Written by Kirk Smock
Along with improving the recognition of Guyana as a bird-watching destination, the Ministry of Tourism and the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) are pushing Guyana as a destination for yachters. Since Guyana lies outside of the hurricane belt, those involved in the initiative believe that yachters will come to Guyana instead of other destinations such as Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela during the hurricane season.
The catch is that Guyana doesn’t have the turquoise blue waters or the level of infrastructure yachters will find in many of the other more developed yachting destinations in the Caribbean. However Guyana does have some nice white sand beaches along the Essequibo River and a few places for the boats to anchor, such as Baganara Island Resort and Hurakabra River Resort.
To help ease the logistics for interested yachters, Bartica has been declared an official port of entry and all immigration services can be taken care of there. For those looking to steer their boats off the well-worn nautical paths, more technical information can be found in the Cruising Guide to Trinidad &Tobago, Barbados and Guyana, by Chris Doyle. Detailed trip reports from the captains of the few yachts that have come to Guyana can also be downloaded from the GTA website.