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Archive For: Bahamas

  • Old Bahama Bay + Fuel Prices

    Old Bahama Bay
    Cruising News: Latest fuel prices (6/17/2008) at Old Bahama Bay – Ginn Sur Mer (West End), Grand Bahama Island for diesel is $6.11 US per gallon.  Marina is very clean and staff very friendly.  Restuarant is so-so when compared to Wally's in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.  Prices for food however, are much closer to US mainland (lower) than Bahamas.
    Richard Holtz

    Old Bahama Bay
    Cruising News: Latest fuel prices (6/17/2008) at Old Bahama Bay – Ginn Sur Mer (West End), Grand Bahama Island for diesel is $6.11 US per gallon.  Marina is very clean and staff very friendly.  Restuarant is so-so when compared to Wally's in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.  Prices for food however, are much closer to US mainland (lower) than Bahamas.
    Richard Holtz

  • Nassau and the Abacos Cruising News

    Nassau and the Abacos
    Cruising News: Just arrived at Boat Harbour in the Abacos.  Fuel is 6.53 plus tax for Diesel.  Also while Hurricane Hole is open, it is a construction site.  The Pool, Bar and Office are open.  Much dirt and dust however.  Internet service at both HH and Atlantis is spotty at best.  They will provide a \\\\\\\"wired\\\\\\\" connection at Atlantis for no charge if you raise issue.
    Captain Richard Holtz
    M/V O! Richard

    Nassau and the Abacos
    Cruising News: Just arrived at Boat Harbour in the Abacos.  Fuel is 6.53 plus tax for Diesel.  Also while Hurricane Hole is open, it is a construction site.  The Pool, Bar and Office are open.  Much dirt and dust however.  Internet service at both HH and Atlantis is spotty at best.  They will provide a \\\\\\\"wired\\\\\\\" connection at Atlantis for no charge if you raise issue.
    Captain Richard Holtz
    M/V O! Richard

  • Fuel Prices – Hurricane Hole Esso, Nassau

    We are now in Nassau and good news.  The Price for fuel at Hurricane Hole Esso is 5.99 including all taxes for Diesel [6/28/08]
    Richard, Rochelle and Molly
    M/V O! Richard    580 SR Sedan Bridge

    We are now in Nassau and good news.  The Price for fuel at Hurricane Hole Esso is 5.99 including all taxes for Diesel [6/28/08]
    Richard, Rochelle and Molly
    M/V O! Richard    580 SR Sedan Bridge

  • Hurricane Hole and Old Bahama Bay Open

    The posting below updates an earlier message here on the Net’s "Bahamas" page, which I have now removed.

    Subject: Hurricane Hole Open and Old Bahama Bay Correction to Policy post
    Cruising News: Hurricane Hole is open and almost done the renovations! Old Bahama Bay ONLY has a 2 night minimum in the Summer on weekends and on holiday weekends. This is a great facility and the customer service is first class.
    Katie

    The posting below updates an earlier message here on the Net’s "Bahamas" page, which I have now removed.

    Subject: Hurricane Hole Open and Old Bahama Bay Correction to Policy post
    Cruising News: Hurricane Hole is open and almost done the renovations! Old Bahama Bay ONLY has a 2 night minimum in the Summer on weekends and on holiday weekends. This is a great facility and the customer service is first class.
    Katie

  • Abacos Cruising Notes

    Subject: Abacos cruise report
    Cruising News: The crew of Radiant, a 1980 Tartan 33, left West Palm Beach in early May 2008 and spent a month in the Abacos.  We used the Explorer Chartkit for the Abacos and found it very accurate. Don?t leave home without it. The link is http://explorercharts.com/.  We didn?t visit every island or harbor but here are some other observations that other cruisers bound for the Abacos might find useful.

    Clearing in.  We elected to sail to Mangrove Cay then the next day motor-sailed to Spanish Cay for a rather seamless Customs/Immigration clear-in at Spanish Cay. According to the typical pricing in Mr. Young?s cruising guides, the price for a slip at Spanish was above average but the facilities are very nice and the staff was helpful and very courteous. Wi-Fi was available for $10 for 24-hours and the resort facilities were open to marina guests.  Overall it was a very enjoyable experience.  The link is http://spanishcay.com/.

