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Grenada - the spice island of the Caribbean

Location and climate: Grenada is an island state in the Lesser Antilles at the southernmost tip of the Caribbean island chain and is part of the Windward Islands ("Islands under the Wind"). The southernmost islands of the neighboring Grenadines, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, also belong to the territory. Grenada consists largely of a range of volcanic mountain peaks, the slopes and foothills of which are densely forested due to the tropical climate and the fertile volcanic soils. There are many small bays and harbors on the coast in the south. Grenada is a very good travel destination all year round. Only from July to November can there be short, heavy rain showers from time to time.
The average annual temperature is 28 degrees Celsius. The main season is from mid-December to mid-April.

Flora and fauna: The island, which extends in a north-south direction, is traversed by a densely forested mountain range. About 25 percent of the island consists of forest (mahogany, white cedar, eucalyptus). Mangrove forests can be found in the coastal zones. Few of the Caribbean islands are as varied as Grenada.

Entry requirements:
No visa is required for Germans, Austrians and Swiss. A passport that is valid for at least 6 months is sufficient. A return or onward ticket must also be presented. If children do not have their own passport, they can also be entered with a photo in the passport of a parent.

Vaccination regulations:
No vaccinations are required for direct entry.

Currency:
The currency is the East Caribbean Dollar (EC $). Guests can also exchange EURO at the banks or in larger hotels. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels and shops. One euro is currently around 3.50 East Caribbean dollars. (As of January 2008)
Grenada News 2010
To eat and drink: Grenada's cuisine is famous for seafood, local vegetables and fruits. Callaloo soup (similar to spinach), crabs, sea snails and avocado ice cream are the culinary specialties. Almost all hotels and restaurants offer exotic, local fish dishes as well as English, European and North American specialties.

History: Grenada was first sighted by Christopher Columbus in 1498. Between 1609 and 1783, the possession of Grenada constantly shifted between France and Great Britain. The back and forth was put to an end by the Treaty of Versailles - the island was added to the British. Nevertheless, the French heritage lives on in Grenada: many squares and buildings still bear French names today.

State and administration: The Three Island State is an independent nation within the British Commonwealth. The Governor General is the governor of the Queen of England. There is a Senate (13 members), a House of Representatives with 15 members, each representing one constituency, and a Speaker of the House of Representatives. The head of state is the Queen of England. In 1974 Grenada became independent.

Economy:
Nutmeg has the greatest economic importance. After Indonesia, Grenada is the second most important producer of this product. Agriculture generates 95 percent of export earnings. Cocoa, bananas, citrus fruits and sugar cane are also grown.

National language: The official language is English. A French patois is spoken inland.

Population: Around 90,000 people of African, Indian and European descent live on Grenada. A total of around 10,000 people live on Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

Flight connections:
CONDOR: From November to April a weekly direct connection from Frankfurt-Grenada. Flight time approx. 9 hours
BA: Twice a week via London to Grenada
Virgin Atlantic: Once a week via London to Grenada
Intra-Caribbean connections e.g. with LIAT,
Air Jamaica, American Eagle, SVG Air.

New British Airways direct flight to Grenada
Starting with the 2010 summer flight schedule (March 28 - October 25, 2010), British Airways will operate two weekly connections to Grenada via Barbados. An overnight stay in London is no longer required. Days of operation are Tuesday and Sunday from Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich and Geneva.

Time difference: The time difference between Grenada and European winter time is minus five hours, in summer time the clocks have to be set back by six hours.

German tour operator with Grenada offer
Airtours International, Ameria Tours, CI Caribbean Islands, Dertour International, Domizile (villas), Extratour - Dive Operator
FIP Freizeit Individuell Papke, FTS, Fly & Travel Service GmbH, FTI Gold, German Travel Network, Karibik Inside, Karibik & More
Karibikreisen24, Karibik Tours, Lychen Reiseservice, Libos Fertig Touristik GmbH, Meier’s Weltreisen, Moorings Yachtcharter
Odysseus
Inexpensive in the sun, reba Touristik, Reisefieber Voss KG, South America Line Fernreisen, Tauchreisen Huebner, TUI

Contact:
Grenada Board of Tourism
Schenkendorfstasse 1, D- 65187 Wiesbaden
Tel. +49 (0) 611 - 26767 20, Fax +49 (0) 611 - 26767 60
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www.grenadagrenadines.com/germany and www.carriacoupetitemartinique.com

Beaches:
Grenada has over 40 white sandy beaches and nine sandy beaches with dark lava sand. The approx. 3 km long beach bay of Grand Anse in the southwest of Grenada is one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean.

Sports:
Grenada is a center for sailing in the Eastern Caribbean. From here you can start the most beautiful Caribbean cruises. The coral reefs and the crystal clear water make the Caribbean island a mecca for divers. The many dive sites include The Hole, The Valleys of Whales and Dragon Bay. The largest shipwreck in the Caribbean lies on Whibble Reef - the 180-meter-long cruise ship Bianca C. There are eight marinas and diving centers on Grenada. Kayaking, yacht charter for longer sailing trips and sport fishing are also offered. Other sports are: golf (nine-hole golf course at the Grenada Golf & Country Club), tennis (in hotels and public tennis courts in Grand Anse and Tanteen), mountain biking and hiking.

