Grenada

The country of Grenada actually consists of three main islands, Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique and is one of the smallest independent countries in the western hemisphere.

The Smaller Grenadines islands belonging to Grenada are Rhonde, Caille, Diamond, Large, Saline and Frigate Island along with many smaller cays.

Located in the eastern Caribbean, Grenada is the southernmost of the Windward Islands and lies only 100 miles north of Venezuela. Grenada is the largest island of the group at 12 miles wide and 21 miles long.

Most of the population lives on Grenada itself, and major towns there include the capital St. George's, Grenville and Gouyave. The largest settlement on the other islands is Hillsborough on Carriacou.

The Islands are of volcanic origin and have extremely rich soil giving Grenada’s interior a very lush mountainous terrain with small rivers, cascading waterfalls that elegantly flow down to the sea and one of the most breathtakingly beautiful mountain lakes you will ever see.

This varied environment offers sulphur springs, nature trails, exotic birds and fine sandy beaches edged with palm trees. These delightful islands are known for their sweet scents of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mace, allspice and especially nutmeg.

The spice industry in Grenada is second only to Malaysia for quantity but is rated number one in the world for the quality spices they export.

Explore this spectacular cruising ground with line of sight navigation, pristine beaches and well protected, picturesque anchorages and harbours. Each mooring will provide you with a different reef profile and you can enjoy the diversity of the snorkeling and diving grounds, from brightly coloured soft coral, dramatic ship wrecks or sheer wall drop offs.

Take time out from the hectic pace of the world and slow life right down, listen to the magical rhythms of the calypso bands, enjoy freshly caught seafood and savour this charming country with its rich tranquility and tropical atmosphere.

» Beautiful beaches
» Line of sight navigation
» Picturesque harbours
» Abundant marine life
» Diverse sailing options

The Grenadines

The Grenadines are a part of the Windward Island chain of the Lesser Antilles.

They form a barrier between the Atlantic to the east and the Caribbean Sea to the West. There are over 30 small islands and cays making up the Grenadines, some belong to Grenada and the rest to St Vincent.

Beautiful and unspoilt – these islands are a myriad of turquoise bays and anchorages just waiting to be explored. The Grenadines evokes visions of exotic and idyllic island life on an island chain buried deep within the Caribbean Sea, uncluttered by tourist exploitation.

Sailing these incredible waters is a unique and fascinating experience. Most of the islands are fringed with coral reefs and the extraordinary variety of tropical reef fish makes snorkelling and diving a bright and colourful experience.

The visibility in these waters is excellent due to the density of the volcanic and granite based sand that falls quickly when disturbed.

Dolphins, whales, turtles and a large variety of other marine life frequent these waters that are so pristine the travel awards repeatedly vote the Grenadines as one of the best diving destinations in the world.

Enchanting sailors for centuries the island-hopping opportunities are irresistible. Once the realm of real pirates these sensational islands are best explored by boat.

Whether you choose to start your charter in St Vincent or Grenada your holiday experience in the Grenadines is sure to be a trip of a lifetime.

» Beautiful beaches
» Line of sight navigation
» Picturesque harbours
» Abundant marine life
» Diverse sailing options

Weather Conditions

Climate

General weather for Grenada

Winds are nearly always NE-SE at 10-25 knots, intensifying around the northern ends of islands; calms are rare. Rain usually arrives in squalls seen approaching from windward, and typically squalls can have strong gusts. Visibility is normally over 10 miles, but reduced in squalls.

June to November is the hurricane season for the Caribbean, but Grenada is south of the area most affected. If conditions exist for hurricane development, we request very close contact with the base while clients are on charter.

Grenada enjoys a tropical climate; summers are hot and humid with high rainfall, and winters are slightly cooler and breezy with minimal rainfall. The islands are just on the southern edge of the hurricane belt. Year round, temperatures stay very high.

The prevailing NE trade winds and the hurricane season are from June to December while average temperature ranges in St. Georges are from 79°F - 82°F (26°C-28°C) year round.

Tides

In the Caribbean the tide range is very small: 30 cm to 90 cm (1-3 ft), including the variation of level due to atmospheric pressure and dominant winds.

Current is normally westerly up to 2.5 knots.

Those making passages among islands should take this into account.


