Renowned as the Spice Isle of the Caribbean – so-called because of the huge amount of nutmeg, cinnamon and cocoa grown here – Grenada has always enjoyed a reputation as one of the most unspoilt islands.
Its capital, St George’s, is regarded as one of the prettiest towns in the region and the expansive Grand Anse beach as one of the best. With its lush rainforest, the island appeals to those looking for a more authentic Caribbean experience.
What to see and do
There’s a distinct emphasis on natural attractions with volcanic lakes, waterfalls and tropical gardens. St George’s is perfect for exploring and has a colourful market filled with the aromas of the locally-grown spices. The island is dotted with sugar, cocoa and nutmeg plantations, which are popular with tourists, while its history can be traced through a string of forts. The waters around are perfect for boat trips that visit Grenada’s sister islands of Carriacou and Petit Martinique and other islands in the Grenadines.
Where to drink
Go bananas at the open-air bar at Club Bananas (www.bananasgrenada.com) near True Blue Bay; prop up the bar until 3am at The Owl at the Flamboyant Hotel (www.flamboyant.com) in Grand Anse Bay; or join in the karaoke at the Creole Shack in St George’s (www.grenadagrenadines.com). The Dodgy Dock at the True Blue Bay Resort is a popular haunt for cocktails and live music, along with the Victory Bar at Port Louis Marina (www.portlouisgrenada.com) which also boasts live performances.
Where to eat
Savour the specialities at celebrity chef Gary Rhodes restaurant at the upmarket Calabash Hotel, simply known as Rhodes Restaurant (www.calabashhotel.com) or at a la carte Oliver’s restaurant at the Spice Island Beach Resort (www.spicebeachresort.com). In St George’s, the Nutmeg is a good value and well-established Grenadian eaterie, while BB’s Crabback (www.bbscrabback.co.uk) serves up local cuisine devised by Grenadian Brian Benjamin, whose London accent gives away the years he spent living in the UK.
Where to stay
Spice Island Beach Resort (www.spicebeachresort.com) boasts an enviable location on the island’s best beach, Grand Anse, as does the independently-run Flamboyant Hotel. LaSource (www.theamazingholiday.com) is a plush all-inclusive, renowned for its spa; while Mount Cinnamon (www.mountcinnamongrenadahotel.com) is a pretty boutique property.
Trace the island’s French and English history at forts such as Fort Royal, Fort Matthew and Fort Frederick. There are numerous spice and cocoa plantations open to the public, such as the Belmont Estate (www.belmontestate.net); the Grenville nutmeg processing station (www.grenadagrenadines.com) and the Grenada sugar factory (www.ministryofrum.com). Step out on countless hiking trails in national parks such as the Grand Etang where there are waterfalls and sulphur springs..