Discover more about what to expect when travelling to the beautiful and authentic island of Grenada
, or the 'Spice Isle', from our Caribbean specialists.
WEATHER IN GRENADA
The island of Grenada has a wet tropical climate with average annual temperatures of 28°C, often tempered by north-eastern trade winds. There are two seasons that characterise the climate of Grenada: the humid and hot rainy season between June and December, and the dry season between January and May. The island sits in the eastern Caribbean just outside the hurricane belt and rarely experiences direct hits.
MAP OF GRENADA
MEDICATIONS & VACCINATIONS FOR GRENADA
Dengue fever and the Zika virus are present in Grenada, both of which are contracted through mosquito bites. While not at epidemic levels, one should still take preventative action against these moderate risks. For pregnant women Zika virus poses very serious health implications to unborn children. Should you be holidaying here, ensure you take with you a good insect repellent and loose, cool clothing to cover your limbs when the mosquitoes are out. As with all travel abroad, we suggest you make an appointment with your doctor or local travel clinic well ahead of your journey to Grenada; in addition to discussing these viral risks or other health matters, your health practitioner may recommend you have a Tetanus vaccine or booster shot before your trip. For more helpful information about travel health in Grenada please visit the NHS's Fit for Travel
website or see The Center for Disease Control & Prevention.
TIPPING IN GRENADA
There is 15% VAT at hotels and restaurants in Grenada, and most bills automatically add a further 10% - 18% service charge. If the latter isn't already included then a 10% tip is generally expected. More than this may be given to waitstaff at your own discretion. A bartender in Grenada appreciates a $1 tip per drink, a bellhop $1 per bag, and taxi drivers about 10% - 15% of the fare. Leaving a few dollars gratuity for hotel housekeeping every couple of days also goes a long way in continued good service.
Electrical outlets in Grenada take the UK three-pin style plug, at 230 volts and 50Hz. Adaptors for these can be bought at the airport on your outbound trip or supplied by your Grenadian hotel on request. If using American appliances in Grenada do check that their voltage is compatible without use of a transformer.
MOBILE / INTERNET CONNECTIVITY
Grenada has a good telecommunications infrastructure. You will find that local calls are inexpensive, with mobile reception being generally very good. It is always best to check with your service provider for details of connectivity and charges before you travel. Most hotels in Grenada have internet access, with high speed WiFi widely available, as do many restaurant and cafe establishments. Do however enquire about any applicable charges before using their connection.
Grenada: Island of Conflict by George Brizan
Angel by Merle Collins
Recollections of an Island Man by Anthony W. DeRiggs
We Move Tonight: The Making of the Grenada Revolution by Joseph Ewart Layne
Survival for Service: My Experiences as Governor General of Grenada by Paul Scoon
Lady in a Boat by Merle Collins