As Pblais put it, things are always changing and what is published today about a particular fee may not be true tomorrow.
- - The French versus Dutch of St Martin
is an old news item that is still evolving. The Dutch started it; the French reluctantly followed then thought better and instituted a "don't ask, don't tell" unofficial policy which brought their fees back to reasonable.
- - In the BVI
, the head
honcho tried to drastically raise the fees and was beaten back by an organized marine
charter/business community. St Barts is reportedly using fees to discourage visitors. Antiqua has very reasonable fees but very unreasonable officials if you do not follow their rules to the letter.
- - Some islands like St Lucia
engage in subterfuge to attract cruisers then claim that they really didn't mean what they said. Cost me an extra $125 to get out of that mess.
- - Grenada
has re-interpreted their rules to effective quadruple the cost of staying there more than one month in regards to government
- - All this information can be accessed from web searches for the island of interest and customs/immigration fees. It takes time to weed out the non-relevant links and some creativity of search words. Then there are the cruiser nets in SSB
to help get the "latest."
- - But in general fees average in the US$25/person with some islands like the French being free and others like the D.R. and Sint Maarten being very high. Unless you are going to be "underway" to the next island within the next week, specific information is marginally useful.
- - In total the whole Caribbean
is not expensive (with the exceptions noted above) and you will be spending many times more money
on boat parts
, tours, and food
than you will on checking in/out.