Foodland: When you need to bunker up
Of all the islands we visited (16-17 different ones) during out 19 days trip it was never so close to a food store as it was in Saint George's. Foodland is located right at the coast line, with just a street between the store and the bay, and with a loading platform just outside where you can pack down everything you have bought into a smaller boat.
Foodland isn't a huge store compared to many supermarkets I've seen in Europe, but you'll find most of the things you'll need for your trip. Everything from pasta, biscuites, water, meat, milk, yougurt, canned food and, of course - beer. :)
And if they don't have it in the store the staff were very helpful and brought it from the storage.
Note, it's not always they have everything in store for you. When we were there the first time they had for example only six big bottles (5 liters) of water left in the whole store, and they had to run off to get us the amount of beer we wanted (now it sounds like it was a whole lot of beer we were looking for, but that was really not the case... ;) ).
So, make sure that you always buy a bit extra of the necessary things, like water mostly, when there are. Because you never know when you'll find it the next time.
We packed three shopping wagons full with food and drinks, and then headed out to the boat again. Took us four trips to get everything onboard...
What to buy: As written above this is the place where you should buy everything in form of food and drinks for your trip. Just remember that the freezer and fridge on the boat maybe aren't the biggest, so don't buy too much of things that needs coldness...
For beer, I definitely recommened the local beer Carib. Just fantastic to drink in the warm weather, ice cold... mm...
Just remember that your skipper will most probably be very thankful if you buy the beer, and anything else, in cans instead of glass bottles.
For some reason glass bottles and sailingboats is a bad combination, specially when the waves are big... ;)
Also, very important with sun screen, and buy a lot! The sun is really strong here, and you'll notice that the sun screen will finish much faster than you're used to.
What to pay: Not very cheap, but not expensive either compared to Europe. As written on my Grenada-page, try to change your US dollar into EC dollar instead, as they will take out an "extra fee" in the changing course. For us, it meant that we paid about 40 euro more for the food than we had done otherwise with EC dollar.Related to:
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