Here are some facts that may be useful to know as a visitor to the island(s):
• English is the official language, though you may hear a local dialect which is a mixture of French and English.
• The Queen of England is Head of State ( parliamentary system similar to Canada) as it is a Commonwealth country.
• The pretty town of St. Georges is the capital, situated in probably the most popular area of the island for tourists, the south west.
• Cricket is Grenada’s national sport.
• Grenada is also known as The Island of Spice, producing and exporting the largest percentage of the world’s supply of nutmeg. Cinnamon, mace, ginger, cloves and other spices are grown as well.
• There are two very popular brands of rum benefiting from local spices (and sugar cane of course!): the extremely potent River Antoine Rum (private brewery, ask your travel professional to book you a tour) and Westerhall Rum. The former is not always available due to its popularity, so if you see a bottle, buy it!
• Be sure to feast once on the island’s signature dish, oil down. It is breadfruit, fish, meat and vegetables slowly cooked in coconut milk and callaloo (amaranth or taro, green leafy vegetables).
• Eating locally, you will find many dishes reminiscent of Creole cooking due to the lasting French influence from its early history as a French colony founded in 1649. It didn’t come under English control until 1783. Visit Fort George, and explore its tunnels for your dose of history on vacation.