Info St. George's
St. George's is the capital of Grenada. The town is surrounded by a hillside of an old volcano crater and is on a horseshoe-shaped harbor.
St. George's is a popular Caribbean tourist destination.
The town has significantly developed in recent years, while preserving its history, culture, and natural beauty. The town is home of St. George’s University School of Medicine and it is also where the country's international airport is located, Maurice Bishop International Airport. The main exports are cocoa bean cacao, nutmeg, and mace spice.
It has a moderate tropical climate that ensures the success of spice production. Nutmegs are the most plentiful crop, followed by an array of such spices as cocoa, mace, cloves, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger.
|POPULATION :||City: 33,734|
|TIME ZONE :||UTC-4|
|LANGUAGE :||English (official), French patois|
|RELIGION :||Roman Catholic 53%, Anglican 13.8%, other Protestant 33.2%|
|COORDINATES :||12°3′N 61°45′W|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male: 50.09% |
• Female: 49.91%
|ETHNIC :||Black 82% , mixed Black / European 13%, European / East Indian 5%|
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|DIALING CODE :||+1-473|
Mt. St Catherine
One of the central mountains of Grenada's interior range, Mt. Qua Qua rises to a height of over 2,370 ft (722 m). The trail to and along its ridge passes by Grand Etang Lake and then rises up to the higher altitudes, cooler temperatures, and elfin mountain forests of the upper slopes. Hiking the trail takes about an hour and a half, with frequently steep and sometimes slippery sections that require some caution.
St. Margaret's Falls
So named because it passes by seven of Grand Etang's mountain waterfalls, which are nestled in the emerald vegetation of the rain forest. The trail takes about three hours, even for experienced hikers.
Roman Catholic cathedral
The tower of St. George's Cathedral was built in 1818. The interior of the church is painted in bright colors.
The remains of the St George's Anglican Church after Hurricane Ivan destroyed it in 2004. It is still being used informally by locals for both prayer as well as school class.
St. George's Anglican Church was built in 1825, and a clock was later added in 1904 which plays the Westminster chimes on the hour.
Located on the promontory to the west of the harbor is Fort George. Built in 1705 by the French, many of the buildings are now used by the police. Much of the fort is still intact and open to visitors. However, the buildings are very dilapidated, from a combination of Hurricane damage and neglect, and there is little or no information within the fort itself. There's good view from the battlements.
Grenada National Museum
The Grenada National Museum is housed in French barracks from 1704 and former prison. The building was also used as the island's first hotel. The museum displays a variety of historical items including Carib and Arawak artifacts, sugar processing machines and equipment, whaling industry items, and Josephine Bonaparte's marble bath.
- Queen's Park Stadium Complex
- St. Georges fresh produce marketplace
- Grande Anse beach, shopping centers, hotels
- Maurice Bishop International Airport (Point(e) Saline)
- Parliament Building, also known as York House, houses the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Supreme Court
- Governor General Residence, government offices
Fort Frederick Fort Complex
St. George's was founded by the French in 1650 when "La Grenade" (Grenada) was purchased by Jacques Dyel du Parquet, the governor of Martinique. The French began their colonization with a series of skirmishes that virtually exterminated the island's native Carib population.
In 1666, a wooden fortification was constructed by French colonists on a promontory overlooking Grenada's natural harbour and named Fort Royale. In 1705, work started on a new star fort on the same site, with four stone-built bastions, to the design of Jean de Giou de Caylus, the Chief Engineer of the "Islands of America" the French West Indies. It was completed in 1710.
Meanwhile, the original colonial settlement at the eastern edge of the harbour called Saint Louis after King Louis IX of France, later known as Port Louis, was found to be subject to flooding and malaria, so a new town was constructed called Ville de Fort Royale ("Fort Royal Town"). When the island was ceded to Great Britain by the Treaty of Paris in 1763, the new administration renamed it Saint George's Town, after the patron saint of England and Fort Royale was renamed Fort George, after King George III. On the 1 November 1775 there was a fire in the town of St. George's known as the great fire of St George's. After the great fire of 1771, most of the boarding houses on Granby Street were moved to Gouyave.
Following the withdrawal of Bridgetown, Barbados, in the mid-1880s, St. George's went on to become the replacement capital of the former colony of the British Windward Islands.
The Tikal was the first art cater shop in Grenada and it was opened in December 1959. Grenada achieved independence from Britain in 1974. Following a leftist coup in 1983, the island was invaded by U. S. troops and a democratic government was reinstated. In 2004, St. George's and the rest of Grenada was severely battered by Hurricane Ivan. The hurricane left significant destruction across the island and crippled much of the island's infrastructure. It was estimated that some 90% of the island's homes had sustained damage and the nutmeg trees, which are key to Grenada's economy, were devastated. A year later with the help of international donors (Canada, the United States, China, Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago, and the European Union) Grenada had experienced a significant turn around in rebuilding efforts. By 2007, Grenada had participated as planned in the hosting of the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
St. George's has a humid tropical savanna climate. The average temperature is about 30 °C (86 °F).
There are two seasons: the 'dry' season is from January to May and the 'rainy' season lasts for the rest of the year.
There are short spells of rain in the dry period but they last no more than 5 minutes or so. Gray clouds over the mountains are the first sign of rain.
Climate data for St. George's
|Record high °C (°F)||32|
|Average high °C (°F)||28.3|
|Average low °C (°F)||23.8|
|Record low °C (°F)||14|
Prices in St. George's
MARKET / SUPERMARKET
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||$|
|Bottle of Wine||1 bottle||$10.00|
|Dinner (Low-range)||for 2||$18.00|
|Dinner (Mid-range)||for 2||$30.00|
|Dinner (High-range)||for 2||$|
|Mac Meal or similar||1 meal||$7.30|
|Beer (Imported)||0.33 l||$2.40|
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||$|
|Coctail drink||1 drink||$|
|Men’s Haircut||1 haircut||$|
|Mobile (prepaid)||1 min.||$0.17|
|Pack of Marlboro||1 pack||$3.40|
|Toilet paper||4 rolls||$|
CLOTHES / SHOES
|Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)||1||$55.00|
|Dress summer (Zara, H&M)||1||$54.00|
|Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)||1||$95.00|
|Local Transport||1 ticket||$1.00|
Transportation - Get In
Transportation - Get Around
Most of the travel in and around St. George's is limited to taxis and buses. To hail a taxi, one must simply be standing on a street corner. The independently owned, but government licensed, cars and vans will stop and ask if one wants a ride. Some standard fares include EC$30.00 from the airport to St. George's and EC$25-35.00 for trips from most hotels to the various dining spots around the city.