Grenada is the Southern-most island in the Lesser Antilles, one of four
islands comprising the Windward Islands, only 60 miles North of
Sister islands of the Grenadines are: Carriacou and Petit Martinique.
Trinidad and Tobago are Grenada's only Carribbean neighbors to the
Grenada has amazing waterfalls. Kayaking
in Grenada: The paddling adventures of Grenada are best found along the
shoreline of the island, coming in and out of most bays and points.
The rivers of Grenada are small/dinkey and fed by tropical rainstorm
events and a couple of dams on the highland interior, only the patient
and willing creeker could catch a storm in Grenada to pull off a
whitewater kayak run on these jungle laden streams, but it IS possible.
The creeks of Grenada are mostly unsuitable for whitewater kayaking
For some excellent seaside mangrove kayaking, call Spice
Kayaking and EcoTours Ltd-
473-440-3678, and visit the mangrove delights of Grenada.
Go snorkeling, have a rum punch lunch on an offshore island and enjoy
the excellent Grenadan pace.
for the Grenada Traveler:
Passports are not required of US, Canadian or UK citizens, but
proper proof of citizenship IS required.
Dengue fever, sunburn, diarrhea, intestinal parasites,
and light rum hangovers. Drink only good quality dark rum.
Averages 80 degrees Farenheit year round. (there's not really
a bad time of year to visit Grenada, unless there is a hurricane)
June ~ December
US dollars are widely accepted by hotels, shops and
but you will get better deals if you purchase EC
at a bank and use the local currency.
budget: US $5~10
US$10~25 top-end: US$25
Osprey hawks, mongoose, pelicans, armadillos, opossum, Mona
monkeys (in wooded areas) and the rarely seen tree boa.
sea turtle and the hook-billed kite.
High Season: (November ~ May)
Humpback Whales, Sei Whales,
Killer Whales, Cuvier's Beaked Whale and the Dwarf Sperm Whale
Rest of Year:
Sperm Whale, Pygmy Whale, Rights
Whale, Shortfinned Pilot Whale, Melon-headed Whale, the Pygmy Killer
the False Killer Whale.
tropical; tempered by NorthEast Trade Winds.
94,000 (2003 estimate)
Most of Grenada's population is of African
is some trace of the early Arawak and Carib Indians. A few East Indians
and a small community of the descendants of early European settlers
reside in Grenada.
About 50% of Grenada's population is under the age of 30.
Religions: Roman Catholic
53%, Anglican 13.8%, other Protestant 33.2%
Church is a big part of
the culture and the Grenadans can sing very well!
English (official), French patois
Last date Grenada was hit by a hurricane: 1954, 2004 Pack List:
Pack ready for wet, warm, windy, and buggy weather.
Expect semi-formal dining for the most fancy eateries, and casual for
bring your own film - (the film on the island is expensive
and can be out of date)
bring your own chairs for the beach bring a flashlight and spare batteries, the power goes out on this
island frequently bring bug repellant: you will deal with sand flies
bring hiking shoes and durable water sandals
bring sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, long shirt and pants -
strong sun - whiteman burn fast!
bring snorkel, mask, fins and behemoth beach towel
** fun tip:dont bring your
rolling luggage, the sand quickly fills up the rollers in this boats,
rough roads island. Grenada, the isle of spice, Nutmeg is the
Nutmeg trees were first planted in 1843 and thrive in Grenada's climate
and soil types.
When ripe for the picking, the round and yellow fruit splits in half
and a dark brown shell can be seen covered with a vivid red lacy
Hint: Don't buy your spices at the markets in town. Wait till you get
out into the countryside (after bartering with one of the taxi's) and
buy from the locals, who are growing in their yards. Travel Tips for Grenada:
If your direct flight to Grenada has any problems, remember:
Grenada is less than 40 minutes transfer (by Dash
8) from either, Port of Spain (Trinidad) or Barbados.
Everyday travel in Grenada:
use the buses, great value, they go everywhere and
can be exciting!
Point Salines International Airport is on Grenada's southwestern tip,
approx. 3 miles (5km) southwest of the town of St. George's.
There are no buses operating from the airport.
There are a number of rental car offices and taxis available with set
fares to all points on the island.
The roads in Grenada are narrow and the country is hilly (it can be a
tight squeeze when cars pass each other)
There is a network of approximately 650 miles of paved roads and most
of the main roads are in good condition.
