The island state of Grenada is the Caribbean’s spice island. Here, the scent of cinnamon and nutmeg accompanies small lagoons, rainforest-enclosed waterfalls and traditional Caribbean villages. In Grenada you can swim under waterfalls, rediscover colonial times in the idyllic capital, go all the way down to the unexplored island of Carriacou and explore a new beach every day.
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Capital: St George’s
Grenada’s geography and climate
Grenada is a small island nation in the Caribbean and consists of the main island of Grenada and the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, as well as a number of small islands without a permanent resident population. Grenada was once formed by volcanic activity and the landscape is full of hills that rise steeply behind the narrow belt of flat sandy beaches along the coasts. The rainforest climbs along the sides of the extinct volcanoes, occasionally interrupted by a small plantation with fragrant nutmeg trees. Grenada’s climate is tropical and as the archipelago lies on the edge of the Caribbean hurricane belt, hurricanes are an unpleasant and unwelcome guest between June and November. However, a few years pass between the visits of more destructive guests such as Hurricane Ivan, which in 2004 destroyed villages and trees all over the main island. It rains a lot in Grenada, especially in the interior, while the low-lying areas along the coasts receive slightly less precipitation. A plant life as green and showy as Grenadas can not arise without rain, and even during the driest months, one should expect a downpour at least every three days. The temperature in Grenada is usually 29 ° with a variation of no more than three to four degrees.
History of Grenada
Columbus arrived in Grenada in 1498, but the Caribbean Indians who once lived on the islands were left alone by European colonial masters for over a hundred years. It was not until 1650 that a group of French settled here and it would not be long before Grenada was covered by sugar plantations and the Native American population replaced by slaves imported from West Africa. The British could not stay away from Grenada’s profitable sugar and cocoa production. They took power a hundred years after the French conquest and maintained it until Independence Day on February 7, 1974. Only a few years after the country became independent, a short period of Marxist rule began, with Prime Minister Maurice Bishop establishing close relations with Cuba and the Soviet Union.
Grenada’s population and culture
Most of Grenada’s 90,000 inhabitants have all or part of African blood in their veins, but European, Indian and a few Native American genes are also represented among the Grenadian population. From a cultural perspective, the country’s changing history and different population groups show themselves in several ways; The official language is English, while the most widely spoken languages are various forms of Creole with roots in French or African languages. Grenadian cuisine consists of French, African and Indian cooking traditions. The English presence on the islands is most evident in Grenada’s national sport and the archetype of England – the game of cricket. Despite its small size, Grenada is the world’s second largest exporter of nutmeg, beating only 5,000 times the size of Indonesia. The Grenadians are so proud of this second place that the spicy little nut has been given a place on the Grenadian flag. At the same time, the nutmeg, together with Grenada’s production of cinnamon, ginger and cloves, has given the country the nickname “spice island” – a fairly popular name that Grenada shares with, among others, Zanzibar and the Indonesian islands of the Moluccas.
A trip to Grenada can with advantage begin at Fort George where you have the opportunity to see a large part of the small country from above before you begin your journey of discovery in earnest. From a height high above the capital St. George’s offers the old fortress, built in 1705, with an unbeatable view of the harbor, the entire lagoon and the famous beach Grand Anse to the south. St. George’s is one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful cities with pastel-colored houses that climb up from the horseshoe-shaped, sailboat-filled harbor along the gently sloping hills. Swimwear is a must in the suitcase; The archipelago’s 121 kilometer long coastline has many idyllic beaches that resemble many’s image of the perfect tropical beach: soft white sand, warm crystal clear water and tall narrow palm trees that offer a cooling shade if the sun becomes overwhelming. The most popular beach is Grande Anse south of St. George’s but here there are also many more beautiful and less visited beaches (often with “atmosphere of origin”) than on many other Caribbean islands. During a holiday in Grenada, you can also explore the island’s beautiful interior. A good starting point for this purpose is the Grand Etang National Park. The national park is located around the beautiful lake Grand Etang which was originally an extinct crater in an ancient volcano. From the lake, a multitude of beautiful hiking trails meander into the lush rainforest. The national park is located around the beautiful lake Grand Etang which was originally an extinct crater in an ancient volcano. From the lake, a multitude of beautiful hiking trails meander into the lush rainforest. The national park is located around the beautiful lake Grand Etang which was originally an extinct crater in an ancient volcano. From the lake, a multitude of beautiful hiking trails meander into the lush rainforest.
Climate and weather Grenada
Below you can read about the weather and climate in Grenada – see, among other things, temperatures for the capital St. George’s.
According to bridgat, Grenada has a tropical climate and since the archipelago is located on the edge of the Caribbean hurricane belt, there is a high hurricane risk between June and November. Fortunately, a few years pass between visits from devastating hurricanes such as Hurricane Ivan, which in 2004 destroyed both cities and trees. It rains a lot in Grenada, especially inland, while the low-lying coastal areas receive slightly less rain. The rain in turn makes Grenada incredibly green and lush and even during the driest months it can rain about every three days. The temperature is usually around 29 ° C with detours of no more than three to four degrees.