GRENADA TRAVEL GUIDE
Grenada is a Caribbean country comprising a main island, also called Grenada, and smaller surrounding islands. Dubbed the “Spice Isle,” the hilly main island is home to numerous nutmeg plantations. It’s also the site of the capital, St. George’s, whose colourful homes, Georgian buildings and early-18th-century Fort George overlook narrow Carenage Harbour. To the south is Grand Anse Beach, with resorts and bars.
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GRENADA QUICK FACTS
Capital: St. George's
Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Area: 344 km2
Population: 111 454 (2018)
Language: English (official), French patois
Religion: Roman Catholic 53%, Anglican 13.8%, other Protestant 33.2%
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GRENADA PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 7 February, Independence Day
- 1st Monday in August, Emancipation Day
- 25 October, Thanksgiving Day
- 26 December, Boxing Day
Also, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Whit Monday, Corpus Christi, and Carnival Monday and Tuesday in August (Spicemas).
GRENADA WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Tropical; Tempered By Northeast Trade Winds. The annual average temperature in Grenada is around 25°C, with a small variation at annual seasonal cycle. The mean maximum temperature is 31.4°C while the mean minimum is 24.0°C. The dry season typically runs from January to May and the rainy season from June to December. Carriacou and Petit Martinique generally receive lower levels of rainfall and during the dry season can experience severe drought conditions.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN GRENADA
The best months for outdoor activities in Grenada, are January to April when it's driest and least humid. The worst months for hiking are September and October, the peak of the hurricane season.
BEACH OPTIONS IN GRENADA
Grenada enjoys a hot, tropical climate suitable for beach going all year round. The driest and least humid months are typically from January to May, so these are best for enjoying the beaches. From June to December the rain usually falls in brief, very heavy showers with September and October being the peak of the hurricane season.
SURFING IN GRENADA
The prime time for surfing in the Caribbean is from November to April. Grenada is not the best known surfing destination, but it does get some pretty good surf! The most popular surf spots are Cherry Hill and Prickly Point, but there are plenty more.
KITESURF IN GRENADA
The best winds for kitesurfing in Grenada are usually from November to June.
For more details on kite surfing in Grenada expand this section!
HEALTH RISKS IN GRENADA
Be aware of possible health risks in
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.
GRENADA TRAVEL COSTS
The Caribbean is not cheap, but there are ways to get the most bang for your buck with a little forward planning and some savvy choices
Budget less than US$150 Room away from the beach: under US$100, Meal at a locally popular restaurant: US$10, Ride local buses: US$3
Midrange US$150–300 Double room in the action: US$200, Visit parks and beaches that are free, rent bikes or snorkel for US$10 per day Rental car for exploring: US$40 to US$60 a day.
Top end over US$300 - Beautiful rooms at the best resorts in high season: US$400 and over, Activities in beautiful places: US$100 and up, World-renowned meals: US$100 per person and more.
Here are some of the best ways to save money:
Travel in groups Bring your friends and other couples along with you and rent a villa.
Book far in advance For high season deals.
Book at the last minute For incredible deals as hotels dump empty rooms.
Follow the divers They demand great value near beautiful waters.
Ride buses and ferries You meet folks and may have an adventure.
Live like a local Save money while having a more authentic visit.
Travel in low season Prices can drop 40% or more.
WHAT TO PACK FOR GRENADA
The Caribbean islands are casual, so bring light, comfy clothes: a bathing suit, T-shirt and shorts will be your wardrobe. Add long pants or a dress for nights out.
Sun hat Buying at home ensures a better fit.
Quick-dry towel A small one, for when the whim to swim hits.
Flashlight For night-time reading, blackouts.
Resealable bags / Drybags Essential for keeping things (cameras, air tickets, passports) dry on boat trips.
Snorkelling mask with corrective lenses Suddenly, reefs are in focus!
WHAT TO EAT IN GRENADA
Take time to meet the locals by doing what they do – you’ll enjoy a more affordable and authentic experience.
Eat at lunch wagons or stalls. The local fare is cheap and often incredibly good.
Drop by a local bar – often the de facto community center. Besides a drink, you’ll get all sorts of useful – or wonderfully frivolous – advice.
Look for community fish fries or barbecues in the Eastern Caribbean.