Regardless of whether the term "snail mail" was coined in the Bahamas, you're likely to arrive home long before your postcards do—it's not unheard of for letters to take two to four weeks to reach their destinations. No postal (zip) codes are used in the Bahamas—all mail is collected from local area post-office boxes.
First-class mail from the Bahamas to the United States is 65¢ per half ounce; you’ll pay 50¢ to mail a postcard. Postcard stamps good for foreign destinations are usually sold at shops selling postcards, so you don't have to make a special trip.
From the United States a postcard or a letter sent to the Bahamas costs 98¢.
If you want to ship purchases home, take the same precautions you take in the United States—don't pack valuables or fragile items.
Copimaxx. Nassau, New Providence Island. 242/328–2679.
FedEx. 242/352–3402; 242/322–5656; 242/367–2817; 242/368–2540; 242/332–2720; 242/337–6786; 649/946–2542; 649/946–4682; 800/247–4747.
Mail Boxes Etc.. Nassau, New Providence Island. 242/394–1508.