Accommodation:
There is a wide range of hotels, apartments, guest houses and villas of all categories. The current accommodation directory of the Grenada Board of Tourism provides an overview. A homestay with a family on Grenada (15 different offers) is also possible.
Camping:
Camping is not welcomed as there are no suitably furnished places.

Museums / culture / entertainment:
Worth seeing are the Grenada National Museum with a collection of art objects that reflect the history and culture of the island, as well as the Grenada National Library (since 1892) in a former warehouse on the Carenage. Marryshaw House is a local university center of the University of the West Indies and houses a theater. The range of events on Grenada ranges from sporting events, various music competitions and religious festivals to the colorful Caribbean carnival in August. Some hotels offer evening entertainment, there is also the “Fantazia” disco.

Restaurants:
A wide variety of restaurants offers local and international cuisine. The restaurant prices for a two-course menu vary between 30 Eastern Caribbean dollars (local restaurant) and 100 EC dollars in a four-star restaurant. You pay around 3 EC dollars for soft drinks, 4 EC dollars for beer and 9 EC dollars for a glass of wine.

Shopping:
The shops are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. When a cruise ship is in port, the opening times are usually longer. Local spice baskets, handmade batiks, fabric prints, perfumes, potpourris, jams, jellies, syrups, wickerwork and paintings are among the shopping tips. Duty-free shops in St. George’s, Grand Anse and at the airport also sell jewelry, alcohol, perfumes, glass and gifts.

Transfers / excursions:

Yacht charter for day trips or longer sailing trips from various providers. 23 different incoming agencies offer organized excursions and round trips in Grenada.

Dress: In the tropical climate of Grenada you should have light summer clothes with you. Visitors should not wear swimwear or mini shorts on the street or in stores. Men are expected to wear long trousers for dinner and in the bars. If you want to explore the beautiful landscape on foot, you should think of sturdy shoes. Bathing in the nude and topless is prohibited.

Sports: All water sports, snorkeling, deep-sea diving on the wreck of the Italian cruise ship “Bianca C”, which sank in 1961, mountain biking, hiking, yacht charter, deep-sea fishing, tennis, golf, river tubing as well as kayak tours and whale watching.
Public
Means of transport: Buses run from St. George’s to Annandale, Concorde, Grand Anse, Grand Etang, Grenville, Gouyave, La Sagesse, Sauteurs, Victoria and Westerhall. The tariffs per person per one way are between 3 and 10 East Caribbean dollars, depending on the distance to the destination.
Car/
Bike rental: There are both international and local car rental companies in Grenada. Requirements for renting a vehicle: Minimum age 21 years, valid driver's license with an additional permit available in Grenada from the car rental company (costs: 30 EC dollars). Rental car rates range from $ 45 to $ 60 per day. In the winter season and in July / August, the car must be rented for at least three days. Several companies also rent out scooters, mopeds, bicycles and mountain bikes.

Taxi: A taxi from Point Salines Airport to Grand Anse and Lanse aux Epines costs 25 EC dollars, to St. George’s 30 EC dollars, and less than two kilometers, 7 EC dollars. Trips outside St. George’s cost 3 EC dollars per kilometer for the first 16 kilometers, then 2.50 EC dollars per kilometer. Taxis, minibuses, and rental vehicles are identified by license plates that start with an H.

Pets: The import of animals is not permitted without an import permit. If you still want to bring your pet, you must clarify this with the official veterinarian (Chief Veterinary Office c / o Ministry of Agriculture, St. George’s, Grenada)
Tourist Attractions:
The spice island Grenada invites you to vacation in the original Caribbean. The best way to explore the island's sights is on a tour. The national parks Grand Etang (120 square kilometers with Grand Etang Lake at 530 meters above sea level) and Levera (coastal park with, among other things, seagrass areas), the nature center La Sagesse, Lake Antoine in the crater of an extinct volcano and the spice and herb gardens are of interest. The hot springs on the River Sallee and the 20 waterfalls are also worthwhile destinations.

Grenada's spice production can be seen by visiting the Dougaldston Spice Estate spice plantation or one of the nutmeg processing plants in Gouyave (a tour costs one US dollar). The rum distilleries Dunfermline near Grenville (built 1797), River Antoine (guided tour one US dollar per person) and Westerhall can be visited as well as the Grenada Sugar Factory, a sugar factory in Woodlands near St. George’s, also with rum production.

In the capital St. George’s the Carenage - the inner harbor - with its Georgian buildings is particularly beautiful. This is also where Grenada's tourist information office is located. Historic buildings include the various churches from the 19th century, the fortresses such as Fort George (1706), the House of Parliament and the financial building at the end of the Carenage. The market in St. George’s is extremely lively and happy. It is the main trading point for local products, the venue for parades, political speeches and religious ceremonies. The island's calendar of events includes various festivals and activities throughout the year - music festivals, sailing regattas and carnival in August.

