Grenada, an independent nation within the British Commonwealth, is part of the Windward Islands in the southern Caribbean. This island nation, situated 2,300 miles southeast of New York City, 450 miles south of Puerto Rico, and 90 miles north of Trinidad and Venezuela, is comprised of three islands; Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
The island of Grenada is by far the largest of the three islands. Approximately 22 miles long and 12 miles wide, Grenada is 133 square miles of some of the most varied terrain in the Caribbean. The Island Mountains boast a high point of over 2,750 feet, atop Mount St. Catherine, and a variety of plant life, from dwarf forests, rainforests and dry forests, to mangroves at the coast, supports a diverse animal population. The reefs surrounding the island are beautiful and fun to explore. Colorful tropical fish and other sea life abound close to shore and are easily accessible to snorkelers and scuba divers.
Average temperatures range from 75ºF to 85ºF (24ºC to 30ºC), tempered by the steady and cooling trade winds. The dry season is between January and May and the rainy season is from June to December, when it rarely rains for more than an hour at a time and generally not every day.
Known as "The Spice of the Caribbean," Grenada is well known for its nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla. In fact, there are more spices in Grenada per square mile than anywhere else on the planet. Nutmeg is the most abundant spice, and Grenada produces about a third of the world’s supply.
Grenada’s capital, St. George’s, is a picturesque city with red-tiled roofed shops and homes dotting the hillside of an old volcano crater. Its beautiful horseshoe-shaped harbour and yacht lagoon are unforgettable sights, and the town is a favorite port-of-call for cruise lines from all over the world. Rich in English, French and West Indian history, St. George’s is filled with beautiful examples of French and British Colonial architecture.
Grenada has a unique culture that is a blend of African, French and English influences. The nation’s population of more than 100,000 is primarily of African, East-Indian and European descent, with the largest proportion of the population, approximately 75%, of African descent. English is the uniformly recognized and spoken language, although some of the older people and those from the interior speak a patois that is a holdover from the French.
There are numerous restaurants and eateries offering a variety of choices from the casual meal to the finest creations in international cuisine. Many feature creative local cuisine such as callaloo soup, a melange of fresh local seafood, fresh produce and meats prepared with a true West Indian flare. Reggae, pop and Calypso tunes may fill the evening air as you dine.
Anyone interested in hiking and nature will enjoy the tours to Concord Falls and to Grand Etang. Concord Falls offers three waterfalls, all with places to swim. The first falls can be reached bycar, the second and third require hiking. Those who hike the Grand Etang National Forest or climb Mt. St. Catherine are rewarded with magnificent vistas and interesting flora and fauna.
All manner of water sports are available on the island and rentals for sailing, parasailing, diving, kayaking, windsurfing, and snorkeling can be arranged through several hotels. The spectacular diving offers you a unique opportunity to become scuba-certified.