Grenada Electricity Services Ltd. (GRENLEC) is the sole provider of electrical energy to the islands of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique. Voltages used on the islands are 220 volts (single phase, 50Hz cycles) and 110 volts (3 phase 50Hz cycles)
The telecommunications system in Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique is state-of-the-art, with inhabitants being able to enjoy fast internet, mobile services, roaming, and other data services. Domestic telecom features and business systems are also available and readily installed according to local need. The body responsible for regulating telecommunication is the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC).
Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique have various private and public clinics, and doctors, dentists, and optometrists are readily available. The Government of Grenada owns four hospitals: General Hospital, located in St George’s, Princess Alice Hospital, located in the parish of St Andrew’s, Princess Royal Hospital, located in Carriacou, and Mt. Gay Hospital, also located in St George’s. There are three privately owned hospitals, all of which are located in St George’s.
Grenada’s postal services are run by the Grenada Postal Corporation. This can boast 52 postal stations and 6 sub-offices across the country. The Grenada Postal Corporation provides international courier services, but Federal Express, DHL, and UPS also operate on Grenada.
Print media in Grenada consists of five weekly newspapers and several journals, each of which is printed in English.
All local television and radio stations are privately owned, with the exception of the Grenada Broadcasting Network, which is partly owned by the Government and partly owned by the Caribbean Communications Network – the latter of which holds 60 percent of the network’s shares. On the whole, Grenada has 3 television stations and 13 radio stations.
Education in Grenada is free for children between the ages of 5 and 16, and the population as a whole is highly literate. The educational system is based on that of Britain, with pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools. Tertiary institutions include T.A. Marryshow Community College and St George’s University, an American offshore institution offering degrees of medicine and veterinary medicine. Grenada can count 184 schools.
Grenada’s main airport, the Maurice Bishop International Airport (airport code: GND), is located only seven miles south of the nation’s capital. The airport has one runway that can handle large commercial airliners, including airplanes flying directly from Europe and North America. The Grenada Airport Authority is responsible for administering the airport. Texaco West Indies Grenada Ltd is responsible for aircraft refuelling.
Lauriston Airport (airport code: CRU), sometimes referred to as Carriacou Island Airport, is a smaller airport located on the island of Carriacou.
Average airfare costs from Grenada to neighbouring islands range between USD 120 to 150.
Scheduled Passenger Airlines:
Air Jamaica – three weekly flights from New York
American Eagle – daily flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico
American Airlines – daily flights from Miami, Florida
British Airways – two weekly flights from London
Condor – one weekly flight
Jet Blue – three weekly flights from New York
US Airways – daily from Miami, Florida
Virgin Airways – one weekly flight from London
Caribbean Airlines – daily flights
Cubana Airlines – one weekly flight
Liat Airlines – daily flights
Saint Vincent and Grenadines – flights to Carriacou
Charter Passenger Airlines
Scheduled Cargo Airlines
Amerijet Int’l- Twice weekly
DHL – Twice per day, weekly
Merlin Air (FedEx) – Daily
Charter Cargo Airlines
Liat (1974) (Quik Pak)
There are numerous ports located throughout the islands of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique. These include the ports of St George’s, Grenville, Prickly Bay, and St David’s, all of which are located on the island of Grenada, and the ports of Hillsborough and Tyrell Bay, located on Carriacou. The ports are linked to United States ports, European ports, and other Caribbean ports, and can host of reefer vessels, container ships, and break-bulk cargo boats. Yachts and mega yachts are hosted at Port Louis, Secret Harbour, and Grenada Marine.
The Grenada Ports Authority (GPA), which has been active for more than 30 years, is responsible for running the ports in Grenada.
Grenada has an extensive road network, spanning more than 1,100 kms (data from 2000). All corners of the island may be reached from the nation’s capital, St George’s, in less than two hours. Driving on Grenada is on the left. Visitors may use taxis, or rent a car from one of Grenada’s many car rental offices. Cars are amongst Grenada’s top five imports, and are widely available for purchase. Drives from St George’s to Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International Airport cost, on average, USD 15.
Currency and Banks
Grenada’s currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (XCD), which is pegged to the United States dollar (USD). Most business and commercial establishments on the island accept payment in United States dollars, but change is always given in Easter Caribbean dollars. The current exchange rate between Eastern Caribbean dollars and United States dollars is XCD 2.70: USD 1.
Grenada can boast a number of banks, including First Caribbean International Bank, Grenada Co-operative Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia, RBTT Bank, Republic Bank, Republic Finance and Merchant Bank, Grenada Development Bank. Normal operating hours for banks are 8 AM to 3 PM on most business days.
The Easter Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is the monetary authority for Grenada, five other independent Caribbean nations, and two British overseas territories. As such, it controls the supply of Eastern Caribbean dollars and ensures the stability of the currency.
Safety and Security
Grenada is amongst the safest nations in the Caribbean, and indeed the entire western hemisphere. Security is in the hands of the Royal Grenada Police Force, and Grenada is a member of the Regional Security System of the Eastern Caribbean.