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Old 18-03-2016, 17:24   #1
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Bahama Cruising Permit Fees

Quick question: are Bahama cruising fees payable in cash only or by credit card as well? I apologize for posting this question here, https://www.barabbas.com/wp-content/...vid_lean_0.jpg, but in my defense, I first asked the question in a Bahamian chat room (purportedly operated by the Bahamian government) and was given a phone number to call.
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Old 18-03-2016, 18:16   #2
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Cash only. And by the way, the Bahamians have never heard of Discover cards.
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Cash only. And by the way, the Bahamians have never heard of Discover cards.
So that's it then, Terry; henceforth, you shall be considered the messenger of doom! I will carry cash and let the pirates be damned!
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Re: Bahama Cruising Permit Fees

As stated it is cash only, except if you show up without cash they will take a check. I don't recommend that approach, but I did it once, forgetting to bring cash, and they took a check. Maybe that was because it was the day after Christmas and the agent was in a good mood.

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We've checked in a number of times and always paid cash. Sometimes, in the smaller harbors (e.g., Morgan's Bluff), the paperwork happens at a picnic table, or bench at the dock. No phone or any facilities for accepting electronic money.

Keep it simple and easy - pay the $150 or $300 in cash. You REALLY want the check in process to go without any bumps.
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US funds or must we arrive with local currency?
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US funds or must we arrive with local currency?
Throughout the Bahamas (even at government facilities), US currency is accepted at par - just the same as Bahamian currency. In fact, you'll never ever have to "exchange". It's kind of fun though, because their currency is colorful and "fun"!
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Re: Bahama Cruising Permit Fees

From flying around the Bahamas I found that even at some airports, fuel was cash only. I didn't like carrying a bunch of cash, especially since it was obvious that anyone that flew in had a wad on them, but never had any trouble.


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Cash only. And by the way, the Bahamians have never heard of Discover cards.
Not so much any more. I usually use it here in the Abacos, for this and the prior 2 trips...
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Re: Bahama Cruising Permit Fees

That does not include, however, customs and immigration require cash; most places which accept them charge for cards (not all) 3-5%...
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Throughout the Bahamas (even at government facilities), US currency is accepted at par - just the same as Bahamian currency. In fact, you'll never ever have to "exchange". It's kind of fun though, because their currency is colorful and "fun"!
....except that when you go home if you don't want to have Bahamian currency you can't use anywhere else, you may want to exchange back to USD....
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I always have asked for a receipt but they always seem to be out of receipts.
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I always have asked for a receipt but they always seem to be out of receipts.
This has never happened to me and I have cruised the Bahamas every year since the cruising permit fee ( remember when it was $100? ) was instituted.

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....except that when you go home if you don't want to have Bahamian currency you can't use anywhere else, you may want to exchange back to USD....
Most places are happy to accommodate you as you're on the way out. They understand, and there is no benefit to them to hang on to US scrip...
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It was $35 in 1980... Of course including fishing permit...


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