Carriacou:
is around 35 km north of Grenada. The name means "reef island" or "reef land" in the language of the Caribs, named because of the 10 km long coral reef on the east side of the island. The second largest island in the country is around 13 km long and can be easily reached by ferry from St. George’s. Many of the islanders on Carriacou have Scottish ancestors. The country's African traditions - such as those of drummers and ancestral cult - are still very much alive here.
Carriacou offers fine sandy beaches and completely natural bays as well as a wonderful view of the northern Grenadines. Many tours through this fabulous sailing and diving paradise start from here. Small guest houses offer visitors overnight accommodation.
Petite Martinique:
With an area of ​​around two square kilometers, it is the smallest of the three main islands. The name simply means "Little Martinique" (to distinguish it from the "big" Martinique located further north, which belongs to France). Petite Martinique is about 4 km (or 20 minutes by boat) northeast of Carriacou and consists of the tip of a volcanic cone protruding from the water. Sheep and goats graze comfortably on the island. In the past, the inhabitants lived mainly from fishing, from trade with the neighboring islands and also from smuggling. Today the inhabitants live from fishing and boat building. The beaches on the leeward side of the island are picturesque.

Beaches:
Grenada has over 40 white sandy beaches and nine sandy beaches with dark lava sand. The approx. 3 km long beach bay of Grand Anse in the southwest of Grenada is one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean.

Sports:

Grenada is a center for sailing in the Eastern Caribbean. From here you can start the most beautiful Caribbean cruises. The coral reefs and the crystal clear water make the Caribbean island a mecca for divers. The many dive sites include The Hole, The Valleys of Whales and Dragon Bay. The largest shipwreck in the Caribbean lies on Whibble Reef - the 180-meter-long cruise ship Bianca C. There are eight marinas and diving centers on Grenada. Kayaking, yacht charter for longer sailing trips and sport fishing are also offered. Other sports are: golf (nine-hole golf course at the Grenada Golf & Country Club), tennis (in hotels and public tennis courts in Grand Anse and Tanteen), mountain biking and hiking.

Accommodation:

There is a wide range of hotels, apartments, guest houses and villas of all categories. The current accommodation directory of the Grenada Board of Tourism provides an overview. A homestay with a family on Grenada (15 different offers) is also possible.
Camping: Camping is not welcomed as there are no suitably equipped places.

Museums / culture / entertainment:
Worth seeing are the Grenada National Museum with a collection of art objects that reflect the history and culture of the island, as well as the Grenada National Library (since 1892) in a former warehouse on the Carenage. Marryshaw House is a local university center of the University of the West Indies and houses a theater. The range of events on Grenada ranges from sporting events, various music competitions and religious festivals to the colorful Caribbean carnival in August. Some hotels offer evening entertainment, there is also the “Fantazia” disco.

Restaurants:
A wide variety of restaurants offers local and international cuisine. The restaurant prices for a two-course menu vary between 30 Eastern Caribbean dollars (local restaurant) and 100 EC dollars in a four-star restaurant. You pay around 3 EC dollars for soft drinks, 4 EC dollars for beer and 9 EC dollars for a glass of wine.

Shopping:

The shops are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. When a cruise ship is in port, the opening times are usually longer. Local spice baskets, handmade batiks, fabric prints, perfumes, potpourris, jams, jellies, syrups, wickerwork and paintings are among the shopping tips. Duty-free shops in St. George’s, Grand Anse and at the airport also sell jewelry, alcohol, perfumes, glass and gifts.

Transfers / excursions:
Yacht charter for day trips or longer sailing trips from various providers. 23 different incoming agencies offer organized excursions and round trips in Grenada.

Grenada: Dive to the “Titanic of the Caribbean”

Insider tip away from mass tourism: The Caribbean island of Grenada is a paradise for every diver. Shipwrecks, rock walls and reefs with all kinds of coral species and colorful tropical fish await underwater. If you want to immerse yourself in the green-blue shimmering sea world, you don't need to arrive in full gear. There are numerous, well-equipped diving centers on Grenada. Here you can get everything your heart desires. Newcomers can complete a course (also in German) for their first diving license in one week. Whether beginner or professional - water rats get their money's worth off the coast of Grenada.

The view in the crystal clear water sometimes extends up to 30 meters. Almost all of the sites are in the south of the three-island state, barely 20 minutes from the famous Grand Anse Beach. There are several good diving schools on the island. There are also day trips to the sister island Carriacou with the possibility of two to three dives.

Grenada and Carriacou are not yet as crowded as other Caribbean destinations. The reefs, wrecks and coral walls are still untouched. Many sites are still waiting to be discovered. Almost every conceivable type of coral, seahorses, dolphins and barracudas can be seen on the underwater adventures. Don't touch anything and don't take anything with you is the motto. Because the destruction of corals is strictly forbidden.

