Grenada Sailing Holidays
Grenada is known as the “Spice Isle” due to its major production of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, mace and cocoa. Sail Grenada and you'll get a unique opportunity to explore dramatic sceneries, tropical rain forests and stunning white and black volcanic beaches. In between sailing, take a dip in the tropical waters and explore rich coral gardens.
Yacht Charter in Grenada
Discover sunken shipwrecks and make sure not to miss an amazing snorkeling session in the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park. Charter a yacht in Grenada and have fun on a sailing vacation you will always remember.
Because of its proximity to the Equator and cooling trade winds that blow around the area, Grenada is a place to visit and sail around throughout the whole year. Grenada Sailing Festival takes place in late January or early February, so make sure you stop by!
Grenada Sailing Conditions & Weather
Grenada has a tropical climate with temperatures between 20°C and 30°C all year round. From December to May, the weather is dry and the temperatures are cooler due to the trade winds. The rainy season runs from hot and humid months of June to November, when tropical storms and hurricanes are most likely to occur. Winds are nearly always at 10-25 knots.
The best time to visit Grenada is in peak season (mid-December to mid-April) for obvious reasons - these are the months with the least rainfall, which means your chances of a perfect vacation are pretty high.
Money & banking
The currency in Grenada is called the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$). The U.S. dollar is also accepted and many prices are quoted in both currencies. Major credit cards are widely accepted. Bank hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. from Monday to and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. 24-hour ATMs are available at most banks and at the airport.
Taxis and small merchants may only accept Eastern Caribbean dollars. Many establishments will accept payments in U.S. dollars with change being given in local currency.
In the capital of St. George's, there is a central bus station where you can find buses to different parts of the island. Both public and privately owned buses and minivans provide bus service. In Saint George's, there are designated bus stops. However, once you leave town, the bus stops wherever it is needed. You can signal a stop by pressing the stop button or knocking on the side of the bus.
Bus tickets cost between EC$2.50-8.00 (roughly US$1-3) depending on the distance, and this is the cheapest way to get around. Buses run from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday. There is no bus service on Sunday.
If you are looking to experience the daily lifestyle and music of Grenadian people, as well as save money, getting around by bus is the best choice.
Taxi transport is available on Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique islands. Taxis are the most useful for travelers who will not extensively explore the island. They provide good service and the prices are reasonable. Taxi rates are set by the government and a short taxi ride costs around EC$30–40. Taxis carry an 'H' on their licence plates.
You can use most taxi drivers as tourist guides for a day of sightseeing. Remember to negotiate the price beforehand.
Travelers who will be doing an extensive touring of the island's sites should consider renting a car. Car rental rates are around US$50-75 per day. You will need a valid license from your home country to qualify for a temporary Grenada license which can be obtained at the police station for a fee of EC$30. Most car rental agencies require drivers to be 25 years and over.
Remember to drive on the left and don't be afraid to use the car's horn when coming around the numerous blind corners in the mountains. Most roads are very narrow and curvy, and their quality varies. Beware of the local drivers who are known for fast and risky driving. Also, look out for pedestrians because most roads don't have sidewalks.
These colourful, wooden motorboats run between Grand Anse Beach and St. George's harbour. It is a fast and fun way to get from the town to the Grand Anse Beach. The cost depends upon the number of people making the trip. For only two people, it costs about EC$10.00 (approximately US$4) each way.
Customs & duty free
You will get a landing card on the plane, along with a customs declaration form. The Customs and Immigration offices are generally open Mon-Fri from 8am-11.45am and 1pm-4pm, and Sat-Sun from 8am-1.30pm.
It is prohibited to take fresh food to most Caribbean islands. All prescription medication must be declared on arrival.
If you're planning to take your pet on a sailing trip in Grenada, you must notify the Chief Veterinarian in advance of your arrival. Bring along a Health Certificate issued by a Veterinarian together with the Import Permit.
Choosing a yacht type
Yacht charter in Grenada is a real paradise for boaters seeking an authentic sailing trip in the Caribbean. It suits sailors of all skill levels. Despite its small size of only 348.5 square kilometers, Grenada sailing has a lot to offer and there are many places to explore.
Since the best way for exploring Grenada is, of course, on a charter yacht, you should decide on the yacht type. Choose between a sailboat, catamaran, motor yacht or gulet charter in Grenada. We offer three types of yacht charter - bareboat yacht charter, skippered yacht charter, and crewed yacht charter.
Not sure which yacht type is ideal for you? Get in touch with SailingEurope team who will gladly assist you in choosing a yacht that will suit all your needs.
Best time to sail
December – April
Number of boat bases
Saint George's (GND), Hillsborough (CRU)
Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
English, Grenadian Creole
St. George's Town, Grand Anse Beach, Underwater Sculpture Park, Grand Etang National Park & Forest Reserve, Carriacou Island, Levera National Park