Grenada

Grenada is one of the most southerly Caribbean islands, ideal for sun seekers and explorers all year round. Perfect for those looking for a quiet tropical retreat.
Island Guide
Grenada island guide
The Spice Island of the Caribbean. Lush green and mountainous, Grenada is a huge producer of spices such as nutmeg, mace and cloves. Perfect for those looking for a quiet tropical holiday retreat, the island is ringed by entrancing sugar white and dark volcanic beaches and has a wonderful laid back charm. St George’s is arguably the prettiest harbour capital in the Caribbean and Grand Anse one of the finest beaches anywhere. Georgian public buildings and nineteenth century French-style houses are just some of the relics of a turbulent past when France and Britain vied for control of the island.

Cruise Ship

The locals are very polite, if somewhat reserved, and this is not a party island with tourism low-key and laid back. Red telephone boxes, driving on the left and colonial style police uniforms will remind British visitors of home. Sparkling waters, swaying palms and the rhythmic beat of calypso and reggae remind you that this is definitely the Caribbean.

St. George's University Grenada, a large American medical and veterinary school with about 3,700 graduate and undergraduate students, is in full operation on the island.

Getting to Grenada
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic which provide weekly direct flights from London's Gatwick to Grenada. Maurice Bishop International Airport, formerly Point Salines International Airport is located on the South tip of the Island and located about 15 mins from the capital St George's LIAT flights connect various Caribbean islands including Antigua, Barbados, St Lucia and Trinidad.

Airport Departure Tax is included in your flight ticket cost on longhaul UK flights. If you island hop (twin islands holidays) you will be required to pay the tax in local currency on departure.

Beach


Out and about
Mingle with the locals and take a bus trip. Or how about the short flight to tiny sister island Carriacou. Taxis are easily available and, for something different, take the water taxi which operates between Grand Anse Beach and the Carenage at St Georges. Cars can be hired easily and if you get lost (there are few signposts) locals are more than happy to point you in the right direction. Motorists drive on the left and you need to be aware of a more relaxed attitude to the rules of the road! It can be difficult to park in the Capital and you should avoid visiting on busy days when the cruise ships are in port.

Sightseeing
Tear yourself away from the beach and explore the colourful spice market in St George’s but try to avoid cruise ship days when it gets very crowded. Look for the policeman in a raised pulpit directing traffic in town! Visit a spice plantation or the River Antoine rum distillery, go whale and dolphin watching or explore and have a swim at Concord Falls in the rainforest.

Concord Falls


How about a sailing trip to neighbouring Carriacou with lunch at a waterside restaurant overlooking the schooners. Hire a car and drive around the island and don’t worry about getting lost because the locals will soon point you on your way.

Grenada beaches and activities
Choose from 45 beaches around the island, although the most popular are in the south-western corner. Grand Anse is the pick of the bunch with 2 miles of fine white sand and shimmering waters. Water-skiing, parasailing, windsurfing and most other watersports can be enjoyed here. There's also a beach-vendors market and a washroom. The underwater world is just as impressive and the SCUBA options include drift dives, reef dives and wreck dives. If diving or snorkelling are not your thing, take a glass-bottom boat tour of the reefs.

Sailing is very popular and several bays on the Leeward coast offering safe anchorage. Beach Fest held in November combines a regatta with beach parties and watersports.

Scuba


There is only one golf course on the island of Grenada, but golf enthusiasts shouldn't be disappointed however, as the Grenada Golf Course and Country Club offers nine challenging holes and superb views of the Caribbean Sea as well as the Atlantic. Besides cricket (the national sport) and tennis courts at most hotels, facilities are limited. If you’re the outdoor type, get muddy by walking in Grand Etang National Park. For a fun and noisy day out visit the National Stadium when the Red Stripe cricket competition comes to town.

