As you approach Petite Martinique from the sea, it will suddenly rise from the ocean as though a mountain is stretching itself up towards the sky, covered in greenery and tropical scenery. If sailing to this island, whether for pleasure or out of necessity, is in the cards for you, there are a few things to be aware of before you go.
There are no customs facilities on the island of Petite Martinique. The best option is for sailors to sail into on Carriacou. This destination features a sheltered harbor which makes it a calmer and easier destination to reach than some other anchorages around the island chain, and from there you can meet with the customs and immigrations office to gain clearance.
As you sail into port, make sure you fly your yellow quarantine flag in addition to the courtesy flag of Grenada which should be placed starboard of the main mast. Keep red buoys to your right as you enter the harbor. When you meet with the customs and immigrations officials, you will need four copies of the crew list and immigration cards for each crew member and passenger. You'll need to declare any pets, firearms, and medical stores and produce clearance from your last port of call.
The offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the weekends and public holidays, with a lunch break normally taken from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Petite Martinique is lacking a marina, but there area a few docks and anchorage sites. The northwest site of the island is best for anchorages, but at the dock you'll find fuel, water, ice, and a minimal amount of yachting supplies. Be warned that it is required that all boats anchor at least 650 feet from the nearest beach.
Planning to travel to Petite Martinique in your own vessel, or a boat you charter in a different location? The following chart provides a quick summary of marinas in the area.
|(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|
Sailing is big in the Caribbean, and these islands do their best to accommodate tourists who crave the adventurous nature of the high seas. While Petite Martinique does not have the most modern or extensive facilities, they still welcome those who prefer to sail over all else.
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