As of 2013, Carriacou had launched a project to create one of the most comprehensive and modern marinas in the Caribbean, hoping to draw more sailing tourism to the island. In the meantime, yachters can make their way to the island and stay at one of the marinas or anchorage sites that are still quite nice.
Before you can dock, you'll need to head to Hillsborough and meet with customs officials. As you arrive in local waters, you'll need to sail your yellow quarantine flag to let those on shore know you've not yet cleared customs, as well as the courtesy flag of Grenada and as you approach the dock, stick to the left side of the red buoys. Customs officials are available here from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, taking a break from 11:40 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and on Fridays they remain open an extra hour until 5:00 p.m. Weekend hours are a shorter, with officials only on duty from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you have any questions or concerns as you sail in you can contact customs over VHF channel 16 on your radio.
Before you'll be granted entry, everyone on board will need to present their immigration forms and passport, plus the captain of your vessel will need to offer up four copies each of the ship's stores and a list of the crew. The next step will be to pay for your cruising permit, which is charged based up on the length of your boat and ranges from $18.55 to $55.56(USD).
Do you plan to visit Carriacou using your own boat, or one you charter in a different location? This table provides a quick summary of nearby marinas.
|(473) 443-6292||3.0 mi. (4.8 km) South West of Hillsborough||Carriacou|
|--||2.4 mi. (3.9 km) South West of Hillsborough||Carriacou|
|--||Petite Martinique||Petite Martinique|
|Tyrell Bay - 2.7 mi. (4.4 km) South West of Hillsborough||12.4562665978||-61.4855217934|
|Petite Martinique Dock - Petite Martinique||12.5269835262||-61.3877499104|
|Petit St. Vincent Bay - Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique||12.5345347551||-61.3822460148|
As more and more facilities begin to be built, the sport of yachting is certain to blossom further. For now, things are still just busy enough that those looking for a more natural island experience will be able to find it when they sail into Carriacou.
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