Lush mountains, rich spices and friendly people … what's not to love on the spice island of Grenada?
Grenada is truly a gem in the Caribbean, and if you don’t believe me yet, read on and you'll find out why an excursion to this sunny island is well worth your precious vacation days. I travelled to the island with a population of 100,000 in late November -- just after the rainy season, and my first day was filled with rain (no big surprise for a tropical destination), but trust me, that really doesn't make a difference on this island -- there's so much to see and do that my four days didn’t seem like nearly enough.
The food alone is enough to keep you tucked away under shelter from rain. Grenada is known as the Spice Island of the Caribbean because of its large exportation of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and allspice … not to mention the amazing cocoa that they produce. And those spices are prevalent in most local foods, from sweet nutmeg ice cream, to spinach stuffed chicken topped with a creamy nutmeg sauce. Much of the island suffered extensive damage from a hurricane in 2004 -- a storm that wiped out most of the island's nutmeg trees and left the island with a 40% unemployment rate. But you'll be hard pressed to find more welcoming people anywhere in the Caribbean -- with a very low crime rate, it's safe to stroll around, people are super friendly and always willing to give a tip, share a great food secret or help with directions. Not sold yet? Keep reading!
Where to stay:
There are loads of hotels on the island, so it might be hard to pick just one. But here are two options -- one for the ultimate in luxury and one for it's quaint charm and unbelievable service.
Spice Island Beach Resort
If the height of luxury is what you're looking for during your beach vacation, then Spice Island should be your number one spot. Frequented by celebrities and part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, most guests don't stay at this stunning property once -- they come back again and again. The family-run resort has spacious rooms that come with private entrances to the gorgeous sandy beach and suits with private pools as well. Top it off with amazing dining and a spa and you'll have all the luxuries of home, but a much more impressive view.
True Blue Bay Resort
If charm is more your thing, and you still don’t want to sacrifice comfort and luxury, the True Blue Bay Resort will make the ideal spot to relax. It doesn’t have a beachfront, but looks over a quaint bay filled with sailboats and the perfect view of a Caribbean sunset. Rooms have unique and special touches, and makes you feel like you're staying with a family friend rather than at a resort. And be sure to dine at the hotel's restaurant, Dodgy Dock, for not only great local food, but also to catch owners Russ and Magdelena having a drink or bite to eat.
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