Right now the temps may be chilly where you are. So, for a minute. . think about your vacation plans and . . . the stunningly blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, to the island nation of GRENADA. Three small islands join together to create a tropical vacation destination. The locals are laid back and friendly, the beaches are breathtaking, and the natural attractions are like nowhere else. Known as the “SPICE ISLAND” Grenada is located in Eastern Caribbean, and is the most southerly of the Windward Islands. The nation is composed of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petit Martinique, and in total encompass 133 square miles of land. Volcanic in origin, Grenada is mountainous and filled with fertile lands. The tallest point on the island is Mount Saint Catherine, which reaches 2,757 feet above sea level. Surrounding the island are miles of beaches, with both black and white sand enticing vacationers to the shores.It’s not called the Spice Island for nothing, you really can smell the nutmeg in the air when you land in Grenada. And it could be called the Fruit Island for the luscious bounty growing profusely in the green hills. The island’s soil is extremely fertile, and is known for growing more spices per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger are among the spices grown here. These three islands offer different experiences for travelers. Tourism is typically centered on Grenada, the largest island, (measuring 120 square miles) and even more concentrated in the city of St. George’s. This is where the airport, numerous resorts, and large shopping centers are located. Interestingly, St. George’s, which is Grenada’s capital city, is actually situated in the crater of a long extinct volcano.
Cariacaou is the second largest of the three islands with a landmass of 13 square miles. On February 27th the Carriacou Carnival of wild and wonderfully expressive street dances, soca, fancy mas bands, calypso, the Jab Jab and even the authentic Shakespeare Mas is happening! Aside from the carnival, natural and historical attractions are what draw visitors here, from the beaches that circle the island to the numerous national parks, and underwater sites such as Kick-em Jenny, an active volcano just off the coast. Meanwhile, Petite Martinique (486 acres) has less than one thousand permanent residents, and is very rarely visited by tourists. Those who do venture to the island do so to experience absolute privacy and solitude as they explore the island and lay on the beaches.
Visit these islands during the second month of August, and you are in for a special treat. This is when the annual Carnival celebration is held, and during this time there is an extra bit of joyfulness in the air wherever you go. SpiceMas events include live music, parades, street parties, pageants, and features lots of food and drink.The islands of Grenada allow every type of traveler to experience the vacation of their dreams. For seclusion and privacy, visit Petite Martinique; for a livelier atmosphere and plenty of attractions, check out the main island of Grenada; and for something in between, there is Cariacaou. Clearly, you can’t go wrong when you plan a trip to Grenada.