Located in the south-eastern Caribbean just north of Trinidad and Venezuela, the tri-island nation of Grenada is made up of three islands: Grenada, and 20 miles to the North, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique. Grenada is the largest of the three, measuring 21 miles long and 12 miles wide, occupying 120 square miles. Its volcanic origin has produced topography of great beauty and environmental variety, ranging from mountainous rainforest to dry lowlands and coastal mangroves. The sea coasts are indented with an equal variety of bays and sandy beaches, some with black volcanic sand. The numerous natural harbours make these islands a sailing destination. Grenada is known as the Isle of Spice for the abundance of spices the island produces.
Grenada is also well-regarded for its cool sea breezes, unhurried pace, picturesque towns, lush rain forests, stunning beaches, and exquisite coral reefs. The highest point on the island is Mount Saint Catherine, at 2,757 feet. Average temperatures range from 75°F to 85°F, tempered by the steady and cooling trade winds. The lowest temperatures occur between November and February. Because of Grenada's remarkable topography, the island also experiences climate changes according to altitude. The driest season is between January and May. Even during the rainy season, from June to December, it rarely rains for more than an hour at a time and generally not every day.