Caribbean Tourism

Travel Information

Getting There

Air From Europe: Like Martinique, Guadeloupe is on Air France’s direct route from Paris (about 8 hrs) with other flights from Cayenne, Miami, Caracas, Fort-de-France, Havana, Port-au-Prince and Santo Domingo; for more details, see under Martinique for Air France’s services from France and elsewhere. Other airlines with services to Guadeloupe include AOM...

The Windward Islands

The Windward Islands include four independent nations: Dominica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada as well as the French Antilles which are departments of France. They form a series of volcanic peaks jutting out and forming a barrier between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Sulphur fumaroles and hot springs can be found on some...

The West Coast

The west coast road from St George’s has been rebuilt with funds from the government, the Caribbean Development Bank, the EEC and USAID. It is good all the way to Industry. Only the section from Industry to Sauteurs has particularly rough patches but it is fine in an ordinary car with care. Beauséjour Estate, once the island’s largest, is now in ruins (...

St George’s

The island’s capital, St George’s, with its terraces of pale, colour-washed houses and cheerful red roofs, was established in 1705 by French settlers, who called it Fort Royale. Much of its present-day charm comes from the blend of two colonial cultures: typical 18th century French provincial houses intermingle with fine examples of English Georgian...

The Southwest

From the Carenage, you can take a road which goes round the Lagoon, another sunken volcanic crater, now a yacht anchorage. It is overlooked by the ruins of the Islander Hotel, which was taken over by the revolutionary government and subsequently destroyed in the intervention. Work has now started on a new hotel and five-star yachting complex which will have...

Petit Martinique

Petite Martinique (pop: 800), is the only offshore island from Carriacou on which people live, about 900-1,000 of them, descended from French fishermen, Glaswegian shipwrights, pirates and slaves. Its area is 486 acres, rising to a small, volcanic peak. The principal occupations are boatbuilding and fishing. There is a dock with fuel, water, ice and other...

The North Coast

Just outside Victoria, another fishing port and capital of St Mark’s Parish, is a rock in the sea with Amerindian petroglyphs on it (best to know where to look over the parapet). The road continues around the northwest coast, turning inland before returning to the sea at Sauteurs, the capital of St Patrick’s parish, on the north coast. The town is renowned...

The Interior

Mount St Catherine can be climbed quite easily, contrary to popular opinion, although in places it is a climb rather than a walk. There are several routes, perhaps easiest from Grenville. Take a minibus to the Mount Hope road, this is a four-wheel drive track which becomes the path up the mountain. It takes about two hours from leaving the minibus. A guide...

The East Coast

On the east side of the island, Amerindian remains can be seen on rock carvings near Hermitage (look for a sign on the road) and at an archaeological dig near the old Pearls airport. Apparently it’s so unprotected that lots of artefacts have been stolen. The airport is worth a quick visit to see the two old Cuban and Russian planes and the duty-free shop, a...

Carriacou

Carriacou (pronounced Carr-ycoo) is an attractive island of green hills descending to sandy beaches. It is much less mountainous than Grenada, which means that any cloudy or rainy weather clears much quicker. Efforts are being made by the Government to curb contraband and drug smuggling in Carriacou, but a lot comes in around Anse la Roche, where there are...

Tourist Information

Embassies and Consulates The British High Commission is at 14 Church Street, St George’s, T440-3222/3536, F4404939. The Venezuelan Embassy is at Archibald Avenue, St George’s, T4401721/2. USA, Lance Aux Epines Stretch, St George’s, T4441173, F4444820, Email: usemb_gd@ caribsurf.com Republic of China, Archibald Avenue, T4403054; Netherlands, Grand Etang Road...

Communication

Telephone Services Cable & Wireless Grenada Ltd, T4401000, Email: gndi...@caribsurf.com, with offices on the Carenage, St George’s, operates telephone services, including USA Direct and calls to USA on Visa card, etc, at a fee, facsimile, telex, telegraph and cellular phones. Payphones take coins or phone cards, available at outlets near payphones. Home...

Getting Around

Air Carriacou’s airport is Lauriston, a US$4 taxi ride from Hillsborough, US$10 from Mount Pleasant. Disconcertingly, the main road goes straight across the runway. A fire engine drives out from Hillsborough to meet incoming flights, bringing the Immigration Officer, who clings to a platform at the back in Keystone Cops fashion. Every day LIAT and Airlines...

Getting There

Air From Europe: Scheduled flights from London, Gatwick, via Tobago twice a week with British Airways. JMC also flies twice a week with its year round charter service. Condor flies from Munich once a week via Tobago. From North America: BWIA flies from Miami and New York via Port of Spain, Trinidad. American Airlines fly daily from Miami. Air Jamaica and...

Before Travelling

Climate The average temperature is 26°C. December and January are the coolest months. The rainy season runs from June to November. In November 1999, the west coast of Grenada was hit badly by Hurricane Lenny and was declared a disaster area, as was the west coast of Carriacou and the whole of Petit Martinique. Sea walls collapsed, taking coastal roads with...