Cruise Ship Destination Port

The islands of the Caribbean are located in a region southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and Northern America, east of Central America, and to the north of South America.

Tropical Weather

Atlantic

ALL CLEAR for cruisers

 

Eastern Pacific

ALL CLEAR for cruisers

Saint George's Weather

 

Need to know

Personal Safety

Street crime occurs in Grenada.  Tourists have been victims of armed robbery especially in isolated areas and thieves frequently steal credit cards, jewelry, U.S. passports and money.  Mugging, purse snatching and other robberies may occur in areas near hotels, beaches and restaurants, particularly after dark. 

Visitors should exercise appropriate caution when walking after dark or when using the local bus system or taxis hired on the road.  It is advisable to hire taxis to and from restaurants.


 

Medical Services

Medical care is limited.  U.S. citizens requiring medical treatment may contact the U.S Embassy in St. George’s for a list of local doctors, dentists, pharmacies and hospitals.  Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the U.S. can cost thousands of dollars.  Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services.


 

Water Quality

Grenada chlorinates its water, making it generally safe to drink.  However, during especially heavy rains, quality control can slip, particularly in the city of St. George’s.  It is recommended that visitors to Grenada request bottled water, which is widely available and relatively inexpensive.


 

Dress Code

Grenada officials announced in Dec 2008 they will strictly enforce the dress code and violators will be told to return to the ship to dress appropriately or don't return. Casual, light cottons are ideal during the day; in the evenings, elegantly casual attire is appropriate. Bathing suits or mini shorts should not be worn in the streets or stores.

Getting around  

Driving conditions in Grenada, including road conditions, increasing numbers of vehicles, and sometimes undisciplined minibus drivers all require caution and reduced speed for safety.

Traffic moves on the left in Grenada; the majority of vehicles are right hand drive.

The Government of Grenada has a seat belt law; drivers and passengers found not wearing seat belts are subject to a fine of EC$1,000 (US$400).

Getting a local temporary drivers license, based on valid U.S. drivers license plus EC$30 (US$12), is highly recommended.  

In the event of an accident, not having a valid local driver’s license may result in a fine, regardless of who is at fault.  

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St. George's, Grenada

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St. George's, the island's capital, is often called the most beautiful city in the Caribbean.

About 89% of Grenada's population is of African descent. An additional 8.2% are of mixed East Indian, African, and/or Caucasian ancestry, reflecting Grenada's history of African slaves, East Indian indentured servants, and European settlers. An additional 2% of the population considers itself East Indian, which includes some descendants of the indentured servants brought to Grenada from 1857 to the 1890s, as well as immigrants arriving from Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and Indians since the 1970s. A small community (less than 1% of the population) of the descendants of early European settlers resides in Grenada.

Grenada was granted full autonomy by the British over its internal affairs in March 1967. Full independence was granted on February 7, 1974.

Good to Know

Grenada is located about 100 miles north of Venezuela. To the north sits St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago to the south.

English is the official language.

Grenada is know as the "Spice Island" so make sure to stop at one of the local markets to stock up on your favorites. Visit a Cocoa plantation and Nutmeg station.

Port of Entry

Melville Street Cruise Terminal, located at the downtown waterfront.

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Time Zone

AST (UTC/GMT -4.5)

Map Coordinates

12°3′N 61°45′W

Average Temperatures

Water: 81º Summer - 73º Winter

Air: 83º Summer - 79º Winter

Things to do and see

Grand Etang National Park

More than 2000 ft. above sea level. Well marked hiking paths leading to the Seven Sisters Falls. 

US Invasion Relics

United States invaded Grenada on Oct. 25, 1983. President Ronald Reagan ordered some 6,000 troops to oust the six-day-old Marxist government that had come to power in a bloody coup, and to ensure the safety of hundreds of U.S. medical students studying there.  The evidence is just north of the little town of Grenville, at the abandoned Pearls Airport along the Atlantic Ocean. The rusted relics of large cargo planes, still standing 26 years after the invasion, share the tall grass with a few dark brown cows.

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Beaches

Sandy Island

Off Hillsborough is just a ring of white sand with a few palm trees, surrounded by a reef and crystal-clear waters. Bring your snorkeling gear.

Tyrrel Bay Beach

Dodge the poisonous green "apples" of the manchineel trees here. The foliage of these trees can burn your skin.

Snorkel and Dive Spots

Sunken cruise liner Bianca C

The “Titanic of the Caribbean”.

Gibbs Cay

Snorkel with stingrays and explore the coral reef 50 yards away.

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Area Events

Montserrat St. Patrick's Day Week Long Celebration March 13-20

St. Patrick's Day - March 17th (National Holiday)

Montserrat is the only nation in the world other than Ireland that considers St. Patrick's Day a national holiday.  St. Patrick's Week in Montserrat includes parades concerts with calypso, soca, and iron band music, church services and dinners, and a special March 17 commemoration of an attempted slave revolt in 1768. 

Annual Carriacou Maroon Music Festival

Annual April event

Grenada Carnival Season

Starts in May and runs through August. Carnival celebrations in Carriacou are held from the weekend before the start of the Christian Lenten period. In the tradition of Caribbean Carnivals, these celebrations include calypso competitions and the parade of brightly costumed masqueraders through the streets of the main villages.

 

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