Grenada is actually a tri-island state made up of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique and they are the southern-most islands in the Windward Islands chain. To the north lie the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and to the south lie Trinidad and Tobago.
The largest island of Grenada is known as “The Spice Isle of the Caribbean” due to the production of many spices which flourish on the rich soil and tropical climate. Nutmeg is the main spice produced but many others are also found: cinnamon, mace, cloves, and ginger to name a few. Grenada is steep and mountainous and the interior swathed in rain forest. The capital of St George’s is one of the most picturesque in the Caribbean and is looked over by several forts dating from the Napoleonic War. Grenada has a rich and colourful history, right up to the 1983 intervention and this is reflected in the character of the island.
Carriacou is located around 15 miles to the north of Grenada and is smaller with a drier climate. The name means “Island of reefs” and there are stunning views of the reefs surrounding the island from any one of the hills. Carriacou has a centuries old tradition of boat building which has passed from generation to generation from the original Scottish settlers in the 17th and 18th century. You can still see these wooden cargo and fishing boats plying their trade today.
Petit Martinique is a tiny, circular island with a population of a couple of hundred. The island has always been associated with seafaring – fishing and trade and most particularly smuggling!
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