This “spice island,” famous for producing huge quantities of nutmeg, has become a vacationer’s idyll in recent years, offering a trifecta of beach, rainforest and rich culture. In Grenada you can sail, scuba dive or sunbathe one day, hike to the top of a foliage-covered mountain the next, and then spend some time soaking up French and English colonial culture by strolling the streets of capitol city St. George’s.
Before You Go: Need-to-know info
- Language: English
- Currency: East Caribbean dollar (EC)
- Flight time: 4 hours from New York City
- Getting around: Taxi or rental car
When To Go: Grenada at its best
- Best weather: Temperatures average a balmy 80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. June through December is considered the rainy season (though it rains on and off all year), and January through May are typically warm and dry with a pleasant breeze.
- Best prices: As with any Caribbean island, you’re most likely to find deals during the “off-season” of summer and early fall.
What To Do
- Set sail: After spending the requisite time sacked out on Grenada’s gorgeous beaches, try seeing the water from the vantage point of a yacht — the island is known for its great sailing conditions. (If you’re a sailing newbie you can take lessons, or go the pampered route and charter a boat that comes with a crew.)
- Take a hike: At the island’s center you’ll find the Grand Etang National Park, which is filled with verdant rainforests surrounding a crater lake. Whether you’re up for just a mellow stroll or a heart-pumping hike, you’ll be able to find a trail suited precisely to the level of exertion you seek.
- Island hop: Take a 90-minute ferry ride to the nearby island of Carriacou, where you can do more basking on the beach, relax at a laid-back seaside bar, or spy exotic flora and fauna at the local botanical garden.
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