Harbour at St. Georges
There are many, many islands in the Caribbean and everyone has their favorites. Grenada is often one of these favorite vacation spots. The name refers to both the country, a sovereign state since 1974, and the largest island in the six island chain that sports the same name. It is very close to Venezuela in South America in the very south eastern part of the Caribbean. Its position means that it is almost – but not totally – hurricane free, and has a tropical climate with both rainy and dry seasons. It is not surprising that tourism is its main economic mainstay. Here are some things that may be useful to know as a visitor to the island(s):
• English is the official language.
• The Queen of England is Head of State ( parliamentary system similar to Canada).
• The pretty town of St. Georges is the capital situated in probably the most popular area of the island for tourists, the south west.
• Cricket is Grenada’s national sport.
• Grenada is also known as The Island of Spice, producing and exporting the largest percentage of the world’s supply of nutmeg. Cinnamon, mace, ginger, cloves and other spices are grown as well.
• There are two very popular brands of rum benefiting from local spices (and sugar cane of course!): the extremely potent River Antoine Rum and Westerhall Rum. The former is not always available due to its popularity, so if you see a bottle, buy it!
• Be sure to feast once on the island’s signature dish, oil down. It is breadfruit, fish, meat and vegetables slowly cooked in coconut milk and callaloo (usually amaranth or taro, green leafy vegetables).