    Communication & Wi-Fi.  You are able to receive NOAA weather radio signals throughout most of the northern Abacos, even in Marsh Harbor.  Signal quality varied based on atmospheric conditions but the fact that our mast-top antenna was 50+ feet above the water obviously helped.  In addition to the VHF, we opted for Wi-Fi/internet to connect with not only people in the U.S. but also other cruisers and businesses in the Abacos. Thus, we avoided using the pricey Batelco services.  Most marinas and some restaurants offered Wi-Fi links.  If you are up for morning coffee ashore in Marsh and Treasure Cay you can visit one of the coffee shops offering free internet links.  A number of cruisers had Wi-Fi range-extending gear onboard and that?s certainly on our wish list. 

    If you seek local weather and other island venue information tune to VHF 68 at about 0815 for the local ?cruiser?s net? updates every day.  Conditions at the main channels, such as Man-O-War, and the Whale Cay Passage are given at the top of the program.  Please avoid using channel 68 during the broadcasts.  Also check http://oii.net/ for a range of web-connect options and Abaco websites.

    Marsh Harbor.  The Marsh Harbor anchorage still has very good holding ground.  Hardware stores, liquor stores, marine supplies, two supermarkets, a lumber yard, and even an auto parts store are within walking distance of the Union Jack dinghy dock.  At Rainbow Rentals, adjacent to the dinghy dock, you can purchase block ice. We needed to replace our autopilot and received very good service and a fair price from Merlin Electronics in Marsh Harbor.  The link is http://www.merlinsmarine.com/.

    For a special treat, scuba lessons were in order and we received superb instruction from Dive Abaco, located at the Conch Inn Marina which also is home to Moorings/SunSail charter bases. The Dive Abaco crew, Keith, Bridget, and Marlon, were very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Check http://diveabaco.com/ for more information if you are interested in diving lessons or packages.

    Restaurants.  Most of the Marsh Harbor restaurants were located on Queen Elizabeth Drive or Bay Street, the main drags.  Yep, still only one stop light but they do drive on the wrong side!  For local flavor and reasonably priced lunches we opted for Jamie?s Place. For slightly higher-end dining our cruising group found Curlytails and Wallys to be good choices.

    Provisions.  In our estimation, the best provisioning can be found at Marsh Harbor and Treasure Cay. Selections compared favorably to a small to medium-size supermarket in Florida.  But certain things are pricey?it cost anywhere from $2.00 to $4.00 for a container of ?Pringles? chips in the Abacos. In terms of items to pack before leaving the U.S. we suggest you stock up on extra batteries for your portable devices, over-the-counter medicines, snacks/chips, paper products, and bring plenty of zipper-lock plastic bags.

    Moorings.  The best mooring opportunities were at Great Guana, Green Turtle, and Man-O-War Cays.  Treasure Cay has a few (I think three) and they are usually occupied.  We did not visit Hopetown during this cruise.

    Water.  Fresh water was priced anywhere from 10-cents to 40-cents a gallon and reverse osmosis (RO) water is the rule, not the exception. Bottled RO water cost anywhere from $1.50 to $2.50 a gallon.

    Jim & Rose
    Aboard ?Radiant?

    Subject: Abacos cruise report
    Cruising News: The crew of Radiant, a 1980 Tartan 33, left West Palm Beach in early May 2008 and spent a month in the Abacos.  We used the Explorer Chartkit for the Abacos and found it very accurate. Don?t leave home without it. The link is http://explorercharts.com/.  We didn?t visit every island or harbor but here are some other observations that other cruisers bound for the Abacos might find useful.

    Clearing in.  We elected to sail to Mangrove Cay then the next day motor-sailed to Spanish Cay for a rather seamless Customs/Immigration clear-in at Spanish Cay. According to the typical pricing in Mr. Young?s cruising guides, the price for a slip at Spanish was above average but the facilities are very nice and the staff was helpful and very courteous. Wi-Fi was available for $10 for 24-hours and the resort facilities were open to marina guests.  Overall it was a very enjoyable experience.  The link is http://spanishcay.com/.

