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A mountainous and volcanic landscape gives Grenada one of the loveliest environments in the Caribbean, with crater lakes, rainforests and coastal mangrove plantations giving way to white sand beaches, and brilliant blue waters filled with coral reefs.

Grenada is known as the 'Spice Island'; nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla are just a few of the scented gems found here.

When it comes to food, Grenadian's like it particularly hot and spicy. Pepper pot is a favourite – meat cooked with lots of pepper, garlic and onions. As well as fragrant spices, music is also an important part of life on Grenada, and the calypso tunes dancing over the island serve to evoke Grenada's African origins.

The capital of Grenada, St George’s, is on the southwest coast near one of the island’s best beaches at Grand Anse; another is at Levera Bay near the island’s northern tip. At Grand Etang, an extinct volcano cradles a beautiful 30 acre- (12 hectare-) lake.

There are several waterfalls in Grenada, the most spectacular of which are the Annandale Falls, a 15 m (50 ft) cascade that flows into a mountain stream, and the Mount Carmel Waterfall, the island’s highest waterfall, which has two falls cascading over 21 m (70 ft) to clear pools below.

St George’s

The capital city of Grenada, St George's is the prettiest harbour town in the West Indies. Its landlocked inner harbour is actually the deep crater of a long-dead volcano. In the town, you can see some of the most charming Georgian colonial buildings in the Caribbean, still standing despite a devastating hurricane in 1955. The steep, narrow hillside streets are filled with houses of ballast bricks, wrought-iron balconies, and sloping, red-tile roofs. Many of the pastel warehouses date from the 18th century. Frangipani and flamboyant trees add to the palette of colour. The port, which some compare to Portofino, Italy, is flanked by old forts and bold headlands. Among the town's attractions are an 18th-century pink Anglican church, on Church Street, and the Market Square, where colourfully attired farm women offer even more colourful produce for sale. Fort George, on Church Street, built by the French, stands at the entrance to the bay, with subterranean passageways and old guardrooms and cells.

Everyone strolls along the waterfront of the Carenage on the inner harbour, or relaxes on its pedestrian plaza, with seats and hanging planters providing shade from the sun. On this side of town, the Grenada National Museum, is set in the foundations of an old French army barracks and prison built in 1704. Small but interesting, it houses finds from archaeological digs, petroglyph, native fauna, the first telegraph installed on the island, a rum still, and memorabilia depicting Grenada's history. The most comprehensive exhibit traces the native culture of Grenada.

Do also visit Fort Frederick. From its battlements is a superb view of the harbour and yacht marina.

A 15-minute drive brings you to Annandale Falls, a tropical wonderland. You can enjoy a picnic surrounded by liana vines, elephant ears, and other tropical flora and spices.

St Patrick

Located in St Patrick, Belmont Estate is only an hour’s scenic drive from the island’s capital, St George's. Belmont Estate is a unique and authentic 17th century plantation that offers guests an opportunity to participate in and observe the workings of a fully functional historic plantation.


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