About the Island of Green Turtle Cay
Currency, if you come across a $3 bill, it’s ok. Bahamian paper money comes in ½ dollar, $1, $3, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills. There is also an extra Bahamian coin, the 15-cent, which is square with rounded corners, and decorated with a hibiscus.
The Bahamian dollar is on par with the U.S. dollar. A small exchange may be applicable when exchanging Traveler’s Cheques for local currency.
Illegal Items – Strict laws and penalties apply for possession of dangerous drugs and firearms. Any drugs considered dangerous, including marijuana, bring stiff fines and even jail terms, if found in the possession of unauthorized persons.
Immigration – Upon your arrival to The Bahamas, you will be given an immigration card to fill out. The officer at the Port of Entry will keep the top section and return the bottom section to you. You must return that portion to the ticket agent upon departure. Citizens of the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, or colonies do not need a passport for a visit that does not extend beyond 3 weeks, provided that you have proper identification, birth certificate, picture identification and a return ticket.
Temperatures – We enjoy a tropical temperature year round. Water temperature ranges from the low 80’s in the summer to the mid-70’s in the winter. The air temperature in the winter can go down to 60 and, with the wind, can be a bit chilly. In the summer, August through the end of September, the days are HOT, many times in the 100’s with high humidity.
Communication services – The phone at the house is set up for only local calls. Internet services are available in New Plymouth at Island Property Management, but isn’t that what you got away from?
Traffic Rules – Drive on the left side, yes, even with the golf carts. Most of the cars have their steering wheels on the left. Remember to keep left, and wearing seat belts is mandatory. If you are walking where there is no sidewalk, face oncoming traffic.
Fishing – For bone fishing guides on GTC contact Ricky Sawyer at 242-365-4261 or
Ronnie Sawyer at 242-365-4070.
Packing Tips – First time visitors always over pack, here are a few suggestions of items. Dress casually, including evening attire. Jackets and ties are not needed. Swimming suits, and summer attire, water shoes, beach towels, flashlight, fishing gear, medicine for personal use, insect repellent depending on the time of year, camera and any special foods you may require. Each person over 18 is allowed to bring into the Bahamas1 quart of spirits and 1 quart of wine; or 1 case of beer; and 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars. Coolers of food are allowed, as long as it is for your own consumption (within airline limits), but no fresh fruits or vegetables.
Underwater Environment – Spear guns of any type are illegal in the Bahamas. Pole spears and Hawaiian slings, used only while free diving, are permitted. Scuba divers may take photos, but no spearing or shelling of any kind while in scuba gear. Enjoy the underwater beauty, but please take home beautiful memories and pictures, leaving the live shells, sea fans, and sea stars for other visitors to enjoy, as it is illegal to take these. Ones found on the beaches, that are empty or dead, are permitted to take.
Medical Help – There is a government run medical clinic on GTC; we hope you won’t need to use it.
The number is 242-365-4028.
Dining – Green Turtle Cay offers a wide selection of upscale, as well as native restaurants, located throughout the island. In White Sound there are the two excellent establishments: The Green Turtle Club and Marina, which was on the TV program “Life Styles of the Rich and Famous”, and across the bay is The Bluff House. Both are expensive, but well worth it. They do lunch and dinner. Both have gift shops, and there is also a store at the Club.
On the other end of the island in New Plymouth, there are a number of great local places to eat. They serve a great breakfast at Plymouth Rock Café, and the Sundowners Bar and Grill does mouth-watering hamburgers and other foods. There are quite a few places to dine in town. It’s best to walk around and find them yourself. The Wrecking Tree Diner has an interesting history.
Native food on the island usually consists of some variation of peas and rice (seasoned rice and pigeon peas served with coleslaw), lobster (Crawfish), or deep-fried, wonderfully battered strips of grouper (grouper fingers). There are also conch fritters or conch salad, and delicious desserts, such as guava duff or homemade coconut ice cream.
While in town, visit The Blue Bee Bar, the birthplace of the world famous Goombay Smash. Originally made famous by the legendary Miss Emily, this potent and fruity drink is served throughout the islands and in specialty restaurants throughout the world. True to her Christian principles, Miss Emily never tasted her Goombay Smash or any other form of alcoholic beverage. Her secret patented recipe has been handed down only to her immediate family.
As you are walking around town, stop by Sid’s Groceries of the little house just a few gates away from the ferry dock for a loaf, or two, of fresh-baked Bahamian bread. It comes in different flavors, and types, right from the oven. You have to get there early to choose from a selection.
Night Life – During your stay, you may want to visit the Sundowners for live music. Both the Green Turtle Club and Bluff House have nights when they have a live band playing after dinner. Usually it is the great sounding local band, The Gully Roosters is a wonderful way to spend an evening out under the stars, listening or dancing to music, relaxing, and sipping a refreshing drink.
Nancy and Larry Fitzgerald
3164 Withers Ave.
Lafayette, CA. 94549
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