It varies somewhat by country.
We haven't touched EVERY country in the Caribbean
, but we haven't yet seen one where arrival at Oh-dark-thirty required an immediate checkin...
...with the exception of Barbados
. Arriving boats there need to contract
port control on the radio
, and are directed to proceed directly to the commercial dock
, NOT go to the anchorage. It's a real PITA. But most cruisiers don't go there without a good reason, for good reason!
For every place else, just have everyone stay on the boat
until the captain
completes formalities to get cleared in. Some places are more uptight about this rule
than others, but you really don't want to push it. Do not
go touring until you are official.