Grenada is located in the Lesser Antilles in the Eastern Caribbean and forms part of an archipelago of islands. Also known as the Isle of Spice, Grenada has an area of 133 square miles (344 km2) and has two dependencies, namely, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Carriacou has an area of 13 square miles (33.7 km2) and lies 20 miles to the north of Grenada. Petite Martinique comprises 586 acres (2.37km2). Excellent ferry services facilitate the easy movement of persons between the three islands.
The islands boast lush forests and vegetation and beautiful white sand beaches. While Grenada has 45 beaches, the Grande Anse beach is unrivalled. It stretches for two miles along the Caribbean Sea and exudes such tranquility and serenity that it is by far the most sought after beach. It is not surprising that it is home to several major hotels. Grenada is also important for its’ educational opportunities. For over 35 years, the island has been home to the world-renowned St. George’s University which has in excess of 6,000 students from over 140 countries. The University, best known for its medicine and veterinary science faculties also offers diverse Arts and Science programs.
Grenada has magnificent historical sites and landmarks to explore. The Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park is a masterful piece of underwater artwork covering approximately 800 square meters and comprising over 65 concrete human form sculptures. It is the world’s first underwater sculpture park and was created by Jason DeCaires Taylor, a British Sculptor. Grenada is also well known for its fortifications of which the most noted are Fort George and Fort Frederick. It gained independence from the United Kingdom on the 7th February, 1974.
VISA FREE TRAVEL
Grenada lies 1,531 miles (2,463 km) from Florida; 2,105 miles (3,388 km) from New York and 4,345 miles (6,993 km) from London.
The country has direct airlift from various international destinations including Miami, New York, London and Canada.
It has excellent connections with other major world capital cities.
Holders of Grenada Passports can travel to 116 countries visa free.
The style of Government is one of a parliamentary democracy with a Governor General representing the Queen of England, who is the official Head of State.
A Prime Minister is the Head of Government.
The country is a member of the British Commonwealth and maintains membership in various regional and international organizations including the United Nations.
CULTURE AND SPORTS
Grenada comes alive with a host of cultural activities throughout the year
National Carnival – Spicemas: July
Pure Grenada Music Festival: April
Carriacou Maroon and String Band Music Festival: April
Grenada Chocolate Festival: May
Grenada International Triathlon: April - May
Annual Temperatures 23°C – 31°C
Language and Literacy
Official Language English
Literacy Rate >98%
Currency and Banking
Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
$2.71XCD = $1USD
Several Major International Banks
Economy and Taxes
There is a moderate income tax regime in the country.