General & Geography
The chain of Caribbean islands, which stretches for about 4,000 kilometers from the coast of Florida to the north coast of Venezuela, consists of a total of over 7,000 islands. One of the most beautiful among them is the island state of Grenada.
According to COUNTRYAAH, Grenada enchants with its impressive beaches, picturesque bays and lush vegetation. The island belongs to the so-called Lesser Antilles and forms one of the southernmost “islands over the wind” between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic.
To the northeast are Barbados and further southeast the islands of Tobago and Trinidad. Smaller islands are also included in the Caribbean state, including three inhabited and a number of uninhabited islets. Due to the many nutmeg plantations, along with ginger, cloves and cinnamon, Grenada is also known as the spice island. Nutmeg as well as sugar, bananas and cocoa are among the most important export goods.
More than 90 percent of the inhabitants of Grenada are descended from Africans who were brought to the island as slaves at the time. Only a few descendants of the original population still live. A small part is of French and British origin. The population is around 110,000.
Christianity is the state religion and the official language is English, with a minority still speaking Creole. Grenada looks back on an English and French colonial history. On February 7th, 1974 Grenada gained independence from the United Kingdom, making February 7th the annual national holiday.
The form of government is a constitutional monarchy. Today’s capital St. George’s later developed from the former port city of Fort Royal. Grenada was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1498.
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Climate in Grenada
Grenada is located in a tropical climatic area with only minor temperature fluctuations during the year, the weather is warm and slightly more humid all year round. There are no classic seasons in the tropics, so you should pay particular attention to the rainy and dry seasons when planning your trip. The rainy season is a little shorter in Grenada than in Barbados, for example. It usually begins around the beginning of June and noticeably ends at the beginning of November.
This means that the rainy season also coincides with the hurricane season in the Caribbean. Since Grenada is at the southern end of the hurricane belt, the risk of being hit by a tropical cyclone is comparatively low. The hottest months are April, May and September. The coolest month is January, which is still pleasantly summery with daytime temperatures of 28 to 29 degrees and night temperatures of around 24 ° C.
Most of the rain falls in August and September, while heavy rainfall is rare between December and May. The water temperatures in Grenada are pleasantly warm all year round, as in the entire Caribbean, and are very suitable for swimming, snorkeling and diving. They are between 27 and 29 degrees.
When is the best time to visit Grenada?
If you want to visit Grenada, you should especially consider the months from January to May as the best travel time. They offer the lowest risk of rain and are completely outside of hurricane season. After the end of the rainy season, the second half of November is often used as a travel time.
December is usually pleasant, but sometimes very busy and expensive due to the Christmas season. Nevertheless, the entire period from mid-November to the end of May can be described as the ideal travel time for Grenada. Travel during the so-called hurricane season is possible. The early warning system is very reliable and there are precise procedures for what to do in the event of danger.
Temperatures, precipitation in St. George’s (Grenada)
|Daytime temperature||28 ° C||29 ° C||29 ° C||30 ° C||30 ° C||29 ° C||29 ° C||29 ° C||30 ° C||29 ° C||29 ° C||29 ° C|
|Night temperature||24 ° C||24 ° C||24 ° C||26 ° C||27 ° C||26 ° C||26 ° C||26 ° C||26 ° C||26 ° C||25 ° C||24 ° C|
|Water temperature||27 ° C||27 ° C||27 ° C||28 ° C||28 ° C||28 ° C||28 ° C||29 ° C||30 ° C||29 ° C||28 ° C||28 ° C|
|Precipitation in mm||48||44||24||16||55||144||228||293||273||182||87||55|
The average annual temperature in St. George’s is 27.2 ° C. For comparison: Munich reaches an average of 8.6 ° C, in Berlin it is 9.6 ° C. The warmest month is May (28.3 ° C), coldest month of January with mean values of 26.1 ° C. The maximum water temperature in St. George’s is 30 ° C. Comfortable bathing is possible at these temperatures. All months have a water temperature of at least 21 ° C and are therefore suitable for a beach holiday.
The annual precipitation is 1450 mm. For comparison: In Munich, 967 mm, in Berlin 570 mm, precipitation is measured annually. The months of July, August, September and October are considered the rainy season, as more than 175 mm of precipitation can be expected per month. Overall, about 976.62 mm of precipitation can be expected in the rainy season. You cannot expect snow in any month in St. George’s.
Sights and attractions
The entire island itself is an attraction, with its impressive beaches, numerous waterfalls, secluded lonely bays, crater lakes, rainforests and its untouched nature. The capital St. George’s with the horseshoe-shaped harbor is to be emphasized. The National Museum of Grenada is located in a former prison. Anyone interested in historical events can bring the past to life here. The Parliament is located in the York House from 1780. Directly opposite is a bell tower from 1818.
On the west coast, you can visit the Nutmeg Association, the nutmeg processing industry, Grenada’s most important export. In the interior of the island is the crater lake Lake Antoine, where the River Antoine Rum Distillery produces the oldest rum in the Caribbean. The beaches and waterfalls are equally a highlight. For example the seven waterfalls, Seven Sisters Waterfalls, are located in an extinct volcanic crater in the Etang National Park nature reserve. The beach Grand Anse Beach on the south coast, not far from St. George’s, with miles of sandy beach, palm trees and turquoise blue water, is one of many attractive beaches.