This page provides useful pre-departure, travel and base information. From airport procedures to visa requirements, it will tell you what to expect to make your holiday smooth and care free. We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks prior to departure and also print a copy to take with you.

Address & Map

Address 
PORT LOUIS MARINA GRENADA
Kirani James Boulevard
St. George's
Grenada W.I.
T: 1 (473) 435 6661

Hours of Operation
8:00am – 5:00pm, 7 days a week.
Staff will be available for late starts.

Base Facilities
Your comfort is assured by extensive facilities, including:

  • Customs and immigration clearances in and out can be handled across the way at yacht club
  • Wireless broadband and cable TV
  • Guardinage services, Capitainerie and full provisioning service
  • Restaurants, bars and duty-free shopping within the marina
  • Electric carrying buggies and trolleys, plus dedicated car parking
  • Fuel, water, electricity (220 power) and black water pump-out
  • 24-hour security
  • First-class washrooms and laundry
  • Swimming Pool

Base Map
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Arrival & Departure

How to Get There

By Air
Maurice Bishop International Airport, located at the southern tip of Grenada, lies just 5 miles from St. George’s, and is served by direct and indirect flights from USA, Canada and London, with regular connections to all the main islands surrounding Grenada.

The airport accommodates all long-haul jets as well as commercial and private het from around the world. Smaller, inter-island carriers serve the other islands in the Caribbean and BWIA serves Toronto, New York, Miami and London. British Airways, Virgin and Excel fly from the UK and Condor from Frankfurt. Air Jamaica flies from New York and also has regular flights from Montego Bay and Miami. Inter-island flights are served by Liat and Caribbean Star to all major islands in the Carribean.

Guests of Peter de Savary’s Properties flying by private aircraft may use the Private Air Terminal at Grenada International Airport with private customs and immigration services. ‘Nutmeg One’ is available to guests of Peter de Savary’s Properties for private charter, for journeys between Grenada, Barbados and other neighboring islands.

Due to the number of flights which we organize, The Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please contact your Moorings Vacation Planning Specialist before booking your flights.

Servicing Airlines
International Airlines offer direct incoming flights to Grenada.

  • Air Canada Vacations
  • American Airline & American Eagle
  • British Airways
  • Caribbean Airlines
  • Condor
  • Delta Airlines
  • Monarch Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic Airways
  • Caribbean Airlines offer direct incoming flights to Grenada.
  • Liat
  • St. Vincent Air
  • Conviasa

Caribbean Airlines offer direct incoming flights to Grenada.

  • Liat
  • St. Vincent Air
  • Conviasa

Customs & Immigration
A valid passport (for each passenger) and crew list is compulsory for clearance. Expiration date must be no earlier than 6 months after your planned return. A customs declaration form must be completed at the port of entry.

Airport Transfers
We are unable to arrange transfers for you in Grenada - so you must make your own travel arrangements upon arrival and pay with local currency
A taxi from the airport will take approximately 15 mins.

Arrival / Departure Procedure
Embarkation: Charters start at 12:00 noon or 6:00pm (with evening start).
Briefing Times: Chart Briefings are scheduled at 9:00am for noon starts / 3:30pm for evening starts.
All skippers must attend the briefing and everything you need to know will be covered from customs regulations, use of the radio, making dinner reservations, how to get help etc.. please save all questions of this nature until then. The Moorings operations manual will be on board your yacht for your use throughout yor charter.
Disembarkation: All charters end at 12:00 noon at which time the boat must be returned and ready for debriefing and checks.

Late Arrival Procedure
A representative from The Moorings will be on site to greet guests, and assist you in boarding your yacht at night. We will provide you with a brief yacht overview, ensuring that you are familiar with features for the evening (i.e. lights, A/C, shower pumps, heads). A full yacht briefing will be completed prior to your departure.

Security Deposit
If you haven't purchased the Yacht Damage Waiver, a security deposit (amount as per your invoice) is payable at the base by travelers cheques, Visa or Master Card, and is refundable at the end of the charter subject to there being no loss or damage. The liability includes loss or theft of the dinghy and/or outboard.

Departure Tax
Persons 13 years of age and older are required to pay $20. Departure tax for persons from 5 to 12 years of age is $10. Children under 5 years are exempt. Visitors remaining on island for less than 24 hours are not exempt from paying the departure taxes - only in-transit passengers are exempt. There is EC $1 per person departure tax when leaving by yacht.

Taxi
Taxis meet almost every incoming flight and ferry in the region, and are easy to locate at Point Salines International Airport. You can also call ahead to schedule a pick up and have a car waiting for your arrival.

