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About Grenada WI

The island of Grenada is located northwest of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of Venezuela, and southwest of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Few islands are 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 known as the Spice Island for good reason. Grenada earned its nickname as The Isle of Spice, as shiploads of cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, mace, and clove made their way across the Atlantic to Europe as demand for the exotic aromas and tastes of the New World and beyond. Grenadians like their food 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, soca music is also an important part of life in Grenada.

While it’s true that Grenada offers so much more than just beaches, the Spice Isle, with its 75 miles of immaculate and well-preserved gorgeous coastline, still has some of the Caribbean’s most epic stretches of sand. Whether you want to be within a few steps of a local bar, or prefer a spot with sea turtles than fellow vacationers, Grenada and its sister islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique deliver with beach after stunning beach.

If you can no longer tolerate lounging on a beach, join a hiking tour and follow one of the many nature trails running across the island that’ll take you through wilderness filled with wildlife. Expect to see rare birds in the rainforest and mona monkeys in the soaring trails. You’re also likely to cross one or two spice plantations, whose enticing aromas are one of the trademarks of Grenada.

Visiting the main island of Grenada is like sampling the culture and history of three continents over the course of half a millennium. The influence of French, Spanish, African, and native Amerindian culture and history is everywhere. Although the official language is English, most Grenadians speak a Creole or English dialect that contains a colorful mixture of words from each period of the island’s history. The capital of Grenada, St George’s, is a pretty city boasting one of the finest beaches in the Caribbean, Grand Anse. Day trips to neighboring islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique come highly recommended for those keen on sailing, diving, and fishing. For unassailable tranquility, spend some time on the islet of Carriacou, whose simple, idyllic way of life is sure to charm. In fact, on the whole of Grenada, there are no colossal resorts, meaning peace, quiet and nature are largely the order of the day, along with a friendly and welcoming population.

Grenada is a hidden gem in the Caribbean. With amazing culture, beautiful beaches, and stunning waterfalls, this is one of the best islands to explore. Find out more about Grenada travel, and why you should visit.

Business opening hours

General guide you can expect the following business hour in Grenada.

  • Banks: 8 am – 2 pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8 am – 5 pm on Friday.
  • Local Businesses: 8 am – 4 pm, Monday to Friday, and 8 am – 2 pm on Saturday, although in some areas many retailers stay open for much longer.
  • Supermarkets: 9 am – 7 pm Monday – Saturday
  • Spiceland Mall supermarket also opens on Sunday mornings.
  • Government offices: 8 am – 4 pm, Monday to Friday
Centipedes No Dangerous Animals

There are spiders, lizards, centipedes in Grenada, but nothing that can kill you. You can camp out with the comfort of knowing that there are no large predators, no venomous snakes, and no deadly creepy-crawlies that will kill you.

Grenada’s three main banks

All banks have branches with ATMs in St. George’s and Grand Anse. 

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Quick Tips:

  • Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
  • Exchange Rates: US $1 = EC $2.68
  • Capital: St. George’s
  • Average temperature: High 89°F / 74°F Low
  • Language: English
  • Electricity: Socket Type G, 230V at 50 Hz frequency

Grenada is generally safe to travel, however, it is always important to exercise regular travel caution.

things to do in Grenada
 
 
 
 
Things to do in Grenada:
  • Visit the beautiful beaches
  • Taste the local spices and chocolate
  • Go sailing aboard Savvy or Jambalaya
  • Taste some local Blue Light Caribbean Gin
  • Hike to Welcome Rock and admire the view
  • Swim Grenada Waterfalls
  • Visit some of the rum bars
  • Celebrate SpiceMas/Carnival
  • Visit the Forts
Grenada parishes map

Parishes of Grenada

Grenada is divided into six parishes and one dependency.

  • Carriacou
  • Saint Andrew
  • Saint David
  • Saint George
  • Saint John
  • Saint Mark
  • Saint Patrick
Foodland St. Georges Grenada
MELVILLE STREET FISH MARKET
St. George's Market Square
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Where To Buy Groceries In Grenada

There are numerous options for buying groceries on the island with different benefits and drawbacks. Some of your grocery options include: 

