Grenada West Indies

WHERE IS GRENADA LOCATED?

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.

Climate

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’S HISTORY

Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, and Alonso de Ojeda all sighted this island during their many voyages from Europe to the ‘New World’.  Concepcion was the name Columbus christened Grenada.  However, Mayo was the name given to a map-maker by Vespucci. Eventually, the French captured and colonized the island, Favoring it due to its incredible natural harbor which they named Port Royal.  Today this harbor is known as St George and welcomes sailors and impressive yachts from all over the globe.  The name Le Grenada was what the French named the island and eventually when the island came to the English as part of a treaty, they anglicized the name and modern-day Grenada was born.  Although the island is now an independent nation – one of the very smallest in the world – it remains part of the Commonwealth Group of Nations like Canada, Australia, Jamaica, Barbados, and so on.

The legacy of this British connection is that English is the spoken language with a very interesting Grenada Creole spoken by the locals.  Driving is on the left and you will find place names that hark back to a very English legacy like St George, Victoria, and Hillsborough.  The island is divided into six parishes named in very similar ways to its sister Commonwealth nation, Barbados – Saint David, Saint Andrew, Saint Mark, Saint George, Saint Patrick, and Saint John.

Grenada achieved independence from Britain in 1974. Following a coup by the Marxist New Jewel Movement in 1983, the island was invaded by United States troops and the government overthrown. The island’s major crop, nutmeg, was significantly damaged by [Hurricane Ivan] in 2004

Grenada is divided into 6 parishes:

ParishesTownArea (km2)Population
Saint PatrickSauteurs4210,504
Saint MarkVictoria254,408
Saint JohnGouyave358,469
Saint AndrewGrenville9926,501
Saint GeorgeSt. George’s6538,249
Saint DavidSt. David’s4412,877
Carriacou (& Petite Martinique)Hillsborough345,661

GEOGRAPHY OF GRENADA

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.

GRENADA’S CULTURE

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!