- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
In the far south of the Caribbean, gorgeous Grenada is known as "the Spice Island" for the fragrant nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, and cocoa that flourish in its fertile volcanic soil. The nation of Grenada also includes the two smaller and quieter islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, northeast of the mainland. For travelers seeking an authentic Caribbean experience, Grenada offers a spicy mix of local culture and colonial roots as well as rainforests, lush mountains, colorful seaside villages, plantations, and beautiful beaches framed by frangipani and flamboyant trees.
St George's, Grenada's capital, is one of the prettiest cities in the Caribbean and is popular with yachters who dock in the busy harbor of Carenage. Many visitors spend their time around nearby Grand Anse Beach, but Grenada offers more than just golden sands. Waterfalls gush in the island's interior at Grand Etang National Park, and hiking trails thread through the lush rainforest while scenic Levera National Park boasts dramatic coastline vistas and coral reefs. Swimming, diving, snorkeling and fishing are all popular activities in Grenada's turquoise waters, and history buffs will enjoy exploring the country's forts and museums.