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Old 10-30-2011, 01:21 PM
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Im going to second the Marsh Harbour recommendation. We flew the RV7 from Texas there this past Aug. Took the ferry out to Guana Cay where we rented a house and boat. Spectacular beaches and snorkeling. Do a google search you won't be disappointed.
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:40 PM
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Effective Oct 1, 2011, the departure tax increased from $20 to $25 per person for all visitors to the Bahamas, pilots included.

This fee was increased only last June from $15 to $20. At the same time, hotel taxes were increased from 6% to 10%.

The departure tax applies anytime you leave the airport. Going to Bimini for lunch? Add $100 to the bill if you are four.

If this becomes an annual event, the Bahamas could price itself out of the private aviation tourism market.

Meanwhile, there is NO departure tax for pilots in:
The Cayman Islands
Jamaica
The Dominican Republic
Turks & Caicos and
Puerto Rico.

this is from............
http://www.caribbeanflyingadventures.com/
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:41 PM
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Turbo, the departure tax is anytime you take off from a Bahamas airport to leave the country. Correct? I want to make sure I understand this. If I am going to fly from Staniel Cay up to Normans Cay to have lunch, and then return to Staniel, there won't be any departure taxes. Correct? I hope so!
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Old 10-30-2011, 06:17 PM
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if you are in and around the bahamas there is no fee. only when you clear out to another country. you are correct. the exumas are the most picturesque islands i have ever flow over. 100 miles of bliss.

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Old 10-30-2011, 09:56 PM
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the exumas are the most picturesque islands i have ever flow over. 100 miles of bliss.
I agree with that! The Exumas are stunning.
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:11 AM
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Effective Oct 1, 2011, the departure tax increased from $20 to $25 per person for all visitors to the Bahamas, pilots included.

This fee was increased only last June from $15 to $20. At the same time, hotel taxes were increased from 6% to 10%.

The departure tax applies anytime you leave the airport. Going to Bimini for lunch? Add $100 to the bill if you are four.

If this becomes an annual event, the Bahamas could price itself out of the private aviation tourism market.

Meanwhile, there is NO departure tax for pilots in:
The Cayman Islands
Jamaica
The Dominican Republic
Turks & Caicos and
Puerto Rico.

this is from............
http://www.caribbeanflyingadventures.com/
As Turbo noted, the departure fees have increased twice this year.
We've been to the Bahamas several times but I'm not sure whether I will return as they've over priced the trip. IMHO.
When you consider the hotel rate, you'll also need to consider all the add-on fees: Resort tax, utilities fee, activities fees and the high priced dinners. The islands are beautiful as well as the people. It's a shame they don't make it affordable.
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:48 AM
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Thanks, all. Great comments. Exactly what I was looking for. Bill
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Old 10-31-2011, 09:59 AM
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As Turbo noted, the departure fees have increased twice this year.
When you consider the hotel rate, you'll also need to consider all the add-on fees: Resort tax, utilities fee, activities fees and the high priced dinners. The islands are beautiful as well as the people. It's a shame they don't make it affordable.
The Bahamas are not alone in levying fees:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/interactives/travel-fees/
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Old 11-03-2011, 08:53 PM
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Great Inagua does not have any Tourist. It does have some rooms / hotel.
You will be laid back there, only locals and Mortan Salt people go there.
I used to stop in when I was a yacht delivery guy. I like that island!
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:14 PM
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Does a dynon skyview cover the bahamas?
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