Once you arrive on Grenada, you will be greeted by friendly faces, warm hospitality, and the aroma of fresh spices. A number of travel options are available to whisk you away to this Caribbean paradise.
Travelers can reach Grenada by plane from almost anywhere in the world. Many airlines have flights to Grenada's . Air travel is the most popular and fastest way to reach the island, and scheduled flights from cities around the world as well as from other islands in the Caribbean touch down daily. Travelers visiting Grenada can also hop a plane to neighboring Carriacou, which has a landing strip at in Hillsborough that can accommodate smaller aircrafts. If a visit to Petite Martinique is on the agenda, you can fly into Point Salines and take a ferry.
Like many other islands in the Caribbean, Grenada charges a departure tax to tourists returning to their home country. As of January 2013, this tax was EC$50 for adults 12 and up, EC$25 for children five to 12, and free for children four and under. This price is subject to change at any time, so be sure to check with the state department before you travel. Often, the price of your ticket will absorb the departure tax, but because this is not always the case, you should contact your airline to be certain.
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Independent boaters can also visit Grenada, but its small sister island of Carriacou is more popular among sailors and yachters. Many boaters consider this little island a yachting paradise. Once you gain clearance to either of the islands' harbors, you will enjoy sailing the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Because this island is so popular amongst yachters, the shores see a lot of different types of sailors. Some people come on their own on a private yacht, while others hire a chartered boat with a crew so that they can enjoy the sail without having to do any of the hard work. Each option is equally enjoyable, depending upon your knowledge of sailing and your desire to take the reins yourself. Read more about sailing and yachting to Grenada by clicking here.
If you sail into Grenada on a cruise ship, your travels can be as exciting as reaching your destination. Cruise tourism is growing on Grenada, and many cruise lines stop here as part of a Caribbean tour. Cruise ship passengers dock at St. George's harbor, which is located near the heart of the downtown area. Once on land, travelers can visit a number of the capital city's historic sites, renowned dining establishments, and local shops.
If you aren't participating in any cruise sponsored excursions during your time on Grenada, you'll probably want to spend some time doing some duty free shopping. On this island, you can expect to pay about 20 percent less on brand name goods and you'll be able to pick up a few that are harder to come by back at home, like local spices.
Travelers who will be doing extensive touring of the island's sites outside of the Grand Anse and Saint George's area should consider renting a car. Taxi rates are reasonable, but can add up quickly if you're moving about the island frequently. Rental cars allow travelers the flexibility and freedom to see sites such as the Grand Etang National Park and Forest or to explore the Grenville Nutmeg Processing Station. There are both international and local rental car agencies on the island for travelers to arrange four-wheel-drive vehicles and standard cars. Click here to learn more.
Independent travelers with a sense of adventure may wish to rent a bike or scooter. Mountain biking can be a great way to get to know the local terrain, and mopeds and scooters allow a great deal of mobility and freedom to explore the island as the ocean wind blows by. Scooters are usually less expensive than rental cars, though road conditions can also make them more hazardous. Bikers should be aware that the hilly terrain of the island can be a challenge, so if you haven't trained in biking before, you may find it a struggle to get from one location to the next.
Another rather inexpensive transportation option is the taxi. Taxis can also be useful for travelers who will not extensively tour the island. Taxi drivers meet arriving flights and are also available for tours of the island. Rates will vary depending on your destination, and surcharges will apply during off hours. Like many large cities in the United States, there are some taxi companies in Grenada that offer 24-hour cab service. You simply have to pick up the phone and call for one to pick you up.
Buses are inexpensive and are good for short trips or for visitors who know they won't be venturing far from their hotel or resort area. Both public and privately owned buses and minivans provide bus service in the tourist areas of Grand Anse and Saint George's. Buses can be crowded but are inexpensive and often boast unique names and play vibrant music. Buses run from regularly from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., except on Sundays when there is no bus service at all.
While there are plenty of ways to get around on the island of Grenada, the quieter and less developed islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique are just to the north. If you do not wish to plan a full vacation on these islands, you may take a ferry to Carriacou and then on to Petite Martinique for an afternoon or a day or two of relaxing seclusion.
Grenada boasts lively tourist areas in Grand Anse and Saint George's and unspoiled waterfalls, beaches, and marine landscapes on Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique. There are a number of transportation options available for travelers who want to make a few short trips or tour the region extensively.
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