10 Fascinating Facts About The Islands Of Grenada
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
This quiet volcanic island in the Caribbean is known for its stunning beaches, lush forests, and renowned underwater beauty. Despite being only about 130 sq miles in size, the island offers many options for tourists due to its diverse terrain and rich culture. Here are a few facts about Grenada that may entice you even further to make a trip.
1. Grenada is known as the “Spice Island” due to its large production of spices such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice, wild coffee, and nutmeg.
2. When we said this island was quiet, we really meant it. With only 3 traffic lights on the entire island, you can expect little to no traffic.
3. The Moliniere underwater sculpture park is a fascinating compilation of over 65 human sculptures on the ocean floor that can be explored only by snorkeling, scuba diving, or via a glass-bottom boat.
4. Due to a history of invasions by France, Britain, and the U.S. as well as the import of African slaves, you will find a rich cultural mix of French, British, and African influences throughout the island.
5. Lake Grand Etang, formed over a dormant volcano, is said to be a bottomless lake because no one can seem to locate its bottom with SONAR.
6. The island nation of Grenada consists of itself and six other islands.
7. The national meal is called Oil Down and contains a variety of meats, seafood, vegetables, breadfruit, and cooked in coconut milk until it is completely absorbed.
8. Leatherback turtles, the largest living species of reptile that date back to the time of the dinosaurs, can be found on beaches in Grenada. These precious creatures are critically endangered with only 35,000 female turtles left in the world.
9. Almost half of the island is covered in lush forests, offering scenic overlooks, waterfalls, and caves to explore.
10. Carnival is the most important holiday of the island nation. It is now celebrated during the second week of August.