This sleepy island has friendly people, a lush interior that includes Grant Etang National Park, and the lovely and popular white sands of Grand Anse Beach. Crisscrossed by nature trails and filled with dozens of secluded coves and sandy beaches, Grenada has moved beyond the political turbulence of the 1980s. It's not necessarily for the serious party person and definitely not for those seeking action at the casino. Instead, it attracts visitors who like snorkeling, sailing, fishing, and doing nothing more invigorating than lolling on a beach under the sun.
The "Spice Island," Grenada is an independent, three-island nation (the other two islands are Carriacou, the largest of the Grenadines, and Petite Martinique). Grenada has more spices per square mile than any other place in the world: cloves, cinnamon, mace, cocoa, tonka beans, ginger, and a third of the world's supply of nutmeg. "Drop a few seeds anywhere," the locals will tell you, "and you have an instant garden." The interior is like a jungle of palms, oleander, bougainvillea, purple and red hibiscus, crimson anthurium, bananas, breadfruit, ferns, and palms.
Don't Miss . . .
- Grand Anse Beach, one of the most spectacular in the Caribbean, 3km (1 3/4 miles) of sugar-white sand opening onto a sheltered bay. Gin-clear waters against a backdrop of swaying palms.
- St. George's, the capital of Grenada, a landlocked inner harbor -- actually the crater of a long dead volcano -- is the prettiest capital in the Caribbean. It's known for its colorful waterfront, the Carenage, dating from the 18th century.
- Grand Etang National Park, the host of one of the most spectacular rainforests in the Caribbean. Found deep in the lush, tropical, and mountainous interior of Grenada, this park and forest reserve is riddled with fishing streams, panoramic lookout points, and miles of marked hiking trails.