The Octopus takes us under the tropical sun to explore the top anchorages in Grenada! This island, nicknamed the “island of spice” of the Caribbean, is full of surprises and natural and cultural treasures making it one of the most fascinating destinations in the Caribbean Islands!
The Octopus had the honor of interviewing Adi and Sergeï, two Navily top contributors, who chose to stay on the island aboard their 12-meter sailboat this year. The valuable information they shared is crucial for all sailors considering a trip to Grenada. So, with their advice, The Octopus takes you on a tour of the best anchorages on the island.
A safe haven during the Hurricane Season
The hurricane season in the Caribbean generally extends from June to November, reaching its peak activity between August and September. Hurricanes are formidable tropical storms characterized by strong winds, heavy rains, and potentially devastating floods. Although Grenada cannot guarantee 100% safety, the island is often spared by hurricanes, making it the perfect refuge (recommended by insurers).
Of course, residents and travelers in the region must be vigilant and follow meteorological alerts. Finally, it is essential to prepare by stocking emergency supplies and following the instructions of local authorities in case of a hurricane threat.
Adi and Sergey's advice for sailing in Grenada…
“First of all, you must go through customs. They will systematically issue you a renewable cruising permit valid for a month. Know that the reason most boaters are in Grenada is to take refuge from hurricanes.
However, the island is still beautiful, and we recommend exploring it, immersing yourself in the local culture, and discovering the inland areas. The carnival is amazing; it gives you a glimpse of Grenada’s vibrant culture. Plus, the locals are very welcoming and helpful. Finally, be aware that Grenada is not cheap, so plan your provisions efficiently!”
And their best memory!
“Our best memory is the people! We met other boating families who, like us, stay in Grenada for several months. It’s a real community that helps each other, and bonds are easily formed. You can explore the island together, which is always enjoyable! Moreover, the locals have really made things easier for us with their kindness and helpfulness. The island itself is beautiful; we particularly loved the waterfalls, like Annandale!
There are actually many activities on the island, such as tubing and hiking, for example in the Grand Etang National Park. Diving enthusiasts will also be very pleased; in some places, you can find reefs! There are also resorts with pools and play areas for children.”
Top anchorages in Grenada
📍Martins Bay - Saint Georges
For our first stopover, we head to an anchorage located near Saint George, Grenada’s capital. It is easily accessible by dinghy, and perfect to clear out customs upon arrival.
Located on the west side of the island, the anchorage is well protected from the northeast to the southeast by the east, and offers a park of mooring buoys. Booking buoys can be a challenge due to the popularity of the anchorage and its limited capacity. However, it’s worth the effort considering the buoys are well-maintained, and the protection is reliable even during hurricanes.
Once customs is cleared and your boat is securely moored, the town of Saint George and its many amenities welcome you. You can stroll through the colorful streets of the historic district, visit the local market to discover exquisite spices, or explore Fort George, which offers a breathtaking view of Careenage Bay.
Moreover, from Martins Bay, you can easily reach the famous Grande Anse Beach, as anchoring is not allowed there. This renowned beach is a must-visit in Grenada : a shoreline of fine sand, bordered by dazzling blue waters; an idyllic backdrop for a day of relaxation under the Caribbean sun.
Prickly Bay offers an ideal shelter for sailors visiting the island with good protection from west to southeast winds by the north. Strategically located in the southern part of the island, it has become a preferred stopover for many boaters due to its reputation as a reliable refuge.
Several buoys are available, but some may be under seasonal contract. In addition, be sure to check the bottom, which features a mixture of mud, rocks, and seagrass beds.
The panoramic view does not disappoint, revealing lush green landscapes and pristine beaches lined with proud palm trees. Moreover, Prickly Bay is a very convenient anchorage due to the nearby amenities: marinas, restaurants, fresh produce markets, shops, and bars are all within easy reach. It is, therefore, a stopover to keep in mind for a peaceful stopover in Grenada.
📍Petit Calivigny / Woburn Bay
Welcome to Petit Calivigny anchorage, a true gem for sailors seeking a safe and serene refuge. Nestled in the bay of Woburn, between peninsulas and islets, the anchorage is only exposed to southwest and east winds. Furthermore, it offers good holding in sandbanks around 11 meters deep.
