Before leaving the airport, you will have to clear Immigration and Customs.
A landing card will be given to you on the plane, along with a Customs declaration form. It is not possible to take fresh food into most Caribbean islands and airlines will assume no liability for perishable articles that may be confiscated by Customs.
Departure Tax: Persons 13 years of age and older are required to pay EC $50 (US $20). Departure tax for persons from 5 to 12 years of age is EC $25 (US $10). Children under 5 years are exempt. Visitors remaining on the island for less than 24 hours are not exempt from paying the departure taxes - only in-transit passengers are exempt.
Customs is located across the bay at the Grenada Yacht Club. This is less than a 2 minute dinghy ride.
In line with local regulations yachts arriving from outside Grenada or Carriacou will need to clear in with Customs and Immigration at a port of entry.
Port Louis Marina
Grenada Yacht Club, St Georges
Grenville, St Andrew
Grenada Marine, St David’s Bay
Prickly Bay Marina
Carriacou Yacht Club, Tyrell Bay
Inward clearance must be completed by the skipper before any other crew member lands. Four copies of the crew list are required; these can be completed in advance.
Outward clearance is also required from Grenada to ensure being able to clear in to the next country to be visited. Yachts should depart within 24 hours of clearing out. The Customs and Immigration offices are generally open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 11:45am and 1:00pm to 4:00pm, and from 8:00am to 1:30pm at the weekend.
Your yacht will be ready at 6:00pm for boarding. The first evening is a sleep aboard where you have the time to unpack provisions and settle into the boat.
If you arrive before 5:00pm you may request a briefing for that same day. If you arrive after 5:00pm, your briefing will take place the following morning after the chart briefing. The yacht briefing introduces you to your yacht, its systems and rigging. It is carried out individually for each yacht. It is important that all systems and equipment are fully understood. Briefings are mandatory.
Chart Brief – There will also be a chart briefing if you arrive before 4:00pm, you may request a briefing for that same day. If you arrive after 4:00pm, your briefing will take place the following morning at 9:00am
The chart briefing describes the cruising area and any potential hazards.
Staff stay late for late arrivals.
All charters end at 11:00am at which time the boat must be returned and ready for debriefing and checks.
Before departing your boat you will need to collect a debrief form from reception.
The debrief form is to let us know if you encountered any problems with the boat or broke anything during your trip, this enables us to rectify problems for the next charter.
In addition to filling in forms we also require you to bag your dirty laundry and leave it in the cockpit, empty all cupboards and fridges of food and throw away, return snorkel gear and any lifejackets borrowed from reception and ensure that the boat is handed back to Sunsail in a clean and tidy state. We reserve the right to charge clients for boats left less than shipshape.
Grenada is a Level 3 sailing area.
Experience levels are based on sailing conditions and the length of passages within your chosen sailing area. Follow the link for more information on the sailing conditions. This rating scale is designed as a guide based on the prevailing conditions during the most popular season.
Although no sailing licenses are required for cruising in Grenada, we strongly advise that you take any sailing certification on vacation with you. This may be useful should you be contacted by Customs or Port Police. If you have not already done so then Skipper and 1st Mate will be required to fill in a Sailing resume to confirm that you have the necessary skills to sail in this region.
There is a cruising tax when entering Grenada which is valid for 30 days.
You must clear customs as you pass through each country and fees are associated with the clearing process. If you sail from Grenada into St. Vincent and the Grenadines then a $35ec per person cruising tax is collected by the customs agent
Night Sailing is not permitted; you must be moored at least one hour before sunset at all of our locations.
This information is 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. Need to anchor at least 2 miles away from beach.
Blue Lagoon in St. Vincent has a difficult entrance and is best avoided.
BVI: - All the British Virgin Islands, including Anegada and US Virgin Islands.
For Bareboat Charter with Sunsail Crew. No sailing in US Virgin Islands and Spanish Virgin Islands. To sail with St Martin boat to Guadeloupe/Martinique, please check with your sales agent if the boat has the necessary flag/registration (French/Octroi De Mer)
Rest of Caribbean: No further than 20 miles out from Puerto Rico to Grenada,
excluding Montserrat, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago
There are some other restrictions throughout the whole Caribbean, which are detailed in the Caribbean Introduction section.
None. Mooring Balls in this area are not recommended as they tend not to be well maintained. However, those in Dragon Bay are government placed and recommended.
More information on the sailing in this area.
All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are on board the yacht.
The skipper’s time is booked from 12:00pm to 12:00pm in 24-hour periods. If you have reserved him for the first day of your charter and have a 6:00pm start, he will use this time to ensure he is happy with all aspects of the yacht and will be at the base to meet you upon your arrival. If you have reserved him for a later date on your charter he will start at 12:00pm on that day.
The skipper is responsible for the safety of the yacht at all times. He is not permitted to dive with you, nor leave the vessel overnight. He must conduct a safety brief with you before leaving the dock regardless of the duration of his contract with you.
For “check out charters” (anything less than the full duration of the charter) the checkout skipper’s time is booked from 6:00pm to 6:00pm to allow for a meet and greet in the evening and go over basic systems, then a full day with you the next day. This skipper is required to give you a thorough briefing on all aspects of the yacht and dinghy in addition to assisting you with planning an itinerary for the trip and advising you how to contact the base, the return to base procedures and the emergency assistance procedures. It is suggested that you attend the scheduled chart brief that will be supplemented by the skipper during his time with you on the yacht. It is also suggested that you make it clear exactly what you want to cover…anchoring, docking, etc.
The skipper will be required to give you as much information as you require concerning the yacht and its systems, sailing skills and navigation in general.
The skipper fee does not include food or beverages for the skipper and are the responsibility of the client. It is suggested that you discuss this on the first day with the skipper and establish whether you will give the skipper cash for meals, whether you have included him in your provisioning or whether you will accommodate him as part of the group for meals ashore.
The skipper must have his own cabin. We prefer not to put the skipper in the bow due to the shared head and size of the cabin. If you expect him to stay in the bow, please let us know well in advance so that we can choose the appropriate (small) skipper.
For one-day check out skipper’s it is your responsibility to get the skipper back to the base. If you prefer not to come back to the base you must pay for his expenses (ferry, taxi, etc.) to get him back to the base.
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.