The official language of Grenada is English, but the locals mainly speak Grenadian Creole English, which has been influenced by French and African dialects. Grenadian Creole French is spoken by the minority in rural areas and is known locally as Patois.
Pegged to the US dollar, the East Caribbean dollar (EC$) is the currency of Grenada along with seven other members of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. EC $1 is divided into 100 cents. Visitors can exchange currency at banks, which have the most favorable rates, hotels or exchange offices in St. George’s. Facilities outside of the capital are less common. ATMs are available at most resorts and downtown, with credit card payment accepted at most large shops, hotels and restaurants. Travelers’ checks in US dollars are also widely accepted.
Grenada uses electricity at 220-240V with British style plugs so US visitors wanting to use appliances from home will need a transformer and adaptor.
The dialing code for Grenada is +1 followed by 473. Mobile network operators include LIME and Digicel, with coverage good in the main resorts and capital. Internet is offered at many hotels and cafes in popular tourist areas.
The main island’s international airport offers duty-free up to 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco. One liter of wine or spirits can be imported without incurring tax. Fruit, vegetables and meat can’t be brought into Grenada.
Grenada Board of Tourism, St. George’s: +1473 440-2279 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Embassies and consulates in Grenada
American Embassy, St. George’s: +1-473-444-1173 Dutch Consulate, St. George’s: +1-473-440-3459 Australian Consulate, St. George’s: +1-473-439-4556 British Consulate, St. George’s: +1-473-405-8072
Emergency services: 911