Grenada Guide

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If you’ve settled on a villa or hotel in Grenada as your Caribbean vacation destination, look no further than this page for all the information you need.  Everything from attractions and things to do to, like visiting Grande Anse Beach, to basic transportation information is covered in the tabs here, so browse around to learn more about all that Grenada has to offer.

Why Grenada?

  • Grenada is the world's second-largest producer of nutmeg.
  • Grenada is home to the only known population of the critically endangered Grenada Dove.
  • Grenada is the only Caribbean island to have a railway.
  • Grand Anse Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.
  • Grenada is home to the world's first underwater sculpture park.

Grenada Weather/Climate

Average Temperatures

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Something about this island—smell the air scented with nutmeg and frangipani—Isle of Spice aptly describes this diverse southern Caribbean beauty. Lying across the equator, Grenada (Gra-nay-da) and neighbors Carriacou (Carry-a-koo) and Petit Martinique (Pitty Mar-ti-neek) are the furthest south in the group of islands comprising the Lesser Antilles and Windward Islands, about 70 miles south of St. Vincent and 100 miles north of Venezuela. Lush, green volcanic mountains (Mt. St. Catherine tops out at 2,756 ft.), magnificent beaches, excellent dive sites, and exciting sailing make these islands an ideal holiday location.

Ciboneys and Arawaks were the island’s first inhabitants, long before Columbus stopped by in 1498. Spanish, French, and British ownership occurred over the next 400 years until the island was proclaimed a British Crown Colony in 1877. Today, Grenadians are proud of their varied heritage and govern themselves and nearby Carriacou and Petit Martinique in a parliamentary style government.

Grenada’s diverse and colorful people embrace visitors to their special island. Touring and hiking through the spectacular capital city of St. George’s, along the Carenage, the semi-circular roadway sweeps around the bay reflecting the red-roofed colonial city. Local craft and spice shops mingle with international restaurants, museums, and Market Square, the gathering place for buying and selling produce and spices.

The famous Grande Anse Beach and Lance Aux Epines lie at the southern end of the island and are home to Grenada’s fine hotels, water sports, and tourist facilities. Many dramatic bays and coves punctuate the island’s southern and eastern shoreline making this area a favorite with sailors and yachtsmen. Accommodations range from several 5-star resorts to moderately priced hotels, inns, guesthouses, and private homes. The French influence is prevalent in the cuisine at many restaurants, alongside the Caribbean favorites. Island tours are available to take you around the island, exploring many historical points of interest.

A visit to neighboring Carriacou (20-minute flight) is easily arranged by air or boat. Although a little hilly, Carriacou is not mountainous like Grenada. It is ideal for walking, boasting fine sandy beaches, natural harbours and beautiful views over the Grenadine islands. Petit Martinique (3 miles from Carriacou) has not been developed for tourism, but is an interesting place to visit by local boat from Carriacou.


Grenada, a small island nation located in the Caribbean Sea, has a rich and varied history that dates back thousands of years. The island was first inhabited by indigenous peoples, including the Arawaks and Caribs, who called the island Camerhogne.

In 1498, Christopher Columbus became the first European to set foot on the island, claiming it for Spain. The Spanish attempted to colonize Grenada, but were met with resistance from the Caribs. In 1650, the French established a settlement on the island and began to cultivate sugarcane using enslaved Africans. The British also had a presence on the island, but it wasn’t until 1762 that they gained control of Grenada through the Treaty of Paris.

The island’s economy flourished under British rule, with sugarcane, cocoa, and spice production becoming major industries. However, the use of enslaved labor and harsh working conditions led to several revolts and uprisings, including the famous Bussa Rebellion in 1816. The British eventually abolished slavery in 1834, leading to a decline in the sugarcane industry and the introduction of indentured labor from India and China.

In 1958, Grenada joined the Federation of the West Indies, but tensions between the larger islands and smaller ones, including Grenada, led to its dissolution in 1962. Grenada gained full independence from Britain in 1974, with Sir Eric Gairy becoming the first Prime Minister.

However, political instability and economic struggles plagued Grenada in the following years. In 1979, a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary named Maurice Bishop led a coup d’état and established the People’s Revolutionary Government. This sparked international controversy and strained relations with the United States, who viewed the new government as a threat to their interests in the region.

In 1983, tensions within the government led to a power struggle between Bishop and his deputy, Bernard Coard. On October 19th, a military coup led by Coard resulted in the execution of Bishop and several members of his government. This event, known as the Grenada Revolution, sparked a US-led intervention known as Operation Urgent Fury, which overthrew the Coard regime and restored order to the island.

