INTRODUCING

Grenada

One of the final stops before the Oyster World Rally returns to Antigua, Grenada sits at the southern tip of the West Indies chain. (It is in fact made up of three islands – Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique.)

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.

Highlights

  • Visit the River Antoine Rum Distillery – the oldest water-propelled distillery in the Caribbean, which has produced rum since 1785.
  • The chocolate and nutmeg factories are also worth visiting.
  • There are over 50 dive sites with stunning coral reefs, shipwrecks and excellent drift dives.
  • Dive the Molinere Beauséjour Marine Protected Area, with the world’s first underwater sculpture park featuring over 65 figures by sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. You may have already seen his work at Gili Meno in Indonesia.
  • Trek to the serene Grand Etang lake in the Grand Etang Forest Reserve – formed in a volcanic crater in the heart of the rainforest. Take care though – local rumour says there is a mermaid who lives in the depths and lures men to a watery grave!

GALLERY

A flavour of Grenada

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