First underwater sculpture park in the world off Grenada
Located just three kilometers north of St. George's in a protected marine park in Moliniere Bay, divers and snorkelers have had a special kind of treasure to discover since autumn 2007: the English artist and experienced diving instructor Jason de Caires Taylor has his first sculpture park here created the world underwater.
On an area of ​​more than 800 square meters there are now 65 plaster objects that form a unique symbiosis of art and nature. Taylor's figures, all of which are images of people of Caribbean origin, serve as artificial reefs for the underwater flora and fauna. Due to the constant current, their appearance also changes permanently. The lying sculptures are either covered by the moving sandy soil or completely exposed. The statues are overgrown with plants and inhabited by marine life. This creates new impressions and perspectives for the visitor over and over again, and the figures appear almost alive. More information on the individual works of art and their meaning can be found at www.underwatersculpture.com

Grenada's best dive sites:
Bianca C
At 183 meters, the “Titanic of the Caribbean” is the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean. The eight decks of the sea cruiser, which sank in 1961 after a fire, are 52 meters deep and are home to fin rays, pike, manta rays, turtles and perches. For experienced divers, this dive will be an unforgettable experience.

Underwater park
The five inlets Happy Hill, Dragon Bay, Flamingo Bay, Molinere Bay and Buccaneer Wreck are located in Grenada's National Underwater Park, a man-made reef with a submerged two-masted schooner. The shallow water with its finger coral fields and gorges also offers a lot to see for snorkelers.

St. George’s Bay
Some of the most beautiful dives in the Caribbean are possible in this area. Swimming through a colorful coral canyon - that's possible at Grand Mal Point. A huge selection of anchors can be seen at Red Buoy. Right next to it are two wrecks on the sea floor. They are home to thousands of fry.

Kick 'em Jenny
This area is only for professionals. You will be rewarded with rare, exotic marine life and visibility of 30.50 meters.

Whibbles Reef
Drift diving for the advanced diver. Here mostly small sand sharks and pike accompany the visitor.

Two Sisters of Rhonde Island
One of the most spectacular dives in the entire Grenadine area for advanced divers with walls, slopes and a mysterious cave.

Boss Reef
Both beginners and advanced surfers will get their money's worth on this reef. To see: hard and soft corals, colorful schools of fish and shimmering blue sponges. Great sites here are The Hole, The Valley of Whales, and Forests of Dean.

Diving schools Grenada:

Aquanauts Dive Grenada
True Blue Bay Resort Flamboyant Hotel
as well as Grand Anse Beach
Tel. 001-473 / 444-1126 Tel. 001-473 / 444-1092
Fax 001-473 / 444-1127 Fax 001-473 / 444-5875
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Devotion 2 Ocean Eco Dive
Grenadian by Rex Resort Coyaba Beach Resort
Tel 001-473 / 4443483 Tel. 001-473 / 444-7777
Fax 001-473 / 4443483 Tel. 001-473 / 444-1046
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ScubaTech
Calabash Hotel
Tel 001-473 / 4394346
Fax 001-473 / 4445050
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Diving schools Carriacou:
Carriacou Silver Diving Arawak Divers
Tel. 001-473 / 443-7882 Tel. 001-473 / 443-6906
Fax 001- 473 / 443-7882 Fax 001-473 / 443-8312
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Lumba Dive
Tel. 001-473 / 443-8566
Fax. 001-473 / 443-8811
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Sport in Grenada

For sports enthusiasts, Grenada is the ideal holiday destination. The island is a center for sailors in the eastern Caribbean and, with coral reefs and crystal clear water, a mecca for divers. But Grenada has a lot more to offer:

Deep sea fishing
For tuna, marlin, wahoo and sailfish, anglers from all over the world come to Grenada from November to March. Most of the larger hotels will be happy to organize fishing trips for their guests. Every year in January the so-called Annual Game Fishing Tournament is held, a fishing competition. For more information, contact Robert Miller at Tel: 001-473-444-2220.

golf
The Grenada Golf Course and Country Club, Woodlands, has a nine-hole course near Grand Anse overlooking the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic. The green fee is US $ 20 for nine holes. If you want to play on the course twice, you pay 30 US dollars. Further information is available at Tel: 001-473-444-4128. The offer includes club rental, introduction, a snack bar and a caddy service.

sailing
Grenada is a paradise for sailors. From the Spice Island you can start wonderful trips through the eastern Caribbean. But not only active sailors, spectators too get their money's worth in Grenada, because numerous sailing regattas take place here throughout the year. An annual highlight is the Grenada Sailing Festival at the end of January / beginning of February.
In addition to exciting regattas, this festival also offers a handicraft market and a cultural street festival.

tennis
Most large hotels have tennis courts. There are public spaces in both Grand Anse and Tanteen near St. George’s.

