Sights and ideas for your own excursion in Grenada
- Regular berth: Melville Street Cruise Terminal
- Regular berth: Inner Harbour Carenage
- Regular berth: at roadstead (tender port)
- Harbour shuttle: not available/necessary
- Taxis: usually available at Cruise Terminal
- Buses: minibuses on 9 different routes
- Car rental: Sixt, at Maurice Bishop Int. airport
- Car rental: Avis, Paddock & Lagoon Road
- Post Office: at the Carenage at Burns Point
- Tourist Info: in the Carenage at Burns Point
- Banks and ATMs: very sporadic in the city area
- Cruise Ship Berths
The capital of the island state of Grenada is called St. George's. And this is exactly where cruise ships from all over the world moor on the island. More precisely, at the pier of the Melville Street Cruise Terminal, which provides space for two ocean liners. The berths are thus directly on the city, which makes the use of a harbour shuttle unnecessary. Smaller cruise ships can also berth in St. George's Inner Harbour. If all available places are already reserved and/or occupied, it may also happen that the ship is anchored locally, i.e. the own ship lies in the roads. In this case, the guests are brought ashore with the tender boats. This often means that excursions or shore excursions undertaken on your own may be delayed. In order to be able to keep to the time schedules of the tours booked and carried out with the respective shipping companies, these excursionists are preferably brought ashore first. The tender boats then usually go to the nearby jetty next to the Melville Street Cruise Terminal pier.
The Esplanade Mall, a combination of the Esplanade and Bruce Street Mall, is located directly at the cruise terminal. Numerous duty-free shops offer their products to cruisers and, in addition to various clothing shops, several restaurants are also located there. The shopping area is open Monday to Saturday from 07:00-19:00. If a cruise ship is in port, the doors are also open on Sunday at the same times.
- The Inner Harbour
The Carenage, it's inner harbour, is home to all kinds of restaurants and bars that invite you to linger. The striking bronze statue Christ of the Deep was erected there to commemorate the shipwreck of the "Bianca C". A powerful explosion destroyed the engine room of the proud cruise ship in October 1961 and set it on fire. A quick evacuation saved the lives of the passengers and most of the crew. Later, the ship was towed out of the harbour and eventually sank on the coast off Grenada. Today it lies at a depth of about 30 metres and is a popular destination for divers.
Excursion Offers and Entrance Tickets from
Grenada has a manageable bus network without fixed departure times, which is served exclusively by minibuses. These resemble a shared taxi, do not have a separate livery and operate on nine different routes. The buses are recognisable by a conspicuous rectangular sign/imprint in the upper left corner of the windscreen. On it, the route number and the route course are visible from the outside. In addition, the number plates of the vehicles begin with a capital H. Less than 500 metres from the Cruise Terminal is the "Town of St. George Bus Terminal", the central starting point of eight routes. As a rule, the vehicles are on the road during the day from 07:00-19:00, but some run longer.
Outside the bus station, you signal to an arriving bus that you want to board by waving. To get off, simply tell the driver or passenger in good time. A ride on these buses can sometimes be quite adventurous, but this also depends on the driving style of the respective driver. It is also not uncommon to take other people with you, even though the vehicle is already full. Then you have to squeeze together and it gets really crowded. The fares are quite reasonable, ranging from 2.50 to 8 EC dollars per person, depending on the destination. The amounts due are usually collected by the conductor/co-driver during the journey and can also be paid in US dollars. If necessary and possible, the drivers will deviate from the official route for an additional charge.
If you are travelling with several people, a taxi can sometimes be cheaper than a bus, as fares are per vehicle and for 1-4 people. Taxis are usually available in sufficient numbers when a cruise ship arrives and have an "H" in their markings. Fixed prices apply for the most important destinations. In addition to various transfers, many drivers also offer round trips, which are then charged by the hour at 30 US dollars each. Before getting in, it is always advisable to check the fare with the driver. Taximeters are not available in the vehicles.
- Tourist Train
To explore the city, the Grenada Discovery Train can be used. Every day and every hour from 09:00-15:00 hrs, the small road train operates on the Hop On Hop Off principle in St. George. A complete round takes 45 minutes, the start/finish point of the tour is at the Cruise Terminal in front of the Shopping Centre and a ticket is available for 20 US dollars. In addition to the tour, this ticket also gives you free access to Fort George and the National Museum.
