Grenada

Grenada travel information

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Find everything you need to prepare for a charter in Grenada. From important base information to required documents for international travel, you can use this information as your guide before and during your charter. Don't forget to pack a copy to take with you.

Plan

Before you go

Address
Port Louis Marina
Kirani James Boulevard
Saint George’s
Grenada

Grenada is the most southerly of the Windward Islands. Port Louis Marina  is just over one mile from Grenada Point Saline International Airport, with flight connections to the Caribbean, USA, Canada, Europe and South America. St. George’s Harbour is the port of call for yachts and many inter-island ferries.

Base hours
8am - 5pm

Time zone
Time difference between the UK and Grenada is GMT -4 hours

Language
English is the only language spoken in Grenada and St. Vincent. French Patois is only spoken in St. Lucia.

Cost of living in Grenada
Food costs in Grenada have been considered notoriously high, depending on where you eat. A good tip is to buy locally produced food from the markets. St. George's fish market is a hit with locals and tourists alike, and the prices are unbeatable.

What to bring

Passport and visas
Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return.

Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.

We cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you are in any doubt please contact your embassy for full details. Please note, country entry/exit requirements are subject to change. We are not responsible for any requirement changes.

Clearance
In line with local regulations yachts arriving from outside Grenada or Carriacou will need to clear in with customs and immigration at a port of entry.

These are:

  • Port Louis Marina
  • Grenville, St Andrew
  • Grenada Marine, St David’s Bay
  • Prickly Bay Marina
  • Carriacou Yacht Club, Tyrell Bay

Customs + immigration
Before leaving the airport, you will have to clear immigration and customs.
A landing card will be given to you on the plane, along with a customs declaration form. It is not possible to take fresh food into most Caribbean islands and airlines will assume no liability for perishable articles that may be confiscated by customs.

Inward clearance must be completed by the skipper before any other crew member lands. Four copies of the crew list are required; these can be completed in advance.

Outward clearance is also required from Grenada to ensure being able to clear in to the next country to be visited. Yachts should depart within 24 hours of clearing out.

The Customs and Immigration offices are generally open Mon-Fri from 8am-11.45am and 1pm-4pm, and Sat-Sun from 8am-1.30pm.

Sailing licences
Sailing experience: Level 3

Experience levels are based on sailing conditions and the length of passages within your chosen sailing area.  

Get more information on Grenada's sailing conditions.

Luggage + packing list
We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.

Please pack using soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht.

 

What's on board

Coolers
Cool boxes are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. Please sign these out and return them clean and undamaged otherwise you will be charged for replacement. Only one per boat.

Fuel
Fuel is available at the base and costs approximately USD 1.23 per litre.

Mobile phones
Your mobile phone may work in the Caribbean, check with your service provider for international roaming. Please leave your mobile number with customer service before casting off.

Music + iPods
All boats are fitted with a radio and CD player. If you wish to listen to your iPod whilst sailing you will need to bring along an iTrip or FM radio transmitter.

Drone

The use of flying drones may be restricted in some areas. For current drone regulations in this destination, please visit https://www.uavsystemsinternational.com/drone-laws-by-country/grenada-drone-laws/.

Electricity
The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. Electricity in Grenada is 220 volts AC, 50Hz and uses the standard US 2-pin plug. In order to use electronic equipment that is 220 volts you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter.

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Sail

About the marina

Marina facilities
Fresh water 
Electricity
Wireless Internet Access
Cable TV
Night security
Refuse disposal 
Toilet 
Showers
Restaurant 
Swimming Pool
Bar 
Duty-free shopping
Weather forecasts 
*Supermarket 
*Chandlery
*Yacht club 
*Fuel station 
*Cinema

 

*Just a two-minute dinghy ride away.

Dock facilities
Fuel is available at the base and costs approximately USD 1.23 per litre.

