Planning a Trip
In the United States, contact the Grenada Tourist Office at P.O. Box 1668, Lakeworth, FL 33460 (tel. 800/927-9554 or 561/588-8176).
In London, contact the Grenada Board of Tourism, 11 Blades Court, 121 Deodar Rd., London SW15 2NU (tel. 020/8877-4516).
On the island, pick up maps, guides, and general information at the Grenada Board of Tourism, Bums Point, in St. George's (tel. 473/440-2279), open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm.
You can find information on the Web at www.grenadagrenadines.com.
Point Salines International Airport lies at the southwestern toe of Grenada. The airport is a 5- to 15-minute taxi ride from most of the major hotels.
American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300 in the U.S. and Canada, or 473/444-2222; www.aa.com) flies from New York or Miami to San Juan, where you can take an American Eagle (tel. 800/433-7300) shuttle flight into Grenada. US Airways (tel. 800/622-1015 in the U.S. and Canada, or 473/439-0681; www.usairways.com) has weekly flights from Philadelphia.
British Airways (tel. 800/247-9297 in the U.S. and Canada; www.britishairways.com) flies to Grenada every Tuesday and Friday from London's Gatwick Airport, making a single stop at Antigua en route.
Air Jamaica (tel. 800/523-5585 in the U.S. and Canada; www.airjamaica.com) offers nonstop flights from New York to Grenada two to three times a week.
LIAT (tel. 888/844-LIAT  in most of the Caribbean, or 473/440-3967; www.liatairline.com), which early in the millennium incorporated the corporate structures of the regional airlines formerly known as Caribbean Star and SVG into its orbit, flies between Grenada, Carriacou, Petit Martinique, and several neighboring islands in the southern Caribbean. LIAT's twin hubs, into which most of the routes on its network are funneled, include both Antigua and Barbados.
Finally, Virgin Atlantic Airways (tel. 800/821-5438 in the U.S. and Canada, or 800/744-7477 in Grenada; www.virgin-atlantic.com) flies nonstop once a week from London's Heathrow Airport.
By Taxi -- Taxi rates are set by the government. Most arriving visitors take a cab at the airport to one of the hotels near St. George's, at a cost of $18. Add $4 to the fare from 6pm to 6am. You can also use most taxi drivers as a guide for a day of sightseeing; negotiate a price beforehand.
By Rental Car -- Remember: Drive on the left. A U.S., British, or Canadian driver's license is valid on Grenada; however, you must obtain a local permit, costing $11. These permits can be bought either from the car-rental company or from the traffic department at the Carenage in St. George's. The Carenage is both the walkway and the road that loops around the horseshoe-shaped St. George's Harbour. It is the capital's principal thoroughfare.
Try Dollar Rent-a-Car, at the airport (tel. 800/800-4000 in the U.S. and Canada, or 473/444-4786; www.dollar.com). You can also find a branch of Avis (tel. 800/331-1084 in the U.S.; www.avis.com) at the airport, as well as an office for Thrifty (tel. 800/847-4389 in the U.S., or 473/847-4984; www.thrifty.com).
Warning: There's such a thing as Grenadian driving machismo; the local drivers take blind corners with abandon. An extraordinary number of accidents are reported in the lively local paper. Gird yourself with nerves of steel, and be on the lookout for children and pedestrians when driving at night. Many foreign visitors, in fact, find any night driving hazardous.
By Bus -- Minivans, charging 60¢ to $2.40, are the cheapest way to get around. The most popular run is between St. George's and Grand Anse Beach. Most minivans depart from Market Square or from the Esplanade area of St. George's.