Grenada is a scenic mountainous island in the eastern Caribbean Sea, located just southwest of Barbados and at the southern end of the Grenadines island chain.  It is a three-island nation which includes the sister islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, and measures 12 miles wide by 21 miles long.  Grenada is 1535 miles from Florida, USA, and a 3 hour and 34-minute flight from Miami to Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) which is located in the parish of St. George’s.


Nicknamed the “Spice Island,” Grenada is known for its production of fragrant spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and vanilla.  The scent of the spices literally fills the air.  Grenada also produces some of the best cocoa and raw chocolate in the world. The lush island is volcanic in origin and has a mountain ridge that runs north and south.  The Highest point is in the northern interior at Mount St. Catherine which has an elevation of 2757 feet.  Eighteen waterfalls grace the island’s landscape.  Grenada is one of the greener islands of the Caribbean with rainforests that make up almost half of the island’s terrain.  The coastline boasts 45 picturesque beaches, with Grand Anse Beach being recognized as one of the best.  There are over 30 incredible dive sites off the coast, including the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean, The Bianca C, and the world’s first underwater sculpture park.


Grenada gained independence from Britain in 1974, and is one of the smallest independent countries in the Western Hemisphere.  Grenadians have a calm and relaxed nature, and are known to be some of the friendliest people in the Caribbean.  They tend to be very religious, which is why you’ll hear their day-to-day speech include phrases like, “have a blessed day,” or “please God.”  Grenadian culture is a mix of British, African, West Indian, and French influences, which are evident in their traditions, dialect, and everyday lifestyle.  Their African heritage is deeply rooted in their music, dance, and festival celebrations.


The capital city of Saint George’s is located on the southwestern shore, and is often referred to as the “most beautiful harbor town in the Caribbean.”  Here is where you’ll find The Carenage, the local harbor and anchorage, which offers incredible views and is lined with historical landmarks, shops, restaurants, and the vibrantly-colored buildings it is known for.  Sample the local cuisine (and try the nutmeg ice cream).  Immerse yourself in history with a visit to River Antoine Rum Distillery, a plantation like Belmont Estate or Tower Estate, Grenada National Museum, or the sites of Fort George and Fort Frederick.


Visitors wanting a break from the beach and water sports like swimming, diving, boating, tubing, and fishing can switch gears with a hike up Mount St. Catherine, a visit to one of the many waterfalls such as Seven Sisters Falls or Annandale Falls, or take a tour of one of the spice or botanical gardens. The small size and compactness of the island makes it feasible to partake of a few different activities and excursions throughout the same day, giving vacationers the opportunity to explore a variety of island experiences either tour-guided or on your own.


There’s so much to be discovered on this intriguing island with its assortment of beautiful beaches, expansive rainforests, historic landmarks, and unique cuisine.  Travelers looking for a tropical vacation with a bit of luxury and lots of variety are sure to love Grenada.

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