This small nation consists of three islands: Grenada,
Carriacou (pronounced Carry-a KOO), and Petite Martinique
(pronounced Pitty Mar-ti-NEEK). Grenada is by far the
largest of the three, with a width of twelve miles (18
km) and a length of twenty-one miles (34 km). Its 133
square miles are mountainous, volcanic terrain, reaching
heights of over 2,750 feet atop Mount St. Catherine.
Grenada, known as "The Spice of the Caribbean"
is a beautiful rolling and mountainous island abounding
in tropical flowers and spices. Friendly people populate
the picturesque tows that dot the island. Dozens of
sandy beaches and quiet, secluded coves border the island
providing a getaway from the hustle of the real world.
Grenada’s smaller sister island, Carriacou, is hilly
but not mountainous. With smoother terrain, Carriacou
is an ideal destination for walking. It possesses fine
sand beaches and natural harbours, as well as excellent
views of the northern Grenadine islands.
Petite Martinique, the third and smallest island in
the state, consists of little more than the tip of a
volcanic cone poking through the water. It lies 2.5
miles off the northeast coast of Carriacou. It is only
now being developed for visitors.
Activities abound on Grenada. From hiking to horseback
riding, golf to tennis, and of course diving and snorkeling.
serving Point Salines Internatinal Airport, which is
open daily 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
In the UK, British
Airways and Virgin
Atlantic service Grenada with weekly direct flights.
from London's Gatwick Airport.
From the U.S., American
Airlines services Grenada with direct flights from
Miami and connections in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Delta
Air also provides non-stop flights from John F.
Kennedy International Airport in New York to Grenada.
In addition, Caribbean
Airlines also services Grenada with flights to Orlando,
New York and Miami..
In Canada, Air
Canada Vacations operates a weekly service from
Toronto to Grenada during the Winter season (December
to April) with easy connections from Halifax, Montreal
and Ottawa. Year round, Air
Canada operates regularly scheduled flights from
Toronto and Montreal to Barbados and Trinidad respectively,
with connections into Grenada via LIAT.
Airlines provide connections into Grenada's Point
Salines International Airport, from various Caribbean
islands along with connections to International flights
from Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia and Trinidad.
Airlines provides a twice weekly service from Porlamar,
Margarita into Grenada.
Carriacou's Lauriston Airport is serviced by daily
flights from Grenada and St. Vincent with SVG
Once you've arrived, travelling around is just as easy,
with a variety of car rental companies, taxis and buses.
In the capital town of St. George's, there are even
water taxis who will take you across the Carenage, to
the Esplande or even as far as Grand Anse Beach.
Spend some time in Grenada's beautiful sister islands
of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Daily Ferry services
will carry you from Grenada to Carriacou and Petite
Martinique and back all in one day. If you're in a hurry
travel by air and get there within half an hour, or
you can try out your sea legs on the ferry and enjoy
the one and a half hour ride up the coast.
To obtain a local driving permit, a bona fide driver's
license must be presented at the traffic department
at the Central Police Station on the Carenage. The cost
is EC$30.00. Most car rental firms also issue local
permits. There is a network of approximately 650 miles
of paved roads and most of the main roads are in good
condition. Please note that driving is on the LEFT.
Tax & Tipping
There is an 8% Government Tax at hotels and restaurants.
Most also add a 10% service charge. Additional gratuities
are at your discretion.
Credit Cards & Currency
Major credit cards are accepted by most hotels, car
rental companies, and shops. Travellers cheques are
accepted everywhere. The Eastern Caribbean Dollar, linked
to the US Dollar, is the local currency. Banks will
exchange EC$2.67 for US$1.00 cash, and EC$2.68 for US$1.00
in travellers cheques. It is advisable to exchange currency
at the banks, as the most favourable exchange rates
may not be obtained elsewhere.
Banking hours in Grenada are usually Monday to Thursday
from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., and Fridays from 8:00 a.m.
- 5:00 p.m.
