveler’s checks. Some merchants do not accept Discover or American Express.

What should I pack?

Sunscreen, mosquito repellent and a light rain jacket are highly recommended. Remember you are there to enjoy the sun and fun, so bring comfortable shoes to explore all the island has to offer, and whatever beach attire you wish. To see what activities are available on the island, please see our page, “The Briland Experience.”

If I forget something can I buy it there?

Harbour Island has grocery stores featuring many food, household, and sundry items. We also have a post office, library, medical clinic and several churches.

What voltage is used for electricity?

Electrical outlets in The Islands Of The Bahamas are 60 cycles/120 volts, which is compatible with all US.. appliances. British and European appliances require a flat two-pin adaptor and 220-volt converter.

Are there child care providers on the island?

There are several child care providers available on the island.  Please ask our front desk for referrals.

What if I have an emergency while on the island?

Harbour Island, Ministry of Health Clinic:  1-242-333-2227

Air Ambulance Services:  1-242-377-1606

For serious emergency medical services please contact the above air ambulance service.  If you have a medical condition that warrants special treatment, please contact your insurance company prior to your trip to understand your coverage while traveling.

What is the drinking age in the Bahamas?

The minimum age for legally consuming alcohol in the Bahamas is 18-years-old.

What are the driving laws of the Bahamas?

British rules apply, so please drive on the left and be extra careful on roundabouts. Visitors may use their home licenses for up to three months and may also apply for an international driver’s license. Pedestrians should remember to look carefully before crossing streets.

It is the law that all drivers and their passengers wear seat belts while riding in a vehicle in The Bahamas.

  1. A child weighing less than twenty pounds shall face the rear of the vehicle secured in an infant seat fitted to the rear seat.
  2. A child twenty pounds and less than forty pounds—convertible car seat fitted to the rear seat.
  3. A child over forty pounds or up to 4 ft. 9 in. tall shall be secured in a booster car seat fitted in the rear seat.
  4. A child taller than 4 ft. 9 in. and between 8 and 12 years old shall be required to use a seat belt.

If you have questions about other laws in the Bahamas, please visit: Additional Laws of the Bahamas.

Can I get married in the Bahamas?

Of course you can!  Here are a couple of web sites to assist you in the legal aspects of a marriage: FAQs for Weddings in the Bahamas and Obtaining a Marriage License in the Bahamas.

For more information, please visit our page “Planning Your Special Occasion.”