Grenada, ‘The Spice Isle of the Caribbean’, is a rolling, mountainous island, abundant with fragrant plants and rare tropical flowers, dotted with crater lakes and teeming with a wide variety of animal life. Bordered by stunning, unspoilt white and black sand beaches, this verdant island has for centuries been a major source of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and cocoa.
Grenada’s bustling Market Square, historic forts, spice plantations, rum distilleries, and colorful coral gardens add to the island’s appeal. Consider a tour of the many beautiful waterfalls nestled in the lush rain forest surroundings, or an outing to the organic chocolate factory or spice plantation. Visit the crater lake at Grand Etang National Park and Forest Preserve. True Blue Bay is close to shopping, while Grand Anse Beach is a premier spot for beachcombers, divers and hikers. Throughout the year, Grenada also hosts many exciting cultural celebrations and sporting events such as The Grenada Sailing Festival, Easter Round Grenada Race, Grenada Classics Regatta and various other informal races.
Although there is so much to explore in Grenada, the island is ideally positioned for a one-way charter. Heading southward from our base in St. Lucia through open-water passages, you can explore other equally enchanting islands such as Tobago Cays, Mayreau, Mustique, Bequia, St. Vincent and St. Lucia before arriving in Grenada. It’s this diversity of the pleasures that make cruising in the Eastern Caribbean so special.
Cruising in Grenada
Lying in the southernmost portion of the Windward Islands, a Grenada yacht charter vacation offers a world of itinerary options to suit the tastes of captains with basic skills in coastal navigation to those experienced skippers wishing to embark on longer hauls with more challenging open water passages. Many charterers opt for a one-way cruising vacation southward from the Moorings base in St. Lucia to Grenada, allowing them to cover more ground and avoid traveling windward.
The winds are nearly always NE-SE and run the gamut from a gentle 10 knots to a more spirited 25 knots, intensifying around the northern ends of the islands; calms are rare. The trade winds typically blow from the northeast during the winter months, prime time for a Grenada yacht charter, and more southeasterly during the summer. The north-south orientation of the islands means the wind will be on the beam more often than not when cruising south, but, since most of the islands in the Grenadines are close together, the onboard experience is great no matter the heading. On northward passages, such as from Union Island to Bequia, cruising close-hauled or on a close reach isn’t beyond the realm of possibility. Year-round temperatures average from 79° F - 82° F
With so much to explore in this region, a Grenada yacht charter is filled with many rewarding experiences. Enjoy the superlative cruising among the islands of the Eastern Caribbean, as well as white-sand beaches, swimming, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Ashore, a Grenada charter opens the door to casual and fine dining, sightseeing, shopping, hiking, and exploring historic sites.