Luxury yacht charters Grenada
Luxury yacht charters in Grenada offer the opportunity to experience an authentic side of the Caribbean, with a famously warm, friendly community as well as fewer developments and resorts than other parts of the region. Imagine a picturesque coastline of red cliffs and black sand beaches with a mountainous backdrop thick in lush, green rainforests bursting with hiking trails and waterfalls to explore. Quiet harbour towns with small fishing communities go about their daily business with little impact from the major tourism that affects other parts of the southern Caribbean. Grenada’s self-sufficiency and lack of historical reliance on tourism stem from its vast production of nutmeg and mace, which led to its nickname of the Isle of Spice.
Grenada is the largest island in the nation, with six smaller islands nearby, the largest and most visited being Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Steeped in colonial history and with outstanding natural beauty to explore, there is plenty to do ashore when visiting Grenada on a luxury yacht, not to mention the fantastic water sports opportunities available.
What kind of experiences are there to enjoy on a yacht charter in Grenada?
The main island of Grenada is just 34 kilometres (21 miles) long by 19 kilometres (12 miles) wide but has plenty of activities to keep even the most active visitors entertained. The capital of St George is a small, hilly port town with a central marina in its natural lagoon catering to superyachts.
Grenada is renowned for its beautiful beaches. Take in Grand Anse, Morn Rouge and Pink Gin or head to the north of the island to enjoy a less developed side to Grenada, where the Levera National Park is home to a sea turtle nesting area.
Take a hike through Grenada island’s rainforests to a remote waterfall and swimming hole; the Seven Sisters waterfalls are popular. There are some excellent trails through the Grand Étang National Park and Forest Reserve, and the most energetic of your group can wake early and head up to the summit of Mount St Catherine on a challenging four-hour hike for superb views across the island.
Thanks to Grenada’s agricultural past, there are a number of historical and active plantations to visit on luxury yacht charters in Grenada. The Belmont Estate Plantation should be on your to-do list, as one of the Caribbean’s best-established agri-tourism experiences just an hour’s drive from St George in St Patrick. Take the whole family for a fascinating tour of the cocoa, chocolate and spice production where the growing, harvesting and processing of these exotic ingredients comes to life. To learn more about Grenada’s history, make time for a visit to the National Museum in St George or Carriacou Museum.
Diving and snorkelling are popular activities for anyone looking to visit Grenada on a superyacht. There are some particularly outstanding shallow coral reefs off Petite Martinique and Carriacou, which is also known as the “Land of Reefs”. The world’s first underwater sculpture park can be found beneath Moliniere Bay off the west coast of Grenada island. Created by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor, there are 65 sculptures across 800 square metres of seabed, offering both an artistic and conservational purpose, as reef species attach to the concrete structures to create a new ecosystem.
Grenada is also known for its excellent deep-sea fishing, with many avid anglers making the trip to the southern Caribbean nation specifically to enjoy the sport.
When is the best time to charter a yacht in Grenada?
The main charter season in Grenada falls between December and April. Average temperatures are generally stable year-round, with highs of approximately 30C (86F) in December and April.
The sea temperature between December and April is usually around 27C (81F), with the annual peak of 29C (84F) being in September and October
Where can you visit on luxury yacht charters in Grenada?
Thanks to Grenada’s diminutive size, it is possible to drive around the whole island in a day in order to explore the various activities and sights on offer. Although Grenada has traditionally been less developed than other parts of the Caribbean, the capital of St George to the south-west of the island is growing in terms of facilities available for visiting yacht guests and a number of luxury resorts are springing up across the island.
Both Carriacou and Petite Martinique are less developed than Grenada island, with many locals making their livelihoods from building boats and fishing rather than through tourism.
What are the major yachting ports in Grenada?
Port Louis Marina & Maritime Village is located in the natural lagoon of St George, with dockage for yachts up to 90 metres and modern facilities and amenities as well as a number of nearby service providers and restaurants. There are plans for the development of the capital around the port to cater to a well-heeled set with the aim of setting it among the ranks of Portofino and St Tropez.
Secret Harbour to the south of Grenada island is a deep-draft marina that has capacity for superyachts up to 60 metres (200 feet) with a draft of six metres (20 feet). Prickly Bay Marina, also on the south coast of Grenada, has is able to dock up to two superyachts, with a deep draft suitable for sailing yachts.
When cruising in other parts of Grenada, superyachts tend to spend most of their time at anchor as there are few marinas capable of providing berths for large vessels.