Grenada Travel Guide


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Grenada

 

The island of Grenada is situated in the Caribbean Sea at the southern end of the Windward Islands, north of Trinidad an Tobago, south of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and approx. 100 miles from Venezuela.

 

It is a volcanic island with a mountain range and the highest point is Mt. St. Catherine . English is the official language with some French Patois. Grenada was originally inhabited by the Arawak and Carib Indians before the arrival of Europeans. Columbus arrived in Grenada in the 15 th century but the island was not colonized for almost another century. The island passed hands between the French and English and was restored to Britain again in 1783. Independence was then granted in 1974.

 

Grenada is the largest island but the two others in this nation in the eastern Caribbean , and in close proximity, are Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Grenada ’s terrain has something for everyone’s taste, ranging from mountainous, to rainforest, lakes, waterfalls, mangrove forests, beautiful coral reefs and the fantastic white sandy beaches. The island is very lush and covered with spice trees and many unusual tropical plants.

 

The smaller sister island of Carriacou is a great place for hiking and finding some peace on its lovely beaches. It is flatter than Grenada but still possesses good views of the Grenadines . Petite Martinique is very small and not very developed.

 

Grenada is fondly known and remembered for its smell, namely the scents of the spices grown there, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, cocoa and ginger. Grenada alone produces a major amount of the world’s supply of nutmeg.

The capital of Grenada is Saint George’s . It is a very pretty city with its lovely and much-photographed horseshoe-shaped harbour and colourful buildings. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the locals friendly.

 

A visit to Grenada usually involves beach and sunbathing activities but there are other attractions to see such as the rum distillery, crater lake and spice factories. Excursions to the nearby small islands are also popular. It is renowned for great sailing with many good anchorages and marinas.

 

Car rentals are the best way to get out and explore, or taxis can be hired by the hour for sightseeing. Driving is on the left in Grenada . There are a variety of ways to get between Grenada , Petite Martinique and Carriacou by boat.

 

Climate / Weather
Grenada ’s climate is tropical but temperatures are moderated by the NE trade winds. Average temps are 75F – 85F with lowest temps. Between Nov-Feb. Temperatures and climate can vary with the elevation.

 



 

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