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.
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.