Years ago we used to clear in at Bimini
, Cat or Chubb but for the last five years we've been clearing in at Nassau
. We've found this to be the best, go in a marina in Nassau
and the authorities will come to you. The smaller entry ports
often will only give you a three month immigration permit
which will require renewal. In Nassau you get six months. It is usually less than 30 hours from Miami
to Nassau. If it gets a bit lumpy in the Tongue of the Ocean you can hide behind Frazers Hog Cay (in the Berrys) for a day or two before proceeding to Nassau.
Most newbies do the Exumas
. Nassau to Allens, Highborne or Normans and then down the chain. I suggest you get Explorer Charts
and Pavlidis' cruising guides
. I would not spend too much time in marinas
. Where available they are expensive and in many spots not too sheltered. In Staniel Cay all boats have to vacate the marina if a front is forecast
. Between Nassau and Georgetown
there are only two good sheltered marinas - Sampson Cay and Highborne Cay. There is a new marina in Emerald Bay (just north of Georgetown) but you might be stuck in there for a couple of weeks sometimes due to weather
. The entrance is very difficult when it's blowing.
If you have any specific questions you'll find lots of answers here.