Island Living: Grenada

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About the Island

Grenada is known as the "Island of Spice" for it's production of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and coffee. Besides producing 20% of the world's nutmeg supply, this small island has become a primary destination for tourism in the Caribbean. It boasts a diverse array of activities to engage in such as visiting the local Chocolate Factory, the Belmonte Estate, numerous beautiful beaches, waterfalls, kayaking, forts, distilleries, churches and much more. The island population of approximately 110,00 and encompasses an area of 828 sq mi (approximately 2/3 the size of Rhode Island).

Grenada was first found in 1498 during one of the voyages Christopher Columbus. The island was inhabited by a people known as Kalinago. The French arrived on the island on March 17, 1649 with over 200 men and created a settlement. The local tribes did not appreciate their company and started warring with the French. This continued until the French obliterated the resistance in 1654. The escaping Kalinago joined with natives from Dominica and St. Vincent to launch multiple attacks against the French controlled island. All attempts however were unsuccessful.

During this time, the French built a thriving economy based sugar and indigo, a type of dye. As time progressed, conflict between the Americans and English turned into an all out war with the American Revolution. Both France and Britain realized the value of the sugar plantations and sent reinforcements into the Caribbean to battle for territory. Britain would win this battle of the Caribbean and ended up taking control of the island in 1762. All French investment would be lost to the British as a part of the Treaty of Paris in 1763.

France would end up winning back the island in 1779 while the British were engaged in the American War of Independence. This conflict was known as the Battle of Grenada. It was not to last long, as the French gave back the land in 1783 as a part of the Treaty of Versailles.

In 1843, a merchant ship lefts numerous Nutmeg trees on the island. This started the island on a path would which would make it the worlds second largest nutmeg producer behind Indonesia. The island would remain under British until 1967 when it was granted its freedom to run state affair. It would go on to gain its independence seven years later under the leadership of Sir Eric Matthew Gairy.


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Outdoor Activities

With approximately 133 square miles of mountain trails, 45 beaches, water rafting, hiking, lakes, scuba diving, snorkeling, and bird watching, you will not be at a loss of things to do on this beautiful island.

Check back again soon for more detailed information of activities to enjoy during your visit.


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Shopping

Being one of the more built up Islands in the Caribbean has it's advantages. There are numerous shopping Plaza's and markets to visit; with novelties such as native paintings, sculptures, jewelry, spices and the traditional island brewed rum.


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Safety

Grenada is quite a safe island to visit. The crimes which have been committed on the island are for the most part opportunistic. Thefts include cash, credit cards, cameras, laptops and US Passports. Muggings and purse snatchings have been reported in tourist areas after dark.

Due to the islands lack of street lighting, visitors must be aware of their surroundings after dark and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety.

For ways to keep safe while traveling, be sure to read Travel Tips for the Caribbean.


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Medical Schools

The only medical school on Grenada is St. George's University School of Medicine, however it is one of the Top Caribbean Medical Schools with an long history of graduating well-trained physicians.

Accreditation:

St. George's University School of Medicine graduates are eligible to practice medicine in all 50 states

Loans:

St. George's University is eligible for US Federal Student Loans


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Videos

The video below gives you a photo-tour of this beautiful island.





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