The wonders of
The isle of spice
Do you know where Grenada is? Grenada is the southernmost island in the West Indies.
The reason why we are doing this is because we are on a sailing trip for a year. We spent 5
weeks in Grenada.
We anchored in Clarke's Court Bay. This bay has a nice marina bar that has fun every night. The activities are : karaoke, movies, potluck, pool tournament and burgers.
The nature is really pretty. Most of it is spices like nutmeg, mace, bayleef, clove and curry.
They had a pan band too. A pan band is a band that uses oil drums as instruments. The pan band was really cool.
There was a black sand beach there too. Black sand is the same thing as sand except for one thing, it is formed by volcanic rock.
What is really weird is that every where you go there is an animal and the roads are so thin it does not look like it should fit two cars.
The taxis and houses are very different. The taxis are big vans and a few are kinda grubby. The houses are very very big and painted pretty colors.
I really enjoyed my time in Grenada.
01/07/2012, Grenada, WI
FYI-all the cruisers hang out the the bays on the south coast just right of the airport.
Grenada is an island country and Commonwealth Realm consisting of the island of Grenada and six smaller islands at the southern end of the Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. Grenada is located northwest of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of Venezuela, and southwest of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Grenada is also known as the "Island of Spice" due to the production of nutmeg and mace crops of which Grenada is one of the world's largest exporters. Its size is 344 square kilometres (133 sq mi), with an estimated population of 110,000. Its capital is St. George's. The national bird of Grenada is the critically endangered Grenada Dove.
The State of Grenada consists of three islands- Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique which form the southern end of the Windward Islands. Formerly colonized for many years, first by the French and then by the British, the islands of Grenada still retain traces of these European influences in their culture, architecture and place names. The Capital, St. George's, is located on the south west coast of Grenada. It is the seat of government and the main commercial centre.
Before the 14th century, the Caribs who displaced the earlier population of Arawaks, settled Grenada. Christopher Columbus during his third voyage to the new world in 1498 sited the island and named it Concepción. The origin of the name "Grenada" is ambiguous but it is likely that Spanish sailors renamed the island for the city of Granada in Spain. The French then adapted Granada to Grenade, and the British followed suit, changing Grenade to Grenada.
European settlement was slow to follow due to the fierce resistance of the warlike Caribs. The island remained un-colonized for more than 150 years although Britain and France fought for control. The French gained control of the island in 1672 and held on to it until the British successfully invaded the island in 1762 during the Seven Years' War and acquired Grenada by the Treaty of Paris in 1763. Although the French regained control in 1779, the island was restored to Britain in 1783 by the Treaty of Versailles.
During the 18th century the British established sugar plantations and slave labour was brought in from Africa to work on the estates. Natural disasters in the late 18th century destroyed the sugar fields and paved the way for the introduction of other crops. Cacao, cotton, nutmeg and other valuable spices were introduced and Grenada assumed a new importance to European traders.
Slavery was outlawed in 1834 at which the slave population had reached 24,000. National political consciousness took shape through the labour movement. Grenada joined the Federation of the West Indies in 1958. When that was dissolved in 1962, Grenada evolved first into an Associated State with internal self government (1967). Independence was achieved in 1974; Grenada became a constitutional monarchy, with a Prime Minister and Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State, represented by the Governor General.
As many of you know, the USA assisted in the Revolution in 1983 under President Reagan. We have met many Grenadians who still thank the USA for all they have done. We are welcome here!
01/07/2012, Grenada, WI
Pic is of Clarke's Court Bay Marina from our Boat!
We are trying to get the boat ready to sail after 5 weeks of living at anchor. I told many folks that cruising is 80% at anchor and 20% sailing to get to the next place to anchor. A lot of the folks we have met here stay here all year long!! These are folks who have been out for several years and just want to hang out in one spot.
We will really miss the folks here. We feel like family. The kids are sad to leave too but it is time to see something new. It might be a bit hard on us all because I don't think we will find a huge cruising community like this again.
If you are coming to Grenada, make your home in Clarke's Court Bay (also called Woburn Bay). You won't regret it!! Say hi to Bob (the marina owner) for us!!
01/04/2012, Grenada, WI
This was a hoot!!!!!!
01/02/2012, Grenada, WI
We lay around, eat bon bons and have spa treatments!!