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Need to know

Language

English is the official language of Grenada, although Grenadian Creole English is the most-used tongue and can be tricky for English speakers to understand. British English is spoken widely in the southwestern tourist areas around St George's, so tourists from the UK should not have any problems in these popular spots.

Currency

The Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC) is the official currency, although US dollars are widely accepted. However, visitors will get a more favourable exchange rate by changing US dollars for local currency at banks. Currency exchange facilities, banks and ATMs are readily found in the tourist areas, and major credit cards are accepted in top-end restaurants, hotels, car rental agencies and most dive shops.

Visas

Nationals of the UK and other EU countries, the US, Canada, other Caribbean countries, Japan, Norway and several other countries may enter Grenada visa-free for up to three months on the production of a current passport. Nationals of other countries should check with a Grenadan embassy or consulate for visa regulations.

Climate

Grenada has a tropical climate which is typical of the Caribbean, with two seasons, rainy and dry. The humid, hot, rainy season runs from June through November, with an average of 22 days a month seeing rain. The dry season―which is also the high season―runs between mid-December and mid-April, with measurable rain on 12 days every month, and the hurricane season runs from June to November. However, as the Grenada archipelago lies on the edge of the hurricane belt, these destructive storms are a rare occurrence.

From September through February, daytime temperatures sit at around 28'C, with cooler evenings and nights of around 24'C. As the rainy season approaches, temperatures rise by a few degrees and humidity increases considerably, making the average of 30'C seem much hotter. In the island's interior, high humidity results in daily light rain year-round.

Main Airports

Located on the southwestern tip of Grenada's main island, some 11 kilometres from St George's, Maurice Bishop International Airport is the main aviation gateway to this tropical paradise. It's a small facility, serving mainly tourism flights from the US and the UK, and regional flights to other Caribbean destinations.

Flight Options

Visitors from the UK have a choice between full-service carriers and charter flights via low-cost carriers, all of which fly from London-Gatwick. Seasonal flights are available from Toronto and New York, while airlines also fly from Miami. Regional routes include St Lucia, Antigua, Barbados and several smaller islands. Average flight time from London is around 12 hours.

Travel Advice

Travelling outside the main tourist season (mid-December to mid-April) is the best way to save money on flights. With only one low-cost airline serving the UK, British travellers are advised to book early. Online comparison of flights versus times of year is the best way to bag bargains, and last-minute offers could prove useful. Licensed taxis, buses and self-drive are the ground transportation options here.

Other Transport Options

Grenada is a major stop on cruise lines covering the Caribbean, many of which operate from Florida, with one cruise starting from Southampton and visiting several other Caribbean island chains. Once on the island, water taxis run between the cruise terminal, Carenage and Grand Anse Beach.

Kaart

Température moyenne (°C)

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Précipitations (mm)

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Feiten

  1. Grenada staat bekend als Specerijeneiland vanwege de economische vlucht in de tweede helft van de 19e eeuw, toen het land grote hoeveelheden nootmuskaat, kaneel, kruidnagel en gember produceerde.
  2. Hoewel het land in 1498 werd ontdekt door Christoffel Columbus, werd het pas in de 17e eeuw gekoloniseerd toen de Fransen zich er vestigden en er suikerplantages opzetten.
  3. Camouflageprint maakt nu onderdeel uit van moderne kleding in de westerse wereld, maar wordt in Grenada heel anders gezien. Het dragen van camouflagekleding die lijkt op een militaire uitrusting is een misdrijf, dat kan worden bestraft met een jaar gevangenisstraf.

Feiten

  1. Grenada staat bekend als Specerijeneiland vanwege de economische vlucht in de tweede helft van de 19e eeuw, toen het land grote hoeveelheden nootmuskaat, kaneel, kruidnagel en gember produceerde.
  2. Hoewel het land in 1498 werd ontdekt door Christoffel Columbus, werd het pas in de 17e eeuw gekoloniseerd toen de Fransen zich er vestigden en er suikerplantages opzetten.
  3. Camouflageprint maakt nu onderdeel uit van moderne kleding in de westerse wereld, maar wordt in Grenada heel anders gezien. Het dragen van camouflagekleding die lijkt op een militaire uitrusting is een misdrijf, dat kan worden bestraft met een jaar gevangenisstraf.

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