Grenada — Transportation
Grenada Taxis and Car Rental
Taxis are available on the two main islands of Grenada and Carriacou. For Petite Martinique and the smaller islands, no official services exist, yet given their size, it is unlikely you will require transportation. Taxis are plentiful in St George’s and can be hailed on the street. It is a good idea to ask how much the fare will be before departing, as prices are negotiable. Carriacou Taxi Owners & Drivers Association (+1-472-443-7566) is a reliable operator on the middle sized island. If you want to prearrange a taxi on the main island, in St George’s or use one to go further afield, the combined tour and taxi company, K&J Tours (+1-473-440-4227) can take you for a flat fee or daily rate.
For independent travel, rental cars are readily available, normally near the airport in St George’s through firms such as Archie Auto Rentals (+1-473-444-2535). There are a range of vehicles including SUVs at an affordable price. On Carriacou, you will also find a good selection at Klass Auto Rentals (+1-472-404-4757), with the preferred mode of transportation a Jeep that can handle the partially developed road network.
Grenada Water Taxis
Water taxis are a fast and fun way to get around Grenada. They are small motorboats, so be prepared to get wet from the spray of the Caribbean water; otherwise stick to more conventional ground transportation. If traveling between the smaller islands, water taxis will be your only option unless you have or rent your own boat. Rest assured though, all water taxis are licensed by the port authority and contain safety equipment onboard. You will find legs between Grand Anse Beach and St George’s Harbor for a set price. In Carriacou and Petitie Martinique, you can call Snagg’s Water Taxi (+1-442-403-2121) to arrange a ride. If traveling between the smaller islands in the Grenadines without your own boat, you will need to negotiate with locally-owned operators.
Grenada’s three main islands are connected by a regularly scheduled ferry service called Osprey Lines (+1-473-440-8126). It travels between Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, departing from St George’s at 9:00 a.m. daily (except on Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, and Good Friday). The Osprey Shuttle is a fast catamaran that will get you from Grenada Island to Carriacou in 90 minutes, while the Osprey Express is a larger boat which takes roughly 2 hours. There are twice daily services for the much shorter journey between Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
Scheduled buses exist in Grenada, but you won’t find them so readily on the other smaller islands. They depart from Melville Street in St George’s to locations all over the island, with the destination clearly marked in the window. They are fairly cheap, but offer a bumpy ride and can get very crowded. Another disadvantage is that they stop whenever requested to pick up or drop people off so travel times may be long.