This page updated: January 2014
"The Spice Island": lots of spices grown here.
Country devastated by 2004 hurricane Ivan.
Grenada Cruisers Group on Facebook
4/2011, checking in at Hillsborough, I paid EC$75 to enter and stay for 1 month (1 person aboard).
To extend stay 10/2011, paid EC$75/month for boat and EC$25/month for person.
Info about clearance procedures
As of 8/2013, Tyrrel Bay is a port of entry; don't have to stop at Hillsborough any more.
From dot on Cruising World message board:
- Petite Martinique:
Officially part of Grenada, but supposedly okay to stop there while in transit between Grenadines and Grenada officials.
Smaller island 23 NM NE of Grenada, officially part of Grenada.
Good beaches (especially Sandy Island), small boatyards
building wooden boats by hand, Carnival in February, Regatta in early August.
Carriacou Maroon festival at Easter.
Hillsborough: Any N in the seas outside will bring NW swell into the bay,
making it very rolly and making the dinghy-dock outright dangerous; be careful.
Port of entry, supermarkets, hardware stores, other stores in town.
Only one gas station on the island, and it's in Hillsborough.
Sandy Island: half a dozen moorings 4/2011, EC$25/night.
Tyrrel Bay: lovely protected anchorage. As of 8/2013 also a port of entry (MTWRF 8-12 and 1-2, maybe Sat 9-12 with extra fees) !
Several small grocery stores, several fruit/veg stands,
a couple of restaurants, a boatyard with small IWW store, Budget Cafe can get parts quickly from Budget Marine
in Grenada, lightly stocked auto/housewares/computer store (N out of town, past marina).
Grocery stores have best stock on Thurs and Fri; best veggies and fruit at Ferry dock on Saturdays.
Book-exchange in the laundry (100 yards S of ferry dock, near ATM) and another in Budget Cafe.
Garbage dumpster on road about 100 yards N of ferry dock.
Water from boatyard ?
Boatyard store is affiliated with IWW; can order parts.
3/2013: dominoes game Wed 2 PM at Slipways.
Bus to Hillsborough costs EC$3.50; catch it at Scraper's,
which is halfway between Arawak Diver's and the ferry dock.
Oyster-bed area at N end is a hurricane hole; entrance and outer lagoon are deep, entrance
to inner lagoon has limiting depth of 3.5 to 4 feet.
BBC on 107.5 FM from 2300-0500.
Can hear cruiser's net at 0730 on VHF 66 (not 66A) from southern Grenada.
- Transit between Carriacou and Grenada:
Strong currents, often swells from several directions.
Don't worry about going through the "volcano exclusion zone"; it's no problem.
And when heading N, it's very hard to avoid if sailing.
Carol and Dave Richardson's "Cruising Notes From Grenada"
Grenada Tourism site
Underwater sculpture park at Molinere Point
Hiking: In Grand Etang Forest Reserve: two hours roundtrip to Seven Sisters Falls
(do not go to the upper falls and jump down the waterfalls;
a couple of cruisers have been severely injured doing that);
half-day hike up Mount Qua Qua.
In Levera National Park: trails through lagoons and mangrove swamps, swimming holes, waterfalls, birds.
Chartered a Moorings 405 out of Grenada in late May 1999 and sailed
north to the southern Grenadines. Loved it! Great sailing. There is a
reason they call it the WINDWARD islands. We had 12-15 knots constantly
every day AND night. The drawback to this is that a lot of the anchorages
are protected from the ocean swells by reefs but not protected from the wind.
Although 15 knots doesn't sound like much, It was kind of nerve-wracking
at night in a crowded anchorage with an unfamiliar boat and unfamiliar
ground tackle. Nonetheless, it was a blast! DO NOT miss the Tobago Cays!
The week we were there, there was a big catamaran regatta going on.
Lots of naked frenchmen (and women) on huge cruising cats everywhere.
Mayreau / Tobago Cays was as far north as we went, so I can't speak to
anything north of there. The passages between the larger islands can get
kind of rough during those periods when the tidal current is flowing against
the trades. On the ~10 NM hop from Grenada to Carriacou we hit it at just the
wrong time and had very short-steep 6-10' seas. Not too comfortable but exciting.
