The cost of a vacation's little items, and even the necessities, can add up quickly. Before setting off to bountiful, beautiful Grenada, you would do well to construct at least a rough outline of what you will be spending. Planning a budget can help you squeeze the most from your time on the Spice Isle and avoid the hassle of overspending.
The cost of your accommodations will vary for several reasons. Grenada offers hotels and resorts, rental properties, and camping. Smaller hotels and inns, which start as low as $22(USD) per night for a basic room with few amenities, are the most affordable places to stay. Rooms at budget hotels range from $40(USD) to $100(USD). More luxurious digs at larger hotels and resorts can cost more than $800(USD) per night. All-inclusive resorts tend to be the most expensive accommodations on the island, but the cost includes practically every amenity you could want. Rates generally reflect the quality of a hotel's amenities and services.
Food is a necessary expense, but dining costs vary according to the style of restaurants you visit. The least expensive meals on the island start at $5(USD) while upscale dining can cost up to $55(USD) per person per meal. These prices don't include the 10 percent service charge and 8 percent government tax, which is added to the final bill.
Transportation is another expense to add to your budget. Taxi fares on the island are generally not fixed, so the cost of your ride will depend on the length of the journey and the final destination. Rates generally start at $2.75(USD) for a trip within one mile of the airport, and beyond that radius cab rides start at $10(USD). Buses are one of the most affordable ways to see Grenada at about $1(EC), which converts to a few cents in U.S. dollars. The most independent, but expensive, way to get around Grenada is by rental car. Daily rates start at approximately $50(USD), which does not include the costs of damage insurance and the deposit.
You may take a ferry to visit Grenada's two sister islands, Petite Martinique and Carriacou. A trip to these two neighboring islands makes a great day trip, and rates are very reasonable at about $20(EC) one way and $30(EC) for a round-trip ticket.
Paying for entertainment and activities depends on your tastes. A day soaking up rays on the beach costs next to nothing compared to visiting museums and other attractions. Clubs and bars may charge covers, so add that to the cost of drinks.
Grenada is known as the Spice Island, and many tourists purchase nutmeg and other fresh spices as souvenirs. Other popular purchases include cosmetics, artwork, and liquor. While you may find good deals at boutiques and Grenada's shopping centers, be aware that there could be duty or tax on them.
Americans returning to the United States can bring up to $800(USD) worth of goods back into the country duty-free as long as you've been on the island for more than 48 hours. Travelers over 21 can return up to 2 liters of alcohol duty-free. Citizens of other countries should contact their local customs office for information about what items are taxed upon return.
When leaving Grenada, all travelers must pay a departure tax. The cost of the exit tax is $19(USD) when leaving the island for other countries and $4(USD) when leaving Carriacou for other Grenadian islands. Children between 5 and 10 are charged half of the departure tax, and children younger than 5 are exempt.
During your stay on Grenada, hotels charge an 8 percent government tax, which will be added to the final bill at check-out. Most hotels and resorts include this charge in their rates, but always ask to be sure. It's better to know than to be surprised. Budgeting may not be fun but will ensure your Grenada vacation meets all your expectations.
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