Grenada is known as the "Spice Island", a destination with a lot of 'flavor'. Grenada is characterized by unspoiled mountainous beauty and for its friendly people. Grenada also affords Grenada Island visitors with the opportunity to explore waterfalls, lush rain forests, volcanic crater lake, tiny villages, cocoa, nutmeg, and banana plantations, rum distilleries, scenic hiking trips, pristine coral reefs and unspoiled beaches. This natural beauty is not only breathtaking, but also makes Grenada one of the most popular ecotourism destinations anywhere in the Caribbean.
Grenada know as the "Spice Island" is a jewel …sparkling bays that glisten in the sunlight over picturesque sandy coves…lush rainforests…exotic fauna…majestic mountains…staffed luxury villas…a wonderful undiscovered and largely unspoiled island.
Three inhabited islands and a few uninhabited islets comprise the nation: Grenada/the largest, Carriacou and Petit Martinique. The nation's capital as well as the majority of the population is located on Grenada.
Lush rain forests and thick vegetation-provide an exceptional green beauty that few places in the world can match. Located in the Eastern Caribbean, the island is only 12 degrees north of the equator and the most southerly of the Windward Islands.
The island's waterfalls, lush rain forests, volcanic crater lake, small villages, nutmeg and banana plantations, scenic hiking, pristine coral reefs and unspoiled beaches all contribute to make Grenada one of the most popular eco-tourism destinations for those seeking the off the beaten track natural beauty and charm. Indeed, 1/9 of Grenada's land mass is preserved in the way of parks, natural sanctuaries and wildlife preservers. The island is, indeed, a haven for outdoor lovers of all types who will savor the peerless natural beauty of the island.
Idyllic coves and bays make the island a particular favorite with sailors. Grenada boasts some 80 miles of coastline, 64 bays and 45 white sand beaches-many of which are located in secluded little coves. All beaches are public and most are located on the Caribbean side of the island, south of St. George's in the Grand Anse and L'Anse au Epines areas.
Grand Anse is perhaps the loveliest beach on the island and offers 2 miles of gleaming sand lapped by gentle Caribbean waters while mature sea gape trees provide shady areas to escape the midday sun.
Morne Rouge Beach forms a half-mile crescent and has a small café that serves light meals during the day.
Visitors are overwhelmed by the sweet scents of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla that wafts in on the balmy breezes. There are more spices in Grenada per square mile than anywhere else in the world and the island actually produces almost about a third of the world's supply of nutmeg, its most abundant spice. It is often referred to as the "Spice Isle" as Grenada is a major producer of nutmeg, cinnamon, cocoa and many other spices.
Popular souvenirs include small spice baskets filled with cinnamon, nutmeg, bay leaf, vanilla and ginger-they are widely available in almost every shop, market or even the vendors who stroll the beach in Grand Anse.
Grenada is known for the friendliest people in the West Indians providing a hospitable atmosphere that few islands can match.
St. George's is the picturesque capital city with a busy harbor and several historical sites. One of the most authentic West Indian towns in the Caribbean it is dotted with pastel painted buildings that curve shore along the horseshoe-shaped George's Harbor. Rainbow color houses rise up from the waterfront and dot the steep emerald hills. Rich in English, French and West Indian history, St. George's is filled with beautiful and well-preserved examples of French and British Colonial architecture.
While visitors may find it difficult to tear themselves away from the spectacular beaches and pristine waters, the islands tropical landscape offers an array of fun and exciting inland activities and adventures.
Indeed, nature lovers enjoy the islands lush and mountainous interior which offers exceptional hiking, bird watching, waterfalls to explore etc.
Recreational sports enthusiasts will find the island offers an abundance of activities and facilities to keep them entertained. And, for those looking to experience the true essence and character of Grenada, sightseeing and historical sites abound as well as unique shops and outstanding cuisine.
Grenada's climate is warm and sunny with temperatures between 75 F and 90 F year round. During the winter, the nights are slightly cooler and so it might be a good idea to bring a cotton sweater.