Sailing licences

Experience level
Although no sailing licences are required for cruising in Grenada, we strongly advise that you take any sailing certification on holiday with you. This may be useful should you be contacted by Customs or Port Police. If you have not already done so then the skipper and first mate will be required to fill in a sailing resume at the base to confirm that you have the necessary skills to sailing in this region.

Sailing area
Sailing lanes are generally open from Falmouth Harbour counter clockwise to St. John's Harbour.

Martinique/Guadeloupe: Selected yachts in Antigua cannot go into Martinique/ Guadeloupe at any time.

Sailing grounds

Skippered Charters
There are several different countries represented within the cruising grounds of the Windward Islands and each of them require customs/immigration clearance upon arrival and departure. Fees vary based on the country, yacht, number of passengers, itinerary etc.  All charters with a skipper are encouraged to provide the skipper with an initial $500 at the beginning their charter. This money will be used to cover costs for customs fees as well as mooring ball fees for the duration of the charter.  The total amount needed may be less or it may be more.  At the end of the charter, the skipper will return any remaining funds along with receipts for all money spent.  ATMs are limited in the cruising grounds so it’s important to plan ahead for these fees.

Skippered charter information
The skipper’s time is booked from 12pm-12pm in 24-hour periods. If you have reserved a skipper for the first day of your charter and have a 6pm start, he or she will use this time to ensure they are happy with all aspects of the yacht and will be at the base to meet you upon your arrival. If you've reserved a skipper for a later date on your charter they will start at 12pm on that day.

The skipper is responsible for the safety of the yacht at all times. They are not permitted to dive with you, nor leave the vessel overnight. He or she must conduct a safety brief with you before leaving the dock regardless of the duration of the contract with you.

For “check out charters” (anything less than the full duration of the charter) the check out skipper’s time is booked from 6pm-6pm to allow for a meet and greet in the evening and go over basic systems, then a full day with you the next day.

The skipper is required to give you a thorough briefing on all aspects of the yacht and dinghy in addition to assisting you with planning an itinerary for the trip and advising you how to contact the base, the return to base procedures and the emergency assistance procedures. We suggest that you attend the scheduled chart brief that will be supplemented by the skipper during his or her time with you on the yacht. We also suggest that you make it clear exactly what you want to cover: anchoring, docking, etc.

The skipper fee does not include food or beverages for the skipper and this is your responsibility. We suggest that you discuss this on the first day with your skipper and establish whether you'll provide cash for meals, whether you've included him or her in your provisioning or whether you'll accommodate him or her as part of the group for meals ashore.

The skipper must have his or her own cabin. We prefer not to put the skipper in the bow due to the shared head and size of the cabin. If you expect your skipper to stay in the bow, please let us know well in advance so that we can choose the appropriate (small) skipper.

For one-day check out skippers, it's your responsibility to get the skipper back to the base. If you prefer not to come back to the base you must pay all expenses (ferry, taxi, etc.) to get him or her back to the base.

The average tip for a skipper is 15-20 percent of the skipper’s fee. This is, of course, at your discretion.

Sailing area restrictions
The area around Soufriere and the Pitons in St. Lucia is a national park with restrictions on anchoring. All windward sides of the islands should be kept well clear of.

The Tobago Cays is restricted from the south side due to the large number of coral heads in the channel which are difficult to see.

In all bays, anchor with caution to avoid damaging coral or sea grass beds.

Anchoring is not allowed off Grand Anse Beach in Grenada. Need to anchor at least two miles away from beach.  

Blue Lagoon in St. Vincent has a difficult entrance and is best avoided.

BVI: All the British Virgin Islands, including Anegada and US Virgin Islands.

For bareboat charters with our crew. No sailing is allowed in the US Virgin Islands and Spanish Virgin Islands. To sail with a St. Martin boat to Guadeloupe/Martinique, please check with your sales agent if the boat has the necessary flag/registration (French/Octroi De Mer).

Rest of Caribbean: No further than 20 miles out from Puerto Rico to Grenada,
Montserrat, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago.

This information is covered more in depth in the chart briefing.

