What Should I Carry on My Grenada Vacation?

You won’t recall your Grenada vacation for the price of the airfare or the quality of the hotel. St. George’s harbor (arguably the most beautiful in the Caribbean) is known for its kaleidoscope of reds, yellows, and greens, which are mirrored in the cerulean water. Long after the sun sets, the sound of the waves lapping against Grand Anse’s soft sands reverberates in your ears. The scent of nutmeg and vanilla pervades Market Square and the spice plantations in the islands. It’s the warm feeling you get in your stomach and on your tongue after tasting the 150-proof rum from River Antoine Distillery. Grenada is intended to be savored as much as it is to be seen.

Attire

Grenada maintains some conservative British influence from colonial days, despite its all-or-nothing reputation. Shorts and swimsuits, for example, are perfect on the beach but should be covered up anywhere else. During the day, travelers should wear long, loose trousers, skirts, or dresses; however, when going out at night, it is appropriate to dress less conservatively. The shoes you bring will be determined by the events you want to participate in. Sandals are perfect for strolling along the beach and shopping, but if you want to climb Mt Qua Qua, you’ll need rugged sneakers or even boots. For cool evenings, bring a light jacket or jumper.

Toiletries

mosquitoJust bring what you’ll need and leave the rest at home. The combination of body lotion or heavy makeup, for example, and the Grenada humidity will make you feel uncomfortably greasy. While BnBGrenada offers complimentary toiletries such as shampoo and conditioner, you must bring your own toothpaste and toothbrush. Shield yourself from the sun and Grenada’s venomous sand fleas and mosquitoes by bringing sunblock, bug spray, and anti-itch cream. Bring more than enough of your prescription and over-the-counter drugs than you think you’ll like. In Grenada, you can buy almost any toiletry object, but prices for tourists are significantly higher.

Accessories

Grenada is hot and sunny most of the year, with brief showers in the afternoons. To remain cool and dry throughout the day, bring sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat or visor, and an umbrella. Waterproof clothing will be necessary if you intend on doing some outdoor activities. A watertight bag for electronics and valuables is needed for water activities. While expensive electronics should be kept to a minimum when on vacation, you may want to carry your camera, MP3 player, or laptop for entertainment.

Documents and Money

When entering and exiting Grenada, American citizens must present a valid passport, a government-issued form of identification (such as a driver’s license). Keep a copy of your identification and passport with you at all times in case your luggage is lost or stolen. Copies of rental car agreements, flight confirmations, and hotel reservations are also advisable. Because ATMs can be hard to find in Grenada, pack enough cash for the first day or two of your vacation and don’t expect vendors to accept credit or debit cards. American dollars are very widely accepted and many visitors opt not to change them for the Grenada dollar (XCD, EC).