SMSA ICW Seminar: Topic 7-Provisioning
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Don't over-provision. We start out, planning to go to Bellhaven before we can reprovision. After that, it is easy. We found that we did use a lot of happy hour food; cruisers seem to like to get together for happy hour. There are grocery stores in every town. Some are easier to get to than others. Below is a list of those that are easily accessible, either on foot or using a marina courtesy car.
Note: Even if Skipper Bob indicates that there is a grocery and/or a courtesy car at a marina, be sure to check that information when you make a reservation.
Bellhaven, NC - This is the first easy to access grocery stop after Solomons. If you stay at Dowrey Creek Marina (and we recommend it), they have a courtesy car and will provide directions to a small Food Lion.
Swansboro, NC - Dudley's Marina is a working yard, very basic and the showers are awful; but, they do have a courtesy car that you can take to a very nice Loew's Grocery. Go to Loews, not the Food Lion.
Charleston, SC - Both the City Marina and Ashley Marina have a courtesy van that will take you to Harris Teeter. Harris Teeter is a wonderful grocery with a good wine and beer selection.
Beaufort, SC - The municipal marina has a courtesy car with a one-hour limit. Skip their recommended Buy Lo (or some such) grocery. If you are fast, you can go across the bridge to Lady's Island. There is a good Publix about two miles from the bridge on the left and a good hardware almost across the street. If you stay at Lady's Island Marina, you can walk to the Publix. (Scuttlebutt was that Lady's Island Marina was going condo.)
Isle of Hope (Savannah), GA - One of our favorite stops. They have two courtesy cars. Skip the near-by Piggly Wiggly grocery and the Super Walmart; ask for directions to the Publix. Also ask directions to the large wine and beer store.
Jacksonville, FL - From Palm Cove Marina, it is a two block walk to a very nice Publix. This is a nice grocery with a good wine selection.
Vero Beach, FL - Boaters refer to this as Velcro Beach because it is easy to stay for extended periods. The Municipal Marina is on the route of the free city bus. the bus will take you to a Publix, Walmart, West Marine, and more useful stops.
Ft. Pierce, FL - It is a two block walk from Harbortown Marina to a very nice Publix. Again, a nice wine selection.
If you are going to the Bahamas, prices are a bit higher. In Marsh Harbor, Abaco, there are two large groceries and you can get just about any and everything you want. If you are going farther south in the Bahamas, you will need to plan your menus and shop ahead, until you get to Georgetown.
While everything is available in Marsh Harbor, some items are really relatively expensive, especially bulky items like paper products, cereal, chips, etc. Also, beer is expensive.
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