Details for Port Lucaya Marina
Name

Port Lucaya Marina
Position

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Average rating 3.2 stars from 28 reviews

Address Sea Horse Road
Freeport, GB

Phone242-373-9090/1/ 2 Fax 242-373-5884

After hours contact



Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel

16/17

Web sitewww.portlucayamarina.com

Email contact

info@portlucayamarina.com

Owner, manager



Harbormaster



Dockmaster



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info



Payment discounts

Monthly charge is reasonable, water $50.00 per month unlimited, electricity metered.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:

Approach



Tide

3.5

Current

Weak

Tide & current additional info

Fixed docks

Depths

Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 9
Fuel dock: 10

Other depth info: Good water in the slips to accomodate a deep draft vessel drawing 6+ feet.

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 190
Beam max: 40

Other info:

Slips

Transient: Unknown
Total: 106
Transient price: $2.20/ft (2016-04-04)

Other price info: Rates vary by season and slip location: $1.50 - $3.00/foot.

1/5/2011 - $25 Charge to tie up for Customs/Immigration, applied to overnight dockage.

Moorings

Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info: Individually metered electric.

Pricing info: $0.60 per kilowatt hour.
30, 50, 100, and 200 amps.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes - As of 3/2014 you have to go to the cable company and rent a box to use dockside. You do get a few not-so-great stations by just plugging in.

Phone hookup (and pricing)

No - $5 hook-up charge. Private direct dialing system with fully computerized billing. Local calls are 75ยข. All long distance calls are $1.00 minimum. The Marina Office will supply information on very economical calling costs. Hook-up charge complimentary with long-term dockage.

Water (and pricing)

Yes - $10 daily. $50 or $75 for boats with long-term dockage.

Dinghy access

Yes - There are two docks at the curbside (near the gates) on the center dock that provide easy access for dingies but they may also be used by transients and commercial boats.

Liveaboard info

Yes

FuelGas: AVAILABLE
Diesel: AVAILABLE

Fuel brand: State-of-the-art high speed fuel station features triple-filtered, water-free fuel that lets you refuel with confidence and efficiency. The Fuel Station is open daily from 8 am until 11 pm and stocks oils, detergents, and other goods.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Gas is ethanol free. 4% extra charge for AE.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Effective immediately, they no longer accept American Express credit cards.

Propane



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: No easy access to the pet walking area.

Disability access

Yes

Launch service

Yes - Taino Beach water taxi ia available at the UNEXSO dock for $3.00.

Pump out

Yes - $20

Ice

Yes

Trash

Yes - There are cans conveniently located on the dock.

Showers

No - 2015, the showers are no longer available. You must go to the neighboring marina.

Heads

No - You must use the public toilets at Lucaya Marketplace.

Laundry

No

Grocery

Yes - Courtesy transportation or about a 20 minute walk to the grocery store.

Grocery service by www.FoodStore2Go.com or by calling 242-557-3663 (Nassau) or 855-3663-242 (North America).

Hardware

Yes - By city bus ($1.25 - $2) into Freeport.

Restaurants

Yes - Nearby. There are 10 restaurants within a two minute walk.

Bars

Yes - Nearby. There are 10 bars within a 2 minute walk.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Grand Lucayan, Memories, Pelican, and UNEXSO are all on site. Taino Beach Resort is nearby.

Repair capabilities



Haul out capabilities



Storage facilities



Fishing supplies



Chartering capabilities

Yes - Available on site.

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi. It was reported December 14, 2011 that the WiFi is working at a very fast speed.

Boat ramp availability



Transportation

Yes - Courtesy transportation to and from Grand Bahama International Airport, golf courses, and local grocery stores.

Other services

Maid service, catering and yacht-cleaning.

Attractions



Reviews for Port Lucaya Marina
Touristy Lucaya, 2016-07-12
Captain: , St. Petersburg, FL (250)

Overall a good stay, with great service from the dock staff. Lucaya caters to the tourist, with lots of shops, bars, restuarants, etc. If your are looking for quiet and remote, this is not it. Docks are in fair shape, and slip prices are reasonable. A good stop for a day or two.



Excellent location - great staff - easy check-in, 2016-04-23
Captain: , Wherever Gone for Good is located (30)

Glen & Marie on Gone for Good

Slips are large and easy to get into. Fairways are wide. Water is flat rate $10/day. Wifi is very good. Customs check-in is 500 feet from marina.

