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Old 05-30-2019, 11:58 AM
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Great news! They’ll make an online experience as easy as getting a pet permit.
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Old 05-30-2019, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by bikergja View Post
Did I miss something? A mention of number of people on board, are they going to charge by individuals?
Currently I believe 4 persons are included on the Permit. Everyone else is $25 extra /ea.
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Old 05-30-2019, 12:49 PM
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Can you link or tell me where to find that article? I'm interested in the VAT / business licesnse changes
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I don't go there anymore....cruise the Keys....Glades....etc
thanks for your contribution! Enjoy the fabulous Fl Keys
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Old 05-30-2019, 05:12 PM
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The online payment is obviously aimed at taking the customs officer out of the equation. Who knows how much of that money makes it to Nassau? I know, the paperwork trail....there is always a way around it!

The Bahamas is broke...very broke, the cash cow is the tourists and cruisers. They will milk them until only the wealthy can afford to come to the islands. Fuel tax, VAT tax, beer tax, cruising tax, landing tax, departure tax and on and on.

Ask the locals if they are feeling any better about the tax structure and if they feel services are getting better on their island.

This will be the first year in over 15 years that we have traveled to the Abacos without our boat. It is usually laden with groceries and beer. Interesting to see how much more or less when all is said and done it is going to cost us this year. Boat rental, provisioning, beer, flights, etc.

I will report back when we return.

I love the Keys, but it is not the Abacos.
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Signmansez, the last two years we flew over and rented house/boat instead of staying on the boat, it was more expensive, but also a lot less stress worrying about the boat. Both was are fantastic, just different approaches
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Originally Posted by Gone Nuts View Post
Currently I believe 4 persons are included on the Permit. Everyone else is $25 extra /ea.
Three people are included in the permit. Every person over 3 gets charged $25.
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Old 05-31-2019, 07:08 AM
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Has anyone found the actual proposed fee structure other than the range in the article?
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Old 05-31-2019, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by dpdash View Post
Signmansez, the last two years we flew over and rented house/boat instead of staying on the boat, it was more expensive, but also a lot less stress worrying about the boat. Both was are fantastic, just different approaches
Trip is 3 weeks away and I am already diggin not having to get the boat, trailer and truck ready for the haul. Love the fact that I can be at the Sanford airport at 8am, park my truck, load my gear, skip the hassle of TSA and be in Marsh Harbor by 10am!

Taking the boat for a 7-10 day trip is no longer worth the hassle.
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For some its about the Journey, taking your boat over the ocean to new lands, across the bank and its beautiful blue water and finally to your destination. To others it is only about the destination with little care of how beautiful and peaceful it can be out in the open waters. If I was only about the destination, it would not be the Bahamas, well maybe Exumas but not the Abacos. Been there done that. If I am flying, I'm going someplace else entirely new.
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Originally Posted by trit21 View Post
For some its about the Journey, taking your boat over the ocean to new lands, across the bank and its beautiful blue water and finally to your destination. To others it is only about the destination with little care of how beautiful and peaceful it can be out in the open waters. If I was only about the destination, it would not be the Bahamas, well maybe Exumas but not the Abacos. Been there done that. If I am flying, I'm going someplace else entirely new.
Agree wholeheartedly, been making the crossings to the Bahamas for over 20 years. Age has finally caught up with me and the hassle and stress to make the ''journey'' are no longer worth the 7-10 days.

Not poo pooing the trip just finally come to the realization that I don't HAVE to take my boat to enjoy the Abacos for the week.
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Old 05-31-2019, 09:29 AM
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Interesting topic about not taking the boat. Hard for me to comment since I've never been there without a boat... I can say, however, that if I'm going to take time off from work, etc... and if it doesn't involve my boat, I'd likely go somewhere else and explore. For me, the thrill is the journey to the unknown (we try not to go the same place more than once unless we are passing through). As I get older, I can see where that may wane or my body might wane first. LOL.

