Money and Costs
- Bargaining is not customary in Grenada, with the exception of craft markets and souvenir shops where a little bit of haggling is acceptable.
- Rates at hotels are generally fixed and bargaining will not usually result in a discount.
The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$). There are 24-hour ATMs dispensing EC$ all over Grenada and in Hillsborough, Carriacou.
- Most hotels, shops and restaurants accept US dollars, but you’ll get a better exchange rate by changing to Eastern Caribbean dollars at a bank and using local currency.
- Accommodation is usually priced in US dollars, as are tours and meals in more upmarket hotels; otherwise, EC$ is used.
- Be clear about whether prices are being quoted in Eastern Caribbean or US dollars, particularly with taxi drivers.
The Eastern Caribbean dollar is pegged to the US dollar at a rate of 2.70 to 1. For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.
Major credit cards are accepted by most hotels, top-end restaurants, dive shops and car-rental agencies.
A 10% tax and 10% service charge is added to many hotel and restaurant bills. If no service charge is added at restaurants, a 10% tip is generally expected. Prices quoted here do not include the tax and charge.
Budget: Less than EC$300
- Beer in a bar: EC$6
- City bus: EC$2
- Budget hotel room: EC$200
- Roadside lunch: EC$12–20
- Museum entrance: EC$10
- Midrange hotel room: EC$400
- Short taxi ride: EC$30–40
- Meal in local restaurant: EC$50
Top end: More than EC$600
- Beachfront resort: from EC$600
- Two-course evening meal: EC$120
- Guided kayaking trip: EC$185
- SUV car rental: EC$250
Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$)