A three-island nation located in the Eastern Caribbean, Grenada has approximately 100,000 inhabitants and is the most southern of the Windward Islands.
Grenada and its two sister islands (Carriacou and Petite Martinique) are blessed with beautiful lush green vegetation and mountain top, acres of land covered with fragrant spice trees and rare tropical flowers. Bordered by stunning beaches, and dotted with beautiful towns, this island major source of export is nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa. This is why Grenada second most popular name is The Isle of Spice.
In the interior of this volcanic island are rainforests watered by cascading rivers and waterfalls as well as one of the most stunning mountain lakes, the Grand Etang. The capital, St. George’s, is widely held to be the most picturesque city in the Caribbean. Softly colored dockside warehouses and red-tiled roofs of traditional shops, surround its horseshoe-shaped harbor.
Its dramatic history and vibrant cultural heritage couples Grenada’s natural splendor. First sighted by Colombus in1498, Grenada was already inhabited by the Carib and the Arawak; settlement by Europeans occurred much later when the British tried to establish a toehold in 1609 but were chased off. In 1650 the French came ashore with booze to sooth the fierce Caribs and bought extensive land for beads and knives.
For the next 90 years the French and the English battled for possession of the island. In 1877 Grenada became a Crown Colony and in 1967 an associate state within the Commonwealth before gaining independence in 1974 with Eric Gary. In 1979 an attempt was made by the late Maurice Bishop to set up a socialist/communist state. Then, in 1983, a faction within Bishop’s ruling New Jewel Movement put Bishop under house arrest and was eventually executed with several aides. Today Grenada is a peaceful country and is experiencing many new developments and positive changes.
Local festivals, fairs, and markets remain an integral part of life on Grenada. Its centuries-old spice plantations and rum distilleries still use traditional methods, emphasizing quality rather than quantity. The tourist industry has become more substantial in recent years. The island’s easy lifestyle and the warmth of its friendly Grenadian people evoke an atmosphere that has long gone elsewhere.
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The island is ringed with miles of picture-perfect strands, including both entrancing black and sugar-fine white sand beaches. Grand Anse Beach, a smooth expanse stretching for two miles around the curve of a gentle bay, is world famous. Grenada has plenty to offer those interested in offshore pleasure as well, with easily accessible and pristine reefs off the coast of both Grenada and its sister island, Carriacou.
The three islands of Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique are located in the eastern Caribbean at the southern extremity of the Windward Islands, only 100 miles north of Venezuela. To the north lie St. Vincent and the Grenadines and to the south lie Trinidad and Tobago.
Average temperatures range from 75F to 85F (24C to 30C), tempered by the steady and cooling trade winds. The lowest temperatures occur between November and February. Due to Grenada’s remarkable topography, the island also experiences climate changes according to altitude. The driest season is between January and May. Even during the rainy season, from June to December, it rarely rains for more than an hour at a time and generally not every day.
Approximately 103,000 people inhabit Grenada, including the 6,000 inhabitants of Carriacou and the 1000 residents of Petite Martinique. The nations citizens are primarily of African, East-Indian and European descent, with the largest proportion of the population, approximately 75%, of African descent. Grenada is an English-speaking nation.
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