Peace and Quiet
True Blue Bay is a small and quiet
bay on the south shore of the island, just around the point from
Prickly Bay. The shoreline is totally undeveloped, with
the exception of the True Blue Bay Resort
tucked into the lush green hills in the northeast corner.
There is no beach.
The western shore backs onto the
campus of St. Georgeís University, where the American students
were held captive in 1983 that sparked the U.S. invasion and rescue
mission. During Operation Urgent Fury, this very
harbor was crawling with Navy SEALs, as described in the detailed
historic accounts found online.
It is not a busy anchorage, so
you might have it all to yourself, or share it with only a few
neighbors. There may also be a few unoccupied boats on
moorings that belong to the yacht charter company located in the
bay. Itís quiet here.
The water is never very clear, so it
is not an ideal
place to hang out and swim.
It is secure and very convenient
because of the close proximity to the True Blue Bay Resort and their
facilities. You could spend several days here, serving
as a base of operations for excursions all over the island.
True Blue Bay is the first
anchorage that you come upon after Point Salines when
arriving from the western (leeward) side of the island.
It is only an hour and a half
from St. Georgeís by motor.
You could sail the first four miles (45 minutes), but once you
round Point Salines, the situation changes. Substantially
more wind, current, and waves will force you to motor the last
two miles, and that will take you 30 minutes. It wonít be
pleasant. Sailing would take substantially longer.
It is only a 10 minute motor
from Prickly Bay, and a 40 minute motor from Mt. Hartman Bay or
The entrance is narrower than
you might think, so head right down the middle. You can
use one of the moorings that belong to the True Blue Bay
provided that you frequent their restaurant and bar. The
anchorage is reasonably well-protected, although you might
experience a bit of roll that can be easily overcome with a stern anchor.
True Blue Bay Resort
The True Blue
Bay Resort was acquired by Russ and Magdalena
Fielden in October 1998. Russ previously managed The
Moorings hotel chain as well as their yacht charter
operations in Mt. Hartman Bay,
and is well-known throughout the yacht charter community as
This quaint resort offers
quiet and comfortable accommodations with a great view of
the Bay, for a reasonable price. A night here is worth
considering if you prefer a night off the boat. There
is a choice of waterfront apartments, cottages, and rooms.
Resort has one of the few decent dinghy docks in the entire
Caribbean. It is completely secure, as the staff will
keep an eye on your dinghy while you are ashore. Ice
is available at the bar. Reuben, a very pleasant
Rastafarian, is their resident taxi driver and can take you
anywhere on the island, as well as provide an island
tour. A swim in their pool at the end of
a long day of touring is always a welcome treat.
The Resort has an extremely charming outdoor
restaurant and bar built on stilts over the waterís edge.
Excellent food and impeccable service is their
soft lighting and close proximity to the water makes for an
absolutely enchanting dining experience.
An evening out at this establishment is highly
recommended as a result of our experiences. From time
to time, a local pan band will play during dinner.
In December 2000, construction
of a new scuba-diving center, dockside bar, and yacht charter
base was in progress. James Pascall, former Moorings
Base Manager in Mt. Hartman Bay, and his wife Jacqui, were in the
process of starting a new Grenada base for Horizon Yacht