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Friday, 25 January 2013
Gem of the Caribbean: Grenada
The Caribbean is a sun seekers dream, warm all year round
with numerous islands and beaches looking out at clear seas. However, it can be
hard to choose the island that is right for you. Grenada is a real dream of an
island. It is situated in the south of the Caribbean, close to the shores of
South America and Trinidad and Tobago. The island possesses one of the best
beaches in the world, Grand Anse Beach. This beach is a few miles long and
possesses wonderful white sands and crystal clear water.
The Legendary Grand Anse in later afternoon
Author Varun Kapoor Image courtesy of wikipedia
Grand Anse is not overdeveloped like many famous beaches in
neighbouring islands, but it still has amenities. There is a range or hotels,
from high end through to more affordable. There are also some great places to
eat and drink in the area.
The majority of tourists in Grenada come from the US, UK,
Canada and neighbouring countries. However, the numbers are generally not as
high as on the neighbouring islands, which makes for less crowds on the idyllic
The food in Grenada is varied due to the mixture of the
people. The majority are of African-Caribbean, but there is also a sizeable
minority of Grenadians of East Indian origin. There is also small number of
Grenadians of French or English origins, due to Grenada’s history as a British
and French colony. This means that there are excellent creole dishes, combining
the various cultural influences that came to the island. You can also get great
curries and rotis from the island’s Indian culture.
The island is volcanic, so it has steep mountains in the
centre of the island and some beautiful remote waterfall, which can provide a
perfect break swimming in sea water. The volcanic soil is hugely fertile, so
this makes the scenery very green and fruits are abundant.
Grenada is one of the world’s largest producers of high
quality nutmeg and mace. This is why the island is often referred to as the
Island of Spice. There are also many cocoa plantation that produce very high
quality cocoa. Near to Grenville on the Island’s east coast, there is a great
plantation to visit called the Belmont Estate. This estate has a lovely
colonial feel, with a large restaurant serving high quality local food. You can
also sample some of the cocoa, cocoa balls and chocolate.
Author Brocken Inaglory
Image courtesy of wikipedia
Fish is another attraction to Grenada, on Fridays you should
visit the west coast town of Goyave. Here there is a special event in the streets
called Fish Friday. Here are the local varieties of fish are sold in a street
market. There is a real party atmosphere with soca bands and live music.
If you are looking for an exotic break or winter sun, look
no further than Grenada.