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Grenada (island)

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Grenada is the main island of the Caribbean nation of Grenada.

Regions[edit]

Grenada is divided into 6 parishes or districts:

  • Saint Andrew - east
  • Saint David - southeast
  • Saint George - southwest
  • Saint John - west
  • Saint Mark - northwest
  • Saint Patrick - north

Cities[edit]

  • St. George's - national capital
  • Grand Anse - main tourist area
  • Gouyave - capital of the St. John district
  • Sauteurs - capital of the St. Patrick district
  • Grenville - capital of the St. Andrew district

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Point Salines International Airport(IATA: GND)(ICAO: TGPY) is located on a peninsula in the extreme southwest corner. It is about 4 miles from the capital of St. George's. British Airways, BWIA, American Eagle, Monarch, Air Canada, Virgin Atlantic, Caribbean Star, Liat, Air Jamaica, Conviasa (Venezuela), Condor (Germany) and Excel Airways provide direct service to Grenada; connections can be made on other carriers via Trinidad and Barbados.

By boat[edit]

  • Many cruise ships dock in St. George's. A brand new cruise ship terminal was recently completed, allowing up to 5 ships to be docked at once. Private moorings are available all around the island.
  • Charters of various sizes and crews can be found by inquiring at hotels or the carenage in St. George's.


By ferry[edit]

  • Osprey Lines Limited, Tel: (473) 440-8126, [1]. Ferry service between the islands of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique. Also day tours to Carriacou.
  • From Carriacou for Grenada (1hr 15mins) M-Sa at 6AM and 3:30PM; Su at 3:30PM.
  • From Grenada to Carriacou (1hr. 15mins) M-F 9AM and 5:30PM; Sa at 9AM; Su 8AM and 5:30PM.
  • From Carriacou for Grenada (3hrs) M,Th 10AM.
  • From Grenada for Carriacou (3hrs) W,Sa 10AM.

Get around[edit]

Mini Buses in Grenada are the standardized form of transportation. These vans hold between 15-19 people, and they have route numbers and signs on them. Weekdays they run from 7AM-7PM. In town, there are designated bus stops, however, once you leave town, you can signal a stop by either knocking on the wall or pressing the stop button. Conductors and drivers are always very friendly, so do not hesitate to ask them where you should stop. Bus fares vary between EC$2.00-8.00 depending on the distance. They are lively trips, with great music and a nice breeze.

Many car rental companies are available, with rates (about $50/day - 2007) comparable to those in the US. With a valid license from your home country you will qualify for a temporary Grenada license for a small fee ($12 in 2007) which the rental company will take care of for you. Drive on the left and make frequent use of the car's horn when coming around the numerous blind corners in the mountains.

Water taxis are another option.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Grand Etang Nature Reserve is located in St. Andrew and is famous for its crater lake.
  • Mt. Qua Qua is a mountain within the Grand Etang Nature Reserve.
  • Mt. St. Catherine is with 840 metres (2756 feet) the highest mountain in Grenada.
  • River Antoine Rum Distillery is the oldest Rum Factory in western hemisphere and still operating with a water wheel.
  • Clark's Court Distillery is in St. George district and famous for its products.
  • Dougladston Estate is the oldest Spice Plantagen in Grenada close to Gouyave.
  • Gouyave Nutmeg Factory one of the "must do" in Grenada the "spice island".
  • Carib's Leap a historic place in the north of the island where the last Carib Indians jumped from a high cliff.
  • Fort George´s above the main town St. George´s with beautiful view of the town and the Carenage.
  • Fort Frederick high above the sea with oustanding views of St. George´s, Grand Anse, Grand Etang and the southern part of the island.
  • Marketplace nice caribbean market with newly renovated spice market hall in St. George's
  • Bay Garden a tropical Garden with a rain forest style. (in St. Paul`s)
  • Sandy Island beautiful 'paradise' island off the north coast.

Beaches[edit]

  • Grand Anse Beach, western (leeward) side. The most famous beach in Grenada and the main tourist area with watersports, scuba dive centers, nearby bars and restaurants and a vendors market.
  • Morne Rouge Bay, just south of Grand Anse, one of the most beautiful beaches in Grenada.
  • Levera Beach nice secluded beach in the north of Grenada with view of the Grenadines. Rough road to it makes four wheel drive desirable.
  • Bathway Beach a famous beach in the north of Grenada with a safe nature pool for non-swimmers.
  • Black Bay Beach secluded black beach on the west coast of Grenada (close to the Concord Waterfalls)
  • Magazine Beach, best for snorkeling. At the Aquarium Restaurant and Beach Club.
  • La Sagesse in St. David's. A quite, secluded beach. Wonderful hotel and restaurant known to is as well.

