Aptly nicknamed as the 'Island of Spice', the aromatic smell of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, cloves and ginger are wafting through the scenic Grenada. It is a cluster of three larger islands (Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique) and numerous small islands in the Caribbean or West Islands. Nature lovers will absolutely enjoy holidaying in Grenada for it is brimming with beautiful crater lakes, luscious rainforests, coastal mangrove plantations, pristine white sand beaches and deep-blue waters filled with coral reefs.
Kick-start the trip by heading over to lounge around on the beaches. With its looming palms and pristine white sandy shores, bask in Grand Anse - one of the finest beaches of Grenada. Other beaches that are extremely gorgeous are Levera Bay and Morne Rouge. Want to try surfing? Then take your board to Levera Bay, which encompasses some great swells.
Don't mis out on the incredible waterfalls of Grenada. They are the 15m (50ft) Annandale Falls and Mount Carmel Waterfal which gushes into the pool below. Take a dip in any of the numerous islands' rainforest pools and lakes, several of which are created by waterfalls, like the Concord Falls. If you're a fan of diving, be sure to visit one of the best dive site - Moliniere Reef, which is about 5km (3 miles) from St George's. Also, drop by at Carriacou, in the Grenadines, for it showcases premium diving. Those who enjoy snorkeling can stop by at the White Island Marine Park and Martin's Bay, near Grand Anse.
If you're in Carricou, then be sure to visit the Carriacou Museum. Do explore Grenada's history and leaf through the incredible collection of Amerindian artifacts and mementos, dating as far back as the 18th century when the islands were occupied by the French and British. Are you a nature lover? If you are, then do take a trip to the Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve. It is home to several marked trails that offers pleasant works to expeditions of many hours. The park is a fascinating source of abundant flora and fauna, with gorgeous flower exhibits depending on the season.
When it comes to shopping, be on the look-out for special items such as leather crafts, jewellery, spices, straw goods and batik (printed cotton and other fabrics). As for cuisine, do indulge in local fare served in restaurants such as Calaloo (a leafy vegetable similar to spinach) soup, Oildown ( national dish consisting of stew made with salted meat, breadfruit, onion, celery, carrot, daheen (a root vegetable grown locally) and dumplings all slowly steamed in coconut milk until the liquid is absorbed) and Nutmeg ice cream.
The stay options in Grenada are abundant with the best luxury hotels, cheap accommodations and rental apartments available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
Grenada experiences tropical climate. The best time to visit would be during the dry season from January - May.