    Communication & Wi-Fi.  You are able to receive NOAA weather radio signals throughout most of the northern Abacos, even in Marsh Harbor.  Signal quality varied based on atmospheric conditions but the fact that our mast-top antenna was 50+ feet above the water obviously helped.  In addition to the VHF, we opted for Wi-Fi/internet to connect with not only people in the U.S. but also other cruisers and businesses in the Abacos. Thus, we avoided using the pricey Batelco services.  Most marinas and some restaurants offered Wi-Fi links.  If you are up for morning coffee ashore in Marsh and Treasure Cay you can visit one of the coffee shops offering free internet links.  A number of cruisers had Wi-Fi range-extending gear onboard and that?s certainly on our wish list. 

    If you seek local weather and other island venue information tune to VHF 68 at about 0815 for the local ?cruiser?s net? updates every day.  Conditions at the main channels, such as Man-O-War, and the Whale Cay Passage are given at the top of the program.  Please avoid using channel 68 during the broadcasts.  Also check http://oii.net/ for a range of web-connect options and Abaco websites.

    Marsh Harbor.  The Marsh Harbor anchorage still has very good holding ground.  Hardware stores, liquor stores, marine supplies, two supermarkets, a lumber yard, and even an auto parts store are within walking distance of the Union Jack dinghy dock.  At Rainbow Rentals, adjacent to the dinghy dock, you can purchase block ice. We needed to replace our autopilot and received very good service and a fair price from Merlin Electronics in Marsh Harbor.  The link is http://www.merlinsmarine.com/.

    For a special treat, scuba lessons were in order and we received superb instruction from Dive Abaco, located at the Conch Inn Marina which also is home to Moorings/SunSail charter bases. The Dive Abaco crew, Keith, Bridget, and Marlon, were very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Check http://diveabaco.com/ for more information if you are interested in diving lessons or packages.

    Restaurants.  Most of the Marsh Harbor restaurants were located on Queen Elizabeth Drive or Bay Street, the main drags.  Yep, still only one stop light but they do drive on the wrong side!  For local flavor and reasonably priced lunches we opted for Jamie?s Place. For slightly higher-end dining our cruising group found Curlytails and Wallys to be good choices.

    Provisions.  In our estimation, the best provisioning can be found at Marsh Harbor and Treasure Cay. Selections compared favorably to a small to medium-size supermarket in Florida.  But certain things are pricey?it cost anywhere from $2.00 to $4.00 for a container of ?Pringles? chips in the Abacos. In terms of items to pack before leaving the U.S. we suggest you stock up on extra batteries for your portable devices, over-the-counter medicines, snacks/chips, paper products, and bring plenty of zipper-lock plastic bags.

    Moorings.  The best mooring opportunities were at Great Guana, Green Turtle, and Man-O-War Cays.  Treasure Cay has a few (I think three) and they are usually occupied.  We did not visit Hopetown during this cruise.

    Water.  Fresh water was priced anywhere from 10-cents to 40-cents a gallon and reverse osmosis (RO) water is the rule, not the exception. Bottled RO water cost anywhere from $1.50 to $2.50 a gallon.

    Jim & Rose
    Aboard ?Radiant?

  • Fuel Prices – Chub Cay

    Subject: Fuel Chubb Cay, Bahamas
    Cruising News: At Chubb Cay yesterday.  Paid 6.65 per Gallon for diesel with a 200 Gallon limit
    Captain Richard
    M/V O! Richard
    Harbour Island

    Subject: Fuel Chubb Cay, Bahamas
    Cruising News: At Chubb Cay yesterday.  Paid 6.65 per Gallon for diesel with a 200 Gallon limit
    Captain Richard
    M/V O! Richard
    Harbour Island

  • Lots of Exumas Cruising Info Available in Brenda ant Todd’s Blog

    Morning Claiborne,
    We just returned from a WONDERFUL 8 weeks in the Exumas, this area has to be one of the top cruising destinations in the western hemisphere!  We documented our trip on our blog (address below) and wanted you to know that if you wanted to post any information from our blog to Cruisernet please feel free to do so.
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend!
    Brenda & Todd Lanning
    M/V Life’s2Short
    40′ Oceania

    Check out our blog @
    http://btlifes2short.blogspot.com/
    "It is said that you only have so many days on this earth…..but the ones you spend at sea don’t count against you".

