Grenada is blessed with dramatic mountains, waterfalls and miles of gleaming, unspoiled beaches. St. George’s, the capital, is built on sloping hills surrounding a bustling harbour.
The air in Grenada is full of the fragrant aromas of spices and exotic fruits. It is known as the Isle of Spice and is the largest spice producer in the Western Hemisphere and the second-largest nutmeg producer in the world.
Here eco-tours are a major attraction. From its magnificent beaches, cataracts, and rain forest to its great fields of sugar cane and exotic spices, Grenada is ready for exploration and discovery.
When it comes to beaches, Grenada has 45 to choose from – busy strands full of action and secluded coves where you’ll rarely see another soul. Grand Anse is the island’s most famous recreational beach, two miles of white sand shaded by coconut palms and lined by luxurious villas and resort hotels.
The serene waters surrounding the island are just right for snorkelling and diving and boast a splendid variety of fish and more than 40 species of coral. Sailing is also a popular pastime – you can rent a Sunfish or Hobie Cat or join a group for a trip on a catamaran or speedboat.
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1. In most cases, visas are not required for travelling to Grenada.
2. Canadian and American citizens do not require visas to visit Grenada provided they are in possession of the following:
• Proof of Citizenship
• Return ticket or tickets to an onward destination
3. Citizens of Commonwealth countries are similarly visa exempt provided they are in possession of the following:
• Valid Passport
• Return tickets or tickets to an onward destination
4. The "Visa Exempt" conditions listed in section (3) also apply to citizens of several other countries. Please refer to your latest issue of Travel Information Manual for a listing of these countries. Citizens of all other countries should contact this office for further information.
5. Visitors may stay in the country for periods up to three (3) months
6. Non-Grenadians wishing to work in Grenada must first obtain a work permit from the Ministry of Labour, St. George's, Grenada.
7. Non-Grenadians wishing to purchase land in Grenada are required to apply to the Government for an Aliens Land Holding Permit.
344 sq km (133 sq miles)
East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
Grenada Head of state
Queen Elizabeth II, represented by Governor-General Sir Daniel Williams
Grenada International dialling code
English (official), French patois
Grenada Main exports
Nutmeg, bananas, cocoa, fruit and vegetables, clothing, mace
104,000 (UN, 2009)
Grenada Prime Minister