Grenada is firmly located about 100 miles north of Trinidad and 68 miles South South-West of Saint Vincent, Grenada, which includes the inhabited islands of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique, has an area of 131 square miles. Comparatively, the area occupied by Grenada is slightly less than twice the size of Washington, D.C. Grenada island extends 21 miles North East – South West and 12 miles South East – North West , and has a coastline of 75 miles.
Grenada’s capital city, Saint George’s, is located on the island’s southwestern coast.
Average temperature ranges from 75ºF to 89ºF, tempered by the steady and cooling trade winds. The lowest temperatures occur between November and February. Due to Grenada’s remarkable landscape, the island also experiences climate changes according to altitude. The driest season is between January and May while the rainy season is from June to December.
Grenada is divided into 6 parishes:
|Saint George||St. George’s||65||38,249|
|Saint David||St. David’s||44||12,877|
|Carriacou (& Petite Martinique)||Hillsborough||34||5,661|
If you go back far enough – and by that I mean about 2 million years – you will discover that the island that is Grenada today was formed by an underwater volcano. The tips of this volcanic activity have created the fertile and lush island and its smaller neighbouring islands that we visit today. This is exactly how Hawaii was formed. Be assured there is no volcanic activity today but the legacy of all of this geographical phenomenon has created an island that is fertile and rich and has become renowned for its production of spices. Nutmeg, mace, cloves, and other heady spices are farmed and harvested across the island. In fact, the island of Grenada is known within the Caribbean as The Isle of Spice owing to it being one of the largest exporters of such desirable spices rivaled only by Indonesia.
The highest mountain of St Catherine and its surrounding peaks have created natural waterfalls, pools of clear water, lush mountains that are home to Mona monkeys, opossums, armadillos, iguana, and mongoose. With over 177 bird species, you can enjoy spotting the jewel-like hummingbirds, the Grenada dove, masked ducks, grebes, plovers, and cuckoos. With bougainvillea as the national flower, you will find the colorful plant proliferates everywhere – not just draped beautifully over the doorway to stunning Grenada vacation rentals but making every hike and walk a photographer’s dream.
In addition to all of this, you have the warmth and enthusiasm of the local people. The music, food, culture sets the scene for a memorable vacation experience. A mere 3.5 hours from Miami and you touch down on this island that feels a million miles removed from the hustle and bustle you’ve left behind. It may seem like a well-kept secret but this relaxed and welcoming island is fast becoming the destination of choice for anyone who wants the Caribbean without the crush.
The island of Grenada is a mere 21 miles long and 12 miles wide. It has a population of around 100,000 people spread across not just the main island but over some of the loveliest tiny islands just offshore. With its gorgeous coastline interspersed with inlets, coves, and beaches, it’s one of those idyllic islands that encourages exploration. Basing yourself at one of the beautiful Exceptional Villa Grenada rentals, you may struggle to rouse yourself to leave your perfectly appointed terrace but I do recommend it. There is so much natural beauty to be seen on this island. In your self-drive car, or with a brilliant driver/tour guide that our concierge team can book for you, there is a whole lot of history and fun to be discovered.
As you enjoy some delicious Oil Down (no, it’s not a euphemism for getting beach ready) the tasty rich one-pot stew, accompanied by a Rum Punch with a sprinkle of nutmeg, you will be suffused with the spicy warmth of this miraculous nation. It is said that good things come in small packages – as you lounge in one of the Villas in Grenada, drinking in the setting sun across the wide turquoise of the Caribbean, you will heartily agree. Welcome to your own private paradise!