Shops are generally open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.,
Monday to Friday, and 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
Supermarkets and shopping centers are usually open from
9:00 am. - 7 pm. And there are one or two who are even
open on Sundays.
Often when cruise ships are in port, the craft and souvenir
shops will open on a Sunday or Bank Holiday.
Government offices are generally open from 8:00 a.m.
- 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, but closed from 12:00
to 1:00 pm for lunch.
Average temperatures range from 75ºF to 85ºF
(24ºC to 30ºC), tempered by the steady and
cooling trade winds. The lowest temperatures occur between
November and February. Due to Grenada’s remarkable topography,
the island also experiences climate changes according
to altitude. The driest season is between January and
May. Even during the rainy season, from June to December,
it rarely rains for more than an hour at a time and
generally not every day.
There is a good representation of many of the major
religious denominations in most towns and villages including
Roman Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and Methodists.
Casual, light cottons are ideal during the day; in the
evenings, elegantly casual attire is appropriate. Bathing
suits or mini shorts should not be worn in the streets
or stores. Long pants and hiking shoes are recommended
Voltage is 220 volts - 50 cycles. Appliances rated at
110 volts (US standard) normally work satisfactorily
with a transformer. Most hotels provide dual voltage
shaver units, but an adaptor plug is necessary for small
English is the official language but it is not uncommon
to hear a French-African patois spoken.
There is a General Hospital in St. George's, a smaller
hospital in Mirabeau on the east coast, and one in Carriacou.
Clinics and doctors can be found throughout the islands.
The General Post Office is on Lagoon Road by the Port
in St. George's. There are sub-post offices in all towns
and villages. Post Offices are open 8:00 a.m.- 4:00
p.m., Monday to Thursday; Fridays until 4:30 p.m. Efficient
local, regional and international mailing is enhanced
by international couriers, Federal Express, DHL and
UPS; and the General Post Office has an Express Mail
The barking of trees and taking of wildlife from the
forest and rivers, and corals from the sea is strictly
Radio & Television
There are currently four radio stations (AM 535 kHz;
AM 1400 kHz / FM90 kHz / FM96.3 kHz; FM 101.7 kHz; FM105.5
kHz) and three television stations. Many hotels have
its lush and mountainous interior, Grenada, "The
Spice of the Caribbean", is being steadily discovered
by nature lovers of all types including hikers, mountain
bikers, birdwatchers and waterfall buffs. Recreational
sports enthusiasts will find the island offers an abundance
of activities and facilities to keep them entertained
- scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, kayaking, sailing
and cruising. And for those looking to experience the
true essence and character of Grenada, sightseeing and
historical sites abound as well as unique shops and
The Grenada Golf & Country Club is a nine-hole course
located near Grand Anse. Facilities include club rental,
instruction, a clubhouse offering snacks and a bar,
and caddy service. For more information, call 473-444-4128.
Visitors interested in a few sets of tennis needn't
look far, as many hotels have tennis facilities. Even
if your hotel doesn't, it is quite easy to make arrangements
for a court with another that does. There are also public
courts in the Grand Anse area which are easily accessible.
From exotic spices to duty-free bargains, shopping in
Grenada offers something of interest for everyone. Offering
a wide assortment of fresh produce, spices and handicrafts,
St. George’s market is the center of island life. Souvenir,
gift and handicraft shops are also prevalent in the
St. George’s district, especially on Young Street and
the Carenage. The best buys in Grenada are batik and
screen printed textiles, locally made handicraft, leather
craft, and wood carvings.
If you like the larger shopping centers, the Grand Anse
Shopping Centre and LeMarquis Complex offer shops, clothing
stores, restaurants and art galleries. The new Spiceland
Mall also has a wide variety of shops and boutiques.
As for cuisine, visitors can indulge in some of the
most exciting in the region, from native Grenadian fare,
made from the fresh bountiful produce that is found
in the bustling markets to some of the finest creations
in international cuisine. West Indian cuisine is of
course popular, with restaurants featuring creative
local cuisine such as callaloo soup, a melange of fresh
local seafood, and meats prepared with a true West Indian
Due to its mountainous interior, Grenada possesses an
irregular coastline, marked by many small bays and inlets.
