Grenada

Grenada is the main island with a length of 11 miles and a width of 22 miles. The highest point of the island is Mount St. Catherine with 2755 ft - that is just as high as a German low mountain range. You do not have to be a mountaineer to get to the highest point- but it is still a very nice destination for those, who do not want to lie the whole day in the hammock.

The volcanic landscape with its mountains, crater lakes and waterfalls is fairly rich, with many animals and plants that otherwise are seen quite rarely.  The colours, sounds and scents are just fascinating. Senses are challenged all the time!

In the medium altitudes, Grenada offers rain forests, in the lowlands you’ll find the dry forest and along the coast are mangroves growing. Sandy beaches frame the island, which is also surrounded by beautiful coral reefs. It is divided into six administrative districts, which are called ‘parishes’. A seventh district is constituted by the remaining isles.

The capital of St. George's is located in the southwest of the island of Grenada with its horseshoe-shaped harbour bay, the Carénage. In this city, where about one-third of the population of the country lives, one can admire colourful British-French colonial architecture. The city belongs to the district of St. George. Nearby you will find beautiful sandy beaches, and the weather is very pleasant throughout the year.

St. David in the southwest has a coastline with small coves, most with tiny sandy beaches. They are great for a picnic at the sea. At this place, agriculture  predominates: cocoa, bananas, nutmeg and other spices are grown here, as well as sugar cane.

St. Andrew has the longest coastline of all districts. In this district, most of agricultural exports are produced. The French changed the name of the town Grenville to ‘La Baye’, but today it is just called ‘Rainbow City’.

St. Patrick is the northernmost district of the island. Here you can find some great old mansions of the colonial period. They are partly original and partly restored with lots of love. The capital Sauteurs (French for "knight") got its name because Caribbean jumped on the run of the French invaders from the rocks. 

St. Mark is the smallest district of the island. Most of its inhabitants live either from fishing or working on farms. From the summit of Mount St. Catherine, which is situated in this district, the entire island can be seen. The hot springs on the slopes are reminding of the volcanic origin of the mountain.

To St. John on the west coast (the Caribbean coast) belongs also Gouyave, the ‘city that never sleeps’ (and you thought that it was New York?!). Every year’s highlight are the ‘Petri-Celebrations’. Big street party boats and nets are blessed, and it is celebrated late into the night with singing, dancing and steel band music. And be sure- the residents of Grenada know how to party. 

On "Fish Friday" the locals in Gouyave are grilling fish on the roadside. Each Friday, the two roads are blocked, stalls will be set up and special fish food is sold. Of course, by the Carib-beer is not to miss and for dessert candy and ice cream will be provided. The celebration starts around 7pm and can last until the morning - a must for any local and now also a popular attraction for tourists, who like to mingle with the crowd. Gouyave is about 1 hour drive from St. George. There are also tours offered by Sunsation Tours.