Grenada can’t fail to spice things up. It’s known as the ‘Spice Island’ after all. Wherever you head, the fragrant scent of ginger, almond, nutmeg and vanilla follows you. Plus you can see cinnamon, cocoa beans and every tropical fruit imaginable growing here. Alongside its basket of goodies, this lush landscape hides Bounty-like beaches, mountain ranges and thick rainforests. And don’t miss a wander around St George's, one of the Caribbean’s prettiest harbours, with its pastel-coloured buildings, cobbled streets and even the odd lipstick-red London phone box.
• Don your walking boots and set off on a highland hike in the Grand Etang National Park. Taking pride of place in Grenada’s mountains, the star of the show is Grand Etang Lake, which fills a volcanic crater. And there’s plenty more to see along the walking trails that criss-cross through the rainforest.
• Cool down with a refreshing swim at Annadale Falls. Incredibly pretty, it cascades nine metres to a grotto surrounded by lush plantlife.
• Take a break from sightseeing and kick back on the island’s Grand Anse Beach. Not only does it have wow-factor white sands that melt into turquoise waters, but the watersports are first class and it’s got some great bars and restaurants, too.
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All cinnamon, cloves and allspice, it’s little wonder Grenada’s known as the Caribbean’s Spice Island. But they’re not the only treats that grow here. There’s plenty of citrus, bananas and cocoa beans, too. In fact, the menu of plants that call this place home reads like the ingredients for a Nigella recipe, so it’s easy to see how this place came to be one of the world’s leading spice suppliers. The first stop on this trip lets you see it all first hand, at the Dougaldston Spice Estate. Driving on, you’ll wind through the rainforest to the Grand Etang Lake viewing point. A giant volcano crater filled to the brim with cobalt water, it’s certainly easy on the eye. And its volcano-top location makes it all the more breathtaking. From here, you’ll travel to Annandale Falls, a fairytale paradise of cascading water, hanging ferns and dainty orchids that’s like a secret Caribbean garden.
On the Rhum Runner, life is one big Caribbean party. It’s a catamaran-style cruise where steel drums and rum punch are the order of the day. First things first, you’ll set sail along the Spice Island’s gorgeous coastline with a guide giving you snippets of Grenada’s history as you go. You’ll enjoy free-flowing rum punch as you gently bob across the waves to Morne Rouge Beach, where you’ll have some free time to sunbathe. On the return trip, meanwhile, the fun really begins. They crank up the music for the Rhum Runner Limbo Competition, and serve a light snack of fruit, cheese and crackers along with more rum punch and soft drinks. This is most definitely the life.
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Do you want to see all the main highlights this island has to offer? After enjoying a picturesque panoramic drive along the west coast of the island, we’ll head to Dougaldston Estate where the fun begins with an introduction to the famous spices that make this island one of the top spice suppliers in the world. The tour then continues to the breathtaking views over Grenada’s Grenadine islands, once home to the Carib Indians on the island. Then we’ll continue to the River Antoine Rum Distillery for some sampling before a delicious Creole lunch is served at the plantation restaurant. Then, time to sit back and relax as we take a gentle drive through rainforests and over mountains, with a stop at Etang Lake and the famous Annandale falls along with a little free time at the stunning gardens.