Nassau Nicer than Ever

Nassau: Nicer than ever

Jan 23, 2022 by Ciara Farrow

Revamped Hurricane Hole and Prince George Wharf offer more venues and better services.

Though important events in the Bahamas like the annual Junkanoo festival have been put on hold for the second year in a row because of the pandemic, the beloved yacht destination Nassau has taken this time to transform itself through the redevelopment of Hurricane Hole Superyacht Marina and Nassau’s Prince George Wharf.

The historic Hurricane Hole marina has been completely revamped and is nearly finished, with slips up to 420 feet in length. The transformation offers luxury marina-front residences, retail shops and gourmet dining. They’ve added state-of-the art fitness facilities, swimming pools and crew lounges, as a complement to the community’s grocery stores, liquor stores, spas, laundry facilities, high-speed internet, charter management services, medical doctors and pharmacies. Only steps away from Atlantis and a tender ride to Rose Island, this is the ultimate Paradise Island playground for crew and guests alike.

Nassau’s Prince George Wharf cruise port will be turned into Nassau Cruise Port and is expected to be completed this year with new shopping, dining and entertainment venues. There will be a new indoor/outdoor shopping center, complete with salons, restaurants, and an amphitheater that will be used for local entertainment and tourist events on the waterfront.

Current Travel Restrictions for the Bahamas

International visitors from any country must complete a Bahamas Travel Health Visa (BTHV) application online before arriving — and that’s for each trip to the Bahamas, even if you already have completed a BTHV for a previous trip.

The BTHV application must be completed online, and if you do not complete the application before you arrive in the Bahamas, it may take longer for you to enter the country.

Unvaccinated travelers must show proof of a negative PCR test no more than 3 days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival. Vaccinated travelers can enter using negative-antigen test results. Both must have the original copy of results.

Vessels that arrive beyond the three-day test period are permitted to enter the Bahamas provided they have obtained the BTHV and the captain can prove at their port of entry that the vessel’s travel was a direct one with no prior stops at any other port of call.

Completing the BTHV application is as easy as creating a profile, adding your upcoming trip, and uploading your negative test results and vaccination cards.

For most information visit:  travel.gov.bs

Port Entry

Prior to entry, fill out the Click2Clear Cruising Permit. You can find online forms and information  at bahamascustoms.gov.bs or bahamasmarinas.com. After you submit your form, you will receive a reminder of your rotation number. You will receive a cruising permit for up to 90 days. You can apply for a cruising permit extension 14 days before the expiry date of your permit. If exiting and re-entering the Bahamas within the 90 days, you are not required to repay the fee.

To enter the islands of the Bahamas, vessels need a copy of the Bahamas Customs Clearance Form and a Bahamas Immigration Card and passport for each person. You can find entry forms at bahamasmarinas.com/bahamas-seazpass.

Crew Go-To List

Bank
CIBC First Caribbean International Bank
Full-service tellers
Shirley Street
242.502.6834
cibcfcib.com

Medical
St Lukes Medical Centre
Collins Avenue
242.325.7907



Post Office
General Post Office
Town Center Mall
242.397.3657





The Village Grocery Store
Shoppers Mall Road
242.363.0495
The quick stop when you need something fast

Transportation
Aro
242.558.5260
The best driver on the island.

Florist
The Nassau Florist
Dowdeswell Street
242.302.6120
thenassauflorist@gmail.com
thenassauflorist.com



Oxford Medical Centre
Collins Ave
242.356.3985



Provisioning
Island Purveyors
242.457.0069
Airport Industrial Park
islandpurveyors.net
Sources the finest quality of fresh food and essential needs, delivered right to you.

Phones & SIM cards
BTC
Harbor Bay Shopping Center
242.393.4015


City Transit and Taxi Service
242.427.1739
rickyluv242@gmail.com

Laundry
Shirley Plaza Wash House
Mackey Street
242.393.4491
Full-service or self-serve laundry



Doctors Hospital
Collins Ave
242.302.4600
dochosp.com
For all medical emergencies.

Solomons Fresh Market
Harbor Bay Shopping Plaza
242.677.7290
Instore shopping for meats, produce, grocery items and flowers.



Salon & Spa
Mandara Spa
Atlantis Bahamas
242.363.2000 extension 65900
Best spa services on the island for nails & hair.

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