5 reasons to move to Grenada
Grenada is an enchanting Caribbean island where untouched beauty meets vibrant culture and a warm community. With stunning scenery, luscious rainforest, white sandy beaches and abundant coral reefs, the so-called ‘Spice Island’ is one of the most uniquely beautiful places on the planet. If you’re not already sold, here are some more reasons to move to Grenada.
Grenada is one of the safest countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region. This is far safer than many other popular Caribbean destinations including the Bahamas and Jamaica. Indeed, its people are best known for their friendliness and welcoming attitude, and local trust is so extensive that many don’t even lock their doors.
Healthcare is also very good. People have access to numerous clinics and doctors throughout the island, and the general hospital in the capital, St. George’s, is world-famous. Mosquitoes are present on the island and there have been isolated cases of Dengue Fever, but outbreaks of the virus are extremely rare. In a country that counts falling coconuts, sunburn, and sea urchin spines in its five greatest dangers there are certainly more perilous places to be in.
Getting citizenship is easy if you have the funds
Grenada, like some other island-nations, offers citizenship by investment. Grenadian citizenship can be obtained by contributing $200,000 to the ‘National Transformation Fund’, or by investing a minimum of $350,000 into pre-approved real estate projects. Not all countries are as welcoming. To gain Canadian citizenship, for instance, not only do you have to invest around CAD 800,000, you must also prove you have a net worth of more than CAD1.6 million and live there for more than 4 years.
There are several benefits to having Grenadian citizenship. As it is a Commonwealth nation, citizens get special privileges in the UK and can enjoy visa-free travel to about 120 countries. Permanent residence is also available and dual citizenship can extend to a successful applicant’s spouse, dependent children, and dependent parents.
There is a reason Grenada is known as the ‘Spice Island.’ Grenada is a leading producer of several different spices including cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and- most importantly- nutmeg. The nation supplies 20% of the world’s nutmeg, and the spice is even depicted on the Grenadian national flag.
From roadside eateries to fine-dining, you are guaranteed authentic, fresh, locally-sourced food. Oil Down is the national dish, a traditional stew consisting of salted meat, vegetables, breadfruit, callaloo, coconut milk, and spices. Local fishermen provide plenty of delicious seafood while tropical fruits are in abundance. Other local favourites include curried goat, fried conch fritters and nutmeg ice cream.
Grenada boasts a vibrant culture and charming community
Grenadian culture is a fusion of African, East Indian, French, and British influences. The ethnic blend makes for a beautifully diverse culture. The population is predominantly Roman Catholic or Protestant, although many of the islanders also believe in Obeah, a folk magic of West African origin.
Music plays an important role in Grenadian culture. Calypso and Reggae are the most popular genres on the island, although Zouk and steel band music are becoming increasingly prominent. The annual carnival held each August is the most important festival on Grenada and is known for its flamboyant costumes, bright colours, and musical festivities.
Grenadians love to celebrate but also love nothing more than “liming” – the art of doing nothing. The population enjoys a sedate lifestyle and the laidback vibe perfectly complements the island they are so immensely proud of. The Grenadian people are warm, friendly, and it is difficult to find more charming hospitality anywhere else in the world.
The ‘Spice Island’ is attracting even more tourists every year, as more people learn about its stunning nature and appealing lifestyle. However, unlike other Caribbean islands that have fallen prey to uncurbed development in response to growing members of visitors, Grenada is embracing ecotourism as a way of generating income while preserving the country’s natural wonders and unique charm.
In recent years, the Grenadian Government has made environment protection a priority and has established a number of national parks and protected areas. Levera National Park holds a strong reputation as Grenada’s most scenic and spectacular coastal area. Its picture-perfect beach is popular on weekends, and its lagoon is one of the most important wildlife habitats on the island.
Another popular attraction is Grenada’s wondrous underwater sculpture park. Marine life has been allowed to develop on the stone artwork and the park is now flourishing as an artificial reef. The park is thus responsible for easing the environmental pressure on other reefs in the area. The combination of innovative artwork and a thriving underwater ecosystem has made the sculpture park a popular diving spot.