Marina staff Tasha-Ron-Jeff are super friendly and very helpful. Marina is quiet and relaxing. Music plays in the square on many nights - sometimes there is a live band. We did not find it distracting.

Can't speak to the restrooms/showers as we exclusively use the systems on Gone for Good.

Restaurants and grocery store are within walking distance. Kelly's true value hardware is a huge store with a little bit of everything. If u need something check there first. Not walking distance.

For cab service we recommend Queenie & co (242-477-8284). Her rates are honest and fair - she is ultra punctual - and is a great source for all kinds of information.

This marina wasn't built yesterday - it's an older marina showing a little wear and tear but nothing out of the ordinary. The charge per foot is very reasonable and reflective of the marina's condition.

I did not let the negative reviews stop me from staying here - and I'm very glad about that as Port Lucaya Marina has been a wonderful stop over for fun, relaxation, and mingling with the locals.

This is a fantastic stopping place for getting a down home taste of the island life.



Excellent spot to layover awaiting weather, 2015-12-19
Captain: , Kiawah Island, SC (20)

We were ther for 4 days awaiting better weather for a sail to Nassau. Good service and several good restaurants within walking distance from dock



Quick, easy place to check in, 2015-12-18
Captain: , Plano, Texas sv Mariposa (325)

3 Stars is because I didn't stay here..
After passing through the inlet, turn right and go to the GBYC fuel dock to fuel up (before checking in). Forms can be ootained there.

To check in, turn around and go past the inlet to the Port Lucaya Marina for check in. Dock at the fuel dock (no fuel available here, just a small office). Staff was helpful with docking. They also have forms.
A short walk to the customs and immigration office on the second floor of the building as you walk on shore. Customs and immigration ladies sit next to each other at the counter oroviding fast courteous service.
USCG had not yet provided documentation, so the folks at the fuel dock allowed me to get online and print the status of my application from the USCG site. Customs accepted the paperwork. Very helpful!





I should not like the Marina, but I do!!!, 2015-05-20
Captain: , White Bay, BVI (141)

Update: back for a 3rd time, what a desapointment... no more shower nor WC, no internet and price increased by 30% so sad this place is going down... so went to Taino Beach Marina which I really like.

I really like this Marina, but technically I should not because:
Restroom and showers are prety bad... I actually use other restrooms...
Internet was ok, but for the last week been down most the time, they are adding 2 more antennas.

Staff is very professional, attentive and caring.
Cost of a slip per month is $600.
Water is $75/month
Electricity is $0.65/kwh
I have been here for 1 month and decided to stay another...
Great neighbors, mostly Canadian, like Ron and Donna, which wrote the previous review.
We rented a car together and drove arround.

At first when I arrived, I was surprised with all the restaurants, very touristics place, music at night until 11.00 or 1.00 am, etc.
Was not the idea I had in mind visiting the "bahamas", but slowly it grow on me.
I also arrived during Spring Break which end up to be prety fun for a single man...
Also lots of tourists walking in the Marina, sometime strange when people pick a look at your boat!!!

The grocery store is 15 minutes on a bicycle. Prices are 50% more to sometime double than in the US, but you will find most everything (sometime they run out of eggs or of some produce for a couple of days, but nothing long term - can even find Belgium Endive)
Wine and liquors are not very available (except low end) and are also 50% more than in the US.

Beaches are nice, kind of private, have been fortunate to go with tourists staying at hotels.

If you have a pilot license like I do, and want to kep current, you can rent an old Cessna 172 and fly (with the owner/instructor) arround the island. Prety fun. A different view of the island.

I would not spend the time to go to the East end, not much there.

The International Bazard is mostly closed, except for a wine/liquor store that just open and had the best prices in the island.

Update: so after 3 months I left, Internet was still prety bad, but I enjoyed the Marina and highly recommend it.





Good One to Pass on By, 2015-05-17
Captain: , Lewes, DE (30)

Staff were not like the rest of the friendly Bahamians we met on our 5 week cruise. NO BATHROOMS OR SHOWERS! Hello! No as in ZERO wifi! Hello! But a fantastic Italian restaurant, Cappicino's, with awesome italian food and the friendliest waiters with a great sense of humor... they made our one night's stay.



port lucaya marina, 2014-08-11
Captain: , east greenwich, RI (90)

rooms and dockage available (for $100/night seven years ago), convenient to the marketplace and bus to freeport.



