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    This is the 'Spice Isle' of the Caribbean; a geographical gem where visitors can sink into the serenity of warm breezes and soft moonlight; feel history in centuries old forts; touch the floor of the rain forest and swim among coral reefs. This is the land of spices, exotic flowers and rare fruits; the three island nation of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique and the gateway to the Grenadines.

    The three islands of Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique are located in the eastern Caribbean at the southern extremity of the Windward Islands, only 100 miles north of Venezuela. To the north lie St. Vincent and the Grenadines and to the south lie Trinidad and Tobago.

    Whether you prefer a secluded villa, an all inclusive hotel, a luxurious apartment or the comfort of an intimate inn, Grenada offers a wide array of accommodation options. Our sporting events, dive excursions, cultural celebrations, culinary selections and other festivals and attractions will make your spice experience one to repeat.

    When you discover the glory of Grenada, you feel the pure warmth of our people. Sheer relaxation, invigorating adventures or a combination of both will definitely satisfy your Spice experience!

    Whether your arrival is via ferry or small plane, the moment you touch the soil of this seven mile/ eleven kilometer long island that is home to some 8,000 Grenadians, your Spice experience embraces a new perspective on time. It is here and on Petite Martinique that a chat with a master boat builder is not unusual.

    Traditional customs are cherished, as evidenced by the Carriacou Museum. Housed in a restored cotton gin mill, the Museum contains artifacts dating back to the Amerindians sourced from archeological sites, as well as relics from the time of British and French control.

    A short ferry jaunt to Petite Martinique will change your perspective on time once more. It is here that your Spice experience gets an even deeper glimpse of life where boat building and all things marine flourish eternal.

    Average temperatures range from 75°F to 85°F (24°C to 30°C), tempered by the steady and cooling trade winds. The lowest temperatures occur between November and February. Due to Grenada's remarkable topography, the island also experiences climate changes according to altitude. The driest season is between January and May. Even during the rainy season, from June to December, it rarely rains for more than an hour at a time and generally not every day.

    Approximately 108,132 (est 2008) people inhabit Grenada, including the 6,521 inhabitants of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. The nation's citizens are primarily of African, East-Indian and European descent, with the largest proportion of the population, approximately 75%, of African descent. Grenada is an English-speaking nation.

    The state of Grenada, which includes Carriacou and Petite Martinique, is an independent nation within the British Commonwealth. A governor general represents her majesty the Queen. The country is governed by a 13-member senate and a House of Representatives, with a Speaker and 15 members, each representing a constituency.

    Grenada's culture is all embracing enthusiasm. Spice culture is expressed through music in all its variety; pageantry and poetry; dance and theatre; sport and recreation; and the natural penchant of Grenadians for welcoming, socializing, cooking and celebrating.

    Rich in tradition, Carriacou has many unique customs handed down from African and European ancestors. These include Traditional Weddings, Traditional Boat Launching, Tombstone Feast "Saraca" Libations, Big Drum Nation Dance, Village Maroons, Shakespeare Mas, All Saint Candle Lighting "Pass Play", Cemetery Cleaning and Fishermen Birthday Celebrations.

    With its African origins, Calypso is the music of the native Grenadian. Though the mini-buses now play reggae and pop, it is still the music of choice at Carnival time. Ex-tempore is an art form where the musician sings to a standard tune but has impromptu lyrics.

    The area code for Grenada is 473. International Direct Dialing is available from most hotel rooms; please check with your hotel front desk for their current rates. Mobile service is available from Lime and Digicel. Both companies provide reliable GSM and GPRS services. Phone services are available at various points throughout the island, Coin phones for local calls and Card Phones for both local and overseas calls.

    Useful Links
    Visit the website of the Grenada Board of Tourism for more information about this Caribbean destination.

    Information provided on this page were derived from a combination of internal research and readily-available outside sources, such as destination tourism offices, official press releases and marketing media kits.

    Fast Facts

    Capital: St. George’s

    Motto: “Ever Conscious of God We Aspire, Build and Advance as One People”

    Anthem: “Hail Grenada”

    Royal Anthem: “God Save the Queen”

    Language: English is the official language but it is not uncommon to hear a French-African patois spoken. Patois (Broken French) is still been used in villages throughout the island.

    Time Zone: Grenada is in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time and four hours behind GMT.

    Business Hours: Banking hours in Grenada are usually Monday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Shops are generally open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Supermarkets and shopping centers are usually open from 9:00 am. - 7 pm. And there are one or two that are open on Sundays. Craft and souvenir shops will open on a Sunday or Bank Holiday, especially if cruise ships are in port. Government offices are generally open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, but may be closed from 12:00 to 1:00 pm for lunch.

    Churches: There is a good representation of many of the major religious denominations in most towns and villages including Roman Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and Methodists.

    Credit Cards & Currency: Major credit cards are accepted by most hotels, car rental companies, and shops. Travellers cheques are accepted everywhere. The Eastern Caribbean Dollar, linked to the US Dollar, is the local currency. Banks will exchange EC$2.67 for US$1.00 cash, and EC$2.68 for US$1.00 in travellers cheques. It is advisable to exchange currency at the banks, as the most favourable exchange rates may not be obtained elsewhere.

