⛵A guide to charter a yacht in Grenada
Lying in the eastern Caribbean Sea, Grenada has more than 45 picture-perfect beaches dotting its coastline, as well as numerous irresistible snorkeling and scuba diving spots with spectacular marine life. Thanks to the constant trade winds and warm weather, the region offers spectacular conditions for bluewater sailing. Its location also opens up very easy island-hopping opportunities, making Grenada one of the best sailing destinations in the Caribbean.
For Grenada, we offer more than 100 yacht charter options, including some of the newest catamarans and sailing yachts available in the market. Our yachts are located in very well-equipped marinas on the main islands, such as Port Louis Marina, Le Phare Bleu Marina, Grenada Marine, Blue Lagoon Marina, and many more. From these marinas, boaters can easily sail onwards to many popular points of interest, including the world-famous beach of Grand Anse, Dragon Bay, Carriacou, Petite Martinique, St.Vincent, and Tobago Cays.
Situated right on the edge of the hurricane belt, Grenada rarely gets affected by storms, making it a year-round sailing destination. However, the sailing season in Grenada often starts in November and ends in late May, with a peak from January to April. During this time, sailors can expect constant NE-SE winds blowing at around 10-25 knots.
Hurricane season: June to early November (especially around mid-August to mid-September) is the hurricane season in the Caribbean. Though Grenada and other southern islands rarely get hit by a hurricane, visitors can expect heavy rain or even storms during this time, especially in the evening. Therefore, we’d recommend sailors to monitor the weather forecast closely, or choose another sailing destination among many excellent locations in the Mediterranean or Asia.
⛵Top sailing destinations in Grenada
Characterized by the Caribbean cobalt blue waters, lagoons with beautiful coral reefs, and magical marine life, Grenada is truly a paradise for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. The unique Underwater Sculpture Park is definitely a must-see in Grenada, where snorkelers can visit a 7-meter-deep underwater museum featuring brilliant sculptures made of artificial reefs. Other popular diving and snorkeling places in Grenada include the Sandy Island with its colorful reefs; Tyrell Bay on Carriacou island with its diverse marine life and magnificent corals; and the world-famous Tobago Cays, where visitors can swim with green sea turtles or watch iguanas and land tortoises lumbering around.
Tobago Cays is also known as one of the most breathtaking anchorages in the world. The area is protected by a large horseshoe reef, creating a cluster of five uninhabited cays with large, gorgeous white sand beaches and heavenly lagoons. Another interesting sailing destination is Bequia, arguably one of the most laid back and attractive islands in the Caribbean where sailors can escape the crowd and truly enjoy the beauty of life on a tropical island.
⛵How to get there?
The main airport of Grenada is Maurice Bishop Airport (GND), located in St.George - the capital of the island nation of Grenada. The airport is well-connected with many major international cities, including London, Frankfurt, Toronto, Miami, and New York.
From the airport, the most convenient means of transportation is taxi, which is run by the Airport Taxi Union. Passengers can find taxi rates at the arrivals hall, which is shown in Eastern Caribbean Dollars (EC$). From the airport, it takes approximately 15-30 minutes to get to one of our bases. Some of our partner charter companies also offer excellent pick-up services for customers.
Sailing condition in Grenada is the best from November until late April. However, from October-November is also great for sailing, especially if you want to avoid high season situation.
Be aware of the hurricane season (from late June to October)
Boat prices are often better if you charter for one week or more, as most charter companies offer boats from Saturday to Saturday.
Many charter companies offer pick-up services from different airport to their base
Night sailing is not permitted in Grenada, so make sure to moor your vessels at least 1 hour before sunset