Grenada: A pocket guide
A relatively undiscovered corner of the Caribbean with few hotels, Grenada is home to spice plantations and quiet beaches with secret coves and white sands. Sailing is popular here, as well as diving among the many wrecks and reefs just off the shoreline. This volcanic island, no bigger than the Isle of Wight, was originally planted by the French and the English; today it grows over 30 percent of the world’s nutmeg (the spice is used not only in food and cosmetics but also to lubricate jet engines). The narrow streets of St. George’s are lined with shops and cafes, and they fill with celebrants in the first week of August, when the annual carnival takes place. The capital city is home to Fort George, built by the French in 1705, an imposing structure that affords a spectacular view of the coast. Grenada’s rain forest has prevailed and creates a flourishing backdrop to the island’s boldly colored architecture: From St. George’s you can take a 30-minute drive to the Grand Etang Forest Reserve, where mona monkeys and tropical birds swing and swoop among the trees. Trails range from just 15 minutes long to daylong guided walks. If embarking on the latter, pack a swimsuit for a cooling dip in the waterfall lagoons.