    Dress Code: Casual, light cottons are ideal during the day; in the evenings, elegantly casual attire is appropriate. Bathing suits or mini shorts should not be worn in the streets or stores. Long pants and hiking shoes are recommended for hiking.

    Driving: Visitors wishing to drive while in Grenada must obtain a local driving permit from the traffic department at the Central Police Station on the Carenage. A bona fide driver's license must be presented and a fee of EC $30 paid. Most car rental firms also issue local permits. There is a network of approximately 650 miles of paved roads and most of the main roads are in good condition. Please note that driving is on the LEFT.

    Electricity: Voltage is 220 volts - 50 cycles. Appliances rated at 110 volts (US standard) normally work satisfactorily with a transformer. Most hotels provide dual voltage shaver units, but an adaptor plug is necessary for small appliances.

    Water: Tap water is safe to drink; bottled water is available.

    Medical Facilities: There is a General Hospital in St. George's, a smaller hospital in Mirabeau in the northern parish of St. Andrew, and one in Carriacou. Clinics and doctors can be found throughout the islands.

    Postal Information: The General Post Office is on Lagoon Road by the Port in St. George's. There are sub-post offices in all towns and villages. Post Offices are open 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Monday to Thursday; Fridays until 4:30 p.m. Efficient local, regional and international mailing is enhanced by international couriers, Federal Express, DHL and UPS; and the General Post Office has an Express Mail service.

    Preservation: The barking of trees and taking of wildlife from the forest and rivers, and corals from the sea is strictly forbidden.

    Radio & Television: There are currently ten radio stations (AM 535 kHz; AM 1400 kHz / FM90 kHz / FM96.3 kHz; FM 101.7 kHz; FM105.5 kHz) and four television stations. Many hotels have satellite/cable television.

    Tax & Tipping: There is an 8% Government Tax at hotels and restaurants. Most also add a 10% service charge. Additional gratuities are at your discretion.

    Animals: Importation of animals is prohibited without an Import Permit. Proper health documents must be produced and the Government Veterinary Officer must be notified of the port of entry and the expected time of arrival.

    Work Permits: Work permits are required for all non-nationals working in Grenada. These are issued by the Ministry of Labour, Ministerial Complex, Botanical Gardens, St. George's. For information, call (473) 440-2532 or email: ministry.labour.gd@gmail.com.

    Travel Information
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    Getting to Grenada
    There are regular weekly flights from North America and Europe to Grenada's Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA). The journey to Carriacou is a short fifteen minutes ride by air or two hours by sea. Whichever option you choose you are sure to have an exciting trip filled with breathtaking views of our islands.

    As a premier island vacation destination, Grenada is served by international airlines and cruise companies. Air service is available from the Caribbean, North American and European cities; while the Spice Isle is served by cruises departing from Florida and Puerto Rico. International flights stop at Maurice Bishop International Airport, and visitors who continue on to the sister isle of Carriacou have only a short hop by inter-island charter to Lauriston Airport.

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

    Air Travel

    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 UK: British Airways, Virgin Atlantic continue to service Grenada weekly direct flights from London’s Gatwick Airport.

    Inter-Caribbean Connections: 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 our sister island, the SVG Air provides daily flights to and from Carriacou's Lauriston Airport.

    Traveling to Carriacou
    There are regular weekly flights from North America and Europe to Grenada's Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA). The journey to Carriacou is a short fifteen minutes ride by air or two hours by sea. Whichever option you choose you are sure to have an exciting trip filled with breathtaking views of our islands.

    St. Vincent Grenadines Air (SVG Air) operates daily flights between Grenada's Maurice Bishop International Airport and Carriacou's Lauriston Airport. The 20 minute flight is EC $124 one-way or EC $245 return. With 2 morning and 2 afternoon departures (except on Thursdays), it is easy for visitors and business travellers to spend at least one day exploring Carriacou.

    Ticket prices and schedules are subject to change so please contact SVG Air for more information -
    St. Vincent Grenadines (SVG) Air (www.svgair.com); Tel: 473 444-1475.

    Traveling by Sea
    For visitors already in Grenada the Osprey Ferry operates daily round-trip service between Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. The 90-minute journey on a power-catamaran travels along Grenada's scenic west coast from St. George's, passing the small islets between Grenada and Carriacou and arriving in Hillsborough, before going onto Petite Martinique.

    For a day trip to Carriacou passengers should get to the Queen's Jetty on the Carenage (opposite the Fire Station) by 08:30 to purchase tickets from the Osprey's ticket counter. In Carriacou tickets can be purchased from the Osprey's office on Main Street, Hillsborough. Tickets cost EC $80 one-way or EC $160 return per person.

    Ports of Entry
    Visitors travel to Grenada by Sea and Air. There are a variety of Cruise lines which stop in St. George's, in Grenada. International flights stop at Maurice Bishop International Airport, and visitors who continue have only a short hop by inter-island charter to Lauriston Airport in Carriacou. Visitors who make their way down by yacht have a variety of marinas at which they can clear immigration and customs as well as dock and purchase supplies. Anchorage in the islands is available in most inlets and bays; please check with immigration for an updated list.

    None are required unless you are coming from an infected area within six days of arrival, then a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required from all travellers over one year of age.

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