Grenada, one of the Spice Islands, has an exotic allure. Located in the Caribbean where sunny skies, beautiful beaches and recreation abound, you will appreciate island pace. Grenada is a geographical gem where visitors slip into the serenity of warm breezes and soft moonlight; experience history in centuries old forts; touch the floor of the rain forest and swim among coral reefs.
Grenada is a former British Colony and is part of the Commonwealth where English is the national language. The island is 21 miles long by 12 miles wide and encompasses an area of 133 square miles. Grenada has more spices per square mile than any other country in the world, and is the second largest producer of spices in the world. The scent of spices permeates the air. The island also offers some of the best food in the Caribbean.
The Middleton Family, Price William and Princess Catherine (Kate Middleton) are known to vacation on the private island of Mustique, but you can vacation nearby in the Grenadines. Visit one of three islands that make up the Grenadines, Grenada, Carriacou or Petite Martinique where exotic spices, tropical fruit and flowers are abundant. A ferry and airline service operates daily between the three islands. Grenada has 45 white sand beaches, 9 black sand beaches and offers some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. The best-known beach is the Grand Anse Beach, which is three miles of white sand. Water sports are plentiful especially diving, where you will experience some of the Caribbean’s best diving.
There are a number of events that you will want to take part in during your visit:
Sunset City Food Festival – May 28, 2011
Held in the West Coast island town of Victoria, this is the perfect place to find a wide variety of Grenadian dishes, fruits and vegetables. Try the famous ‘Tanya Log’ porridge, sample ‘Lambi Waters’ or just kick back, relax, listen to some music and have a few local drinks. You may also be able to see some live performances from the most popular Grenadian artists.
Greens Annual Father’s Day Bicycle Race – June 18 & 19, 2011
Experience the thrill of cycling at high speeds through the island’s great terrain. Participants come from Antigua, Anguilla, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. Special highlights include awards to the oldest and youngest father and the father as well as the Dad with the most children.
Carricaou Regatta – July 24, 2011
The Carriacou Regatta began in 1965 as a local boat race using the traditional fishing workboats, to continue the indigenous art of Boat Building handed down by Irish and Scottish Ancestors. It has since evolved into a major Caribbean event, held over the Emancipation holiday weekend, with keen competition among sailors from many of the neighboring islands – Grenada, Tobago, Martinique, Antigua and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Fisherman’s Birthday – June 29, 2011
This is an annual event which marks the Feast of St. Peter – Patron Saint of Fisherman. The town of Gouyave, fondly referred to as, the fishing capital of Grenada, is the site of the main celebrations. After the morning church service, a procession winds through town and onto the beach where, the fishermen receive blessings from the priest who then blesses their boats. Then it’s time for a day packed with activities such as racing their locally constructed wooden sailing work boats, and tug-of-war competitions, and plenty of eating and drinking.
Carnival Celebrations – August 2011
Experience all of the festivities of Carnival during your visit to Grenada. Enjoy music, dancing, food, parades and pageants over several days.
Getting there: Fly from San Francisco to Grenada through Miami on American Airlines. Check kayak.com for best airfares. You will need a valid passport.
© Karla Erovick 2011 article
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