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 one of the world’s largest exporters of nutmeg and mace crops and therefore known as the “Island of Spice”. The islands are of volcanic origin with extremely rich soil. Grenada is very mountainous with several rivers with beautiful waterfalls. The climate is hot and humid in the rainy season and cooled by the trade winds in the dry season. Grenada has suffered only three hurricanes in fifty years as it is on the southern edge of the hurricane belt. Grenada is part of the Commonwealth.
Capital and largest city : St. George’s
Area : 344 km2
Population : 110,000
Currency : East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Official language : English
Grenada Yacht Charter “Must Do”
Grenada does have some of the finest beaches. The most spectacular is Grand Anse with pristine white sand stretching for a mile and a half. Morne Rouge has good snorkelling opportunities along the coves and the remote Moliniere can only be reached by yacht. The Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve is a must-see experience of nature in all her glory with the Lake Grand Etang, once an active volcano. A series of breathtaking hikes can be undertaken from its lofty interior. Grenada has plenty of spectacular waterfalls and some have pools that are ideal for swimming. Hike up to Seven Sisters Falls and cool off underneath the falls. Grenada has several rum distilleries. The estate and distillery of Rivers Antoine whose cane is still crushed by an ancient waterwheel are open to visitors. The Grenada Chocolate Company is a silver award winner in the 2011 London Academy of Chocolate Awards and it is well worth a visit. Do a spice tour at the Dougaldston Spice Estate to see and smell a variety of fresh spices and extracts, including ginger, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, loofa, saffron, nutmeg, cocoa and mace.
Grenada Yacht Charter Tourist Information
A valid passport and return ticket are required for all visitors. A visa is not required from citizens of the UK, USA, Canada, British Commonwealth, most European countries, most Caribbean countries, South Korea or Japan. Contact your nearest Grenada Diplomatic Representative: http://www.gov.gd/embassies_consulates.html
Health and Safety Advice
Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND) St. George’s, Saint George
Lauriston Airport (Carriacou Island Airport) (CRU) Hillsborough, Carriacou
Grenada boasts incredible warm weather all year round. Expect temperatures that range from the 31°C in summer to 29°C in winter. The rainy season goes from June to December and it rains every day but fortunately it is only for a few short periods during the day. Average rainfall from June to November is 224 mm per month. December’s rainfall is 180 mm and January to May receives 110 mm rain an average. The largest influx of visitors arrives from January to April mainly from the UK.