Traveling from the airport to Grand Anse, L'Anse aux Epines, and St. George's will cost approximately $10 to $12 per person. There is a surcharge on cab rides between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am, as well as for trips outside of St. George's.

Car Rental
All the major car rental companies are represented in Grenada. To obtain a local driving permit, a bona fide driver's license must be presented at the traffic department at the Central Police Station on the Carenage. The cost is approximately EC $30. Most car rental firms also issue local permits.

There is a network of approximately 650 miles of paved roads and most of the main roads are in good condition. Please note that driving is on the LEFT.

Local Car Rental Agencies: (Grenada country code: 473)

  • AVIS (Spice Island Rentals): 440-3936
  • Budget Car Rentals: 440-2778
  • C & J Auto Rentals: 444-5108
  • David's Car Rental: 444-3399
  • Dollar Rent-a-Car:444-4786
  • Island Rent-A-Car: 443-5624
  • Jeep & Mini Moke Rentals: 444-4753
  • Jerry's Auto: 440-1730
  • McIntyre Bros. Ltd. Auto Rentals: 444-3944
  • Maitland's Rentals: 444-4022
  • MCR Car Rentals: 440-2832
  • Quality Rentals: 440-9787
  • Sanvics 4x4 Jeep Rentals: 444-4753
  • Sunshine Tours: 444-2831
  • Thomas & Sons: 444-4384
  • Thrifty: 444-4984
  • Tropicana: 444-8849
  • Y&R Car Rentals: 444-4448

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General Information

Area: 340 sq km (131 sq miles).
Geography: Grenada is located in the Caribbean. The island is of volcanic origin and is divided by a central mountain range. It is the most southerly of the Windward Islands.
Population: 90,739
Capital city: St. George's
Ethnic groups: black 82%, mixed black and European 13%, European and East Indian 5%, and trace of Arawak/Carib Amerindian
Official Languages: English (official), French patois
Religion: Roman Catholic 53%, Anglican 14%, smaller Protestant denominations 33
Government: Parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
Major Industries: Food and beverages, textiles, light assembly operations, tourism, construction.
Tipping:  A 10 to 15% tip is standard at restaurants, taxis, etc. $1 per bag for bellhops.
Currency: The Local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$) 
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Three-point plugs are standard.
Time: UTC/GMT -4 hours.

Hotels
Allamanda Beach Resort & Spa - St. George’s, Grenada
Coyaba Beach Resort - St. George’s, Grenada
Grenada Grand Beach Resort & Convention Centre - St. George’s, Grenada
Spice Island Beach Resort - St. George’s, Grenada
True Blue Resort – Grand Anse, Grenada

Restaurants
Grenada offers tourists plenty of seafood, West Indian dishes and French and Italian food on Grenada. Favorite local dishes include fish stew, curried lambi (conch) and the ubiquitous roti. Pigeon peas with rice, plantains, yams and callaloo soup are common side dishes.

Carib beer and Westerhall rum are the local brews; it’s also worth trying local nonalcoholic drinks such as sorrel juice, mauby and ginger beer. Grenadians have a nice sense of how a water view can add to a dining experience; so many good restaurants have harbor and ocean views.

Aquarium Restaurant - Point Salines Beach; Tel. 473-444-1410
Open daily, except Monday, 10am-11pm
Wednesday night specials and Sunday Beach BBQ.

The Beach House - Point Salines, St. George's; Tel: 473-444-4455
Open 6-10 pm Except Sundays
Specialties: Caribbean, international

Carib Sushi - Grand Anse, St. George’s; Tel: 473-439-5640
Open when? Take-out available.
Specialties: Japanese; sushi of fresh local fish and traditional Japanese dishes.

Choo Light Restaurant & Bar - L'anse aux Epines; Tel. 473-444-2196
Open Mon. to Sat. 11am-3pm and 6pm-11pm;
Sun. and holidays 5pm-11pm. Indoor/outdoor garden setting.
Specialties: Chinese Stir-fry and steamed seafood, chicken, and fish.

The BoatYard - Prickly Bay, L'anse aux Epines ; Tel. 473-444-4662
Open daily, Music Friday and Sat nights.
Specialties: Caribbean

Coconut's Beach Restaurant - Grand Anse Beach; Tel. 473-444-4644
Open daily, except Tue., 12noon-10pm. Reservations advised.
BBQ and live music Wed., Fri., and Sun. in season.
Specialties: Local lobster, French Creole cuisine.