    Morning Claiborne,
    We just returned from a WONDERFUL 8 weeks in the Exumas, this area has to be one of the top cruising destinations in the western hemisphere!  We documented our trip on our blog (address below) and wanted you to know that if you wanted to post any information from our blog to Cruisernet please feel free to do so.
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend!
    Brenda & Todd Lanning
    M/V Life’s2Short
    40′ Oceania

    Check out our blog @
    http://btlifes2short.blogspot.com/
    "It is said that you only have so many days on this earth…..but the ones you spend at sea don’t count against you".

  • Fuel Prices – Abacos (as of 6/6/08)

    Subject: Abaco\’s Gas & Diesel Prices 6/6/08
    Cruising News: Here are the Gas and Diesel prices in the Abacos as of 6/6/08

    As of 6/6/08 GAS        DEISEL
    Boat Harbor $5.94 $6.25
    Green Turtle $5.94 $6.25
    Lucaya         $5.46 $5.64
    Orchid Bay $6.20 $6.58
    Spanish Cay $6.15 $6.50
    Treasure         $6.05 $6.44

    Larry

    Claiborne
    Marsh Harbor – Harbor View Marina – a/o 6, June – Diesel – $6.30 + 5% for credit cards
                         Marsh Harbor Marina – a/0 5, June – Diesel – $6.41 + 5% for credit cards
    Treasure Cay – a/o 6, June – Diesel $6.41
    Tom Ulanski
    Aboard Nyomas

    Subject: Abaco\’s Gas & Diesel Prices 6/6/08
    Cruising News: Here are the Gas and Diesel prices in the Abacos as of 6/6/08

    As of 6/6/08 GAS        DEISEL
    Boat Harbor $5.94 $6.25
    Green Turtle $5.94 $6.25
    Lucaya         $5.46 $5.64
    Orchid Bay $6.20 $6.58
    Spanish Cay $6.15 $6.50
    Treasure         $6.05 $6.44

    Larry

    Claiborne
    Marsh Harbor – Harbor View Marina – a/o 6, June – Diesel – $6.30 + 5% for credit cards
                         Marsh Harbor Marina – a/0 5, June – Diesel – $6.41 + 5% for credit cards
    Treasure Cay – a/o 6, June – Diesel $6.41
    Tom Ulanski
    Aboard Nyomas
  • Fuel Prices – Brown’s in Nassau

    $5.20 at Brown’s in Nassau, Bahamas on 5/28/08 – On the other hand – Rum was 1/2 price in Nassau – we tried to make our trip worth it!
    Wade

    $5.20 at Brown’s in Nassau, Bahamas on 5/28/08 – On the other hand – Rum was 1/2 price in Nassau – we tried to make our trip worth it!
    Wade

  • Bahamas Fuel Prices – at Old Bay

    Subject: fuel prices in the Bahamas
    Cruising News: diesel at Old Bahama Bay a/o May 30 $5.64|
    Tom

    Subject: fuel prices in the Bahamas
    Cruising News: diesel at Old Bahama Bay a/o May 30 $5.64|
    Tom

  • Important – Boat Intrusion Alert (Nassau)

    Subject: Nassau Boat intrusion alert
    Cruising News: Nassau Boat theft alert. within the past 10 days 4 boats broken into at Nassau yacht haven, 3 loaded guns stolen, clothes, cell, phone, money, video cameras, one boat whilst owner was sleeping, and took pants from end of berth. black man seen swimming in area at 4AM. be alert and declare and hide well items.
    Marianne

