Bargaining – Haggling is not the norm in Grenada. Normally you are expected to pay the price that is asked. Always check that the price is in Eastern Caribbean (E.C.) dollars. If you feel like you are being charged too high a price, you can say so, or politely walk away. The response depends on the personality of the vendor! It is very likely you will be charged a bit more than a local person, as the vendor perceives you as being better off that the average Grenadian. Tipping is not necessarily expected, but is always appreciated.
Buying Illegal goods – Drugs, including marijuana, are illegal, and carry stiff sentences. Do not buy products made from turtles or black coral. Do not buy objects discovered in an archeological dig – you are depriving the young people of the island of their heritage.
Buying local products – During your stay, it makes sense to eat as many locally produced foods as you can. Not only will it be cheaper, you gain a real understanding of Grenadian cuisine, lessening your carbon footprint and contributing to the local economy.
Begging – It is best not to give children money as gifts, as they will grow to expect handouts from visitors. Homelessness is very rare in Grenada, but they are a few people with drug and alcohol problems who may ask you for money. Giving them your small change will help to fuel this habit. If they say they want to buy food with it, you are better off buying the food and giving them this directly. It would be better if you are able to donate books and educational equipment.
Recycling and garbage – There are very limited recycling facilities in Grenada at the moment. However, try to set a good example to our young people by being creative about reusing your ‘waste’ in some way. Littering is unfortunately still fairly commonplace, so education in this area is welcome.
Resources and the household – Please be careful with resources, especially if you are staying in someone’s home. Please turn off the shower while soaping, to conserve water, esp. in Carriacou and Petite Martinique which currently rely solely on rain water. During a heavy rain shower the rain flies into windows very easily, so it’s a good idea to remember to close windows in case of rain before you go out.
Promises- Don’t make promises that you can’t keep, whether it’s keeping in touch, sending photographs or other goods. It is better to surprise someone after you have left, than create expectations that cannot be fulfilled. If you do intend to keep in contact, figure out an easy way doing so.