From Peter 'JumpUp' Darvas on CompuServe's Sailing Forum:
Sailing in The Grenadines:
Strong winds are more common in the winter
months 'Christmas Winds' The channels are quite exciting; not
dangerous but best be prepared for 2 - 3 m seas, a 2kt current to
the west, and squalls.
Petit Bayehaut (sp?) north of Kingstown is a good stop:
Rolly but so is everything else, a mooring is free with a
dinner booking, go see the bat cave.
Chateau Belair is about the northernmost stop for most (charterers)
heading north, but I would not go there:
stern tie to a tree and roll all night;
lock your boat!
St Lucia is going to be a long sail any way you cut it but
well worth it. Motoring to the falls of Baleine or even
more to the East is what we had done in the past and hope
for a good E wind to the Pitons.
There you get becalmed about 80% of the time.
Staying 3 miles west to avoid the blanket won't work either.
Going south Bequia is a favorite of many.
Easiest customs in the entire chain.
Good shopping and eats in town.
The channel has a steep chop but it's a short trip
especially heading south.
You won't make Grenada in two weeks but Carriacou is
definitely worth the trip from Union or the south cut
from Tobago Cays.
If for no other reason than to visit Sandy Island
before the next hurricane blows it completely away.
Great snorkeling and diving.
Clear customs at Hillsborough:
still the flavor of the Caribbean 20 years ago.
If rolly with NE wind go to Tyrrel with all the liveaboard yachties.
Try Virginia's BBQ chicken at the Rum Shack: $5EC takeout!
From hurricane season article by Phil Chapman in 4/2010 issue of Caribbean Compass magazine:
Grenada is no longer south enough for most insurance during hurricane season.
Good anchorages in Grenada are becoming increasingly difficult to find, with the introduction
of mooring buoys and marinas. ...
... good chandlers and stores. The haul-out facilities are quite good, too. [And fewer boat-boys
than at islands further north.]
From John and Janet on "Ventoso" 5/2011:
- St George's: have to anchor outside, so it's rolly.
- Prickly Bay is rolly, but good place to get busses into St George's.
- Anchorages at Hog Island and further E are more protected. Boats in Egmont came through hurricane Ivan okay.
- Grenada Marine boatyard (in St David's Harbour) is not as horribly isolated as everyone
seems to feel it is. Busses run past it.
My experience 5/2011 - 9/2014:
- Cruiser's radio net: VHF 66 international (not 66A) at 0730 MTWRFS. Lots of helpful people.
Do hailing on VHF 68.
- Grenada Coast Guard can be reached by calling "Police Control" on VHF 16 (it's really not
a full-time coast guard, it's police who sometimes go on boats). Or call police central at 473-440-3999.
- Rescue boat out of Prickly Bay Marina: "Rescue 1", day 473-439-5265 night 473-418-8151. Covers only Prickly Bay at night,
but St David's to St George's during the day. VHF 16.
- Near St George's, BBC on 87.9 FM from 2200-0500.
- On S side of island, BBC on 540 AM from 2200-0500.
- Take boat-papers to chandleries and register before buying, to avoid duty (which is 37% !) and maybe VAT.
Registration expires when you check out of country.
- ACE Hardware can order stuff for you duty-free, but you must take boat-papers to them before ordering;
once the stuff is in-country, it's too late to avoid duty.
- NAPA Auto: there is one "inside" ACE Hardware, and I'm told there's also a NAPA store near the freighter dock in St George's.
- Parts importer: Sherri Roopchand, Wholesale Yacht Parts, www.wholesaleyachtparts.com, sherri at wholesaleyachtparts.com
- Another parts importer: Lucy Murchie, 533-9703, lucy at murchiemanagement.com.
- Parts importing agent: Leslie and Associates, office next to shipping dock.
- Parts/mail importing agent: eZone, office at Southern Electric on Dusty Highway, getezone.com, 473-439-9663.
Not sure if an annual membership is required.
- Shippers into Grenada: Tropical, Sea Freight.
- Customs/Immigration if staying a long time: you don't have to go in each month and pay; you can let charges
accumulate until you leave. But you need to renew your visa when it expires. And when you go in to do that,
they'll make you pay your monthly cruising fee up to date.
