Grenada and the Grenadines
Grenada is an island country and commonwealth realm. It consists the island of Grenada and six smaller islands at the southern end of the Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. Grenada is also known as the “Island of Spice” because of the production of nutmeg and mace crops, where Grenada is known as one of the world’s largest exporters. It tri-island state of Carriacou and Petit Martinique, located northwest of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of Venezuela, and southwest of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Its size is 344 square kilometers (133 sq. mi), with an estimated population of 110,000. This English-speaking nation has some of the friendliest people in the Caribbean, featuring its’ unspoilt landscapes, appealing to the interest of adventure seekers, beach dwellers or couples looking for a romantic destination.
It is a volcanic island with a colourful history, having once been inhabited by indigenous peoples – the Caribs and Arawaks. It was originally colonised by the French then the British, before gaining its independence in 1974. Its capital, St. George, has been described as the most picturesque in the Caribbean. It is the hub of commercial activity, and houses the Cruis-e Ship Terminal, the port, retail banks and shops.
The official currency is the East Caribbean Dollar ECD) which is pegged to the US dollar at an exchange rate of US$ 1.00 = EC$ 2.70. US dollars are also accepted islandwide as well as most major credit cards and travelers cheques. General Business hours are 08.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs. Banking hours are 08.00 hrs to 14.00 hrs Monday to Thursday and 08.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs on Friday.
Grenada, being on the southern edge of the hurricane belt, has suffered only three hurricanes in fifty years.
Grenada is a beautiful island with warm and friendly people. We have a population of only 110,000.00, and a low crime rate, making it one of the safest island in the Caribbean.
Public Transportation – is available in all parishes
Shopping – We enjoy the convenient of an international supermarket “Real Value IGA”, which is open 7 days a week, The Bruce Street & Esplanade Mall, Excel Plaza and small village shops and rum shops that open late depending on the occasion.
Lifestyle – very laid back and relaxing, always time for the beach and a rum punch.
Restaurants – an array of Creole and International Restaurants can be found on the island
Nightlife – is minimal when compared to neighboring islands, however there are a variety of bars and nightclubs scattered throughout the parishes. Most bars and nightclubs are only open on the weekends with a few exceptions. Live outdoor concerts are popular on the island and are usually held at Grenada’s National Stadium.
Activities – Activities such as sailing, swimming, snorkeling, diving, sport fishing, turtle watching, hiking, hashing and sightseeing, are very common. Football and cricket are the main sports played on the island. Throughout the year many tournaments, regattas and festivals are held.
*A list of daily events can be found on The Grenada Board of Tourism Website www.grenadagrenadines.com
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