Known as the Spice Island because of the aromatic crops grown in its fertile soil, Grenada is one of the most beautiful destinations in the West Indies. The capital, St. George’s, is a pretty colonial port town that has been compared to Porto Fino in Italy. This is the site of the big new Port Louis Grenada marina, which is designed to hold yachts up to 90 meters in length; several other yacht harbors also are located at the southern end of the island.
Grenada has beaches, a colonial port town, a volcano, and provides easy access to the Grenadines. The best time of year for yacht chartering in Grenada is from November to April.
The beaches are a big draw in Grenada. One of the best is Grand Anse, nearly two miles of sparkling white sand bordering a wide, sheltered bay. Snorkeling is superb in various spots around the island, there are wrecks for scuba divers to explore along the reefs, and in the winter, there is always a chance of a whale sighting. Inland, Grand Etang National Park and Forest Preserve is a popular day trip, offering rainforest hikes around the rim of an extinct volcano.
These are sailing waters; the bareboat sailing fleets located here, including Horizon Yacht Charters, recommend itineraries north through the Grenadines. In addition, the huge Grenada Sailing Festival brings two weekends of racing and partying to the island each year in late January.