    Subject: Nassau Boat intrusion alert
    Cruising News: Nassau Boat theft alert. within the past 10 days 4 boats broken into at Nassau yacht haven, 3 loaded guns stolen, clothes, cell, phone, money, video cameras, one boat whilst owner was sleeping, and took pants from end of berth. black man seen swimming in area at 4AM. be alert and declare and hide well items.
    Marianne

  • Old Bahama Bay – West End

    Hi All,
    We . . . want to tell you all about a great spot in the Bahamas. We are currently at Old Bahama Bay in West End, Grand Bahama Island. The facilities were revamped a few years ago from the old "Jack Tar" days by Ginn Sur Mer. We have been here for a few weeks now, and plan on leaving tomorrow to continue our tour of the Bahamas before heading back to the USA in a couple of months. The marina here at Old Bahama Bay is first rate. Though not "cheap" by most standards (the daily rate is about $2.70(rates just went up April 1), but they do offer a sharply discounted rate for weekly or monthly stays), but marina guests have full use of the 5 star resort facilities.Their winter rates for a month stay is 80 cents a foot….which we have heard is competitive with Marsh Harbor. All water toys, full gym, beach, two pools, towels, free bicycles, and free wifi (works great!)and a manager's party on friday nights (free drinks and horse dervies). There's a spa, three restaurants, fuel dock, and a gift shop. Plenty of depth, and a well marked, lit channel, and only 56 odd miles from Lake Worth. If you find yourself in need of a little pampering, we highly recommend Old Bahama Bay as a stop for a few days or perhaps a week. Peter Watson is the dockmaster, and he makes boaters feel right at home. We have no connection to Old Bahama Bay other than we have been spoiled rotten by these good folks.
    Kevin&Erica
    Kismet

    Subject: re: Old Bahama Bay – West End
    Cruising News: We had a wonderful time at this beautiful marina which was our first and last stop in the Bahamas. (And serious protection during a 3-day northerly which came in immediately after we got there!) I would only warn the smaller boats that there is a large surcharge over and above the docking fee: $10/day for water and $20/day for electricity.  These are mandatory charges which seem to unduly hit the small sailboat or trawler who doesn\\\'t have multiple airconditioning units and industrial ovens to run.  We met many Bahamas veterans who by pass West End because of the high cost here.  This could bring about some safety issues, since they now have a three day passage from the east coast of Florida to real civilization and protection at Green Turtle.
    Allen Ames

    Hi All,
    We . . . want to tell you all about a great spot in the Bahamas. We are currently at Old Bahama Bay in West End, Grand Bahama Island. The facilities were revamped a few years ago from the old "Jack Tar" days by Ginn Sur Mer. We have been here for a few weeks now, and plan on leaving tomorrow to continue our tour of the Bahamas before heading back to the USA in a couple of months. The marina here at Old Bahama Bay is first rate. Though not "cheap" by most standards (the daily rate is about $2.70(rates just went up April 1), but they do offer a sharply discounted rate for weekly or monthly stays), but marina guests have full use of the 5 star resort facilities.Their winter rates for a month stay is 80 cents a foot….which we have heard is competitive with Marsh Harbor. All water toys, full gym, beach, two pools, towels, free bicycles, and free wifi (works great!)and a manager's party on friday nights (free drinks and horse dervies). There's a spa, three restaurants, fuel dock, and a gift shop. Plenty of depth, and a well marked, lit channel, and only 56 odd miles from Lake Worth. If you find yourself in need of a little pampering, we highly recommend Old Bahama Bay as a stop for a few days or perhaps a week. Peter Watson is the dockmaster, and he makes boaters feel right at home. We have no connection to Old Bahama Bay other than we have been spoiled rotten by these good folks.
    Kevin&Erica
    Kismet

    Subject: re: Old Bahama Bay – West End
    Cruising News: We had a wonderful time at this beautiful marina which was our first and last stop in the Bahamas. (And serious protection during a 3-day northerly which came in immediately after we got there!) I would only warn the smaller boats that there is a large surcharge over and above the docking fee: $10/day for water and $20/day for electricity.  These are mandatory charges which seem to unduly hit the small sailboat or trawler who doesn\\\'t have multiple airconditioning units and industrial ovens to run.  We met many Bahamas veterans who by pass West End because of the high cost here.  This could bring about some safety issues, since they now have a three day passage from the east coast of Florida to real civilization and protection at Green Turtle.
    Allen Ames

