We have put together many pages of information for you about Grenada – the currency, weather, what to pack, the nearby islands, and more. Follow the pagelinks below to see our collected information on this website:
- Grenada and Grenadines Map
- Grenada Currency
- Grenada Weather
- Planning your Grenada Trip
- Getting Around Grenada
- First-Time Visitors
- Shopping in Grenada
- Seeing Other Islands
- History of Grenada
- The Grenada Flag
Known fondly as the Isle of Spice, being situated 12º north of the Equator and therefore well within the tropics, it is a truly special place to visit. The warmth and the charm of the islanders will capture your heart and your imagination. You will come home feeling relaxed and refreshed. The landscape is one of the prettiest in the Caribbean, with many spectacular and unspoilt beaches; majestic mountain views; valleys and waterfalls. There is a tropical rain forest (Grand Etang) and a crater lake. The island is overflowing with banana and cocoa plantations, tropical fruits and flowers and the sweet aroma of spices.
Despite being one of the more developed islands in the Caribbean, it is quite untouched by commercialism and has retained its character. Rarely will you see a building taller than a coconut tree!
The capital is St. George’s. Nestled into a hillside above a busy harbour, it is known as the jewel in the Caribbean. Alluring by day and sparkling by night, it has retained a certain charm and character now lost by many of its counterparts. Visit any of the hilltop restaurants or bars, and you will see for yourself how the city sparkles like a thousand diamonds at night. For the explorer there are many attractions: rum distilleries, sugar mills, plantations and areas of archaeological interest. There are also waterfalls, a tropical rain forest and a nature reserve, not to mention some of the finest unspoilt silver sand beaches in the Caribbean, which are usually fringed with sea grape and coconut trees to shield you from the tropical sun.
As there are no private beaches in Grenada, access to every beach must be made available to all.
For the website of the Grenada Board of Tourism, and information about Grenada click here.
The many luxury hotels and the larger restaurants have evening entertainment, and there are a host of sports facilities. Experience something different like crab racing, or dancing to the sound of a steel band under a moonlit Caribbean sky. There is a varied choice of restaurants in the St Georgeûs and surrounding areas.
The currency is the EC Dollar which remains fixed to the US$ @ EC$2.67. Travellers cheques (checks) can be exchanged at the banks. In some cases, hotels and supermarkets will exchange travellers cheques for local currency, but at a lower rate. The current exchange rate for sterling can be obtained at Barclay’s Bank or Bank of Novia Scotia.
ATM machines are available in the Grande Anse and St. George’s area.
English electrical appliances of the square 3-pin 230 volt type can be used. Transformers are required for 110v appliances. A travel plug or two will probably be a good idea if your gadgets (hairdryer etc.) don’t have that type of plug; European appliances will mostly fit the power supply but the plugs will be wrong.
Language The official language of Grenada is English.
There are three very good supermarkets near the villa, all within a five-minute drive. IGA/True Value; FoodFair & Foodland. There are a few other independent smaller supermarkets in town.
Getting around Grenada
This is relatively easy given the choice of taxis, buses and rental cars available. Taxi rates are set and can be hired even for a day’s sightseeing. Driving in Grenada is on the left side of the road.
Other islands near Grenada
Access to the other islands is simple, and there are some superb islands you can visit. For instance: day trips to Mustique, Carriacou, Trinidad, Antigua, St. Lucia; or down to Margarita Island off Venezuela, for a change of pace and tempo. These are just a few of the many accessible places to visit.
See our page on the nearby islands.
The waters surrounding Grenada and Carriacou offer fun and excitement for divers of all skill levels. There are a number of schools attached to the hotels and you will find them listed in Greetings, the local tourist guide that is readily available on the island.
For GBT information about diving schools click here.
There is a 9-hole course at which visitors are very welcome. Mens’ clubs are available for hire. The course is attractive and well maintained. Professional tuition is available by appointment.
Some of the leading hotels have courts that you can book. A public tennis facility is located at Grande Anse.
Fishing, Sailing, Windsurfing & other watersports
The Windward Islands have some of the finest sailing waters, and boats can be chartered from the many yachting locations. All of the beaches in the St George’s area will have watersport facilities.