Grenada is a little off the beaten path when it comes to Caribbean destinations, but it still is an awesome [...]
Traveling to Grenada
Where is Grenada’ At the southern end of the Grenadines—where else’ This stretch of islands can be found in the southeast of the Caribbean Sea, just north of the South American mainland and the country of Venezuela. Grenada is known as the “Island of Spice,” due to its impressive production of nutmeg and mace spices. Many who were alive and thriving during the 1980s might think that the political unrest would earn such a nickname, but all things in the island are stable and the approximate 110,000 locals enjoy playing host to the thousands of tourists who come to take in the culture annually.
Grenada is divided into 6 parishes. It possesses a mere 133 square miles. To offer a comparison, the Greater Los Angeles area possesses 4,850 square miles. Needless to say, the island of Grenada is easy to navigate, whether you choose to explore, or you only need to navigate from your hotel room to the beach.
Things to Do in Grenada
It is easy to talk about cool hotels, shops and things to do within the capital city of Grenada, St. Georges, however, there area few things related to nature that must be mentioned in any “things to do” section about Grenada. That having been stated, you’ll find a combination of old world charm and ancient, indigenous flavor within the capital city and the surrounding parishes.
Seven Sisters Falls – Grenada
There are several waterfalls throughout the world that are considered Seven Sisters. In Grenada, the falls serve as a cascade, leading natural pools that can all be reached via hike. Most adventurous hikers cool off in the natural pools below the falls, while the most adventurous make their return trek by jumping off the falls into the pools below.
Dougaldston Spice Estate
Located in Gouyave, St. John parish, the Dougaldston Spice Estate serves as a unique experience if you have any interest in food. Whether you like to eat it, make it or create it, spices are integral in recipes. This spice estate serves as a museum of sorts within contemporary culture, and is set up to display the ancient process of spice cultivation and processing. Visitors can take part in the process, as well as buy the local spices produced at the estate for minimal costs.
River Tubing in Grenada
For lovers of the great outdoors, river tubing is not a new activity. However, floating a narrow river with another friend or a large group will result in a rapid flow and more personal interaction. That’s precisely what you’ll find in Grenada. A great way to cool off, and you get to have fun while doing little more than relaxing.
Grenada: A Brief History
After many failed attempts of colonization and settlement, the French took control of the island in 1649, and ceded it to Great Britain in 1763 via the Treaty of Paris. The two nations continued to fight over the island for another decade, before the British empire gained full control with the Treaty of Versailles in 1783. With strong ties to Cuba and Russia, civil unrest persisted through modern history even after independence was offered in 1974. The 1983 U.S. invasion, though highly controversial, helped to reestablish a pre-revolutionary constitution leading to the accessible state affairs and enjoyable tourism.