Having a car or jeep is a real convenience if you're staying at a resort in a location other than Grand Anse, which has frequent minibus service. If you don't have a car of your own, round-trip taxi rides can get expensive if you plan to leave the resort frequently for shopping, meals, or visiting other beaches. Driving is also a reasonable option if you want to explore the island on your own. Most of Grenada's 650 miles (1,050 km) of paved roads are kept in fairly good condition—although they are steep, winding, and narrow beyond the Grand Anse area. Driving is on the left, British-style. You’ll find gas stations in St. George's, Grand Anse, Grenville, Gouyave, and Sauteurs.
Renting a Car: To rent a car, you need a valid driver's license and a temporary local permit (available at the Central Police Station on the Carenage in the capital city of St. George's and at most car-rental firms), which costs $12 (EC$30). You can rent a car on Carriacou, even for just a few hours, but it's easier to take taxis.
Some rental agencies impose a minimum age of 25. Rental cars, including four-wheel-drive vehicles, cost $75 to $85 a day or $475 to $500 a week with unlimited mileage—rates are slightly lower in the low season. In high season, there may be a three-day minimum rental. Rental agencies offer free pickup and drop-off at either the airport or your hotel.
Contacts on Grenada
David's Car Rental. Maurice Bishop International Airport, Point Salines, St. George. 473/444–3399; www.davidscars.com.
Indigo Car Rentals. Airport Rd., Point Salines, St. George. 473/439–3300; www.indigocarsgrenada.com.
McIntyre Bros. Ltd.. True Blue, St. George. 473/444–3944; www.caribbeanhorizons.com.
Y&R Car Rentals. Maurice Bishop International Airport, Point Salines, St. George. 473/444–4448; www.y-r.com.
Vista Rentals. Spice Island Beach Resort, Grand Anse, St. George. 473/439–8105; www.grenadavistarentals.com.
Contacts on Carriacou
Ade's Dream Auto Rental. Main St., , across from the ferry jetty, Hillsborough, Carriacou. 473/443–7317; www.adesdream.com.
Barba's Auto Rentals. Harveyvale, Tyrell Bay, Carriacou. 473/443–7454.
Wayne's Auto Rentals. The Esplanade, Main St., Hillsborough, Carriacou. 473/443–6120.