Grenada Island in one of a three islands nation including Carriacou and Petite Martinique. The island is also called the Spice Island, because of the amount and variety of spices grown on the island and distributed to the world.
Grenada Island Nutmeg
When you land in Grenada you may experience the smell of nutmeg in the air.
It is part of the Windward Islands, the southern part of the Lesser Antilles. Grenada is the largest of the three, with a width of twelve miles (18 km) and a length of twenty-one miles (34 km). The total area is 133 square miles.
The highest point is Mount Saint Catherine, at 2,757 feet. Carriacou is much less mountainous than Grenada, with an area of 13 square miles and wonderful sandy beaches.
Grande Anse Beach is the most beautiful one on the Island of Grenada
Some of you may remember when the Island of Grenada was seized by a Marxist military council on 19 October 1983. Six days later Grenada was invaded by US forces and those of six other Caribbean nations, which quickly captured the ringleaders and their hundreds of Cuban advisers.
Free elections were re-instituted the following year. Grenada's population numbers about 100,000, comprising citizens of African, East Indian, and European descent. The largest proportion of the population, about 75%, is of African descent.
Satellite view of Grenada Island Carriacou and Petite Martinique
The climate is an eternal summer like in most of the Caribbean Islands and you’ll find very few variations. Grenada is a great destination year-round. The island as mentioned is full of lush vegetation, therefore has to be warm all year round with temperatures of average 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
The warmer months are March to October while the “winter” season with slightly cooler temperatures is from November to February.
Average temperatures range from 24C/75F to 30C/87F, tempered by the steady and cooling trade winds. The lowest temperatures occur between November and February. Because of Grenada's remarkable topography, the island also experiences climate changes according to altitude.
St George's is the picturesque Capital of Grenada
Grenada is an independent nation part of the British Commonwealth and the Governor General represents Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The senate and House of Representatives are elected by the people.
The East Caribbean dollar is the currency used locally. It is linked to the US dollar. Its value varies.
Voltage as in the UK is 220 volts – 50 cycles. Visitors from the US will need a transformer in order to use their appliances.
Mega Cruise Ships docked on St George's Harbor Grenada
Getting there for Grenada Vacations
Through Point Saline’s International Airport (GND) is located just outside the capital city of St George's, close to the resorts on Grand Anse Beach. The transfer takes between 10 to 15 minutes.
Many airlines have flights to Grenada's Point Saline’s International Airport. Smaller aircraft are used to fly to neighboring Carriacou.
The main port city of St George's and its horseshoe shaped harbor called the Carenage receive many cruise ships that visit for the day.
The cruise business is growing and many cruise ships are stopping in Grenada on a regular basis.
You may arrive in Grenada with your private boat of Yacht. I would recommend a visit with your boat or yacht to Carriacou. It is considered by many a Paradise for Caribbean Sailing Vacations.
One of the spectacular beaches of the Island of Carriacou
Getting around on the Island of Grenada
Guided city bus tours are very popular among tourists to visit St George’s attractions and the rest of the island.
Buses and taxis are also recommended to go around the island. And of course, the eternal rental car always easy and giving you more freedom to visit the island by yourself.
The neighboring island of Carriacou is a short flight away or can also be reached by ferry.
If you don’t have the time to stay there, it can be visited on a one-day tour.
Carriacou is more laid back than Grenada and an excellent spot for Snorkeling and scuba diving. The finest beach is Anse La Roche.
Carenage is St George's Grenada Waterfront
Shopping in Grenada
Around St George’s waterfront Carenage or at the airport you’ll find many Duty-Free Shops with a variety of products and souvenirs.
While in St George’s the capital, enjoy Saturday morning Market. It is mind boggling the variety of tropical fruits as papayas, bananas, oranges, plantains and many others.
Here you’ll find souvenirs to take home like baskets of nutmeg and other local spices; handmade dolls and handicrafts.
In the bigger stores the best buys are Batik and screen-printed textiles as well as handmade wood carvings.
Spice Island Beach Resort on the Island of Grenada
What to do on the Island of Grenada
Fancy Beach Restaurant in the Island of Grenada
Dining and Nightlife
You can find in Grenada one of the best dining in the Caribbean. Here you’ll find Grenadian specialties, as well as all kind of Caribbean Cuisine.
The national dish is called Oildown a “mélange” of salted meat and other vegetables. I can tell you it’s delicious. Be prepared to see nutmeg in everything from food to ice creams.
A visit to Grenada island will be unforgettable, the three sister islands are great for Honeymoons and Family Vacations.
Grenada Flag Description
The flag of Grenada was officially adopted on February 7, 1974.
Red is symbolic of courage, yellow of wisdom and warmth, and green of vegetation. The left green triangle features a small nutmeg, the most famous product of the island. The gold outer stars represent the six parishes, and the centered star represents the capital city of St. George's.
images for Grenada island
nutmeg by lee coursey
grand anse by varoon kapod
satellite by nasa
st georges by cowbell solo
mega cruise n/a
beach carriacou by fish speacker
carenage by rama krishna
all courtesy of wikimedia commons
Map of the Islands of Grenada and their location in the Caribbean
Where is the Island of Grenada?
The three islands of Grenada are located in the Southern Caribbean at the southern extremity of the Windward Islands, only 100 miles north of Venezuela.
To the north lie St Vincent and the Grenadines; to the south Trinidad Tobago.
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