Originally Posted by capabear
I also will need to have internet access for banking and communication with friends and family
. How easy is it to get internet wifi or internet cafes?
I have NEVER been skunked for internet other than in the remotest parts
of the Jumentos in the Bahamas.
I have a package from Marine PC's & WiFi by IslandTime PC
- my boat is one of three featured showing different mounting solutions - which is reasonably affordable, and which I use routinely under way as much as 10 miles offshore
I'm writing this from where you can have a look by going to tinyurl.com/flyingpigspot - out in the woods, so to speak, off Eleuthera. I have no interest in islandtimepc other than as a deliriously happy client with a kick-ass computer and WiFi setup from Bob Stewart, the owner.
Visit his site and order his WiFi, and install it atop the mast
like I did. You'll have the same results as I've experienced, based on the reports I've had from the dozens of folks I've sent to him who have bothered to tell me about their experiences.
As to cash, you don't have to be in the major places. Marsh Harbour has several banks with ATMs, as does Georgetown
, Spanish Wells, other places in Eleuthera, and so on. Credit cards are fairly widely accepted as well, though you'll sometimes have a surcharge for using them.
If you're relying on a laptop
instead of something like I have, you'll have a great deal more difficulty in finding internet, though it CAN be done, and internet cafés abound, some free, as well as some hotspots for free. In the Bahamas there are several subscription service
providers of varying qualities; sometimes you'll be too far out to see them where you're anchored, but in general they try to be where folks like you can use their (usually expensive, at least by my lights) service
. Note that I had a total of 3 paid days this year, and that was just because I had a buddy boat who needed some large volume, fast; we shared the cost, and he logged into my router (which I leave open and would be happy to share my - free! - signal with you if you're in my anchorage).
If you go to the above webpage and mouse over the WiFi section you will see one subsection on my boat, along with many scans in the Bahamas, to give you an idea of why I'm never without internet...