St George's Fort George, Grenada

Grenada, the Caribbean ‘Spice Island’

They say good things come in small packages, and that’s certainly true of the Caribbean island of Grenada. At just 21 miles long and 12 miles wide, it’s a miniature isle, but it packs in stunning tropical scenery all the same. Gorgeous sandy coves and beaches cocoon the exterior, while, inland, you’ll find forested peaks hiding cascading waterfalls and fluffy mona monkeys.

Port Salines and Grand Anse are both popular places to stay, within easy day-tripping distance of Saint George’s, the colourful capital, and home to lots of the island’s luxury hotels.

Grenada’s capital, Saint George’s, is a must-visit. Here, you’ll find candy coloured, terracotta-roofed buildings, a pretty harbour, and the 18th-century Fort George, which offers a panoramic view of it all.

Grenada is famous as the Caribbean’s ‘Spice Island’ thanks to a booming spice industry that grows and exports spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, bay leaves, allspice, ginger, and turmeric. You can learn all about the island’s spice history at the National Museum.

Unsurprisingly, ivory sands and beautifully clear waves are in good supply in this part of the world. Grenada has more than 40 beaches to its name, and some of our favourites include Anse – which comes with a supporting cast of beach bars and restaurants, the secluded Morne Rouge, and Lavera, which welcomes Leatherback turtles in July.

The UK is five hours ahead of Grenada.

Grenada has a huge spice industry, hence its nickname. Nutmeg is the main spice found here, but cinnamon, allspice, bay leaves, ginger, and turmeric are also widely grown, used, and exported.

It takes around 10 hours to fly to Grenada from London Gatwick Airport.

Like the rest of the Caribbean, Grenada has a tropical climate, with average temperatures (year-round) sitting at about 30 degrees. The wet season is between June and December, so it’s best to avoid this time of year if you don’t want to encounter thunderstorms.

The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, but like most of the Caribbean, US Dollars are also widely accepted.

Grenada has a long association with producing and exporting nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Hence its nickname: the Spice Island.

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