Charters - Grenada


g1The three islands of Grenada are located in the Eastern Caribbean at the southern extremity of the Windward Islands, only 100 miles North of Venezuela. To the North lie St. Vincent and the Grenadines; to the South Trinidad and Tobago.

Grenada and the sister islands of Carriacou and Petit Martinique are practically perfect sailing destinations what with white sandy beaches, safe anchorages and friendly seafaring people. The sailing area is the southern Windward Islands (St Vincent and the Grenadines through to Grenada) and with constant trade winds blowing there is ample opportunity for strong, fast sails.

 There are number of marine ports where travelers can enter Grenada but just one port of entry in Carriacou. If you are thinking about traveling to Petite Martinique you must first clear in Carriacou. In August, Carriacou has a sailing regatta so it can be busy. (The Coast Guard uses VHF channel 16 here.)

Grenada has lush, tropical forests lining its mountains with waterfalls providing the dramatic touch to the anchorage around Grenada, also known as the Spice Island. The south coast here is probably the best for sailors because of the abundant anchorages including True Blue Bay, Prickly Bay, Mount Hartman and Hog Island. Further eastward, St. David’s Harbour has a haul-out facility and is also very popular.

As the gateway to the Grenadines, the Point Salines international airport is modern and efficient. There are flights from the US and London regularly. The tri-island state remains within the British Commonwealth as an independent nation and the Governor General represents Her Majesty the Queen. There is a 13-member Senate and a House of Representatives with a Speaker and fifteen members, each representing a constituency.

g2The weather is wonderful with the average temperature ranging from 75 (F) to 87 (F). The heat is tempered by the cooling trade winds. It is coolest between November and February. But be sure to understand that there are sharp swings in the temperature depending on the altitude! There are lovely, lush mountains here and it is cooler at the top! Even during the rainy season, from June to December, it rarely rains for more than an hour at a time and generally not every day. It is safe to drink the water here, which is chlorinated.

Here is a classic cruise to consider, but there are many choices here, so call us and we can help you find just the right combination of destinations:

Entry Requirements

A valid passport and return or onward ticket is required for all visitors. However, proof of citizenship bearing a photograph is acceptable from British, Canadian and US citizens. Please note however that as mandated by the United States Department of Homeland Security, all US travelers must provide a passport to enter or re-enter the US from both vacation and business travel.

A visa is not required from citizens of the US, Canada, UK, British Commonwealth, most Caribbean countries, most European countries, South Korea, and Japan. Please see the complete lists of persons requiring visas and persons exempt from visas.

Duty Free Allowances - Personal items, one quart in total wines and spirits, half-pound tobacco or 50 cigars or 200 cigarettes. No restrictions on the amount of money that can be brought in. Restricted items are fruits, vegetables, meat, soil, illegal drugs, firearms and ammunition. (Information from Grenada General Consulate Canada)

Customs and Fees for Chartering

Customs and Immigration officials are available Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. On Friday's they are available until 5:00 p.m. Weekend hours are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m, but weekend or late clearances may incur fees.

Entry and Exit Fees

Travelers who sail to Grenada must obtain a cruising permit from the Customs office in order sail in local waters. Parts and equipment may be imported without duty.

 Vessel Length  Entry Fee
 Up to 40 feet
 EC $50
 40 feet to 60 feet
 EC $75
 60 feet to 80 feet
 EC $100
 More than 80 feet
 EC $150

Upon departure from the island, boats must pay EC$1 per person to the Immigration office as an embarkation tax.

Itinerary 1

Day One:
Set sail north along the west coast of Grenada to Tyrell Bay, Carriacou. You can see the quaint French- style towns, Carib Indian ruins, lush vegetation and mountain tops disappearing into the clouds along the way. If you anchor in Tyrell Bay the swimming is lovely and you can explore the mangroves by kayak.

Day Two:
We recommend making a sail to the Tobago Cays which offers a lovely anchorage in the Windward Islands. The area is protected by Horseshoe Reef, which has great snorkeling and is well served by local kids selling lobsters!

Day Three:Continue to sail north today to Bequia, a very small but charming island where the people are very friendly. There is a wide variety of arts and crafts for sale here by the locals and walking here makes for a fun afternoon.

Day Four:
Take a short sail to Mystique, home of some of the world’s richest entertainers. Mick Jagger has a home here as does Bono and his family. The tiny, exclusive island offers good food and fun at Basil’s Bar. But the best spot in town is Windward’s in the Cotton House.

Day Five:
Set sail for Mayreau and Salt Whistle Bay. This small anchorage - get there early! – has a lovely, arcing beach around it. You will see the Salt Whistle Bay Resort just beyond the beach. It has good food at fair prices. The snorkeling on Grand Col Point is good and the waters are calm for swimming.

Day Six:
It is a very short sail to Palm Island and once there you can swim or explore the island and the local boutique. By mid-day, off again to Petit Martinique and Petit St. Vincent. Petit St Vincent is an exclusive island resort, with tasteful stone cottages. This is a great spot for cocktails and sunsets. The island is an easy walk and there is very quiet so it offers romance.  Petit Martinique, on the other hand, is a working island where the locals work in the boat building trade or fishing. The men have reputations as great sailors and the yachts that line the anchorage are often wood.  

Day Seven:
Enjoy a slow sail back to St. Georges. There is a submerged volcano along the way – always good for fishing. Watch for these well known landmarks along the way: Diamond Rock, Isle de Ronde, and Isle de Callile.

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