The Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda

Grenada

written by | Posted on January 25th, 2012

This article originally appeared in Delta Air Lines’ 2012 Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America Travel Guide. It has been extracted from its original format. To read the full travel guide, visit the digital edition.

They call it the Spice Island for a reason, mainly because this island measuring a little over 100 sq. miles, is one of the world’s leading exporters of nutmeg. Visitors can tour Grenada’s farms to learn more about the industry, and to shop for “spicy” souvenirs like soap and jewelry made from nutmeg that literally let them bring a taste of the island home. The epicurian adventures continue at River Antoine Rum Distillery—the oldest of its kind in the entire Caribbean—which still produces rum exactly as it was made in the 18th century. Colonial history is evident all across Grenada, including at Fort George, the island’s oldest structure dating to 1705. From its rampart-lined platform, visitors get a spectacular view of the sea along with an education in the struggles of the British and French to control the island.

But the biggest draw to Grenada isn’t its spice industry or its history, it’s the beauty of its landscape and surrounding sea. Its beaches rank among the most tranquil in the Caribbean, especially those in the southwestern part of the island, and the beaches that ring the island boast both white sand and black sand shorelines. The island’s mountains form a picturesque backdrop to those beaches. Within them, refreshing waterfalls like Seven Sisters and Concord Falls lure hikers to swim in their hidden pools. Grenada’s undersea environs are just as enticing, especially around the offshore island of Carriacou, where the White Island Marine Park is known for world-class snorkeling. Divers head to Sandy Island Marine Park—also offshore from Carriacou—or to the unique underwater sculpture park near the Grenada mainland, with statues appearing eerily as they swim from site to site. Grenada is also home to the Bianca C, a ship sunk in 1961 after an explosion in its engine room. Today, it sits upright on the ocean floor and serves as an artificial reef, and one of the island’s most popular sites for divers.

Facts

  • Best time to go:
    November to May
  • Fun fact:
    In 1974, Grenada was the first of the windward and leeward islands to gain sovereignty
  • Getting there:
    Delta flies from New York (JFK) to Grenada
  • Entry documents:
    Valid passport
  • Currency:
    Eastern Caribbean dollar
  • Must-try local food:
    Dishes using local spices
  • Best buys:
    Spices, local handicrafts
  • Information please:
    Grenada Board of Tourism—grenadagrenadines.com