Sailing in Grenada & Carriacou

At the bottom of the Lesser Antilles Chain, Grenada and Carriacou are tropical Caribbean jewels with a low level of tourism and development.  High rain forest covered hills, waterfall hikes, beautiful deserted beaches and a friendly local vibe all combine to make the country a favourite hideout of the retired cruising fraternity during hurricane season. You will love the islands for the same reasons, and the country’s Northern-most island of Petit Martinique is right next door to the Tobago Cays Marine Park, making the islands a popular destination for sailing.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rainforest hills & Tropical Scenery
  • Good hiking
  • Underwater sculpture park
  • Sandy beaches
  • Colourful & lively local towns
  • Good fishing
  • Great snorkelling

FLIGHTS

The only international airport is in the South of Grenada – Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND airport code and previously known as Point Salines International Airport). British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly from the UK, via Tobago and St Lucia respectively.  American Airlines flies direct from Miami.

YACHTING FACILITIES

Grenada and Carriacou are, so far, refreshingly undeveloped.  The marina facilities in the region are concentrated at the Southern End of Grenada and, other than at the beginning and end of our trips in this area we can expect to spend our nights at anchor under the stars.

EATING ASHORE

Grenada has some lovely, high quality restaurants, and elsewhere you can expect a typical Caribbean menu which consists of fish, chicken or pork accompanied by rice and beans, provisions and a local cabbage based salad.

NIGHTLIFE

There are one or two nightspots in Grenada catering to the Medical school students, but elsewhere expect a quiet time with most places winding down between 9 and 10pm.

About Sailing in Grenada & Carriacou

Location & History, Topography & People

Grenada is an enchanting mix of old colonial buildings, high hills covered in rainforest, beautiful but deserted beaches, quiet anchorages and low level tourism development.  Its sister island of Carriacou is more of the same but is much lower lying.  Both have great snorkel spots and are working hard to protect their underwater heritage.  Because of the hills, Grenada gets a regular rain shower which keeps the island green.  People are wonderfully friendly.

Why sail in Grenada and Carriacou

Situated at the Southern end of the Windward chain, Grenada and Carriacou are ideally situated for exploring the Grenadines, as well as offering a beautiful cruising ground of their own.  Grenada is easier to fly into than St Vincent and having long been a favourite of visiting yachtsmen, has a good range of services for cruising boats, including quality restaurants and accommodation. An initial 30 mile sail hard on the wind between Grenada and Carriacou, is rewarded by easy inter-island hops between some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful anchorages, complete with fantastic scenery and remarkable snorkelling.  The return trip to Grenada is a fast broad reach surfing down the waves.

Where we stop and why

Favourite stops in Grenada and Carriacou include St Georges, Grenada which is our usual start and end point, taking in the facilities of the lovely Camper & Nicholson marina there.  Moliniere anchorage is the site of an underwater sculpture park that is something quite out of the ordinary on a calm sunny day, and Sandy Island and Saline Island at Carriacou offer some pristine snorkelling in turquoise water.

 Things to see and do

Whilst in Grenada it would be a shame to miss out on a car trip into the mountains and a hike to a waterfall where you can swim in the pools; April to August is turtle nesting season and Ladera beach to the north is a favourite egg laying beach.  You can arrange a night-time excursion with the local turtle preservation society and you might be lucky enough to see a giant leatherback up close and decidedly personal! Every Saturday Grenada, and occasionally Carriacou, plays host to one of the biggest sections of the global association known as the Hash House Harriers.  Originally founded in the 1930’s in Malaysia, the Hashers follow a trail of paper through some of the more remote parts of the island, getting pretty muddy along the way, and finishing with a communal barbecue.  It’s a lot of fun….honest! On the Northeast corner of Carriacou, they still build traditional wooden sailing fishing boats on the beach in Windward.  It’s a privilege to see them being built here and the Grenadians have annual regattas for their workboats in both Grenada and Carriacou.

Special Local Events

Grenada Carnival

Grenada Sailing Week

Grenada Sailing Festival – traditional local boats

Carriacou Regatta

Grenada Chocolate Festival

Combines with…

Our sailing holidays originating out of Grenada typically include a visit to the Tobago Cays and some of the more Southern islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines.  We also offer a 10 day trip heading north via St Vincent main island finishing in St Lucia; this can be more challenging sailing depending on the weather and currents.  Heading south, we can visit Trinidad and Tobago in a 10 day trip too.

Our Sailing Holidays that Include Grenada and Carriacou

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