Night sailing
Night sailing is not permitted; you must be moored at least one hour before sunset at all of our locations.

Charts + pilot books
All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are on board the yacht. 

Sailing permits + taxes
There is a cruising tax when entering Grenada which is valid for 30 days.

You must clear customs as you pass through each country and fees are associated with the clearing process. If you sail from Grenada into St. Vincent and the Grenadines then a ECD 35 per person cruising tax is collected by the customs agent.

Moorings fees + taxes
Marine protected areas have mooring balls. In most of them it is mandatory to pick up a mooring ball, as anchoring is not allowed.

Moliniere/Dragon Bay (Grenada): USD 10/day

Sandy Island (Carriacou): USD 15/day

Tobago Cays (Saint Vincent and The Grenadines): USD 10/day, plus a charge of USD 4/day per person

Britannia Bay, Mustique (Saint Vincent and The Grenadines): USD 75 for up to three days.

Some bays have moorings balls in place and are privately owned. Recommendation will be giving at the base on the condition of mooring balls in each of those bays.

Health + safety

Vaccination requirements
Although yellow fever is not a disease risk in Grenada, the government requires some travellers arriving from countries where there is a risk of yellow fever virus transmission to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. If you will be traveling to Grenada from any country other than the US, this requirement may affect you. For specific requirement details, see the Yellow Fever & Malaria Information, by Country from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Illness or injury
If you get ill and visit the doctor or hospital during your trip contact a member of our team as soon as possible on either your lead boat, the base. If you need to make a claim for curtailment due to illness, ask the base manager for assistance and contact your insurer’s emergency medical service immediately.

Your insurance company will assist with travel arrangements, advice and payment of bills. Obtain receipts for any medication, treatment or transport you have to pay for and submit with your claim.

Safety
All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets and harnesses. We leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn.

We suggest that children who are not strong swimmers should not be allowed in a dinghy without a life jacket or buoyancy aid and that they should wear a buoyancy aid or harness when on deck.

Children under the age of 16 should not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy.

Swim Safe 
For your safety and for environmental reasons, the feeding of fish is not recommended and may be prohibited in some destinations.

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Shop

Around the base

Accommodations

Coyaba Beach Resort
St. George, Grenada

Allamanda Beach Resort & Spa
St. George, Grenada

Spice Island Beach Resort
St. George, Grenada

Banks
Banking hours in Grenada are usually Mon-Thurs from 8am-2pm and Fridays from 8am-4pm.

It is advisable to exchange currency at the banks, as the most favourable exchange rates may not be obtained elsewhere. Please note that you can change money at the base.

Currency
The Eastern Caribbean Dollar, linked to the US Dollar, is the local currency, US dollars and US dollar travellers cheques are accepted.

Credit card information
Major credit cards are accepted by most hotels, car rental companies, and shops. Travellers cheques are not accepted. 

Post office
The General Post Office is on Lagoon Road by the port in St. George’s. There are sub-post offices in all towns and villages. Post offices are open Mon-Thurs from 8am-4pm and on Fridays until 2.30pm.

Shopping
Lots of variety including wood carvings and paintings, ranging from naive to sophisticated, jewellery, from natural materials to emeralds and gold. Batiks in the fabulous colors of the Caribbean and of course spices, jams, jellies and Grenadian plantation rum.

Duty free in Havana House on the Carenage boasts a wide variety of Caribbean crafts, souvenirs, ceramics, spices, jams, jellies, compact discs and small electronics. Shops are generally open Mon-Fri from 8am-4pm and Saturdays from 8am-1pm.

Supermarkets and shopping centres are usually open from 9am-7pm. And there are one or two who are even open on Sundays. Often when cruise ships are in port, the craft and souvenir shops will open on a Sunday or bank holiday.

There are two well stocked supermarkets in the area: Foodland and IGA. Foodland is located in the lagoon. They have a dinghy dock which makes provisioning very easy. There is also IGA supermarket in Grand Anse that caters to the expat community on the island; they carry most major American brands.

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