I paid cruising permit at Prickly; EC$75/month in 2011 for singlehander.
I extended visa at govt complex in St Georges; EC$25/month in 2011 for singlehander.
- Cheap airfares to Toronto: G. G. Tours.
- When flying in with parts in luggage, declare parts to Customs and pay 2.5% service fee.
- Diesel more expensive here than in Bequia or Rodney Bay or Trinidad; EC$15.40/ImperialGallon 5/2011 in St George's.
About 10% cheaper in St George's than on S end of Grenada.
- Historical and scenic tour of island: Clement Baptiste, US$20/person, 440-1926 415-5462.
- Shademan's all-day tour of island: EC$350 for a bus-load, divided among the passengers.
- Cutty Taxi and Tour's all-day tour of island: US$25/person, 407-5153 or call Inga on "Homeward Bound" on VHF.
- Seven Sisters Falls: bit of a hike to get in,
swimming is fine, but do not go to the upper falls and jump down the waterfalls.
A couple of cruisers have been severely injured doing that.
- Starter/alternator repair: Al Bernadine in Gouyave 444-8106 ? Has a local pickup in Grand Anse area.
- Refrigeration repair: Basil St John.
- Refrigeration: Sub Zero, 409-9376.
- Refrigeration: Protech Engineering, 403-6371, 538-3080.
- Refrigeration: Peter Hostin, 415-5844.
- Yamaha/Honda: Macintyre's 444-3944.
- Computer repair: Irie's, St George's, Halifax St.
- Computer repair: PC Medic, 4??-2030.
- Stove and electronics repair: David Benoit, 444-6220, 457-9847, 418-7452.
- Woodwork: Cottle Boatworks, 444-1070.
- Fiberglass/gelcoat/cleaning: Devon at Secret Harbour, 416-9362.
- Outboards and more: Palm Tree Marine in Le Phare Bleu marina, cell 407-2783, 443-7256.
- Dentist: Dr Vibart Yaw's Dental Clinic, on path between Prickly Bay Marina and Budget Marine.
473-440-8386; vrgyaw at spiceisle.com. Teeth-cleaning for EC$90 11/2011.
- Dentist: Dr Winston M Davidson, in Foodfair complex in Grand Anse, 444-3200, premierdental2010 at hotmail dot com.
- Doctor: Dr Jenny Isaacs, in St George's uphill from the bus terminal, 440-5330.
- Doctor: Dr Lutz Amachi at St Augustine's Hospital, 440-6173.
- Hardware stores:
ACE Hardware on Maurice Bishop Highway.
Lumber/hardware store 100 yards W from ACE.
Plumbing/hardware store 50 yards E of tire roundabout.
Hardware store next to IGA supermarket in Grand Anse.
- Battery recycling: Earthwise Recycling at W end of Maurice Bishop Highway, 406-4887.
- Yamaha and Mercury parts: Anro on Maurice Bishop Highway, email@example.com
- Laundry: PJ's, 416-7095, 0930 pickup, Mon Secret Harbour, Tues CCBM, Wed De Big Fish, Fri Port Louis Marina.
- Foam mattresses: Rest Best Mattress Co, 444-3573.
Large white concrete factory building with a big sign, about halfway down Maurice Bishop Hwy.
- Another mattress place, but in 2012 they didn't have foam: Ali's, way at back of industrial park on Maurice Bishop Hwy.
- Another mattress place: Deane's Mattresses, River Road, 440-3240.
- From Geoff Craigen on Facebook 6/2012: [Sending mail in via] "USPS works ... BUT make sure you use
the country code for Grenada (GD) and spell out WEST INDIES.
With the WI abbreviation it could wind up in Wisconsin."
- Halifax harbor:
I anchored there 1/2014.
Tiny, crossed by two powerlines, one fishing skiff anchored in middle of best anchoring area in NE corner,
wrecked boat or two ashore in SW corner. But room for a couple of cruising boats to anchor,
and sheltered by high hills and cliffs.
- Beausejour Bay to S side of Moliniere Point:
Marine preserve. $1/person/day to snorkel, $2/person/day to dive.
9/2011 article says soon to be US$10/day charge for moorings.
Fishing from boats is illegal; if you see that,
take a picture and email it to Fisheries dept.