- Fort George
From Fort George, not far away, you have a beautiful view of the surrounding area. The former defensive fortress is elevated and practically right on the doorstep of the cruise pier. The area, which is now partly used by the island police, can be reached after a good 10-minute walk. The other areas are freely accessible after paying a small fee of 2 USD and offer great views of the cruise ship berth, the city and it's inner harbour. The old cannons on site are in working order and like to be fired on special occasions. The walls themselves are unfortunately in a largely unkempt state.
- Fort Frederick and Fort Matthew
Another fortification is located to the east of the moorings on Richmond Hill. The construction of Fort Frederick was constructed by the French in 1791 and protected the town from enemy attacks from the land side. Today, visitors get great views of St George's and the island due to its elevation. It is about three kilometres from the jetty and can be reached by hire car or taxi in just over 10 minutes. On foot, you can expect to walk this distance and in each direction for about 45 minutes. A few metres north of Fort Frederick are the remains of Fort Matthew, which also offers good views.
- Grenada Museum
The Grenada National Museum is located on Young Street. It is about five minutes' walk from the jetty, is not particularly large and deals mainly with the island's history. From the early Indian tribes to modern times, visitors are provided with information worth knowing. Admission costs US$2.50 per person and it is open Monday to Friday from 09:00-16:30 and on Saturday from 10:00-13:30.
- Chocolate Museum
Not far from the National Museum and thus also on Young Street is the House of Chocolate Grenada Museum. In this chocolate museum you can follow the path of the cocoa bean to the finished chocolate. A variety of products, delicious specialities and some souvenirs are available for purchase. The house is open daily, except Sundays, from 10:00-18:00. On the last day of the week, it closes at 14:00.
- Grand Anse Beach
The southwest of Grenada has some very beautiful beaches. The fine sandy Grand Anse Beach stands out in particular. With a length of about three kilometres, this section of beach is quite large and also very popular. However, due to the extensive dimensions, the public is quite well spread out. It can get a little more crowded when there are two or more cruise ships in the harbour. Various water sports, bars, restaurants, sunbeds and parasols are available in sufficient numbers. For two sunbeds with parasols, you normally pay USD 25 per day. We recommend Umbrella's Beach Bar, which offers a wide range of good quality snacks. Grand Anse Beach is about 6 kilometres from the moorings and can be reached by taxi or rental car in 10-15 minutes. A taxi costs 10 US dollars each way. Alternatively, you can also use minibus line 1 or a water taxi to get to this beach comfortably. A return fare of 10 USD per person is charged. The small boats dock near the moorings and the crossing takes 10 to 15 minutes. At Grand Anse Beach, most water taxis drive right up to the beach. This makes getting on and off quite uncomfortable, but the drivers are helpful.
- Morne Rouge Beach - BBC Beach
At the western end of Grand Anse Beach, separated by a small headland, is the less crowded and beautiful Morne Rouge Beach / BBC Beach. This beach is situated in a sheltered bay with low waves and slopes gently into the sea. These circumstances make it interesting for families with smaller children. A small beach bar is located here at the northern end, offering drinks and snacks. The adjoining restaurant is not always open. A taxi costs US$12 each way.
- Dr. Grooms Beach
Further on, you will come across Dr. Grooms Beach. It is about 11 kilometres away from the jetty. By taxi or rental car, this distance takes about 25 minutes each way. The beach itself is quite quiet, despite the adjacent Laluna hotel complex. The fine, white sand is sometimes mixed with black sand in some areas. The middle section of the beach, for example, consists almost entirely of the dark material. Cool drinks and hot meals are available at the beach restaurant "Beach House".
- Aquarium Beach (Rex Beach)
A little further on, and also about 25 to 30 minutes' drive, you have to reckon with from the mooring to Aquarium Beach. Sometimes the beach is also called Rex Beach after the local hotel complex, or generally Magazine Beach. It has fine, white sand and a few shady palm trees. It is usually quite quiet here, so it is easy to find a relaxing spot to linger. At the south-western end, there is a beach bar where refreshing drinks and snacks are available.
- Grand Etang National Park
Grand Etang National Park is located in the centre of Grenada. In addition to lush rainforests that are home to a variety of different plants, the largest nature reserve on the island has a volcanic crater lake and is the habitat of mona monkeys introduced from Africa. The Grand Etang Lake is unique in the Caribbean with its crater lake on Dominica. Close to the lake is a visitor centre that provides information about the richness of species and the diversity of plants. There is also a small restaurant and a souvenir shop. In addition, several hiking trails start from there, which lead to the lake and to two viewpoints. Guided tours are offered in some cases, but it is essential to clarify the price in advance. However, it is also possible to hike on your own along the mostly marked trails. The visitor centre is about 11 kilometres from the moorings. One-way travel by taxi, minibus line 6 or hire car can take 25 to 30 minutes. The taxi fare is USD 11 each way. There is an entrance fee of USD 2 per person on site.
