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Grenada

 "the spice islands"...

Take time out from the hectic pace of the world and slow life right down, listen to the magical rhythms of the calypso bands, enjoy freshly caught seafood and savour this charming country with its rich tranquility and tropical atmosphere.

 

 

 

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Getting to Grenada and the Grenadines

Point Salines International Airport is located on the Southwestern tip of Grenada
only 15 minutes from the capital, St. George.

Grenada is served by several major international carriers:

Air Canada – once per week during the winter season
Air Jamaica – six times weekly from JFK and Montego Bay
America Eagle - twice daily through San Juan
British Airways - twice weekly
BWIA - daily through hubs
Condor - from Frankfurt weekly during high season
Excel Airways – twice weekly
Virgin Atlantic – once per week

Local airlines are:  Liat/Caribbean Star Airlines, SVG Air, Trans Island Air, Mustique Airways and Grenadine Airways

Entry Requirements

Visitors must have valid passports including nationals of the UK and USA. Canadian citizens, provided they have two documents proving citizenship, one with a photograph, a voter's registration card, birth certificate or expired passport, and an onward or return ticket, do not need a current passport. A visa is not required from citizens of the US, Canada, UK, British Commonwealth, Caribbean countries (except Cuba), most European countries, South Korea, and Japan.

Language

English is the official language of Grenada and the Grenadines. Some islanders speak a French patois, (mixture of African and French grammar), The islanders also speak a Grenadian Creole.

Health

Always check with your doctor before travelling which vaccinations you will need.

Drinking water is generally safe to drink out of the tap, even though boiled or bottled water is recommended.

Sunscreen is always advisable as sun is strong.

Mosquito and Sand fly bites are not a major problem but people with sensitive skin should ware insect repellents to prevent bites.

Manchineel trees are very poisonous, the fruit is know as a Manchineel Apple and smells and looks like small apples. DO NOT touch or eat this fruit.

When in the sea take care not to touch anything, just look. Be careful not to stand on a Sea Urchin, if you do and the spines are protruding from your skin, remove them with care. If the spine is beneath the skin do not try to remove as they will eventually dissolve. Soak with vinegar or some form of antiseptic to stop infection.

Safety

Although Grenada feels like paradise, it's good to remember that petty crime against tourists and residents can and does occur in this region. Travelers in Grenada should take precautions to keep themselves and their belongings safe while on vacation.

Common sense and the safety measures you would take in any foreign place, isolated area, or major city can go a long way in staying safe. Keep valuables such as cash, credit cards, and passports secured. Use concealed pouches or buttoned and hard-to-reach pockets when carrying cash, credit cards, and identification.

There are harsh penalties for drug use and possession in Grenada, so travelers should avoid these illegal substances.

Taxes and Service Charges

A departure tax of EC$50 is charged for adults and Children aged 5-12 EC$25 
Government Tax (Restaurants and Hotels) – 8% 
Service Charge – 10% this is often added to the bill so check before you leave further gratuity.
Gratuity is discretional, usually 10 – 15% depending on the level of service. 
You will need to pay small customs fees when going from Grenada to St Vincent Islands.

Restrictions

The barking of trees and taking of wildlife from the forest and rivers is forbidden.
Taking corals from the sea is strictly forbidden.
Hand lining and trolling are the only methods of fishing permitted to visitors. You are restricted to catching only enough for your personal use. No fishing is permitted in protected areas/Marine Parks
It is against the law to buy lobsters out of season (lobster season is 1st Oct to 31st April).

 

Driving in Grenada

Visitors wishing to drive while in Grenada must obtain a local driving permit from either the traffic department at the Central Police Station on the Carenage. A bona fide driver's license must be presented and a fee of EC $30 paid. Most car rental firms also issue local permits.

Currency

Grenada and the Grenadines' currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$), a regional currency shared among members of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). The EC$ pegged at EC$2.7=U.S. $1.

Banking can be found in most of the major settlements in Grenada. Banks generally follow the same schedule, and are open from Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The majority of Grenada's banks aren't open on the weekends, but there are 24 hour ATMs on the island. When sailing in the Grenadine Islands you will find banking facilities limited.

Travelers cheques, US dollars and Canadian dollars are accepted in many hotels and businesses. Credit cards are accepted at most hotels, car rental agencies and businesses.

 

Time Zone

Grenada and the Grenadines are in the Atlantic Standard time zone. During the period from April to October, this is the same as Eastern Daylight time and 4 hours behind GMT. From November to March, the time is 1 hour ahead of EST and 5 hours behind GMT.

Electricity

220 volt, 50 cycle and is reliable. The standard electrical plug has 3 rectangular pins.

Communication

International dialing code: +1 (473)
Island wide, fully automatic telephone system through Cable and Wireless
Mobile phone service is available from Cable & Wireless and Digicell.
VHF/UHF radio from Grenada to the other islands of the Grenadines.

 

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