Grenada Travel Guide

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Travel Tips

A collection of important information that can make your trip more enjoyable.

Importation of animals is prohibited without an Import Permit. Proper health documents must be produced and the Government Veterinary Officer must be notified of the port of entry and the expected time of arrival.

Business Hours
Banks: 8am-3pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8am-5pm on Friday.
Shops: 8am-4pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am-1pm on Saturday. (Some shops close between 12 noon and 1pm.)
Government offices: 8am-4pm, Monday to Friday.

Camping is allowed in Grand Etang National Park in Grenada, and on school and church grounds in Carriacou.

There is a good representation of all the major religious denominations in most towns and villages: Roman Catholic, Christian Scientist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Islam, Scots Kirk, Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Salvation Army, Church of Christ, and Mennonite.

Casual, light cottons are ideal during the day; in the evenings, semi-formal attire is appropriate. Bathing suits or mini shorts should not be worn in the streets or stores. Long pants and hiking shoes are recommended for hiking.

Credit Cards & Currency
Major credit cards are accepted by some hotels, car rental companies, and shops. Travellers cheques are accepted everywhere. The Eastern Caribbean Dollar, linked to the US Dollar, is the local currency. Banks will exchange EC$2.67 for US$1.00 cash, and EC$2.68 for US$1.00 in travellers cheques. It is advisable to exchange currency at the banks, as the most favourable exchange rates may not be obtained elsewhere.

To obtain a local driving permit, a bona fide driver's licence must be presented at the traffic department at the Central Police Station on the Carenage. The cost is EC$30.00. Most car rental firms also issue local permits. There is a network of approximately 650 miles of paved roads and most of the main roads are in good condition. Please note that driving is on the LEFT.

Voltage is 220 volts - 50 cycles. Appliances rated at 110 volts (US standard) normally work satisfactorily with a transformer. Most hotels provide dual voltage shaver units, but an adaptor plug is necessary for small appliances.

Entry Requirements
A valid passport and return or onward ticket is required for all visitors. However, proof of citizenship bearing a photograph is acceptable from British, Canadian, and US citizens. A visa is not required from citizens of the US, Canada, UK, British Commonwealth, Caribbean countries (except Cuba), most European countries, South Korea, and Japan.

Medical Facilities
There is a General Hospital in St. George's, a smaller hospital in Mirabeau on the east coast, and one in Carriacou. Clinics and doctors can be found throughout the islands.

Postal Information
Efficient local and regional mailing is enhanced by couriers. The General Post Office is on the Lagoon Road by the Port in St. George's. There are sub-post offices in all towns and villages. Post Offices are open 8am-3:30pm, Monday to Friday.

The barking of trees and taking of wildlife from the forest and rivers, and corals from the sea are strictly forbidden.

Radio & Television
There are currently four radio stations (AM 535 kHz; AM 1400 kHz / FM90 kHz / FM96.3 kHz; FM 101.7 kHz; FM105.5 kHz) and three television stations. Many hotels have satellite/cable television.

Tax & Tipping
There is an 8% Government Tax at hotels and restaurants. Most also add a 10% service charge. Additional gratuities are at your discretion.

International Direct Dialing is available from most hotel rooms; calls are on a per minute minimum basis, plus a 10% government tax. The area code for Grenada is 473. Boatphone, a mobile cellular phone service (USA AMPS), is available for land and marine use. Many charter yachts have Boatphone on board. Coin and Card phone services are available for both local and overseas calls. Prepaid cards can be purchased at Grentel offices and agents, and the cruise department of the Grenada Board of Tourism.

Time Zone
Grenada is in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time and four hours behind GMT.

Tap water is safe to drink; bottled water is available.

Work Permits
Work permits are issued by the Ministry of Labour, Young Street, St. George's. For information, call (473) 440-3080.



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