Fact File for Grenada
Grenada is a mountainous and volcanic island, which gives it one of the loveliest landscapes in the Caribbean, featuring crater lakes, rainforests and coastal mangrove plantations nearby perfectly sandy beaches and sparkling blue waters with colorful coral reefs that are excellent snorkeling grounds.
COORDINATES: 12º07N, 61º40W
LANGUAGE: English (official), French patois spoken
CAPITAL: St. George's
WEATHER: Tropical climate, moderated by northeast trade winds. Greatest monthly precipitation falls from June through November and average daily temperatures throughout the year are between 26C and 32C (79-90F).
BEST TIME TO CHARTER: December-April
AIRPORTS: The Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND) is located 8 km south of the town of St. George's, on Pont Salines, the most SW point of Grenada.
CURRENCY: East Caribbean dollar (XCD); USD widely accepted, although change might be given in XCD. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted in most shops, car rental companies and hotels. ATMs are mostly available in St. George's.
ELECTRICITY: 230 V, 50Hz
- 1 Jan - New Year's Day
- 7 Feb - Independence Day
- Mar/Apr - Good Friday, Easter Monday
- 1 May - Labor Day
- May/Jun - Whit Monday
- First Monday in Aug - Emancipation Day
- 12 Aug - Carnival
- 25 Oct - Thanksgiving Day
- 9 Dec - National Heroes Day
- 25 Dec - Christmas Day
MAIN PORTS AND MARINAS: Grenada Marine in St. George's;
Grenada Yacht Club in St. George's;
Martin's Marina in L'Anse aux Epines near St. George's;
Prickly Bay Marina in L'Anse aux Epines near St. George's
RECOMMENDED BEACHES: Grand Anse Beach, Morne Rouge Beach, Magazine Beach, La Sagesse
CULTURAL: Local culture is the reflection of the island's history of English and French colonial rule, as well as African heritage. The Roman Catholic Church is also of great influence on the locals' lifestyle. Grenadians are warm and friendly. Dress code is informal but beachwear such be reserved to the beach. Smoking is not prohibited in public.
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