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Welcome to Grenada

Capital: St. George's

Continent: North America

Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)

Dialling Code: +1-473

Driving Side: Left

Official Language(s): English

Population: 110,694 (2015)

Time Zone: UTC-4

Grenada is an island country in the Caribbean. It consists of a main island called Grenada and six other smaller surrounding islands at the southern end of the Grenadines in the south-eastern Caribbean Sea. The other islands are Carriacou, Petit Martinique, Ronde Island, Caille Island, Diamond Island, Large Island, Saline Island, and Frigate Island.

Sitting less than four hours away from Miami, the Island country is also called "Island of Spice" because of the production of nutmeg and mace crops, of which it is one of the world's largest exporters. The national bird of Grenada is the ‘Grenada dove’ (a critically endangered bird species). It has an estimated population a bit above 110,000 and the capital is St. George's.

Grenada is divided into six parishes: Saint Patrick, Saint David, Saint Mark, Saint George, Saint John and Saint Andrew. Both Carriacou and Petite Martinique have the status of dependency.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Admire the exhibits at Carriacou Museum

A good first stop would be to discover Grenada’s history at the Carriacou Museum in Hillsborough, where there's an impressive collection of Amerindian artefacts and mementoes dating back to 18th century when the islands were occupied by the French and British.

Bathe under the waterfalls

Grenada's most spectacular waterfalls are the 15m (50ft) Annandale Falls and Mount Carmel Waterfall, which cascades into clear pools below. You can swim in several of the islands' rainforest pools and lakes, many of which are formed by waterfalls, such as the Concord Falls.

Enjoy a glass of Caribbean rum

Quaffing rum is a time-honoured tradition in the Caribbean, particularly on Grenada. Discover how rum is made on a guided tour of one of the island's main rum distilleries. At the Grenada Sugar Factory in St George, guided tours include a tasting and opportunity to purchase its rum products.

Have a reef encounter while diving

Grand Anse beach is the starting point for diving trips to nearby reefs and islands. One of the best dive sites is Molinière Reef, which is about 5km (3 miles) from St George's. Carriacou, in the Grenadines, also offers excellent diving. Keen snorkellers should head to White Island Marine Park and Martin's Bay, close to Grand Anse.

Take a hike in Grand Etang

Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve contains numerous marked trails, with gentle half-hour walks or expeditions of several hours. The park contains a wealth of interesting flora and fauna, and there are spectacular flower displays depending on the season.

Climate

The climate is tropical: hot and humid in the rainy season and cooled by the trade winds in the dry season. The lowest temperatures occur between January and April. The driest season is between January and May. The rainy season is from June to December, where several days out of the week may see rain at some point in the day.

Generally when it rains it doesn't last for more than an hour at a time. Despite being on the southern edge of the hurricane belt, Grenada has suffered only three hurricanes in fifty years.

Communications

The international dialling code is +1473. Calls from Grenada to the US, Canada, and other NANP Caribbean nations, are dialled as 1 + NANP area code + 7-digit number. Calls from Grenada to non-NANP countries are dialled as 011 + country code + phone number with local area code. Coin operated public phones and card phones for international calls are widely available.

Internet is widely available throughout Grenada; there are Internet cafes in St George's and other main centres.

Duty Free

The following goods may be imported into Grenada by travellers aged 18 and over without incurring customs duty: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco; 1 litre of wine or spirits; 300ml of perfume and Goods to the value of EC$300. No restrictions on the amount of money that can be brought in.

Restricted items are fruits, vegetables, meat, soil, illegal drugs, firearms and ammunition.

Electricity

Voltage is 220 - 240 volts - 50 cycles. Appliances rated at 110 volts (US standard) normally work satisfactorily with a transformer. Most hotels have standard British three prong plugs, and provide dual voltage shaver units. It is advisable bring an adapter plug for small appliances.

Getting Around

The best and cheapest transportation is the public bus. Travel in and around the capital city is by taxis, minibuses or hired cars. Water taxis and ferries are other means of getting around.

Language

English is the country's official language, but the spoken language is either of two creole languages (Grenadian Creole English and Grenadian Creole French) which reflect the African, European, and native Indian heritage of the nation.

Money

The official legal tender is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD) represented with the EC$. 1 EC$ = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of EC$100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of EC$1, and 50, 25, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

The US dollar is widely accepted too but change may be given in the East Caribbean Dollar. Credit cards and Travellers cheques are also accepted. ATMs are available, mostly in St George's.

Passport Visa

A valid passport and return or onward ticket is required for all visitors. However, proof of citizenship bearing a photograph is acceptable from British, Canadian and US citizens. Please note that the United States Department of Homeland Security advises all US travellers must provide a passport to enter or re-enter the US from both vacation and business travel.

A visa is necessarily not required from citizens of the US, Canada, UK, British Commonwealth, most Caribbean countries, most European countries, South Korea, and Japan. Commonwealth of Independent States such as Ukraine and other eastern European countries are required to purchase a tourist visa on arrival in Grenada and cost EC$ 25.

Time

Grenada is in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time and four hours behind GMT (UTC-4).

Tipping

Tipping is common in Grenada and most organisations including hotels, taxi services, restaurants and bars, charge service fees.  However, where it is not included 10 – 15% of the fare or fee can be given as tip to taxi drivers and bartenders. Baggage handlers can be given $1 USD per bag while maid - $2-3 a night.

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