To compliment the island’s over 40 picturesque white sand beaches and turquoise waters, you’re invited to take advantage of a number of exciting aquatic sports, bountiful natural preserves, cultural and historical sites and a pleasant year round average climate of 23ºC or 80ºF. Local markets are filled with the taste of the tropics and local handicrafts. From the historical treasures of the architecture, to the magnificent and numerous waterfalls, rainforests and natural preserves, Grenada is a country of unspoilt natural beauty in the tranquil region of the West Indies. Crisscrossed by nature trails and dotted with fragrant spice plantations, this Southern Caribbean island is home to St. George’s, one of the region’s most picturesque capital cities, and Grande Anse, one of the Caribbean’s best beaches. Grenada’s two offshore islands, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, beckon for day trips, fishing adventures, or diving and snorkeling excursions. Carriacou’s simple pleasures are especially appreciated on a really quiet and completely secluded vacation.
Renting a car is an excellent way to explore the island’s plantation houses and distilleries. Watch sugar cane being crushed the old-fashioned way, by water-powered machinery, at the pungent River Antoine Rum Distillery in St. Andrew’s. The idyllic Belmont Estate in the green hills of St. Patrick’s is suffused with the scent of fermenting cocoa beans; see how chocolate is made, and try cocoa tea. Stock up on spices to take home at St. George’s Market Square.
Grenada’s national dish is the “oil down,” a combination of meat and vegetables lovingly simmered in spices and coconut milk over a fire in one enormous pot. Savory stuffed crabs and hot roti are mouth-watering island specialties. Don’t miss the nutmeg ice cream at the Aquarium, a laid-back treat under the palms on beautiful Magazine Beach. Make friends over an ice cold Carib beer – but if you really want to get the party started, order a indulge in local rum punch.
Excellent accommodation on Grenada range from luxury hotels, through affordable family friendly hotels to self-catering apartments and intimate guesthouses. The architecture is sympathetic and no building may be taller than a palm tree! Grenada has some of the most beautiful beaches and the prettiest harbour in the Caribbean.