Tourism is a recent phenomena; Grenada is largely undiscovered, unspoilt, full of opportunity, beauty and charm.
Grenada, “The Authentic Caribbean”, known as the ‘Spice Isle’, is one of the most beautiful and lush islands in the West Indies. Unspoilt and exotic, Grenada’s dramatic scenery, tropical rain forests, mountains, waterfalls and golden beaches will appeal to visitors from around the world.
Where is Grenada?
Grenada is 12 degrees north of the Equator at the Southern end of the Windward Islands, which is the southern most part of the Caribbean and outside of the hurricane belt.
How far is Grenada from major cities?
Grenada is 3 hours from Miami, 4 hours from New York and Toronto and 8 hours from London, all by direct air service. Port of Spain (Trinidad) is just 20 minutes flight away, Barbados just 40 minutes and South America (Venezuela) 45 minutes.
Grenada was traditionally inhabited by Carib Indians who migrated from the South America mainland. The island was originally known as Camerhougue but Columbus renamed it Concepcion Island when he visited in 1498. Successive Spanish sailors found it to be so evocative of Andalucia with its lush green mountain scenery that they called it Granada which is the origination of its name today.
With a very high literacy rate, the population is highly educated; St. George’s University, with 6,000 students from over 140 countries offers faculties of Medicine and Veterinary Science, has been established for thirty-five years. In addition a full medical teaching hospital is planned in the near future.
Culture & Climate
Known today more as a tourist destination and still the “authentic Caribbean” historically Grenada was known as a gentle island supported by growing spices, particularly nutmeg and cinnamon. Today it still has a very active agricultural and fishing economy.
The climate in Grenada is tropical with average temperatures of around 28 °C year round. It is a sunny island enjoyable all months of the year, and with cooler breezy locations in the mountains.
Grenada’s economic outlook is generally very good, with expansion occurring in tourism, agriculture and manufacturing. The Government is about to commence an oil and gas program in its territorial waters between Venezuela and Trinidad. Part of the Eastern Caribbean Bank and currency system, its currency is stable, secure and tied directly to the US$.
Business can also be conducted in US$s. There is no exchange control or restrictions on the inward or outward transfer of $US’s.