The best of what Grenada has to offer is definitely found at the Grenada Carnival. The Grenada Carnival is the biggest celebration the Island sees all year, with festive collections of people and events and colorful, spectacular costumes. Every year, in mid-August, the Grenada Carnival takes form in a manner similar to other Caribbean Islands. When Christian traditions combine with African and Caribbean influences you get the incredibly fun mixture of culture that produces the Grenada Carnival. Caylpso competitions, steel-drum parades and street theater are just a few of the elements that bring the party home during the Grenada Carnival. Grenada Carnival Tuesday completes the festivities with a parade ending in a pageant at the National Stadium.
Vast arrays of big game fish live in the oceans surrounding Grenada. Many of our Luxury Charter Yachts have deep sea fishing equipment and even have their own fishing boat that tags along. Or you can contact one of the several different companies on the island which offer guided Grenada fishing excursions with a focus on big game fish.
A variety of hiking opportunities exist on Grenada…Exceptional hiking exists on Grenada with the most popular area being located within the rainforest Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve which is located high up in the mountains of the island's interior. Grand Etang's varied elevations and terrains provide several different ecological subsystems. One of the most interesting paths to visit is the around the big pond in an extinct volcano.
Columbus first sighted Grenada in 1498. He named the island Concepcion. Throughout the 1600's, the island was the scene of numerous bloody battles between the indigenous Carib Indians and the French. The Carib Indians finally lost to the French in 1651, committing mass suicide by leaping off a cliff rather than submitting to the French.
The French eventually lost the island to the British in 1762. In 1967, Grenada became part of the British Commonwealth and in 1970 it achieved it's independence.
As many may recall, in 1979 an attempt was made to establish a communist state in Grenada. In October 1983, at the request of the Governor General, the US, Jamaica and Eastern Caribbean States intervened military and in December 1984 a general election re-established democratic government.
Several companies on the island offer guided tours that lead visitors through spectacular scenery as well as riding through the surf on deserted beaches.
The official language is English spoken with a unique sounding Bajan dialect. The Bajan dialect is based on Afro-Caribbean rhythms tinged with an Irish/Scottish lilt. An amazing 98% literacy rate is a sign of the island's sophistication.
Grenada is located in the Eastern Caribbean at the southern end of the Windward Islands and approximately 100 miles north of Venezuela.
Getting married Grenada is relatively easy but couples must reside on the island for at least three working days, have valid passports/birth certificates and bring a notarized letter from a lawyer affirming that they are both single.
Both bride and groom must be 18 years of age. Magistrates are available after 4:30 PM to perform ceremonies and Protestant ministers are easily found. Catholics should have their home priest liaise with a priest in Grenada and allow six to eight months for the planning.
Nightlife is somewhat limited to resorts that bring in musicians several nights a week.
Grenada offers a variety of shopping experiences from art galleries to those searching for exceptional jewelry. Since Grenada is second only to Indonesia in the production of nutmeg, most visitors bring home spices and even cosmetics and flavorings all made from the spices and spice oils.
The island offers talented local artists and offers locally made batik, pottery and basketry as well as their own local Westerhall Plantation Rum.
The duty-free merchandise is offered at prices 20%-40% less than in the U.S. or Canada. Popular items include cashmere, fine English china, tobacco and the island's famous rum.
Grenada offers a diversity in sights and activities available to Grenada villa rental guests. Grenada activities include, and are not limited to, the following: Golf, hiking, swimming, sailing, tennis and horseback riding.
Cycling and Mountain Biking, Golf, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Sports Fishing, Diving, Parasailing, Sailing, Tennis, and Kayaking are all available on the island.
Grenada offers exceptional close in snorkeling directly off it's spectacular white sand beaches. Indeed, Grenada has been referred to as a "scuba diver's Toys R U" with its endless reefs and bays. Famous dive sites include Boss Reef as well as a few wreck dives.
The majority of the large hotels and resort on the island have tennis courts that may be booked even if you are not a guest.
Grenada falls in the Atlantic Time zone, which is one hour ahead of US Standard time. The island does not observe daylight savings time.
Grenada offers 133 square miles of mountainous, volcanic terrain with the highest point/Mt. St. Catherine reaching 2,750 feet. The topography of the island provides one of the most varied in the Caribbean and a variety of plant and animal life.
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Visiting Grenada on a Luxury Charter Yacht offers visitors the best of both worlds; the relaxed privacy of a yacht and the attentive service of a dedicated and pampering staff. Visitors can leave all of their cares behind and relax without any of the responsibilities back home.