- Flamingo Bay AKA Happy Hill:
Supposed to have good snorkeling.
- Moliniere Point:
Mediocre snorkeling; grey coral, one huge school of small fish.
Underwater sculpture park on W side of point.
Map of sculptures
(outer red mooring ball in is middle of sculptures).
Pictures of sculptures
(not as big as they look in the pictures).
Four white mooring balls S of the point; two of them are far away.
Several red mooring balls among the sculptures; not sure who's allowed to use them.
Saw two boats stay overnight on the white mooring balls, but it looked a bit rolly.
I anchored by fishing fleet at Grand Mal Bay and went to Moliniere by dinghy.
- Grand Mal Bay:
Well-protected in E wind and N swell. Wind and current swirls a bit, making boat spin sometimes.
- St George's:
- Lagoon too crowded to anchor; have to anchor outside (Ross Point). [But on second look, you might be
able to anchor down near the FoodLand dock in SE corner. But, but: I'm told there's a lot of old port junk on the bottom there.]
8/2011: some moorings installed outside, but still plenty of room to anchor.
- Port of Entry; offices in Port Louis marina.
- Insurance is required to stay in Port Louis marina.
- Nice book-swap in Grenada Yacht Club office.
- Island Water World; iwwgnd at spiceisle.com
- Book-swap at IWW on first Wednesday of each month; EC$4 admission includes nibbles and a drink.
- Garbage disposal: Grenada Yacht Club charges for garbage disposal. Usually public cans in Carenage part of town,
one near fishing boats, another near Port Authority building next to freighter dock.
- Same price for diesel at GYC and at Shell station.
- Open market Saturday morning near cruise-ship dock part of town; dinghy to Carenage and walk up and over Young Street.
- Prices about the same at both FoodLand and FoodFair supermarkets; maybe FoodFair slightly better for most items.
- There's often a "hash" on a Saturday afternoon, with bus to it leaving from Carenage Cafe in the Carenage.
A hash is a walk/scramble on trails through the woods, often very muddy and sweaty and strenuous. A social event, with food and drink afterward.
Bus may leave at 2 or 3, expect to get back at 8 or so, muddy and/or soaking wet. Grenada Hash House Harriers
- Diving on wreck "Bianca C", 600-foot cruise ship which burned and sank in 1961 in 90-170 feet of water, maybe at
12.00.304 61.51.223 ?
Listed as "deck at 30 meters depth; visibility 20 meters", so snorkeling over it probably is futile. Also,
"strong currents are possible".
- Sending parts out for repair: to avoid duty when bringing them back in, send out through main Post Office (near freght terminal),
take original purchase documentation, and Customs officer will fill out a form to let you bring it in without duty.
Probably will still have to pay 2.5% Customs handling fee.
- Grand Anse Bay:
- Anchoring not allowed.
- Dinghy ashore at nice big dock near French restaurant.
- Lots of free garbage cans near beach and along road.
- Grand Anse Shopping Center about 2/3 mile SW along road: pharmacy, FoodFair supermarket, roadside fruit stand.
- Two more malls about another 2/3 miles SW of Grand Anse Shopping Center. Spiceland Mall
has very nice IGA supermarket, probably the best on the island.
But IGA's produce dept is mediocre: often out of basics such as cabbage or bananas, sometimes onions bad quality.
- Sign up for discount card at IGA supermarket; get about 5% discount.
- Big book-exchange in Coyaba Resort across street from IGA, directly across from KFC.
- True Blue Bay:
Very tiny book-exchange in the marina office.
- Prickly Bay:
- Very rolly. Spent one night there in E 14 conditions, and a second night another time, and both times it was ridiculously rolly.
And the swells seem to penetrate to every part of the harbor.
- Port of Entry; offices in Prickly Bay marina.
- Cruiser shopping bus Friday is EC$10 roundtrip; get to leave packages aboard between store stops.
- Prickly Bay marina: small grocery story, tiny book-exchange.
- Gasoline and diesel here about EC$1.50/ImperialGallon more than in St George's.
They don't sell duty-free after you check out, unless you're buying large quantity.
- Charge for garbage disposal.
- Customs/Immigration is open MTWRF 8-4 and SS 9-2.
- Enza Marine (Perkins dealer). VHF 72.
