Grand Anse Beach, Morne Rouge, Grenada
Grand Anse Beach, Morne Rouge, Grenada

Grand Anse Beach

Grenada's most famous, and justifiably most popular, beach is a fabulous mile-and-a-half curve of soft, white sand, shaded by sea grapes, almond trees and palms, and backed by low-rise hotels.
Photo by Hugh Whyte

GRENADA

Carribean

Grenada Travel Information

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Key facts

Capital:

Saint George's

Location:

Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago

Currency:

East Caribbean dollars (XCD)

Area:

344 sq km

Population:

113,570 (July 2021 est.)

Languages:

English (official), French patois

Religion:

Protestant 49.2% (includes Pentecostal 17.2%, Seventh Day Adventist 13.2%, Anglican 8.5%, Baptist 3.2%, Church of God 2.4%, Evangelical 1.9%, Methodist 1.6%, other 1.2%), Roman Catholic 36%, Jehovah's Witness 1.2%, Rastafarian 1.2%, other 5.5%, none 5.7%, unspecified 1.3% (2011 est.)

TimeZone:

UTC-4

Tel Code:

+1473

Weather

Climate

Grenada has a tropical climate with high humidity, which means that temperatures can be quite hot and sticky year-round. The island has two main seasons: a dry season from January to May and a rainy season from June to December. The average temperature is around 27°C (80°F) during the day and about 24°C (75°F) at night.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Grenada is during the dry season, which is from January to May. This is the peak tourist season, and the weather is generally sunny and dry. The island is also less crowded during this time, and hotel rates are generally lower. The sea is also calmer, which is great for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. If you don't mind the rain and the chance of tropical storms, you can also plan your trip during the low season, which is from June to December. You can find great deals on hotels and packages and enjoy the lush, green landscape.

Transportation

Air travel

The Maurice Bishop International Airport is the main airport in Grenada and is located in Point Salines, about 6 miles (10 km) from the capital St. George's. The airport is well-connected to major cities in North America, South America, and Europe. Many airlines operate flights to Grenada, including Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, and LIAT.

Car rental

Car rental is a popular way to get around Grenada. Visitors can rent cars, jeeps, and vans from various car rental companies located at the airport or in St. George's. It's important to note that driving is on the left side of the road in Grenada.

Public transportation

Public transportation in Grenada is limited, but visitors can take minibuses, vans, and buses to get around the island. The minibuses and vans are usually operated by private companies and can be found at the main bus terminal in St. George's. They are a cheap and convenient way to get around, but they can be quite crowded and not very comfortable.

Taxis

Taxis are also available on the island and are a convenient way to get around. Taxis in Grenada are not metered, so it's important to negotiate the fare before starting the journey. Taxis can be found at the airport and at major tourist spots.

Boats

Boats are a great way to explore the island, especially if you want to visit the many small cays and islands around Grenada. Visitors can take a ferry to the nearby islands of Carriacou and Petit Martinique, or take a tour on a catamaran or a speedboat to visit the beaches and snorkel in the reefs.

Accommodation

Hotels and Resorts

Grenada offers a wide variety of accommodation options for visitors, including hotels and resorts. These range from luxury resorts to budget-friendly hotels, and can be found in popular tourist areas such as St. George's, Grand Anse, and Morne Rouge. Many hotels and resorts offer all-inclusive packages, which include meals, drinks, and activities.

Vacation Rentals

Vacation rentals such as apartments, villas, and cottages are also a popular option for visitors. These rentals offer more space and privacy than hotels and are a great option for families or groups of friends. They can be found in popular tourist areas such as St. George's, Grand Anse, and Morne Rouge, as well as in more remote locations.

Guesthouses and B&Bs

Guesthouses and bed and breakfasts are a great option for visitors who want to experience the local culture. These accommodations are usually run by local families and offer a more authentic experience. They can be found in popular tourist areas such as St. George's, Grand Anse, and Morne Rouge, as well as in more remote locations.

Eco-Lodges and Camping

Eco-lodges and camping are a great option for visitors who want to experience the natural beauty of Grenada. These accommodations are usually located in remote areas and offer a more sustainable and eco-friendly experience. Visitors can camp in the Grand Etang National Park or stay in an eco-lodge in the rainforest.

Yacht Charter

For a unique and luxurious experience, visitors can charter a yacht and explore the island and the nearby islands of Carriacou and Petit Martinique. Yacht charters can be arranged with a skipper and crew, or bareboat charter. This option offers the flexibility and freedom to visit remote beaches and coves, and enjoy the island from a different perspective.

