Grenada is actually a tri-island state, comprising of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Grenada is 21 miles long by 12 wide, with a population of 95,000. The islands are situated in the southern region of the Windward Islands, in the Eastern Caribbean. It is an English-speaking nation, because it was colonised most recently by Britain, but the local dialect reflects the historical impact of the French. It is well-served by flights from the U.K., such as British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, and also by flights from the U.S. like American Airlines.
Carriacou and Petite Martinique are considerably smaller and have a combined population of 7,000. Grenada is a quiet and considerably unspoilt destination, with a slow pace and relaxed outdoor way of life.
Grenada is a nature lovers’ paradise, with beautiful beaches, waterfalls and lush tropical vegetation. Temperatures range from 75F/24C to 87F/30C with the rainy season from June to November. A typical shower, however, only lasts less than one hour. Light cotton clothing is adequate, with a light sweater in case of cool evenings around Christmas time. Long trousers are useful both for hiking and for formal occasions.
The rainy season runs typically from May through November, and the dry season from December through April. Grenada, fortunately, is very rarely affected by hurricanes, so hurricane Ivan in 2004 and hurricane Emily 2005 came as a shock with its devastating impact on both infrastructure and agriculture. As a result, many more measures are in place for both building standards and disaster preparedness. There is a series of designated shelters throughout the tri-island state.
Grenada suffered the most devastation particularly during Ivan. Over 90% of buildings were damaged, many severely, and although it has come a very long way since then, there is some work to be done to finish the rebuilding process, especially some of the historical buildings like the churches and to reconstruct the agricultural sector. Much of the nutmeg and cocoa crop was lost and it will take years for it to thrive in the same way. The majority of buildings have been renovated, and Grenada’s still green and beautiful.