Discover Grenada

Dwayne Thompson – Sweet Grenada Tours, Taxi and Rentals

“As sons and daughters of the soil we love living in this island of adventure and we are so excited to show you the best of our country! We invite you to explore the main Grenadian destinations and some key highlights. Get the lay of the land and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.”

Our People

The first thing you will notice upon arriving in Grenada is the people’s willingness to help. They are approachable and will embrace you, making you feel right at home on your spice island vacation. We love to socialise, share stories, celebrate and cook against the backdrop of music from our local artistes out on the shores of one of our many beaches.

 

We invite you to join us and get a taste of the Spice Isle experience in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

Our Culture

Our charming culture is an interesting fusion of old traditions and new generations. In our Carnival, influenced by African slaves and French colonisers, is the prominent presence of the Jab Molassi. Commonly referred to as ‘Jab-Jab’, revellers covered in oil march through the streets to the rhythm of their own drums, alongside the newer addition of revellers covered in colourful paint.

 

This is a unique aspect of our Carnival and showcases the creativity in our culture. Other displays of our culture can be found in performances showcasing our folk tales and folk dances, the work of local artist and craftsman and the sounds of calypso music.

Our History

The names of our villages, architecture in our towns and dialect spoken throughout Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique bear reference to Grenada’s intriguing history of South American and European settlements.

 

If you’re a traveller who likes to engage in the history of your destination as much as basking in the sun, then come and discover our journey from colonialism to democracy, which reveals a captivating course of events.

 

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Discover the 6 Parishes and 2 Dependencies of Grenada.

Saint George is one of the parishes of Grenada, located on the south-western end of the island. The capital of Grenada, St. George’s, is located in this parish, and it is regarded as the most picturesque capital in the Caribbean. Its horseshoe-shaped harbour is surrounded by the pastel colours of warehouses and it is not uncommon to see red-tiled roofs on traditional shops and homes. Saint George is also the home of the world-famous Grand Anse Beach and many of the island’s holiday resorts. The peninsula at the south-western tip of Saint George is called Point Salines, and the only active airport on the island of Grenada, Maurice Bishop International Airport, is located there. The tourist infrastructure is more extensive in Saint George than in the rest of the island, due to the airport, capital city and most popular beaches all being found in this parish. It is also home to St. George’s University. As of 2001, Saint George has a population of 35,559, making it the most populous parish of Grenada. It is also the second largest, with an area of 26 sq mi (67 km2). Courtesy of Wikipedia.com

Saint Patrick is one of the Catholic parishes of Grenada, covering the north of the country. A spectacular coastline with several fine bays faces several small islands to the north. Its most famous beach is Bathway Beach. The principal town in St. Patrick is Sauteurs. One landmark is Leapers’ Hill, where legend states that Chief Kairouane and other 40 indigenous Caribs jumped over the cliff and into the sea to escape colonisation by the French.

Several volcanic cones and craters are located within the parish, such as Punchbowl and Lake Antoine. In the 18th and 19th Centuries, Irvin’s Bay was a working harbour for shipping sugar and other produce. Goods were grown in nearby estates and the Bay House and were sent to England and France.

In 1867, the Maidstone sailing ship carried 289 Calcutta Indians to Irvin’s Bay to address a labour shortage on Grenada estates.  For much of the twentieth century, the parish was agricultural with several large estates accounting for a significant share of cocoa and nutmeg production in Grenada.

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Saint David is the fourth largest of the parishes of Grenada in the island’s southeast. The parish’s main town (really just a large village) is St. David’s, located between La Tante and Westerhall. Because St David’s is so small, the parish is sometimes referred to as “The Virgin Parish”. The parish’s coast to its east has spectacular headlands, bays and inlets. The unspoilt rocky coastline slopes up gently towards the central mountainous ridge, and its beauty lies in its undeveloped bucolic state and secluded beaches.

The town of Megrin was established at St David’s Point in 1609 and destroyed during the 1795–96 Fedon conflict and the town never rebuilt. In the 1721 the Catholic parish of Megrin was reopened by the French, but it was built down next to the sea.

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Saint Andrew is the largest parish in Grenada. The main town is Grenville, which is also Grenada’s second largest town after St. George’s. Grenville is also known as La Baye (its former French name).  In the 1650s the French named the parish Morne de Combat and it was part of the French Territories. Marquis was the first Parish Capital from 1795 to 1796, Grenville became capital of Saint Andrew’s in 1796.

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Saint Mark is a parish on the west coast of Grenada, in the Grenadines. It is the smallest parish on the island. Along the west coast of the island nation of Grenada lies the small fishing village of Victoria, Grenada. Victoria is the center of activity for the St. Mark’s parish, the smallest parish on the island in both area and populace with approximately 4,000 people residing. Local activities include the Saint Mark’s fiesta which showcases different produce, foods, culture, music and entertainment throughout the villages of St. Mark. St. Mark’s Day is usually a few weeks after Easter in mid April.

St Mark’s has the highest mountain on Grenada, Mount Saint Catherine, and the tallest waterfall, the Tufton Hall Waterfall. The village of Victoria has created a monthly event called the “Sunset City Food Fest.” This activity has been created to improve the living conditions of the people of Victoria and have created a common location where the community can come together to enjoy quality food, time and company.

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Saint John’s capital is Gouyave. Fishing is the main industry. Gouyave is also the home of Grenada’s biggest nutmeg factory and of the Dougladston Estate, an old spice plantation. There is almost no tourism in this parish of Grenada, with only a few small guesthouses such as the Mango Bay Cottages in Woodford.

In 1889, an iron bridge was built on a new boulder bank between Gouyave and the neighbourhood of Florida. On November 8, 1897, there were heavy rains in the parish, which nearly flooded the Gouyave River. On December 6, 1897, the Gouyave-Florida boulder bank and stone bridge were destroyed. Gouyave was also known as Charlotte town.

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Carriacou and Petite Martinique, also known as the Southern Grenadines, is a dependency of Grenada, lying north of Grenada island and south of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the Lesser Antilles. The islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique belong to the island of Grenada. Together they all form the 3-island country of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique.

Carriacou Island is the largest island of the Grenadines, an archipelago in the Windward Islands chain. The island is 13 square miles (34 km2) with a population of 9,595 (2019 census). The main settlements on the island are Hillsborough, L’Esterre, Harvey Vale, and Windward.

The neighbouring island of Petite Martinique is 2½ miles away from Carriacou, and also a part of Grenada. With its 586 acres (2.37 km2) and population of 900, it is smaller than Carriacou. The residents of this island live by boat-building, fishing and seafaring. Carriacou and Petite Martinique are known for their sailing regattas and Village Maroon.

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