Something you have to do at least once, 2014-07-02
Captain: , Merritt Island, FL (372)

As far as marinas go, this one is not necessarily special. Docks are okay but not stellar. Staff is generally friendly and accomodating but don't exactly fall all over themselves trying to help you. The restrooms are generally clean (but small and not air-conditioned) and have great water pressure in the showers. The real selling point of this place is the fact that it is literally ON Count Basie Square right in the middle of all the madness that is Port Lucaya. If you like noise and activity, this is the place. There are probably 50 restaurants within stumbling distance. It's not the kind of place you come to relax, but we came here with 2 teenagers and they definitely dug it. You should do it at least once, and abandon all hope of going to bed early -- the PA system in the square has about 20,000 watts of power and several big subwoofer cabinets. You WILL hear the music on your boat whether you want to or not. Fortunately, the band was good so we didn't mind.



Check in and move on, 2014-07-01
Captain: , Edmonton (279)

This is a port of entry, so makes a good stop on arrival in the Bahamas. Staff is friendly and helpful, but work on island time. Fuel is reasonable. Wifi is terrible. Dockage water and electricity are expensive. Washrooms are run down, but clean and usable. It is fairly noisy, but there is a great little community of cruising boats. Picnic tables on the docks are a nice touch. Would make a good stop for a couple days on the weekend to enjoy the activities in the square. The party atmosphere and loads of beer-fuelled small boats coming in, would get old fast (at least for me). Bars and restaurants aplenty, and liquor stores steps from the dock. When you see the conch arrive fresh off the boat, be sure to get the conch salad from Big Daddy Brown's stand just outside the marina gate. Apparently Zorba's is the place to go for breakfast.
Certainly a good place to clear in and stock up with rum.



In the center of town, but ..., 2014-05-19
Captain: , Wilmington, DE (552)

Their rates have changed.
Regular season is $2.20 at main marina and $1.70 at close by "Sea Garden Wing". Low season rates are $1.85 and $1.50.
They will allow 20% discount for RMHYC but you have to ask and follow up.
The toilets and showers still pathetic.
Water is $10 a day and electricity $0.60 kwh



Hopping little spot..., 2014-03-07
Captain: , Canada (56)

Marina - Easy access from ocean, well protected. Friendly people. Power stable, water good and plenty, internet acceptable (only a little intermittent). Bathroom/ toilet facilities miserable, doors do not lock from inside, water all over floors, no toilet paper for days on end, broken glass on one flor for a few days. Overnight secutity is nice.
Area: Noisy all day and all evening but most of the entertainment is actually not too bad. Everything shuts up by midnight at latest and nights are quiet. Very polite and friendly people ( only got solicited for drugs once and he was ready to run). Not very dog friendly but no real problem. Clean and well kept. Public facilities excellent and clean as could be considering everyone uses them.
Casino: Chintzy little casino where the dealers are friendly and helpful but the management was very ruda and confrontational. Oh well, welcome to the third world where they make their own rules on the fly. Not recommended.
Transportation: lots of taxis, good buses - vans from Port Lucaya to downtown quick, comfortable and reasonable ($1.25 per trip).
Beach Access: pretty well non-existent except a grubby little path to the "public" beack - what-a-joke. The real beach is patrolled by Gestapo who live in fear that us dirty boaters will invade and sit on the beach and maybe even spend money at their facilities. If you posture and remind them that all bahamian beaches are public they will grudgingly allow you on but follow you along to make sure that you do not invade their property. Kind of left me with a very negative attitude about the Grand Lucayan and Memories where you have to be roboticized and wearing I.D. bracelets to even get on the property. I would not go there or recommend it to anyone. Too bad too because they are suffering and wondering how to get business!!!
All-in-all: a nice place, a decent, if not great, marina, fun to be at with all the cruise boat people, noise and music. Clean, safe and well secured (no obvious druggies or pan handlers). Fix up the marina toilets and I would say these guys have figured it out. We were here for a month and will come back. March 1, 2014



if you want to party with 20 something's..., 2014-03-02
Captain: , Palm Beach, FL (341)

Like others have said, the docks are in need of repair. The characters are of "questionable character"... Not the most helpful crew around. I came in once with my 8 year old son, and it would have been nice for the 4 staff sitting in the shade to walk over and grab a line.

