Grenada

Grenada essential information

Sailing in Grenada

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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.

February 28, 2020: Grenada has made changes to their entry requirements. Please check with your airline and the Travel Advisory page to stay up to date on any restrictions.  

Plan

Before you go

Address
Port Louis Marina
Kirani James Boulevard
Saint Georges
Grenada W.I.

Grenada is the most southerly of the Windward Islands. Port Louis Marina was opened in January 2008 and 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 Harbor is the port of call for yachts and many inter-island ferries.

Base hours
8am - 5pm

Time zone
Standard Time Zone: UTC/GMT -4 hours

Tourist information center
N/A

Language
Official Languages: English (official), French Patois.

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 Georges fish market is a real hit with locals and tourists alike, and the prices are basically 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.

It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. Sunsail 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. Please check http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html for the latest information before you leave.

Sunsail is not accountable 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
  • Grenada Yacht Club, St Georges
  • Grenville, St Andrew
  • Grenada Marine, St David’s Bay
  • Prickly Bay Marina
  • Carriacou Yacht Club, Tyrell Bay
  • Hillsborough, Carriacou

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.

Departure Tax: Persons 13 years of age and older are required to pay EC $50 (US $20). Departure tax for persons from 5 to 12 years of age is EC $25 (US $10). Children under 5 years are exempt. Visitors remaining on the  island for less than 24 hours are not exempt from paying the departure taxes - only in-transit passengers are exempt.

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 Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 11:45am and 1:00pm to 4:00pm, and from 8:00am to 1:30pm at the weekend.



Customs is located across the bay at the Grenada Yacht Club.  This is less than a 2 minute dinghy ride.

Sailing licences
Sailing experience: Level 3

Experience levels are based on sailing conditions and the length of passages within your chosen sailing area. Follow the link for more information on the sailing conditions. This rating scale is designed as a guide based on the prevailing conditions during the most popular season.

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
Coolers 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 US$ 0.86 per liter.

Cell phones
Your cell phone may work in the Caribbean, check with your service provider for international roaming. Please leave your cell phone 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
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.

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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 liter.

Sailing licenses

Experience level

Although no sailing licenses are required for cruising in Grenada, we strongly advise that you take any sailing certification on vacation with you.  This may be useful should you be contacted by Customs or Port Police.  If you have not already done so then Skipper and 1st Mate will be required to fill in a Sailing resume to confirm that you have the necessary skills to sail in this region.

Get more information on Grenada's sailing conditions.

Sailing grounds

Skippered charter information
The skipper’s time is booked from 12:00pm to 12:00pm in 24-hour periods. If you have reserved him for the first day of your charter and have a 6:00pm start, he will use this time to ensure he is happy with all aspects of the yacht and will be at the base to meet you upon your arrival. If you have reserved him for a later date on your charter he will start at 12:00pm on that day.


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

For “check out charters” (anything less than the full duration of the charter) the checkout skipper’s time is booked from 6:00pm to 6:00pm to allow for a meet and greet in the evening and go over basic systems, then a full day with you the next day. This 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. It is suggested that you attend the scheduled chart brief that will be supplemented by the skipper during his time with you on the yacht. It is also suggested that you make it clear exactly what you want to cover…anchoring, docking, etc.

The skipper will be required to give you as much information as you require concerning the yacht and its systems, sailing skills and navigation in general.

The skipper fee does not include food or beverages for the skipper and are the responsibility of the client. It is suggested that you discuss this on the first day with the skipper and establish whether you will give the skipper cash for meals, whether you have included him in your provisioning or whether you will accommodate him as part of the group for meals ashore.

The skipper must have his 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 him 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 skipper’s it is your responsibility to get the skipper back to the base. If you prefer not to come back to the base you must pay for his expenses (ferry, taxi, etc.) to get him back to the base.

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

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.

More information on Skippered Charter Options.

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

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

Sailing area restrictions
This information is covered in the chart briefing.

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 2 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 Charter with Sunsail Crew. No sailing in US Virgin Islands and Spanish Virgin Islands. To sail with 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,
excluding Montserrat, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago
There are some other restrictions throughout the whole Caribbean, which are detailed in the Caribbean Introduction section.

More information on the sailing in this area.

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 $35ec per person cruising tax is collected by the customs agent

Moorings fees + taxes
None.  Mooring Balls in this area are not recommended as they tend not to be well maintained. However, those in Dragon Bay are government placed and recommended.

Health + safety

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 have a limited supply of children’s life jackets (age 4+ only). If you have your own children’s life jacket we would encourage you to bring it along.

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 Monday to Thursday from 8:00am - 3:00pm, and Fridays from 8:00am - 5:00pm.  

It is advisable to exchange currency at the banks, as the most favorable 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$ is accepted.

Credit card information
Major credit cards are accepted by most hotels, car rental companies, and shops. 

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 8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday to Thursday; Fridays until 4:30pm.

Shopping
Lots of variety including wood carvings and paintings, ranging from native to sophisticated, jewelry, 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 from 8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday to Friday, and 8:00am - 1:00pm on Saturdays. Supermarkets and shopping centers are usually open from 9:00am - 7:00pm 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 2 well stocked supermarkets in the area.  There is Foodland which 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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