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Be aware that Nassau is primarily a tax-free tourist mecca and has become a "big City" with a commensurate crime rate. Be very street-wise. The crime rate is high (not only for theft), so take care where you walk, especially at night, and secure all your property as best you can. Locking your boat securely at night and when away from it is a must, as is locking your dinghy and outboard when tied to the boat and ashore at a dinghy dock.

Clearance

Review main Bahamas Clearance information.

Clearance procedures can take place at Prince George Wharf (cruise ship terminal), any marina in Nassau Harbour, Atlantis and Hurricane Hole marinas on Paradise Island, Lyford Cay at the west end of New Providence.

When clearing out from here Customs & Immigration charge $75 for an exit zarpe. However, if sailing to the Bahamas, the authorities there are happy to accept your Bahamas Cruising permit instead of a zarpe.

Last updated November 2015.

Customs and Immigration
Tel:242 322 8791 ,VHF Channel 16
Can be called from any of the Nassau marinas when clearing in. When arriving direct from a foreign port, Customs and Immigration clearance procedures can take place at any Marina in Nassau Harbour or at the east side of the cruise ship dock, Prince George Wharf, in the building with the tall tower: you may also clear at Lyford Cay's private yacht harbour at the west end of New Providence

Docking

Before entering Nassau harbour, when within a mile or so, be sure to call Nassau Harbour Control on VHF 16, who will shift to working Ch. 9. This procedure must be followed even if passing through to one of the marinas). They will ask for your last port of call, request details etc. and you will be advised of traffic and given permission to enter. You should also call them before changing location in, or leaving the harbour, for permission to do so, when they will ask for your destination and advise traffic.

Anchoring in Nassau Harbour
It is possible to anchor anywhere in Nassau Harbour outside the main channel, but you must stay clear of commercial shipping areas where freighters manoeuvre and unload. Harbour Control will probably advise you where to go.

Anchoring is possible in front of the Green Parrot restaurant and bar, at 25°04,7’N 077°19,6’W. Mooring buoys are planned. There is a dinghy dock and rubbish bins. Just have a meal or take a beer for this service.

There are two bridges across the harbour, clearance over the main channel is 70ft at high water springs.

There are two other anchorages around New Providence, both good in settled weather: Old Fort Bay just East of the Lyford Cay channel on the North shore; the other further West at West Bay East of Goulding Cay. Coral Harbour on the South shore is no longer available to the cruising public and is now the headquarters of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. However, you can gain shelter in extreme conditions.

Dinghy Docks
Going ashore by tender in Nassau Harbour from anchorages is more difficult than in the past. There are two places where tenders may be taken, both Texaco fuel docks, one at Harbour Central Marina, west of the bridges, and the other at Texaco Harbour View, east of the bridges. They make a small charge and you can take garbage ashore too. You should lock your dinghy and its motor both at anchor and while ashore, but do not impede access to the dinghy dock for others.

Bahamas Air-Sea Rescue Association (BASRA) has a small dinghy dock so, if you come ashore here (and even if you don't), please go in and join this voluntary Association - it's the only rescue service in The Bahamas. Just west of BASRA is Crocodile's Restaurant, where there is a floating dinghy dock alongside the wall, for your use at any time. Please visit the restaurant for a meal and a beer or two. Both places are happy to accommodate visiting yachts but take no responsibility for loss or damage, so be sure to lock your engine and dinghy when you leave it, but do not block the facility for others.

Last updated December 2008.

