Overview of Island
Grenada is a tristate country that includes Carriacou, Petite Martinique, plus many smaller nearby islands all governed by Grenada, (pronounced Gre-nay-da) the main Island and capital. Its nickname, ‘Spice Island’ is derived from that mixed spicy aroma that emanates from the very many nutmeg estates, where also can be found other spices such as cinnamon and clove.
Capital: Saint George's
Language: English, English Creole, and French Creole
Already inhabited first by the Arawaks then the Caribs, Columbus anchored in 1498, followed by other Spanish sailors who subsequently renamed the Island Granada (from Columbus' Concepcion') due to its lush green forests. The name was changed by the French and again by the British resulting in the present name of Grenada (Gre-nay-da). The Caribs resisted colonization for approximately 150 years leaping to their death over a cliff rather than submitting to the French. The British finally won control from the French in 1783 under the Treaty of Versailles.
The very profitable sugar plantation trade cultivated by the British and worked by imported African slaves was threatened by Julian Fedon, a black planter, who instigated a slave rebellion that regained control of the Island in 1795, but was eventually retaken by the British until slavery was abolished in 1834. Grenada finally became independent in 1974. Alas that was not the end of their troubles as in 1983 a coalition of American and Eastern Caribbean States’ forged a military intervention as a 'rescue mission' to end a 3 year coup attempt to make the Island a socialist/communist state.
In spite of very damaging hurricanes and some unstable governing over the years since then, Grenada has continued to develop overall under its re-established democratic order, focusing on its vibrant tourism trade which today serves it well.
Things to do
Famous beaches incl. mile long Grand Anse Beach
Grenada Spice Jazz Festival
Rum, cocoa and spices
Renowned Snorkeling and Diving
Sulphur springs, nature trails and waterfalls
Where to stay
Mount Hartman Bay Estate
Welcome to Mount Hartman Bay Estate, an independently owned luxury boutique hotel located in the idyllic paradise of one of the Caribbean’s most unspoilt and beautiful tropical islands, Grenada.
Allamanda Beach Resort
The Allamanda Beach Resort will offer you friendly and welcoming Grenada accommodation in a glorious tropical setting. Our hotel offers the magic of a Caribbean beach holiday at a low cost.
True Blue Bay Boutique Resort
True Blue Bay Boutique Resort - eco-friendly, affordable, friendly, and relaxing place to stay when visiting the Spice Isle of the Caribbean - a holiday for everyone!
Kalinago Beach Resort
Welcome to a beautiful unspoilt haven the Caribs once called Home. Come and discover peace, sea, sand and breathtaking sunsets sipping on our fabulous refreshing cocktails.