  • Grocery Chains: There are several grocery stores on the island to choose from that offer almost all the items you will need on your stay. They have IGA stores that are found in the United States, as well. This is the easiest and most reliable option for buying groceries on the island. 
  • Fish Markets: St. George’s Fish Market (or Grenada Fish Market) is a popular place to buy fresh fish. It is also an experience in itself getting to interact with local fishermen. Even if you do not buy fish, it is a cool place to check out. 
  • Market Square: You can support local farmers by buying fresh produce from many farmer’s in the St. George’s markets Square or stands around the island. These fruits and vegetables are locally sourced and can be one of the least expensive types of food you buy on your vacation. 
  • Bakeries: You will have access to fresh and inexpensive bread compared to processed bread you’ll find at the grocery store. 
Business Visa Application Requirements for a Grenada Visa
  1. Visa Exempt

    A visa is not required for this destination for a stay of up to 90 days. Please keep in mind that while a visa is not required, you must:

    • Hold a passport valid for at least six months beyond your date of country exit and with one blank visa page
    • Hold proof of onward and return flights
    • Hold all documents required for the next destination
    • Hold documents showing proof of travel purpose (e.g. business cover or support letter, conference registrations, etc.)
    • Hold proof of sufficient funds relative to your intended length of stay
    • It is recommended that you confirm with your airline that boarding will be permitted without a visa

     

Tourist Application Requirements for a Grenada Visa
  1. Visa Exempt

    A visa is not required for this destination for a stay of up to 90 days. Please keep in mind that while a visa is not required, you must:

    • Hold a passport valid for at least six months beyond your date of country exit and with one blank visa page
    • Hold proof of onward and return flights
    • Hold all documents required for the next destination
    • Hold documents showing proof of travel purpose (e.g. business cover or support letter, conference registrations, etc.)
    • Hold proof of sufficient funds relative to your intended length of stay
    • It is recommended that you confirm with your airline that boarding will be permitted without a visa

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Direct Flights Serving Maurice Bishop:

Airlines

Destinations
Air Canada RougeToronto–Pearson[5]
American AirlinesMiami

British Airways

London–Gatwick, Saint Lucia – Hewanorra
Caribbean AirlinesNew York–JFK, Port of Spain, Toronto–Pearson
CondorBarbados, Frankfurt
ConviasaPorlamar, Port of Spain
Delta Air LinesSeasonal: Atlanta, New York–JFK
JetBlue AirwaysNew York–JFK
LIATBarbados, Port of Spain, Saint Vincent
Virgin AtlanticLondon–Gatwick, Saint Lucia – Hewanorra

Grenada Bus Routes

All bus routes start at the Melville Street Terminal in St. Georges except for the #9 Bus, which runs from Grenville to Sauteurs. You can get on or off the bus at any point along the bus route.
Bus service hours Monday-Saturday 5:30 AM to 7:00 PM

When vacationing in Grenada you can get around the island via car rental or hiring a taxi service, but why when local buses are so easy to use? All you have to do is look out for a mini van with a large sticker on the passenger window showing the zone/bus number the bus runs on and raising your hand to stop it. When it stops there will be a conductor that will open the door and assist with any bags you may have.

Bus No.Starting ParishesBoarding PointViaViaViaFinal Destination
#1St. George'sMelville Street Bus TerminalGrand AnseLagoon RoadCalliste Or Woodlands
#1St. George'sMelville Street Bus TerminalGrand AnseBelmontCalliste Or Woodlands
#2St. George'sMelville Street Bus TerminalCalavignyWesterhallGrenville
#2St. George'sMelville Street Bus TerminalSpringsWoodlandsWoburn
#3St. George'sMelville Street Bus TerminalRichmond HillMorne JalouxMarian
#4St. George'sMelville Street Bus TerminalBeatonLa TantePomme Rose
#4St. George'sMelville Street Bus TerminalSt. PaulLaborie
#4St. George'sMelville Street Bus TerminalSt PaulPerdmontempsVincennes
#5St. George'sMelville Street Bus TerminalGouyaveVictoriaSauteurs
#5St. George'sMelville Street Bus TerminalConcordGouyave
#5St. George'sMelville Street Bus TerminalGouyaveVictoria
#6St. George'sMelville Street Bus TerminalGrand EtangBirch GroveGrenville
#7St. George'sMelville Street Bus TerminalRiver RoadTempeMt. Parnassus
#7St. George'sMelville Street Bus TerminalBocaVendomeAnnandaleNew Hampshire
#8St. George'sMelville Street Bus TerminalHappy HillBeausejour EstateBrizan
#8St. George'sMelville Street Bus TerminalFontenoyMt Moritz
#8St. George'sMelville Street Bus TerminalHappy Hill
#9SauteursSauteursHermitageTivoliGrenville
#9SauteursSauteursRose HillRiver SalleeGrenville