The Bahamas is an archipelago of more than 3,000 islands and cays located in the Atlantic Ocean. It is a popular tourist destination for its beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant culture…but unfortunately, toilet paper is usually not available in most Bahamian bathrooms (although it is usually supplied for tourists at resorts and hotels). Most Bahamians use a bidet or a “toilet hose” in lieu of toilet paper (although it should be noted that the Bahamian sewage system does allow for toilet paper to be flushed in most Bahamian toilets).
What types of toilets are common in the Bahamas?
There are two types of toilets in the Bahamas, the flush toilet with a bidet or “toilet hose” and the outdoor, pit latrine. The flush toilet is the most common type of toilet and is found in most homes, businesses, and public restrooms. The pit latrine is a more primitive type of toilet, typically found in rural areas. In fact, throughout the Bahamas, many people still live in homes that lack indoor plumbing, so the pit latrine or outhouse is the only option.
The Bahamas is changing rapidly though with plans to eliminate outdoor pit latrines by 2025.
What about Travelers? How should tourists deal with it?
Travelers will probably have access to toilet paper if they’re staying at hotel or resort in the Bahamas. If you’re traveling to more remote areas of the country, you may want to pack some TP or wet-wipes.
The Bahamas is a popular tourist destination known for its white, sand beaches, clear turquoise waters, and lush vegetation. While you will likely have access to toilet paper if you’re staying at one of the Bahamas’s renowned hotels or resorts , you should definitely plan ahead and bring your own if you’re planning to explore the more remote areas of this tropical paradise! One way or another, a lack of TP access should never stop you from exploring this extraordinarily beautiful and diverse country!