|GRENADA FAST FACTS
Capital: St. Georges
Currency: US $1= EC $2.70
Time Zone: Atlantic
Entry: Valid passport, return ticket
Transport: Car rental, taxi services, buses
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Grenada, the most southerly of the Windward Islands, is roughly 21 miles long and 12 miles wide, encompassing 133 square miles. The island, which lies 100miles north of Venezuela, has the geographic coordinates 12.07° N, 61.40° W. This island nation also consists of Carriacou and Petit Martinique. Geologically Grenada is a volcanic island traversed by a mountain range, the highest peak of which is Mount St. Catherine (840 m). This ecological wonder known, as the "Spice Island" is a lush tropical island full waterfalls, dense rainforest, rivers, tropical flowers, and beautiful beaches are what keep visitors coming back year after year. By most standards, Grenada is more unspoiled than most of the Caribbean.
In 1498, Christopher Columbus sailed by the island and called it Concepcion but passing Spanish sailors found its lush green hills so evocative of Andalusia that they rejected this name in favour of Granada. The French then adapted Granada to Grenade, and the British later changed it from Grenade to Grenada. Under the Treaty of Versailles in 1783, the island was permanently ceded to the British. Today the independent, democratic nation still maintains some of its French heritage.
Temperatures range from 75 to 87 degrees Fahrenheit, tempered by the steady and cooling trade winds, in this tropical climate. The island experiences a rainy season from June to December and a drier season from January to May. Because of Grenada's remarkable topography, the island also experiences climate changes according to altitude
Activities in Grenada!
Grenada offers a thrilling blend of activities, which include swimming in the cool turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea or soaking in the sun on the sandy beaches. A variety of water sports (yachting, scuba diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing) are also available.
There are a variety of educational and invigorating activities for visitors.
- One can meander through the passages of the ancient stone fortifications of Fort George,
- Travel to the Grenada National Museum to enjoy a collection of artefacts and information showcasing the people and their origins, flora and fauna and festivals which have fashioned the lives of the Grenadian people,
- Explore the mangrove swamp and marine areas of the Levera National Park which is home to a variety of wildlife and
- Enjoy the natural beauty of the Mt. Carmel Waterfall.
Shopping and ecological adventures are some of the activities that help make vacations in Grenada so memorable