Grenada is a picturesque, mountainous island located in the eastern Caribbean, and is renowned for its natural beauty, fragrant air, and friendly people. This small island is surrounded by crystal-clear waters and is filled with breathtaking views and lush wildlife. It's earned the nickname "the Spice Island” for its wealth of nutmeg, allspice, clove, and cinnamon. The scent of spices fills the air, perfumes the soap, enriches the drinks and even flavors the ice cream.
Grenada gained independence in 1974, and is part of a three-island nation which includes the sister islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Measuring 11 miles wide and 21 miles long, Grenada is compact, making it easy to get out and explore on either guided excursions or self-drive trips. It’s conceivable to plan a day with three or more excursions; for example, a morning hike to a waterfall, lunch at a historic plantation, and a snorkeling or dive trip to the island’s Underwater Sculpture Park.
The coastline of Grenada has 45 beaches and countless secluded coves. Its mountainous interior has nature trails and spice plantations and consists primarily of nature preserves and rainforests. The capital city of St George has one of the most picturesque harbors in the Caribbean and features buildings and landmarks that date back centuries. Pastel-colored houses with red-tiled roofs perch on green slopes overlooking the bay, which includes a lagoon that's actually the collapsed crater of an extinct volcano. Grand Anse is located south of the capital and boasts one of the regions finest beaches.
There are plenty of cultural activities and outdoor adventures to explore around the island. Visitors can get an authentic taste of Grenada at the River Antoine Rum Distillery, the oldest running water-propelled distillery in the Caribbean. History buffs can tour Fort Frederick and historic Fort George, or learn about the area’s rich history at the Grenada National Museum. Divers will enjoy the planet’s first underwater sculpture park and the myriad of reefs and shipwrecks surrounding Grenada and Carriacou. Nature lovers can explore the island’s waterfalls, hike rugged mountains, or go tubing or kayaking down a river along the sparkling waters of the south coast.
The delightful island of Grenada has a little something for everyone under the sun and is sure to offer a vacation experience that will be remembered for years to come.