True Blue Bay Restaurant
True Blue Inn; Tel. 473-444-2000
A cool, relaxed setting overlooking the bay.
Specialties: Seafood dishes.

Island View Restaurant & Night Club - Woburn; Tel. 473-444-1878
Restaurant and snack bar with a game room and pool table.
Discotheque Fri. and Sat. 10pm until ...

Knap's Restaurant & Bar - Grand Anse, St. George's; Tel: 473-444-1299
Open for dinner (reservations requested); separate entertainment room with bar and games; quiet, elegant atmosphere with outstanding view of the harbor and bay.
Specialties: Caribbean, German, and Austrian cuisine; fondue and raclete available upon request.

La Dolce Vita - Cinnamon Hill Hotel, Morne Rouge, Grand Anse; Tel. 473-444-4301/3456
Open daily, except Mon., 7pm-11pm for dinner; cocktails 6pm-11pm.
MasterCard, VISA, and Discover accepted.
Specialties: Italian cuisine.

Nick's Donut World - Le Marquis Complex, Grand Anse
Open Mon. to Sat. 7:30am-7:30pm; Sun. 9:30am-1pm and 4pm-7:30pm.
Specialties: A wide selection of donuts and coffees.

The Red Crab - L'anse aux Epines; Tel: 473-444-4424
Specialties: West Indian and International cuisine.
Rex Grenadian - Point Salines, St. George's; Tel: 444-3333

International and Caribbean cuisine served in four restaurants.
Specialties: Special business lunch and dinner in the International Restaurant; dinner in the Oriental Restaurant; BBQs on the Caribbean Terrace; nightly entertainment.

Carenage Café - The Carenage, St. George's; Tel: 473-440-8701
Open 9 am - 6 pm, except Sunday.
Specialties: Milkshakes, pizzas, fresh juices.

Tropicana - Lagoon Road, St. George's; Tel: 473-440-1586
Open daily, 7:30am-midnight; take-out service available.
Specialties: Local and Chinese cuisine.

Little Dipper - Woburn, St. George's; Tel: 473-444-5136
Open daily, except Sunday.
Specialties: Local family-owned. Lobster when in season. Great View

Calypso - Prickly Bay, L'anse aux Epines; Tel: 473-439-2007
Open daily.
Specialties: International.

Rudolphs Restaurant - The Carenage, St. George's; Tel: 473-440-2241
Open 9 am - 11 pm, except Sundays.
Specialties: International, cafe

Post Office
The General Post Office is in St. George’s and offers an Express Mail service. Efficient local, regional and international mailing is enhanced by international couriers Federal Express, DHL and UPS.

Internet Connectivity

Wi-Fi Internet is available in Prickly Bay.

Cellular Phones
Your cell phone may work in the Caribbean, check with your service provider for coverage. Leave your cell number with Customer Service before casting off.

Tourist Information Center
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Banks & Money Exchange

Banks
Banks in Grenada include First Caribbean International Bank, Grenada Cooperative Bank, Republic Bank of Trinidad and Tobago and ScotiaBank. Many of the banks have ATMs.

Currencies / Money Exchange
The currency is the East Caribbean dollar, however US dollars are widely accepted with change being given in local currency. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.

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Activities & Sports

Snorkeling or Diving
Since Grenada and Carriacou are not as heavily visited as other Caribbean islands, the reefs, wrecks and coral walls remain largely unspoiled by crowds and many have yet to be fully explored. Divers will encounter deserted cays, sand bars and lagoons teeming with sea life, including sea fans, gorgonians, sea horses, rays, turtles, dolphins and stunningly colourful reef fish, as well as magnificently colored coral.

All of our bases offer snorkeling gear. Please check availability for children’s sizes. You may wish to pack your own snorkeling gear.

Regattas
The area is known for its local regattas, most notably the Grenada Sailing Festival which runs out of Port Louis every January and features racing and cruising yachts as well as local work boats. In addition, the Grenada Classic Yacht Regatta is held in February and has classes for tall ships and other classics whilst Bequia has its own Easter Regatta. The Carriacou Regatta also has a loyal following. Held in August for over 40 years, it’s a racing event for locally built boats.

Festivals
Grenada boasts an ever-increasing range of festivals – both sporting and cultural. For a mix of color and sheer fun, visit the Carriacou Carnival in February and Grenada Festival in August. They offer an intoxicating blend of steel bands, pulsating calypso and spectacular costumes.

Fishing
Sports fishing is extremely popular in these waters, with Spanish mackerel, barracuda, marlin, tuna and kingfish just some of the fish landed. Licenses are not required for trolling a line while underway. Spearfishing is illegal to all non-residents.

