The spice of life...

May Swan-Easton on 02 April 2019
An intimate, unspoiled paradise just 21 miles long and 12 miles wide, Grenada is one of the most alluring destinations in the world. Known as the ‘Spice Island’, this Caribbean gem is truly exotic, with fragrant crops of nutmeg, cacao, cinnamon and ginger plantations, a lush landscape, soft volcanic sand beaches, well preserved reefs and vibrant island culture.

For those seeking a destination that encompasses jaw-dropping scenery, adventures above and below the water as well as a warm and friendly welcome from the locals, there is no better destination than Grenada.

Home to some of the best beaches in the Caribbean with water so blue and clear that coral formations can be spotted from the air, Grenada’s volcanic origin has created a landscape of great beauty and variety, with rainforests, a 13-acre crater lake, cascading cliffs and hot springs.

There are 30 or more dive sites including, reefs, wrecks and walls most within 15-20 minutes from the beach coastline.

Stroll along Grand Anse beach for sun basking days (the most popular beach on the island, due to its two-and-a-half-mile stretch of soft, white sand). Pop into ‘Umbrella’s Beach Bar’ for sumptuous snacks, chilled beers and colourful cocktails. Take an adventure through Grand Etang National Park and spot wild monkeys and exotic birds in the tropical rainforest or stroll around the capital St George with its vibrant streets, lively markets and spicy aromas.

You have a huge choice of accommodation options. Choose from apartments, villas and guesthouses to budget 3* hotels, deluxe 4* & luxury 5* resorts – something to suit everyone’s budget and requirements.

We chose the 5* adult-only Sandals La Source which is located directly on Pink Gin beach 5 mins transfer from the airport (but no disturbing noises from overhead aircraft as they arrive and depart on the other side of the airport). With a choice of 10 gourmet restaurants, 6 bars offering unlimited premium spirits, Robert Mondavi wines and Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee, you can understand why I had trouble leaving this little bit of paradise!

Grenada enjoys a hot, tropical climate all year round, tempered by cooling trade winds, with an average high of 29°C to 30°C. The driest months are typically January to May. From June to December the rain usually falls in brief showers.