Yacht Charter Grenada
On a Grenada yacht charter you can enjoy Grenada and the other Windward Islands on your sailing adventure of a lifetime. Book your sailing holiday with Borrow a Boat today!
A lesser known but widely loved charter destination, the Windward Island country of Grenada is a must-do for those who want a Caribbean yacht charter with a difference.
Much of the tourism is focused on the south and west coasts. St George with Fort George high on the hillside is the capital of the island, and has a number of marinas closeby. You will be spoiled for choice for the shops, bars and restaurants that cater to the tourists that come by cruise ship and of course by air to the nearby international airport.
Fort George is 300 or so years old and has had a formal role in Grenada for its entire history, and while currently the main police station it has been a major military battery in the past, defending the port from the French when under British rule. From the top you can get unparalleled views of the town, with Grand Anse Beach delineating the land and sea.
Grand Anse Beach is the place to be too, and even in busier summer months you will find plenty of space for peace and quiet. If you want to escape the crowds altogether, head up the west coast to Black Bay Beach with its black volcanic sand that shines in the sun.
Inland there is good walking to be done - scale the heights of the island for some fantastic views. From your charter yacht you will likely want to dive, snorkel and enjoy the turquoise waters - there is ample opportunity to do this on 'Spice Island', as many call Grenada.
Did you know that Grenada is away from the main hurricane track? Though it does occasionally get slammed by one, many charter companies and boat gypsies head down to the island for hurricane season. Another advantage for its economy is that with the reduced risk its sailing season is almost a 12 month affair. If you do plan a summer yacht charter, keep an eye on the Atlantic before you go as climate change can catch just about anyone out.
Beyond Grenada itself there is plenty to enjoy on a Caribbean yacht charter - read on to find out more!
Hiring a Yacht in Grenada
On your yacht charter vacation from St Lucia, there are plenty of other islands to enjoy. Heading south towards South America, you will find St Vincent and the Grenadines, the next country south. Amongst other places to visit, and just half a day's sail from Marigot Bay are:
Carriacou isn't a common stop on the tourist trail but that makes it all the more appealing!
Nearby **Petit** **St Vincent** and **Petit Martinique** have their own charms, and are worth a night ashore if you can.
**Union Island,** with Clifton Harbour its 'capital' has one of the best beaches in the region in the form of Chatham Bay.
**The** **Tobago Cays** are uninhabited but a major sailing destination thanks to their beauty and chance to dive and snorkel on their all but untouched coral reefs. Do stay for an evening as the beach barbeques are legendary...
**St Vincent** itself is a few hours south of St Lucia but has largely ignored tourism except for those who enjoy a different culture with people living their own lives. You will find two major resorts here including Young Island just off the south coast. The rest of the island is more focused on agriculture, fishing and commerce.
North again you will hit **St Lucia** and the northern Windward Islands - the north coast is the place to be with places like Gros Islet and Rodney bay.
Getting to Grenada
Grenada International Airport
Close to St George's is the main international airport for Grenada. It is a short taxi ride from most of the main marinas on the island, and has airlines serving it from North America and Europe.
Best Areas To Charter
On a longer Caribbean yacht charter, perhaps aboard a luxury yacht you could sail as far as the British Virgin Islandsand take in the whole of the Lesser Antilles. There is plenty to do much closer to Grenada, so let's have a look at these.
Likely where you will begin your Grenada yacht charter, in and around St George's are a number of marinas including Port Louis Marina, Prickly Bay Marina, Clarkes Court Bay Marina, and True Blue Bay Marina. The international airport is nearby so there will be easy transfers to your charter boat.
Black Bay Beach on the west coast is another spot for the more adventurous, and between March and August you may see leatherback turtles nesting on Levara Beach on the NE of the island.
A smaller island to the north of Grenada, this is off the tourist track. It has a boatbuilding tradition that goes back centuries and many locals are still building them of pure wood (and marine ply!). Tyrrel Bay is popular among yachting types thanks to the snorkeling opportunities, and Sandy Island is another important charter destination.
Petit St Vincent and Petite Martinique
A short sail from Cariacou, and a pause before the Tobago Cays, these islands are tiny but beautiful. Petit Martinique has an annual sailing regatta at the end of May.
