The Caribbean island of Grenada belongs to the Lesser Antilles, an archipelago north of the coast of Venezuela. Around 105,000 people live in the small island state of Grenada. The capital St. George’s, located on the southwest coast, has approx. 4,300 residents. This is where the island’s international airport is located.
Communication should be easy for tourists as English is the official language in Grenada. The country’s currency is the East Caribbean dollar, however US dollars are accepted throughout the country. Grenada has a tropical climate, which means that the year-round average temperatures are above 24 ° C.
According to andyeducation, Grenada has long sandy beaches where all kinds of water sports such as swimming, diving, surfing and sailing are practiced. But many tourists also go on excursions inland, in the tropical landscape with mountains up to over 800 m high. Major attractions inland are the waterfalls, such as the Mt. Carmel Waterfall with two cascades over 21 m. Local service offer island tours, trips to the waterfalls and guided hiking and mountain biking tours.
The local cuisine is characterized by meat and fish dishes. Many restaurants offer international specialties. Those who want to go out in the evening have the choice between some of the discos and clubs popular with tourists and locals in the capital, St. Georges.
Grenada lives mainly from tourism. The vacationer can choose between numerous hotels and accommodations, from cheap to super-luxurious you can find everything here. Most of the tourism in Grenada takes place in the southwest of the main island. The center of the action is concentrated around St. George’s, Grand Anse, Lance Aux Epines and Point Salines.
Of course, the beautiful coast of Grenada is also one of the crowd pullers. Cruise ships have also been docking here since 2007. The pier was built especially for cruise ships, so mass tourism by cruise guests is increasing sharply on Grenada.
Grenada – key data for your vacation
Area: 344 km²
Population: 108,419 (July 2011, CIA). Blacks: 82%, blacks and European ancestors: 13%, Europeans and Indians 5%, some Arawak / Carib Indians.
Population density: 315 people per km²
Population growth: 0.551% per year (2011, CIA)
Capital: Saint George’s (4,320 residents, 2006)
Highest point: Mount Saint Catherine, 840 m
Lowest point: Caribbean, 0 m
Form of government: Grenada has been a parliamentary monarchy since 1974, which is also represented in the Commonwealth. The constitution dates from 1973. The bicameral parliament consists of 15 elected and 13 appointed members. Grenada has been independent from Great Britain since February 7, 1974.
Administrative structure: 6 parishes (Saint Andrew, Saint David, Saint George, Saint John, Saint Mark and Saint Patrick) and one dependency (Carriacou and Petit Martinique)
Head of Government: Prime Minister Keith Claudius Mitchell, since March 20, 2013
Head of State: Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, represented by Governor Cécile La Grenade since May 7, 2013
Language: The official language in Grenada is English. In addition, French patois is spoken by a minority.
Religion: 53% Roman Catholic, 14% Anglican, further Protestant churches 33%.
Local time: CET -5 h. In Grenada there is no change between summer and winter time.
The time difference to Central Europe is -5 hours in winter and -6 hours in summer.
International phone code: +1 (473)
Mains voltage: 220/240 V, 50 Hz. An adapter is required.
The Caribbean island state Grenada is located in the very south of the Windward Islands, around 62 ° west longitude and 12 ° north latitude. To the northeast is St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The main island is characterized by a mountain range that runs through the center of the island. The mountain range, which runs from north to south, reaches heights of between 700 and 800 m in the interior of the island (highest peak in the country, Mount Saint Catherine, 840 m) and drops steeply on the west coast.
In the interior of the island, which is rich in precipitation, extensive evergreen mountain and rainforests still grow, otherwise the original flora has given way to cultivated land. In addition, Grenada has long, palm-lined beaches.
In addition to the main island, which is 34 km long and a maximum of 20 km wide, the smaller islands in the north, Petit Martinique and Carriacou, also belong to Grenada. All are of volcanic origin and consist almost exclusively of volcanic rock. In addition to thermal baths and sulfur springs, two large crater lakes, one at 530 m above sea level and the other 1.8 m below sea level, point to the volcanic origin of the islands.