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It’s hard to imagine that many travelers overlook Grenada (pronounced gre-NAY-da) as a vacation destination; it consists of the island along with six smaller islands at the southern end of the Grenadines (island chain) in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. What’s not to like? Plus, Grenada has a sweet smell to it – you may smell cinnamon, cloves, cocoa, ginger, nutmeg and hints of fruit in the air. Not to mention the number of sandy beaches (about 45) for you to kick back and relax on with a good book or work on your tan. If you’re looking for a different type of tropical vacation, Grenada is exotic as they come. It’s friendly, too. Great for family travel. Read on to learn about the top things you can do on your Grenada vacation. You may wonder why you haven’t visited sooner.
These are the Top Grenada Experiences
Spend the Day in St. George’s
St. George’s, the capital of Grenada, is known as the most beautiful harbor town in the Caribbean. Stroll through its narrow streets and walk past the vibrantly painted houses that radiate an air of colonialism and you may feel as if you’ve stepped into an oil painting. You may want to spend 1-2 hours in St. George’s at which time you may get hungry. The marina has plenty of restaurants serving delicious dishes that will satisfy your hunger. After that, head to Fort Frederick and Fort George and learn about Grenada’s history and Market Square to learn about local spices.
Sunbathe on Grand Anse Beach
Grand Anse Beach is about six miles from St. George’s. You may reach it by car, minibus, or water taxi. If you want to have fun in the sun, you won’t be disappointed because Grand Anse Beach is a two-mile stretch of white sand that overlooks a blue-hued bay that’s filled with colorful fishing boats. Hotels, restaurants, and shops add to the scenery. But keep in mind that local vendors may be aggressive with their sales pitches. All you have to do is firmly say, “No, thank you,” and they’ll move on to the next person. Of course, if you want to buy souvenirs, it will be a great time for you to practice your negotiation skills.
Dive into Grenada
You may spend most of your time in Grenada above the surface, but don’t forget to go below it. You’ll find over 30 dive sites off the coasts of Grenada Island and sister islands, Carriacou and Petit Martinique. including coral reefs and shipwrecks. Head to Flamingo Bay and you’ll see vivid coral and a variety of marine life. If you’re a history buff, you’ll enjoy seeing and learning about The Bianca C, a cruise liner known as the “Titanic of the Caribbean,” that sank in 1961. There’s even an Underwater Sculpture Park that rests at the bottom of Moliniere Bay in St. George’s. Scenes depict Grenadian culture and folklore. It offers you a unique diving experience that you may not get elsewhere.
Sample Rum at River Antoine Rum Distillery
Want to know how rum is made? Visit River Antoine Rum Distillery, located on the northeast coast of Grenada. They’ve been making the liquor since 1785. During the guided tour you’ll learn about the rum-making process, from gathering sugarcane to the fermentation process. After the tour, you get a free sample. But keep in mind that it’s not your average liquor. The rum is potent at strengths of 138- and 150-proof. You won’t be able to bring it home, but you may purchase a less potent version.
Are You Ready to Travel to Grenada?
It’s shocking that some travelers overlook Grenada as a vacation destination. Why wouldn’t you want to visit an island where sweet aromas such as vanilla and nutmeg drift through the air? Not to mention the plethora of nature trails that wait for you to explore them. Or the fine beaches that are perfect for yoga, sunbathing, or taking in a colorful sunset. Or the warm feeling you have on your tongue and in your stomach get after sampling the River Antoine Distillery’s 150-proof rum after you’ve toured the refinery. These are the experiences you’ll remember most. Of course, you won’t forget your comfy accommodations, either. Sound good? We think so. Contact your Travel Planners International agent today ask about travel to Grenada. You’ll wonder why it took you so long to visit the island country.