Waterfalls[edit]

  • Concord Waterfalls are 3 Waterfalls in St. John.
  • Annandale Waterfall in the St. George district.
  • Mt. Carmel Waterfall is the highest Waterfall in Grenada.
  • Seven Sister Waterfalls is a group of 7 Waterfalls close to the Grand Etang Nature Reserve in St. Andrew
  • Honeymoon Waterfall is secluded in the rain forest close to the Seven Sister Waterfalls.

Tours[edit]

  • A & E Tours, St. George's, Tel. & Fax (473) 435 1444 (E-Mail: aandetours@caribsurf.com).
  • Mandoo Tour and Taxi, St. George's, Tel: (473) 440 1428, cell: (473) 407 0024, (email: Mandoo@grenadatours.com).
  • Pete's Mystique Tours, St.George's, Tel. (473) 440 1671 or cell: (473) 407 2338, ( E-mail: pmistictors@spiceisle.com), [2].

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Aquanauts Grenada, Tel. 473 444 1126, USA Toll Free 800-513-5257, (email: aquanauts@spiceisle.com),[3]. Snorkeling and dive trips.
  • Spice Kayaking & Eco Tours, Grand Anse, Tel. 1 (473) 439-4942, (email: info@spicekayaking.com). Pedal boat and kayak tours, half and full day.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Pssst Boutique (Spiceland mall), Grand Anse, 473 439 0787. 9am 7pm. Fun variety of local and Caribbean crafts, souvenirs and tropical wear  edit
  • TrueBluetique, True Blue Bay Resort, [4]. 8am to 11pm. Collection of island souvenirs, island wear and swimwear  edit


Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Aquarium Restaurant & Bar, Point Salines, [5]. Carved into a cliff with fabulous views of Pink Gin Beach they are famous for their Sunday BBQ, but are delicious across the whole menu.
  • Beach House Restaurant & Bar, Point Salines.
  • Coconuts Restaurant & Bar, at Grand Anse Beach. A classic Grenada beach experience.
  • Laluna, Morne Rouge, St George´s, tel: 473-439-0001, [6].
  • The Red Crab in Lance Aux Epines. A fabulous menu.
  • Dodgy Dock Restaurant, Grand Anse, St. Georges, 473-443-TRUE, [7]. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on a colorful deck suspended over the water. Mexican and Caribbean Cuisine.
  • La Sagesse, St. George's, Tel: 473-444 6458, [8]. On a stretch of grey-black sand bay lined tall palms, this is a true Granadian experience.
  • Patrick's Restaurant, St. George's, Tel: 473-440 0364 on the Lagoon Road across from Port Louis offers a wonderful tapas-like presentation of island cuisine. [9]
  • The Spiceland Mall at the Grand Anse has a local fruit, Soup joint, IGA Supermarket, Grill Master, Ritual's Coffee House, Fruit smoothie Shop and a Chinese take away and a KFC Outside.
  • Marquis Complex at the Grand Anse with Nick´s Donut World, Le Chateau, De Vino wine bar, Carib Sushi and Le Boulangerie
  • De La Grenade, St. George's, Tel: (473) 440-3241, [10] manufacturer of nutmeg products including liqueur, syrup, pepper sauce, jams and jellies.
  • Grenada Chocolate Factory, Hermitage, St. Patrick's, Tel: 473-442-0050, [11] produces organic dark chocolate with vintage machinery run by solar power. You should be able to find the colorfully packaged bars in stores throughout the island. Tours of the factory have been stopped but you can see the processing of Cocoa Pods in Chocolate beans at the Belmont Estate Plantation which is close by Tel: 473-442-9524.
  • Petite Anse Hotel Restaurant & Bar, Sauteurs (in the north of the island), 473 442 5252, [12]. Lunch of salads, fish, chicken and steak or can try the more elegant fine dining dinner. Menu is of fresh local produce and changes on a daily basis.  edit
  • Umbrellas Beach Bar, on Grand Anse Beach. A famous 'liming spot' on the island, known for its Amazing homemade burgers and fresh food, cold drinks and great prices. Upper and lower deck, so casual, you can walk up from the beach with your sandy feet. Be prepared to be there often!

