With less than 110,000 inhabitants and only 133 square miles of land, the tri island state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique appears almost invisible on the world map. Despite its size, the island is widely known for its abundance of spices, unspoilt beauty and friendly people.
It has often been questioned though, how an island so tiny, can possess a people with such great character and huge hearts. In 1961, when the Italian cruise liner, the Bianca C caught fire and sank, hundreds of Grenadians rushed to the aid of those onboard, feeding, sheltering and clothing them as needed. Today, a statue known as the ‘Christ of the Deep’ still stands on the Carenage in the town of St. George as an expression of gratitude for the great acts of kindness to the people of Grenada.
This was not the first time Grenadians created a buzz because of humility and acts of kindness. In 2005, Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry VC; a Grenadian British Army Soldier was awarded the highest military decoration otherwise known as the Victoria Cross for saving the lives of members of his unit on two occasions. To date, he is the youngest recipient and first man to be awarded the Victoria Cross since 1982.
Kirani James became Grenada’s first Olympic Gold Champion at the London Olympics in 2012. His humble persona and dedication to making his countrymen and women proud awarded him the title of Sports Tourism Ambassador for Grenada.
If you visit the island today, you will still notice the distinct friendliness and hospitality of the Grenadian people; a people of pure warmth, welcoming and willing to please. From the willingness to assist with changing a tire to the humorous manner of providing directions, the locals never fail. Until then, Grenada has definitely been listed as one of the most amazing vacation destinations and it’s not because of cheap airfare. It is simply because of the island’s unspoiled beauty and charm of the people.