Culture & Identity of the Bahamas
Unlike the stereotypical Bahamas, which is white sand beaches and paradise every
moment of every day, most Bahamians life in a city. Although nearly 85% of the people
live in cities in the Bahamas, life still moves at a leisurely pace and the people
seem to be on island time.
A Bahamian city is like many other world cities, but the rush of people trying to
get to work or home is a bit tamer and punctuality is not as important as it is
elsewhere. However, it is still the cities that dictate the way of life for most
Bahamians since most Bahamians live in the cities. However, due to huge tourism
numbers, almost the entire economy is based on services, including tourism, which
accounts for roughly half the country's jobs.
For most services jobs, both in tourism and otherwise, work tends to follow a fairly
set schedule. For many people this means work begins at about 9:00 am and ends at
about 5:00 pm. However, with a heavy dependence on tourism, jobs have various hours
as many people work evenings, nights or weekends regularly. For others the work
week runs from Monday to Friday and some jobs also require work on Saturday.