VISITING GRENADA

International Airports

Maurice Bishop International Airport

Grenada is served by International airlines and cruise companies from North American, Europe and throughout the Caribbean. International flights stop at Maurice Bishop International Airport, and visitors wishing to continue on to the sister isle of Carriacou have a short trip by inter-island charter to Lauriston Airport. Cruise ships serving our islands depart from Florida and Puerto Rico.

Visas

A valid passport and return ticket is required for all visitors. Proof of citizenship bearing a photograph is acceptable from British, Canadian and American citizens. Please note that as mandated by the United States Department of Homeland Security, all travellers from the USA must provide a passport to enter or re-enter the USA on vacation or business travel. A visa is not required from citizens of the USA, Canada, UK and most European countries, British Commonwealth, most Caribbean countries, South Korea and Japan.

Traveling to Grenada by Air

From the UK, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic continue to service Grenada weekly with direct flights from London's Gatwick Airport.

From the US, American Airlines services Grenada with direct flights. Delta Air also provides non-stop flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to Grenada except during the period of September 1st through December 15th. In addition, Caribbean Airlines services Grenada with flights to Orlando, New York and Miami.

From Canada, Grenada can be reached via Caribbean Airlines that operates a twice weekly nonstop service from Toronto to Grenada on Thursdays and Sundays.

Air Canada Vacations also operate a seasonal nonstop flight from Toronto to Grenada. Air Canada also has year round daily flights from Toronto to Barbados on Saturday and Sunday with connections on LIAT to Grenada. In addition, West Jet operates a flight from Toronto to Barbados with connections on LIAT to Grenada year round. Special weekly nonstop summer charters are also available with GG Tours on Sunwing.

From the Caribbean, LIAT Airlines provides connections into Grenada's Maurice Bishop International Airport from many Caribbean islands, along with connections to International flights from Antigua, Barbados, St Lucia and Trinidad. Caribbean Airlines also provides flights from Grenada to Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.

From Venezuela: Conviasa Airlines provides a twice-weekly service from Porlamar, Margarita, into Grenada with stops in Trinidad.

If you would like to visit the sister island, the SVG Air provides daily flights to and from Carriacou's Lauriston Airport.

Getting around

Getting around in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique is easy. If you prefer exploring the islands independently, there are several vehicle rental companies to choose from. For a more authentic experience, why not hop on-board the public buses? Water taxis and taxicabs are also available for private hire. If you want a comprehensive tour of the islands, there is a wide variety of tour companies offering specialised tours to choose from.

Public transport

If you are looking for an authentic experience take public transport, and you will get to experience the daily lifestyle, music, conversations and characters of Grenadian people. To identify your start and alighting point, zone stickers are placed at the front of each bus. There is always a conductor managing the passengers, who will be able to help if need be. Local buses operate between the hours of 6.00am to 9.00pm from Monday to Saturday. Depending on your route, the fare can range from EC$2.50 to EC$6.50.

Rental cars

If you prefer to enjoy the Spice Islands on your own time, and are planning to hit a few spots in one day, renting a car may be the ideal choice. Grenada has several car rental companies to choose from. Rates range from between approximately $50 (USD) to $75 (USD) per day. Renting a car for a longer duration usually results in lower daily rates. In the high season from July to August, rentals must be secured for a minimum of at least three days. Most rental car agencies require drivers to be 25 years and older. Before visitors get behind the wheel, they must first secure a Grenadian driving permit, which can be obtained by providing a valid driver's license at the police station. The police station is located on The Carenage in the capital city of St Georges. A fee of $30 (EC) or $11(USD) is required. Some rental companies provide drivers with a local permit as part of their service.

Tipping

There is an 8% Government tax applied at hotels and restaurants and most also add a 10% service charge. Additional gratuities are at your discretion.

Electricity

The voltage on the island is 220 volts - 50 cycles. Appliances rated at 110 volts (US Standard) normally work with a transformer. Most hotels provide dual voltage shaver units, but an adaptor plug is necessary for small appliances.

Credit cards

Hotels and car rental companies accept the major credit cards. Travellers cheques are accepted throughout the island. Our local currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC) but the US Dollar is accepted. Banks will exchange EC$2.67 for US$1.00 cash and EC$2.68 for US$1.00 in travellers cheques. We advise that you exchange currency at banks, as lower exchange rates may not be found elsewhere.

Business Hours

Banks are open from 8am to 2pm from Mondays through Thursdays and 8am to 4pm on Fridays. Most supermarkets and shopping centers are usually open from 9am to 7pm while a select few open on Sundays. Shops generally open from 8am to 4pm on Mondays through Fridays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. Craft and souvenir shops open on Sundays and Public Holidays when cruise ships are docked. Government offices are generally open from 8am to 4pm on Mondays through Fridays, but may be closed at 1pm for lunch. It is adviseable to check business operating hours of local retailers as some may differ.

Telephone

Grenada's area code is 473.

International calls can be made from most hotel rooms, but it is advised that you check with front desk first. Mobile services are available from local network providers. There are coin phones for local calls and card phones for both local and overseas calling.

Time

The islands are in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone. It is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST+1) and four hours behind GMT (GMT-4).

Dress Code

Due to the warm climate, it is advised that you wear light casual clothing and a protective sun hat during the day. The evenings can be much cooler and may sometimes require a light cover-up, depending on the season. If you are planning on visiting the countryside, waterfalls and hiking we recommend that you wear long trousers, long sleeve tops and suitable trekking/hiking shoes.

Swimwear is not permitted on main roads and in bars, restaurants and shops. Also, to differentiate between military personnel and civilians, law in Grenada prohibits civilians from wearing camouflage prints.

Driving

If you wish to drive while in Grenada, you must obtain a local driving permit from the traffic department at the Central Police Station on the Carenage. You must present a bonafide drivers license along with a fee of EC$30.

Most car rental firms also issue local permits. Additionally, there is a network of approximately 650 miles of paved roads and most of the main roads are in good condition. Always remember that driving is on the LEFT.

Public Holidays​