Variety is the spice of a tour on this petite island.
While many tourists are content to enjoy the waves and water sports along the island’s cove-scalloped shoreline, most tourists also make tracks to Grenada’s lush interior, where fertile plantations, rushing rivers, and cascading waterfalls complete the picture of a pastoral paradise.
Best of all, this exotic is easy to explore. English is the official language of this former British crown colony. Taxis, buses, and organized excursions make almost every acre accessible. If you’d like to rent a car, you’ll need to purchase a local driving permit, available on the spot at most car rental desks (driving is on the left). The currency is the Eastern Carribean dollar, and while U.S. dollars are often accepted in tourist areas, your change may be in EC dollars.
Grenada has remained pleasantly untouched by the commercialism that tourism often brings. By law, no building can be taller than a palm tree. Shops sport hand-letter signs. Just a few minutes drive from the modern airport you might notice white goats sunning themselves on the steps of a bright blue house, or a woman balancing a large basket on her head as she walks up a mountain road. Community is still very strong here as well.
Likewise, the island’s tasteful, low rise accommodations are properties with personality—tropical furnishings, cool tile floors, and an understatedly elegant atmosphere. Rooms at many of the intimate deluxe hotels are likely to have extra-special features, such as a private garden area with a pool that’s large enough to take a few strokes in, a pantry where a maid prepares breakfast for two each morning, or a view of a sparkling yacht-filled harbor through stained-glass windows. Charming inns and laid-back guest houses—some just steps from the beach, others tucked away in the mountains—or a more budget friendly option. Tourists may also select an all-inclusive resort and spa. Several large resorts offer a choice of restaurants and a wide array of water sports right on site.
Grenada truly earns its nickname, “The Spice Island.” A dozen different spices are grown here, and it is the world’s second-largest exporter of nutmeg (after Indonesia). In fact, nutmeg is sure to add flavor to every facet of your stay. You might begin the day with pancakes and nutmeg syrup, lay back in hammocks with mid-afternoon rum punches topped with freshly ground nutmeg, massage one another with nutmeg oil at sunset, and end your evening sparring over the last morsel of delectable nutmeg cheesecake! To scope out the spices, tour one of the island’s working plantations.