With a population less than 115,000, Grenada is a member of the British Commonwealth and uses the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD). The French occupation of the island (1650-1763) has left few visible traces: two forts in ruins on the heights of Saint George's and a host of French placenames - sometimes incorporating some subtle word-play! For example, the settlements of Morne Rouge (Gloomy Red), Petit Cabrits, Point Salines, Lance aux Épines, Perdmontemps (Lose my Time), Pomme Rose (Pink Apple), Bellevue, Crochu, Morne Fendue and of course the Falaises of Sauteurs (Jumpers’ Cliffs), where the last Caribbean natives would have thrown themselves into the void rather than submit to the French. The Franco-Creole dialect of old has gradually disappeared over the generations. Today's Grenadian culture is primarily of African origin. The importance of music is a testament to this. Indigenous influence is present elsewhere as curry and crêpes/pancakes are widely present in the country’s typical cuisine.
Cinnamon, cloves, pepper, ginger, allspice, turmeric, laurel, tonka beans and cocoa beans, spices flood the stalls of Saint George's market every Saturday. In a cheerful and colourful mess, between the pandanus branches and to the beat of vibrant, feel-good calypso tunes, cabbages, tomatoes, yams, pigeon peas, plantains, mangoes and pawpaws (papaya) are exchanged. Not familiar with some (or all) of the foods mentioned?? Don’t worry... you’ll soon be an expert. A sailboat charter in Grenada is the perfect opportunity to indulge!
As soon as you mount the small winding roads, the plantations are there: taking advantage of the rich volcanic soil, they cover the high slopes of the sheltered valleys, between 500 and 800 metres above sea level. Many were ravaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, causing a 60% drop in production, but most have been replanted. ‘Spice Island’ used to be the world's second largest producer of nutmeg, accounting for 30% of production. The Grenada national flag even features a half-opened nut! The fruit of the nutmeg tree is the only one in the world to give two spices: nutmeg and mace. Splitting in two when fully ripe, this unique little apricot, a beautiful light yellow, reveals a dark brown stone.
As they say, three is the magic number: Concord Falls is made up of three waterfalls plummeting 20 metres in some parts! Located south of Gouyave, near Grand Roy in the western part of Grenada, Concord is a welcome detour during your sailboat charter in Grenada.
The main attractions in Gouyave are the nutmeg processing plant, the harbour and Fish Friday, a popular fish tasting event that takes place every Friday evening!
The Island of rolling hills and beaches, old sugar refineries and home to a local boat construction site. Carriacou translates to ‘land surrounded by reef’ so it goes without saying that this destination is one of the finest in the Caribbean!
The capital of Grenada is surrounded by an old volcanic crater and models a unique, horseshoe-shaped harbour. Indeed, the cultural hub of the island, here you’ll get to enjoy the best Grenadian food and nightlife, as well as countless glimpses into its extensive Franco-British heritage.
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