Read on to find out 10 things you didn’t know about Grenada, the ‘Spice Island’ of the Caribbean.
1.Grenada is made up of 3 islands, Carricou, Martinique and Grenada with Grenada being the largest. The square mile area is 133 sq miles with a population of 104,000.
2. The original inhabitants of modern-day Grenada were the Arawaks. They were taken over people who called themselves the ‘Kalinago’ people who were once also known as ‘Caribs’.
3.Discovered in 1498, the island was named Concepcion by explorer and coloniser Christopher Columbus.
4. Rum is something that Grenada is renowned for. Three main distilleries are Westerhall, Clarke’s Court and River Antoine which fortunately all provide tours with demonstrations of the sugar production process for manufacturing rum.
5.5Grenada’s national dish is ‘oildown’. It’s a dish that uses coconut milk and it has meat and vegetables added until it’s cooked all the way until there is no milk left, apart from a small amount of coconut oil on the bottom of the pot. It’s a traditional dish that is served as part of family life or during social gatherings..
6. The island population enjoy their music with calypso, reggae and soca taking the front stage for carnival celebrations. There is also a tradition of story-telling with tales deriving from both African and French influences.
7. There are several plantations to visit on Grenada including the fascinating Belmont Estate. This authentic 17th century plantation provides visitors with the opportunity of participating in and observing the operational workings of a historic plantation. You’ll discover how cacoa was processed and may opt to go to the petting zoo, the restaurant and craft market.
8. There are some truly spectacular natural sights to be witnessed on the island. For one, the stunning and humungous leather-back turtle visits the island each year to lay their eggs. You can also visit beautiful Sandy Island or head over to some of the waterfalls that are on the island.
9. Grenada produces a number of spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, wild coffee, allspice, ginger, mace, cloves and citrus peels. The nutmeg is the crop that produces the highest economic income as the island is the largest producer of the spice in the world (after Indonesia).
10. The island is easy to access with the main international airport located in the south of the island at Port Salines. You can arrive by Liat, JetBlue, Air Canada, American Airlines, Virgin Airlines, Delta, British Airways, Condor or Caribbean Airlines.
So there you have it, 10 things you didn’t know about Grenada. If you haven’t been to the island, it might be a good time for you to come and have a look. Get in touch with us anytime, and we will see what we can do to help you enjoy your visit.