There’s no doubt about it, living in Grenada, or anywhere in the Caribbean, is far more expensive than living in many other parts of the world. It may not be the ideal location for people on a tight budget, but there are ways to save some money, while still having a great time.
The cost of every-day items are comparable (if not more) than those in Canada, while the price of hotels is far more. If you’re thinking of travelling to or moving to Grenada, this list will help you get a better idea of what goods cost here.
For us, living in Grenada is still a great value because we are pet sitting and have no accommodation costs. We spend our money on gas, groceries and the odd night out. There are so many things to do in Grenada, many of which are free – walks on the beach, hikes in the jungle or swimming in waterfalls.
All prices are in East Caribbean Dollars, exclusive of Tax.
(At the time of writing, $1 USD = $2.70 ECD)
1 Dozen Eggs – $10
Loaf of Whole Wheat Bread – $3.50
Container of Yogurt (32oz.) – $10
Block of New Zealand Unsalted Butter – $7
Small Block of New Zealand White Cheddar Cheese – $7
Box of Name Brand Cereal – $20
Spaghetti Pasta (400g) – $4
Basmati Rice (1kg) – $14.50
Frozen Chicken Drumsticks (2.5lb) – $23
Frozen Tilapia Fish Fillets (2lb) – $37
Fresh Fish from the Market in St. George’s – $8 / pound
Frozen Italian Sausage (19oz) – $27
Mayonnaise (30oz) – $20
Ketchup (34oz) $15
Lettuce – $5 / pound
Carrots – $4 / pound
Green Peppers – $6 / pound
Avocado – $2 / pound
Bag of Limes – $1.25 / pound
Tomatoes – $5 / pound
Mangoes – $1 each
Soursop & Papaya – $5 / pound
1L Mineral Water – $3 (tap water is safe to drink, Free!)
1L Milk – $5.50
1L 100% natural juice – $6.50
8oz Packet of Coffee Grounds – $26
Carib Beer – $3.75 / 275ML bottle, $20 for a 6 pack
Bottle of Inexpensive Import Wine – $25
Dish Soap – $6
Toilet Paper (4 rolls) – $5.50
Paper Towel – $4
Liquid Laundry Detergent (1.5L) – $17
Toothpaste – $12
Local Minibus – $2.50 – $4
Petrol – $15.95 / Gallon
Grenada Driver’s Licence (valid for 3 months) – $100
Yearly Vehicle Registration – $300
Ferry to Neighbouring Islands – $20 to Petite Martinique and $80 to Carriacou (one way)
(Which part of the island you live on really dictates what the cost will be)
One Bedroom, Furnished Apartment (True Blue Area) – $2,450 / month
Three Bedroom, Furnished House (Lance aux E’pines Area) – $3,500 / month
Four Bedroom, Furnished House With Yard and View of Marina (Springs Area) – $2,025 / month
Hotel – $250+ / night
House Sitting – Free!
Camping on the Beach – Free!
20 lb Tank of Cooking Gas: $45
Utilities (based on a family of 5 in a house)
- Electricity: $260 / month (not including air-conditioning charges)
- Water & Sewage: $40 / month
- Fast Internet: $130 / month (a slower internet package is available for $75 / month)
Americano Coffee at Cafe – $8
Beer at Restaurant – $4 – $8 (go for Happy Hour!)
Cocktail – $15+
Seafood Dinner – $50+
Hamburger at Beachside Restaurant – $20 +
Pizza at Bar/Grill – $35 +
Chicken Roti at Local Shop – $10
Side of the Road BBQ Chicken & Pork – $8-$10
Local Restaurant Buffet Style – $8 – $20 (for meat and salads, price is based on weight)
Going to the Cinema (General Admission) – $20
Hiking, Visiting Waterfalls and Going to the Beach – Free!
On average, we are spending $3,250EC ($1,200USD) / month, for the both of us living in Grenada. This includes lots of beer and wine, having a full fridge of food, going out to a restaurant about three times a month, going for coffee a few times a month and doing lots of driving around the island.
We spend much less living in Grenada than most people would, because we’re pet-sitting and therefore aren’t paying any accommodation costs. We haven’t had to take the bus or purchase a car as we have been generously provided two vehicles by the homeowners. We do, however, pay for our own petrol. Nick and I enjoy spending our time hiking and visiting the many beaches and waterfalls…which are free activities!
No matter how much you end up spending while living in (or visiting) Grenada, it’ll be worth every penny. This island truly is paradise.
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