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The Caribbean Island of Grenada – A Visit to the Spice Isle

Grenada is a three-island Caribbean state made up of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique. Grenada, the largest of the three, is one hundred and thirty-three square miles.

Also known as the Spice Isle, Grenada is a beautiful Caribbean island that boasts of calm, clear waters and lush tropical landscapes. The nickname “Spice Isle” comes from the fact that the island is a leading producer of spices, including cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.

Just like the majority of the Caribbean islands, Grenada’s main money earner is from sailing tourism. One of the most popular tourism-oriented areas in Grenada is Grande Anse. Other tourism areas are Lance Aux Epines and Point Salines. The island is known for both white and black sandy beaches and excellent water activities.

Grand Anse – Home to the Flamboyant Hotel

Grand Anse is home to many hotels and tourism-oriented businesses. One of the more popular hotels, The Flamboyant, is located on a slight incline that gives all guests an unimpaired view of Grand Anse Bay, the nearby capital St. Georges, and the country’s hills. The hotel is located about ten minutes from a supermarket, small cafe, restaurants, and local buses.

One of the more popular restaurants is the Owl, which you can find on the Flamboyant’s premises. The restaurant offers a tasty buffet on Sundays, including a starter, main course, and dessert. On Tuesdays, there are the highly anticipated crab races that feature hermit crabs in numerous races. Spectators are allowed to place bets on the crabs, and if they win, prizes are awarded.

St. George’s, the capital of Grenada, is a beautiful, bustling town. One of the most attractive features is the careenage framed by the main road, businesses, and government buildings cascading into the hills. Other attractions in St.George’s are Fort George, The Grenada National Museum, Sendall Tunnel, and Market Square. The capital, like many others in the Caribbean, is the main shopping area in the country. There are many shops and street vendors, especially in Market Square, catering to both locals and tourists.

Sightseeing in the Spice Isle

Grenada is a tropical paradise. The island is very mountainous, and many areas of the island are protected gullies and national parks. Although only one hundred and thirty-two square miles, the island has many attractions. There are island tours and hikes designed to let visitors experience the island’s untouched beauty. Many tours, like the Mandoo Tour and Taxi Service, include lunch and entrance fees to attractions. Must-sees on the island are the waterfalls, nutmeg and cocoa stations, rum distilleries and Grand Etang. In addition, there are whale watching tours, tubing along the country’s rivers, snorkelling and diving.

Carriacou and Petit Martinique – The Sister Islands

Although part of Grenada’s tri-island state, Carriacou is the largest island in the Grenadines, with an area of thirteen square miles. The island has a very small airport but is accessed via the more popular Osprey ferry. The ferry operates a daily service from Grenada to Carriacou and Petit Martinique. Petit Martinique is approximately one square mile in size and is about two and a half miles from Carriacou.

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