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Money & Shopping in Grenada

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Grenada produces many amazing products. Rum, chocolate, honey, jams and jellies, spices, clothing and art. Many of them are award-winning. Support the local economy when you are on the island and buy local products to take home.

Nutmeg is Grenada’s cash crop, so be sure to bring some home in one form or another – whole, jam, jelly, syrup, nutmed (medicinal ointment). You can also buy nutmeg-flavoured ice cream, which has an unusual taste that is hard to find elsewhere. Hurricane Ivan in September 2004 destroyed more than 90% of Grenada’s nutmeg crop, but fortunately you can now find plenty in the market, in town and in tourist shops. Other fine spices include mace, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, turmeric, etc.

To bring herbs/spices into the USA (and many other countries), they must be kept in properly sealed containers. Most responsible sellers offer them packaged – check to be sure.

Real vanilla sells for a lot of money in the markets, sometimes as much as US$1 for a half-litre bottle. The concentration of the liquid varies, but in its pure form there is a noticeable (and very pleasant) difference from the vanilla extract that most North Americans are used to. You can also look for dried vanilla beans (in the pod)…. an essential ingredient in a whole range of herbs and kitchen spices.

Locally grown and produced chocolate is gaining a good reputation. Excellent bars of various cocoas can be found at the Co-op shop, the nearby Belmont Plantation, grocery shops and the cruise terminal.

Rum Grenada produces some of the best rums. You will understand what a “good” rum is when you taste the rum produced in Grenada, and you may even become a convert by sipping a “good rum”!

The chocolate from Granada is one of the best in the world. Dark chocolate, organic. Look out for the beautiful, colourful packaging.

The large cruise ship pier, located outside the main harbour, offers a small enclosed “duty free” shopping centre. There are several shops (and grocery shops) selling local items and items for cruise passengers. Prices for local products can be higher than in shops elsewhere on the island. A block away is the spice market with stalls run by families and farmers.

How To Travel To Grenada

By airMaurice Bishop International Airport (IATA: GND) is located on the main island of Grenada, on a peninsula in the extreme southwest of the Point Salines region. It is about 6 km from the capital St. George's. Delta (New York JFK, Atlanta), British Airways, American Eagle, American Airlines, Monarch,...

How To Travel Around Grenada

The city centre has many narrow and hilly streets. Drivers are very careful, but caution is advised as some streets have very narrow or no pavements.The town also has the most picturesque horseshoe harbour in the Caribbean, with restaurants, shops and supermarkets. During the winter cruise season (between November...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Grenada

A valid passport and a return or onward ticket are required. Citizens of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and its dependencies, British Commonwealth countries, Caribbean countries (except Cuba), Venezuela, European Union countries and their dependencies, Norway, Japan, Israel and Russia do not require a visa.Allowances - Personal...

Destinations in Grenada

Islands in GrenadaGrenadaBy far the largest island, home to the majority of the country's populationKarriacouThe second largest island on which the town of Hillsborough is locatedLittle MartiniqueA third, remote island with limited tourist facilities.Cities in GrenadaSt. George's - National CapitalGrand Anse Bay - Main Tourist AreaGouyave - capital of...

Things To See in Grenada

There is so much to see in Grenada.... historic forts, lakes, waterfalls, spice plantations - some of which are still in operation today, spice gardens, flower gardens (Grenada won its 7th gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show in London in 2009), rum distilleries (with generous samples), plantation houses,...

Things To Do in Grenada

Gouyave Fish Friday. Gouyave is known as the town that never sleeps. It's a great evening drive to this fishing village on the west coast. Don't be afraid to venture out. It's perfectly safe and frequented by tourists and international medical students. The food is fresh, cheap and cooked...

Food & Drinks in Grenada

Aquarium Restaurant & Bar. Located in Point Salines on the beach, famous for its Sunday barbecue. editBananas Restaurant is located in True Blue and offers something for every budget and taste. Whether you're looking for a cheeseburger in paradise or steak and lobster, you're sure to find it at...

Accommodation & Hotels in Grenada

Grenada (island) offers a wide range of accommodation, from small guesthouses to five-star all-inclusive resorts.Carriacou, although smaller, offers many opportunities.Petite Martinique, although much less developed, offers some options.

Language & Phrasebook in Grenada

Standard (British) English is the official language of Grenada and is widely spoken. However, an English-based creole (not referred to as such by locals) is the dominant language of most Grenadians and can be difficult for people outside the Caribbean to understand. French patois was once the dialect language...

Weather & Climate in Grenada

The climate is tropical: hot and humid during the rainy season and cooled by trade winds during the dry season. Grenada, which lies on the southern edge of the hurricane belt, has experienced only three hurricanes in fifty years.Hurricane Janet passed over Grenada on 23 September 1955 with winds...

Traditions & Customs in Grenada

Although Grenada is a Caribbean island, Grenadians do not spend most of their time lying on the beach. They take their work very seriously and many jobs require specially tailored suits. Although there is still much to do, they are justifiably proud of the extensive repairs to the massive...

Culture Of Grenada

Although the French influence on Grenadian culture is much less visible than on other Caribbean islands, French family and place names remain, and everyday language is peppered with French words and the local dialect, or patois. A stronger French influence is found in the well-seasoned food and cooking styles...

History Of Grenada

Christopher Columbus discovered Grenada in 1498. The island was already inhabited by Caribbean Indians who had migrated from the South American continent and killed or enslaved the peaceful Arawaks who already lived there. The Indians called their island Camerhogue, but Columbus renamed it Concepción. However, passing Spanish sailors found...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Grenada

Stay Safe in GrenadaGrenada is a safe country and has the lowest crime rate in the Caribbean. The tropical sun and high humidity deserve your utmost respect. Take bottled water with you when you go out. The danger to pedestrians on pavements and narrow streets can be greater than...

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