Average Conditions - Grenada


  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

High Temperature (c)

28

28

29

31

31

32

32

32

32

31

30

28

Low Temperature (c)

24

24

24

24

24

24

24

24

24

24

24

24

Precipitation (mm)

76

50

50

76

101

76

76

127

127

101

127

101

Average Sunshine Hours

8

8

8

8

8

7

8

8

7

7

8

8


Current Forecast:

St Georges Grenada
Day Temp Wind Wave Vis Weather
Wed
20th
33°C
SE

16 kts

0.6 ft 9 km
Thu
21st
32°C
ESE

15 kts

0.6 ft 8 km
Fri
22nd
31°C
ESE

18 kts

0.7 ft 9 km
Sat
23rd
31°C
ESE

16 kts

0.6 ft 8 km
Sun
24th
33°C
E

17 kts

0.8 ft 9 km

General Information

By Air 
Port Salines International Airport, located at the southern tip of Grenada, lies just 5 miles (9km) from St. George’s, and is served by direct and indirect flights from USA, Canada and London, with regular connections to all the main islands surrounding Grenada.
The airport accommodates all long-haul jets as well as commercial and private het from around the world. Smaller, inter-island carriers serve the other islands in the Caribbean and BWIA serves Toronto, New York, Miami and London. British Airways, Virgin and Excel fly from the UK and Condor from Frankfurt. Air Jamaica flies from New York and also has regular flights from Montego Bay and Miami. Inter-island flights are served by Liat and Caribbean Star to all major islands in the Carribean.

Servicing Airlines
International Airlines offering direct incoming flights to Grenada:

  • Air Canada Vacations
  • American Airline & American Eagle
  • British Airways
  • Caribbean Airlines
  • Condor
  • Delta Airlines
  • Monarch Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic Airways
  • Caribbean Airlines offer direct incoming flights to Grenada.
  • Liat
  • St. Vincent Air
  • Conviasa

Caribbean Airlines offering direct incoming flights to Grenada.

  • Liat
  • St. Vincent Air
  • Conviasa

Customs & Immigration
Currently, Customs is located across the bay at the Grenada Yacht Club. Customs check-in can be done after the vessel has been tied up at the dock. Port Louis has very good docks with ablutions, restaurant, dock office, pool etc.

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 US 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.

Taxes / Departure Tax
Persons 13 years of age and older are required to pay EC $50 (US $20 or £14). Departure tax for persons from 5 to 12 years of age is EC $25 (US $10 or £7). Children under 5 years are exempt. Visitors remaining on island for less than 24 hours are not exempt from paying the departure taxes - only in-transit passengers are exempt. There is EC $1 per person departure tax when leaving by yacht.

Taxi
Taxis meet almost every incoming flight and ferry in the region, and are easy to locate at Point Salines International Airport. You can also call ahead to schedule a pick up and have a car waiting for your arrival.

Traveling from the airport to Grand Anse, L'Anse aux Epines, and St. George's will cost approximately $10(USD) to $12(USD) per person. There is a surcharge on cab rides between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am, as well as for trips outside of St. George's.

Car Rental
All the major car rental companies are represented in Grenada. To obtain a local driving permit, a bona fide driver's license must be presented at the traffic department at the Central Police Station on the Carenage. The cost is approximately EC $30. Most car rental firms also issue local permits.
There is a network of approximately 650 miles of paved roads and most of the main roads are in good condition. Please note that driving is on the LEFT.

Local Car Rental Agencies: (Grenada country code: 473)
AVIS (Spice Island Rentals): 440-3936
Budget Car Rentals: 440-2778
C & J Auto Rentals: 444-5108
David's Car Rental: 444-3399
Dollar Rent-a-Car:444-4786
Island Rent-A-Car: 443-5624
Jeep & Mini Moke Rentals: 444-4753
Jerry's Auto: 440-1730
McIntyre Bros. Ltd. Auto Rentals: 444-3944
Maitland's Rentals: 444-4022
MCR Car Rentals: 440-2832
Quality Rentals: 440-9787
Sanvics 4x4 Jeep Rentals: 444-4753
Sunshine Tours: 444-2831
Thomas & Sons: 444-4384
Thrifty: 444-4984
Tropicana: 444-8849
Y&R Car Rentals: 444-4448

General Information
Area: 340 sq km (131 sq miles).
Geography: Grenada is located in the Caribbean. The island is of volcanic origin and is divided by a central mountain range. It is the most southerly of the Windward Islands.
Population: 90,739
Capital city: St. George's
Ethnic groups: black 82%, mixed black and European 13%, European and East Indian 5%, and trace of Arawak/Carib Amerindian
Official Languages: English (official), French patois
Religion: Roman Catholic 53%, Anglican 14%, smaller Protestant denominations 33
Government: Parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
Major Industries: Food and beverages, textiles, light assembly operations, tourism, construction.
Tipping:  A 10 to 15% tip is standard at restaurants, taxis, etc. $1 per bag for bellhops.
Currency: The Local currency is the United States Dollar (USD) 
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Three-point plugs are standard.
Time: UTC/GMT -4 hours.

