King Elvis Island Tours
King Elvis makes getting around Grenada easy with his fleet of tour buses, taxis and passenger vans The drivers are courteous and helpful - anything you want, they'll take yiou to get it - food, drink, medicine - you name it. These are some of the nicest guys you will ever meet. Note - they don't sweat you for tips - it's up to you, mon. Call King Elvis any old time and they will be there - on time.Related to:
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Arriving by Cruiseship
St. George's, Grenada's capital is the most picturesque harbor in the Caribbean. As you get closer to Grenada, you'll see the mountains in the distance, Fort George, and the colorful waterfront, the Carenage, that dates from the 18th century.
Ships dock at the Melville Street Cruise Terminal. The port offers extensive facilities including a tourism/information booth, a post office, and dozens of souvenir shops.
The cruise terminal is a short walk to downtown St. George. The terminal offers a variety of transportation options including bus and taxi. There are water shuttles to Grand Anse Beach as well.Related to:
The Reggae Busses
I adored the Reggae buses that travel the length and breadth of Grenada.
They have reggae music often pounding out, as they wind their way around their lovely island, knowing to within a millimetre the width and length of their bus. The drivers and fair collectors are lovely people, worth striking up a conversation if the bus is quiet. You can learn a lot about island life, how they have brought their beautiful island back from near destruction after Hurricane Ivan etc.
If you live a little off the track, the drivers are more than willing to take you right to your door - where in the WORLD would you get that service? I gave a tip to show my gratitude on the two occasions I asked for their help.
There are numerous buses - you have to know which one you want as they ALL want you to go in their bus!
No.1 Takes you from the airport area past Grand Anse right up to the bus station in St George's. I travelled this bus all the time as I stayed with Blue Horizons. The journey costs an extremely reasonable 2.50EC$.
No.9 (I think?! Addled with age clearly) took me from St George's all the way to Sauteurs via Gouyave and Victoria. A STUNNING drive of almost an hour and only 6EC$. BARGAIN!
I also took the cross country bus to Grenville via Grand Etang. The drop in temperature was so welcome as I was having a "hot" day!
The system is that when you want to stop, if you know your stop, you knock on the frame of the bus. If you don't know where you want to be let out, tell the fair finder or the driver.
You can sit next to the driver - that was my favourite place as the views are brilliant.
Each bus has a driver and a fare finder. The fare finder will check to see if anyone walking down the hill wants the bus, and will therefore wait for them, load their shopping, smile a flashy smile and close the door.
It's a fantastic experience to travel on the Reggae Buses. I am going to say however that out of probably 30 or more bus rides, I had one ride that genuinely scared me. I found out later some very helpful advice. If you don't like the speed at which your driver is travelling, which on this particular journey I really didn't feel safe, you can knock and ask to get out at the next stop. Tell them you don't like the speed and will wait for another bus.Related to:
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DRIVING IS ON THE LEFT
Driving on the island of Grenada is on the left. Roads are paved and in good condition. If you have never driven on the left, this is not too bad a place to try. Keep you speed down, especially around the many steep curves. There are not a lot of lines on the roads, so watch for oncoming cars.
You must obtain a local driving permit from either the traffic department at the Central Police Station on the Carenage. A driver's license must be presented and a fee of EC $30 paid. Most car rental firms also issue local permits.
There is approximately 650 miles of paved roads and most of the main roads are in good condition.Related to:
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If you don’t mind paying Taxi prices and want a quick scenic way to get around – then water taxis are for you! These colourful and fast motorboats run between Grand Anse Beach and St. George's harbour. You can find them only in one place on Grand Anse beach, near the vendors market. If you are coming off a cruise ship, just follow the signs. All of them are licensed to carry passengers and have proper safety equipment on board.Related to:
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Port of St. George's in Grenada
"Passengers disembarking at the Melville Street Cruise Terminal exit directly through the newly opened Esplanade Shopping Mall and out to downtown St. George's, while passengers disembarking at the Inner Harbour, exit onto the picturesque Carenage waterfront, with its traditional architecture, shops and restaurants"
Take a taxi
I'm probably wrong about this, but I can't recall any busses at all at Grenada. Easiest for us, when we wanted to go somewhere on land, was to take a taxi. There are both normal cabs, and then those big mini vans. Most of them sure doesn't look very modern, but they will take you wherever you want to go.