Shopping
Take your camera as the Saturday spice market is montage of colour and aroma's. Although not a shoppers paradise, tourists can get handy gift size spice packets and various rums which both make ideal holiday gifts. The airport has duty free items and the alcohol is normally well priced. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels and shops. Most shops are closed on Sundays.

GRENADA FACT FILE
Capital
St George's

Population
108,200

Currency

Eastern Caribbean Dollar US$1=EC2.65 (rate varies). The EC Dollar is linked to the US Dollar.

Official Language
English

Status
Independent nation; Member of the British Commonwealth

Business

Banks Mon to Thurs 8am-3pm; Fri 8am-5pm
Shops Mon to Fri 8.30am-4.30pm and Sat 8.30am-12noon
Credit cards widely accepted. Many Shops stay open later if a cruise ship is in port.

Electricity

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 required for small appliances.

Time

-4 GMT - Grenada Time does not operate UK Daylight-Saving Time.

Local airport departure tax

On departure at the airport there is a departure tax to pay in local currency, however, the departure tax is included in your flight ticket on longhaul UK - Grenada flights. Departure tax of EC$23 (US$60) applies to passengers 13 years and older. Children 5 to 12 year pay half. Age under 5 years are exempt.
Maurice Bishop International Airport Grenada


Grenada Wedding Information

Minimum stay

Three days residence (including weekends and public holidays) before applying for a License and ceremony can be conducted 3 days after arrival. On the third day, the necessary stamp duty and licence fees are paid, and an application for a Marriage Licence is made in person, at the Office of the Prime Minister.

This maybe slightly longer if either partner is divorced, as documents must then be sent to the Ministry of Legal Affairs.

Minimum age

18 or over. If under 21 you must have written parental consent by way of an Affidavit from a Lawyer or Notary Public.

Documents Required

  • Birth Certificate
  • Valid 10 year Passport
  • Full names, address, occupation and religion
  • If single, an affidavit confirming single status
  • If divorced the Decree Absolute
  • If widowed, you need the Death Certificate of former spouse and previous Marriage Certificate.
  • If name changed by Deed Poll, you need legal proof
  • You must take originals (not copies) of all required documents with you on holiday
  • All documents must be in English
Note local laws and customs

Grenada resorts and hotels
There's something for everybody, with a wider range of hotels and resort choices found on some bigger islands. Local regulations mean buildings are never higher than a palm tree. Grand Anse is the main tourist area with several hotels either directly on the beach or set back slightly. A well stocked supermarket, chemist and a couple of shops are close by. Tucked away close to the airport are two all-inclusive hotels and the Prickley Bay area has a few luxury hotels, marinas and a few restaurants.

Eating and drinking
Lambi, conch, callaloo, pepper pot and pumpkin pie are all local dishes. Round off with soursop ice cream and then hit the rum punches. Nutmeg goes into almost everything (this is the Spice Island after all!) With 3 types of rum on island make up your own mind which is the best.
The Calabash Hotel has the only Gary Rhodes Restaurant outside the UK. Outside the hotels, there are several good restaurants that present international and local dishes using the freshest local produce. Locals like a cold Guinness (brewed locally) and Carib is served everywhere.

Weather in Grenada
Grenada weather is fairly constant, fluctuating only slightly between seasons and visitors can expect temperatures to hover in the high 70s from April to December and in the high 80s from January to March. Unlike many Caribbean destinations, however, Grenada weather rarely includes the high humidity that makes the heat uncomfortable. Though sunny and hot, Grenada weather is tempered by trade winds that blow nearly year-round. Finding a shady spot on the beach is usually enough to combat the heat of the midday sun. Many visitors find that heading inland, where higher altitudes equal lower temperatures, is another easy way to beat the heat. The rainy portion of Grenada weather usually consists of short showers that come and go before they even have time to disturb activities.

Grenada's southerly location means it lies on the edge of the main hurricane belt. Hurricane season is from June to November and affects Florida, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Although the odds are pretty small that a hurricane will hit a particular Caribbean island while you're on holiday, they are higher in hurricane season.
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