Though part of the next country up - St Vincent and the Grenadines - you won't need your passport here as only the odd fisherman and of course the evening beach barbecues 'inhabit' the cays. These are desert islands surrounded by a coral reef and are among the best snorkelling and diving destinations in the Caribbean Sea.
Bequia and Mayreau
These two smaller islands are popular among yachting types. Salt Whistle Bay is a very popular spot on Mayreau, and Admiralty Bay on Bequia is another great place to drop your hook.
You will likely moor in Clifton Harbour, and just as well as it is part of St Vincent and the Grenadines and you'll need it stamped! Chatham Bay is a large expanse of undeveloped beach where you can enjoy almost perfect solitude if you wish.
This is a few hours south of St Lucia but has largely ignored tourism except for those who enjoy a different culture with people living their own lives. You will find two major resorts here including Young Island just off the south coast. The rest of the island is more focused on agriculture, fishing and commerce.
Best Towns To Charter A Yacht In St Lucia
The buzzing capital of the island, St Georges has several marinas and permanent moorings from where you may begin your sailing holiday. These include the main marina, Port Louis Marina with 227 berths capable of up to 300ft LOA. Prickly Bay is a popular spot among the cruising community and has a small yet well equipped marina here too. True Blue Bay and Clarkes Court Bay are other major yachting hotspots too - you may well join your yacht or superyacht at these locations.
Types Of Yachts To Hire
There are three broad types of charter - bareboat charter, flotilla charters, and skippered yacht charter. Where it comes to the types of charter boat you can hire a motor boat, a monohull sailing yacht, catamaran, superyacht or luxury yachtcharter and RIBs or day boats. Each have their benefits.
Coming in all shapes and sizes from 7 metres to 70+ metres, motorboats are as different as their uses. A seven metre RIB will be a great day boat and can be hired for as little as $110 a day for fishing trips or just blasting about the bay. The 15 metre plus size of motor yacht will have cabins and often en suite heads and cost upwards of $400 a day.
Starting at as 'little' as $10,000 a day a superyacht will come with skipper and crew as part of the package. On the crewed motor yacht or sailboat you will be treated like kings and queens on your personal mini-cruise-ship that will often come with tenders and toys such as jet skis and even sailing yachts!
Luxury Yacht Charter
Coming with or without skipper and/or crew, a luxury charter yacht will cost upwards of €700 a day and will come fully fitted out with all the modern conveniences and comforts of the very best sailing craft afloat. Expect en suite heads and comfortable staterooms but also a lot of fun under sail!
Starting at $450 a day, catamarans are luxury yachts that offer lots of space, a fair lick of speed on a reach and a shallow draft for mooring close into shore. They have twin engines in the hulls so while large they are incredibly manoeuvrable when in marinas and so forth.
Monohull Sailing Yacht
Ranging in size from 10 metres up to 20 or so, monohull sailboat form the backbone of the Cuba yacht charter industry. Very good to windward, you will find yourself chewing up the miles at all points of sail without relying on the engines. Costing as little as $120 a day you will enjoy comfort and fun for a good budget price.
Skippered Yacht charter or Bareboat?
Where it comes to a Grenada sailing vacation you have two choices - bareboat or crewed yacht charter. Both have their own advantages.
No sailing qualifications or not confident enough to bareboat charter yourself? That's no problem when it comes to yacht charter - you can take on a skipper and crew for the week or two touring the Lesser Antilles! With a crewed yacht charter you have someone aboard who knows the ropes and the best places to visit on your sailing holiday. They will know the best spots for what you want, be it hideaway restaurants or the best diving and snorkelling reefs on the islands! Costing as little as $100 a day (depending on the size and type of vessel) you will get the very best from your yacht charter holiday with one aboard. Don't forget the tip at the end of the week!
Bareboat yacht charter
A competent sailor? Have the qualifications required? Dreaming all year of casting off and exploring the Cuban coastline and islands with just you and your friends? A bareboat yacht charter is just the thing for you. This is cheaper than a skippered yacht charter but you also get the privacy of being in your chosen group without a stranger in your midst. You get to choose your own adventure and go at your own pace - not a bad thing for a holiday to recharge your batteries ahead of rejoining the rat race...
Do you need a licence to charter in Saint Lucia?
If you want to bareboat charter you will need an approved boating qualification, below is a list of relevant qualifications:
International Certificate of Competence (ICC): Standard European Qualification for bareboat sailing
ASA 104 Bareboat certificate: The American Sailing Association's skipper standard qualification for hiring bareboatyachts.
