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

“This is very welcomed news for all boaters visiting Port Lucaya Marina. Boaters awaiting Customs and Immigration clearance need only but to walk to the new Customs and Immigration office located dockside.Clearance provided during normal office hours. Now vessels wishing to come to Grand Bahama Island or clear to go on to the Berrys, the Abacos or New Providence can do so right here!”

The Customs and Immigration office at Port Lucaya Marina opened on January 1, 2003 in order to facilitate the timely clearance of pleasure vessels arriving at Port Lucaya.

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.

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

For boats up to 35’ . . . . . .  $150

For boats over 35’ . . . . . . . $300


• Cruising Permit

• Fishing Permit

• Departure Tax for up to three (3) persons. Each additional person over the age of 6 will be charged a $20 departure tax (from Grand Bahama Island this tax is $23 for each additional person above three departing). This fee is good for a second re-entry within a 90-day period. Original stamp copy of your cruising permit (transire) is required, must be the same vessel in which you enter The Bahamas, but not necessary the same passengers or crew.

• If you plan to stay longer than 12 months, special arrangements must be made with Bahamas Customs and Immigration. Bahamas Customs and Immigration office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Officers are on call during holidays and weekends. There is no overtime charge.

Bag limits are as follows:


Migratory species such as Kingfish, Dolphin, Tuna or Wahoo shall not exceed 18 fish per vessel at any time.Stone Crabs: Closed season is June 1 to October 15. Minimum harvestable claw is 4”.  Harvesting of female is prohibited.

Turtle: Illegal to export. No vessel shall have on board any marine turtles.

Lobster or crawfish: No more than 10 tails at any given time. Annual closed season is April 1 to July 31. Minimum size limits are 3-3/8 inch carapace length or six inches tail length. Egg–bearing female crawfish are protected.

Conch: Harvesting and possession of conch without a well formed lip is prohibited. Bag limit at any given time is no more than 6 per boat.

Vessel Bag Limit: Demersal species (groupers , snappers, etc.) not in excess of sixty (60 lbs.) pounds or 20 scale fish.

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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