Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"Where is Grenada," you asked?

St. George's, Grenada
In June & July, we are treating ourselves to a stay at Port Louis Marina.
While I was visiting my family and friends in Wisconsin and Illinois in June, many of you asked, "Where is Grenada?"
Let me help you out with a little information about the island where we will be living this summer and early fall. But first, for the exact geographical location of this island, scroll on over to the the link on the side bar called
 "Click on the Captain's Beer to Find Us".
Grenada is in the southeastern Caribbean, north of Trinidad and Venezuela and is outside of the hurricane belt. The total land area is 344 sq km or just about twice the size of Washington, DC with 121 km of coastline and 12 nautical miles of territorial water. There are two other smaller islands, Carriacou and Petite Martinique to the northwest of the island and under the same flag.  The Island is tropical and tempered by the north east trade winds with an average temperature in the low 80’s F, constant throughout the year. The hottest month tends to be September.
We were charged EC $2.50 each to use the changing room,
 
but it was worth the walk down the steps to dive into the "pool"! 
 

Grenada is one of the smallest independent countries in the Western Hemisphere and is still part of the British Commonwealth - people drive on the left like in other British countries and the driver sits on the right in nearly all the vehicles. It is an independent country where most islanders speak English as well as some French 'patois'. Fifty percent of the islanders are Catholic.


The currency is the Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollar which is linked to the US dollar at EC $2.67 to US $1.00. (For those mathematically challenged, a price tag in Grenada of $26.70 EC is equal to $10.00 US.)
 
 


Grenada relies heavily on tourism and agricultural products. These include bananas, cocoa, nutmeg, mace, citrus, avocados, root crops and sugarcane. Fishing villages pepper the coast.
You may remember that an attempt was made in 1979 to set-up a socialist/communist state allied to Cuba. Four years later, at the request of Sir Paul Scoon, the Governor General at that time, the United States under Ronald Reagan, together with Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean States launched an intervention or “rescue mission” and attacked the Marxist revolutionaries militarily. Order was quickly restored and by the end of 1984, a democratic government had been elected.
  
 
Since then, Grenada has enjoyed a peaceful and stable democracy which has brought about a vastly improved way of life with the creation of many new buildings and greatly improved infrastructure. The Grenadian propensity to work, prosper and to charm has since lead to extensive progress both economically and culturally.

For more information on this lovely island check out this link:
About Grenada
  
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1 comment:

  1. Interesting ... Sounds like a great island that we hope to visit!

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