- 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.
Dangers & Annoyances
- Grenada is generally very safe, with a relatively low crime rate. Using common-sense in St George’s at night, and taking remote hikes with a guide or a group, minimizes the possibility of opportunistic robberies.
- On Grand Anse, you may be asked if you want to buy jewelry, T-shirts and spices; if you’re not interested, a simple ‘No, thank you’ is adequate to dissuade most vendors.
- There has been a spate of robberies from yachts in and around the Woburn area on the south of the island. While police claim to have caught those involved, it's worth taking extra precautions when leaving your vessel or retiring for the night.
The electrical current is 220V, 50 cycles. British-style three-pin plugs are most common, but you’ll sometimes see US-style two-pin plugs.
Embassies & Consulates
Emergency & Important Numbers
Entry & Exit Formalities
All visitors must present a valid passport, an onward ticket and sufficient funds to support their stay. You must also provide the local address of where you are staying.
Grenada has fairly standard custom regulations.
- Each traveler over 18 may bring in up to 1L of wine or spirits and up to 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco.
- It's prohibited to bring fresh fruit or vegetables in your luggage.
Visas are not required for citizens of the US, Canada and most European and Commonwealth countries
Grenadians are big on their social norms.
- It's quite common to greet everyone on a bus or boat upon boarding with an audible 'Good Morning' or 'Good Evening'.
- Always greet someone before asking a question or making a transaction.
- Service is often very slow and you may have to politely ask waiters to bring you a menu or take your order.
Attitudes to same-sex couples in Grenada (and the Caribbean generally) are not modern or tolerant. Gay and lesbian couples should be discreet in public to avoid hassles.
- There are still a couple of internet cafes in St George’s and in Hillsborough in Carriacou, but in smaller towns they are becoming hard to find as locals get internet at home or on their phones. Rates run around EC$10 per hour.
- Almost all hotels and many restaurants provide wi-fi for their patrons. Most yacht marinas have wi-fi setups for those docking there.
Police in Grenada are fairly unobtrusive and unless you're getting involved in dodgy situations you are highly unlikely to come across them, even while out driving.
- Magazines Lime & Dine is a glossy magazine with general information on the island and listings of restaurants and entertainment.
- Radio & TV Grenada has three local TV stations and four radio stations.
The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$). 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.
Banks 8am–2pm Monday to Thursday, to 4pm Friday
Restaurants 8am–10pm or 12–10pm
Shops 9am–5pm Monday to Saturday
- Grenada has a good postal system and you'll find post offices in towns all over the country.
In addition to those observed throughout the region, Grenada has the following public holidays:
Independence Day February 7
Labor Day May 1
Corpus Christi Ninth Thursday after Easter
Emancipation Days First Monday & Tuesday in August
Thanksgiving Day October 25
- Smoking Not particularly common in Grenada. You'll still find some bars that permit smoking but almost all hotels and resort rooms and most restaurants are now smoke free.
Taxes & Refunds
A 15% VAT is included on most purchases in Grenada.
Grenada’s country code is 473. When calling from within Grenada, you only need to dial the seven-digit local phone number.
Local SIM cards are available from Flow and Digicel outlets throughout Grenada and Carriacou and will work with unlocked GSM handsets.
Grenada, along with the rest of the Windward Islands, is on Atlantic Time (GMT/UTC minus four hours).
Public toilets are rare in Grenada although many businesses will lend you theirs in response to a polite request.
Travel with Children
- Grenada has many calm, gently shelving beaches perfectly suited to children, such as La Sagesse, Lance aux Épines and Morne Rouge; in Carriacou, Paradise Beach is a good bet.
- Keep your eye on small children around the roads in St George’s as the traffic can be on the wild side; and bear in mind that some of the forts are without sufficient railings or barriers.
- If you're taking water taxis, sit towards the rear where the boat moves less.
- Grenada is a difficult place to get around for travelers with disabilities and many hotels have yet to prioritize accessibility.
- Getting around poses particular problems. Minivan buses are crowded and hard to access as a result of seats being crammed in, and many taxis are vans that are high off the ground.
- There are many places with no sidewalks and those that do exist are often damaged or uneven.
- While there are few dedicated resources for travelers with disabilities, Grenadians are helpful and will usually be willing to lend a hand in any situation.
- Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guide from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.
Weights & Measures
- Weights & Measures Grenada uses the imperial system for the most part.
Regular propositioning from local men is the main source of hassle for lone female travelers. Taking care if you’re out after dark is prudent for both sexes. Otherwise, women needn’t expect too many hassles.
Volunteer tourism has yet to really pick up in Grenada and there are limited opportunities on the ground. There are occasionally conservation programs that look for volunteers.
Ocean Spirits (www.oceanspirits.org) works to protect leatherback turtles in northern Grenada.
The Grenadian economy is very small and there are very limited opportunities to work on the island. If you plan to work, you must first obtain a work permit from the Department of Labour.