Grenada Travel Guide

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Everything you need to know before you fly to Grenada
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Average Trip Cost

NA

When To Go

December to May

Official Currency

Eastern Caribbean Dollar

Ideal Length Of Stay

7 to 14 days

About Grenada

Grenada’s spice plantations are known the world over.  The wistful fancy they can smell the alluring scent of nutmeg and vanilla even from their home in another land.  This three-island collection known mostly as Grenada (includes Carriacou and Petit Martinique) is home to the world’s first underwater sculpture park among the other scenic gems scattered along the island.  Waterfalls and white sand beaches are accessible and popular.  The feeling of being in a paradise of your imagination is unparalleled.  An interesting mix of old and new brings your feet back down to the ground, but the unspoiled terrain lifts them right back up again.  You won’t know whether you should enjoy a walk along the beach or engage in conversation in town.  Both will fill you with a sense of calm.  

Settled by both South American and British settlers, Grenada is rich with history. The capital, St. George’s, is home to the National Museum, where the history of this beautiful island can be reviewed in its entire splendor.  Grenada became the first windward and leeward island to become a sovereign state in 1974.  

For those who enjoy the beach, Grand Anse is Grenada’s answer.  This 2-mile stretch of sandy shore offers all types of water sports and activities as well as unique craft vendors and eateries.  Tropical fish are visible while snorkeling.  Divers can explore the wreckage of the MV Bianca C.

Rent a car and drive around to truly experience the beauty of Grenada.  You can see sugar cane production, learn how chocolate is made at Belmont Estate, and see the many distilleries that dot the landscape.  Try something new—taste Grenada’s delicacies such as roti (filled pancake) and nutmeg ice cream.  

Grenada offers much to the interested traveler.  Eat.  Play.  Live.

Where To Stay In Grenada

Visitors to Grenada stay in a wide variety of accommodations, including private rental, guesthouses, and luxurious all-inclusive hotels.  Some of the best hotels in Grenada include: 

  • Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel 
  • Coyaba Beach Resort
  • Laluna Boutique Hotels & Villas 
  • Radisson Grenada Beach Resort 
  • Royalton Grenada Resort & Spa 
  • Sandals Grenada 
  • Silversands Grenada 
  • True Blue Bay Resort & Marina

Activities In Grenada

Major tourist activities in Grenada:

  • Exploring the picturesqure capital city of St George’s stopping in at bustling market to buy souvenirs 
  • Swimming and relaxing at Grand Anse Beach, one of the best in the Caribbean 
  • Snorkeling and diving at Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park
  • Hiking and bird-watching at Grand Etang National Park
  • Learning about chocolate production by visiting one or more of island’s five chocolate estates include Belmont Estate and Tri-Island Chocolate 

Facts About Grenada

Size:

132 square miles

Population:

100,000

Official Language:

English

Demonym:

Grenadian

Capital City:

St George’s 

Government:

Parliamentary Democracy Under British Constitutional Monarchy

Telephone Country Code:

473

Driving:

left side of the road

Local Beer:

Carib

National Dish:

Oil Down

Main Airport:

Maurice Bishop International Airport

Electricity:

230 V/50 Hz – plugs are three-prong UK standard (type D and G)

Visa Information For Grenada

All visitors to Grenada must have a current passport that is valid six months after the visit and an onward or return ticket.  Visas are not required for citizens of the United States, Canada, most European and Commonwealth countries.   

How Long Does It Take To Get A Visa For Grenada

With a valid passport and supporting documents, it typically takes two weeks for a Grenada visa application to be processed by the nearest Grenadian High Commission. 

Is It Safe In Grenada

In comparison to major American and European cities, Grenada is relatively safe, and crime levels are low. That said, it is though recommended that visitors be vigilant at all times, especially when away from the major hotels and tourist areas.

How To Get To Grenada

Most visitors to Grenada arrive via the Maurice Bishop International Airport (IATA: GND, ICAO: TGPY). Formerly known as Point Salines Airport, it is located 5 miles from Grenada’s capital city of St George’s.

From Canada, book flights to Grenada via:

  • Air Canada: Toronto–Pearson
  • Sunwing Airlines (Seasonal): Toronto–Pearson

From the United States, book flights to Grenada via:

  • American Airlines: Charlotte, Miami
  • Delta Air Lines (Seasonal): Atlanta
  • JetBlue: New York–JFK

From the United Kingdom, book flights to Grenada via:

  • British Airways: London–Gatwick
  • Virgin Atlantic: London–Heathrow 

From Europe, book flights to Grenada via:

  • Condor (Seasonal): Frankfurt

Within the Caribbean region, book flights to Grenada via:

  • InterCaribbean Airways: Barbados
  • Caribbean Airlines: Barbados, Port of Spain, Saint Vincent–Argyle

When To Go To Grenada

The most popular time to visit Grenada is from mid-December to May, when the weather is warm, sunny, and typically dry.  From August to October is the low season as temperatures are hot and muggy; also, there is an increased risk of tropical storms.  

Major events attracting visitors to Grenada include:

  • January: Grenada Sailing Week
  • February: Carriacou Carnival
  • May:  Grenada Chocolate Festival 
  • July: Grenada SpiceMas Carnival 
  • August: Carriacou Regatta Festival
  • December: Carriacou Parang Festival

Weather In Grenada

The weather in Grenada is tropical all year long.  The average temperature is 82° F.  The rainy season is June through December.  The best times of year to visit are January through April, which is the driest months.  Of course, if you are looking to party Caribbean style, then the August Carnival is a brilliant time of year to visit Grenada.  

Getting Married In Grenada

Marriage Requirements:

Couples wishing to get married in Grenada need to present the required documents to the Registrar’s Office in the Ministry of Health. 

Documents Required:

In addition to the completed application for marriage, both the bride and groom will need their:

  • passports 
  • birth certificates along with driver’s licenses or other forms of identification
  • certificates of no impediment or single status report

 

Also, if applicable: 

  • divorce papers, i.e., decree absolute and/or death certificate of spouse
  • proof of parental consent if under 21, stamped and signed by a solicitor
  • proof of name change by Deed Poll, stamped and signed by a solicitor

Residency Requirement:

The couple must reside on Grenada for three days before submitting their application for a marriage license.  The marriage license takes approximately two days to be completed and processed.

Fees:

A EC$10 fee is payable at the Ministry of Finance Treasury Department, along with EC$15 Stamp Duty, EC$2 Registration Fee Search, and a EC$5 Stamp for placement on your Certified Marriage Certificate. 

Witnesses: 

 Two witnesses must be present at the ceremony.  

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