Lively and wet: river tubing in Grenada
Visitors to Grenada can float on the currents of the Balthazar River. This lively ride in a rubber tube the size of a tractor tire is fun for children and adults alike. Well protected with a life jacket and helmet, tubing takes you down the river, whirling and spinning. If you want, you can still admire the lush landscape of the tropical rainforest. The tour costs 45.00 US dollars per person. More information at www.grenadajeeptours.com

Mountain biking in Grenada

Relaxing, sporty, varied: a cycling holiday in Grenada has a lot to offer pedal knights of all levels and is probably the most beautiful way to explore the island. Discovering the diversity of the landscape on shady paths is also an experience for those less ambitious in terms of sport. And for die-hard bike professionals, bike tours on the mountainous volcanic island, where 842 meters of altitude have to be mastered, are the ultimate challenge.

Mountain biking is the newest outdoor adventure on the Caribbean island. One of the local providers is Trailblazer Tours. Sheree-Ann Adams is in charge. Your company offers full-day excursions through the most beautiful areas of the island: On tarred and earthy paths that lead through the middle of the dense jungle, you can reach fabulous, sometimes hidden, places under local guidance. There are, for example, mystical dark crater lakes, fragrant spice plantations, waterfalls, tropical fjords, colorful hut villages and palm-fringed dream beaches to marvel at. Refreshing: Take a dip in the sea during the break or stand under a rushing waterfall. The trip costs $ 60. Those who prefer to set off on their own can simply rent a bike from Trailblazer for $ 15 a day - including crash helmets and safety locks. Information on renting is available at: www.grenadajeeptours.com/trailblazers

Grenada: paradise for nature lovers

In recent years, Grenada has started to preserve its remarkable nature through national parks and protected areas. One sixth of the total area of ​​Grenada is now protected in the form of parks and nature reserves. In the Caribbean, the three-island state has a pioneering role when it comes to ecotourism.

Hiking trails lead along rivers and often end at hidden roaring waterfalls. From the Grand Etang Forest Reserve to Lake Antoine, Levera National Park and the La Sagesse Nature Center - all of these areas are particularly popular with hikers and bird lovers.

Nature fans can get to the mountainous center of the island via Grand Etang Road. The narrow, winding route, lined with ferns, bamboo, banana and cocoa trees, is the epitome of an exciting drive through the rainforest. At Constantine, the Annandale Falls plunge 15 meters into a basin as a water cascade from the green hell. Swimming is excellent here. Shortly after Constantine is the Grand Etang National Park, which invites you to explore with a wonderful view of the west coast, numerous hiking trails and a crater lake.

The highlight of the nature reserve is a beautiful, more than 10 hectare blue lake in the crater of an inactive volcano. The lake is about 530 meters above sea level. Encounters with armadillo, mongoose or mona monkey are also possible. But there are no dangerous large animals on Grenada.
The administration and a small botanical garden are located in the heart of the reserve. The Grand Etang Forest Center provides information on the history and culture of the area. If you want to explore the beauty of nature on foot, you will also find tips on hiking routes and great viewpoints here. The excursions can last between 15 minutes and several hours. Many tourists will notice that parts of the paths are strewn with nutmeg shells. These waste products from the nutmeg industry are useful in two ways: on the one hand, they ensure good traction and, on the other hand, they protect the roads from erosion.

Kayak tours and whale watching in Grenada

On the spice island of Grenada, more ecotourism excursions can be booked. This is not surprising, since a large part of the land mass is now under nature protection in the form of parks or landscape and animal protection areas, which include the Grand Etang forest area and La Sagesse Bay. The company Spice Kayaking & Eco Tours Ltd. offers interesting kayak tours that lead to the small islands of Hog and Calivigny Island in the south and last between two and six and a half hours. The cost is 25 to 40 US $. With First Impressions Ltd. we go whale watching to the southeast coast of Grenada. Although it is “whale time” all year round, most of these imposing large mammals are found between December and April. The tour costs US $ 60. Further details can be obtained by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. To display JavaScript must be turned on! or by calling 001- 473-440 36 78.

Getting married in Grenada

Saying yes under palm trees - something more romantic is hard to imagine. That is why more and more tourists in Grenada are making their dream of a wedding in an island paradise come true. Everything is possible: a ship wedding on board a yacht, a romantic marriage in the jungle in front of the spectacular backdrop of a rushing waterfall or simply on the beach with the turquoise sea behind you.

Marriages concluded in Grenada are valid in all European countries. Requirements: Anyone wishing to marry must have been in the country for at least three working days (excluding weekends and public holidays) before being called up.You need valid passports, birth certificates, proof of divorce in the case of divorced persons, proof of name change, death certificate in the case of widows or widowers; Couple is entitled to marry). All papers must be written in English. The fees for submission, copies of the civil registration, etc., amount to a total of 35 EC dollars. The foreign ministry of the island state issues a document that is best certified by the local consul or embassy correspondent before you go home: as a confirmation for the registry office at home.

