Sailing is a popular pastime on Grenada, and many tourists spend a great deal of time planning to sail to the island rather than fly or cruise. There are a few things that those sailing to the island need to be aware of.
If you're just wanting to spend a few hours on the water, without the stress and cost of sailing on your own you can take an excursion. Wondering what it's like and what's included? Check out the table below to get information on area day sailing companies.
|First Impressions||(473) 440-3678||St. George's|
|Grenada Seafaris||(473) 405-7800||Grenada Yacht Club Marina - St. George's|
|Island Windjammers||(877) 772-4549||St. George's|
|Jambalaya||(473) 417-0773||St. George's|
|Sea Sun Adventure||(473) 419-0000||Port Louis Marina - St. George's|
If you're considering chartering a boat once you arrive on the island, St. George's is a great place to be. Some of the most reputable chartering agencies on Grenada are located right in town, allowing not only for easy access for great service.
If you're considering the option of chartering a boat, you can contact one of these area companies:
|(473) 440-6680||Lagoon Road - Downtown St. George|
|Horizon Yacht Charters||(473) 439-1000||True Blue Bay Resort - True Blue Bay|
|Vista Charters||(473) 439-8105||Spice Island Beach Resort - Grand Anse|
As you make your way to one of four ports in St. George's, make sure to fly your yellow quarantine flag as well as the courtesy flag of Grenada starboard on the main mast. You can contact customs via VHF Radio Channel 16 with any questions as you sail in, but know that you should keep to the left of the red buoys as you pull into the harbor. Customs officials are on duty Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. With 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.
When you arrive, you'll need to present four copies of your crew list, and a declaration of the ship's stores. All passengers will need to show their passports and immigration cards as well. The cost of a cruising permit varies, depending upon the length of the boat, from $18.55 to $55.56(USD). Keeping in mind that you will also have to pay a departure tax for each person before leaving the country.
Seriously considering visiting Saint George's in your own vessel, or one you charter elsewhere? The following chart contains a list of nearby marinas.
|(473) 439-2593||1.6 mi. (2.6 km) Northeast of L' Anse aux Epines|
|(473) 440-6826||Lagoon Road - St. George's|
|(473) 439-5265||1.0 mi. (1.5 km) North-Northwest of L' Anse aux Epines|
After you've dealt with customs, you're free to continue on sailing around the island and head to a local marina or point of anchorage to dock your boat.
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