Grenada Travel Facts

By | April 20, 2022

Based on map by DigoPaul, Grenada is an island country on the island of the same name in the Caribbean. Grenada is part of the Lesser Antilles and was part of Great Britain until 1974. In addition to the main island of Grenada, the Grenadine islands of Carriacou, Ronde and Petit Martinique also belong to it.

Capital City St. George’s
Size 344 km²
Resident 107.850
Official Language English
Currency East Caribbean Dollar
Time Zone UTC-4
Telephone Area Code +1

Fast facts to know

  • Grenada is often referred to as the Spice Island.
  • The main island is around 344 square kilometers and has around 110,000 inhabitants.
  • Nutmeg is one of Grenada’s most important export spices. She even made it onto the flag of Grenada.
  • The two opposite yellow and green triangles of the Grenada flag represent the sun and nature.
  • Moliniere Bay off the west coast of Grenada is home to the world’s first underwater sculpture gallery.
  • Grenada has more than 50 beautiful beaches to offer.
  • The dark organic chocolate from the Belmont Estate cocoa beans is one of the finest sweets in the world.
  • A passport is required for entry. There is no visa requirement for a stay of up to 12 months.
  • International health insurance and standard vaccinations are part of the compulsory program, but are not mandatory. Vaccination against hepatitis A & B, typhus and polio are also recommended.
  • Grenada is considered malaria-free, but mosquitoes are to be expected.
  • Grenada is considered a safe travel destination.
  • Currency is the East Caribbean Dollar. But the US dollar is also accepted almost everywhere.
  • In order to be allowed to drive a car on the island itself, a Grenadian driver’s license is required, which can be issued on site for a fee upon presentation of the German driver’s license.
  • Due to the mentality of the Caribeños and the tropical temperatures, the clocks on Grenada tick more slowly. “Tomorrow is another day” is often the motto.
  • June through November is hurricane season. During this time, tropical storms and intense rainfall are to be expected, especially on the coasts.

Exciting place on Grenada

  • St. George’s
  • Grenville
  • Victoria

History of Grenada

  • Grenada was discovered by Columbus in 1498.
  • No settlement by the Spaniards.
  • The English tried in vain to colonize the island.
  • Later the country was conquered by the French and the Caribbean population was exterminated.
  • 1650 the capital and port of Fort Royal, later St. George’s, soon develops into the most important French naval base in the Caribbean.
  • 1762 Conquest by the British.
  • 1779 reconquest by France.
  • 1783 returned to Great Britain in the Treaty of Paris.
  • 1877 Grenada receives crown colony status.
  • 1974 Declaration of Independence.
  • 1983 US-Invasion.
  • 1984 first free elections.
  • 2004-05 hurricanes devastated Grenada.

Climate & travel weather in Grenada

  • Tropical with comparatively small temperature differences over the course of the year.
  • Grenada’s dry season is from January to May.
  • The rainy season falls between June and December.
  • Much more precipitation falls in the rainforest than in the capital in the south-west.
  • Tropical cyclones are possible during the rainy season.
  • Grenada is located in the hurricane belt and is at risk during hurricane season.
  • Recommended travel time:
    • January – May

Ideas for trips in Grenada

  • Fort George
  • Carib´s Leap
  • Visit to the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association
  • Botanical Garden & Bay Garden’s
  • Grand Anse Beach
  • Spear of Thorns
  • Westerhall Rum Factory
  • Grenada Distillers
  • Laura Spice Garden
  • Plantation House Morne Fendue
  • Neighboring island of Carriacou
  • Dive spot “Shipwreck of the Veronica L.”
  • Dive spot “Molinere Bay” with underwater sculpture park
  • Alhambra Palace
  • Hiking in Grenada
  • Annandale Waterfall and Trail
  • Caribbean Fish Festival in Gouyave

Eating & Drinking in Grenada

  • Often referred to as Spice Island.
  • African, Spanish, British influences can be found as well as French and Indian, as well as flavors from the food culture of indigenous peoples such as Arawak or Kalinago.
  • Above all, fresh local ingredients and a variety of spices are used.
  • A lot of fresh fish and seafood is used, but also chicken and other types of meat.
  • We like to process: breadfruit, herbs, vegetables as well as coconut milk, onions, garlic, thyme, chillies.
  • Rice often served as a side dish.
  • The national dish is the oil down.
  • Tap water often chlorinated.
  • Food stalls tend to have dishes with rice, lentils, plantains and chicken.
  • Numerous fruit drinks are very tasty.
  • Island rum and Carib beer very popular.
  • Typical dishes:
    • Lambie Souse (cooked mussel meat)
    • Pelau (stew with vegetables and chicken)
    • Oil down (breadfruit and salted meats in coconut milk and turmeric).
    • Dumplings (dumplings with different fillings).
    • Roti (meat dish with curry).
    • Callaloo (taro leaf stew).
    • Karhee (curry pot with various ingredients).
    • Rice & Peas (rice with peas).
    • Aloo Pie (fried dumplings filled with spiced mashed potatoes).
    • Fish cakes (Fischkroketten).
    • Grenadian Spice Cake (spicy cake).
    • Avocado Requirement.
    • Sweet Potato Pudding.

Particularly scenic

  • Grand-Etang National Park
  • Seven Sisters Waterfalls
  • Concord Falls
  • Levera National Park
  • Royal Mount Carmel Waterfall
  • Felsklippe Leapers Hill
  • The Wisdom Mangrovenbucht

Grenada Travel Facts