Exploring the surroundings of Petit Calivigny, you’ll be enchanted by the presence of lush mangroves. These unique ecosystems harbor an incredible diversity of fauna and flora, offering nature lovers an exceptional opportunity to immerse themselves in fascinating biodiversity. During calm weather, conditions are ideal for exploring the underwater wonders that thrive in the reefs and the mangroves.
For hiking enthusiasts, an exciting adventure awaits on Hog Island. An excursion through picturesque trails will allow you to discover the natural beauty of this preserved island. Breathtaking panoramas reward your efforts, offering stunning views of the marine surroundings and lush landscapes.
Please note that, unfortunately, the businesses around Petit Calivigny tend to close their doors at the end of the season. However, this quiet period adds a serene atmosphere to the place, offering a more intimate and private experience to boaters who visit it.
Finally, if you stay in Grenada for several weeks or even a few days and want to meet other sailors, you are sure to find companions at Petit Calivigny, as many are present there!
In the north of the island, Sauteurs Bay anchorage is, in good weather, a haven of exceptional beauty. You will be well-protected from the northeast to the southwest winds by the south, but it is advisable to be cautious because despite the presence of well-designed breakwaters on the northeast side of the bay, the anchorage can be a bit rolly.
Therefore, it is recommended not to consider a nighttime arrival in this area and to check the weather in advance. Fortunately, Navily Premium allows you to check the weather up to 72 hours in advance for all referenced anchorages!
The uniqueness of this place lies in the fact that the surrounding town does not receive many visitors, making it a more confidential destination, away from traditional tourist routes. Its rural character and authentic charm make this locality a special place, immersing you in a true and preserved atmosphere, far from the tourist hustle and bustle.
Adventurers can visit St. Patrick’s Church and enjoy a breathtaking view of the bay. Finally, local restaurants and bars will welcome you for a typical Caribbean meal. In this tranquil atmosphere, you will taste the authenticity of Grenada. To end the day beautifully, relax on the expansive shores of the beach and swim in its peaceful tropical waters.
Here is Ronde Island, located between Grenada and Carriacou island. Here, in a wide and peaceful bay nestled between green tropical shores, you will find this exceptional anchorage, one of the best in Grenada. Navily users report good holding in 5-6 meters of depth. You will also enjoy protection from northeast to southeast winds from the east. However then anchorage can get rolly, especially when the swell comes from the north.
From the deck of your boat, admire this Caribbean paradise with gentle slopes adorned with lush vegetation. The small Diamond Island emerges from the waters, creating a breathtaking backdrop. Ronde Island’s wild and preserved landscape was once a hideout for pirates. Today, its only residents are the creatures of nature!
To the south of the beach, there is an idyllic spot for diving enthusiasts. Marine life thrives in its rocky reefs, offering amateur divers a window into the local aquatic biodiversity. Ronde Island promises a memorable stopover, an invitation to unwind, reconnect with nature, and explore a corner of paradise where serenity reigns supreme.
📍Grand Mal Bay
Welcome to this anchorage protected from south to east winds by the southeast. The sandy bottom ensures a strong anchor hold at a depth of 6 meters. Before your eyes, unfolds a landscape of hills covered in lush vegetation and the most picturesque beach, waiting to be discovered.
The most unique attraction this place holds is the “Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park.” This park is part of the 25 World Wonders according to National Geographic, making it a must-visit place. It’s a magical alliance of art and nature, allowing for an extraordinary diving experience and unforgettable memories.
For grocery shopping, supermarkets are easily accessible in Grand Mal. Finally, you can relax and lounge on the beach under the shade of palm trees. For a laid-back evening atmosphere, a beachfront bar awaits you with reggae rhythms, perfect for sipping a refreshing drink while admiring the sunset over the sparkling waters of the Caribbean. A day is sufficient to fully enjoy Grand Mal Bay. You can both stock up and explore without rushing.
In conclusion, Grenada offers sailors a variety of exceptional anchorages, each with its unique charm. Whether you are looking for a peaceful getaway, cultural immersion in local life, or an adrenaline rush, this Caribbean island has it all. The Octopus hopes that this itinerary of the best anchorages in Grenada will be helpful to you and reinforce the idea of visiting this Caribbean treasure.