Grenada is known as `the Spice Island` for its wide variety of species produced in the fertile volcanic soil, world-class cocoa, cascading waterfalls, breathtaking beaches, and the first underwater sculpture park in the world. The island in the sun features so many amazing places and attractions to discover including one of the prettiest capital cities in the Caribbean, St. George`s, a bustling harbor city dotted with sailboats and backed by the verdant volcanic hills. A colorful capital decorated with brick buildings that have red-tiled roofs offering authentic shopping opportunities such as St. George`s Market Square, decadent dining options, and the historical site of Fort George. Ancient cannons still stand at Fort George, built-in 1705 by the French, at the top of a hill overlooking the beautiful curving bay. Grand Anse Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire Caribbean, the exotic shores here are simply amazing, fringed by swaying palm trees and lapped by crystal clear turquoise waters. Luxurious resorts and amazing restaurants line the beach and the calm waters here are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, diving, and fishing. Morne Rouge Beach is another grand option offering a more secluded beach experience, La Sagesse Beach is another great location and part of the Las Sagesse Nature Center. The Underwater Sculpture Park in St. George is an amazing underwater adventure for divers to explore, the sculptures serve as artificial reefs in a marine protected area. The lush dense rainforests interior of the island offers hidden treasures and endless outdoor activities such as hiking and gushing waterfalls such as Annandale Waterfall, Seven Sisters, Mt. Carmel, and Concord Falls. Visiting the Belmont Estate and the House of Chocolate is a must in Grenada and the Dougaldston Spice Estate where the islands famous spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and turmeric can be purchased. .
Grenada Island and the Grenadines is a small trio of islands in the Caribbean, near the West Indies and quite far south nearer to South America than Florida. It is known as `the Spice Island` for the fragrant nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, and cocoa that flourish in its fertile volcanic soil. Grenada boasts a lush national park and rain forest so you get a great mix of beach and jungle. It is the perfect vacation getaway for travelers with wanderlust who enjoy beautiful views and the island life experience.
Grenada features a hot, tropical Caribbean climate year-round with high humidity and average temperatures of 86 degrees in the first few months of the year and up to 88 in the summer months. There are cooling trade winds that cool things off and the wettest time of the year is June to December with brief afternoon storms. The island is rarely affected by hurricanes due to its location on the southern edge of the hurricane belt. The busy time and peak season on the island are from December to April with the arrival of winter crowds, and perfect weather conditions compared to those in the US and Europe. The price of accommodations, airfare, and attractions during this time are higher. The rainy season is a much quieter time to visit the island with peaceful beaches that are less crowded and resorts and restaurants are not busy and rates are a lot lower. Tourists flock to the islands in July and August to celebrate Grenada`s carnival celebrations, this can be a very busy time of year throughout the island at hotels, beaches, restaurants, and attractions.
We recommend 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel, and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in larger cities.
Renting a car when visiting Grenada is a great idea, giving you the opportunity to explore the island and its attractions at your own leisure. There are rental car agencies at the airport and throughout the island, and a local permit (EC$30) needs to be obtained along with a valid driver’s license. Ferry services visit the sister islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, most ferry departs from the Carenage in St. George`s.
The official currency in Grenada is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$). US dollars are widely accepted in the service industry. There are ATMs found at airports, and banks throughout the main cities and towns.
The official language spoken in Grenada is English, the main language is Grenadian Creole English or French. Many people speak English especially in the service industry at hotels and restaurants. Most of the island's inhabitants have a good comprehension of the English language. We recommend you get a good English-Creole guidebook and learn common phrases such as hello, goodbye, please, thank you, and numbers 1-10.