  • Lost Bass Boat – White Sound, Hopetown FOUND

    Subject: LOST: Bass Raider 8 in Hopetown, Abaco Islands, Bahamas
    Cruising News: LOST: Bass Raider 8, a small green fishing boat
    Three oars inside, as well as a yellow life jacket. Either taken or drifted out from Paradise, White Sound, Hopetown in the Abacos. It\\\'s a small green fishing boat with Paradise logo on the sides.
    We would be very appreciative if you know anything about the whereabouts.
    Thanks so much.
    Rachel, Jennifer, Nicole, Melissa

    Thanks so much! It has been found!! Good news.
    Thanks so much for your note.

    Subject: LOST: Bass Raider 8 in Hopetown, Abaco Islands, Bahamas
    Cruising News: LOST: Bass Raider 8, a small green fishing boat
    Three oars inside, as well as a yellow life jacket. Either taken or drifted out from Paradise, White Sound, Hopetown in the Abacos. It\\\'s a small green fishing boat with Paradise logo on the sides.
    We would be very appreciative if you know anything about the whereabouts.
    Thanks so much.
    Rachel, Jennifer, Nicole, Melissa

    Thanks so much! It has been found!! Good news.

    Thanks so much for your note.
  • Unauthorized, Nighttime Nassau Boarding

    At 4AM our catamaran was boarded, as we slept, by a naked male.  We understand this is not a single incident.  We had heard of night boardings at the Nassau Harbour Club and the anchorage east of that location – all hearsay was that cash was taken from wallets. 
    We are anchored just off the Green Parrot / BASRA west of the bridge. 
    It appears these are becoming more frequent in Nassau and cruisers should probably know for their protection.
    We had the door locked and, after hearing noises (and the cat was making a funny sound), we put on the cockpit lights and activated an alarm (from inside the boat).  The intruder dove over the side…  The Defense Force was notified and took a report.
    Roger & Bonnie Ford
    s/v Kokomo

    At 4AM our catamaran was boarded, as we slept, by a naked male.  We understand this is not a single incident.  We had heard of night boardings at the Nassau Harbour Club and the anchorage east of that location – all hearsay was that cash was taken from wallets. 
    We are anchored just off the Green Parrot / BASRA west of the bridge. 
    It appears these are becoming more frequent in Nassau and cruisers should probably know for their protection.
    We had the door locked and, after hearing noises (and the cat was making a funny sound), we put on the cockpit lights and activated an alarm (from inside the boat).  The intruder dove over the side…  The Defense Force was notified and took a report.
    Roger & Bonnie Ford
    s/v Kokomo

  • Water Spout Feb 9, 2008 approaching Marsh Harbour, Abaco

    Water Spout approaching Boat Harbour Marina at Marsh Harbour, Abacos from Man of War direction.

    Once hit land began to dissipate, No damage was noted. This all occurred within a matter of 1 to 2 minutes. Awsome to see, Thankful no injuries.

    Photos taken with Kodak Z650 with use of 10X Zoom on some of shots. Photos taken on board Vessel Sugar Bear at dock.
    mkgorrell@aol.com

     Marcia K Gorrell
    Water Spout approaching Boat Harbour Marina at Marsh Harbour, Abacos from Man of War direction.

    Once hit land began to dissipate, No damage was noted. This all occurred within a matter of 1 to 2 minutes. Awsome to see, Thankful no injuries.

    Photos taken with Kodak Z650 with use of 10X Zoom on some of shots. Photos taken on board Vessel Sugar Bear at dock.
    mkgorrell@aol.com

     Marcia K Gorrell
  • Crossing to Bahamas

    Hello, Just wondering if anyone will be going to the Bahamas from SW Florida early April? Would love to have another boat to do the crossing with. We leave Fort Myers area March 24/25, plan to be in Lauderdale April 3/4 and leave when we get our weather from there. This is my first trip and my partner's second. Looking forward to the Bahamas…but not looking so forward to the CROSSING. Please let me know if anyone out there is going that way around the same time? Either email me or call me. Thanks.

