...best spot in the Bahamas for provisioning...
Because of the close proximity to the state of Florida, the Bahamas is hugely popular amongst yachters, and if you fancy a nice sail of about six to eight hours (with an experienced crew), you can make it from Miami to Nassau and quickly absorb yourself into life on the island. There are, of course, a few steps to take before you can legally gain entry.
First, sailors must head to an official port-of-entry. This isn't a problem for those planning to spend their days on New Providence, since every marina on the island is considered a port-of-entry. As you sail into port, put up your yellow quarantine flag to let customs officials know that you have not yet been cleared. When you dock, each passenger will need to present proof of citizenship, a passport, and another form of photo identification, and will be asked to fill out an immigration card. Then, for a fee of between $150 and $300(USD) depending upon the length of your boat, you'll gain entry to the islands. Included in the fee is your cruising permit, fishing permit, and departure tax. This fee will cover up to four people, and there will be an additional charge for more passengers.
If you have any questions about sailing to the island, you can contact the Port Authority Department in Nassau at 242-322-1596 or 242-326-7354.
Once you've cleared customs, you're free to sail around the island. Check the chart below for marinas around the island where you can pay for a slip to dock your boat at overnight. Most marinas have full amenities including electricity, trash pickup, cable, and internet.
If you want to enjoy a few hours on the open water, without the cost and complications associated with renting a boat you should take a day sailing excursion. Curious how long you'll spend on the water and what's included? See the table that follows for contact phone numbers for area excursion services.
|Barefoot Sailing Cruises||(242) 393-0820||3.1 mi. (5.0 km) North of Nassau||New Providence|
|Flying Cloud||(242) 394-5067||Paradise Island Ferry Terminal - 0.3 mi. (0.5 km) West-Southwest of Paradise Island||New Providence|
|Party Cat Cruises||(954) 727-5339||East Bay Street - 3.4 mi. (5.5 km) Northeast of Nassau||New Providence|
|Sandy Toes||(242) 363-8637||Rose Island||Rose Island|
|(242) 325-3910||3.1 mi. (5.0 km) West of Cable Beach||New Providence|
|Seaworld Explorer||(242) 356-2548||Downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|(800) 879-9832||Stuart's Cove's Snorkel Bahamas - Downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|Sunshine Cruises||(242) 327-5122||Woodes Rogers Walk - Downtown Nassau||New Providence|
If you are considering chartering a boat, you can contact one of these agencies:
|Amarok Sailing Charters||(242) 477-4471||Nassau Yacht Haven - 0.5 mi. (0.8 km) South of Paradise Island|
|Bahama Boat Excursions||(242) 421-0071||0.3 mi. (0.5 km) West-Southwest of Paradise Island|
|393-0998||Bishop Street - Nassau|
Do you plan to travel to New Providence Island using your own boat, or a charter from another location? This table contains a list of places where you might be able to dock.
|(242) 676-6020||7.9 mi. (12.8 km) South West of Cable Beach|
|393-8233||0.3 mi. (0.5 km) West-Southwest of Paradise Island|
|(242) 394-1816||3.2 mi. (5.1 km) North-Northeast of Nassau|
|(242) 424-7374||Downtown Nassau|
|323-2172||671 Bay Street - Nassau|
|(242) 393-0771||3.4 mi. (5.5 km) Northeast of Nassau|
|394-7085||East Bay Street - Nassau|
|(242) 363-3600||Marina Way - 3.5 mi. (5.6 km) North-Northeast of Nassau|
|(242) 362-4131||7.0 mi. (11.3 km) West-Southwest of Cable Beach|
|(242) 327-6400||0.2 mi. (0.3 km) West of Paradise Island|
|(242) 393-7873||3.3 mi. (5.3 km) Northeast of Nassau|
|(242) 393-5132||3.6 mi. (5.7 km) Northeast of Nassau|
|(242) 393-8173||3.3 mi. (5.3 km) North-Northeast of Nassau|
|--||Old Fort Bay|
|(242) 327-6533||West Bay Street - Nassau|
|(242) 363-2992||0.8 mi. (1.3 km) East of Paradise Island|
Do be aware that whileis without a doubt the best spot in the Bahamas for provisioning, you'll find prices to be marked up 20 to 100 percent. It is also important to note that petty crime around this area is on the rise, so make sure to keep your vessel properly secured and locked up at all times.
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