Travel Advice & Guide to Grenada
In-depth and thorough, this incredible Grenada Travel Guide will teach you everything you need to know about Grenada. From customs and entry requirements, to important culture tips, medical facilities to getting around ... you won't have any questions about what to expect on your travels to Grenada with this information.
About Grenada: Grenada also known as the Island of Spice is a country in the Caribbean. It is made of up of the main island of Grenada as well as six smaller islands.
The island of Grenada has a wet tropical climate. There are two seasons, the wet season is between June and December, and the dry season is between January and May. The average temperature is Grenada is about 28C (82F).
Grenada has a largely tourism based economy. In earlier years Grenada relied on its export of nutmeg which got its famous name the Spice Isle but since Hurricane Ivan the economy almost solely rests on tourism.
Anthem: Hail Grenada Royal Anthem: God Save the Queen Capital: St.George's Time Zone: UTC -4 Languages: English Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (EC) Credit Cards: All major credit cards accepted. Traveler Checks: Traveler checks accepted. Side of road to drive on: Left
: : ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS
-Grenada does not require a visa however if you do not live in Britain, Australia, Canada or the USA you should contact the high commission or embassy for details on entry requirements from your country of origin.
: : CUSTOMS INFORMATION
Prohibited: Narcotics; arms and ammunition; fruit and vegetables.
Note: Licensed firearms must be declared. A local license can be obtained from the police.
All persons entering Grenada shall be relieved from payment of duty and tax
on articles of the quantities mentioned hereunder, namely:
-Tobacco Goods - 200 Cigarettes or 50 Cigars or 250 Grammes of Tobacco
-Alcohol - 1 Litre of Wine or 1 Litre of Spirits
-Perfumed Spirits - 10 Fluid Ounces
-Other Goods - To the value of $300 EC
: : SALES TAX AND FEES
There is a VAT (Value Added Tax) of 15%, a reduced rate of 10% for hotels and dive activity and certain goods and services are not charged any taxes whatsoever.
There is a departure tax of $20USD or $50EC
: : MEDICAL INFORMATION
The emergency number in Grenada is 911 for fire and police.
There is a general hospital in St. Georges and small hospitals in Mirabeau and Carriacou. Health insurance is advised. Verify with your insurance provider prior to travel to ensure you are covered for international insurance coverage.
Bringing in prescriptions:
Keep them in their original prescription bottles and always in your carry-on luggage.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from all travelers over one year of age coming from infected areas.
: : CRIME
There is mostly petty crime in Grenada. With pick-pocketing being the most dangerous crime you will encounter. Travelers are always warned to exercise caution in crowded and remote areas.
Accused of a crime in Grenada:
Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Grenada are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines. A person can be prosecuted for using foul language in the presence of an officer of the law. The police began cracking down in 2008 on inappropriate dress (indecent exposure), including baggy pants with the belt below the waist and beach attire on the street.
Victims of Crime:
If you are the victim of a crime in Grenada you should contact the local police and your embassy and or consulate for help. This includes the loss or theft of a passport. The embassy/consulate staff can, for example, help you find appropriate medical care, contact family members or friends, and explain how funds may be transferred. Although the investigation and prosecution of the crime are solely the responsibility of local Grenadian authorities, consular officers can help you to understand the local criminal justice process and to find an attorney if needed.
Travelling to Grenada with a criminal record:
There are currently no restrictions on travelers with a criminal record to travel to Grenada. We do recommend however to verify with your embassy/consulate prior to traveling to verify that these requirements have not changed.
: : TRANSPORTATION
There are many car rental agencies in Grenada and it is relatively easy to rent a car. Make sure to get your local driving permit to assure you are allowed to drive.
There are many taxis all over Grenada, make sure to agree on the rate prior to getting into the vehicle. Also be sure to ask your driver if they are part of the Grenada Taxi Association(GTA). There are also water taxis which run between St-George harbor and Grande Anse Beach the cost is approximately $10EC for two people.
The public buses in Grenada are known as the mini-buses and they stop everywhere they are needed except for in St-George's where there are bus stops. The cost is $2.50EC
Drivers License Info:
To drive in Grenada you will have to obtain a local driving permit which you can get at a police station or at any of the many car rental agencies. It is $30EC or $11USD
: : CULTURAL INFORMATION
Motto: Ever Conscious of God We Aspire, Build and Advance as One People
Wardrobe: Casual attire is completely acceptable in Grenada. However if attending a social function, shopping, dining or going to Sunday Mass, formal attire is appropriate and expected. Along the beach and at your hotel, flip-flops and shorts are just fine. Grenadians dress well.
Etiquette: Grenadians are very welcoming and friendly. You will find it very easy to feel at home. Remember your manners and you will fit right in.
Tipping: While many restaurants and hotels will include service on your bill you can still add an additional tip for exceptional service. There will be some industries like taxis that don’t include service on their fare and you should tip accordingly. Usually 10-15% is sufficient.
: : POPULAR LANDMARKS
Grand Etang National Park
: : TRAVEL AND SAFETY TIPS
-Always walk like you know where you are going, even if you don't. This means keep your back upright and eyes straight ahead. When asking for directions keep your voice low so others don't know you are lost.
-Take precautions. Do not wear a lot of jewelry or conspicuous clothing while travelling to avoid being a target of crime.
-Be cautious when taking a taxi and always look for the appropriate documentation which should be posted in eyes view. Never take a cab from the airport that is off by itself.
-If your hotel or resort recommends staying on their property you should follow these precautions.
-Never leave valuables in a soft material. The seam can easily be cut. Often the crime takes place long before it is noticed. This applies to purses, bags and luggage.
-Do not invite strangers to your hotel room.
-Do not agree to meet strangers by yourself. Even those you consider new friends and fellow tourist's.
-Plan for the unexpected, this includes extra money and medication that is required should your stay be extended.