here seems to be on a user fee frenzy, and clearing in costs in bocas are the cruising permit
plus whatever the group of officials think you are worth. WE look less rich (and we could have made our point clearer but I felt like cleaning
the boat a bit after a long passage) and they took $20 a head
each other cruisers I just talked to got $30 a head
because they were in a nicer boat. If you clear in at a marina... it will be $40 a head.... I don't think the money
is getting to the government
. Maybe they should look into better management practices like the use of a visa card to pay. Or set up an online site where you pay your fees
. I bet they notice revenues increase at least three fold.
Oh and there are at least 5 dinghy docks just for tenders (no pangas) in bocas provided by bocas marina and some of the establishments.
I agree everyone lets out info that is wrong and then they back track all the time here. When the port Captain anounced it, he was pretty clear that everyone was included in the licence, then back tracked a day later saying cruisers were exempt. If the police or port captain do decide to get out and enforce this, I hope they are a bit clearer on the rules.