So-called wedding packages are offered in many hotels. The hotel usually not only takes on the organization of the formalities, but also the transport to and from the registrar

Office, where the bid must be submitted. The offer also includes:
The loving decoration of the wedding location chosen by the couple
The bridal bouquet and the flower for the groom's buttonhole
If necessary, the hotel will provide witnesses
Provision of a professional photographer, negatives and prints are included
A wedding cake
A bottle of champagne
Hors d`oeuvres for six people

The honeymoon packages are very popular with newlyweds. The honeymoon offer includes, for example, a room upgrade, a basket of tropical fruits and a champagne breakfast for a good start into married life. The following hotels have special offers for those willing to marry: Bel Air Plantation, Blue Horizons Garden Resort, Calabash Hotel, Coyaba Beach Resort, Flamboyant Hotel, Grenada Grand Beach Resort, La Source Hotel, Rex Grenadian Resort, Spice Island Beach Resort, True Blue Bay Hotel.
St. George’s: The most beautiful city in the Caribbean

St. George’s, the capital and seat of government of Grenada, is considered the most beautiful city in the Caribbean. It is located in the southwest of the island, right on the coast. Their surrounding hills glow in rich shades of green and are speckled with red and orange tiled roofs. With only around 30,000 inhabitants, St. George’s has a pleasant small town flair. The city only gets hectic when one or more cruise ships arrive and hundreds of passengers come ashore. St. George’s is a paradise for sailors, fishermen and divers.

With its narrow, steep streets and pastel-colored Creole houses from the 19th century, the city makes an extremely picturesque impression. Cargo ships, cruise ships and brightly painted schooners from Carriacou dock in the small inland port called Carenage. The perfect horseshoe shape of the harbor is the center of activity. It is surrounded by commercial and department stores as well as beautiful cafes. A visit to the “Nutmeg” with a wonderful view of the Carenage and the wooden boats and ships chugging past is particularly recommended.

The old forts bear witness to an eventful past in which the French were ultimately inferior to the English in the battle for the island. The Fortberg of Fort George separates the old natural harbor from the Outer Harbor, the outer harbor, and the Baytown district with the Esplanade in the north of the city. It is only a few minutes by car from St. George's to the world-famous Grand Anse Beach.

The two parts of the city, which form the center of the capital, are connected by the Sedall tunnel. In the middle of the business district

extends the market. To the south of the Carenage there is another harbor basin, "The Lagoon". Visitors shouldn't miss the St. George’s Saturday Market for its huge range of fresh fruit, countless spices and affordable handicrafts.

Tourist Attractions

The Carenage, the quaint, horseshoe-shaped inland port of the capital, St. George's, is lined with 18th-century warehouses and a few restaurants and shops. Together with Young Street, Carenage is the main shopping street. In addition, the outer harbor and the Presbyterian Church of St. Andrew’s from 1830 invite you to visit.

Fort George, built by the French in 1706, has always been the city's central fortress. From here you have a wonderful view of the Carenage and the beautiful pastel-colored houses of the city. The tunnels, stairs and narrow passages as well as the well-preserved cannons of this ancient fortress are well worth a visit.

Fort Frederick, this bastion fortress on Richmond Hill, completed in 1791, offers a panoramic view of the island's capital and is lined with lush tropical vegetation.

House of Parliament, York House on Church Street houses the House of Representatives, the Senate and Grenada's Supreme Court.

Market Square, lively, fragrant, loud and colorful - the market is the center of city life. It is the main hub for domestic products. Here you cannot buy handmade souvenirs and stock up on spices. All minibuses also leave from nearby at the new cruise terminal.

National Museum, this small but interesting museum just off Young Street was built from the 1704 buildings of an old barracks and prison and has a fine collection of artifacts that reflect the island's history and culture. The hodgepodge of exhibits includes fragments of Indian pottery, an old rum still and a marble bathtub that is said to have belonged to Empress Josephine.
Grenada: home of rum

Sunshine, swaying palm trees, turquoise blue sea: the whole sweet lifestyle of Grenada flows into the delicious cocktails, which are indispensable in the island world. Their raw materials are the exotic fruits and the sun-ripened sugar cane from which the delicious rum is distilled. Watch the sunset with a rum punch, fruit daiquiri or piña colada on the beach - this is how it should be in paradise.

Rum is the most popular drink in the Caribbean. In Grenada, sugar cane schnapps is still distilled today just as it was 100 years ago. The local rum used to be shipped in barrels marked “Georgius Rex Old Grenada”. The initial letters GROG are said to be the origin of the cold-relieving sailor's drink known in our latitudes.
There are many legends about rum. It starts with the name. The distillate was first mentioned in writing in 1651 in a document from Barbados under the term "rumbillon". That means something like riot. Others want to derive the name from the Malay "brum" - sugar liqueur.
When and where rum was first produced can no longer be determined today. What is certain is that the first governor of Puerto Rico, Ponce de León, founded a distillery as soon as he arrived in 1508. In the 18th century rum even became an international currency: as wages for sailors, as a means of payment in the fur trade with the North American Indians, but above all in human trafficking with African slaves.

