The average tip for a skipper is 15 to 20% of the skipper’s fee. This is, of course, at your discretion.
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 $500 at the beginning their charter. This money will be used to cover costs for customs fees as well as mooring ball fees for the duration of the charter. The total amount needed may be less or it may be more. At the end of the charter the skipper will return any remaining funds along with receipts for all money spent. ATMs are limited in the cruising grounds so it’s important to plan ahead for these fees.
More information on Skippered Charter Options.
Fuel is available at the base and costs approximately US$ 0.86 per liter.
Coolers are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. Please sign these out and return them clean and undamaged otherwise you will be charged for replacement. Only one per boat.
The Eastern Caribbean Dollar, linked to the US Dollar, is the local currency, US$ is accepted.
Banking hours in Grenada are usually Monday to Thursday from 8:00am - 3:00pm, and Fridays from 8:00am - 5:00pm It is advisable to exchange currency at the banks, as the most favorable exchange rates may not be obtained elsewhere.
Please note that you can change money at the base.
Major credit cards are accepted by most hotels, car rental companies, and shops.
The General Post Office is on Lagoon Road by the Port in St. George's. There are sub-post offices in all towns and villages. Post Offices are open 8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday to Thursday; Fridays until 4:30pm.
Official Languages: English (official), French patois
Food costs in Grenada have been considered notoriously high, depending on where you eat. A good tip is to buy locally produced food from the markets. St Georges fish market is a real hit with locals and tourists alike, and the prices are basically unbeatable.
Grenada offers tourists plenty of seafood, West Indian dishes and French and Italian food on Grenada. Favorite local dishes include fish stew, curried lamb (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.
Victory Bar & Restaurant (at the base)
The Aquarium Restaurant Within walking distance of the airport
The Beach House Portici Bay
Restaurants closed during September – Low Season
If you are looking to travel in low season we would advise that you will have a limited choice of restaurants to eat ashore and to provision accordingly. This would be a perfect time of year to enjoy a BBQ off the back of their boat.
There is an 8% Government Tax at hotels and restaurants. Most also add a 10% service charge. Additional gratuities are at your discretion.
Lots of variety including wood carvings and paintings, ranging from native to sophisticated, jewelry, from natural materials to Emeralds and Gold. Batiks in the fabulous colors of the Caribbean and of course spices, jams, jellies and Grenadian plantation rum. Duty Free in Havana House on The Carenage, boasts a wide variety of Caribbean crafts, souvenirs, ceramics, spices, jams, jellies, compact discs and small electronics. Shops are generally open from 8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday to Friday, and 8:00am - 1:00pm on Saturdays. Supermarkets and shopping centres are usually open from 9:00am - 7:00pm And there are one or two who are even open on Sundays. Often when cruise ships are in port, the craft and souvenir shops will open on a Sunday or Bank Holiday.
There are 2 well stocked supermarkets in the area. There is Foodland which is located in the lagoon. 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.
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.
Your cell phone may work in the Caribbean, check with your service provider for international roaming. Please leave your mobile number with Customer Service before casting off.
All boats are fitted with a radio and CD player. If you wish to listen to your IPOD whilst sailing you will need to bring along an I-trip or FM radio transmitter.
There are car rental companies at the airport including Y&R Car Rentals.
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$30.00. 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.
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.
The scuba diving in Grenada is mainly off the south-western peninsula of the island, both on the ledge to its south (before the seabed drops away into the deep channel between the Caribbean and South America) and to its north, where there are reefs in the lee of the island, off Grand Anse and up the calmer western coastline.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
Dive Grenada is a PADI 5 Star and BSAC Resort Centre that has been in existence since 1991 - the longest established dive operator in Grenada. Its Dive Centre is on the spectacular Grand Anse Beach, beneath the Flamboyant Hotel, and so it is ideally situated to reach most of the 30 plus dive sites around Grenada’s south-western tip within a short boat ride.
Tel: (1) 473 444 1092
Mobile: (1) 473 414 6229
Email: [email protected]
We have a range of snorkeling gear which you may wish to use. We are limited on children’s sizes so if you have your own you may wish to bring them with you.
With its astonishing natural beauty and wide variety of ecosystems and terrain, Grenada offers some of the finest walking, hiking, and trekking opportunities in the Caribbean.
Provisioning is available in this location. More information on Provisioning.
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