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Fantazia Disco, Morne Rouge Beach. 9:30PM - late. Gets going pretty good on the weekends with live shows. Small cover charge.
  • Dodgy Dock Restaurant & Lounge Bar, True Blue Bay Resort (True Blue), 473 443 8783, [13]. 7am to 11pm. Waterfront dining, Caribbean and Mexican Cuisine, Daily Sunset Happy Hour Seasonal ive music Tues, Fri, Sat. Wednesday Night Music Jam from 10pm.  edit


Sleep[edit][add listing]

Mango Bay Cottages
Grenada offers a variety of accommodations, from small guesthouses to five star, all-inclusive resorts:
  • Mango Bay Cottages [14] located on the west coast of Grenada with a lovely sea view and breathtaking sunset.
  • Blue Horizons Garden Resort [15] A charmingly informal resort, offering luxurious rooms/suites in a garden setting that's home to many species of wild birds, and one of Grenada's finest restaurants, La Belle Creole.
  • Reef View Pavilions Villas [16] comprises two fabulous villas, the Tradewind Pavilion and the Turtle Back Pavilion, each with a swimming pool in Lance Aux Epines.
  • Jenny's Place [17] 8 suite/apartments at the north end of Grand Anse Beach. Owned and operated by Jennifer Hosten(Miss World 1970) and her husband, Shaun. Turning Point Diner should resume operation in December '08].
  • Tropicana Inn [18] "Businessman's hotel" located in the Lagoon, overlooking the Marina and Yacht Club, just a short bus ride away from St.George's and the Grand Anse Beach. Twenty double rooms, all with private bath, air conditioning and cable television. Good restaurant and bar.
  • Island View Hostel [19] Grenada's First and Only Backpacker Hostel! Come stay at a friendly and fun backpacker hostel in St. George's. Easy transport to and from airport, Grand Anse Beach, waterfall and more.
  • Sam's Inn [20] Located in the heart of the parish of St. Andrews, Sam's Inn is tucked just far enough away from the busy resorts to give you a relaxing stay on the beautiful Island of Grenada, yet still close enough to satisfy all of your needs.
  • Grandview Inn, Grand Anse (Between Grand Anse and Morne rouge bay beaches), 4734444984, [21]. checkin: anytime; checkout: anytime. One of the highest full service resorts on the island with spectacular views over the world famous Grand Anse Beach and the secluded Morne Rouge Bay beach. 80-140.  edit
  • True Blue Bay Boutique Resort, Grenada (True Blue Bay Resort and Marina), True Blue, St George's (Old Mill Ave. near SGU), 473 443 8783, [22]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 12noon. Friendly and homelike this colorful & delightful family run Boutique Resort reflects the life style of the beautiful island of Grenada and its community. Set among tropical gardens sloping down to the sparkling blue waters of the bay, True Blue offers a charming variety of perfectly appointed rooms, suites and villas suiting every budget US$201. (12.00,61.76) edit
  • Petite Anse Hotel, Sauteurs, 473 442 5252, [23]. Unique beachfront boutique hotel with fabulous views of the Grenadines, set in beautiful tropical gardens. Swimming pool, jacuzzi, bar and restaurant on the unspoilt north coast. Offers trips to beautiful Sandy Island.  edit
  • Almost Paradise Cottages & Restaurant, near Sauteurs, (473)442 0608, [24]. Nestled into a hillside and surrounded by forest, this little eco-oriented cluster of cottages is a perfect place to relax and enjoy nature. The views are spectacular, and the food is delicious. from U.S.$99.  edit
  • L'Anse aux Epines House, Point Road, +1 473-410-2039, [25]. Overlooking Prickly Bay, L'Anse aux Epines House consists of two separate structures; the Main House which boasts 6 en suite bedrooms and a converted two bed Sugar Mill Tower House. Features include: Infinity Pool, Plunge Pool, Deepwater Dock suitable for yachts up to 150' long, kayaks, chef, extensive verandas and two tiki huts. Great sunset views!  edit
  • Sugar Mill Tower, Point Road, +1 473-410-2039, [26]. Overlooking Prickly Bay, the Sugar Mill Tower is a romantic destination. The round bedroom has a huge English four poster bed which takes up almost all of the room! Watch yachts bobbing in the bay from three levels of decks and living space. The Tower has an adjoining plunge pool and dock access to Prickly Bay.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

  • Grenada has very low crime rates.
  • There is a main Hospital in St.George's, and a smaller hospital at Mirabeau on the east coast.
  • Water is chlorinated and safe.

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