St. Georges, Grenada
Language and Currency
What is Grenada Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?
The official language of Grenada is English, however a good amount of French is also spoken. The ECD, or Eastern Caribbean Dollar is the official currency but the U.S. dollar is widely accepted, as are major credit cards.
It would be hard to think of a more perfect cruise port than Grenada. First, there is immediate access to the city from the cruise terminal, the best beach is only minutes away, the shoppping is excellent and the oceanfront is packed with shops, restaurants and a unique atmosphere that makes being there seem surreal. You will love Grenada. Known as the "Spice Isle" one visit to the open market will show you why.
Grenada is tropical and enjoys excellent winter weather with rain and humidity during the summer and fall months. If you are visiting during the rainy season, pack a small collapsible umbrella just in case you get caught in a downpour. Like most tropical climates, it can rain one minute and then be sunny the next.
Most ships dock at the cruise terminal (about a 5 minute walk into town) while some still anchor and tender into the tender wharf right downtown.
The oldest part of St. Georges, known as the Carenage offers excellent shopping in a quaint area of shops that are over 200 years old. The local market (visit the marketplace near the waterfront and be sure to take your camera) is a visual treat with tropical fruits, flowers, spices and other local treats. Also, the waterfront area known as the Esplanade offers more shopping opportunities.
There are some typical tourist stores selling typical tourist stuff but the real finds in Grenada are the unique spices and products. Nutmeg is huge here and is a "must buy" but you will find numerous other spices, jams, jellies, spreads and sauces ready to take home. Also local artists have galleries in the Carenage that are worth exploring for paintings, batik and other fine materials. Grenada is a duty free port, so you will also find the usual items available such as cosmetics, perfumes, china, jewelry and other collectibles.
Grand Anse, Grenada
If you are only in Grenada for a day, I would explore St. Georges shopping areas and unique beauty, lunch at one of the restaurants on the Esplanade and then make my way to Grand Anse to experience one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. A visit to Fort George at the harbor's entrance is also very interesting. Built back in the 1700s, it is a typical fort one would imagine guarding the town from pirates and invaders. There are also some museums of interest in St. Georges as well as an old church that is beautiful.
Grenada offers the standard water sports one would find in the Caribbean. SCUBA diving, snorkeling, water skiing, sailing, fishing and other activities can be arranged by the local tour operators with stands along the Promenade. The interior of Grenada offers mountains, waterfalls, and some wonderful hikes. The trails to Grand Etang Lake and Forest Reserve are well worth the time to explore (I have not personally done the hike yet, but I have heard it is wonderful).
Yes, I think Grand Anse is one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere and is a "must see" if you visit Grenada.
Not that I am aware of. Do you know of any?
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I could have done without this stop. Much of the island was being repaired from the hurricane. When you get off the ship there are plenty of taxi drivers to harass...read more
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Grenada, the Spice Island, is a jewel in the sea. Its harbor is said to be one of the most beautiful in the world, and I’m sure that’s true. There is a rich...read more
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Our ship docked in the bay, so everyone had to tender in to the port. Marvin arranged for us to travel around the island with his father, Big Joe, for $15 per...read more
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We took the tender from the ship to Grenada. The taxi drivers here were VERY aggressive trying to engage you in conversation so they could take you on an island tour...read more
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