Welcome To The Isle Of Spice - Pure Grenada
Welcome to the Pure Spice of the Caribbean; a place where untouched beauty meets warm people with a idyllic way of life. Grenada offers a lifestyle so pure and authentic that you feel instantly renewed once you step on our shores. Our enchanting islands boasts silky stretches of mainly white sand beaches coupled with a few scattered black sand ones hidden around the island. Grenada offers sunken hidden treasures adorned by corals plus unspoilt landscapes undiscovered by crowds. So, take a journey like never before; a journey that is pure and real. Welcome to Pure Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique!
It's not called the Spice Island for nothing; you really can smell the spices in the air here... It could also be called the Fruit Island for the luscious bounty growing profusely wherever you stop. Then again it could be labelled the Beach Island for the plethora of idyllic sandy strands. We could go on… The best thing to do is check us out once you can herein Grenada to see for yourself & wherever you are in the world - Check us right here at GrenadaEntertainment.com for the very best in educational & entertainment content.
Grenada is also known as the "Island of Spice" mainly because of the production of nutmeg & mace crops, which it is one of the world's largest exporters. Its capital is St. George's & The national bird of Grenada is the critically endangered Grenada dove.
Location, Geography & Climate
Grenada is a sovereign state in the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea at the southern end of the Grenadines island chain. It is located northwest of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of Venezuela, and southwest of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Grenada consists of the island of Grenada itself, two smaller islands, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, and several small islands which lie to the north of the main island and are a part of the Grenadines.
The island of Grenada is the largest island in the Grenadines. Its size is 340 Km2 (131 sq. miles). Smaller islands are Carriacou, Petit Martinique, Ronde Island, Caille Island, Diamond Island, Large Island, Saline Island, and Frigate Island..
The islands are of volcanic origin with extremely rich soil. Grenada's interior is very mountainous with Mount St. Catherine being the highest at 840 m (2,760 ft). Several small rivers with beautiful waterfalls flow into the sea from these mountains.
The climate is tropical: hot and humid in the rainy season and cooled by the trade winds in the dry season. Grenada, being on the southern edge of the hurricane belt, thankfully, only suffered only three hurricanes in fifty years.
Average temperatures range from 24C/ 75F to 30C/ 87F, tempered by the steady and cooling trade winds. The lowest temperatures occur between November and February. Because of Grenada's remarkable topography, the island also experiences climate changes according to altitude. The dry season is between January and May. Even during the rainy season, from June to December, it rarely rains for more than an hour at a time and generally not every day.
Hurricane Janet passed over Grenada on September 23, 1955, with winds of 185 km/h (115 mph), causing severe damage. Our most recent devastating hurricane to hit was Hurricane Ivan on September 7, 2004, causing major damage with thirty-nine deaths; whilst Hurricane Emily on July 14, 2005, caused serious damage in Carriacou and in the north of Grenada which had been relatively lightly affected by Hurricane Ivan.
Population & Religion
The current population of Grenada is 112,603 as of Wednesday, August 26, 2020, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data. Grenada's population comprises of citizens of African, East Indian, and European descent. The largest portion of the population, about 82%, is of African descent. Most of the population lives on Grenada, and major towns there include the capital, St. George's, Grenville and Gouyave
The largest settlement on the other islands is Hillsborough on Carriacou .
Grenada ranks number 195 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population. The population density in Grenada is 331 per Sq Km (857 people per Sq Mi).
A majority of Grenadian citizens (82%) are descendants of the African slaves brought by the English and French; few of the indigenous Carib and Arawak population survived the French purge at Sauteurs. A small percentage of descendants of indentured workers from India were brought to Grenada mainly from the North Indian states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh between May 1, 1857 – January 10, 1885. Today, Grenadians of Indian descent comprise the second largest ethnic group. There is also a small community of French and English descendants. The rest of the population is of mixed descent (13%).
Grenada is subject to a large amount of migration, with a large number of young people wanting to leave the island to seek life elsewhere. With over 112,000 people living in Grenada, estimates and census data suggest that there are at least that number of Grenadian-born people in other parts of the Caribbean and at least that number again in First World countries. Popular migration points for Grenadians further north include New York City, Toronto, the United Kingdom and sometimes Montreal, or as far south as Australia. This means that probably around a third of those born in Grenada still live there.
The following Religous statistics for Grenada are from The World Factbook
Roman Catholic 44.6%
Seventh Day Adventist 10.5%
Church of God 2.6%
Jehovah's Witness 1.1%
Government & Economy
Grenada is a Commonwealth realm with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, represented locally by a Governor-General. Executive power lies with the head of government, the Prime Minister. The Governor-General role is largely ceremonial, while the Prime Minister is usually the leader of the largest party in Parliament.
The Parliament consists of a Senate (thirteen members) and a House of Representatives (fifteen members). The senators are appointed by the government and the opposition, while the representatives are elected by the population for five-year terms.
At the July 2008 election the NDC (National Democratic Congress) won a comfortable 7 seat majority over the government of former Prime Minister Keith Mitchell. New Prime Minister Tillman Thomas formed a government after narrowly losing by one seat to Mitchell's NNP (New National Party) in the November 2003 election. In elections held on February 19, 2013, Keith Mitchell's NNP swept all fifteen parliamentary seats. This historic victory was a repeat of the 1999 elections in which the NNP also swept all 15 seats. Prime Minister Mitchell has the distinction as being the only Caribbean politician to sweep all seats on two separate occasions. Constitutionally, this development means that there is no official opposition in Parliament. As such, Governor General Carlye Glean, who is the titular head of state, will appoint 5 Senators to the Upper House, who will serve as the de facto opposition.
