The Island of Grenada
Grenada is the ultimate in sensory destinations.
The island’s fragrant spices; nutmeg, cinnamon, clover, ginger and cocoa perfume the air, while verdant rolling hills, mountains, and azure water offer visitors artisan views at every turn. The melodic songs of exotic tropical birds, and rare tropical flowers offer a warm welcome for travelers from far and wide. Grenada is located about 160 km (100 mi) N of Trinidad and 109 km (68 mi) SSW of St. Vincent. Grenada, which includes the inhabited islands of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique, has an area of 340 sq km (131 sq mi). Grenada island extends 34 km (21 mi) NE-SW and 19 km (12 mi) SE-NW, and has a coastline of 121 km (75 mi). Grenada’s capital city, Saint George’s, is located on the island’s southwestern coast.
Grenada is by far the largest island offering visitors mountainous, volcanic terrain with Mount St. Catherine, reaching over 2,750 feet. This unusual geography is the most varied of all in the Caribbean. Crater lakes, a staggering variety of plant and animal life; dwarf forests, mountain rainforests, dry forests and lowlands that lead to mangrove coast onto brilliant white sandy beaches; framed by sparkling blue waters and graceful coral reefs give way to a plethora of tropical birds, tiny frogs and lizards, while rare orchids punctuate the dense rainforest providing shelter for a wide variety of animals; the broad-winged hawk, swift, opossums, armadillos, mongooses, and the mona monkey. The most famous beach of all is Grand Anse, as its smooth expansive beach stretches for two-miles and gently curves around to Grand Anse Bay.
Colorful Saturday markets, year-round festivals and fairs, complimented by an easy-going and friendly people, complete with a rich history and culture weave the tapestry of St. George’s, Grenada’s capital city. This city has earned the reputation of being one of the loveliest cities in the Caribbean as its horseshoe shaped harbor is sprinkled with pastel houses and terra cotta tiled warehouses, very traditional for this old-world city. Century old spice plantations and rum distilleries still use the methods of days-gone-by emphasizing quality over quantity, an integrity that is widespread and gives the island its own unique flair.