- Spice Island boatyard area: book-exchange in De Big Fish restaurant.
- De Big Fish restaurant: email debigfish at gmail.com
- Rikky at De Big Fish restaurant: sells Wi-Fi adapter/antenna system based on Ubiquiti Bullet, for US$250. email cruiserswifi at gmail.com
- Garbage disposal just inside gate to boatyard.
- Budget Marine; email grenada at budgetmarine.com
- Welding/machine shop in boatyard: Technick, Nick Williams, 473-405-1560, technick at spiceisle.com
- Rigging/sail shop behind Budget Marine: Turbulence Limited, turbsail at spiceisle.com
- Street fruit/veg vendor on Tues and Fri ?
- Group-taxi from De Big Fish to shopping on Friday morning 0945.
- Nothing of interest on road to N, until you get to roundabout where you can catch busses.
- Mt Hartman Bay (AKA Secret Harbour):
Entrance changed from 2006 to 2011; enter in decent light and it's no problem.
Nicely sheltered on E side; some swell in middle and on W side.
Shuttle-boat to Calvigny resort operates from dawn to 10 PM or so; have an anchor-light if
you're anywhere near its path. Also a lot of cruiser-dinghies coming back
from Clarkes Court after dark, so have an anchor light for them, too.
Don't trust any of the moorings in here; two of them failed during the 2011 hurricane season.
Secret Harbour Marina (formerly Martin's Marina).
No dinghy-dock charge 11/2011 and 2012.
Decent book-exchange in marina office.
Fuel here about same prices as at Prickly Bay Marina.
They don't sell duty-free after you check out, unless you buy an enormous amount of fuel.
Wi-Fi from the boat from a hot-spot: US$40/month.
Free Wi-Fi in the bar/restaurant.
Shopping bus: Tues and Fri 0930 for EC$10.
Hot, hilly walk across to Prickly Bay. Walk to Budget Marine is long but not too bad. No cheap busses come
to Secret Harbour Marina or Prickly Bay Marina; have to walk out to CK's, which is a long walk.
Correction: I'm told busses travel road from PBM to roundabout from 0600-0900 and maybe 1200-1500.
Group-taxi to shopping on Wed and Fri mornings at 0930, via
"Survival Anchorage" taxi George Cumberbatch 473-443-3957 473-459-3502 georgespice1 at hotmail.co.uk.
Marina charges for garbage disposal; price depends on size of bag.
Some of the main "social event organizers" stay in this bay, so it's a good place to latch
onto bus-trips and other events.
Propane refill at marina: leave tank overnight; about EC$5/pound 1/2012.
- Hog Island anchorage:
Pretty rolly out by the entrance. Some wrecks deep inside near the bridge ?
Low fixed bridge across gap from main island to Hog Island; only about 2 feet deep, too.
Some high-speed local boat traffic through here and to Roger's Beach Bar on weekends.
- Clarkes Court Bay:
Clarkes Court Bay marina on W side, Whisper Cove Marina on E side.
Nice book-exchange in CCB marina bar.
Internet in CCB marina bar for EC$3/hour, Wi-Fi for EC$11/day.
Wi-Fi from the boat from a hot-spot: US$35/month.
Propane refill in CCB marina bar; leave tank overnight.
Group-taxi to shopping on Tuesday and Friday mornings from CCB marina at 10.
Garbage pile at CCB marina, but for resident boats only.
Garbage pickup on street up from Woburn town dock, about 7 AM on Tues and Fri mornings, whole undamaged bags only, do
not leave bags the night before.
Potluck in CCB marina Saturdays at 5, usually; bring meat to grill for yourself (and bread and silverware and plate), and a dish to share.
Bus to town in front of Nimrod's EC$2.50 one-way.
Very small book-exchange in Nimrod's rum shop.
Book-exchange in Whisper Cove marina, but mostly non-English.
Buy a drink in Whisper Cove marina bar, get one hour of Wi-Fi for free.
Nice small meat-market in Whisper Cove marina.
- Le Phare Bleu (bay on E side of Calivigny Island):
Le Phare Bleu Marina
- Egmont Harbour:
Looks like a good hurricane hole. A bit deep (20-30 feet), surrounded by hills,
plenty of mangrove shores,
big storm-surge could get funneled in from SE or S.
