Grenada

Capital: St. George’s

Population: 110, 000

Official Language: English

Other Languages: Grenadian Creole English and French

Size: 348.5 km² (134.6 square miles)

Currency: East Caribbean Dollar

Motto: “Ever Conscious of God We Aspire, Build and Advance as One People”

Drives on the: left

Calling code: +1-473

 Welcome to the “Island of Spice” or “Spice Isle”, a place where untouched beauty meets our warm and friendly people.

It is a tri-island state which consists of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique. Grenada is an island in the south-eastern Caribbean Sea.

It is the second smallest independent country in the western hemisphere and is located northeast of Venezuela, northwest of Trinidad and Tobago and southwest of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Grenada has dense rain forest, a jagged coastline, picturesque beaches, and brilliant foliage that are enhanced by a mild climate.

Spicemas is Grenada’s largest cultural festival that climaxes on the second Monday and Tuesday of August every year.

It is a time of the year filled with the rhythms of  Calypso, Soca, and melodic tunes of steel band.

Spicemas showcases a celebration of traditional mas and contemporary mas, and is the home of the Jab Jab.

Grenada is known for its water features which includes Moliniere Underwater Sculpture Park located in Moliniere Point, St. George, the first underwater sculpture park in the world.

Other water features include Tufton Hall Waterfalls, the country’s most challenging waterfall.

And Annandale Waterfalls, which is a popular attraction that is easily accessible and offers lots of recreational opportunities.

There is also Grand Anse Beach which is a silky stretch of sheltered white sand beach where visitors and locals enjoy the view of the Capital.

This world famous beach spans two miles or three kilometres along the southern coastline of St. George.

Historically, Grenada has been known as the” Spice Isle” or “Island of Spice”  for the variety of aromatic spices that grows abundantly throughout the island.

Spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, mace, ginger, clove, lemongrass, bay leaf, thyme, and turmeric, to name a few, can be found throughout the island.

Grenada is one of the world’s largest exporters of nutmeg and mace.

Our food offers a melange of cuisines by blending these aromatic spices, herbs, and flavours influenced by the French, West African, Arawak, Kalinago, British, and Indian cultures.

Because of this, our culinary tour offers a wide variety of bold and savoury tastes.

Traditional Grenadian cuisine does not rely on intercontinental food mills.

It relies on the freshest local ingredients that are either organic or bio-dynamically grown through the thoughtful use of one of our most natural resources – our fertile soil.

Our national dish the “Oil Down” is a one pot wonder that includes chicken, pork, crab and other salt meats, breadfruit, callaloo, local provision, dumplings, coconut milk with turmeric.

Our pride and joy that has recently emerged is our organic chocolate.

It comes in six varieties 60% chocolate sweet and rich, 71% strong bitter sweet, 82% strong dry cocoa flavour with fruity notes, Nib-A-Licious crispy and delicious, Salty-Licious salty and chocolaty, and 100% chocolate pure cocoa flavour.

Contributed by Jonell John