THE SPICE ISLAND OF THE CARIBBEAN
Grenada’s excellent accommodation ranges from luxury hotels & resorts that open up right onto one of the numerous beaches, through affordable family friendly hotels to self-catering apartments and intimate guest houses right in the heart of the Capital, St. George’s. The architecture is sympathetic and no building may be taller than a palm tree!
Being a country of three unique islands (Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique), one of Grenada’s most lovely features is the clear, turquoise waters. With over forty pristine beaches from which to choose, you can swim and sunbathe in the glorious rays of the sunshine or explore beneath the sparkling seas viewing the extensive reef formations and a vast range of marine life which include morays, angelfish, octopuses, sharks, and sea-horses among many others. Large shipwrecks still fascinate divers and Grenada has quite an assortment from which to choose. The treasures held underneath the sea remain generally untouched by crowds and are accessible for either the experienced or novice diver or snorkeller.
Grenada has a rich history, first sighted by Christopher Columbus in 1498, between 1609 and 1783, Grenada changed hands between the French and the British until Britain regained the island, with 1974 being the year Grenada became a fully independent nation. Grenada’ historic marvels include military forts offering magnificent views of the harbour, the exquisite Georgian architecture of the Houses of Parliament and the fascinating artefacts housed in the Grenada National Museum.
Indulge yourself and taste the flavour of the native Grenadian cuisine, some of the most exciting and delicious in the region is Oil-down, the national dish which consists of a variety of things including salted meat, dumplings, coconut milk, and vegetables. This is Grenada, a full-bodied, gorgeous spice island that permeates all your senses with the unique scent of its spices.
One-ninth of Grenada’s landmass is preserved as parks and natural wildlife sanctuaries. Luscious, bountiful tropical forests are filled with a large variety of flora and fauna. Glorious waterfalls cascading into clear pools in some of the stunning rainforests provide the most breathtaking natural views. A leader in the growth of eco-tourism, the government of Grenada is dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the country.
Flight Time: Approx 9 hours
Time Difference: GMT -4 hours
Language: English (With local Creole & French Patois also spoken)
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Area: 132 square miles
Total Coastline: Approx. 76 miles
Population: Approx. 106,000
Capital: St George’s
Although the climate in Grenada is tropical and hot, it’s tempered by the northeast trade winds. In St George’s, the average daily high temperature in January is 29°C and the average low is 24°C. In July the average daily high temperature is 30°C and the low is 25°C. In the driest months, January to April, there’s measurable rainfall for 12 days a month; this is the best time to visit although being outside the traditional Hurricane belt, Grenada makes a pleasant destination year-round.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
A lot of nations coin up the phrase ‘year-round destination’ but the island of Grenada, just 12 degrees north of the Equator truly does merit the term. However, it is recognised that the best time to visit Grenada is between December to July. In the wetter months of July to November you will find the prices very attractive but you are likely to experience heavy showers, although these are often just short and sharp.
Health & Vaccinations
We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies, although officially no vaccinations are required for entry into Grenada. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.
Passport & Visa
British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition we also recommend that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport. British passport holders do not require a visa to enter Grenada.