- Annandale Waterfall
Grenada has several waterfalls worth seeing, some of which are easy to reach. For example, if you are on your way to the Grand Etang National Park, a small road branches off to the Annandale Waterfall after about 6 kilometres and a drive of about 15 minutes. This is accessible Monday to Friday from 08:00-17:00, on weekends from 09:00-17:00 and with payment of an entrance fee of 2 US dollars. The small surrounding park is quite beautiful to look at and some plant species are also labelled with small signs. Young locals often make an artistic leap from the rocks into the cold water of the natural pool for a USD, sometimes providing an interesting photo motif. Many tour operators have the Annandale Waterfall on their itineraries. A taxi from the cruise terminal to the waterfall costs USD 8 each way.
- Seven Sister Waterfall
In the middle of Grand Etang National Park are the Seven Sister Waterfalls. These waterfalls are also known to the locals as St. Margaret Fall. They are a group of seven individual waterfalls that cascade from one to the next. The lower two falls are accessible from the Grand Etang Visitor Centre. There are two possible routes, most of which are signposted. The first is a 90-minute walk directly through the national park, almost exclusively on unpaved rainforest paths. Sturdy shoes are recommended. On the other hand, you can follow the road in the direction of Grenville and after about 30 minutes turn off at a ticket booth onto a forest path, which you then follow again until you reach your destination. If you tell the bus or taxi driver your planned destination, they will usually be happy to stop directly at the little house. There, a fee of 5 Eastern Caribbean dollars per person is charged. The paths are not for everyone, some have steep inclines and are unfortunately not at all suitable for wheelchair users. To reach the upper falls, you have to do some climbing.
- Concord Waterfall
To the north of St George's are the Concord Waterfalls. This is also a group of waterfalls that run one after the other and at a certain distance from each other, carrying the water away from the higher levels. The lowest waterfall of a total of three is about 14 kilometres from the Cruise Terminal and can be reached quite easily by rental car in about 30 to 35 minutes. It is located at the end of a signposted and drivable asphalt road that branches off the main road in the town of Concord. The other two waterfalls can only be reached on foot over hill and dale. The path to the middle fall leads through a nutmeg plantation, but is easy to find without a guide. However, it still takes 45 to 50 minutes each way. The upper waterfall is hidden in the forest and is difficult to find without a guide. Swimming is only allowed in the lower natural pool. A hiking trail leads from the Concord Waterfalls through the rainforest to Grand Etang Lake. However, you should allow about five hours for this.
- Excursion Portals and Excursion Providers
Through the tour and excursion providers GetYourGuide, Meine Landausflüge and Viator, you can book various excursions, activities, tours, tickets and entrance fees on Grenada, which are often offered at much lower prices than comparable excursions by the shipping companies. Thus, if you book in time, you can realise a variety of excursions on your own.
A small pre-selection of shipping company independent excursion offers
for, in and around St, George`s,
we have put together here for you.
- Cruises and Special Offers
If you haven't booked a Caribbean Cruise yet, but would like to get to know Grenada personally and go on excursions on your own, you will find great offers with the major cruise operators in the German-speaking world. Aida, Costa and Tui Cruises - Mein Schiff offer charming itineraries with their modern cruise ships, along with other interesting destinations. Book your next dream holiday directly with your favourite cruise line at fair conditions.
All ocean and river cruises can also be booked conveniently and inexpensively online with the cruise specialist Kreuzfahrten-Zentrale Astoria. You can choose from a wide range of daily offers from various shipping companies. These include AIDA Cruises, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and TUI Cruises. The popular special offers are also attractive, with which you can travel particularly cheaply and possibly also get a great bargain.
- Post office opening hours: Monday to Friday from 08:00-16:00
- Opening hours of the banks: Monday to Friday from 08:00-14:00
- Tourist information opening hours: Monday to Friday from 08:00-16:00 and when a cruise ship is in port
- Shop opening hours: Monday to Friday from 08:00-16:00. Saturday from 08:00-13:00
- Country code: +1 473
- Police: Tel. 911
- Emergency doctor: Tel. 911
- Fire brigade: Tel. 911
- Vaccination recommendation: Grenada Tropical Institute
- Safety advice: Department of Foreign Affairs Grenada
- City Map: St. George's Map
- Climate chart: St. George's climate
- Port Occupancy: Cruise ships in St. George's
- Local currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar, 1 EC dollar = 100 cents. US dollars are also normally accepted.
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