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Fast Facts


Danielle Miller

December 5, 2019

Useful facts and information about Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

Saline Island, south of Carriacou

Climate & Geography

Grenada is a volcanic island with a lush mountainous interior and sheltered indented Leeward coastline.

Carriacou and Petite Martinique are drier, low-lying islands with shrubland.

The highest point is Mt St Catherine, rising to 840m (2,760ft) above sea level.

Average temperature 26 Degrees Celsius

Airports & Departure Tax

Maurice Bishop International Airport is located on the island’s southernmost peninsular, Point Salines, in St George, with international flights from USA, Canada, UK, Germany and several Caribbean islands.

Lauriston Airport in Carriacou connects the island to Grenada and Union Island (St Vincent & the Grenadines).

Departure tax is included in all airline fares, including small domestic flights to Carriacou.


Visas are not required for citizens of the USA, UK, EU, Japan and Caribbean countries, when entering as a visitor.

Contact your nearest Embassy for the full list of countries requiring a visa.

Visitors to Grenada must present:
1. A valid passport (at least six months)
2. Address and contact details for accommodation
3. Sufficient funds for the duration of their stay

Work visas are issued by the Ministry of Labour.

Cruise Ship Terminal, St George's

Official Ports of Entry

St George’s | Prickly Bay | Grenville | St David

Hillsborough | Tyrell Bay


Grenada offers a fibre optic digital telephone system, with landline, cellular and internet services.

International Direct Dialing (IDD) service is available.

Phone cards and data plans can be purchased for unlocked mobile phones.

Phone numbers in Grenada are formatted as:
1 + 473 + local 7 digit number


Grenada is a Constitutional Monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state, represented by the Governor General - Dr Cecile La Grenada.

The head of Government is the Prime Minister - Dr The Right Hon. Keith Mitchell.


The official currency of Grenada is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar.

International currency code: XCD

EC$2.67 = US$1

US Dollars and major credit cards accepted, but some smaller retailers will only accept cash.


Most hotels and restaurants add a 10% service charge and 15% VAT. Additional tipping is at your discretion.


220/240 volt

50 cycle

Grenada uses 3-pronged plugs (like the UK). You will need an adaptor for European or American style two-pronged plus (for 220/240V). To use 110 volt devices, a transformer is needed.

Potable Water

The tap water in Grenada is collected from rainwater and springs, and is safe for drinking.

Bottled mineral water is widely available at supermarkets and restaurants.


Lightweight casual clothing is recommended, with protective layers for sun and insect exposure.

Swimsuits should be covered in towns, public streets and businesses.

Camouflage and public nudity is prohibited.

Drivers Licences

A temporary driver’s licence is required for visitors in possession of an overseas drivers licence.

It is valid for three months and costs EC$60.

Temporary licences can be issued by official car rental agencies, or from South St George Police Station in Grand Anse.

For more information about driving in Grenada, and other modes of transport, check out our Transport Information page.

Important Contacts

Emergency Numbers at a glance

Police & Fire 911 | Coast Guard +1 (473) 444-1931

Police & Protection Services

Police Headquarters, St George's
+1 (473) 440-3999

Police, Hillsborough, Carriacou
+1 (473) 443-7482

Hospitals and Medical Care

General Hospital, St George’s
+1 (473) 440-2051
Ambulance: +1 (473) 440-2113

St Augustine Medical Services (private hospital), St Paul’s, St George
+1 (473) 440-6173

Princess Anne Hospital, St Andrew
+1 (473) 442-7251
Ambulance: +1 (473) 442-5400

Princess Royal Hospital, Carriacou
+1 (473) 443-7400

Animal Clinics

Grenada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
+1 (473) 440-4874

SGU Small Animal Clinic
+1 (473) 435-2900

Airports & Seaports

Maurice Bishop International Airport
+1 (473) 444-4101

Lauriston Airport, Carriacou
+1 (473) 443-6306

Grenada Ports Authority
+1 (473) 440-7678

Grenada Tourism Authority
+1 (473) 440-2279

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