Hiking & Walking
Grenada, Bequia and a number of other islands in the Grenadines offer superb hiking – a great way to experience stunning rainforests, tucked away villages, stunning views out to sea and the chance to cool off under spectacular waterfalls.

Kayaking
Kayaks can be added to your charter contract. Please contact your Moorings Holiday Planning Specialist for more details.

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Cruising Information

Experience / Qualification requirements
A sailing qualifiactions is not mandatory to charter here - but you must demonstrate that you have the necessary experience and ability. If our base staff are not confident in your ability when you arrive, they will arrange for a Moorings skipper to travel with you - at your own expense. Please ensure you have completed a Sailing Resume or a Power Resume to ensure you have the necessary experience required.

Marina Information
Located to the left of the Yacht Operations Building, clients will find showers that are open from 8:00am to 6:00pm daily. At Customer Service, clients will find weather information.

Cruising Permits
Clients must clear customs as they pass through each country and, generally fees are associated with the clearing process. Cruising permit is issued for charters at the beginning. If they leave Grenada into St. Vincent and The Grenadines, then EC $35 per person cruising tax is collected by the customs agent.

Electricity Information
220 volts AC, 50Hz. Three-point plugs are standard.
Yachts - The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. In order to use electronic equipment that is 110v, you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter unless your boat has a generator. Inverter rentals are not available from the base.

Sailing Area Restrictions

  • This information will be covered in the chart briefing.
  • The area around Soufriere and the Pitons in St. Lucia is a national park with restrictions on anchoring.
  • All windward sides of the islands should be kept well clear of.
  • The Tobago Cays is restricted from the south side due to the large number of coral heads in the channel which are difficult to see.
  • In all bays, anchor with caution to avoid damaging coral or sea grass beds.
  • Anchoring is not allowed off Grand Anse Beach in Grenada, and charterers will need to anchor at least 2 miles away from beach.
  • Blue Lagoon in St. Vincent has a difficult entrance and is best avoided.

Mooring & Park Fees
There are no park fees in Grenada. Moorings balls should not be utilized in Grenada waters.

Customs Costs
There is a cruising tax when entering Grenada, however, guests starting their charter in Grenada will not have to worry about it, as it’s good for 30 days.

Skippered Charters: 
There are several different countries represented within the cruising grounds of the Windward Islands and each of them require customs/immigration clearance upon arrival and departure. Fees vary based on the country, yacht, number of passengers, itinerary etc.  All charters with a skipper are encouraged to provide the skipper with an initial $500 at the beginning their charter. This money will be used to cover costs for customs fees as well as mooring ball fees for the duration of the charter. The total amount needed may be less or it may be more.  At the end of the charter the skipper will return any remaining funds along with receipts for all money spent.  ATMs are limited in the cruising grounds so it’s important to plan ahead for these fees.

Interesting Sites
Please visit the Itinerary page for more of the best places to visit on your trip, however, some interesting sites to visit include Fort St. George’s, Underwater sculptures at Molinere Point, rain forest, rum distilleries and the dozens of waterfalls throughout the island.

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Provisioning (Food & Drink for your boat)

Provisioning Services
This destination offers the convenience of The Moorings Provisioning Service! Let The Moorings take all the hassle out of provisioning your yacht with the highest quality beverages, fresh foods, and non-food items. Order complete packages when booking online or over the phone. Or choose to order online from our Online Provisioning Store which also offers all packages and an extensive a la carte inventory. We’ll coordinate the details and guarantee that everything is aboard your yacht when you arrive. Visit our Provisioning Page to learn more.

Supermarkets
There are 2 well-stocked supermarkets in the area. Foodland is located in the lagoon, and they have a dinghy dock which makes provisioning very easy. There is also IGA supermarket in Grand Anse that caters to the expat community on the island; they carry most major American brands.

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Health & Safety

Travel Insurance
Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your complete peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, please make sure that it covers all of the destinations and activities of your Moorings vacation. Click for more details

Medical Facilities
Public hospitals are located in St. George’s, Mirabeau St. Andrew, Carriacou, Mt. Gay and Grenville Private hospitals and clinics are located in St. Paul’s and St. George’s. There are also public health clinics in all parishes on the island.

Vaccination and Immunisation Information
Grenada is generally risk-free of contagious disease.
You are advised to be up-to-date with your Tetanus and Hepatitus B vaccines. An International Vaccination Certificate is not mandatory.

Travel Advice
Current travel and safety information can be obtained by visiting Travel.State.Gov

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