Getting Around Grenada
The best way to get around Grenada is by car. Unless you're planning to spend all of your time in Grand Anse Beach or St. George's, you'll need your own set of wheels. Public minibuses do provide transportation around the main island, but service is fairly limited. You can rent a car at Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND)—formerly Point Salines International Airport—on the southwestern tip of Grenada Island or at one of the agencies located in St. George's and around Grand Anse Beach. Taxis are also plentiful, but frequent use can leave a sizeable dent in your wallet.
|On Foot||Certain areas of Grenada are best explored on foot; St. George's, for example, appeals to those who like to wander. However, if you want to see more of the islands, you will need another form of transportation.|
Having your own set of wheels allows you to wander the main island at your own pace without a hired driver holding your purse strings. But you'll need nerves of steel to tackle Grenada's roads: Islanders are known for their risky blind turns, while pedestrians have a habit of crossing without looking both ways. Rental cars are available from kiosks at Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND) and from agencies located in St. George's and Grand Anse Beach. In order to rent a car, you will need a valid driver's license as well as a local permit, which you can purchase for $30 XCD (roughly $11 USD) from the Central Police Station in St. George's or from some rental agencies. Also be aware that some companies will not allow you to rent a car in Grenada if you're under 21 years old.
If you're not open to renting a car, you should do just fine by hopping aboard one of Grenada's reliable minibuses, as long as you don't mind staying put on the weekends. Minibuses run from Melville Street in St. George's to towns around Grenada Island, including Grand Anse Beach, Grenville, and Gouyave. However, minibuses only run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and there is no set timetable. One-way fares range from $2.50 XCD to $8 XCD (roughly $1 to $3 USD) depending on the distance traveled.
Finding a taxi in Grenada is not a difficult task, especially in St. George's and Grand Anse. Rates are fixed, so you don't have to worry about getting scammed. The ride from St. George's to Grand Anse Beach, for example, will cost you $35 XCD (about $13 USD). Taxi fares on Carriacou are generally cheaper, though no matter where you are, relying on taxis as your primary form of transportation can get expensive.
For a more scenic ride between St. George's and Grand Anse Beach, opt for a water taxi. These brightly colored boats shuttle passengers along Grenada Island's southwest coast for around $10 XCD (approximately $4 USD) each way.
Osprey Lines Ltd. provides regular ferry service from Grenada Island to Carriacou and Petit Martinique. Ferries depart from St. George's every morning at 9 a.m. and return every afternoon at 3:30 p.m. The trip from Grenada Island takes roughly two hours. A one-way trip from Grenada to Carriacou costs $80 XCD (around $30 USD) for adults; continuing on to Petit Martinique requires an extra $20 XCD (just over $7 USD).
You can also access Carriacou by plane from Grenada's Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND) to Carriacou's Lauriston Airport (CRU). Planes fly out twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon, with tickets priced at $119 XCD ($44 USD) one-way and $235 XCD ($87 USD) roundtrip, on average. The flight takes approximately 20 minutes.
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