Unless my information is outdated, you can also clear in at Green Turtle Cay, or if going further north Walker’s Cay. I’m not certain at this point if Walker’s Cay is still a clearance point, I seem to remember hearing that after one of the hurricanes they closed that station. Maybe someone can clarify this point.
Compared to the “land of barking dogs” (aka: Marsh Harbor), Green Turtle Cay is a delight. Anchor off the government dock, dinghy into the small cove that is adjacent to it, and everything is within walking distance.
New Plymouth, the settlement that you are in when you anchor off the government dock, is a clean, friendly place with enough to keep your interest for several days as you walk around the town. Jill, and a couple friends, even engaged some locals in a basketball game one evening.
There are two coves (aka: sounds) that you can go into. White Sound is the better to anchor in as it is sand, but quite a bike trip, and even more of a walk to New Plymouth. But, at least when we were there, the resort would run you to the town in their golf cart. The other sound, Black Sound, is closer to New Plymouth, but is mostly grassy bottom and thus moorings, but there is a marina and boatyard in this sound.
With all the golf carts on some of these cays, you’d think that there would be alot of golf courses, but we never saw any!
Now that you know all about Green Turtle Cay, please go there and leave all the other places that have been suggested alone. You don’t want to go to these places, believe me on this. They are too nice, some are too quite, others are isolated with no settlements and I’m sure that you won’t enjoy yourselves at all.
Now if we can just get everyone else to stay in Marsh Harbor and stay away from the rest of the Abacos…
Yes, you can still clear Customs at Walkers Cay – the docks and the entrance chanell are in poor repair, and the whole place is a wreck, but there is still a functioning airstrip and Customs office. Agree with you on Green Turtle – I have never been in White Sound, but we stayed at Black Sound Marina, an easy walk to New Plymouth, a charming and very friendly little settlement.