Since then, Grenada has transitioned to a democratic government and has experienced economic growth through tourism, agriculture, and the export of spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. The island has also faced natural disasters, including hurricanes and a devastating category 4 hurricane in 2004, but has shown resilience and recovery.

Today, Grenada is a thriving island nation with a unique blend of Caribbean, African, and European influences. Its history is a testament to the strength and resilience of its people, who have overcome challenges and adversities to create a vibrant and diverse culture.

Transportation on Grenada

Getting to Grenada and getting around. Our transportation tips will help make your trip smoother. More good sand advice.

Entry Documents

Proof of citizenship in the form of a passport for the US and a return or ongoing ticket. A passport or proof of citizenship with a photo is acceptable for Canadian and British citizens. Other countries require a passport or visa.


Maurice Bishop International Airport


On the left - A valid driver’s license must be presented for a permit. Permit costs US$24.

Local Transportation

1. Public Buses: Grenada has a reliable and affordable public bus system that operates throughout the island. These buses run on fixed routes and are a popular mode of transportation for locals and tourists alike.

2. Taxis: Taxis are readily available in Grenada and can be found at designated taxi stands or hailed on the street. They are a convenient and comfortable way to get around the island, but they can be more expensive than other modes of transportation.

3. Rental Cars: Renting a car is a great way to explore Grenada at your own pace. There are several rental car agencies located at the airport and in major tourist areas. Keep in mind that in Grenada, cars drive on the left side of the road.

4. Water Taxis: For those looking to travel between the islands of Grenada, water taxis are a fun and scenic option. They can be arranged through tour companies or at the main marinas.

5. Scooters and Bikes: Scooter and bike rentals are available in Grenada and are a popular mode of transportation for short trips around the island. However, be cautious when riding on the roads as they can be busy and winding.

6. Private Transfer Services: Private transfer services offer a more luxurious and personalized way to get around Grenada. These services can be booked in advance and include options such as private cars, vans, and limousines.

7. Walking: Many areas in Grenada are easily walkable, especially in the main towns and tourist areas. Walking is a great way to take in the sights and sounds of the island and is also a good option for short distances.

8. Hitchhiking: Hitchhiking is not a common mode of transportation in Grenada, but it is possible. It is important to use caution and common sense if choosing to hitchhike.

9. Tour Buses: There are several tour companies in Grenada that offer guided tours of the island. These buses often include transportation to popular attractions and provide a great way to learn about the history and culture of Grenada.

10. Bicycle Taxis: In some areas of Grenada, bicycle taxis (also known as “bici-taxis”) can be found. These are small, open-air vehicles powered by a bicycle and are a unique way to get around.

Know Before You Go...® - Grenada Travel Tips

Before making their way to Grenada , vacationers like to know a little bit of helpful information to make them feel more at home during their stay. Take a look at our travel tips to make your time in villas in Grenada even more relaxing.

Capital: Saint George's
Population: 89,703
Size: 344 sq km
Electric Current: 220
Time: zone:-4 (GMT/UTC )
Official Language: English; Locals speak a French Creole.
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar - U.S. dollars widely accepted.
Tipping and Taxes: Tipping and taxes in Grenada are an important aspect of the country's culture and economy. Tipping is not mandatory in Grenada, but it is appreciated for good service. The standard tipping rate in restaurants is between 10-15% of the total bill. However, some restaurants include a service charge in their bill, so it is important to check before tipping. In addition to tipping, there are various taxes that visitors should be aware of when traveling to Grenada. The Value Added Tax (VAT) is a 15% tax that is added to the price of goods and services, including restaurants, hotels, and tours. This tax is usually included in the total price, but it is important to confirm before making a purchase. There is also a departure tax of $20 USD for visitors leaving the country by air. This tax is usually included in the price of the airline ticket, but it is important to confirm with the airline before traveling. It is also important to note that most prices in Grenada are quoted in Easter
Dress Code: The dress code in Grenada tends to be casual and relaxed, but it is always respectful to cover up and avoid revealing clothing.
Topography: volcanic in origin with central mountains
Telephone: international: country code - 1-473

Grenada Weddings and Honeymoons

Vacationers don’t just stay in Grenada villas - they come to paradise to get married and celebrate their honeymoons! Must be resident on the island for three working days prior to license application.Cost: US$10Documents Required: A valid passport and birth certificate as well as proof of Decree Absolute if divorced, death certificate if applicable and proof by Deed P

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See our favorite Grenada villas for honeymoons.