renada is a group of three larger islands (Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique) and several tiny islands in the Caribbean, or West Indies. It lies just northeast of Trinidad and Tobago, and southwest of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
It is famous for spices and is known as the “Spice Isle”, being a major source of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and cocoa.
Grenada is the world’s second largest producer of nutmeg after Indonesia; a symbol of a clove of nutmeg is on the national flag.
Christopher Columbus discovered Grenada in 1498. The island was already inhabited by the Carib Indians, who had migrated from the South American mainland, killing or enslaving the peaceful Arawaks who were already inhabitants there.
The Amerindians called their island Camerhogue, but Columbus renamed it Concepción. However, passing Spanish sailors found its lush green hills so evocative of Andalusia that they rejected this name in favor of Granada.
St George’s is a deep-water port. Anchorage and facilities for yachts are offered at St George’s (at the Lagoon), Prickly Bay on the southeast coast and Secret Harbour, south of St George’s. The port for the Grenadine island of Carriacou is at Hillsborough and ferry services run between Grenada and other islands.
Grenada is a rolling, mountainous island, covered with fragrant spice trees and rare tropical flowers. Bordered by stunning beaches, and dotted with picturesque towns, this verdant island has long been a major source of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and cocoa.
The seductive drifts through the colourful Saturday markets and Grenada’s dense forests. In the interior of this volcanic island are cascading rivers and waterfalls, lush rainforests, and one of the most breathtakingly beautiful mountain lakes imaginable.
The capital, St. George’s, is widely held to be the loveliest city in the Caribbean. A pastel rainbow of dockside warehouses and the red-tiled roofs of traditional shops and homes surround its horseshoe-shaped harbour.