Things you need to know before Visiting Grand Bahama Island

Port Lucaya Market Place

‘Port Lucaya’ is the hub for Things TO DO in Grand Bahama. It is a quaint shopping & restaurant area on a small bay where luxury yacht are frequently docked. Here you can shop, eat or interact with the locals in a very safe environment. The Port Lucaya area offers free entertainment in the public square, shoppingcafes …all in one location. Across the street is an amazing 1.5 mile beach. Our harbor representative can assist in arranging transportation to & from Port Lucaya.

With more than 40 specialty stores and boutiques offering high-quality jewellery, cameras, watches, perfume, leather goods and designer bags, over 120 handicrafts and straw vendors with the best selection of bags, hats and baskets, the Port Lucaya Marketplace is the place to visit. There are three watersports operators that offer a variety of tour options for the adventurous who would like to explore beneath the crystal blue waters and a bike tour operator for the more timid individuals. We also have 16 restaurants, and 4 bars, in addition to Coconut, Daiquiri and Seafood Vendors waiting to give you a taste of the Bahamas. There is a yogurt and ice cream parlor, coffee café, bakeries, a chocolate factory, a game room, school of survival and the famed Count Basie Square now called the Marketplace Square, where you can dance to Junkanoo, rake and scrape or bongo drums during the day and to live Bahamian music at night.

Customs & Immigration @ Port Lucaya Marina

The Customs & Immigration is located at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club just inside Belle Channel. 

Contact the Marina Office on VHF16

Fishing Regulations

The Bahamas Government Fishing Regulations of the Bahamas.

The boat you fish from must have a sporting permit aboard. Individual permits are not required. Permits are obtained from Customs officials at ports of entry. Fishing gear is restricted to hook and line and you may not fish with more than six rods at a time.


All boaters entering The Bahamas are required to pay an entry fee.

a) For boats up to 35′, the fee is $150.00
b) For boats over 35′, the fee is $300.00
Fees Subject To Change

Updated fees effective Jan. 1, 2020 are as follows:

Up to 34’: $150 for 3 months; $300 annually
35’ – 100’: $300 for 3 months; $600 annually
100’ – 150’: $500 for 3 months; $1,000 annually
150’ – 200’: $800 for 3 months; $1,600 annually
Over 200’: $1,000 for 3 months; $2,000 annually

The fees will cover:
1) Cruising Permit
2) Fishing Permit
3) Departure Tax for up to three (3) persons. Each additional person above three will be charged a $20 departure tax. This fee is good for a second re-entry within a 90-day period.


What to Know Before Visiting the Bahamas

When entering the Bahamas, you and your boat will require the regular documentation for foreign travel: this includes a permit, which is issued at your first Port of Call in The Bahamas. One year Cruising Permits are available and can be renewed annually.

Proof of Citizenship
Your crew and guests will all need either a passport or birth certificate. A drivers license is not proof of citizenship, although it may be useful for identification when cashing traveler’s checks or, of course, renting a car. (Remember, we drive on the lefthand side in The Bahamas!)

Clearing Bahamian Customs and Immigration
Upon your arrival you will be visited by Bahamas custom and immigration officers who will make a charge of $150 per vessel for each vessel 35ft and under, for up to 4 persons per boat (with an additional charge of $15 for each additional person after the first four) and $300 for each vessel longer than 35ft. for up to 4 persons per boat (with an additional charge of $15 for each additional person after the first four).   This charge will cover all your cruising permitsfishing permits, and your departure tax for the length of your stay. You need to stay with your vessel until it is cleared. On entering port, remember to hoist your yellow quarantine flag, and then call Port Lucaya on Channel 16 to let us know you will be requiring clearance. Customs and Immigration are extremely helpful and friendly.


One of the most respected names in yacht repair and maintenance – Bradford Marine – has opened a new facility in Grand Bahama.  Bradford can provide all of the technical support, dry docking, painting, and engineering service you would ever need.  New and repaired boat parts are now imported duty-free.

Be wise and check our Marina Office before you set off on any trips!  We have tides tables, daily weather forecasts and all other important information readily available.


Port Lucaya is just a short half-day trip from South Florida for most motor-cruisers. Let your GPS’ navigation help you to find your way to the Yachting Paradise.

Outer Buoy Latitude 26 29.879 N, Long 078 37.800 W, Steer 340° to jetty.

First-time visitor can call us on Channel 16 for any help.

We are on the Port side when you reach the end of the channel entrance.

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