There are two distilling processes for rum, which produce completely different qualities. In the traditional process, pot stills are used. Fractional distillation (continued stills) delivers lighter types of rum. Different distillates with different boiling points are collected in several towers. Undesired flavorings can be separated out better in this way. After the distillation, the rum is still inedible. It is only during storage, usually in oak barrels, that the final taste arises. Whether the rum is blended by blender masters or comes on the market as a single makes no difference in terms of quality. The color also says nothing about the taste: a clear white rum does not have to be worse than a golden one. Tourists can walk in the footsteps of rum when visiting the rum factories in Grenada:

River Antoine rum distillery
This private distillery, whose way of working has hardly changed since the 19th century, is the oldest water-powered distillery not only in Grenada, but in the entire Caribbean. For two US dollars per person you can be guided through the complex.

Dunfermline Rum Distillery
This private distillery is located just five kilometers from Grenville in the parish of St. Andrew’s. It was built in 1797 and is still operated today with a water wheel. The freshly distilled rum can be bought right here.

Westerhall Rum Distillery
With the experience of generations, the rum is still made here in the good, old-fashioned way. For more information, call 001-473 / 443-5477 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. To display JavaScript must be turned on!.
Grenada: The Caribbean's spice island

Known as the spice island of the Caribbean, the idyllic Grenada with its aromatic scents is located at the southernmost end of the "Islands over the Wind". Grenada provides a third of the world's nutmeg and is the second largest producer in the world after Indonesia. Holland and Germany are the largest importers. Cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, cocoa, ginger, vanilla, saffron, black and red pepper and turmeric also thrive on Grenada.

The nutmeg that grows on trees is actually not a nut, but the core of a peach-like fruit. The evergreen nutmeg trunk is between 10 and 16 meters high and can live up to 100 years. The trees bear fruit from around the 6th year. The appearance of the nutmeg is rather inconspicuous, but besides the salt it is the most important seasoning for many soups. It gives sauces, cheese dishes, spinach and meat an aromatic fullness, and some rum cocktails that certain something. To do this, however, you have to grate the nut with a grater. Because nutmeg loses its taste very quickly after grinding, it is best to scrape off the required amount fresh from a whole nut before use. A substance in essential oil is responsible for the famous hallucinogenic effects of large amounts of nutmeg. For a "trip" you need half a nutmeg to a whole nutmeg.

Not only the well-known nut is good for seasoning, the red seed coat also has a taste.Allegedly milder and more tender, this "mace" (mace) is used as a sausage spice, for desserts or for Christmas baked goods. Syrup, jam and jelly are cooked from the pulp. Nutmeg oil is also often obtained, which is found in

some cosmetics are used. Also very tasty: a spicy liqueur made from nutmeg. Many naturopaths also appreciate the arthritis spray, which is made from nutmeg oil. In Grenada itself, this spice is ubiquitous - there is even nutmeg-flavored ice cream!

The success story of the small round in Grenada did not begin until 1843, when it was brought to Grenada from Indonesia by the Dutch, who held the spice monopoly. From there, the little nutmeg quickly began its triumphal march into the kitchens of the world. Today “King Nutmeg” is the number one export item in Grenada. This spice is so dominant on the Caribbean island that nutmeg has been used as a flag emblem since independence.

You can gain an insight into nutmeg processing in the nutmeg processing plant in Gouyave. Admission, including a guided tour, costs just one US dollar. There the nuts are dried, sorted and filled into sacks. An experience for all the senses - mountains of brown nuts, rolling them on wooden drying racks and a spicy scent everywhere.

Finest chocolate from Grenada


In cooperation with the historic Belmont Estate plantation, the Grenada Chocolate Company produces high-quality dark chocolate. The cocoa beans are grown on an area of ​​40 hectares on the Belmont Estate site according to strict ecological criteria and processed immediately after harvest. This ensures the incomparably fine aroma of the end product. The small chocolate factory is one of the rare companies that produces its delicious products directly on site. The machines used for the production of the sweet goods correspond to the design of the early 20th century, but are operated in a very modern way with solar energy. Grenada chocolate is available with 60 and 74 percent cocoa content. The other ingredients only include sugar from fresh sugar cane, fresh cocoa butter, soy lecithin (as an emulsifier) ​​and real vanilla. The excellent cocoa butter is also unique, which stressed skin is particularly happy about, but which can also be used to prepare delicious desserts. www.grenadachocolate.com

Grenadines sailing trip now bookable at Meier's Weltreisen
From November 2009 a new 4- or 7-day sailing trip from / to Grenada can be booked through the operator Meier's Weltreisen. The islands of Carriacou, Tobago Cays, Bequia, Mustique, Mayreau and Petit St. Vincent are approached by catamaran during the trip. The travel price from EUR 728 includes accommodation in a double cabin and full board. Daily implementation. Booking in any travel agency.