We stayed across the street at the grand Lucayan which is a Radisson property... Not bad.

Look, this is is a very touristy location. I mean, cruise ships from Palm Beach are here every couple of days, unloading several hundred Tom, Dick and Harry's who think this is the real Bahamas.

If you're after a young night scene... This is it.

I had dinner at Zorba's with my son. Food was great. Then I was harassed by a local young punk outside the ice cream store two doors down because I didn't want to buy drugs. Come on punk, pick on someone without a little kid.

If you want something peaceful and safe, stay at sunrise a couple of miles away.



Touristy, but lots of fun, 2014-01-23
Captain: , Annapolis (795)

This marina is right at the Port Lucaya Marketplace, which is primarily a cruise ship tourist trap. Despite that, the marketplace has much to offer and for the most part, prices for food and drink are comperable to other less touristy places. The marina itself has sturdy wooden piles and docks. Fuel on site. Bathhouses are pretty bad, but functioned when we were there. Can be loud in the evening with bands performing at the Count Bassie Courtyard right next to the marina.



It will always be my Port Lucaya, 2013-08-20
Captain: , Boca Raton, FL (995)

Update 8/17/13. Came back with different boat and 10 people to dive and enjoy. As much as I like the day crew, the after hours guy could use some customer service training. Passengers stayed at Grand Lucayan and enjoyed it. Great night time entertainment mostly attended by locals and all music stops at 11pm. Diving was great even though seas were 2+. Fishermen were catching large Tunas. Fuel price is fair. Fix the Docks, restrooms and access to the docks and get a 5 star rating.

Haven't been here in a couple of years. The motel/marina has been painted and renovated and they are trying to sell it. New restaurants have come in.. Regretfully Pizza Hut is one of them. The staff is great and the docks are still in need of repair but livable. Since the yacht club closed down, those boats are here so the marina is pretty full. Some people have to remember, this is not the US or Atlantis. Go there if you want perfect. Now that the economy is picking up I think we'll see improvements here.
Can't wait to come back.



expensive stop, 2012-08-08
Captain: , cocoa (130)

July 27 We got there hot and tiried...We did not know to ask for the cheap seat...They put us down front(charged us 2.20 per foot) --where all the ---action---middle of all the noise---Bathrooms were poor...No Pool.. There was a Pizza Hut...and a few shops



Tourist trap, 2012-08-05
Captain: , Bacliff, Texas (136)

About the best thing you can say about the marina is that there is a lot to do in the way of bars and restaurants. The docks are fixed and that is really noticable when there is a 2-3 ft tidal difference. If you want to use the pool at the UNEXCO dive facility, you need to buy something. The bathrooms are very unkept and very unclean. The dockmaster staff are nice. However, you do pay a lot for the priviledge of staying here and there is really no amenities. There are better places to stay. See comment on Sunrise Marina.



Port Lucaya - a usable alternative to West End, 2012-04-15
Captain: , Terra Ceia, FL (91)

Last year we stayed at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club, which was quieter, classier and less expensive than the Port Lucaya Marina. The marinas are jointly owned, and the management has recently closed down the GB Yacht Club; power was shut down at the YC, and even boats who owned permanent slips were moved to the PL Marina. It is not known when or if the GB Yacht Club will reopen.
Nevertheless, the Port Lucaya Marina is decent, if aging. The dockmaster Jeffery is very good. The less expensive slips ($1.70 a foot at the time of this entry) are in the Gardens area. We had to depart at low tide, and Jeffery advised that the entry channel had 6.5' at MLW. We confirmed this to be accurate based on our personal observation in entering and leaving the channel. He advises to stay to the eastern side of the outer entry channel, closer to the red markers. While as it has been observed that some shops have closed, the majority are open, including a number of restaurants. The pizza/Italian restaurant called Pisces consistently recommended as having the best food in the "village." Compared to the West End, this is a much better value, although processing through customs at West End is a breeze.

