Originally Posted by BobH260
The cost of the cruising permit
can vary depending on where you clear. Some offices charge $150 for boats under 30', and $300 for a boat over 30'. Other offices charge $150 for boats under 35' and $300 over 35'.
has gone back and forth on the length of the boat. The office seem to do what they want.
Also they only deal in cash on the barrel.
We are a Canadian documented vessel, our official length is 34.5' and have paid $150 each time we cleared, usually get a 90 day visa, easily extended if need be. Always ask for your fishing license
if you intend to do any.
I have talked to cruisers there that have had their boat in the Bahamas
for 5 years on cruising permits.
Bob is spot on by my experiences!
I would only add... As they change fishing
rules occasionally and with the cruiser/conch issues a couple years ago the best advice I received was from Bimini
check in. "The rules on the back of the permit, sir." He clarified that as long as you ask the license
is good as long as the permit is good. (there is a 90 day note on their site) Checking in a Bimini
Also make sure you renew the immigration before the expiration.
It is $500 to extend further than a year. US citizens can game
this for cheaper.
Make sure any prescription meds are made out to you!
A nice boat was impounded last time I was in Nassau
Be polite and a good cruiser and all will be good.