Known as the “Spice Island” for its production of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and many others, the tropical Island of Grenada has as many flavors in its history, culture and geography as it does in its spices. The 133 square mile island is covered in a mountainous volcanic terrain, rising 2,750 feet at its highest point atop Mount St. Catherine. Forests on Grenada range from small low lying forests to tall lush rainforests which both shelter an ample variety of unique and exotic animal life. The bold terrain of the island shifts into a serene coast displaying exquisite white and black sand beaches dipped with the crystal blue green water of the Caribbean. While its beaches lie in some of the most treasured sea in the world, it’s not the only body of water that makes this island so desirable. As a result of islands volcanic terrain, magnificent craters have formed to create some of the most breathtaking and perfectly swimable “mountain lakes.” Grand Etang Lake is one of the most popular of the crater lakes, and serves as a starting point for hikes through Grand Etang National Park.

Culture in Grenada is very much alive. Markets, fairs, and festivals are an active part of the vibrant cultural heritage of the island, marking its existence as a spirited, welcoming community. Both the old rum distilleries and spice plantations that speckle the island still use traditional methods, demonstrating the care and quality of production that locals take pride in. Tourism in Grenada has only recently taken off, which is likely why the island still possesses the relaxed atmosphere and unique hospitality that some more developed destinations lack.

The islands capital, St. George’s, is often regarded as among the loveliest towns in the Caribbean. The steep hillside town leads into the charming harbor known as the Carenage which is regularly packed with cargo vessels and wooden schooners from neighboring islands. Pastels hues and red-tiled rooftops of shops and dockside buildings line the harbor’s edge and climb the steep winding streets of the picturesque town.

Built in 1705, Grenada’s oldest fort - Fort George – offers not only the fascinating site of the execution of Maurice Bishop, but also some of the most stunning views on the island. From the fort you can experience prime views of St. George and its harbor and Grande Anse Beach, Grenada’s two mile stretch of world famous beach. For more historical and culture exploration, the Grenada National Museum, set in a building from 1704, has a collection of artifacts including Amerindian pottery fragments.