Caribbean Tourism

Grenada

Places to Eat - Carriacou

The market near the pier in Hillsborough comes alive on Monday when the produce is brought in. Food is limited in variety, especially fresh vegetables, but according to season you can get onions, tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers etc from Grenada. ‘Jack Iron’ rum (180° proof) is a local hazard, it is so strong that ice sinks in it. It is distilled in Barbados...

Food & Drink

Grenada’s cooking is generally very good. Lambi (conch) is very popular, as is callaloo soup (made with dasheen leaves), souse (a sauce made from pig’s feet), pepper pot and pumpkin pie. There is a wide choice of seafood, and of vegetables. Goat and wild meat (armadillo, iguana, manicou) can be sampled. Nutmeg features in many local dishes, try nutmeg jelly...

Festivals

Easter is a time for lots of events, both religious and otherwise. There are dinghy races from Grand Anse to the Yacht Club, a kite flying competition at the old Pearls airport, with music, food and drink, and other activities. Carnival takes place over the second weekend in August, although some preliminary events and competitions are held from the last...

Flora & Fauna

A system of national parks and protected areas is being developed. Information is available from the Forestry Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Archibald Avenue, St George’s. The focal point is the Grand Étang National Park, eight miles from the capital in the central mountain range. It is on the transinsular road from St George’s to Grenville. The Grand...

Entertainment

Bars Happy hours at marinas: Boatyard Bar at Prickly Bay Marina. 1730-1830, TV and live music several times a week in season, also good food at the Yacht Club. Rum Squall Bar at Secret Harbour Marina. Inexpensive weekly barbecue and daily happy hour 1600-1700. Grenada Yacht Club in St George’s. Has happy hour Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 1800-1900, yachtsmen...

Diving & Marine Life

The reefs around Grenada provide excellent sites for diving. A popular dive is to the wreck of the Italian cruise liner, Bianca C which went down in 1961. Other dive sites include Boss Reef, the Hole, Valley of Whales, Forests of Dean, Grand Mal Point (wall dive), Dragon Bay (wall dive) ends at Molinière, Happy Valley (drift with current to Dragon Bay);...

Beaches & Watersports

There are 45 beaches on Grenada. The best are in the southwest, particularly Grand Anse, a lovely stretch of white sand which looks north to St George’s. It can get crowded with cruise passengers, but there’s usually plenty of room for everyone. Beach vendors have a proper market with 78 booths, washroom facilities, a tourist desk and a jetty for water...

Accommodation - Petit Martinique

D Sea Side View Holiday Cottages, T4439007, F4439210, one two-bedroomed and two one-bedroomed, self-contained cottages near beach, supermarket and boutique. E Miracle Mart Guest House, T4439065. Three rooms, four beds, fan, kitchen, restaurant. Palm Beach Restaurant and Bar, menu emphasizes seafood, good roti, free water taxi service for those anchored in...

Accommodation - Carriacou

Out of season the island is quiet. Not all the hotels are open. Hotels A-B Silver Beach Hotel, T4437337, F4437165, Emai: silv...@grenadines.net 16 rooms or apartments, simple but attractive, though for a longer stay a cheaper rate can be negotiated with the owner, good, helpful, child-friendly, offers showers and transport to yachts in Tyrrel Bay, own...

Accommodations

Hotel rooms are subject to a 10% service charge & 8% tax on accommodation, food & beverages. Grenada is particularly well served with good, mid-range, small hotels and guest houses, only a selection of which we print here. The Tourist Board has a brochure of Intimate Inns of Grenada, which lists many of them. Although large-scale tourism is starting...

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...