Grenada Tourism & Travel Information:
Arrival Briefing

Grenada's airport is conveniently located to all the major hotels.

Island Descriptions

Hotel Search

Cruise Planning

Island Tours

Caribbean Recipes

Caribbean Weather

Fast Facts

Area: 21 miles long, 12 miles wide.

Population: About 100,000.

Language: English and Creole.

Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time, 1 hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

Rainy Season: The rainy season generally lasts from late May through November, though it sometimes starts earlier. Although the sun is frequently out in coastal areas during this period, you can almost count on the mountains being socked in. Rain may last for several days at a time in summer. Or there could be intermittent showers followed by periods of sun. Every day is different.

Documents: A passport is necessary for all but U.S. citizens, who will need two documents, one with a photograph, proving citizenship.

Currency: The East Caribbean Dollar is the local currency. The exchange rate is US$1 = EC$2.70. US currency is freely exchanged in stores but the exchange rate there is much less than at the banks. Banks are open 8 a.m. to 1:30 or 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday and to 5 p.m. on Friday.

Taxes & Tipping: There's an 8% room tax and a US$14 departure tax. A 10% tip is added in most restaurants and to most hotel bills.

Electrical Current: Voltage is 220, 50 cycles. A transformer is needed for all U.S. appliances. Hotels generally have transformers but sometimes not enough to meet the demand. Some hotels also provide one or two 110 outlets in their main offices.

Getting There: Carriers include American Airlines (www.aa.com) offering flights from New York and Miami. BWIA (www.bwee.com) flies from New York.
Air Jamaica (www.airjamaica.com) also has regular flights. LIAT (www.liatairline.com) flies to Grenada from Barbados. British Airways ( www.british-airways.com ) flies from London 's Gatwick Airport. Grenada 's Point Salines Airport is just a few minutes from 2-mile-long Grand Anse Beach where many major hotels are located.

Getting Around: Cars rent for an average US$40 per day. A local driving permit is required. Driving is on the left. Taxis are plentiful and the tourist board sets fares. A water shuttle runs regularly to Grand Anse Beach from the Nutmeg Restaurant in St. George's .

Where to Stay: The Rex Grenadian at Point Salines with 212 rooms is the island's largest hotel; email grenrex@caribsurf.com . Some of the better beachfront small hotels include Spice Island Inn (800/742-4276); Secret Harbour ( www.secretharbour.com ) and the La Sagesse Nature Center at St. David's (email tsnature@caribsurf.com .).

Camping: Available in the Grand Etang National Park in the cool tropical rain forest.

Dress Code: Visitors are requested not to wear bathing suits or mini shorts in the streets or stores.

General Information: Web site: www.grenadagrenadines.com

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