The most economical way to do email
on the ICW
is to go to local libraries. They nearly all have computers
that you can use or take your laptop
as they're mostly wifi
now. Next is "borrowing"- war driving, as there are unsecured signals along the way. In most harbours you'll be able to get a stray signal, and if you go ashore you can visit free hotspots. Many marinas
have wifi and there are a couple of companies that claim they have signals up and down the ICW, cost about $10 a day. It's cheaper if you sign up for a monthly pass but I am not sure of their coverage claims.
In the Bahamas
, Starbucks in Nassau
has free wifi if you buy a coffee. There are a couple of internet
cafes too. In the Exumas
, wifi at Sampson Cay and Staniel Cay is free. In Georgetown
there is a pay service
that covers most of the harbour but for good reception
you'll need a good antenna
. There's a couple of other services ashore, one of the better spots is at Eddy's Edgewaters where you can have a beer
and do your mail.
The coverage in the Abacos is pretty good. Marsh Harbour and Green Turtle being very good. Just take your laptop and the other cruisers will tell you where the hotspots are. It's not unusual to see a cruiser sitting on the curb in South Beach catching up on email.