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post #9 of Old 06-14-2003
leehaefele
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Provisioning for Bahamas

There are excellent grocery stores at Nassau, Freeport, Marsh Harbor, Hope Town, Eleuthera (Spanish Wells, Rock Sound, Gov Harbor), Orange Creek on Cat Island, Morgans Bluff on Andros (2mi from hbr). These are similar to say a Big M in a small US town. Prices are 25-35% more than US, but there is no sales tax. Small towns with tiny stores are more expensive, not well stocked, Exumas and Berry Islands are this way. Favorite items: Home baked bread & pastries, avail on EVERY inhabited Island (ask a local where the lady that bakes bread is), New Zealand butter and Cheese at 1/2 of US prices. If you buy Kalik Gold Beer for $2.25/bottle, you don''t need many as it is 8% alc. Meat is only found at larger stores. For fishing, buy 6 pink 1.5 oz squid lures at WalMart before you go, these troll well at 6 knots catching small Wahoo/makerel & barracuda (2-3#) every day plus occassional bigger fish.
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