-Greg Allard
MV "Meander"



Friendly staff; convenient customs, 2012-03-26
Captain: , Portsmouth (372)

The marina is worn but in fundamentally good repair. Power was stable. The dockmaster handles arrivals very professionally. The customs and immigration office is at the head of the dock, very convenient, but the staff sometimes needs to come from other offices nearby so plan 45 minutes to an hour. As others have noted, the market has many closed shops but a selection of restaurants. Zorba's highly recommended. If you want your boat washed, ask the marina to contact Fabian. Thorough, helpful and a great guy.



Nice Marina for a short stopover, 2012-02-01
Captain: , prospect, ky (405)

I stayed two nights here and found it to be pretty well maintained, friendly staff, and very convenient to customs. The market square has lots of shops and restaurants, and we felt very safe and comfortable.



DECENT MARINA FOR A SHORT STOP-OVER, 2011-12-14
Captain: , Oriental, NC (1148)

The Port Lucaya Marina is convenient for checking into Customs and Immigration since the Marina Office and Custome are next door to each other. The marina has fuel: gas and diesel. There are many small tourist shops in the square that has music running from early morning until late at night. Most of it is recorded but on weekends it has live artists performing. The docks are fixed but in relatively good condition. Water, AC/30-50 amp available. The shower (one) is not very clean. Grocery store about one half mile away. Given the price of $1.85 per foot, the yacht club accross the way is a better deal at $1.20 per ft. They are owned by the same company and there is a free ferry that shuttles passengers back and forth. This Grand Bahama Yacht Club has very clean showers and facilities including a laundry. Cheaper and bettter.



Site for salty bodies., 2011-11-13
Captain: , Denver NC (329)

I always love to see the Port Lucya Marina after being in the Abacos for a few days on the boat. The Swimming pool is a must for me to get the salt off. The docks and "areas" are getting old, but they still work. It's always fun to watch the limbo and dancing in Count Basie Square.



Just Average, 2011-06-23
Captain: , Dallas, TX (726)

Stayed 2 nights, lots of little shops, some were closed. Very touristy. Not much to do so we moved on to Old Bahama Bay. Dont see any reason to return.



It depends on your perspective, 2011-03-28
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (215)

If you are young, wild and love to party then it is right in your backyard. Facilities are below average and in need of repair. If you go to bed before 11pm then you should consider GBYC across the harbor.



Seen Better Days, 2011-01-26
Captain: , Palm Coast, FL (385)

This used to be one of my favorite places to spend a few days but, alas, no more. Facilities are showing age and lack of care. There are still some restaurants and bars near by but a lot more are empty and closed.

On site customs and immogration is pretty easy and fairly quick.

I hope they get motivated as the economy recovers and get this place back to what it once was.



Good spot to enjoy the Market & Night Life, 2011-01-26
Captain: , Hernando Beach, Fl (300)

Easy access docks with customs on site. The facility is pretty down and dirty, but you are in the middle of the city action. Big market, shops and restaurants with night life well into the evening hours. Acroos the street from the beaches and Casino. Pool next door at Motel. Very little staff assistance.



Not a bad place, 2011-01-05
Captain: , Havre de Grace, MD (299)

Recently instituted $25 charge to tie up and clear customs. Fee applied to overnight dockage.

Mandatory $10 charge for water metered electric.

Difficult to enter/exit sailboat at low tide due to dock height. Staff friendly.



Nice stop, 2009-06-18
Captain: , Bonita Springs (484)

Easy entry. Marina is a little long in the tooth but serviceable. Attached hotel is pretty crummy but cheap ($80 / nite). Lots of bars and food nearby. Bahama Market is adjacent for souvenir shopping. Nice hotels on the beach with pools, bars, casino, beach just accross the street. Fuel dock easy but Bahamas prices. Good place to enjoy local food (and many other choices) and people watch. UNEXSO in the harbor for divers with a variety of dive options. Dockside service/help was spotty when we were there. Customs at the dock adjacent to the dockmaster.



Spring Break Hot Spot, 2009-03-18
Captain: , Woodbridge, VA (137)

Not knowing until we arrived, we were there for Spring Break. Wild times, but the young folks weren't too bad. Two of the three heads were closed and the wheren't the cleanest. Transient rates were $2.20/ft/day. A nice place to visit with an easy inlet to access. Beware the inlet is 5' in a few places at low tide.

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