The island country of Grenada consists of the main island of Grenada plus six smaller islands at the southern end of the Grenadines. The island of Grenada is the largest island in the Grenadines. The country is situated on the south-eastern Caribbean Sea, northwest of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of Venezuela, and southwest of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Grenada is also known as the “Island of Spice” as it is one of the world’s largest exporters of nutmeg and mace crops. It is also a leading producer of many other different spices including cinnamon, cloves, ginger, allspice, orange/citrus peels, and wild coffee. Its capital and largest city is St. George’s. The climate in Grenada is described as tropical.
What to see & do
Grenada’s main economic force is tourism. Beaches and exciting water sports and activities are enjoyed in the southwest region around the capital St. George’s, Grand Asne, Lance Aux Epines, and Point Salines. The three-kilometre long Grand Anse Beach in St. George’s is known as one of the finest beaches in the world. Ecotourism is also thriving in Grenada, with small eco-friendly guesthouses being offered in the parishes of Saint David and Saint John. Visiting Grenada will be surely worth as you will never run out of things to see and do – historic forts, lakes and waterfalls, spice gardens, floral gardens, rum distilleries, plantation houses, Amerindian petroglyphs, and more! The country also holds yearly Carnival activities dominated by music, dance, and colourful decorations and costumes. Complete your Grenada experience by trying out the country’s national dish, the “oil-down.” It was called as such for the reason that the dish is cooked in coconut milk until all the milk is absorbed, leaving only coconut oil in the bottom of the pot. Other ingredients include a mixture of salted pigtail, pig’s feet, salt beef and chicken, dumplings made from flour, and breadfruit, green banana, yam, and potatoes.
How to get around within Grenada
When driving around the town centre, travellers must be cautious of the hilly, narrow streets; some even have no sidewalks. Travelling between islands is also one-of-a-kind as Grenada has a horseshoe
harbour, the most attractive in the Caribbean, lined with restaurants, shops, and supermarkets. Travelling within St. George’s is made possible by taxis, minibuses, and hired cars. Water taxis are also available, travelling between the Cruise Terminal, Grand Anse Beach, and the Carenage.
How to get there
The main airport that serves Grenada is Maurice Bishop International Airport, located on the main island, four miles from St. George’s. Passenger airlines that operate at the airport are Air Canada Rouge, American Airlines, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Condor, Conviasa, Delta Air Lines, LIAT, SVG Air, and Virgin Atlantic. Grenada is also accessible by boat; many cruise ships dock in or near St. George’s, especially between October and May. Private moorings are also available for yachts.
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