Holidays & Festivals
1 January - New Year's Day
7 February - Independence Day
1 May - Labour Day
13 June - Whit Monday
23 June - Corpus Christi
1 August - Emancipation Day
25 October - Thanksgiving Day
25 December - Christmas
26 December - Boxing Day
* If a holiday falls on a weekend - the following business day will be considered a holiday as well.

Post Office
The General Post Office is in St. George’s and offers an Express Mail service. Efficient local, regional and international mailing is enhanced by international couriers Federal Express, DHL and UPS.

Internet Connectivity
Wi-Fi Internet is available in Prickly Bay.

Cellular Phones
Your cell phone may work in the Caribbean, check with your service provider for coverage. Leave your cell number with Customer Service before casting off.

Banks & Money Exchange

Banks
BaBanks in Grenada include First Caribbean International Bank, Grenada Cooperative Bank, Republic Bank of Trinidad and Tobago and ScotiaBank. Many of the banks have ATMs.

Currencies / Money Exchange
Accepted Forms of Payment: The currency is the East-Caribbean dollar, but US and Canadian dollars, the English pound and the Euro are widely used. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.

Activities & Sports

Snorkeling or Diving
Since Grenada and Carriacou are not as heavily visited as other Caribbean islands, the reefs, wrecks and coral walls remain largely unspoiled by crowds and many have yet to be fully explored. Divers will encounter deserted cays, sand bars and lagoons teeming with sea life, including sea fans, gorgonians, sea horses, rays, turtles, dolphins and stunningly colourful reef fish, as well as magnificently colored coral.

All of our bases offer snorkeling gear. Please check availability for children’s sizes. You may wish to pack your own snorkeling gear.

Regattas
The area is known for its local regattas, most notably the Grenada Sailing Festival which runs out of Port Louis every January and features racing and cruising yachts as well as local work boats. In addition, the Grenada Classic Yacht Regatta is held in February and has classes for tall ships and other classics whilst Bequia has its own Easter Regatta. The Carriacou Regatta also has a loyal following. Held in August for over 40 years, it’s a racing event for locally built boats.

Festivals
Grenada boasts an ever-increasing range of festivals – both sporting and cultural. For a mix of color and sheer fun, visit the Carriacou Carnival in February and Grenada Festival in August. They offer an intoxicating blend of steel bands, pulsating calypso and spectacular costumes.

Fishing
Sports fishing is extremely popular in these waters, with Spanish mackerel, barracuda, marlin, tuna and kingfish just some of the fish landed. Licenses are not required for trolling a line while underway. Spearfishing is illegal to all non-residents.

Hiking & Walking
Grenada, Bequia and a number of other islands in the Grenadines offer superb hiking – a great way to experience stunning rainforests, tucked away villages, stunning views out to sea and the chance to cool off under spectacular waterfalls.

Cruising Information

Marina Information
Located to the left of the Yacht Operations Building, client will find showers that are open from 8:00am to 6:00pm daily. At Customer Service, clients will find weather information.

Cruising Permits
Clients must clear customs as they pass through each country and, generally fees are associated with the clearing process. Cruising permit is issued for charters at the beginning. If they leave Grenada into St. Vincent and The Grenadines, then EC $35 per person cruising tax is collected by the customs agent.

Electricity Information
220 volts AC, 50Hz. Three-point plugs are standard.
Yachts - The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. In order to use electronic equipment that is 110v, you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter unless your boat has a generator. Inverter rentals are not available from the base.

Mooring & Park Fees
There are no park fees in Grenada. Moorings balls should not be utilized in Grenada waters.
Customs Costs
There is a cruising tax when entering Grenada, however, guests starting their charter in Grenada will not have to pay it.

Provisioning (Food & Drink for your boat)
Provisioning can be pre-ordered and will be on your boat when you arrive.

Supermarkets 
There are 2 well-stocked supermarkets in the area. Foodland is located in the lagoon, and 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.

Health & Safety

Medical Facilities
Public hospitals are located in St. George’s, Mirabeau St. Andrew, Carriacou, Mt. Gay and Grenville Private hospitals and clinics are located in St. Paul’s and St. George’s. There are also public health clinics in all parishes on the island.

Vaccination and Immunization Information 
Grenada is generally risk-free of contagious disease. At time of publication, no vaccinations are required.

 

 

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