Hail Grenada, land of ours
We pledge ourselves to thee
Heads, hearts and hands in unity
To reach our destiny
Ever conscious of God
Being proud of our heritage
May we with faith and courage
Aspire, build, advance
As one people, one family
God bless our nation.
— Irva Blackette Nee Baptiste
The State of Grenada consists of three island – Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique which form the southern end of the Windward Islands.
The country, known as the “Island of Spice” has a very interesting history. It was first inhabited by indigenous Arawaks, and then the Island Caribs.
It was later captured by the French and subsequently ceded to the British on February 10, 1763, under the Treaty of Paris.
Today, the islands of Grenada still retain traces of European influences in their art, culture, architecture, and place names.
Although the country is only 344 square kilometers (133 sq mi) and has an estimated population of 110,000, its tourism product offer far exceeds its size.
The fact is Grenada is made up of sugar and spice all that’s nice.
Now, here are 5 places to go once one is off that flight from the country of origin.
1. Grand Anse Beach
Grenada is dotted with a multitude of beautiful beaches with stretches of pristine white or tan colored sands, turquoise waters, and in many places lined with palm and other trees in many places.
One of the most popular beaches on the island is the Grand Anse Beach.
This silky stretch of sheltered white sand beach is a heaven for visitors and locals. It is world famous and spans two miles/three kilometers along the southwest coastline. Nearby are water sports specialists, hotels, restaurants, and a Vendors Market which offer a variety of services and local products. –
At the Grand Anse, one can go water-skiing, parasailing, or kayaking, join a snorkel or dive boat tour for fish-filled waters nearby or while away the leisure hours by simply sunbathing.
The beach is sited only a short distance from the capital city of St George’s, regarded as the most picturesque capital in the Caribbean.
2. St. George’s Trip
St. George’s, the capital city of the island, is the center of industry, commerce, entertainment, and the seat of government.
In the town center, the 18th-century Fort George offers panoramic views of the island and St. George’s Bay. Nearby, Fort Matthew was formerly a battleground, and later, an asylum, and has underground tunnels.
The Grenada National Museum hosts exhibits about the history of the region, including the plantation economy and the whaling industry.
3. Grand Etang National Park
The Grand Etang Forest Reserve sited high up in the mountains of the island’s interior, offers one a wonderful opportunity to be at peace with nature.
Here, one will find at each point of elevation varied and different ecological subsystems, culminating in the elfin woodlands high up the slopes of the reserve’s central mountains.
Grand Etang’s flora includes towering mahogany and giant gommier trees as well as a multitude of ferns, tropical flowers, and other indigenous plants.
The lush vegetation provides shelter for a wide variety of animals, particularly for the island’s many species of birds.
In addition, the area is populated with many wildlife which includes opossums, armadillos, mongoose, and the Mona monkey.
4. Annandale Falls
Sited near the capital, St. George’s, this waterfall can easily be reached by car or public transportation. It is popular with both locals and tourists because of its proximity to the capital and its easy access.
This 10-meter waterfall cascades to a pool tucked in tropical foliage. Visitors can swim at the base of the cascades and watch local divers leaping into the water from the top.
There are also paths leading off through a botanical garden.
The Carenage is St. George’s busy and lively waterfront promenade, winding around the Inner Harbor. This scenic seafront hub is ringed by attractive whitewashed buildings from the colonial era. It is an interesting place to wander along the waterfront, browse the shops, and watch the dockside activities. Wooden schooners are loaded and unloaded here and visitors can chat with the locals or relax at one of the restaurants selling fresh seafood and snacks.
Barbara Greene, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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