The Spice Island – Grenada
The spice island of The Caribbean !
The state of Grenada includes the island of Grenada itself together with Carriacou and Petite Martinique and some smaller islands and is located south of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and north of Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, forming the south-eastern corner of the Caribbean sea.
Known as the “Spice Island” as the island is is a leading producer of several different spices. Nutmeg and Mace are the most important, Grenada being a top world supplier thereof. The island also produces other spices such as Allspice, Ginger, Gloves, Cinnamon and Orange/Citrus peels.
A visit to the nutmeg factory is highly recommended and gives a grand insight not only of the actual production but also of island life.
Other island productions are a variety fruits and Grenada also has a Chocolate factory, The Grenada Chocolate Company, cultivation organic cocoa, which is also processed into finished bars.
The island of Granada has an estimated population of 110,000 of which the majority of Grenadine citizens are descendants of the African slaves brought by the English and French during the years of colonisation. Slavery was outlawed in 1834 at which time the slave population had reached 24,000. In 1958 Grenada joined the Federation of the West Indies until it was dissolved in 1962. Grenada then evolved first into an Associated State with internal self government under the British crown and independence was achieved in 1974 when Grenada became a constitutional monarchy, with a Prime Minister and Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State, represented by the Governor General. Grenada still retain traces of the European influences in their culture, architecture and place names.
Grenada’s capital is St. George’s and port is an excellent port to start, use as a base or finish your Caribbean yacht charter.
For more information of Grenada go:
Pure Grenada – Grenada’s Official Tourism Authority
Grenada Government’s web portal
Barbados – a must for a rum lover
Barbados is located in the western border of the North Atlantic, east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea and north-east of Trinidad and Tobago.
The Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison is listed on the UNESCOs World Heritage list and is a must for anyone with interest of our heritage. The site is “..an outstanding example of British colonial architecture consisting of a well-preserved old town built in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, which testifies to the spread of Great Britain’s Atlantic colonial empire “.
What would the Caribbean culture and folklore be without the rum.. Considered the birthplace of rum, Barbados and the Mount Gay distillery, founded in 1703, is believed to produce the oldest rum found anywhere in the world and today’s connoisseurs select the Mount Gay Rum Extra Old or try some production from other distilleries on the island.
For nature lovers the internationally acclaimed Barbados Wildlife Reserve might be of interest. You can also discover the limestone stalactites and stalagmites of Harrison’s Cave, hike the highlands or experience the fauna in world-class botanical gardens unless the beautiful coastline does not tempt you for a swim, snorkel or dive.