Originally Posted by colemj
You guys are sitting in the Bahamas arguing about the exact delta of food prices between two specific countries, and finding the need to come here to solve the argument?
Is it a bit cloudy there today? Did all the lobsters leave the Bahamas? Did your volleyball pop? Did you run out of rum?
I am so sorry for your unfortunate circumstances - please bring these problems to the people living in the NE US to help you with them…
Well, it is
a little bit cloudy here today.
We're sitting at Blackpoint and it's blowin' 20-25 out of the NNE. It's still 77 degrees though.
I have found that everything is at least 50-100% more here. The exception would be fuel
. Still paying around 5 bucks a gallon for diesel
and gas. Captain Morgan
25 bucks, soda twenty two bucks a case, cereal 8-10 bucks a box, one pound bag of chips eight bucks..etc. If you chose to use a credit card, tack on 5% to the bill. The point is, bring everything you need while here. Don't try to do a major provision while here, unless money
is no object to you. If you eat out, lunches are going to average 10-12 bucks a plate. Not bad. If you eat dinner out, plan on 24-30 bucks an entrée.
We got to know the owner of Isles General Store on Staniel Cay fairly well and she explained why prices were what they were. Just to do something as simple as deposit the weeks receipts means getting on a plane and going to Nassau
once a week. If you write a US check, it takes six weeks to clear! If the merchandise comes from outside the Bahamas there is a 15% import
duty tacked on. Once her order is in Nassau then it has to be loaded on a boat and brought to the island. Then unloaded and brought to the store. There are a lot of hands in the pot before stuff ever hits her shelves. What she related to us was a real eye opener as why things cost so much here.
Please don't come down and complain about the prices. They are what they are and as far as we've seen the locals are not trying to overcharge the cruisers. Sure, you're gonna have to buy perishables but if you provision well before coming you'll be ok. It's a learning
experience the first time. Next time we'll bring more soda, snacks, box milk, and cereal. Everything else we did fairly well stocking up on. Don't make the same mistake we did on the snacks. Even though we're not big snack eaters, we should have brought more. Reason is, you really should bring a small snack to share when invited to all the sundowners!
@ Cotemar...What's with you and all this boat waxing!!