Roads aren't so good that you can go fast anyway, so just sit back an enjoy the ride with the taxi. As the island is a lot up and down you'll get some great views of the coast as soon as you go uphill for a while.
Prices aren't very cheap, but not expensive either. For the ride from the airport to our hotel outside Saint George's we paid 25 US dollar (for nine persons) which also would have been cheaper if we just had had some EC dollar instead.Related to:
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Matthew Thomas taxi from the Calabash Hotel in St. Georges, was a great driver. He was there whenever we needed him. He provided us with his card which showed his cell phone number. Friendly and informative and always on call. One of the few drivers we could understand too!
A water taxi will take you from downtown to the beach at Gran Anse for US$2. Bus is cheaper, but the water route is more scenic. Here is the boatman gesturing as he tells of the Hurricane Ivan which hit the island in 2004, and took with him most of the roofs.
Water taxi in St George, Grenada, West Indies
Take a water taxi as much as possible. At land taxi will cost $10 and a water taxi will cost $1.50 and get you there just as fast to some of your destinations. Another alternative is the local bus. It costs $1.Related to:
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A great place to rent a jeep and go!
Renting a car in Grenada is fairly inexpensive. The landscape is very lush and tropical. They have beautiful white sand beaches as well as the intriguing black sands that calls out to you. Traveling at your own pace is definitely the best method here.
Getting to GrenadaAccess to...
Getting to Grenada
Access to Grenada by air is through the Point Salines International Airport on the southwestern tip of the island. British Airways, BWIA, and American Airlines provide direct service to Grenada; connections can be made on other carriers via Trinidad and Barbados.
AVIS (Spice Island Rentals): 440-3936
Budget Car Rentals: 440-2778
C & J Auto Rentals: 444-5108
David's Car Rental: 444-3399
Dollar Rent-a-Car: 444-4786
Island Rent-A-Car: 443-5624
Jeep & Mini Moke Rentals: 444-4753
Jerry's Auto: 440-1730
McIntyre Bros. Ltd. Auto Rentals: 444-3944
Maitland's Rentals: 444-4022
MCR Car Rentals: 440-2832
Quality Rentals: 440-9787
Sanvics 4x4 Jeep Rentals: 444-4753
Sunshine Tours: 444-2831
Thomas & Sons: 444-4384
Y&R Car Rentals: 444-4448 On The Water
Club Mariner Watersports: 444-4439
Evans Chartering Services: 444-4422
Seabreeze Yacht Charters: 444-4942
The Moorings: 444-4548
Spice Island Marine Services: 444-4257
Starwind Enterprises: 440-3678
The Carenage, Grenada, to Carriacou: Tues 9:30am; Wed 10:00am; Fri 11:00am; Sat 8:00am; Sun 7:00am.
Hillsborough, Carriacou, to Grenada: Mon 10:00am; Wed 9:30am; Thur 10:00am; Sat 9:00am; Sun 5:00pm.
Fare is $EC20 one way, $EC30 return. Trip takes 3-4 hours. Boat times are subject to change without notice.
The international airport...
The international airport accommodates most international flights.
Buses are available to travel to most of the villages. There are car rental companies for provided rentals should you require one. To go to the other islands a ferry or trips by motor vessels can be arranged.
Public transport (buses) is...
Public transport (buses) is existing but they are not really 'quick' and reliable.
Renting a car is the option we chose, but they are bloody expensive !!!! Still it's the best way to tour the island if you don't have much time. A 4-wheel drive is highly recommended and there's almost only such cars to rent anyway.
If you can't get a direct...
If you can't get a direct flight, remember Grenada is less than 40 minutes transfer (by Dash 8) from either Port of Spain (Trinidad) or Grantly Adams (Barbados)
Everyday - use the buses, great value, go everywhere - and a bit hair-raising at times!
Try to hire a 4x4 and explore for a day or two. The rainforests and banana plantations are fantastic, and you'll get to beaches you wouldn't otherwise find.
Beausevour Bay, Hillsborough
Grand Anse Beach, P.O. Box 6, St. George's, Grenada, 00000, Caribbean
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