|Visa requirements||If you are visiting the island of Grenada, you must have a valid passport and return or onward ticket. A visa is not required from citizens of the US, Canada, UK, British Commonwealth, South Korea, Japan and most Caribbean and European countries. It may be best to familiarize yourself with the complete list of persons requiring visas and persons exempt from visas.|
|Currency used XCD||EC$2.67 for US$1.00 cash|
|Population||less than 110,000 inhabitants|
|Other Names||Spice Isle, Isle of Spice|
|Location||South Eastern Caribbean, between Trinidad, St. Vincent, and Barbados. About 100 miles north of Venezuela on the South American Continent|
First thing you should know if you don’t already is that Grenada is NOT Granada. The State of Grenada consists of three islands- Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique which form the southern end of the Windward Islands. Formerly colonized for many years, first by the French and then by the British, the islands of Grenada still retain traces of these European influences in their culture, architecture, and place names. The Capital, St. George’s, is located on the south-west coast of Grenada. It is the seat of the government and the main commercial center.
Few islands or as beautiful as Grenada. A mountainous and volcanic landscape gives the country one of the loveliest environments in the Caribbean, with crater lakes, rainforests, and coastal mangrove plantations giving way to white-sand beaches, and brilliant blue waters filled with coral reefs.
Grenada is also known as the Spice Island for good reason. Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla are just a few of the scented spices found here. When it comes to food, Grenadians like it particularly hot and spicy. Pepper pot is a favorite – meat cooked with lots of garlic, onions and, you guessed it, pepper. As well as fragrant spices, music is also an important part of life on Grenada, with calypso tunes playing all over the island.
Many will be drawn to Grenada for its beaches. They are over 40 of them, immaculate and well-preserved while digging a bit deeper will bring you to isolated coves where it’ll be just you and the sea. Bring your snorkeling gear – there are plenty of colorful fish species to be glimpsed.
Pick up one of the many nature trails running across the island that’ll take you through wilderness brimming with wildlife. Expect to see rare birds in the rainforest and monkeys in the loftier terrain. You’re also likely to cross one or two spice plantations, whose beguiling aromas are one of the trademarks of Grenada.
The capital, St George’s, is a pretty city boasting one of the finest beaches in the Caribbean, Grand Anse. Day trips to neighboring islands come highly recommended for those keen on sailing, diving, and fishing. For unassailable tranquility, spend some time on the island of Carriacou, whose simple way of life is sure to charm. In fact, on the whole of Grenada, there are no colossus resorts, meaning peace, quiet and nature are largely the order of the day, along with a friendly and welcoming community.
While in Grenada you may be able to see the Leatherback turtle or the smaller Hawksbill turtle. The season begins on 1st April and runs through to the end of June. Tours run nightly, in season.
Well-organized sport fishing trips are available on a tailor-made basis to suit the client. Go in search of marlin, tuna, and sail-fish.
The brand new National Stadium is fast becoming a major cricket venue and it will play host to many major matches each year, including one-day internationals.
Appreciate the natural beauty Grenada has to offer and access places that can only be visited by kayak. Every trip is its own adventure including deserted islands, gliding amongst the coral reefs and mangroves, and seeing beautiful flora and fauna.
Safety and security
The thousands of visitors to Grenada each year have happy and trouble-free holidays. Grenada is a friendly island and visitors are very much welcomed. However, even in these idyllic surroundings, you should not become complacent about security and safety. Isolated incidents, although very rare, can occur here as they may in any other part of the world and visitors should exercise common sense wherever they travel.
We would advise visitors to use taxis whenever possible. Many restaurants will offer help with taxis to and from their premises – some offer a free pick-up and collection service. We also advise particular caution when visiting isolated beaches and deserted areas at all times of the day.
Read below for more Grenada emergency contact and safety Information.
Mosquitoes and other pests
While Grenada has very few creepy crawlies and the like, tropical places do produce tropical insects, and mosquitoes can be a nuisance, as they can in any tropical country. These days there are certain viruses that are carried by different types of mosquito – they are not all in Grenada, but we feel it is wise to take steps to avoid being bitten. We suggest you take precautions by using repellent creams and sprays both day and night.
Before your vacation to Grenada, you need to be aware of these biting insects and how to keep them from ruining your vacation.
What to Wear in Grenada
So you’re planning a trip to Grenada? Awesome! Curious about what you should pack? No problemo, We’ve got you covered.
- Smart casual clothes in lightweight natural fabrics will work best – it is warm and sunny but not unbearably hot all year round.
- The nights tend to be cooler and a sweater or wrap is worth packing.
- Daytime essentials include t-shirts or camisoles, sarong, and shorts – as most of your vacation time will be spent on the beach.
- Pack plenty of sunscreen (we recommend the Riemann P20 range of sunscreen for up to 10-hours of UV protection), sunglasses, and a sunhat.
- Mosquitoes can be a problem, so take insect – mosquito repellent and cover up with long sleeves and pants when you can, particularly in the evenings when outdoors. Try to avoid wearing any scent or perfume.
- There are no nude beaches in Grenada so be sure to pack your swimsuit!
Beachwear should not be worn in the streets or stores. Long trousers and hiking shoes are recommended for hiking. Please note it’s an offense for anyone, including children, to wear camouflage clothing.
More on Security and Safety
The thousands of visitors to Grenada each year have pleasant and trouble-free holidays. Grenada is a friendly island and visitors are always welcomed. However, even in these picturesque surroundings, you should not be complacent about safety and security. Isolated incidents, although very rare, can occur here as they can in any other part of the world and visitors should exercise common sense wherever they travel.
We advise caution when visiting isolated beaches and deserted areas.
Grenada Police Officers
Grenada Emergency Numbers
Driving while in Grenada
While most of the main roads in Grenada are in good condition, the quality may vary in country locations and potholes are commonplace. Please note that driving in Grenada is on the left side of the road.
- Parking regulations: Parking is very relaxed in Grenada and you simply need to be considerate in most places. There is greater control of parking in the capital St Georges but even there, it’s possible to park without trouble.
- Paid parking: Most places don’t have paid to park because there’s plenty of free parking available. In the capital, you’ll find enterprising locals charging for parking on their land but for much of the time, it’s unnecessary.
- Parking Enforcement: There’s little enforcement of parking as much of it is free. As long as you don’t park inconsiderately you’ll be fine.
- Disabled parking: You won’t find concessions for disabled drivers – mainly because accessible parking is available in most places. If you need help, try to find a local – many are willing to help tourists out as tourism is important for the island’s economy.
And remember to carry your driving license with you! To rent a car you must be 21 years or older , to drive you must be 18 and older.