We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Getting a Grenada exit stamp in Carriacou

Brockenhurst, UK
Level Contributor
3 posts
18 reviews
Save Topic
Getting a Grenada exit stamp in Carriacou

I am going to be travelling by ferry from Grenada to Carriacou in January 2013, en route to Union. We hope to arrive a couple of hours before we head out to Union on the lunchtime boat.

I know we have to see immigration on Carriacou to pay the exit charge and, presumably, get a passport stamp. I can't find any information about where to head for this service when we arrive on Carriacou, and want to be able to do this quickly on arrival so we can relax with a beer and a bite to eat before we head off again. Can anybody advise on where to go fofr this please? Thanks for your help.

Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
71 posts
13 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Getting a Grenada exit stamp in Carriacou

Grenada Immigration is next to the Police Station which is at the jetty in Hillsborough.

Enjoy a find swim, drink and meal at La Playa Beach Bar.

The larger issue is the boat ride to Union Island. I was there this April 2012 and MV Silver Wings replaced the usual boat due to hitting a reef. When it runs and how much is another question, contact Grenada Tourism on Carriacou.

Make sure you go to the Tobago Cays!

Brockenhurst, UK
Level Contributor
3 posts
18 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Getting a Grenada exit stamp in Carriacou

Thanks so much for such a speedy response. I am assuming that the MV Jasper will be running from Carriacou to Union that day (12 noon departure). I gues we'll just have to make it up as we go if it isn't!

Grenada
Level Contributor
4 posts
14 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Getting a Grenada exit stamp in Carriacou

The M/V Lady J J has replaced the Jasper. She usually departs from the Hillsborough dock in the afternoon (no set time) on Monday and Thursdays only. Find the captain as he goes to immigration on your behalf to get you checked out from Grenada.

Sault Ste. Marie...
Destination Expert
for Cuba
Level Contributor
2,743 posts
119 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Getting a Grenada exit stamp in Carriacou

Yes, the immigration office is in the same building as the police station. As you walk up the jetty, you'll see the welcome/information centre. The police station is directly behind it. As you walk along the building you'll see a door marked immigration.

Brockenhurst, UK
Level Contributor
3 posts
18 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Getting a Grenada exit stamp in Carriacou

I can give you bang up-to-date information, having taken the trip from Carriacou to Union earlier this week (Monday). The Lady JJ does the crossing, and is run by a local Union man, Troy. When we arrived in the morning from Carriacou, Troy was on his boat by the jetty, and said we'd be leaving at 1.30pm. The fare is EC$30. We were able to leave our big bags on board and went off for a few beers then lunch on the seafront, which was lovely.

Lady JJ sounds quite impressive, but the boat itself is not at all. It is primarily a small cargo vessel with benches along the sides, with the engine access covers between the two sides. It's no more than 7ft wide and 18ft long, though the main area is covered so you are not too exposed to the elements. When we got back to the Lady JJ about 1.30pm as directed, there were by that stage 6 travellers in all. We waited a bit on the jetty, and then the first of three small pick up vans arrived with cargo, which took an age to be transferred manually (4 people) into the Lady JJ. The were sacks of onions and potatoes, sugar, huge numbers of bottles of coke and beer, salted fish and so on. This was mainly spread around the area where the passengers sit. Then on we got, and the engine was sparked up (it took two men and a big set of pliers). We departed the jetty at 3.30pm, two hours later than expected. We then ripped across to Union in about 40 minutes, through quite rough seas. A word of warning: there are no life jackets, the fuel tanks sit alongside the passengers, you will be low slung and close to the sea........this may not be to everyone's taste. It was effective though.

Also travelling with us was a young woman who we discovered was from the St Vincent immigration authorities, and we surrendered our passports to her on the boat. The next part was a bit surreal. Instead of motoring into the main town, Clifton, we went to the jetty at Ashton, where an open backed pick up van was wilting for us. Bags and cases (and me, as it happens, as there was not much room in the seats) went into the back of the van, and we were driven 5 minutes to Union airport to pass through immigration and customs. This took about 30 minutes, and then we were free! As it happens, the young guy driving the van was amenable to taking us on to our final destination on the island, as he was for all other passengers, for a modest price.

That's it then. It's effective, but not for the faint-hearted!

JENSEN BEACH
Level Contributor
11,088 posts
51 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Getting a Grenada exit stamp in Carriacou

Ah Clive a true SVG/Grenada experience you had! Thanks for the recent update. Sorry to read of the Jasper's misfortune. It was no cruise liner but the Lady JJ sounds a bit smaller indeed. Wonder if anyone knows of a private Carriacou vessel to hire for a day in the Cays and on to Union to clear at customs at the airport?

Toronto, Ontario
Level Contributor
930 posts
19 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Getting a Grenada exit stamp in Carriacou

We'll be taking the Lady JJ next Thursday (fingers crossed) to Union. It does sound like an interesting experience--fortunately Carol has her heavy-duty seasick pills (the anti-nauseants they give to chemo patients) so hopeflly it isn't too painful. I did read somewhere that there is a bar that you can sit at where you can see them loading and just come down to the dock when it looks like they are close to finished (He won't leave without you, since he will have already cleared you out through immigration). Troy has a very good website that has all the details of the process (as well as alternate means of travel):

http://www.grenadinesconnection.com/

JENSEN BEACH
Level Contributor
11,088 posts
51 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Getting a Grenada exit stamp in Carriacou

Bear..hope you'll post some updates of how you find Union Island. Hard to get current info from travelers on hotels (ie: Anchorage, Big Sand) etc. Good luck on JJ...sounds like you are well prepared.

9. Re: Getting a Grenada exit stamp in Carriacou

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 27 February 2014, 05:16
Get answers to your questions about Carriacou Island
Recent Conversations