Travel Guide to Grenada, Spice of the Caribbean

The colors of Grenada. Photo by Julie Bielenberg
The colors of Grenada. Photo by Julie Bielenberg

Grenada might be one of the last affordable paradises in the world, at least for this Rocky Mountain Traveler. When I found round trip airfare on American Airlines for $388 to Maurice Bishop International Airport St. George, Grenada, from Denver International Airport, I didn’t even think who could watch the kids, I just booked the tickets! Grenada has direct flights daily to Miami on AA, New York on JetBlue and Atlanta on Delta. Frequency varies depending on the season.

European tourists have typically been more interested in the island than North Americans; however, post Brexit, Canadians, followed by Americans, are starting to wander to the “Island of Spice” and become the predominant tourist. Brexit has made it more expensive to travel from the UK to Grenada.

Here’s what you need to know about the roughly 110,000-person island – the largest in the Grenadines at roughly 133 square miles. The capital is St. George’s in the Saint George parish (one of six total) where the airport and most tourist destinations and resorts are located.

Where is Grenada?

Grenada is located in the eastern Caribbean, south of the Windward Islands and more than 260 miles north of the coast of Venezuela. Neighboring islands include St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the north and Trinidad and Tobago to the South.

Grenada is the “island of spice” because of the rich soil and its ability to grow abundant plants and trees. Combine that with a tropical climate and plenty of moisture from rain. The island is of volcanic origin with a peak of 2,760 feet at Mount St. Catherine. This means good hiking, waterfalls, beautiful agriculture and one heck of a place to explore. Greneda is not just a beach retreat.

Spices in Grenada. Photo by Julie Bielenberg
Spices in Grenada. Photo by Julie Bielenberg

The country is highly educated, boasts a 4,000-person strong International Medical School, has one of the most famous beaches in all of the Caribbean, and is yet, not that touristy or discovered. While there is a new Kimpton resort and another high-end resort slated to open in 2019, the total beds for guests will still only be at 2,500. To put it in perspective, Estes Park, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, has 22,500 beds alone. It’s intimate, small, and safe! From food to the folks to the four-wheeling, it is eco and health-conscious on the island—ecotourism has long found a niche in Grenada.

When to Visit Grenada

You’re going to want to visit during the non-rainy season. What does that mean, well, typically it’s June through December, but what is the “rainy” season? That might mean a drop of rain and 12 hours of sunshine. Grenada is located 834 miles north of the equator so you can gamble on good weather and win most of the time, aside from major hurricane months.

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