The northern Caribbean islands—Sint Maarten and Antigua in particular—have long been the hub of crewed yacht charter activity. The majority of yachts that charter in the Caribbean have, for more than a decade, used the northern islands as their base.
In recent years, an increasing number of charter yachts have visited the southern islands, including St. Vincent and the Grenadines as well as Grenada. This trend got a significant boost during the current season, because while the northern islands suffered damage from Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria, the southern islands were pretty much unscathed. Thus, charter clients wanted to go south instead.
Responding to all of these trends, Camper & Nicholsons Port St. Louis Marina has announced plans for an expansion. Construction is expected to start in 2019, with a 50-percent increase in berths expected.
“The expansion project for an additional 70 berths will see several million dollars of further investment,” the company stated in a press release. “The new pontoons have been designed to provide flexibility in berthing a full range of yachts arriving in Grenada which has seen record numbers of arrivals in recent years.”
For charter clients, the upshot is this: More facilities in Grenada means an increase in likelihood of charter yachts cruising there. And that means more options for itineraries to the southern Caribbean islands in the years ahead.