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Grenada

Background

Grenada

Carib Indians inhabited Grenada when COLUMBUS discovered the island in 1498, but it remained uncolonized for more than a century. The French settled Grenada in the 17th century, established sugar estates, and imported large numbers of African slaves. Britain took the island in 1762 and vigorously expanded sugar production. In the 19th century, cacao eventually surpassed sugar as the main export crop; in the 20th century, nutmeg became the leading export. In 1967, Britain gave Grenada autonomy over its internal affairs. Full independence was attained in 1974 making Grenada one of the smallest independent countries in the Western Hemisphere. Grenada was seized by a Marxist military council on 19 October 1983. Six days later the island was invaded by US forces and those of six other Caribbean nations, which quickly captured the ringleaders and their hundreds of Cuban advisers. Free elections were reinstituted the following year and have continued since that time. Hurricane Ivan struck Grenada in September of 2004 causing severe damage.

About

Grenada is a group of three larger islands (Grenada, Carriacou, and Petit Martinique) and several tiny islands in the Caribbean, or West Indies. It lies just northeast of Trinidad and Tobago, and southwest of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It is famous for spices and is known as the "Spice Isle", being a major source of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and cocoa.

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Grenada

GrenadaThe Calabash Hotel 

L'anse Aux Epines Beach
PO Box 382 Grand Anse
St Georges
Grenada

Price (US$): $1475 - $1543 / night

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Location. The Calabash Hotel is located on the beach in St. George's's Grenada neighborhood, close to Prickly Bay Beach, Grand Anse Beach, and St. George's University. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include Excel Plaza and Le Marquis Shopping Complex. Hotel Features. Dining options at The Calabash Hotel include 2 restaurants. 2 bars/lounges are open for drinks. Room service is available. The hotel serves a complimentary cooked to order breakfast. Recreational amenities… more »

GrenadaGrenada Grand Beach Resort 

Grand Anse Beach
Grand Anse
St Georges
Grenada

Price (US$): $275 - $1241 / night

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Location. Grenada Grand Beach Resort is located on the beach in St. George's's Grand Anse neighborhood, close to Grand Anse Shopping Center, Grand Anse Beach, and St. George's Harbor. Other points of interest near this hotel include Fort George and Queen's Park Stadium. Hotel Features. Grenada Grand Beach Resort features a coffee shop/café, a poolside bar, a bar/lounge, and a swim up bar. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include 2 outdoor swimming pools… more »

GrenadaLaSource All-Inclusive 

Pink Gin Beach
P.O. Box 852
St Georges
Grenada

Price (US$): $584 - $700 / night

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Location. LaSource All Inclusive is located on the beach in St. George's's Grenada neighborhood, close to Pink Gin Beach, Grand Anse Beach, and Aquarium Beach. Other points of interest near this all inclusive resort include Portici Beach and St. George's University. Property Features. This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other… more »

GrenadaLaluna Hotel 

Morne Rouge
St Georges
Grenada

Price (US$): $495 - $595 / night

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Location. Laluna Hotel is located on the beach in St. George's's Grenada neighborhood, close to Portici Beach, Morne Rouge Beach, and Grand Anse Beach. Other points of interest near this spa resort include St. George's Harbor and Fort George. Resort Features. Laluna Hotel features a restaurant, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a fitness facility, and complimentary bicycles. The property's full… more »

GrenadaMaca Bana 

above Magazine Beach
Point Salines
St Georges
Grenada

Price (US$): $310 - $511 / night

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Location. Maca Bana is located near the beach in St. George's's Grenada neighborhood and close to Aquarium Beach, Pink Gin Beach, and Grand Anse Beach. Nearby points of interest also include Portici Beach and Morne Rouge Beach. Hotel Features. Maca Bana's restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. A beach bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. Spa amenities include facials, body treatments, and beauty services. Complimentary… more »

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Grenada

Capital
St. George's
Location

Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago

Geographic coordinates

12 07 N, 61 40 W

Area comparative

twice the size of Washington, DC

Coastline

121 km

Climate

tropical; tempered by northeast trade winds

Terrain

volcanic in origin with central mountains

Lowest point

Caribbean Sea 0 m

Highest point

Mount Saint Catherine 840 m

Natural resources

timber, tropical fruit, deepwater harbors

Population

107,818 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

black 82%, mixed black and European 13%, European and East Indian 5%, and trace of Arawak/Carib Amerindian

Religions

Roman Catholic 53%, Anglican 13.8%, other Protestant 33.2%

Languages

English (official), French patois

Government type

parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm

Independence

7 February 1974 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day, 7 February (1974)

Chief of state

Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor General Carlyle Arnold GLEAN (since 27 November 2008)

Head of government

Prime Minister Tillman THOMAS (since 9 July 2008)

Internet country code

.gd

Internet users

25,000 (2009)

Airports

3 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Saint George's

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