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GRENADA guide

 

General Information for Visitors to Grenada

Passports

All UK Nationals need a Full passport, valid for at least 6 months after the return date. Children who are British citizens are now required to travel on their own passport.

 

Visas

There are no visas required for UK Nationals. Other nationalities will need to check with the Embassy/Consulate for full visa/entry requirements.

 

Health Requirements

There are no compulsory vaccinations required. Please consult your local GP for latest information and advice.

 

Climate

Grenada enjoys a very pleasant and tropical climate with tempered trade winds from the northeast. Average temperatures year-round are between 24C and 30C. Tropical storms and hurricanes may occur between June and  September however with weather conditions changing throughout the world they are not are not limited to these months.

 

Language

English is the official language. French African patois is also spoken by some of the population.

 

Time Zone

GMT – 4

 

What Clothes to Take

As Grenada is in the tropics, we suggest you pack light cotton dresses and light jackets for formal wear. Beach attire is appropriate for the beach but not town, shops or restaurants. Tourists will need to stay clothed on all beaches because topless and nude sunning is prohibited in Grenada. Some hotels and restaurants stipulate jacket and tie for men and dresses for women in the evening. Don’t forget sunglasses, sun block and beach footwear.

 

Food and Drink

When it comes to food, Grenadian's like it hot and spicy. Pepper pot is a favourite - meat cooked with lots of pepper, garlic and onions - as is Roti (beef, chicken or vegetables cooked with curry and potatoes). Crab and callaloo (like spinach) and smokey lambi (conch) souse are likely to be on the menu if you eat out.

 

First Aid Kit

A small first aid kit is useful and could contain plasters, antiseptic cream, anti-insect cream (before and after) and sunburn lotion. Stomach upsets are not common in Antigua but it is wise to carry preparations to combat diarrhoea, just in case!

 

TippinG

Restaurant and hotel bills in Grenada will generally include a government tax and a service charge. Government tax is a charge of 8 percent at both restaurants and hotels. Most restaurants and hotels will also include a service charge of 10 percent. However, you are welcome to leave additional tips to supplement these charges, especially when service is friendly, helpful, and professional. Always examine your bill to see what charges have been included. If the service charge is not included, leave 15 percent or more as a tip.

 

Valuables

It is advisable to avoid bringing items of great value such as jewellery. Observe sensible precautions – use safety deposit boxes in hotels for passports and money and take care of your handbag or wallet when in crowded areas.

 

Getting About

Traffic in Grenada drives on the left.

 

Most main roads are in good condition but they are narrow and winding. Travelling anywhere by car takes a long time. Drivers constantly use their horns.

Buses
are cheap but slow. They operate a regular schedule from 0700-1900, Monday to Saturday. There is no bus service on Sundays. The main bus terminal is located at the west end of Granby Street. On Grenada, buses run to Annadale, Concorde, Grand Anse, Grand Etang, Grenville, Gouyave, La Sagesse, Sauters, Victoria and Westernhall. On Carriacou, buses run from Hillsborough to Harvey Vale and Windward. Minibuses run between Hillsborough, Windward and Tyrell Bay.

Taxis are the most efficient means of transport. They are available from the airport, the Carenage and most hotels. Mandoo's Taxi Service is a fully insured sightseeing and taxi service, recommended by the Board of Tourism (see Contact Addresses).

Vehicles are available to hire in St George's, Grand Anse or St Andrew's from local car rental firms. Credit cards are not always accepted by car hire companies. Some rental companies impose a minimum age of 21. Speed limits are not posted; speed is dictated by the state of the road - most are narrow and winding. Car hire firms will provide details of what to do if you break down. Some firms have a minimum rental period of three days during peak periods.

Best Buys

From exotic spices to duty-free bargains, shopping in Grenada offers something of interest for everyone. Bustling with activity and offering a wide assortment of fresh produce, spices and handicrafts, St. George’s market is the centre of island life. Souvenir, gift and handicraft shops are also prevalent in the St. George’s district, especially on Young Street and the Careenage. The best buys in Grenada are batik and screen printed textiles, locally made handicraft, leather craft, and wood carvings

Useful Addresses

Grenada High Commission in the UK

The Chapel, Archer Road, London W14 9QH, UK
Tel: (020) 7385 4415.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1700; 1000-1400 (consular section).

Grenada Board of Tourism in the UK

11 Blades Court, 121 Deodar Road, London SW15 2NU, UK
Tel: (020) 8877 4516.
Website: www.grenadagrenadines.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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