Tailor Made Holidays and Honeymoons to the ‘spice island’ Grenada.
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This tiny nation in The Caribbean, consists of three islands, the largest is Grenada and then Carriacou and Petite Martinique (which is actually part of the Grenadine string of islands to the north). These islands form the most southerly part of the Windward chain and lie just 100 miles north of Venezuela on the land mass of South America. There are direct flights from London to Grenada and the average temperature here is around 24 – 27 C.
Famed for forests fragrant with cinnamon, allspice, cocoa and nutmeg, take a spice tour around the plantations. There are several parties and festivals here including Independence Day in February, Grensave International Food and Drink Extravaganza, and St. Patrick’s Day Festival in March. In April, big-drum, string-band music and quadrille dancing take center stage at the Carriacou Maroon Music Festival. Visit in May for the Grenada Drum Festival. In December, delve into the three-day carol-singing festivities of the Carriacou Parang Festival.
Inland there are crater filled lakes, rivers and valleys and gorgeous lush mountains, making this a haven for kayakers, mountain biking and hiking and a good number of birds for natural history holidays with nature centres, lake reserves and pretty view points.
Carriacou is a mecca for scuba divers and snorkelers and on Petite Martinique, many inhabitants build boats or make their living by fishing.
On Grenada, this former British colony offers charming architecture, 300-year-old churches and narrow streets. Fort George and Fort Frederick date back to the 18th century. Restaurants and resorts centres line Grand Anse, a popular 2-mile stretch of sand. South and East of Grand Anse, other beaches line the coves of L’Anse Aux Epines, an upscale residential community. Head north to view Grenada’s rich agricultural and natural bounty. The capital is St George built around a sweeping harbour and one of the prettiest towns in the Caribbean. At Gouyave visit one of the nutmeg-processing stations or stop at the Grenada Chocolate Company, a tiny solar-powered cottage factory featuring antique machinery. The nearby historic River Antoine Rum Distillery is the Caribbean’s only water-powered mill still operating. Visit the plantation home Morne Fendue, a 1908 structure that serves lunch and now has guest rooms.
Sailing has long been an integral part of Grenada’s lifestyle. Visitors can hire charter companies for day excursions or weekly charters with crew or bareboat. Game fishing is big sport here and late January heralds the three-day Spice Island Billfish Tournament. Savour the delights of Bay Gardens, one of many well-kept botanical sites. Active visitors can also sign up for whale and dolphin watching expeditions. Between December and April is the best chance to see these creatures with 15 different species migrating through here.