Population: 90 000
Time Zone: GMT -4 Atlantic Time
Driving side: Drivers drive on the left hand side of the road.
Religion: Roman Catholic 60%
Emergency #: Police, Fire and Emergency: 911
Coast Guard: 399
Ambulance in St George: 434
Grenada Popular Destinations
St George's - the islands capital city, St George's is considered one of the Caribbean's prettiest cities. The city surrounds a horse-shoe-shaped harbour and backed by hazy green hills. For gorgeous views of the island head to Fort George and Fort Frederick. take a walking tour of the historic part of the city to view the old buildings such as the public librrary, the Methodist church and the Parliment buildings. Learn more about the island at the small National Museum.
Sauteurs - visit Caribs Leap, 40 meter high coastal cliffs where Carib families jumped to their death in 1651 to avoid surrender to the British. This is the largest town on the north coast and if you visit in March you will witness the lively St Patricks Day celebrations.
Carrriacou - a small peaceful island with green hills and marvelously deserted sandy beaches. Hillsborough is the capital of the island and its strong African tradition can be seen in the annual Big Drum dances and unique Tombstone feast. Sandy Island and White Island are great for snorkelling, diving and swimming and the beach is lovely. Tyrrel Bay is famous for its 'Tree Oysters' that grove on Mangrove roots and is the best place for yachting.
Grenville - this is the major town on the east coast and the collection point for nutmeg, bananas and cocoa. Sample nutmeg and mace at the Nutmeg Cooperative Processing station. Around the town you will find some beautiful old buildings and just out of town are the Marquis Falls the highest in Grenada.
Petit Martinique - take a watertaxi from Windward on Carriacou to the tiny volcanic island. The 700 inhabitants are mainly fisherfolk and the island is the place to go if you crave peace and isolation.
Anytime is a good time to visit Grenada as the average tempreature is about 26°C year round. Carnival is the second week in August and the island is buzzing with visitors and activity at this time. The months with the most rain are June and November.
Moving Around Grenada
Minivan Buses are the best way to get around the island if you can stomach the loud Reggae and calypso music and the death defying driving.To catch a buss, stand on the side of the road and stick out your hand and when you want to get off, shout drop one.
Buses are not readily available after dark and Sundays. Taxis are a better option. Flights and boats can be taken between Grenada and Carriacou. There are a number of car rental agencies, just remember to drive on the left and buy a local drivers lisence.
National festival and holidays
Grenada Carnival - 2nd week in August. Festivities include, calypso band competitions, childrens carnival, a pageant with fancy costumes and a parade as well as the parade of bands on the final day.
St Patricks Day festival - 17 March. Held in Sauteurs in the parish of St Patrick, there is a mini street festival and an exhibition of local arts, crafts, agricultural produce and food and drink.
Carriacou Maroon Music Festival - 29 April. Providing a spectacular 3 day long display of big drum national dance.
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