Sailing in Grenada
Grenada is a beautiful unspoilt island comprising mainland Grenada and its sister islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Together they are known as the Spice Islands of the Caribbean and have a population of 108,000 incredibly friendly people. It is a special tropical destination where protecting the environment and the development of its National Parks is part of on-going efforts to save the rainforests and coral reefs.
Grenada has a rich sailing culture and is extremely well set-up for yacht charters. It has many marinas and ports-of-entry, great sailing weather, wonderfully secluded anchorages and beautiful crystal-clear waters. There are restaurants aplenty and provisioning in the supermarkets and local markets is a dream.
BlueFoot Travel uses the fabulous facilities at Port Louis Marina to pick-up and drop-off guests during our cabin charters. Port Louis is in the perfect location and only 25 minutes from the airport. And once we are ready to get underway, it only takes a few minutes to get to the stunning anchorages in Grand Anse or an hour to get to Moliniere, the underwater sculpture park. This snorkelling hotspot has been developed to protect the environment, and a visit here on Nemo is a fabulous way to start or end your sailing holiday in Grenada.
Then the sailing adventure begins. Sailing up the coast of Grenada gives our guests a unique view of the lushness that is Grenada, and we think you can definitely smell spices in the air as you sail along the coast! Once off the north coast of Grenada, we often sail to the tiny Ronde Island before anchoring Grenada’s sister islands of Carriacou or Petit Martinique.
Carriacou & Petit Martinique
More than 20 sites around Carriacou attract scuba divers and snorkelers, and deserted islets like Sandy Island can easily be accessed by Nemo, giving you a real desert island experience. Known as the Land of Reefs, Carriacou has a small community whose residents might invite you to observe customs handed down from African and European ancestors. The village of Windward is known for building beautiful wooden sailboats using the old-time methods passed down by Scottish settlers. On Petite Martinique, French surnames remind visitors of the 900 residents’ heritage. Many inhabitants build boats or make their living by fishing.
Grenada – An Island Worthy of Exploration
If you are coming on a sailing holiday that departs or arrives in Grenada, you absolutely need to add a few days to your yacht charter so you can explore this beautiful island.
Ideally, you would spend a minimum of a couple of days here, but in one day, you can see many of the wonders the island has to offer. Stop at the Spice Market in St George’s, walk along the Carenage waterfront before a seafood lunch. Later, drive north as Grenada’s rich natural beauty comes alive. At Gouyave visit one of the nutmeg processing stations where the seeds are sorted, stacked and stamped.
Also worth a quick detour is the Grenada Chocolate Company, which entices chocoholics with its sweet, organic treats. Nearby is a historic rum factory, River Antoine Rum Distillery, which will fascinate rum lovers, as it is the Caribbean’s only water-powered mill still operating. On Friday evenings, sample just-caught lobster and fish cooked over open fires at the weekly Fish Friday Festival held in Gouyave or head back to Gran Anse for sundowners at Umbrellas Beach Bar.
Sailing in Style
Don’t just visit Grenada…take a sailing holiday here! Join us on a shared yacht and experience an unforgettable crewed charter. You only need to book a cabin for your sailing vacation – ideal for solo and single travellers, couples and small groups. Then, relax and recharge. Enjoy delicious healthy food cooked by Sam. Get hands-on sailing experience with Neil, an RYA sailing instructor. And have lots of fun as we sail from one beautiful island to the next. Sail in style with BlueFoot Travel.