Known as the Isle of Spice for its nutmeg, allspice, clove and cinnamon crops, the nutmeg trees were planted when a ship, sailing back to England from the East Indies, stopped on the island. Today, nutmeg is so important to the island it is featured on the national flag. No surprise, then, that the annual carnival in August is called “Spicemas.” It is a foodie paradise – make sure you try the national dish called ‘oil down’. Around the same size as the Isle of Wight, it is a laid-back place, with magnificent soft-sand beaches, rugged mountains and a lush tropical interior. Take your time to explore the island’s natural beauty beyond the beaches, with many stunning waterfalls on the hiking trails through the rainforest.