The United States, Venezuela, Cuba, and the People's Republic of China have embassies in Grenada. Grenada has been recognized by most members of the United Nations and maintains diplomatic missions in the United Kingdom, the United States,Venezuela, and Canada.
Grenada is a member of the Caribbean Development Bank, CARICOM, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and the Commonwealth of Nations. It joined the United Nations in 1974, and the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Organization of American States in 1975. Grenada also is a member of the Eastern Caribbean's Regional Security System (RSS).
Grenada relies on tourism as its main source of foreign exchange, especially since the construction of an international airport in 1985. Agriculture is the nation’s next most important industry. Tourism is the leading foreign exchange earner. Major short-term concerns are the rising fiscal deficit and the deterioration in the external account balance especially the COVID 19 pandemic.
Tourism is Grenada's main economic force however the Pandemic has severely hampered the industry. Nevertheless, conventional beach and water-sports tourism is largely focused in the southwest region around St George, the airport and the coastal strip. Ecotourism is growing in significance. Most small Eco-friendly guesthouses are located in the Saint David and Saint John parishes. Up to four cruise ships per day were visiting St. Georges during the cruise ship season.
Grenada is a leading producer of several different spices. Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mace, allspice, orange/citrus peels, wild coffee used by the locals, and especially nutmeg, providing 20% of the world supply, are all important exports. Grenada is the world's second largest producer of nutmeg (after Indonesia), with nutmeg depicted on the Grenadian flag. Grenada is frequently called the Spice Island, as some of its exports include cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mace, cocoa, and of course, the nutmeg.
Flights at the Maurice Bishop International Airport connect with other Caribbean islands, the United States, Canada, and Europe. There is a daily fast ferry service between St. George and Hillsborough.
If You like To Check Out Grenada’s Current Laws
Entry Requirements & Time Zone
A valid passport and return or onward ticket is required for all visitors. However, proof of citizenship bearing a photograph is acceptable from British, Canadian and US citizens. Please note however that as mandated by the United States Department of Homeland Security, all US travelers must provide a passport to enter or re-enter the US from both vacation and business travel.
A visa is not required from citizens of the US, Canada, UK, British Commonwealth, most Caribbean countries, most European countries, South Korea, and Japan. All other countries will require visas.
Duty Free Allowances - Personal items, one quart in total wines and spirits, half-pound tobacco or 50 cigars or 200 cigarettes. No restrictions on the amount of money that can be brought in. Restricted items are fruits, vegetables, meat, soil, illegal drugs, firearms and ammunition.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are some extra measures in place for your safe and comfortable visit to Grenada. The Following Is From Pure Grenada Travel Advisory.
What do I do before travel to Grenada?
The Government of Grenada has prepared a detailed traveler’s guide to enter Grenada for your information. This advisory is subject to change and we urge you to keep abreast of the latest updates from the Ministry of Health by clicking the following link A Traveler’s Guide to Entering Grenada
Passengers must book accommodation prior to arrival in Grenada
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation reminds persons travelling to Grenada that they are totally responsible for the arrangement and cost of their accommodation. All persons from medium and high risk countries are required to book with an approved accommodation facility prior to arrival into Grenada.
Persons entering Grenada are required to familiarize themselves with the traveler’s guide on the Ministry of Health’s website: covid19.gov.gd
There are different requirements based on the low, medium and high risk categories of countries.
The protocols are under constant review and travelers should check the websites frequently for any updates or changes.
Persons departing Grenada are also required to familiarize themselves with the protocols for entry to the respective country they are planning to travel to before purchasing the airline ticket.
What are the associated costs of traveling to Grenada?
First Mandatory Rapid and /or PCR Test: Free
Additional Rapid Test: $30.00 USD
PCR Tests: $150.00 USD
State-approved quarantine: $50.00USD per night (does not include meals, and is subject to availability) This depends on the accommodation facility.
What will be required on arrival to Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International Airport?
On arrival in Grenada, you must wear face masks, adhere to physical distancing of 6 feet and use hand sanitizer. You will be met by Health Officials whom will conduct next steps according to the region you are traveling from. Temperature checks will also be conducted.
How do I get to my accommodation?
A Grenada Airports Authority dispatcher will be responsible for all airport transfers and the logging of transportation details.
How do I go about my visit in Grenada?
All Tourism Enterprises must be inspected and certified by the Ministry of Health and Tourism personnel must be trained and certified in the new health and safety protocols established. Every Tourism business will need this certification to operate so you can always request to see the certification.
What rules of engagement do I need to practice while in Grenada?
Every visitor will be required to be familiar with and comply with the regulations as it relates to the new health and safety standards that apply to Grenadians. For example, everyone is required to wear a face covering in public places and practice social distancing of 2 meters (6ft) at this time.
For further updates please visit the Ministry of Health site https://covid19.gov.gd.
We appreciate that you want to be safe and secure as well as enjoy a relaxing time in our beautiful Spice Island destination. We wish you a pleasant stay in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
NB: Kindly note that travel entry arrangements may vary from time to time as they are under constant review.
Grenada first competed at the Olympic Games in 1984, and has participated in each Summer Olympic Games since then. Grenada won its first medal in 2012, a gold in athletics.
The Grenada Olympic Committee was formed in 1984 and recognized in the same year.
Grenada has not competed in any Winter Olympic Games. After 28 years of competing in the Summer Olympic Games, Grenada won its first medal at the London 2012 Olympics, when Kirani James clocked a new national record of 43.94 seconds on 6 August 2012 to win gold in the Men's 400 meters.It became the smallest country in the history to win an Olympic medal.
At the Rio 2016 Olympics James again won another medal. On the 14th August 2016 James ran a time of 43.76s. As a result of its performance Grenada has the distinction of being the most efficient country at the Rio games as comes to the medal tally when compared to the country's population.