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Old 17-10-2016, 02:04   #1
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Costs of entering countries, fees, taxes, hidden charges of caribbean cruising.

Hi, we're planning on cruising the Caribbean and central American countries next year.
Having only ever done local coastal sailing, i was wondering what to expect from different countries and ports when it comes to fees of entry.
I heard some charge $300 to enter, is that correct?
Are my dreams of free living about to come to a rude awakening?
Thats Half the reason I wanted to get away from land taxes, tolls and parking meters. To be free and self sufficient. .....
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Re: Costs of entering countries, fees, taxes, hidden charges of caribbean cruising.

Most countries in the Caribbean charge anywhere from 2€ (the French ones) to $20-$30 for clearing in. Each country has its own rules regarding length of stay, costs vs. boat size, etc.

The most recent online information can usually be found at Countries —

The Bahamas, I believe, charge around $300 and if you want to cruise around Anguilla that will cost you dearly as well (just staying the clearance port is cheap), but apart from that most countries in the Caribbean are somewhat welcoming of cruisers.
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The 300.00 you cite for Bahamas is a cruising permit for all of the Bahamian islands and not entry fees. Anguilla will cost you NOTHING to check in if your vessel is under 20 ton. Anguilla has an area that is deemed as a marine preserve area that cruisers enjoy seeing and sailing around
. There is a cruising permit required for cruising this area but not for staying or checking out the Island of Anguilla. The Dutch side of St. Martin charges to check in. $35.00 each I believe and a high fee for going under the bridge and anchoring in the lagoon. French St.Martin is free and costs nothing for entering the same lagoon. BVI is cheap as are most other islands throughout the Caribbean, but even BVI charges to moor up and check out the baths. The Islands have to pay for the upkeep of moorings and other costs associated with these type of attractions which are why cruising and mooring fees are charged.
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Re: Costs of entering countries, fees, taxes, hidden charges of caribbean cruising.

Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic and Mexico all have high fees required on check-in. They range from $100-$300.

After those countries the fees are really cheap until you get to Grenada. Then its costs about $60 for the initial check-in and about $20 each month.

However.. I laugh about your "Not Paying Taxes/Fees" idea. You are about to get a rude awakening as most of these islands do not have taxes, except on goods purchased. Your rude awakening will come the first time you purchase coffee, oil, diesel, cleaning products, ect ect.
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Re: Costs of entering countries, fees, taxes, hidden charges of caribbean cruising.

Thanks for the noonsite.com link. Any other great sailing links pertinent to my learning greatly appreciated
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Re: Costs of entering countries, fees, taxes, hidden charges of caribbean cruising.

Some countries charge heaps, some charge nothing.

You can cross reference at least the following sources:

- Reed Caribbean (outdated),
- Doyle's (outdated),
- the country's customs&immigration homesites (unreliable),
- noonsite (up to date and relaible but vastly inacurate at places).

The above should give you a general picture of who charges how much. Where things change, it means the fees now are higher than yesterday.

MIND mooring fees where moorings are obligatory.

Do your homework and you will avoid 95% of the pitfalls. The remaining 5% is adventure. That's why people do it.

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From Mexico Southward about everything is a rude awakening. ;-)

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Re: Costs of entering countries, fees, taxes, hidden charges of caribbean cruising.

Oh i see, i really thought all these charges were included in the price of my boat.
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Re: Costs of entering countries, fees, taxes, hidden charges of caribbean cruising.

The Caribbean and what peoples perception of what the Caribbean is so vastly different you can not get a decent answer on forums.

Use noonsight.com
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Another good website for you

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Re: Costs of entering countries, fees, taxes, hidden charges of caribbean cruising.

Going into the Lagoon and out of the Lagoon on Sint Maarten (Dutch side) - under the Dutch bridge and for a 1 week stay on the Dutch side cost us $27 total. It is based on length (38 foot sailboat).
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Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic and Mexico all have high fees required on check-in. They range from $100-$300.

After those countries the fees are really cheap until you get to Grenada. Then its costs about $60 for the initial check-in and about $20 each month.

However.. I laugh about your "Not Paying Taxes/Fees" idea. You are about to get a rude awakening as most of these islands do not have taxes, except on goods purchased. Your rude awakening will come the first time you purchase coffee, oil, diesel, cleaning products, ect ect.
Your are right about this. However, the provisionning cost in Bahamas and the other Islands is quite high some times. In Bahamas, the last I been there, 24 can of beer cost me over $55.00 . Things like fruits are very dear...
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Re: Costs of entering countries, fees, taxes, hidden charges of caribbean cruising.

[QUOTE=Zanshin;2236823]Most countries in the Caribbean charge anywhere from 2 (the French ones) to $20-$30 for clearing in. Each country has its own rules regarding length of stay, costs vs. boat size, etc.
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As of last year, most of the French islands were about 5 Euro to clear in.

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