    Respectfully,
    Nina & Joe
    239-209-7583

    Hello, Just wondering if anyone will be going to the Bahamas from SW Florida early April? Would love to have another boat to do the crossing with. We leave Fort Myers area March 24/25, plan to be in Lauderdale April 3/4 and leave when we get our weather from there. This is my first trip and my partner's second. Looking forward to the Bahamas…but not looking so forward to the CROSSING. Please let me know if anyone out there is going that way around the same time? Either email me or call me. Thanks.

    Respectfully,
    Nina & Joe
    239-209-7583

  • Bahamas Cruising Guide Recommendations

    I have cruised the bahama islands extensively for over 20 years. If you're planning to cruise the Abacos the best book to buy is "The Cruising Guide to Abaco". Published each year it contains extensive information, local charts and harbors, snorkeling & diving spots, protected park areas, services, etc. It is a must have, cost about $28 US and can be purchased from White Sound Press @ www.wspress.com.

    Steve Dodge has the best Abaco Guide to the Bahamas.  Skipper Bob has a guide that is more for what you can expect and what you might want to take with you.  The marina prices are up to date as of April last year.
    Elaine

    I have cruised the bahama islands extensively for over 20 years. If you're planning to cruise the Abacos the best book to buy is "The Cruising Guide to Abaco". Published each year it contains extensive information, local charts and harbors, snorkeling & diving spots, protected park areas, services, etc. It is a must have, cost about $28 US and can be purchased from White Sound Press @ www.wspress.com.

    Steve Dodge has the best Abaco Guide to the Bahamas.  Skipper Bob has a guide that is more for what you can expect and what you might want to take with you.  The marina prices are up to date as of April last year.
    Elaine

  • Motorized Bikes in the Bahamas

    I have pirated the interesting note below from the AGLCA mailing list, as I think many cruisers are interested in the possibility of taking their own motorized bikes with them to the Bahamas.

    The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism in the Bahamas first told me to call The Department of Transportation and gave me 2 phone numbers. I called each number and the lines were each cut off after 1 ring.
    I again called the Ministry of Tourism and was then told to call "Road Traffic" art 242-325-3323.
    I called there and was transferred to "Vehicle Licensing".
    "Vehicle Licensing" informed that irrespective of the power of the engine, if the bicycle was to be used on a "public road", it had to be insured by a Bahamian Insurance Company and then licensed by the Bahamian Government when we checked in at Customs on arrival in the Bahamas.
    We will attempt to do just that when we arrive at our first  destination.
    Jerry & Myra Murray
    MY HONEY-46' GB

    I have pirated the interesting note below from the AGLCA mailing list, as I think many cruisers are interested in the possibility of taking their own motorized bikes with them to the Bahamas.

    The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism in the Bahamas first told me to call The Department of Transportation and gave me 2 phone numbers. I called each number and the lines were each cut off after 1 ring.
    I again called the Ministry of Tourism and was then told to call "Road Traffic" art 242-325-3323.
    I called there and was transferred to "Vehicle Licensing".
    "Vehicle Licensing" informed that irrespective of the power of the engine, if the bicycle was to be used on a "public road", it had to be insured by a Bahamian Insurance Company and then licensed by the Bahamian Government when we checked in at Customs on arrival in the Bahamas.
    We will attempt to do just that when we arrive at our first  destination.
    Jerry & Myra Murray
    MY HONEY-46' GB

