Looking to boost your knowledge of the West Indies? Take a look at these 27 interesting facts about Grenada, the Spice Island!
- Grenada is an archipelago of 1 large island and 6 smaller islands in the Caribbean.
- Its nearest neighbours are Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the north, Barbados to the northeast, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela to the south and Curacao to the west.
- The island was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1498 and originally named Concepcion.
- Fancy heading to this picturesque island? Head for the coordinates of 12.0500° N, 61.7500° W for your very own Grenadian adventure!
- Want to call your friends in Grenada? You’ll need to use the international dialling code of +1473
- The terrain here is volcanic in origin, with beautiful mountains and waterfalls in the centre of the islands.
- The total land area of Grenada is 133 square miles (344 square kilometres)…
- …that’s around twice the size of Glasgow.
- Grenada’s population was 107,825 in 2017…
- …that’s around 1/6 of the population of Glasgow!
- Residents here are known as Grenadians.
- The capital is St George’s; it had a population of 38,000 in 2014.
- Grenadians enjoy a tropical climate with temperatures moderated by trade winds.
- Grenada boasts an amazing underwater sculpture marine park that’s popular with snorkelers and scuba-divers.
- Thanks to the luscious rainforests and beautiful estuaries, Grenada experiences a lot of eco-tourism.
- The official language of Grenada is English, although French Patois is also spoken.
- The island gained independence from Britain on the 7th February 1974.
- Grenada is sometimes referred to as the ‘Island of Spice’ thanks to the large amount of nutmeg and other spices it produces.
- East Caribbean Dollar is the official currency here.
- The national dish of Grenada is called ‘Oil down’; it’s a delicious stew of meat, vegetables and dumplings cooked off in coconut milk, herbs and spices!
- Apparently, wearing camouflage is illegal in Grenada as it’s what the army wears!
- Code-named Operation Urgent Fury and under the presidency of Ronald Reagan, the USA invaded Grenada In 1983 to secure the safety of American nationals from a pro-Marxist threat. The invasion overthrew the Grenadian government in just over a week.
- The average life span here is 73.66 years (2016).
- Bored of waiting at traffic lights? Well you’re in luck in Grenada, as there are only 3 traffic lights on the entire island!
- Grenada grows nutmeg, mace, cacao, bananas, and mango.
- Its industry consists of food, beverages, textiles, tourism and light assembly operations.
- The main exports include rum, bananas, nutmeg, cacao, fruits and vegetables.
What is Grenada best known for?
Also known as the Spice Island, Grenada is best known for the many spices it produces - famously cloves, nutmeg, mace and cinnamon.
Is it safe to go to Grenada?
Grenada is one of the safer islands in the West Indies. Tourists should still avoid visiting isolated areas alone, and are advised not walk on beaches after dark.