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Cost of Food and Drink

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Cost of Food and Drink

We are a group of 4 (2 couples) mid 50's Canadians, planning our Feb 2011 holiday. Thinking about renting a villa and self catering. Could someone give us an idea of prices? Needless to say, we'll need just about everything. As for booze, I've read that beer is resonably priced, but haven't found anything about wine. US brands or Italian?

We are researching villas as well. We would like something right on the beach, as we are all into snorkeling. While quite social, we never manage to stay up late...prefer to be on the beach by 0700. Suggestions?

Thanks in advance. Aren't these forums wonderful?

Georgina

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1. Re: Cost of Food and Drink

Hard spirits are reasonable, about the same as airport duty free, but not as cheap as other duty free islands like St. Martin. Beer is expensive even the Bahamian brands. Wine about the same price as in the states with a decent selection. We found the best prices at the store on Cupid's Cay in Govenor's Harbor. You should think about bringing a cooler with meat, bacon, cheese, etc. These things are expensive. We found some prices reasonable ($2USD for a dozen XL eggs) and some are crazy expensive ($7.25 for a small box of Wheat Thins).

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2. Re: Cost of Food and Drink

For some things English food products are the same price as in the UK, but American products are high. In other words, don't buy Wheat Thins for 7.00 a box, buy Carr's or Jacobs crackers instead.

American butter will be sky high, but for some reason New Zealand butter is incredibly cheap. Maybe the Commonwealth situation actually works sometimes!

Meat might be expensive, but fish will be cheap. We bought more frozen lobster in Governor's Harbor one day for $30 than we could eat in one meal and made lobster rolls the next day and sadly still had leftovers. (and it was so good.) Fresh fish from the fishermen will be even cheaper!

Veggies are iffy, but the Island Farm has good stuff. In other words, you will be fine! Have a good time!

Beer is expensive (maybe $40/case) but I'll bet you will enjoy it on the beach anyway.

Check out Homeaway. com for selection of rentals. For February 2011 you should have the shopping field to yourselves right now.

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3. Re: Cost of Food and Drink

Thanks for the ideas. As for bringing our own food, we live on SaltSpring Island, BC. Our travelling anywhere involves ferries, float planes, and vehicles.....just to get to Vancouver airport, let alone the caribbean :-).....no way can we do it.

Cheers

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4. Re: Cost of Food and Drink

Prices are a little higher on Eleuthera but being from Salt Spring you probably won't notice as much of a difference as Americans do. Also the current strength of the Canadian dollar helps. As others have said you need to pay attention to prices as some things are surprisingly expensive and some rather inexpensive. Restaurant eating is somewhat expensive but there are some excellent resaurants to try. Gas is expensive, but some of the villas are good value.

I used to live in Sidney so I'm curious about your travel plans. Would you fly Victoria-Toronto-Nassau-Governor's Harbour?

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5. Re: Cost of Food and Drink

Hi Dave...Thanks for the reply. For vacationing, since the float planes are restrictring luggage weight to 35lbs per person, we take the ferry either to: A. Victoria/Vancouver B. Direct from SSI to Vancouver or C. SSI to Crofton, drive to Nanaimo then over to Vancouver. We then drive to ParknFly, shuttle over to the airport and start the flying part of the journey, generally thru Toronto. Just to make things more hectic, we fly standby.

This is why we start researching things early. Next year we're going to have to start looking into South Pacific. Getting too old for all this :-))

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6. Re: Cost of Food and Drink

Sorry..realize I didn't fully answer your question...Vancouver-Toronto-Nassau and then maybe the ferry?

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7. Re: Cost of Food and Drink

The ferry into Governor' Harbour is nice for a change but flying is more convenient. Flying from Vancouver you would need to overnight in Nassau if you take the ferry, I'm not sure if you could do the whole trip in one day if you fly.

When I lived in BC the usual vacation spot was Hawaii because it was easy to get to.

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