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By Taxi

Taxi rates are set by the government. Most arriving visitors take a cab at the airport to one of the hotels near St. George's, at a cost of $25 to $35. Add $4 to the fare from 6pm to 6am. You can also use most taxi drivers as a guide for a day of sightseeing; negotiate a price beforehand.

By Rental Car

Remember: Drive on the left. A U.S., British, or Canadian driver's license is valid on Grenada; however, you must obtain a local permit, costing EC$30. These permits can be bought either from the car rental company or from the traffic department at the Carenage in St. George's. The Carenage is both the walkway and the road that loops around the horseshoe-shaped St. George's Harbour. It is the capital's principal thoroughfare.

Try Dollar Rent-a-Car, at the airport (tel. 800/800-3665 in the U.S. and Canada, or 473/444-4786; www.rocrentalsgrenada.com). You can also find a branch of Avis (tel. 800/331-1084 in the U.S.; www.avis.com) at the airport, as well as an office for Thrifty (tel. 800/847-4389 in the U.S., or 473/444-4984; www.thrifty.com).

Warning: There's such a thing as Grenadian driving machismo; the local drivers take blind corners with abandon. An extraordinary number of accidents are reported in the lively local paper. Gird yourself with nerves of steel, and be on the lookout for children and pedestrians when driving at night. Many foreign visitors, in fact, find any night driving hazardous.

By Bus

Minivans, charging 60¢ to $5, are the cheapest way to get around. The most popular run is between St. George's and Grand Anse Beach. Most minivans depart from Market Square or from the Esplanade area of St. George's.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.