Capital: St. George's
This is the home of those remarkable 92 000 persons whose political choice was so threatening to the world power equilibrium to warrant invasion by the United States of America at the height of the cold war in 1984. It was ludicrous but it put tiny Grenada on the map!
First settled by the French in 1650, Grenada passed into British hands in 1762 and was French again from 1779 to 1783 when the British took control again until independence in 1974. Over 84% of the population is of African origin. English is the common language but some still speak a form of French Creole.
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On the right, Wharf Road circles around Carenage, the center of beautiful St George's Harbour. You can't miss the great Catholic Cathedral on the skyline.
In the background, Fort George built by the French in 1705 at the mouth of the harbour.
A three masted schooner tied up in Carenage.
A few of the sailboats in the marina established in the second lobe of St George's Harbour called the Lagoon.
I rented a room in this family guest house on Lagoon Road, just in front of the marina for 15 US$ a day. It was a clean, comfortable and interesting place to stay.
The beautiful Grande Anse Bay beach, less than 4 kms from the center of St George, is served by the city bus.
Another view of Grande Anse Bay beach.
And here is a third view of Grande Anse Bay beach, why not, I spent a lot of time there...
I took the local bus to go around the island. This is one of the main streets of Grenville on the east coast, Grenada's second largest town.
Sauteur's church on the northern tip of the island. A short ways behind this church is a 30 meter cliff from which the last resisting Caribs jumped to their deaths rather than surrender to the invading French in 1651. That is why the town was called Sauteur meaning "leaper".
Typical hut of some family surviving as many do, isolated in the countryside
Duquesne Bay and St Mark's Road on the north west shore.
A side street in Gouyave on the west shore, the island's third largest town. I just loved Grenada, everything about it was beautiful, the people I met were all relaxed and friendly, the food was good, it was just a great place to enjoy life.
From here, I flew back to Port of Spain, then on to Bogota via Caracas.