Some road are quite fuct as well.
The best best is to get a driver, or pay for a taxi. Vehicle
maintenance on Carribean Islands is sketch at best.
Note: Driving is on the LEFT
Visitors need to purchase a local driving license, and most car rental
companies can make driving permits available for you.
The alternative is to present your driver's licence at the traffic
department at the Central Police Station on the Carenage, and recieve a
driving permit issued from the Police. Better idea: hire a
driver for the days you need to get around the island, the Taxis are
friendly and abundant.
local car rental agencies have small fleets and usually come with
minimum three-day rental periods
better deals are usually had through the international companies -
Cargo boats and catamarans run regularly between Grenada and Carriacou.
The old-fashioned cargo boat ride can take three to four hours.
The modern express catamarans can take two hours and cost twice. Craig's To-Do while
in Grenada list:
- first thing to do, is to thank the kind family who invited me to
come to Grenada with them - THANKS!
One of the best ways to visit this island gem is to do a mix of
beach and interior hiking/exploring options.
-listen to the radio - tune into Island reggae, roots, rockers ( all
kinds of small island sounds unique to Grenada)
-Hike in the rainforest, climb waterfalls, crawl in the creeks
-Visit Grand Etang Lake and hike around it
-Rent a charter boat and go deep-sea drinking/fishing
-Fish some more
-New: Drink and Fish
-Snorkel at Sandy Island
-Dive Grenada -
scuba or snorkel
-Watch the Sunset from Quarantine point
-Catch the steel drum players at the boatyard - excellent!
-Swim in a waterfall canyon
-Drink locally made Rum Punch
-Call Henry and explore the rainforests, banana plantations and access
beaches off the beaten path.
-Whales and Dolphins Watching - Grenada Sailing
-Island Kayaking Tours - Spice
Kayaking and EcoTours Ltd- 473-440-3678
also check out First Impressions Ltd for sailing and whale watching
Take the ferry North, across to Carriacou Island-
watch out for Kick'em Jenny
Notes on Grenada (from Bonnie):
Clothing: Grenada is a conservative country. There are no designated nude nor topless beaches (bare-chests and thongs are disdained) bummer! Recommend: jeans at night to the bars. Bring sturdy walking or hiking boots (if you plan to hike), snorkeling gear, and it can get chilly in the evenings and up in the mountains. A raincoat/windbreaker is appropriate to bring to the island.
When driving, stay on the left had side of the road. The locals drive like crazy and will pass you on blind curves. They just dont care. Grenadians use horns to express themselves in many ways, dont sweat it man, its just a horn, ok? Honking is done prior to entering a corner to alert oncoming cars of your presence. Horns are used to alert other drivers that the honking car is attempting a pass (As best I can tell, the only place people freak out and start shooting over horn use is in the U.S.)
* It is not recommended to rent bicyles or mopeds, you are likely to become a casualty/grease stain.
Restuarants: The Beach House (next to the airport, Bonnie's favorite) Le Boulangerie in Marquis Plaza - good coffee shop, and shopping
Night Life Friday - The Boatyard in Lance aux Epines (pronounced Lansopeen)- the boatyard is cool. Sunday - Hog Island (south side of Grenada) Roger sets up a lil bar on the island and people hike and BBQ, trips over provided by locals
Hiking: Mt. Qua Qua Grand Etang Seven Sisters Waterfall Annandale Falls
Sautering: Mt. Hartman - nice mellow hikes, beautiful views from top west side of the peninsula down the island and out to the Atlantic
Hashing: running around the island drinking at bars and running/walking between - loads of fun
Beaches offer great lounging and snorkeling opportunities, but DO NOT GO PAST THE REEFS and DO NOT GO INTO WATER THAT THE LOCALS ARE AVOIDING. The tides are VERY STRONG and can suck you under and miles out in no time flat. Grand Anse Beach - white Sand Just north of the airport - black beach Westerhall
Fun day trips: Gouyave - Kelly's restaurant (45 minutes North of St. George) excellent eats! Santeurs Gouyave, thru Grand Etang to Santuers and ending at Bathway beach.
A good multi-day trip is to Carricou to the north of Grenada...pristine beaches and not many people around at all (2 hour boat ride from St. George)
The dump is located just south of Halifax Harbour (central west side) - flies and gross sea water, don't go there.