Grenada is a tropical island located south of St Vincent and surrounded by several islands called the Grenadines. The party city of Trinidad and Tobago lies to the north. Grenada is a “sovereign state” comprising eight other islands including Cariacou and Petite Martinique.
Grenada was first discovered by the Spaniards around 1498, and which time the Kalinago or Carib people put up a fierce but failed resistance, resulting in the near annihilation of the indigenous people. Over time, both the French and English settled in Grenada through constant war faring for the sole ownership of the island. After many years of British occupation, Grenada gained independence from the Crown in 1974.
The capital of Grenada is named St George’s and it is the main business and commercial hub for the island. The official language in Grenada is English and as a member of Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the official currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD).
Trade, tourism, manufacturing, and financial services are the backbone for the economy of Grenada. Spice is a trademark product of Grenada and Grenada is the 2nd largest a global producer and world exporter of the aromatic spice “nutmeg”; for this reason, Grenada is known as the Spice Island. Today, nutmeg is still the primary agricultural crop though other spices including cloves, cinnamon and ginger are grown on the island. Recently, advancements in the organic cocoa farming and investment in chocolate manufacturing, Grenada now competes successfully on the global chocolate market. There is still some major banana production and export in Grenada.
Grenada actively competes on the tourism market as an eco tourist destination and has a diverse product including natural attractions and features such as waterfalls, rainforests, national parks, and miles of well-sought white sand beaches. The island is highly rated for its diving, and the nature tours. The Grenadine islands are unspoilt, undeveloped and private and seclude cays lined with the best white sand beaches. Many of the islands are private getaways for wealthy individuals who have their vacation homes in the islands. The Grenadines are constantly featured in five star travel publications, catering to the rich and famous.
Grenada accommodations are diverse, featuring hotel chains, private and locally owned hotels, ranging in rank, guesthouses, villas and inns, which are scattered across the island. The islands premiere hotels are located on or near Grenada pristine beaches. Grenada is very accessible with a modern day international airport facilitating flights from all over the world.
Grenada has a diverse mix of residents, a growing ex pat community and is home to the St. Georges University, a fast growing medical and a veterinary school that caters to North American and regional students. The success of the university has contributed to a wider range of goods and services on islands catering to the needs of visitors, and student year round. Grenada is developing faster that some of its counterpart islands, but a major hurricane hindered the islands development.