Traditionally known as the “Spice Island” due to its major production of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cocoa, and cinnamon, Grenada is an island nation in the Caribbean made up of three large islands and several smaller ones. The most popular are Grenada, Carriacou, and Petit Martinique. And like many of the other Caribbean destinations, these islands are packed full of things to do, whether it be swimming, sunning on the beach, snorkeling, diving, hiking, or just relaxing in the luxury of one of the many hotels and villas throughout the islands.
Grenada is one of the least visited groups of islands within the Caribbean, likely due to its somewhat troubled political history. Having recently thrown off the shackles of several different governments in establishing itself as the smallest independent country in the Western Hemisphere, this little island nation has a lot to offer. From the rainforests of Granada to the picturesque waterfront of St. George’s, to the laid-back beaches of Carriacou, to the pristinely-untouched Petit Martinique, there is simply too much to see in one trip. And while hurricanes did wreak some significant damage in 2004, the country has rebounded quickly, establishing themselves as one of the premier Caribbean destinations.
As with most Caribbean islands your best bet for getting around is to take public transportation. English is the official language, although the accent can be difficult for some people to grasp. If you're a spice fan, welcome to heaven. You'll be able to buy nutmeg and vanilla in bulk, as well as plenty of cinnamon, cloves, and otherwise. The food is beyond fabulous. With such spices on hand, every bite will leave your mouth tingling, desperate for the next mouthful. And as one might expect, rum is a major drink in Grenada. However, the River Antoine rum is not allowed to be exported, due to its 75% alcohol content, but it’s definitely worth sampling on a night when you have nothing else to do but just kick back and enjoy the island life.
There are a few old forts worth seeing. Getting off the ship at St. George's there is the very nice Fort George. Its a short walk but difficult because of the many cross streets and its a very steep incline. Best to take a taxi to Fort George then cut him loose. When you are finished, the walk back is easy. At all intersections take the road most steeply downhill to get back to ship; or better, the open air spice market.