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Relax and unwind on this paradise island
Often dubbed 'Spice Island', Grenada is famous for its nutmeg, ginger and vanilla, as well as its mountain forests and beautiful beaches. Relaxing and peaceful, it’s low on evening entertainment but fabulous for authentic Caribbean cuisine, idyllic beaches and beautiful scenery.
I loved the fact that this island has more to offer than beaches. While I can see why Grande Anse Beach is regularly voted one of the best in the world, it is how lush and fresh the island looks which makes it so special."
Melissa Fritchley, Store Manager, Cheltenham
Located at most southerly end of the Windward Islands, the island of Grenada is the epitome of a paradisiacal Caribbean island. An emerald and mountainous interior, which is ideal for exploration, makes way for a coast that boasts mangrove forests, talcum-white beaches, turquoise seas and coral reefs seething with flamboyant marine life. Combine these natural marvels with an interesting history, diverse culture, a kind and hospitable population and the fact that the island is less frequently visited than its more recognised neighbours, and you have an authentic Caribbean paradise.
Of Grenada’s 45 beaches Grand Anse is the most celebrated and with a two-mile sweeping stretch of powder-soft sand that’s lapped by inviting Caribbean waters it isn’t hard to see why. Backed by informal restaurants, bars and luxuriously relaxed resorts that are built no higher than the palm trees that line the sands, Grand Anse is the most popular of the island’s beaches and the perfect destination for Kuoni's fabulous Grenada all inclusive holidays. Just beyond the headland at the southern end of Grand Anse is the serene and less-frequented Morne Rouge Bay which is backed by tropical vegetation and blessed with shallow, calm waters that are perfect for family holidays. For those seeking a little indulgence can enjoy a luxury holidays at the intimate Spice Island Beach Resort, which features in the Kuoni Collection - the world's finest hand-picked holidays.
In St George’s, the nation’s capital, both colonial British and colourful Caribbean buildings line narrow streets that rise up steeply from the natural horseshoe harbour to create one of the Caribbean’s most picturesque cities. Each Saturday morning St George’s vibrant market livens up the sleepy city with the bustle of local farmers selling fruit, vegetables and of course the island’s famous spices. The air is infused with the aroma of nutmeg, cocoa and vanilla while the shouts of the vendors add to a unique ambience that is undoubtedly Grenadian. Admire the beautiful city and its harbour from a different perspective while discovering a slice of the island’s history at the 18th Century Fort George.
Grand Etang National Park
High up in the verdant mountains of the island’s interior is the Great Etang National Park which boasts landscapes that are so beautiful they are sure to tempt you away from the wonderful beaches for at least one day. Hiking trails run through the tropical rainforest, along the shores of Great Etang Lake and to refreshing waterfalls and natural pools. Traversing the park on foot visitors will spot a wide variety of flora and possibly Mona monkeys, possums, armadillos, lizards and an array of tropical birds.
A trip to Grenada wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the island’s spice plantations or rum distilleries which were, and still are, integral to its heritage and culture. Discover enduring traditions with a tour of either the Belmont Estate or Dougladston Estate, a historic working plantation, before witnessing the antiquated processes at the rustic River Antoine Estate, which is Grenada’s oldest rum distillery.