Grenada, the last island country in the Caribbean Sea before Trinidad and Tobago, makes an excellent alternative to the more crowded islands in the Antilles. It makes a perfect getaway for its beaches and lush environment, but what makes it stand out among the rest of the Caribbean islands is its production of nutmeg and mace. It also exports cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and wild coffee, among other condiments. Grenada produces a large part of the world's consumption of these spices, earning it the name of Spice Island.
Those going to visit Grenada will find a smattering of various cultures from its native island culture, from Indian and Carib Amerindian roots to African and French influences. These make up an intriguing picture of Grenada as a cultural melting pot, which is shown in its cuisine and other traditions.
What to see & do
St George's, easily one of the most beautiful capitals in the Caribbean region, is exciting to explore on foot. Tourists going around will find stately old buildings, as well as the interesting shops and cafes in the narrow streets. There is also the Carenage harbour, where one can stroll along the water's edge and view the fishing boats coming from a busy day at the deep. One can also look at the Georgian buildings standing over at the edge and the restored National Library at the north end.
From here, tourists can venture to St George's Anglican Church which was built in 1825. A four-sided clock tower makes an excellent timepiece despite the long passage of the time and its exposure to the elements. Those looking at other sights of the island can then check out Fort George and Fort Frederick, which were both built by the French. Their historic roots make them fascinating landmarks to see, with Fort Frederick having more beautiful panoramic views.
Those looking for a quieter side of Grenada will do well to visit Carriacou. One will find here Beausejour Bay, where one can enjoy the sight of crashing waves by the part near the south of Hillsborough. Pelicans also venture here, roosting on the spines of the piers. Those who want to view a busy scene can set out for Tyrrel Bay, a deep protected bay with a sandy beach. It is popular for those who want to view the busy boating life of Carriacou. Those curious about the area, however, can also visit Carriacou Museum. One can view here a wide range of Carib artefacts, as well as relics from the island's African heritage and colonial era.
Enjoying the lush greenery of Grenada will appreciate it better on the Grand Etang Road which serves as a great introduction to the country's wild countryside. The place is overhung with rainforest and switchback turns that lead one to see monkeys and other wild species. Travellers about to enter the forests will also enjoy the sight of the verdant fields here where various crops grow, from fruits such as pineapple, avocado, mango, and banana to spices like nutmeg, cloves, and more. After viewing these, one can continue on to Grand Etang National Park, where one can trudge along various hiking trails.
Those who want to view more of nature can visit La Sagesse Nature Centre, which sits along a palm-lined bay. Occupying here is the former estate of the Late Lord Brownlow, who has connections to the British monarchy. His grand beachside manor has been turned into a stylish inn, where one can enjoy a laidback vacation and rest in the relaxing surroundings.
How to get around
Travellers will find that the major transport option in Grenada is the boat. One can either hitch a ride on a cargo ship or spend on a relatively costly ride across the high-speed The Osprey, which has a fixed schedule. Those looking for other options can look for passenger boats, but they do not operate on regular hours. Travellers who prefer to stay on land, however, can take the bus to both Grenada Island and Carriacou. Taxis also ply the routes on Grenada Island, while those staying in Carriacou can make do with the minibuses that double as taxis. Those who prefer to travel on their own, on the other hand, can rent a vehicle to tour various places in a leisurely way.
How to get there
Tourists going to Grenada can get into the country via Maurice Bishop International Airport. Connecting flights are available from various airlines including Air Canada Rouge, American Airlines, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Condor, Conviasa, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, LIAT, Sunwing Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic.