East Caribbean Dollar
Best time to visit:
from february to april
In a word:
No worries (no problem)
Lose yourself in the Saint George's spice markets and taste the world's finest nutmeg; diving in the magnificent island of Carriacou; Visit the extravagant and unique Underwater Sculpture Park in Moliniere Bay
The Caribbean guard many unexplored and less touristy places, therefore with a still authentic charm. Grenada is part of these lesser-known destinations and is a true earthly paradise.
Grenada, together with Grenadine islands, forms the beautiful archipelago of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles and is famous for its pristine forest.
It was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1498 was the scene of many struggles for the supremacy between the French and the British and between the 19th and 20th centuries he became the first exporter of cocoa.
Among the Caribbean islands it is certainly the one with the most extensive vegetation and one of the most varied faunas. In fact, it is possible to come across monkeys, hawks, hummingbirds and reptiles but also in tropical fish, sharks and sea turtles along its area.
Who comes from the sea: Saint George's, the capital of Grenada, presents a horseshoe collection around its port, Carenage.
The port seems to have come out of an old watercolor depicting an enchanting village by the sea, where colonial-era buildings blend with bright Caribbean homes.
Saint George’s is a small town that climbs the hill: through its narrow streets you can see the typical Caribbean, Creole houses, with red-tiled roofs, made with ship's ballast. From the top, where several forts dominate, including Fort George you can admire the splendid panorama.
Grenada is also known as Spice Island due to the fame of its plantations of Myristica fragrans, the tree from which nutmeg is then obtained which is also one of the symbols of the island so much so that it is even depicted in the national flag.
Just get lost in its narrow alleys that you immediately meet the real Grenada, that of the Rasta who sing Bob Marley's songs in front of their wooden stalls while they sell all sorts of spice, of the "mami" with gigantic breasts that collect 5-6 small tomatoes for sale in small bags, students with white uniforms coming out of school, policewomen with black knee-high socks, those who ask you for news of Roberto Baggio or if Cristiano Ronaldo was also he Italian!
In the capital you can visit the Grenada National Museum, set up in a French barracks from 1704 where Amerindian pottery, stills for distilling rum and a marble basin by Giuseppina Bonaparte are kept.
An interesting visit is to visit the French forts: Fort George (1705), Fort Frederick, the best preserved and Fort Matthew, bombed by the Americans in 1983.
In Fort George a graffiti proclaims: "No pain no gain, brother" and the holes of the shooting of Maurice Bishop, the grenadine leader of the 1979 revolution, still loved today, remain on a pole .
If you go into the hills with an excursion, you will discover an infinity of very fascinating waterfalls: they suddenly appear in the middle of the forest, each with its own lake where you can cool off after a walk.
The choice is really difficult, all are worth the visit: Annandale, Concordes, Seven Sisters, Mt. Carmel, Honeymoon or Paraclete.
The cascades of clear water and golden apples thrive like nutmeg, a spice that perfumes the whole island and found in ice creams, in ti punch (drink based on rum, sugar, cane syrup and green lemon) , in the ragù and on the stalls of the Saint George's market
Walking along the Mt Qua Qua Trail, you enter the rainforest of Grand Etang and you reach the top of the mountain from which you can gaze over all the south-eastern Caribbean. Grenada, from a typical tropical island, has splendid beaches where you can swim, snorkel and dive.
Absolutely not to be missed is the extravagant and original visit to the Underwater Sculpture Park. An underwater art gallery, just below the surface of the water, is located north of Saint George's in Moliniere Bay. The project is by British artist Jason de Caries Taylor. Today there are about eighty life-size sculptures that are slowly covering themselves with corals.
A combination of nature and art as fish and sponges have also colonized the area. You can visit the park with both cylinders and snorkelling.
Time to relax, after all we are in the Caribbean!
The beaches of Grenada are all beautiful, white sand, crystal clear sea, but certainly deserves a special mention Grand Anse beach, south of the island. This beach is a marvel, here you can really breathe the Caribbean air and, please, do not miss to admire the imposing coral reef.
Satisfied? I would say yes! Ready to go. All aboard, you go to Martinique!