Welcome to Grenada. Since you are in Carriacou when heading south - if the winds and waves/swells are low, be sure to stop at Corn Store Bay on the northwest side of Ronde Island - the large island between Carriacou and Grenada. Great snorkeling and exploring as it is a deserted island. Be sure to dive your anchor
as the holding is marginal.
- - There is no place to stop down the west coast
of Grenada until you get to St Georges where the anchorage is outside at a place on the chart called Martin's Bay - between St Georges and Grand Anse Beach. You will see dozens of boats anchored there. You will notice that they are rather far offshore
and the reason is the sea bottom closer to shore is rock and rubble. It is forbidden to anchor
off Grand Anse Beach (the large curved beach just south) as it is for the giant resorts.
- - On the south shore there are numerous bays, the first being Prickly Bay which is wide open and has a lot of boats in it. But it is continually rolly as swells are not blocked from entering. If you want to anchor there find a spot on the west side up at the top just below the Coast Guard pier.
- - The next bay east is Mt Hartman, probably the best protected bay. It has a moderate amount of cruising boats in it and a marina - Martin's Marina. But it is very inconvenient to get to town from there as there isn't any bus service
- - Slightly east of there is the western side of Hog Island which is the "long termers" anchorage of choice. It has a beach with tiki hut run by Roger and free parties on Sundays, sometimes with live bands. You can dinghy
from Hog Island or anywhere in Clarkes Court Bay to Lower Woburn on the east side of the bay at the top. There is a ratty, barely held together floating dinghy dock
there to tie up to. Then walk up to the main road and wait for a "bus". EC$2.50 per ride to town. Be sure to walk to the downtown bus station and get the "2W" (Woburn) bus to come back. The busses do not leave the bus station until they are full - which mean 20 to 25 people packed into the little van.
- - Next bay is Clarkes Court Bay which the main cruisers bay with numerous anchoring
opportunities and two marinas
- Clarkes Court Bay Marina and Whisper Cove Marina. The first is the main cruiser get together place for Wednesday's burger night with live music
; Friday's fish
fry; Saturday's pot luck dinners; and many other cruiser events
on other days. Whisper Cove Marina is a little French marina with fresh bagguettes and round loaves of bread and a meat market. South at the entrance is Calvigny Island with an anchorage in the cut between it and the main island. You can get free wifi
from the Le Phare Bleu marina through the cut. This area has a significant amount of cruiser activity with live bands and activities.
- - The main information VHF
net is Mon-Sat on channel 68 at 07:30 and can be heard in all the bays from St Georges to Clarkes Court and beyond.
Currently we are in Hog Island west, but will be heading north in November. If you have any questions you can ask them on the morning net or give us a shout on the VHF
after the net.
- - Most economical shopping
in Grenada is Andell & Associates little store in the Carenage Bay just up from the fire station and their other store next door to the bus station. Next most economical is Food
Fair on the west side of the Carenage Bay next to the "Nutmeg" restaurant. Fresh veggies can be purchased at the open market downtown St Georges or the NMIB co-op store on Young Street across from the Grenada National Museum. The most expensive foodstore is the IGA at Spiceland Mall at Grand Anse. But it sells the North American and European foods that are not available in the "local's" stores. There is a FoodLand market in the Lagoon
that is a good compromise between the high prices of the IGA and the other stores. If you take your ship's papers and buy more than EC$100 they will give you a discount.