Caribbean cruisers who head farther south than most are certainly familiar with Port Louis Marina. Situated in Grenada, overlooking the famous island capital of St. Georges, it’s now halfway through a major expansion. When complete, Port Louis Marina will have 90 additional slips for small to large yachts.
Already, the facility can accommodate sailing and power megayachts to 295 feet (90 meters). In addition, 160 slips cater to both types of craft. In early 2018, the government of Grenada approved the marina expansion.
A major reason Port Louis Marina wanted to expand was to welcome regatta racers. The facility plays host to famous events like the RORC Transatlantic Race, for example, as well as the Oyster World Rally. Regional boat and charter shows occur there, too. Therefore, the new berths suit craft from 39 to 72 feet (12 to 22 meters).
“The new pontoon layout will enable us to accommodate more of the catamarans and give us greater flexibility for small to mid-sized boats all year round,” Glynn Thomas, Port Louis Marina’s general manager, explains. “A greater number of boats will also result in additional income for the Grenadian economy.”
That impact can’t be overstated. Since opening in 2009, the marina has attracted numerous megayachts to the island. Prior to that, few ventured this far south. Grenada lies about 90 miles off Venezuela, plus is outside of the hurricane belt. The yachts visit due to this off-the-beaten-track nature. Even though Port Louis Marina reports a year-on-year increase in yacht visitors, the region remains relatively unspoiled. Chefs and foodies especially appreciate the location, since Grenada’s nickname is the Island of Spice. Private and charter yachts can additionally venture onward to explore the Grenadines and other islands in the Southern Caribbean.
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