Are you trying to determine where to spend hurricane season while sailing the Caribbean? There are several spots to choose from but our favorite is Grenada. Watch this video to hear our 10 reasons why Grenada is the top spot. And read below for more information.
1. Grenada rarely gets hit by hurricanes.
- There have only ever been four hurricanes to hit Grenada during hurricane season.
- If a hurricane is forecast to hit the island, you have enough time to sail south out of its path.
- Many insurance providers will cover boats in Grenada.
2. You don’t have to stay in one spot during the entire hurricane season.
- There are many great anchorages and some marinas that will provide you with a variety of scenery, social activities, restaurants & bars, and fun activities.
- If one anchorage gets too swell you can move to another.
- To name just a handful of places you can visit along the southwest coast there are:
- Halifax Bay
- Grand Mall Bay
- Camper & Nicholson Marina – Port Louis
- Grand Anse Beach
- Prickly Bay
- Mount Hartman
- Clarks Court
- La Phare Bleu Marina
- St David’s Harbour
- There are more not listed!
3. You can actually sail further afield provided no hurricanes are coming.
- We sailed throughout the season. You know when hurricanes are coming across the Atlantic. If you see one coming, you head south.
- The weather is the same year-round – it’s always around 85 degrees, there’s a breeze from the east and it’s sunny!
4. The island caters to liveaboard cruisers.
- Weekly shopping buses to and from grocery stores, farmer and fish markets, and hardware stores.
- Beer, wine, and food deliveries to your bay or even boat.
- You can get fresh bread and other staples in the anchorage.
- Daily VHF net to discuss emergencies, and social activities, ask questions, and sell or buy items from other cruisers.
- Good boat chandleries, boat yards, and marine services.
5. There are loads to do and see.
- Daily and weekly social events like dominoes, movie nights, trivia, and live music events.
- Cruiser organized events and holidays.
- Weekly hashes – walks/runs through the rainforest.
- Chocolate factory & rum brewery tours.
- Excellent beaches and loads of trails to explore.
- Movie theater, bowling alley, and Cricket stadium.
- Loads of different restaurants, cafes, and bars to try out.
6. It’s a good place to leave your boat and fly home.
- The airport has flights to America, the UK, Canada, and other countries daily.
- There are good boatyards that are approved by insurance companies for hurricane season if you want to put your boat on the hard.
- Good marinas to leave your boat.
7. Thunderstorms or extreme weather is rare during hurricane season.
- Unlike other areas of the Caribbean, there’s almost never any lightning.
8. The people of Grenada are wonderful people.
- The Cruiser community is fantastic.
- The Grenadians are lovely people.
9. It’s safe.
- The worst that happens is someone stealing a dinghy but that’s throughout the entire Caribbean.
- You can walk around at night and not feel at all threatened.
- Kids all get together and play on an island or a beach and are free to roam.
10. It’s a massive kid boat location for hurricane season.
- Halloween – over 70 boat kids trick or treating.
- Kids have their own VHF kid’s net.
- Loads of activities for kids – movie night, hiking, swimming, day camps, radio announcements for playdates.
Let Us Show You Grenada!
But don’t take our word for it, come on down to Grenada and see for yourself. We offer weeklong liveaboard cruising experiences throughout the Hurricane Season. Enjoy the non-touristy season where the more remote anchorages are empty, the streets are devoid of cruise ship people and you get to see the authentic Grenda. Click here for more information on our Britican Experience.
Other Articles You Might Be Interested In
If you’d like an overview of all the places we’ve visited in the Caribbean please read our destination overview: Caribbean
Other Articles About Hurricane Season
To get a general overview of hurricane season, read: All About Hurricane Season – What’s the scoop? Otherwise, here are some other articles and videos about how we’ve prepared for hurricane season.
- Hurricane Season On A Boat – How To Survive It!
- Hurricane Preparation – Where To Put Your Boat
- How We Prepared Our Boat For a Massive Hurricane
- Tropical Storm Preparation – Staying In A Marina
- Dealing With Hurricane Season
- Sailboat Hurricane Plan – Anchoring up a river!
- Sailing From A Tropical Storm
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