Capital | St. George’s
Population | 107,818 (July 2010 est.)
Area | 344 SQ KM
Official Language | English
Holidays | Independence Day, 7 February (1974 – from the UK)
Currency | East Caribbean dollars (XCD)
Time Zone | UTC -4
Best Time to Visit | Year-round
Connecting with the Culture | Swimming at Grand Anse beach. Walking around Petit Martinique island. Diving through the Grand Etang National Park. Spending the day on the underdeveloped sands of Bathways Beach. Taking the ferry over to Carriacou island to witness the "Big Drum" or "Nation" dance which celebrates their West African ancestors that were brought to the island during slavery. These Big Drum dances are usually performed at "Maroons" village festivals or fetes, where food and drink are prepared. They can also be danced at wakes and tombstone feasts in honor of dead relatives.
Read | native Grenadian Jean Buffong’s Under the Silk Cotton Tree: A Novel (Emerging Voices)
Listen | local calypso, reggae
Eat | pigeon peas and rice (pigeon peas are brown pea-like seeds of a tropical shrub) or curried lambi (conch)
Drink | rum spirited with nutmeg, the locally brewed beer Carib
In a Word | Small is beautiful – a popular saying in the Caribbean
Characteristics | ‘The Spice Islands’; Grand Anse beach; rum; calypso; cricket
Surprises | There still is a traditional boat-building culture located in the village of Windward, on the northeastern side of the island, where Carriacou's people of Scottish and Irish ancestry are concentrated. Grenada produces one third of the world’s nutmeg.