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Grenada on the mainland, is big sister to two smaller islands – Carriacou and Petit Martinique located to the north of her, whilst the capital St. George’s, is located to the southwest of the island.

This mountainous island is twelve miles wide and twenty-one miles long with a population of over 102, 632, primarily of African, East Indian and European descent. Known for its warm, friendly people and laid back atmosphere, the island is divided into six parishes: St. Andrew, St. David, St. George, St. John, St. Mark and St. Patrick. Appropriately referred to as the Isle of Spice being the largest exporter of nutmegs after Indonesia, Grenada produces cloves, ginger, cinnamon, mace, cocoa and bananas.

 

History

Explore Grenada HistoryThe island being volcanic also boasts a wealth of flora and fauna that sprouts throughout the year coupled with a history that dates back to the days of the Ciboneys – long before it was discovered by Spain’s Christopher Columbus in 1498. After Columbus, came the French in 1650, followed by the British in 1783. Grenada became what is referred to as a Crown Colony in 1877, an associated State within the British Commonwealth in 1967 before acquiring its independence in 1974.

As a result you will find that though the official language is English, the island’s French ancestry is evident in the French names of places and its architecture which sometimes are a mixture of French and Georgian.

Climate

The climate ranges from temperatures of 75°F/24°C to 87°F/30°C with the constant sweep of the trade winds. Grenada, like much of the other Caribbean islands experiences a “Dry” and “Wet” season that spans January to May, and June to December respectively.

Activities

ActivitiesThere is little room for boredom in Grenada as there is always some place to go or discover. For the adventurous, hiking to Mt St. Catherine, the highest mountain on the island – 2,756 feet, or trekking through Grand Etang National Forest, while enjoying the sometimes ominous placid Grand Etang Lake will serve as the highlight of your stay.
You can also go snorkeling amongst the islands beautiful coral reefs and dive sites like the Bianca C, a French cruise liner that in 1961 caught fire and later sunk. All aboard were rescued and provided with accommodations in private homes, as there were no guesthouses or hotels on the island at that time. For the laid back type, Grenada also offers long stretches of white sandy beaches, scenic waterfalls and numerous historical sites that speak of the islands colorful past or, you can simply enjoy a glass of rum punch while you look out that the prettiest harbor in the Caribbean.

Currency

Grenada uses Eastern Caribbean Dollars (EC) but US Dollars are also accepted at a rate of US$1 to EC$2.67. Canadian Dollars, Travelers Cheques, and major credit cards are accepted by most businesses.

Business Hours

Business hours are primarily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Banks: Monday to Thursday – 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Shops: Monday to Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Government Offices: Monday to Friday – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Government Cashiers 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The main shopping malls/plazas in the south – Grand Anse – open from 10:00 a.m.to 6:00 / 7:00 p.m. Select supermarkets open as late as 9:00 p.m. and a few are open for business on some public holidays.

Post Office

The Grenada Postal Corporation has its main office located in St. George’s, with sub offices throughout the length and breadth of the island open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hospitals

The hospitals in Grenada are the General Hospital in the parish of St. George and The Princess Alice Hospital in St. Andrew. Private medical facilities are also available. Carriacou has its own hospital, The Princess Royal Hospital

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