Grenada
 
Introduction
 
Sun-drenched, tropical Grenada, situated in the Caribbean Sea at the southern end of the Grenadines and 100 miles north of Venezuela, consists of three main islands – Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinque.
Grenada, the country’s most southerly island – 21 miles (34km) long and 12 miles (18km) wide - occupies 133 square miles.
Carriacou, much less mountainous but with glorious sandy beaches, covers 13 square miles, and lovely Petite Martinque extends to little more than 586 unspoiled acres.
Known as the Spice Island, a percentage of Grenada’s revenue comes from growing ginger, cloves, mace and nutmeg – indeed, its delicious smell permeates the air, especially after a little light, refreshing rain. 
St George, the captial, with its waterfront bars, colourful red roofscape, towering spires and magnificent beach, is justly described as the prettiest town in the Caribbean. 
Lush, volcanic and mantled in rainforest, Grenada is also remarkably accessible. Less than an hour’s drive from Grand Anse, its main beach, is Grand Etan forest, home of mona monkeys and elusive parrots. And within a few minutes of St George’s bustling centre, sleepy villages nestle beneath giant ferns and tropical flowers, as fabulous waterfalls tumble from craggy peaks.  
Relaxed Carriacou – the Carib word for ‘land of reefs’ – is the Grenadines’ most populated island, renowned for its six-mile barrier reef and active underwater volcano, Kick ‘Em Jenny. Here you will find great diving, magnificent beaches and, everywhere, breathtaking sea views.
Life on Petite Martinique, one of the Windward Islands’ smallest inhabited islands is, if anything, even more laid back. Largely undiscovered, this is a paradise for all who seek get-away-from-it-all tranquillity and a generally slower pace of life.
If this makes Grenada seem quiet, that would be wrong. In fact, the welcoming locals will celebrate any event at the drop of a nutmeg, staging festivals throughout the year.
In the same way, they enjoy good food – especially fish – haggling at market and shopping in general. All of which gels well with the expectations of holidaymakers from Britain – Grenada is part of the commonwealth - and around the world.
The East Caribbean dollar, closely linked to the US dollar, is the local currency. ATMs are available at banks, where British pounds and Euros can be exchanged. Major credit and debit cards are accepted.
See & Do
There’s no shortage of exciting things to see and do on Grenada, as these highlights show:
  • Waterfalls - Among the easiest to reach are Annandale Waterfalls on the outskirts of
                   St George. Others include Mt Carmel - two falls plunge some 70 feet into
                   pools below – two miles south of Grenville, Seven Sisters Waterfalls,
                   reached after a hike through the rain forest, and Tufton Hall Waterfall at
                   St Mark’s, Victoria, discovered only recently and the tallest of them all.
  • Fort George - Overlooking the capital and harbour, this 300 year-old fort has played
                       a major part in the island’s political history. Easily accessible from the
                       main road, it offers stunning views.
  • Cocoa Fermentary
  • Claboney Volcanic Hot Springs 
  • Festivals - including a fishing tournament, La Source Sailing Festival, Carriacou
                 Carnival, Round the Island Easter Regatta, Carriacou Maroon Music
                 Festival, Drum Festival, Whitsuntide Games, Fisherman’s Birthday
                 Celebration, Carnival, Carriacou Regatta, Rainbow City Festival, Grenada
                 Sailing Festival – and much more.
  • Beaches - choose from 45 on Grenada Island alone, including the daddy of them all
                 Grand Anse Beach - two miles of pure white sand and sparkling sunshine.
  • Nightlife - Dance until the early hours at Fantazia Disco on Morne Rouge Beach or
                 enjoy Dodgy Dock Bar’s live bands– just two of Grenada’s favourite night
                 spots.
  • Activities: hiking, fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, river tubing and kayaking,
                 golf, tennis wind-surfing and water-skiing
Shopping
Not to be missed is St George’s market, the centre of island life. Bustling with activity, it offers a huge range of fresh produce, spices and handicrafts. In the nearby gift and handicraft shops is a huge choice of batik and screen printed textiles, leather craft and wood carvings, plus jewellery, spices, locally-made jams, jellies, syrups, nutmeg and fresh fruits.
Food & Drink
Although international food is widely available, Grenada tempts visitors’ with spicy dishes, exotic fruits and delicious seafood. Influenced by French, Spanish, Indian and African cooking, every dish is an adventure. Try these –
  • Oil-down’ (the national dish, a stew made with salted meat, breadfruit, onion, carrot, celery, dasheen (a locally grown vegetable) and dumplings – all slowly steamed in coconut milk until the liquid is absorbed)
  • Crab and callaloo ( the backs of land crabs cooked with callaloo and served hot)
  • Pepper pot (usually served with rice, this dish includes many types of meat – chicken, beef, oxtail, pork, or whatever comes to hand - simmered with lots of pepper, garlic, onions, chives and thyme)
  • Pig souse (usually served with cooling cucumber, this Grenadian dish is made from pig’s knuckles and trotters)
  • Roti (cooked with lots of curry and potatoes, served in their skins, roti is based on beef, chicken or vegetables and cooked with lots of curry and potatoes. A Trinidadian version includes chana, a type of nut)
  • Lambie souse (conch)
  • Nutmeg ice-cream
  • Rum
There are many great restaurants to try, but below are three that are a must try:
  • Aquarium Beach Club & Restaurant, Point Salines, St George.  
  • Lime and Dine, Hillsborough, Carrycot.  
  • Coconut Beach Restaurant, Grand Anse Beach.  
Entertainment
Grenada, home of the calypso and reggae, provides a great mix of night-time entertainment – from discos and organised shows to cabarets. Some hotspots feature popular music plus a selection of calypso and reggae. Nightclubs include:
  • Fantazia Disco, Morne Rouge Beach
  • Club Bananas, True Blue, St George
  • Boatyard, Prickly Bay, Lanse Aux Epines
  • The Music Room, Maurice Bishop Highway, St George
But if you are more into films than dancing, as well as showing films, the Reno Cinema in St George organises a range of multi-cultural events. And, several times a year, the Grenadian Jazz Society stages concerts in a variety of hotels. At the Village Hotel, near Grand Anse Beach, Wednesday night is normally jazz night
Excursions
Visit the Dougladstone Estate, just outside Goyave, and discover how nutmeg is produced. Or try a little yo! ho! ho! at the River Antoine Rum Factory. This privately owned distillery has changed little since the 1800s
Health & Safety
Grenada is a fairly safe country. However, although mains water is chlorinated there is still some risk of diarrhoea, particularly in rural areas. Bottled water is widely available. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe. Generally considered safe to eat are local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables.
Other considerations:
  • Before travelling check with your doctor which inoculations might be necessary
  • Take out health insurance
  • Take a taxi, don’t walk in the dark   
  • Leave valuables in the safe at your hotel
  • Avoid displaying large amounts of money in public spaces
  • On the beach keep an eye on belongings
  • Carry a map 
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