Boating and Sailing Near Grand Bahama

Grand Bahama is a popular destination among sailors

Photo credit: © Paul Hildebrandt
 

Maritime activities around Grand Bahama generally involves sailing to one of the smaller islands nearby. This lets you enjoy the clear water and warm sand during the days, while having easy access to the Freeport and Port Lucaya nightlife – the best of both worlds.

If you are just wanting to spend a few hours on the water, without the stress and cost involved with renting a boat you can take an excursion. Take a look at the listing below for information on excursion providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Exotic Adventures (242) 374-2278 2.1 mi. (3.4 km) South-Southwest of Freeport
Pat & Diane Tours (888) 439-3959 Port Lucaya
Reef Tours (242) 373-5880 Port Lucaya
Sunn Odyssey (242) 373-4014 Sunn Odyssey Divers - William's Town
Superior Watersports Sailing (242) 373-7863 Sea Horse Road - Port Lucaya

Docking

...make the journey to the island...

 

Just 70 miles off the coast of Florida, Grand Bahama is one of the most popular yachting destinations in the Caribbean. Both Port Lucaya and Freeport have a collection of independent marinas with either yacht clubs, resorts, or both connected to them so yachters can make the journey to the island, dock their vessel and either stay on board throughout their stay, or enjoy the luxury of a grand hotel room.

Thinking about sailing to Grand Bahama using a vessel you own, or one you charter? Check out the table below to get information on area marinas.

Marinas
Name Phone Location
Bell Channel Marina (242) 373-2673 2.5 mi. (4.0 km) East of Freeport
Blue Marlin Cove (504) 598-1455 19.6 mi. (31.5 km) West-Northwest of Freeport
Bradford Marina (242) 352-7711 5.0 mi. (8.0 km) West of Freeport
Flamingo Bay Yacht Club (800) 824-6623 Flamingo Bay Hotel and Marina - 2.6 mi. (4.3 km) East of Freeport
Grand Bahama Yacht Club (242) 373-8888 2.5 mi. (4.0 km) East of Freeport
Ocean Reef Marina (242) 373-4661 Ocean Reef Resort And Yacht Club - William's Town
Old Bahama Bay Marina (242) 250-6500 Old Bahama Bay - 23.3 mi. (37.5 km) Northwest of Freeport
Port Lucaya Marina (242) 373-9090 Port Lucaya Marketplace - Port Lucaya
Sir Charles Hayward Yacht Club -- Smith's Point
Sunrise Resort Marina (800) 932-4959 ext. 4010 Sunrise Resort And Marina - 2.1 mi. (3.4 km) South-Southwest of Freeport

...enjoy a leisurely sail...

 

If you'll be sailing to the island yourself, or even if you're hiring a crew to do the work while you enjoy a leisurely sail, it is helpful to know what is required of you when you try to sail to Grand Bahama.

First, there are numerous ports-of-entry around Grand Bahama, including Bell Channel Bay, Freeport Harbour, Port Lucaya Marina, and Sunrise Resort And Marina. You can sail into any of these locations with your yellow quarantine flag flying so that customs will know what you still need official legal clearance. You will then be asked to provide a passport, proof of citizenship from your home country, and another form of photo identification for each passenger and crew member on board. Each person will then need to fill out an immigration card.

Then, you'll pay between $150 and $300(USD) for a cruising permit, fishing permit, and departure tax. This price is based upon the length of the boat and covers up to four people. Any extra passengers and you'll have to pay more.

With the many resorts, shopping, dining, and the short distance from Florida, it is no wonder that Grand Bahama is such a popular destination amongst yachters. Before you make the journey, be sure you've reviewed what is required of you and ensure everything is in order so that you can truly enjoy every moment of your time at sea.

 

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