RYA: The Royal Yachting Association's qualifications (minimum Day Skipper level) is necessary for bareboat hire, it's also worthwhile seeing do you need to have done a VHF radio course as well as some private yacht owners will require this.
There are also many other European national boating qualifications that are accepted here too, it's worthwhile checking these details before hiring.
If you want a skippered boat rental as a charter yacht then you don't need any sailing certification at all, you just turn up and off you go.
Best Times To Hire
Unlike Europe, the main sailing season in Grenada runs from November to May - perfect for a dose of winter sun. The NE Trades are settled and you will encounter weather between 25-35 degrees C.
Within this period, March and April after the winter northerlies have passed are cooler yet the sailing is just as fun as the rest of the year. Grenada is after all a tropical country!
Unlike many other charter destinations in the Caribbean, Grenada is off the main hurricane track. This can mean many years without being hit by one, and is a reason many long-term cruisers head this way in the summer months.
Charter yachts are available throughout the year and as long as you keep a weather eye out (there's always one time you make the wrong call) it might be good to go sailing in July or August. Indeed, in July there are a couple of local sailing regattas - a real buzz while everyone in the region is getting ready for nasty weather.
North East Trade Winds: Similar to those of the Canary Islands, these are regular and can get up to F6-F7 at times, but are steady and predictable. That can make for exciting sailing conditions at times. being south of the main hurricane chain also means that Grenada benefits from a more settled weather pattern year-round.
How much does it cost for a Grenada Charter
There's almost a yacht for every budget when it comes to chartering. For US $120 a day - $840 a week - you can take a sailboat monohull out with five other adults. That is going to be cheaper than a week in a hotel for everyone.
Catamarans cost a lot more - expect to pay anything from $500 to $2,000 a day depending on the season.
Motor boats taken on a bareboat basis can cost as little as $500 a day if they have sleeping acommodation - much less if they are day boats.
RIBs can cost as little as $50 for an afternoon.
In each of the examples above you can take on a skipper starting at $150 a day depending on what the vessel is and their required qualifications to sailit.
Superyachts and luxury yachts are a different league - expect to pay $15,000 a day and up to $100,000 a day if your budget can manage it.
Explore Grenada By Renting A Yacht
With so much to offer from the island itself to sailing the Windward or Leeward Islands, a Grenada yacht charter could be the perfect tonic for life in grey and dreary Northern Europe. From snorkeling over tropical fish at the Tobago Cays marine park to partying until the sun comes up at St George's, a Grenada sailing holiday could be one you never forget. Book your charter yacht with Borrow a Boat today!
Is Yacht hire in Grenada Legal?
As with most islands in the Lesser Antilles, Grenada yacht charters are perfectly legal. Do remember that even on a short hop between islands you may be entering another country so it's important to have your passport aboard.
What kind of Yachts can I hire in Grenada
You can charter everything from a small motor boat to a large superyacht. Monohull sailing yachts are common, though catamarans are more comfortable and spacious metre for metre.
What should I consider when hiring a Yacht?
Your budget for the sailing holiday should come first. Travelling - both getting there and what destinations to explore. What do you enjoy on a Grenada yacht charter? Work out your itinerary from there. Who are you taking with you and what are your limitations as a sailor?
What are the best time to hire a Yacht in Grenada?
The Grenadian sailing season runs from November to April. Do try to get afloat outside of the school holidays.
Do you have to pay a deposit when hiring a Yacht in Grenada?
There are two deposits to consider. Firstly you will normally have to pay a 50% deposit on booking. This secures your trip. On arrival you will have to pay a refundable security deposit for the trip on your credit card though you can get yacht charter insurance - though non-refundable this can be cheaper.
What happens if my Yacht breaks down?
If you are at sea and in danger, call MAYDAY on VHF Ch16. If you have a mechanical fault and can make it to/are on a mooring you will be able to phone a number given by the yacht charter company.
What should I think of before I hire a Yacht in Grenada?
Do you have the experience to handle the yacht charter you want to book? Where do you want to go?
Do I need a visa to visit Grenada?
Though an independent country, Grenada welcomes tourists. As long as you plan to stay fewer than 90 days, a visa is not normally required from most countries.