Money

Money Tips for Travel

  • Research the currency and exchange rates of your destination before you depart.
  • Notify your bank and credit card companies of your travel plans to avoid any potential issues with international transactions.
  • Bring a mix of cash, credit, and debit cards--and possibly a travel money card.
  • Be aware of the fees associated with withdrawing money from ATMs and using credit cards abroad.
  • Make sure to have a backup option for accessing money in case your primary method doesn't work.
  • Consider using a card with no foreign transaction fees.
  • Be aware of the local customs and etiquette when it comes to paying.
  • Keep an eye on the exchange rate throughout your trip and try to make large purchases or withdraw large sums of money when the rate is favorable.
  • NEVER accept currency conversion at ATMs! Always get your home bank to convert at much better rates.
  • Think about getting a Wise or other travel debit card; these can provide much better rates and some free ATM withdrawals.

ATM and Credit Cards

  • Research the availability of ATMs and credit card acceptance at your destination before you depart.
  • Keep your ATM card in a safe place and be mindful of your surroundings when using it.
  • Try to stick to using ATMs that are affiliated with major banks.
  • Keep your credit card information safe and secure, and be aware of potential scams.
  • Make sure your cards have the necessary security features, such as chip and pin.
  • Be aware of the fees associated with withdrawing money from ATMs and using credit cards abroad.

Exchange Rates

  • Research the currency and exchange rates of your destination before you depart.
  • Consider using a card with no foreign transaction fees.
  • Be aware of the local customs and etiquette when it comes to paying.
  • Keep an eye on the exchange rate throughout your trip and try to make large purchases or withdraw large sums of money when the rate is favorable.
  • Be careful of places that may offer to exchange money at rates that seem too good to be true.

Mobile

When traveling, getting mobile access is very important these days. If you are working remotely, wanting to update social media, or need to access your banks SMS authentication messages having a reliable service is a must. At WhereNext we recommend:

eSIM

Services such as those offered by our partner, Airalo, allow you to easily order and install an eSIM for different countries or regions that you are traveling in.

Dual SIM phone

If you have a phone that supports dual SIM's then you can get a SIM on arrival for each country, this is probably better done at a telco store rather than at the airport.

Extend your home plan

Depending on where you live and your mobile service provider you may be able to extend your plan to cover mobile roaming at reasonable rates.

Keep your primary SIM

With the amount of accounts we all have that require two factor authentication via SMS, keeping a constant number for these accounts is a must.

Community

There are several online communities and platforms that you can use to meet people while traveling, both for making new friends or for networking professionally. Some popular options include:

Facebook groups

There are many Facebook groups dedicated to connecting people while traveling, from expat groups and travel communities to groups specific to certain cities or regions of the country. You can search for groups based on your interests or location and connect with others who share similar interests.

Meetup

Meetup is a platform that allows you to find groups of people that share your interests in your local area. There are Meetup groups all around the world, and they cover a wide range of topics, such as language exchange, sports, and cultural activities.

Internations

Internations is a social network for people who live or work abroad. It has a large community of expats and organizes regular events, activities and gatherings that allow members to connect and socialize.

Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing is a platform that connects travelers with local hosts, who offer free accommodation and a chance to experience the local culture. It's a great way to meet locals and make friends!

Reddit

Reddit has a large community, and there are several subreddits dedicated to connecting expats and travelers. You can use it to ask questions, get advice, and connect with others who are also living or traveling in the country.

Linkedin

LinkedIn is primarily a professional network, but you can also use it to connect with people who work in the same industry or have similar backgrounds. It can be useful to connect with people before you arrive and establish a few professional contacts to help you get started.

At WhereNext, we use Nomad List as a global community and then research more local ones for our destination. These are just a few examples of online communities you can use to meet people; please suggest any others that you think are appropriate for this destination.

Insurance

Travel insurance can provide financial protection and peace of mind for travellers in the event of unexpected situations or emergencies. It covers a wide range of needs--even some you might not expect!

Medical Coverage

Travel insurance can provide coverage for medical expenses if you become ill or injured while traveling. This can include coverage for doctor visits, hospital stays, and emergency medical transportation. It's also a good idea to ensure that your travel insurance covers COVID-19 related illness and delays!

Trip Cancellation and Interruption

Travel insurance can provide coverage if you need to cancel or interrupt your trip due to unexpected events such as illness, weather, or travel bans. It can also provide coverage if your trip is delayed or if your travel provider goes out of business.

Lost or Stolen Luggage

Travel insurance can provide coverage for lost or stolen luggage, as well as personal items such as passports and electronic devices.

Emergency Assistance and Evacuation

Many travel insurance plans offer emergency assistance services, such as providing information on local hospitals and doctors, assistance with replacing lost or stolen documents, and help with arranging transportation in the event of an emergency. At WhereNext we have partnered with Global Rescue for evacuation services, which are highly recommended if you are undertaking dangerous activities or are travelling to dangerous parts of the world.