Atlantis Marina
Paradise Island , Nassau
Tel:242 363 6068 Fax:242 363 6008 ,VHF Channel 16/10 (working)
If your boat is under 12m, forget this marina. 40ft is its minimum length. This marina offers worldclass facilities and is an un-missable landmark with its towers, spires and domes and coral pink buildings. The aquarium here is spectacular and worth a visit even if you are not berthed here. It offers every conceivable service that even the largest mega-yacht could desire. No fuel available at this marina.
Out of season they have package deals, including resort facilities in the stay (for all crewmembers) for approx. $200,-/day. Good value if you have a large crew or visitors.
Bayshore Marina and Marlin Marine
East Bay Street , New Providence
Tel:242 393 3331/7873 Fax:242 393 0066 ,VHF Channel 16
A working boatyard with 12 slips for visitors and a 40 ton haulout facility. Min depth 6-7ft. Fuel, power, water/ice. There is a well stocked chandlery at Marlin Marine, next door. The yard is operated by Brown's Boat Basin.
Brown’s Boat Basin Marina
308 East Bay Street , Nassau , Bahamas
Tel:242-393-3331 Fax:242-393-1868
Captain Nemos Marina
Deveaux Street , P.O. Box CB 12930 , Nassau
Tel:+242 323 8426 / Fax:+242 327 7682
Located only three blocks from town centre. 28 slips with water and electricity. Adjacent restaurant and bar.
Claridge Marina
Yamacraw Rd. South , P.O. Box SS-5664 , Nassau
Tel:242 393 0771 or 242 364 2218 Fax:242 393 5393 or 8013
Dockage is available for short periods only. There is a dry storage facility and you can have your bottom painted here. Travel lift takes up to 50 tons or boats up to 6m (18 feet) wide. Fuel available.
East Bay Yacht Basin
East Bay Street, New Providence , (between the two Paradise Island bridges)
Tel:242 394 1816 Fax:242 394 1816 ,VHF Channel 16
25 slips. Fuel, water & ice, electricity, showers (no toilets), washers and dryers are token operated. Note: the western bridge has an air height of 57 ft (17m).
Harbour Central Marina
East Bay Street , Nassau
Tel:+242 323 2172 Fax:+242 323 2158
The marina has 32 slips, with electricity, water, laundry and showers. Texaco fuel on the T-dock. Dinghy landing.
Hurricane Hole Marina
P.O.Box N 4777 , Nassau
Tel:+242 363 3600 Fax:+242 363 3604 ,VHF Channel 16
90 slips accommodating yachts over 200 feet in length, water and electricity up to 100Ah at the dock. Esso fuel, diesel oil and marine lubricants, 7 days a week. 24-hour security, laundry, showers, waterfront Bar and Grill and pool.
Lyford Cay Harbour
PO Box N 7776 , New Providence , Nassau
Tel:242 362 4131 Fax:242 362 5062 ,VHF Channel 16
Lyford Cay Harbour is a luxury resort community located on the north side of New Providence Island about 15 miles west of Paradise Island and the center of Nassau. Technically, the marina is private and reserved for property owners and their guests, but occasionally yachts can arrange for a transient slip by calling ahead on VHF Channel 16, or by phone, to check on availability. Four days is the maximum stay.
Depth dockside: 10-12ft. Can accommodate vessels with a max. draft of 8 1/2-9ft. Fuel. Electricity. Water/Ice. Complete shopping center at marina. Telephone, Cable TV hook-ups. Fishing charters half and full day. Bait.
Nassau Harbour Club and Marina
East Bay Street , PO Box SS 5755
Tel:242 393 0771 Fax:242 393 5393
65 slips. T-head accommodates up to 200ft. Fuel (diesel only), water, ice, electricity, showers, pool, security, laundry service. Also shopping centre, liquor store, restaurant & bar. Satellite hook-up. This is a popular and attractive marina and it is advisable to book ahead.
Nassau Yacht Haven
PO Box SS 5693 , Nassau
Tel:+1 242 393 8173/4 Fax:+1 242 393 3429 ,VHF Channel 16, 72
120 slips with water and electricity, satellite TV and telephone hook-up. Clearance, fuel (see note below). Showers, laundry, liquor store, adjacent restaurant and bar. 24-hour security. Charter fishing and charter boats available. Close to chandlery, pharmacy, ATM, provisions and other shops.
Feb 2010Reported that fuel was not available here.
Palm Cay
Tel:242-324-5132
New marina opening November 2013. Limited berths available for transient visitors at this time. 186 slip full service marina.
Paradise Harbour Club and Marina
Paradise Island
Tel:242 363 2992 Fax:242 363 2840 ,VHF Channel 16 (0800-1900)
20 slips for boats of up to 200ft. Water. Electricity. Telephone & TV hook-up. Wi-Fi. Accommodations. This is a private marina, but they occasionally have space for visitors. No fuel available. Full access to all Club facilities.
TPA Marina
East Bay Street , P.O. Box N-1019, Nassau
Tel:242 394 1605
Small marina closest to the Paradise Island bridges, sheltered from north and west by Potters Cay - the big commercial docks. If you are looking for a dock close to shore, then you may have to negotiate around the 147' megayacht Maratani X. This is one of boats of the marina owner. Security. Very convenient.

Yacht Clubs

The Nassau Yacht Club offers reciprocal facilities to members of some offshore sailing clubs, check with them if you think you qualify. The NYC holds an annual yachting regatta in early February, everyone welcome to participate.

Nassau Yacht Club
East Bay Street , New Providence
Tel:242 393 5132 Fax:242 393 8184
Overlooking the Eastern part of Nassau harbour and Montagu Bay. This has a small marina, but it is not open to visiting boats.
Seven Seas Cruising Association
Tel:+242 362 1574 Fax:+242 362 2044
Nick and Carolyn Wardle are the Seven Seas Cruising Association's Nassau cruising station.
Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Feb 03, 2016 09:49 PM

Posted on Women Who Sail Facebook Page:
I just want to tell all cruisers to be aware when they're in Nassau, to secure the companionway at night. Two boats were boarded by an unknown person last night and one was our boat. They stole our paddle board and went to our saloon and searched for things to take. Luckily my DH heard the noise and got up but the person had jumped into the water. So be Careful. Last week another boat was boarded too.

Steve
Steve says:
May 05, 2015 08:17 PM

Palm Bay Marina, on the SE shore is excellent, clean, reasonable, and the staff goes out of their way to assist in any way possible. Fuel, water, plenty of electric and a straight forward well marked entrance. We draw 6' and no problem. Free loaner car available for shopping, perfect for going south into the Exumas.

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