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Flight Time to Grenada from the UK
Approx 9 hours 40 min
The island Grenada itself is the largest island; smaller Grenadines are Carriacou, Petit Martinique, Rhonde Island, Caille Island, Diamond Island, Large Island, Saline Island and Frigate Island. Most of the population lives on Grenada itself, and major towns there include the capital St. George's, Grenville and Gouyave. Largest settlement on the other islands is Hillsborough on Carriacou.
The islands are of volcanic origin with extremely rich soil. Grenada's interior is very mountainous with Mount St. Catherine being the highest at 2,756 feet. 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 has suffered only 3 hurricanes in 50 years. Hurricane Janet passed over Grenada on 23 September 1955 with winds of 115 mph, causing severe damage. The most recent storms to hit have been Hurricane Ivan on September 7, 2004 causing severe damage and 39 deaths and Hurricane Emily on July 14, 2005 causing serious damge in Carriacou and in the north of Grenada which had been relatively lightly affected by hurricane Ivan.
Brief History of Grenada
The recorded history of Grenada begins in 1498, when Christopher Columbus first sighted the island and named it Conception. At the time of settlement, the island was occupied either by Island Caribs (Kalinago) or by their mainland cousins, the Kariņa. After a failed English settlement attempt, the French 'purchased' the island from the indigenous people in 1650, which resulted in warfare with the Caribs of Dominica and St. Vincent who feared losing their trade routes to the mainland. The island was ceded to the United Kingdom in 1763 by the Treaty of Paris. Grenada was made a Crown Colony in 1877.
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Grenada is located in the Caribbean. The island is of volcanic origin and is divided by a central mountain range. It is the most southerly of the Windward Islands. Tropical rainforests, gorges and the stunning beauty of dormant volcanoes make this a fascinating and diverse landscape with some of the finest beaches in the world. In the capital, St George's, The Carenage, a picturesque inner harbour with 18th-century warehouses and restaurants, the botanical gardens and Fort George (built by the French in 1705) are all worth a visit.
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Nestling in the Caribbean Sea, the island of Grenada has somehow managed to escape the mass tourism of its neighbouring islands. This relatively new holiday destination has much to offer the eco-traveller, with its varied landscapes including crater lakes, volcanoes, lush rainforests, beaches and coral. Grenada is known as the Spice Island of the Caribbean, because of the nutmeg and cinnamon, which has been grown since the 1780's, having been brought over by the English.
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Public Holidays in Grenada
New Year's Day - JANUARY 01
Good Friday - Christian - APRIL 06
Easter Monday - Christian - APRIL 09
May Day / Labor Day - MAY 01
Pentecost Monday (Whit Monday) - Christian - MAY 28
Corpus Christi - Christian - JUNE 10
Christmas - Christian - DECEMBER 25
Day after Christmas, St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day - DECEMBER 26
Grenada Visa Requirements
A Visa Not required by all nationals of the UK for stays of up to three months.
Getting Around In Grenada
Most of the travel in and around St. George's is limited to taxis and buses. To hail a taxi, one must simply be standing on a street corner. The independently owned, but government licensed, cars and vans will stop and ask if one wants a ride. Some standard fares include EC$30.00 from the airport to St. George's and EC$25-35.00 for trips from most hotels to the various dining spots around the city.
Buses in Grenada are the standardized form of transportation. They are vans that hold between 15-19 people, and they have route numbers and signs on them. In town, there are designated bus stops, however, once you leave town, you can signal a stop by either knocking on the wall or pressing the stop button. Conductors and drivers are always very friendly, so do not hesitate to ask them where you should stop. Bus fares vary between EC$2.00-8.00 depending on the distance. They are lively trips, with great music and a nice breeze.
Car rentals are available, rates comparable to those in the US. With a valid license from your home country you will qualify for a temporary Grenada license for a small fee which the rental company will take care of for you. Drive on the left and make frequent use of the cars horn when coming around the numerous blind corners in the moutains.