Liability coverage

Travel insurance can also provide liability coverage in case you cause an accident or harm someone while you are traveling.

Travel insurance can provide financial protection and peace of mind for travellers in the event of unexpected situations or emergencies. It can help cover the costs of medical expenses, trip cancellations, lost or stolen luggage, and more. It's always a good idea to review the coverage and compare the different options available before making a decision. At WhereNext we both use and have partnered with Safety Wing for general travel insurance.

Entry Requirements

Here are some general travel tips regarding entry requirements that apply across all countries:

Passport

Make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of your arrival in the country you are visiting. Some countries will not allow you to enter if your passport is set to expire within a certain period of time.

Visa

Check with the embassy or consulate of the country you are visiting to see if you need a visa. Some countries require a visa for entry, while others do not. Make sure to apply for a visa well in advance of your trip as the process can take several weeks. Check the latest Visa requirements and if necessary get an online Visa with our partner iVisa.

Health Requirements and COVID-19 Rules

Check with the embassy or consulate of the country you are visiting to see if there are any health requirements for entry. Some countries require vaccinations or proof of medical insurance. Check the latest health requirements and if necessary get an online Visa with our partner iVisa.

Travel Insurance

Consider purchasing travel insurance, especially if you are traveling internationally. Travel insurance can cover you in the event of trip cancellation, medical emergencies, and other unexpected events. Our travel insurance partner is SafetyWing. For dangerous activities and/or countries consider a rescue service like those offered by our partner, Global Rescue.

Customs

Be familiar with the customs and laws of the country you are visiting. Some countries have strict laws regarding drug possession, alcohol consumption, and dress codes.

Currency

Check the currency exchange rate and make sure you have enough local currency for your trip. Some countries may not accept credit cards or travelers cheques, so it is always good to have some cash on hand. At WhereNext we recommend use a Wise debit card, which provides low cost currency conversions and ATM withdrawals.

Research the country

Research about the culture, customs and laws of the country you are visiting. It will help you to understand the place more and also prepare you better for the trip.

Contact Information

Make a copy of your passport and keep it in a separate place from your passport. Also, leave a copy of your itinerary and contact information with a friend or family member at home.

COVID Status

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Grenada Open
Test
Not required
Quarantine
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      Things to Do

      Grenada is a Caribbean island known for its lush rainforests, beautiful beaches, and rich culture. Whether you're looking to relax on the beach, explore the island's natural beauty, or learn about its history and culture, there is something for everyone on this beautiful island. Here are the top things to do in Grenada:

      1. Visit the Grand Etang National Park

      The Grand Etang National Park is a beautiful rainforest reserve located in the center of the island. The park offers hiking trails, bird-watching, and a crater lake which is a great place to take a dip and enjoy the beautiful nature.

      2. Visit the Fort George

      The Fort George is an 18th-century fort located in the capital of St. George's. The fort offers a great view of the city and the sea and is a great place to learn about Grenada's history.

      3. Visit the Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station

      The Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station is a working nutmeg factory where visitors can learn about nutmeg production and see the different stages of the process. Nutmeg is one of Grenada's most important crops and a visit here will give you an insight into the island's economy.

      4. Visit the Annandale Falls

      The Annandale Falls is a beautiful waterfall located in the St. George's. The falls are a great place for swimming, picnicking, and taking in the natural beauty of the island.

      5. Visit the St. George's Market Square

      The St. George's Market Square is a lively market located in the capital of St. George's. The market is a great place to buy local crafts, fruits, and spices.

      6. Visit the Grenada Chocolate Company

      The Grenada Chocolate Company is a chocolate factory that offers tours, tastings, and chocolate-making classes. Visitors can learn about the process of making chocolate from cocoa beans and taste the delicious end product.

      7. Visit the Levera National Park

      The Levera National Park is a protected area on the north coast of Grenada known for its beautiful beaches, mangrove swamps, and salt ponds. The park offers great opportunities for bird-watching, swimming and sunbathing.

      8. Visit the Concord Waterfall

      The Concord Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall located in the St. Andrew's. The waterfall is a great place for swimming, picnicking, and taking in the natural beauty of the island.

      9. Visit the Grand Anse Beach

      The Grand Anse Beach is a long, white sandy beach located on the west coast of Grenada. The beach is a great place for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing.

      10. Visit the Underwater Sculpture Park

      The Underwater Sculpture Park is an underwater art exhibit located in Molinere Bay. The sculptures are made by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, and are made from pH-neutral materials that encourage coral growth. The sculptures can be viewed by snorkeling or scuba diving.

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