Dining & Nightlife
The distinctive Grenadian cuisine is a wonderful marriage of West Indian and Creole flavours. It consists mostly of fish, seafood and the fresh bountiful produce grown right on the islands. And every recipe is prepared to perfection with just the right amount of spices grown on the island, varying from nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and ginger, to name just a few. Nutmeg is king in this spice kingdom and is found in practically every recipe, even candy and ice cream.
Local dishes include the callaloo soup, a melange of fresh local seafood, and meats prepared with a true West Indian flare. Grenada's national dish, the Oildown, consists of a stew made with salted meat, breadfruit, onion, carrot, celery, dasheen and dumplings, all slowly steamed in coconut milk until the liquid is absorbed. Grenadian caviar (roe of white sea urchin), conch and a fish dish called Stuffed Jacks appear on traditional menus.
Typical Grenadian souvenirs include: handmade jewellery with precious gems; locally made crafts, such as leather goods, wood carvings, textiles and works of art. Spices are always a favourite purchase of course. Buy nutmeg syrups, jams, and jellies as well as sachets of indigenous nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger and other locally grown spices. And finally one cannot leave without a bottle of local rum, which is distilled from sugar cane and usually mixed with local spices for a unique flavour.
Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 11 hours
Montreal: Approximately 15 hours
Calgary: Approximately 13 hours
Vancouver: Approximately 20 hours
Languages: English, French patois
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Climate: The climate on the island is tropical, which is tempered by breezy trade winds, with temperatures oscillating between 24° C and 30° C. The rainy season is from June to November. The island also experiences climate changes according to altitude. The water temperature hovers around 26° C.
Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz; round three-pin plugs are standard.
A valid passport and return or onward ticket is required. For other countries, please check the Grenada Tourist Board to get a complete list and other details.
Grenada Tourist Board website -