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Old 01-30-2012, 07:13 AM
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I have a question about the allure of going to the Bahamas. Having vacationed in the Bahamas a few times and had a good time (via airlines or day ship) and flown around S. Florida, I haven't really realized the drastic difference in beaches or temperature between the two. Flying out of the country and going to remote locations are fun but are there, in your experiences, differences in beaches, etc to justify the additional cost and some risk in flying that 65+ miles over water to get there vs staying at FLL or Naples? I have flown to plenty of "exotic" places with the USAF so maybe my appreciation of safe water/food, reasonable crime levels and security might be skewing my questioning. Just asking.

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You want to get out of Nassau etc. Anywhere cruise ships go, you don't want to.

Find places that you can only get to by small boat or airplane. The "out islands" and the "family islands" are a completely different feel. The people are wonderful, which is more of a draw for me than any beach. If all you want to do is lie in the sand and fry or go to a casino, you can do that in any old dump, if you want to meet great people and have an open mind then get off the beaten track. Isn't that one reason why we have airplanes?

I've stayed at Stella Maris several times, once in the hotel and once staying at a private villa. Great place. I've also stayed in the Marsh Harbor/Hope Town area, also great.
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:28 PM
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Default Flying the Caribbean.

This spring a friend of mine and I plan to join the International Air Rally in my RV-10 http://airrally.com/2/rally.htm on a flying trip to the Caribbean beginning in Ft Lauderdale Fl. on April 13th. and returning on the 27th. Planned stops include The Turks and Caicos, Anguilla, Grenada, Martinique, San Juan Puerto Rico and Constanza Dominican Republic.

This looks like a well organized group which has been doing these trips for quite a number of years.

I would love to see a few of you RV guys out the join us and this group on what is shaping up to be a fantastic flying experience.

Check out my web album http://ivankristensen.phanfare.com/5431631 and send me a PM if you like more information.

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Old 02-01-2012, 10:30 PM
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Default Some airport info for Bahamas/Caribbean

Lots of info in this book:
http://www.pilotpub.com/

Here's some info gathered by one of my friends at Bahamas Habitat. Prices as of June 2011:

BAHAMAS:

Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera (MYEM)

This our home in the Bahamas: Camp Symonette operated by our sister organization, Bahamas Methodist Habitat. They are family and if you go there, tell them you know Bahamas Habitat. If you need a place to stay and/or want to volunteer, you are welcome!

Airport of Entry/Exit – Customs is available 9 am-5 pm.
Services: EleuAv – Fuel only (cash/credit cards) $6.15/AvGas, $5.40/JetA.
Fees (cash only): $8 Landing fee for twins, no landing fee for singles; $20/person departure fee to Immigration.

North Eleuthera, Eleuthera (MYEH)

Airport of Entry/Exit – Customs is available 9am-5 pm.
Services: White Crown Aviation is very helpful. You may avoid landing fees if you buy 30+ gallons of fuel.
Fees (cash only): $8 Landing fee for twins, no landing fee for singles; $20/person departure fee to Immigration.

Nassau, New Providence (MYNN)

Airport of Entry/Exit – Customs is available 9 am – 5 pm.
Services: Odyssey Aviation is the way to go.
Fees: $8 Landing fee for twins, no landing fee for singles; $20/person departure fee to Immigration (cash only) + airport fees which vary but included with your expenses at Odyssey for services.

Great Exuma (MYEF)

This is my favorite fuel stop flying to/from Haiti at it is right at halfway between the US and Haiti. Food is also available at a restaurant at the airport, and Odyssey next door is happy to make your order for that too.

Airport of Entry/Exit – Customs is available 9 am – 5 pm.
Services: Make sure to see Diatra or Katie at Odyssey Aviation when you fly to MYEF. To make your fuel stop more efficient, you may call ahead to Odyssey and your documents will be prepared and you will be escorted through the Customs process, 242.345.0308. AvGas and JetA are available, both cash and credit cards are accepted.
Fees: $8 Landing fee for twins, no landing fee for singles; $20/person departure fee to Immigration.

Great Inagua (MYIG)

Great Inagua is the southern-most island in the Bahamas. It is a good option and the fuel manager, Customs and Immigration have a very good understand of supply and demand economics – they know you need them and will charge you for it.

Airport of Entry/Exit – Customs is available M-F 9 am – 5 pm or overtime when you fly over in daylight hours.
Services: AvGas ($7.45/gal) and JetA are available – cash only.
Fees: Which way is the wind blowing?

TURKS & CAICOS:

Providenciales (MBPV)

Airport of Entry/Exit – Customs is available 8:30 am – 6 pm.
Services: Provo Air Center is very helpful through the Customs process and getting fuel and transportation to accommodations if you need to stay. It is really nice at Provo. AvGas and JetA available.
Fees: handling, parking, Customs, Immigration, Airport for light planes estimated at total of about $100.


FLORIDA:

Orlando Executive (KORL)

KORL is not an Airport of Entry; although, Showalter Flying Service is very helpful on your departure from the US to obtain Bahamas forms, life vests and rafts, and fuel at a reasonable cost. An overflight permit is also available and made easy by Showalter on your request.

Ft. Pierce/St. Lucie Co. (KFPR)

KFPR is ideal when flying to/from the Bahamas as it is more direct in relation to more southern airports, basically it is as far south as you need to go before going east to the Bahamas. APP Jet Center/Volo Aviation is a great resource for life vests and rafts and a packet of forms for the Bahamas. Airport Tiki has a delicious restaurant – you can pre-order on your way in on APP Jet Center’s unicom 122.95. As an Airport of Entry, Customs is just next door to APP Jet Center/Volo Aviation so it is very convenient. Customs hours – 10 am-6 pm/7 days; phone: 772-461-1733, 800-973-2867 (after hours).

Ft. Lauderdale Executive (KFXE)

KFXE is ideal when flying to/from Haiti. Banyan Air Service will provide a generous fuel discount on flights to Haiti. Life vests and rafts and a packet of forms for the Bahamas are available. Jet Runway Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch everyday except for Sunday. KFXE is an Airport of Entry with Customs on the opposite side of the field from Banyan Air Service. Customs hours – 9 am-9 pm/7 days; phone: 954-356-7412; 954 356 7411 or 800-973-2867 (after hours).

Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale International (KFLL)

KFLL is typically reserved for commercial services, hence KFXE for private aviation. The only reason I utilize KFLL due to the busier airspace and more expensive fees is Customs 24 hour/7 days availability, phone: 954-356-7411. With its convenience in relation to Customs’ location on the field, SheltAir Aviation Services is the FBO to utilize.

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Old 02-02-2012, 09:41 AM
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Thanks! Great info. Bill
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