Grenada may not be on most traveler’s radar, but this small island in the southern Caribbean offers a diversity of picturesque postcard views along with a number of activities and attractions. Originally discovered by the ‘west’, Christopher Columbus first saw the island in 1498.
A number of airlines fly here including American, Delta, Jet Blue, Air Canada, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Liat. The tiny Maurice Bishop International Airport is located about 10km south of the capital city, St. Georges. Taxi’s or car rental options are available at the airport. Buses or mini vans are the most common public transportation on the island.
St. Georges features several beautiful horse-shoe shaped bays – (cruise ships also stop here). Port Louis Marina is worth visiting – several restaurants are here, a pool for guests and a number of fancy sailboats and various yachts. Slightly further to the south, Grand Anse Beach and Coconut Beach are highly worth visiting – with pretty sand and good swimming.
The island is known as the “Spice Isle” with some of the historical spice estates still open for visitors (nutmeg, cinnamon, cacao etc). For a small island there are a number of waterfalls – Annandale located not far from St. Georges (you might see divers jumping off the nearby cliff into the pool at the base of the waterfall here). Grand Etang, a nature reserve features a freshwater lake, mountains, pristine rain forest; the Seven Sisters Waterfalls are located close to this reserve. Good views of St. George’s are from Fort Frederick, high on the hillside overlooking town.
For those who like spirits, there are several rum and other distilleries on the island.
For more information about Grenada, visit the official tourism site here: www.grenadagrenadines.com