MBEI Grenada has an activity coordinator that plans an exciting activity schedule for you each term. By interacting with other students and joining activities, you will make your time at school much more memorable and enriching experience. This is a great opportunity to practice and improve your English while you’re exploring the adventures of Grenada and soaking up the island sun.

Grenada's Location

The three islands of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique are located in the eastern Caribbean, south of the Winward Islands and 100 miles north of Venezuela. Neighboring islands St. Vincent and the Grenadines lie to the north and Trinidad and Tobago lies to the South.

Climate

Average temperatures range from 75 degrees F to 85 degrees F (24 degrees C to 30 degrees C), with a cool breeze. The lowest temperatures occur between November and February. Although the climate is warm all year round, we do experience some seasonal changes depending on altitude. The dry season is between January and May and the rainy season is from June to December.

Business Hours

Banks are open from 8am to 2pm from Mondays through Thursdays and 8am to 4pm on Fridays. Most supermarkets and shopping centers are usually open from 9am to 7pm while a select few open on Sundays.

Shops generally open from 8am to 4pm on Mondays through Fridays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. Craft and souvenir shops open on Sundays and Public Holidays when cruise ships are docked. Government offices are generally open from 8am to 4pm on Mondays through Fridays, but may be closed at 1pm for lunch.

It is advised that you check business operating hours of local retailers as some may differ.

Credit Card and Currency

Hotels and car rental companies accept the major credit cards.  Travellers cheques are accepted throughout the island. Our local currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC) but the US Dollar is accepted.

Banks will exchange EC$2.67 for US$1.00 cash and EC$2.68 for US$1.00 in travellers cheques. We advise that you exchange currency at banks, as lower exchange rates may not be found elsewhere.

Driving

If you wish to drive while in Grenada, you must obtain a local driving permit from the traffic department at the Central Police Station on the Carenage. You must present a bonafide driver’s license along with a fee of EC$60. Most car rental firms also issue local permits. Additionally, there is a network of approximately 650 miles of paved roads and most of the main roads are in good condition. Always remember that driving is on the LEFT.

Medical Facilities

The General Hospital is located in the capital city of St. George.  The Princess Alice Hospital is located in the northern parish of St. Andrew and the Princess Royal Hospital in Carriacou.  There are also various private clinics and doctors throughout the islands.

Telecommunications

Grenada’s area code is 473.  International calls can be made from most hotel rooms, but it is advised that you check with front desk first.  Mobile services are available from the current local network providers; LIME and Digicel.  There are also coin phones for local calls and card phones for both local and overseas calling.

Time Zone

Our islands are in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone.  It is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time and four hours behind GMT. – See more at: http://grenadagrenadines.com/about-the-islands/useful-information/#sthash.VJCUPHj1.dpuf

Entry Requirements

If you are visiting our islands, you must have a valid passport and return or onward ticket. However, if you are a British, Canadian or US citizen, proof of citizenship bearing a photograph is acceptable. Please remember however, that as mandated by the United States Department of Homeland Security, all US travellers must provide a passport to enter or reenter the US for both vacation and business travel. A visa is not required from citizens of the US, Canada, UK, British Commonwealth, South Korea, Japan and most Caribbean and European countries. It may be best to familiarize yourself with the complete list of persons requiring visas and persons exempt from visas.

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