Originally Posted by CaptTony
No one mentioned it, so I thought I would. The first time I went to the Bahamas in the mid 70's, we cleared in West End for $10.
Talk about inflation!
Talk about drug trafficking eradication. Not too uncommon to pull into an out island anchorage in the 70s and mistakenly stumble upon someone who preferred to have no witnesses.
The Bahamians wisely realized there was nothing in it for them to have the drug lords around, so they welcomed the DEA. They even had a radar balloon or two on cables that went up to 10,000 feet, IIRC. I recall they used to be on aviation charts.
Now that tourists feel they will survive the cruise, so come in larger numbers, the government is free to extort them. They learned it from their previous occupiers.