  • Anchoring in the Bahamas vs Florida

    Let me first say thank you for all you do. 
    In stark contrast to the Marco mess, I am writing you because we are currently anchored on the south end of Manjack Cay, Abacos, Bahamas.  Maybe you're familiar with it.   Anyway, Bill and Leslie have a home here with a lovely beach, etc.  They have a nice dock for anchored boats to dinghy into.  The sign at the end of the dock reads "Yes Trespassing".  You can then proceed to enjoy their sandy beach with chairs and tables that they've supplied, help yourself to a coconut, or perhaps walk one of their miles of cleared trails (that Bill cleared himself and I think some cruisers help when they can–cruisers also help to pick up trash that washes in from the ocean) to walk to the other side of the island and enjoy the beach on the Atlantic side.  Bill and Leslie personally delivered ice to a couple of anchored boats here this morning.  We had friends anchored here Christmas day and Bill and Leslie dinghly'd out to their boat with a nicely adorned basket of fruit.  Wow.
    We followed the Marco case closely because we were in Ft Myers, then anchored at Factory Bay on our way here just shortly after the case was decided.  I'm guessing the person in Marco bought his land because he loved the scenery and like many, after building his home decided the scenery needed to change which included the anchored boats.  What a shame.  Bill and Leslie I'm sure bought their land for the same reason but chose to only enhance the experience, not to change it. 
    What a difference a few cruising miles can make!!
    Mike & Harriet
    Let me first say thank you for all you do. 
    In stark contrast to the Marco mess, I am writing you because we are currently anchored on the south end of Manjack Cay, Abacos, Bahamas.  Maybe you're familiar with it.   Anyway, Bill and Leslie have a home here with a lovely beach, etc.  They have a nice dock for anchored boats to dinghy into.  The sign at the end of the dock reads "Yes Trespassing".  You can then proceed to enjoy their sandy beach with chairs and tables that they've supplied, help yourself to a coconut, or perhaps walk one of their miles of cleared trails (that Bill cleared himself and I think some cruisers help when they can–cruisers also help to pick up trash that washes in from the ocean) to walk to the other side of the island and enjoy the beach on the Atlantic side.  Bill and Leslie personally delivered ice to a couple of anchored boats here this morning.  We had friends anchored here Christmas day and Bill and Leslie dinghly'd out to their boat with a nicely adorned basket of fruit.  Wow.
    We followed the Marco case closely because we were in Ft Myers, then anchored at Factory Bay on our way here just shortly after the case was decided.  I'm guessing the person in Marco bought his land because he loved the scenery and like many, after building his home decided the scenery needed to change which included the anchored boats.  What a shame.  Bill and Leslie I'm sure bought their land for the same reason but chose to only enhance the experience, not to change it. 
    What a difference a few cruising miles can make!!
    Mike & Harriet
  • Obtaining Advance Permits Before Cruising to the Bahamas

    This information is for anyone waiting to cross to the Bahamas. Today, while we had a rental car in Palm Beach, we visited the Customs and Border Protection office in Riviera Beach (4 miles from Old Port Cove Marina). We had called 1-561-848-6922, ext. 0 and scheduled an appointment for 1 PM. At 12:55 PM we parked our car, went to the office on the 2nd floor, filled out a one page form and presented our passports and boat documentation. By 1:10 PM we were back in the car with the cards which will allow us to check back into Palm Beach in April, without making the mandatory personal visit to the office within 24 hours of arrival. We will only have to call them and read our permit numbers.
       
    In addition, Town and Country Animal Hospital is less than 1 mile from Old Port Cove and will provide the necessary health certificate to take a dog or cat into the Bahamas.

    This information is for anyone waiting to cross to the Bahamas. Today, while we had a rental car in Palm Beach, we visited the Customs and Border Protection office in Riviera Beach (4 miles from Old Port Cove Marina). We had called 1-561-848-6922, ext. 0 and scheduled an appointment for 1 PM. At 12:55 PM we parked our car, went to the office on the 2nd floor, filled out a one page form and presented our passports and boat documentation. By 1:10 PM we were back in the car with the cards which will allow us to check back into Palm Beach in April, without making the mandatory personal visit to the office within 24 hours of arrival. We will only have to call them and read our permit numbers.
       
    In addition, Town and Country Animal Hospital is less than 1 mile from Old Port Cove and will provide the necessary health certificate to take a dog or cat into the Bahamas.

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