About Grenada


THE ISLAND

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, 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, rain forests, and dry forests, to mangroves at the coast, Grenada 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 occurs between January and May.  The rainy season is from June to December during which it rarely rains for more than an hour at a time and generally not every day.

"The Spice Isle 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 roofs dotting the hillside of an old volcano crater. Its beautiful horseshoe-shaped harbor 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.



FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT

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, and 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 by car, 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.











PEOPLE

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. 






Public Holidays

Many of Grenada’s businesses close on public holidays and the SGU buses typically operate on their weekend schedule.  The public holidays are as follows:

January 1- New Year’s Day

February 7- Independence Day

March/April- Good Friday and Easter Monday

May 1- Labour Day

August 4- Emancipation Day

August- Carnival Monday (J’Ouvert) and Carnival Tuesday (Parade of Bands)

October 25- Thanksgiving Day

December 25- Christmas Day

December 26- Boxing Day