Spice up your life with holidays to Grenada, known as the Caribbean’s Spice Island, where delicious wafts of nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon fill the air, and the beaches are every bit as beautiful as the aromas. With low-key, low-rise development, this is one of the Caribbean’s less touristy islands, and as well as the coast there’s an exquisite tropical interior to explore. Forested mountains, thundering waterfalls and historic plantations are all waiting to be discovered.
If it’s beach you’re after, then you can’t beat the two-mile, white-sand curve of Grand Anse, lapped by balmy blue waters and studded with shady grape trees and coconut palms. This is a picture-perfect Caribbean beach, and it’s ideal for swimming, snorkelling, or simply relaxing on the powder-soft sand. But there are also 44 others to explore, presenting visitors with a dilemma: do you opt for the Atlantic surf of Levera Beach, the black volcanic sand at Black Bay Beach, or the fish-filled reefs of nearby Carriacou island?
Plunge into Grenada’s interior and you’ll find yourself wandering through emerald-green tropical rainforest bursting with bougainvillea, frangipani and exotic wildlife. Among the tempting stop-offs are crystalline waterfalls, a volcanic crater lake and even boiling sulphur springs, plus there are plantations to visit, too. At quaint Belmont Estate you’ll discover how the cocoa crop becomes chocolate, while at the Dougalston Estate, spices are still grown and processed the old-fashioned way, with giant racks of nutmeg, mace and cloves laid out to dry in the sun.
Fishing, sailing and top-class diving are all on the agenda too, and you can get down with the friendly locals by washing down a plate of ‘oil down’ – meat and vegetables simmered in spices and coconut milk – with rum. So come to Grenada, and let this particular slice of Caribbean paradise put a smile on your face.