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7 Things You May Not Have Known About the Spice Isle Grenada

Published: Sep 4th 2017

There is such an overabundance of places to go and things to do on the Isle of Spice, that you may get overwhelmed end up skipping a lot of the key details. But no worries! We will help you cover them.

Keep reading to find out 10 things you probably did not know about Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean.

1.    Grenada had numerous names. The island was initially inhabited by the Arawak Indians. They were driven from the island by the warlike Caribs, who named it Camerhogne. When it was sighted by Christopher Columbus in 1498, it was changed to La Concepción. In 1500, explorers Amerigo Vespucci, Alonso de Ojeda and a mapmaker named Juan de la Cosa called it Mayo. The name changed several times before it was named Grenada under the Treaty of Paris

2.    Grenada is a tri-island state, but there are many smaller uninhabited islands that are included in that group. The state of Grenada is made up of Grenada (duh), Carriacou and Petite Martinique and Grenada being the largest. The smaller islands that help form part the Grenada Republic include; two Sandy Islands, Ronde Island, Caille Island, Diamond Island, Large Island, Saline Island, Sugar Loaf Island and Frigate Island.

3.    Grenada is known for its rum. Three of the main distilleries include Westerhall, Clarke’s Court and River Antoine. The River Antoine Rum Distillery is the oldest functioning water powered distillery in the Caribbean.

4.    There a few plantations estates to visit on Grenada including Belmont Estate. This is an authentic 17th-century plantation that provides a fine agro-tourism experience to visitors. Their guests are blessed with a chance to participate observing the operational workings of a historic plantation.

5.    Grenada has leatherback turtles! Leatherback turtles are the largest living species of reptiles since the dinosaur era These remarkably enormous animals return to the island every two years from March through August to lay their precious eggs. Their largest nesting population can be found in Levera, St. Patrick.

6.    Grenada ranked second among the top nutmeg producing countries in the world. With Hurricane Ivan to blame they have fallen behind, but was ranked at tenth in 2014, and eighth since 2016. Grenada exports many spices including nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, wild coffee, allspice, ginger, cloves and citrus peels.

7.    Everybody in Grenada cool, real cool. This one may be a bit more obvious than the others, but Grenadians are blessed with huge hearts and an extra friendly gene in their DNA. They are sometimes dubbed the friendliest people in the Caribbean.
There you go, you have learned 7 new things about Grenada. If you have not been to the island, now may be an excellent time for you to jump a plane come see for yourself. Be sure to reach out to us anytime, and we will make sure that you receive the best that Grenada has to offer.