Grenada - Profile
- This is the southernmost of the Windward Islands and conveniently close to the Grenadines, which link Grenada to its smaller sisters Carriacou and Petit Martinique.
- Grenada is the usual turning-point north for a cruise among the Windward Islands.
- It is a beautiful island with lush mountains and silvery beaches and a series of wonderful bays along the southwest and south coasts. Grenada is a sailors' favourite.
- Carriacou is the southermost and largest of the Grenadines; relatively undeveloped, it is attractive with its green hills, sandy beaches, and sheltered natural harbours such as Tyrell Bay. Carriacou Marine fuel dock has good prices for duty free fuel.
- Petit Martinique is not often visited by yachts cruising the popular nearby Grenadines (which belong to St. Vincent) as this means having to sail down to Carriacou to clear in and then sail back. Once you are checked into Grenada you can sail between the various islands of Grenada without restriction.
- Getting work done: Grenada has an excellent choice of good quality, reputable contractors. Several excellent chandleries too.
- Provisioning: Good choice and prices very reasonable.
Dinghy and outboard thefts continue to be reported and this is a common problem in the Caribbean and many other parts of the world. Be prepared and lock up all your valuables, including hoisting and securing to the boat your outboard and dinghy at all times, but especially at night.
During 2016 there have been thefts and burglaries reported from Clarkes Court Bay, Port Louis Marina, Prickly Bay, Chemin Bay, Mt. Hartman Bay and Tyrell Bay - Carriacou. See reports adjacent for further details.
July 2016: A cruiser was held at gunpoint and subsequently he and his wife suffered a terrible ordeal whilst walking his dog on Hog Island. See report here.
Yacht Security Assistance in Grenada
VHF Channel 66 Repeater was privately donated to the Grenadian Government and is used by the Grenada Cruisers Net to provide coverage to all Grenadian waters. It can also be received in southern parts of St Vincent and the Grenadines and the northern parts of Trinidad including Chaguaramas Bay. The Grenada Cruisers Net is for weather, advice, security reports and information on many subjects to help make Cruisers’ stay in Grenada more rewarding. It broadcasts Monday - Saturday at 7:30 AM and is a fully interactive radio net.
Yacht Security: Trinidad & Tobago Waters
During December 2015 two yachts, on seperate occasions, were boarded and robbed on passage from Grenada to Trinidad. All yachts transiting these waters should submit a float plan to the Trinidad & Tobago Coastguard. See this news report for more details. A similar incident occured once more in July 2016. See CSSN (www.safetyandsecuritynet.com) for more details.
The Caribbean Safety and Security Net (firstname.lastname@example.org) provides information by anchorage or by island, so sailors can plan their cruising in the Caribbean with an eye to appropriate behaviour and precautions wherever they decide to go. Should you have suffered a boarding, robbery or attack on your yacht or have information about a yachting-related security incident, go to the CSSN homepage and click on the "Report an Incident" icon. The associated form is quick and simple to complete and ensures that all the necessary details are reported. The CSSN is the most comprehensive source of Caribbean security incidents against sailors. Remember, it is every cruiser's responsibility to ensure that incidents are reported. Also cruisers can subscribe to e-mail alerts, follow on facebook and twitter and listen to the SSB Voice Service.
The Caribbean Security Index (CSI) is a a tool to assist cruisers in assessing the probability of crime at ports and anchorages throughout the Caribbean. The CSI provides a means of assessing risk in a given area.
Also be sure to check the Noonsite Piracy & Safety Pages
Last updated November 2016.
The climate is tropical. The main hurricane season lasts from August to November, with a few smaller storms possible in June and July. Normally most hurricanes pass to the north of the island.