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The Bahamas are an island nation in the Caribbean. Hitchhking is common on the more rural islands, though reportedly less so than in the past, now that more people have their own vehicles. Bahamian people are generally friendly and outgoing, and outsiders are often in a good mood as well.
Except for the high cost of food and accomodations, the Bahamas should be a good place for boat hitchhiking. There are many marinas that are open to the public, full of generous well-to-do cruisers and yachties. The sailing community is built around friendly interaction between boats too, so if you get a ride on one sailboat you might end up meeting the next one through them without even trying.
Public transit between the islands is limited, but every major town should at least have a roughly-weekly mail boat (small cargo ship) going between there and Nassau. Most of them have no-frills passenger service, once said to be $30-40 each way. Some major routes also have proper ferries, which are more expensive but also much more comfortable.
Accomodation is expensive, starting at about $100/night for a low-end B&B on many islands, and about $40 for a hostel bed in Nassau. It's said that camping on beaches is prohibited in the country, though it's not clear whether this applies the more remote islands, where there's little law enforcement presence in any case. Private landowners (many of whom own whole islands) are more likely to be a nuisance than police are. Some of the islands have pine forests that should make for decent stealth camping, though beware of sandflies, tiny biting biting insects that might be able to get through your tent's mesh).
People may recommend against hitchhiking or camping around urban areas like Nassau and Freeport because of crime.