New Four Seasons Resort in Grenada
The Grenada Four Seasons Hotel & Residences is currently being built on 170 hectares of land on Grenada's southeast coast. The offshore island of Hog Island can be easily reached via a new hotel bridge. In addition to the Four Seasons Resort Hotel with 130 rooms, the tropical complex also includes an 18-hole golf course, marina, tennis courts, various restaurants and bars as well as 175 apartments and villas.

Extension of the marina in Grenada
In 2008 the Port Louis marina was opened on the coast of the island's capital St. Georges. Here the De Savary Group and the world's largest port developer Camper & Nicholsons are currently investing 24 million US dollars in the development of the area around Port Louis for exclusive marketing worldwide.

New opening of the Petite Anse Hotel
The 11-room Petite Anse Hotel has opened. It is set in tropical gardens with spectacular views of Grenada's north coast and is run by the married couple Phillip and Annie Clift. The hotel has a swimming pool with jacuzzi, bar and restaurant and is ideal for individual vacationers who want to experience the real Grenada.

New German speaking Grenada travel guide
The revised German-language travel guide for the Caribbean island of Grenada with its sister islands Carriacou and Petite Martinique is now available. The 20-page brochure contains a lot of interesting information about sights and activities. Numerous useful tips and recommendations, such as travel, accommodation, shopping, currency or ferry and bus connections help with planning. Particularly detailed information is available on the topics of getting married and diving. The booklet can be obtained free of charge from the Grenada Tourist Office in Wiesbaden on Tel. No. +49 (0) 611 - 267 67 20 or via e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. To display JavaScript must be turned on! be requested. A German website has also been set up on the Internet at www.grenadagrenadines.com/germany

Calendar of events 2010
No matter what time of year, there is always something going on in Grenada. Of course there are the big island-wide festivals and events. In order to experience the uniqueness of the Grenadine culture, visitors should also visit the small village festivals.
January
New Year’s Day
New Year is an official holiday on the island. The new year is welcomed with gala balls and parties in hotels and clubs as well as church services.
Spice Island Billfish Tournament
This tournament attracts sport fishermen from all over the world every year. Prize money totaling 100,000 East Caribbean dollars will be awarded for first, second and third place. There are individual prices for the largest fish caught.
Grenada Sailing Festival
The four-day Grenada Sailing Festival offers plenty of action with four races, regattas, a craft market and a cultural street festival.
February
Independence Day

Carriacou Carnival
Caribbean carnival with street parades and competitions for the best masquerade and the greatest calypso group
Grenada Classic Yacht Regatta
March
St. Patrick's Day
The celebrations take place in Sauteurs, St. Patrick’s. You can see local arts and crafts, agricultural products, food and drink.
Good Friday
Good Friday Yacht Races
Boat race every year at Easter

April
Grenada triathlon
Annual triathlon with participants from all over the Caribbean, the USA and Europe.
Carriacou Maroon Music Festival
Large music and dance festival, where you get a good insight into the diverse culture of the country.
May
Labor Day
Workers celebrate May Day with parades and parties
Grenada Drum Festival
Drum festival
Grenada Spice Jazz Festival
Pentecost

June
Ascension of Christ
Fisherman’s Birthday Celebrations
Gouyave, in the parish of St. John's, is the most popular venue for these celebrations. The services and the blessing of boats and nets are followed by boat races and street celebrations.

July + August
Carriacou regatta
The main objective of the event is to keep the shipbuilding art of the Irish and Scottish ancestors alive.
Carnival - National Queen Show
Election to the "Queen of Carnival", one of the main events of the Carnival in Grenada.
Carnival - Children's Carnival Frolic
Competitions between young calypso and steel bands
Carnival - National Soca Monarch
Music competition
Carnival - National Panorama Competition
Competition of all steel bands on the island to choose the best band and the best steelpan song of the year.
Carnival - Dimarche grass
Calypso competition
The climax of the Carnival in Grenada with the parade of traditional music groups from the bigger cities of the island.
Carnival Pageant
Big carnival parade
Carnival - Monday Night Mas
Nightly carnival parade with great costumes and steel bands.
Carnival - J’Ouvert
Street theater that shows the history of the carnival with all its traditions.
Carnival - Parade of Bands
The official parade on Carnival Tuesday.
Rainbow City Festival
Festival with music, handicrafts etc. in Grenada's second largest city Grenville.
Emancipation Day
Holiday commemorating the abolition of slavery.
September
Caribbean Gift and Craft Show
The largest arts and crafts fair in the English-speaking Caribbean.
October
Grenada Cricket Classics Festival
A festival to honor the cricket heroes from recent championships. A wonderful opportunity to get to know the "stars" and to celebrate with them.
Thanksgiving Day
Remembrance day of the intervention of the Caribbean and American military in Grenada in 1983
November
Carriacou Sailing Days
Sailing competition
December
Carriacou Parang Festival
Christmas music festival
25 Christmas Day
Christmas holiday
26 Boxing Day
Christmas holiday