Grenada is a rolling, mountainous island,
covered with fragrant spice trees and rare tropical flowers.
Bordered by stunning beaches, and dotted with picturesque
towns, this verdant island has long been a major source of
nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and cocoa.
The seductive drifts through the colorful Saturday markets
and Grenada's dense forests. In the interior of this
volcanic island are cascading rivers and waterfalls, lush
rainforests, and some of the worlds most breathtakingly
The capital, St. George's, is widely held to be the
loveliest city in the Caribbean. Its horseshoe-shaped
harbour is surrounded by a pastel rainbow of dockside
warehouses and the red-tiled roofs of traditional shops and
Grenada's physical beauty is complemented by its rich
history and vibrant, living cultural heritage. 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.
Although the tourist industry has become
more substantial in recent years, the island's easy rhythms and
the friendly openness of its residents evoke an atmosphere that
has long since vanished in many other parts of the world.
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For many visitors, of course, the measure of any island is taken
by its beaches and coral reefs, and Grenada offers plenty of
both. 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.
Diving, snorkeling, horse riding, hiking, golfing, fishing,
sailing, whale watching, dolphin spotting and river tubing
are just a few of the activities on your door step in Grenada.
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The three islands of Grenada 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; to the south Trinidad and Tobago.
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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. 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.
Grenada's population numbers about 93,000, comprising citizens
of African, East-Indian, and European descent. The largest
proportion of the population, about 75%, is of African descent.