When it comes to the country of Grenada, there is nothing that is more popular than spices. In fact, it is fondly called as the Spice Island because even the air already has a spicy tinge to it. The charming country also boasts a wide expanse of lush greenery with bounty hills to offer a picturesque escape for both locals and travelers. The coastal wonders of Grenada also do not disappoint since these idyllic sand stretches provide a heated escape for beach lovers and professional surfers. Aside from its natural resources, Grenada also has postcard- worthy towns and villages that provide contrast to the modern infrastructure being built in key cities.
Important and Interesting Facts about Grenada
- Grenada is an island country consisting of the island of Grenada and six smaller islands at the southern end of the Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. Grenada is located northwest of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of Venezuela, and southwest of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
- The islands are of volcanic origin with extremely rich soil. Grenada’s interior is very mountainous with Mount St. Catherine being the highest at 840 m (2,760 ft). Several small rivers with beautiful waterfalls flow into the sea from these mountains.
- There are six parishes in Grenada, the largest is Saint George, others include Saint David, Saint Andrew, Saint Patrick, Saint Mark, and Saint John.
- Being on the southern edge of where hurricanes usually pass through, Grenada has only experienced three hurricanes in the last 50 years.
- Grenada is a leading producer of several different spices. Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mace, allspice, orange/citrus peels, wild coffee used by the locals, and especially nutmeg, providing 20% of the world supply, are all important exports.
- Grenada also plays host to eco-tourists who come there attracted by the lush green rain forests and estuaries.
- One of the prettiest port towns in the Caribbean, the city of St. George’s curves along a horseshoe-shaped harbor backed by volcanic hills. This colorful capital is popular with yachters who dock in the busy harbor of Carenage. Brick and stone buildings with red tiled roofs line the streets where locals sell spices and crafts.
- Fringed by sea grapes and coconut palms, Grand Anse is Grenada’s most famous beach and one of its most beautiful. Cruise ship visitors flock to this three-kilometer arc of golden sand and gentle surf, and many boutique resorts and restaurants lie along its shores. Water hues range from clear turquoise in the shallows to deep cobalt blue, and the calm waters are perfect for swimming. Midway along the beach, visitors will find the Grande Anse Craft and Spice Market while independent vendors patrol the sands hawking trinkets and souvenirs.
- On the west coast of Grenada, a short drive north of St. George’s at Moliniere Bay, the Underwater Sculpture Park is a unique submerged gallery that also serves as an artificial reef in a Marine Protected Area. Created by artist Jason de Caires Taylor, the sculptures range from Amerindian petroglyphs to life size figures cast from local children. Divers, snorkelers, and glass bottom boat passengers can admire this underwater exhibition, although the best views are face to face with these sculptures below sea level.
- One of Grenada’s oldest and largest nutmeg plantations, Dougaldston Spice Estate is a rustic operation where local workers demonstrate how the island’s spices are grown and processed. Visitors can also buy bags of nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves. Near the Dougaldston Spice Estate is the Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station, the largest facility on the island, where workers sort and pack nutmeg and share interesting facts about Grenada’s famous spice. Tours are open to the public.
Cool, Funny, and Fun Facts about Grenada
- There is an underwater sculpture gallery built by artist and a diver, Jason De Caires Taylor. He built it in 2006, after a hurricane wiped out much of the coral reef.
- Wearing camouflage (army’s uniform) and swearing at an officer is considered a crime
- Grenada is approximately 20 miles long by 12 miles wide! On a map, it is seriously just a tiny little dot in the middle of the gigantic ocean.
- -Grenada is located where the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean combine. The water from each ocean is different in how rough/calm it is and color
- Evidently there is a movie called Heartbreak Ridge that is based off the US invasion of Grenada
- Instead of saying “this” “the” and “them” they replace he ‘t’ with ‘d’ and say “dis” “de” and “dem”… when the kids talk, it is the cutest thing ever, but they talk so fast it can also be very hard to understand them!
- Time on the island moves extremely slow and I hardly ever know what time it is at all. Also, you learn if you are early, then you are REALLY early… time in Grenada is always behind schedule.
- – There is a total of THREE traffic lights on the entire island.
- -To drink on the island is crazy cheap, while to eat on the island is generally more on the pricey side.
- -Grenada has both white and black sand beaches.
- 220 volts are used in Grenada and if you don’t use a transformer and try to use American appliances… you will blow up said appliance.
Historical and Cultural Facts About Grenada
- The earliest settlers migrated from the Amazonian basin of South America. This Amerindian descent is still evident in the northern countryside where pottery and other Indian crafts are made with traditional methods. Eighty-two percent of the inhabitants are of African origin, descendants of the African slaves who were brought to work the European-owned plantations. Five percent of the people are descended from Asian Indians also brought to the island as indentured servants. The remaining 13 percent of the people are of mixed ancestry, including European and American immigrants.
- Even though the islands of Grenada were discovered by Columbus in 1498, it was only in the 17 century that the French came and colonized it. After the French, Grenada was colonized by the British in 1762. Grenada, finally, received its independence from British rule only to be seized by a Marxist military council in 1983.
- The French arrived in Grenada on 20th June 1650 and got engaged in a bloody campaign to take control of the island from the Caribs.In an attack led by the Caribs on the fort of St. George, once defeated, the Carib were chased all the way by the French to a steep sea side cliff. Once there, the Carib saw that they had no escape and jumped over into the sea. All those who jumped perished and that point got named ‘Le Morne des Sauteurs’ or ‘Jumpers Hill’.
- Playwright and poet Lorca met an untimely death in Granada in 1936 – but his story still stirs up as strong feelings as ever
- Hurricane Janet passed over Grenada on September 23, 1955, with winds of 185 km/h (115 mph), causing severe damage. The most recent storms to hit have been Hurricane Ivan on September 7, 2004, causing severe damage and thirty-nine deaths and Hurricane Emily on July 14, 2005, causing serious damage in Carriacou and in the north of Grenada which had been relatively lightly affected by Hurricane Ivan.
- The most popular breakfast drink in Grenada is cocoa tea and the eating habits of the people include bread, vegetables, rice and fruits.
- The national food or meal is called the Oildown, a dish cooked in coconut milk until the coconut milk is absorbed.
- Salutations are an important part of daily etiquette even among strangers. Public displays of affection are common among schoolchildren, particularly those of the same sex. It is not uncommon to see girls holding hands on the street and boys walking with their arms draped around each other’s shoulders. Public transportation may require passengers to sit practically on top of one another. Preferential treatment is almost always granted to women, particularly the aged and those with small children.
- Holidays and celebrations reflect the influence of religion, particularly Roman Catholicism. The most important holiday is Carnival, which traditionally is celebrated on the weekend culminating on Ash Wednesday. Carnival is now celebrated during the second week of August to generate tourism from neighboring islands. It also coincides with Rainbow City, a celebration in the parish of Saint Andrew’s that commemorates Emancipation Day.
- Crick-crack stories often include the spider character Anansi and his friends. These stories are similar to fairy tales and have both oral and written traditions. They often are shared in groups, with the storyteller beginning “Crick,” and the audience replying “Crack.”
- Revealing clothing, like very short ‘hot pants’ and swimwear is not tolerated in public areas like shops and banks. Local people appreciate neatness and cleanliness when it comes to dressing, and you will be respected more if your clothes are clean and ironed neatly.