As a result, it offers several secluded and private
beaches, many of which seem to have been untouched since
the island rose from the sea. The white sand beaches
are formed from pulversied coral "rock" and
tiny fragments of mollusk shells. There are a number
of black sand beaches as well, where the sand is of
a finer, softer quality.
Most of the better-known beaches are in the southwestern
part of Grenada.This is also the location of Grenada’s
most famous stretch of sand, the two-mile long Grand
Anse. Located just south of St. George’s, this stunning
soft white sand beach has attracted many of the island’s
hotels and resorts. Unlike other islands, however, Grenada
has made sure that the development is unobtrusive. By
law, no hotel on the island can exceed three stories
or the height of the palm trees.
Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Birdwatching
The last decade and a half has been a period of considerable
development in Grenada. While the expansion of the tourist
industry has proceeded rapidly, the island nation has
taken great care to protect its magnificent natural
environment. A number of national parks have been developed,
and the protection of both the rain forest and the coral
reefs continues to be a high priority. One-ninth of
Grenada's land mass is preserved in the way of parks,
natural sanctuaries and wildlife preserves. Ranging
from the magnificent Grand Etang Forest Reserve to the
tranquil intimacy of the La Sagesse estuary, these areas
hold considerable attraction for nature enthusiasts
as well as those who want to simply become better acquainted
with the peerless natural beauty of the island. This,
combined with Grenada's lush and mountainous interior
and abundant wildlife, makes the island a haven for
outdoor lovers of all types.
There are plenty of charter companies that offer half-day
and full-day deep-sea fishing packages. Billfish, blue
marlin, white marlin, sailfish and wahoo are all found
in Grenadian waters, along with yellowfin tuna and dolphin
(also known as dorado or mahi-mahi). Don't miss the
Annual Spice Island Billfish Tournament held in mid
January each year. The tournament attracts pros from
all over the world.
Grenada's surrounding waters offer some of the best
sailing in the Caribbean, and the island is, as a result,
one of the premier yachting centers in the region. You
can have your pick of pre-arranged tours or crewed yacht
and bare boat rentals. Even if you're not a sailor,
you shouldn't miss an opportunity to enjoy the pleasures
of a day or evening cruise.
Local tour companies offer day cruises with various
itineraries: Watch the whales or cruise up the islands.
If you feel adventurous you can hire a crewed yacht
or bare boat and sail around at your leisure.
The underwater scenery in Grenada is every bit as breathtaking
as it is above the waves, and just as accessable. Most
of the diving facilities in Grenada are located in the
south of the island, and most of the dives sites are
within 15 minutes of the Grand Anse Beach.
The diving in Grenada is some of the best in the Caribbean,
and boasts the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean as
well as an underwater volcano!
From lazy drift dives over coral gardens to an eerie
and challenging exploration of the wrecks of the Bianca
C, these waters are captivating more and more visitors
Grenada has at least 30 dive sites including, reefs,
wrecks and walls most within 15-20 minutes from the
dive shops. Sites vary from 20 feet/ 8 meters to 120
feet/ 40 meters.
Carnival in Grenada is held in the second week of August.
It's a great time to be on the island, but if you intend
to come, book early! There are lots of exciting shows
- Calypso Monarch, Carnival Queen, Steelband Competition,
etc, culminating on Carnival Sunday with Dimanche Gras.
The following morning is J'ouvert, when tens of thousands
of people take to the streets of St George's from around
4 am. Later in the day is Monday Night Mas, with steelbands
and masqueraders parading through the streets to the
latest Calypso hits. Tuesday afternoon features steelbands
and mas bands, their colourful costumes adding to the
natural beauty of St George's. It's a fantastic atmosphere,
if you've never danced behind a steelband you just don't
know what you're missing!