This year we're doing Andros and then heading just below Black Point and working our way to Long Island (Dean's)... we may jump across and hit Conception since it didn't happen last year.
If I had more time, I'd load up on fuel, and run for Crooked... but that will likely have to wait until another trip.

The one thing about the Bahamas that makes me come back is that the different areas are so very different. The Exumas are nothing like the Abacos and the Berries are nothing like the Abacos. You go to a settlement in Black Point v. Green Turtle and it is completely different. Yet you go to Cat Island and it is, again, different. It's exploring all of that by boat that is alluring to me.

I will confess that Warderick Wells is a place that have returned to multiple times -- but for anyone who has ever been there... you know it's hard to find anything like that.

Great thread!
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Old 05-31-2019, 11:43 AM
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Want to dissuade an activity? Tax it. Everyone has their own threshold but one thing is certain, as fees rise tourism will fall.
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I would certainly pay more, if we would check in on line prior to the trip. Then we could fish before we made land fall at the end of the first day.
I agree. Or legally fish without ever making land fall... I really don't know why they wouldn't do that. It would definitely generate more money for the Bahamians. Clear customs online, print voucher, keep on boat
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I agree. Or legally fish without ever making land fall... I really don't know why they wouldn't do that. It would definitely generate more money for the Bahamians. Clear customs online, print voucher, keep on boat
there going to target the duty tax. You fill out the forms online then they can get you in the duty tax. Frees up officers time. Technically you can only bring 1 quart of alcohol in by boat. How many people only bring that?
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there going to target the duty tax. You fill out the forms online then they can get you in the duty tax. Frees up officers time. Technically you can only bring 1 quart of alcohol in by boat. How many people only bring that?
I bring zero. So, does that count?
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I bring zero. So, does that count?
Ok. Well then you don’t have to pay duty on spirits or wine.

have you ever had your boat searched?
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Old 05-31-2019, 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Conchyjodyoos View Post
Want to dissuade an activity? Tax it. Everyone has their own threshold but one thing is certain, as fees rise tourism will fall.
I don't agree with that.
The quality of the tourism will change.
Look at the Cayman Islands, Bermuda?
Look at Ft Lauderdale spring break.
Face it, we (Tourist, Floridians, etc) have had it too good for a long time visiting the Bahamas by boat, and, some of us have taken advantage of it.
We don't want to help pay their dept and it has to get paid somehow. We use their resources, we should pay our share. If we don't, the Chinese will and are.
Think about this, we are bitching over a raise in a $150 fee or $300, one that can be used twice, twice in 90 days, $75 or $150 a visit. To take your family to a Natural Disney World, one from which your children will never forget.
One (1) Ticket to fake Disney cost more than that, no?
Shoot, if they actually collect from all the weekend warriors that don't pay it would help.
Let them raise it. Keep some of the riff raff out that don't spend, fish the place clean, throw their carcasses overboard and bring their own beer.
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Originally Posted by Parker Yacht View Post
I don't agree with that.
The quality of the tourism will change.
Look at the Cayman Islands, Bermuda?
Look at Ft Lauderdale spring break.
Face it, we (Tourist, Floridians, etc) have had it too good for a long time visiting the Bahamas by boat, and, some of us have taken advantage of it.
We don't want to help pay their dept and it has to get paid somehow. We use their resources, we should pay our share. If we don't, the Chinese will and are.
Think about this, we are bitching over a raise in a $150 fee or $300, one that can be used twice, twice in 90 days, $75 or $150 a visit. To take your family to a Natural Disney World, one from which your children will never forget.
One (1) Ticket to fake Disney cost more than that, no?
Shoot, if they actually collect from all the weekend warriors that don't pay it would help.
Let them raise it. Keep some of the riff raff out that don't spend, fish the place clean, throw their carcasses overboard and bring their own beer.
Simple economics, the same folks who cruised for $300 will now be charged $4k? My point is revenue will actually fall. I paid over a grand in VAT last year on our trip, it’s not just the customs fee they’ll miss. Empty rooms, docks, restaurants, etc. The locals will feel the pinch. Btw, how much do we charge Bahamians to visit the US?
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