Can dinghy ashore near bridge. No stores nearby; can walk to mini-mart at Le Phare Bleu marina, or
walk out to main road and catch a bus.
- (Old) Calvigny Harbour:
Entrance is unmarked; guidebook says don't enter with large following seas.
- St David's Harbour:
Anchorage is smaller than it looks on the chart, half-filled with moorings, and deep in
the middle. Probably rolly if there's a good E swell, certainly if there's any SE.
Boatyard is surprisingly big and has lot of facilities: small IWW store, sailmaker, etc.
Fuel jugs and propane tanks can be dropped off for filling, takes about 2 days.
If you can get 6 people together, van to shopping in Grand Anse costs EC$20/person.
3/2013: Nearby Bel Air resort/plantation has shut down.
In 2/2012 a cruiser told me a long story of having major problems with work done on their boat
at Grenada Marine in 2011: bottom-paint diluted and some stolen and didn't adhere, chainplates done wrong or with too-thin material,
through-hulls done badly, good engine mechanic who was there a few years before has left.
3/2012 I'm told contract labor in the boatyard is expensive, US$45/hour for labor of varying skill.
Shipping into Grenada, from Grenada Cruisers Group on Facebook 8/2011:
From John on "Celtic Dream":
"My experience has been Fedex is the easiest and most expensive, but they will not ship 'freight' items.
Tropical is very good pricing and will consolidate in Miami up to 5 items for free, but takes 2-3 hours
to clear items through customs. Post Office General delivery has been used and is very cheap, but can take a month to receive the item.
(Fedex time to clear after getting a c14 is 10 minutes. Tropical takes 2-4 hours total.)"
Extending visa after first 3 months, from Grenada Cruisers Group on Facebook 8/2011:
From Lynn on "Silverheels 3":
"Make sure you are paid up for the boat with Customs first. Then take the bus/taxi to the 'Botanical Gardens'
or the Government Complex (same place, different names) in St George's, with all of your papers.
The Immigration office is at the top of the hill, across from the big building (on your right).
Enter, and follow directions (they change depending on the officer you are working with).
You will have to pay EC$25 per person per month to stay, and you can extend for up to three months.
Give yourself a couple of hours, and try not to go on a Monday or a Friday!"
I went on a Monday morning, doing Customs first at Prickly, and had no trouble. No lines.
Treasurer's office downstairs takes credit cards, but I paid cash. ATM across the street from Immigration, too.
From Lynn on "Silverheels 3" 11/2011:
For those looking at the big provisioning shopping trips:
On the Lagoon Road, just next to IWW is Hubbards Lagoon Road. You can buy a minimum of three's
up to case lots. Lots of toiletries and various other things. They will deliver for free
(maybe not same day). Cash only, no credit cards, USD accepted (but don't expect it for your change).
You can see what they have on the shelves. They have "Dutch Lady" UHT milk, the one with the screw top
tetra pack. Excellent prices on Duracell batteries by the box.
South of there is Bryden's and Minors ... this is the wholesaler for Grenada.
We are welcome to shop there, but this is for cases of things (some things they will sell as 1/4 or 1/2 cases).
Go to the office and make your order there (shop from a list). Probably the best prices for most
things you will find on the island. Alcohol available with minimum of three bottles purchased.
Cash only, no credit cards. I forgot to ask about delivery.
And of course we have CK's, at the Sugar Mill Roundabout (the one to the Maurice Bishop Highway).
Easy to see what they have, decent prices, and they have free delivery. They also sell beer
for EC$70, and have soft drinks in cases (better price than the IGA). They also have frozen and refrigerated foods.
In 2/2012 a cruiser told me that major-major engine work (such as boring cylinders larger) can't be
done on Grenada; have to go to Trinidad. And a major rebuild probably is better done in Trinidad too;
they do more of them there. And injector-pump rebuilding can be done in Trinidad.
Best selection and price for engine oil seems to be at ACE Hardware.
Opening a local bank account: requires a local address, maybe a telephone number, maybe
references from your home bank. I'm told it's not worth doing. And I'm told the Republic Bank
at Sugar Mill Roundabout is hard to work with in general.
GMT = "Grenada Maybe Time".
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