Some people confuse the Caribbean island of Grenada with the city in Spain spelled a bit differently – Granada. Although they have related histories, Grenada the Caribbean Island nation, and Granada the city in Spain are completely different and located an entire ocean apart. To help clear the confusion I put together some contextual maps to help illustrate exactly where Grenada is located.
Where is Grenada located? Grenada is a tiny island nation located in the Eastern Caribbean, 515 miles northeast of Venezuela and 1529 southeast of Miami. Grenada includes three main islands – Grenada, Carriacou, and Petit Martinique which are part of a larger group of island nations called the Windward Islands.
The Caribbean consists of over 7000 islands – many of which are teeny tiny, so locating a small island can be a challenge. Then there are the regional references – the West Indies, the Lesser and Greater Antilles, the Leeward and Windward Islands, Eastern, Western, and Southern Caribbean. It can be confusing to disseminate where exactly an island is located in the Caribbean and how to refer to the region. So, I gathered all the information to share with you.
Where is Grenada Located?
Grenada is approximately 1529 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, and 515 miles northeast of Venezuela’s coast.
For those interested in the precise location of Grenada, according to latlong.net:
|DMS Lat||12° 6′ 17.3448” N|
|DMS Long||61° 40′ 14.7396” W|
As mentioned earlier, The Caribbean consists of several regional references. In order to realize where Grenada is located I’d like to define the regions to help visualize its location.
The Caribbean regions consist of three major physiographic divisions:
- Greater Antilles
- Lesser Antilles
- Lucayan Archipelago
The Greater Antilles and Lucayan Archipelago regions are further north, closer to the US.
The Lesser Antilles region is further south, closer to South America.
The Lesser Antilles are further broken down into island groups including the Leeward Islands and the Windward Islands. The Windward Islands are south of the Leeward Islands.
Grenada is in the Lesser Antilles region within the Windward Islands group.
The other nearby islands that are also part of the Windward Islands include Martinique, Saint Lucia, Barbados, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
The island nation of Grenada actually consists of 40+ islands and cays. The three main islands are Grenada, Carriacou, and Petit Martinique.
Grenada island is the largest of the 3 islands (120 square miles) followed by Carriacou (13 square miles) and the smallest of the three – Petit Martinique (486 acres).
Carriacou is 23 miles northeast of Grenada Island and Petit Martinique is another 2.5 miles northeast of Carriacou.
If Grenada is on your list of vacation destinations, my Ultimate First Time Visitor’s Guide to Grenada is a must-read!
What country does Grenada belong to?
The next question inquiry minds want to know is “what country does Grenada belong to?”
Grenada is an independent nation that belongs to the Commonwealth Realm. As a Commonwealth Nation, the monarch of England serves as the Head of State.
The Head of State appoints a Governor-General as a representative of the monarch.
The citizens of Grenada elect a Prime Minister and other officials.
The Governor-General works closely with the Prime Minister and other elected officials to make sure the 3 branches of government function appropriately.
Currently, the positions are held as follows:
|Head of State||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Governor-General||Dr. Cecile La Grenade|
|Prime Minister||Keith Mitchell|
What is Grenada known for?
Grenada is known for Spice Production
Grenada’s nickname is The Spice Islands because an important part of its economy is producing spices such as clove, tonic bean, cinnamon, mace, pepper, and nutmeg. In fact, Grenada produces 1/3 of the world’s supply of nutmeg. Other important agricultural exports include bananas and cocoa.
Grenada is known for its Tourism
Grenada’s tropical climate and diverse geography make it an ideal destination for tourists who want to relax or have fun in a naturally beautiful environment. Over 35% of the nation’s economy is from tourism.
According to Caribbean Journal, in 2018 Grenada “welcomed a total of 528,077 visitors across the cruise, stayover, and yachting sectors — a new record for Grenada.”
Grenada is a tropical island with an average year-round temperature of 81℉. It attracts visitors interested in swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and more.
The main island of Granada has rich and diverse geography ranging from high mountains, rain forests, deep river valleys, lakes, some desertlike areas, and a seemingly endless stretch of white and black sand beaches and harbors.
Active travelers are often attracted to Grenada for its amazing topography offering a variety of activities and attractions.
Beaches in Grenada
The islands are host to over 40 beautiful beaches. The beaches on the western side of the island tend to be calmer and shallower for relaxing, swimming and kayaking. Beaches on the eastern side of the island tend to be rougher waters, especially during winter months when the winds kick up.
Several mountains call Grenada home and range in height from 2000 feet above sea level to the higher peak Mount Saint Catherine, which is 2,757 feet high.
Visitors enjoy the mountains for hiking and taking in the amazing views of the sea below.
Over a dozen waterfalls can be found on the island and offer a real treat to hikers since many of them require a bit of a trek to get there. Some of the popular waterfalls on the island include Concord, Seven Sisters, Tufton Hall, Annandale, and Mt. Carmel.
Rainforest regions can be found in the lower elevations on the eastern side of the mountain.
The islands of Grenada and Carriacou host an array of coral reefs allowing snorkelers and scuba divers can enjoy the amazing marine life.
Interesting fact: Carriacou means “island of reefs” in Arawak. Arawaks were indigenous people who originally lived on the islands.
Scuba divers from far and wide come to Grenada for the amazing dive sites it offers from shipwrecks to the popular Underwater Sculpture Park.
Carriacou also offers several popular dive sites including The Deep Blue (Sister Rocks) and Sharky’s Hideaway.
Grenada may be a tiny little island in the Eastern Caribbean, but its amazing climate, geography, and natural wonders make it a popular destination for people from around the world.