In the far south of the Caribbean, Grenada tends to have fewer catastrophic storms than its neighbors to the north. Lately, the island nation has become a focus of resort development, and not just because of its privileged location. Grenada has the requisite palm-fringed beaches (all are public), as well as a dramatic interior of emerald mountains laced with hiking trails and waterfalls. Its colorful capital, St. George’s, enjoys a picturesque location straddling a ridge, sloping down to a natural harbor. Small manufacturers make fine artisanal chocolate, rum and nutmeg-based products — Grenada calls itself the “Spice Island” — often on former plantations dating to the 1700s. And enigmatic petroglyphs decorating boulders and rock faces remain as a testament to Grenada’s more ancient history.
Speed Up Entry and Exit
The IAM Jet Centre in Grenada’s airport makes arrival and departure much more agreeable. The main benefit for arriving passengers is bypassing lengthy immigration lines. Departing travelers have access to private security screening, and lounges stocked with snacks and nonalcoholic beverages. This service is available to anyone willing to pay the fee, whether they have a business- or first-class ticket or not.
I recommend taking a half day with a driver to visit some of Grenada’s private tropical gardens. On the outskirts of St. George’s, the Hyde Park estate has remained in the same family for seven generations; Sunnyside Garden has belonged to the Renwick family for a century; and the Tower Estate has been owned by the Slinger family since the mid-1940s.
Charter a Sailboat
Grenada is an ideal place to charter a sailboat. We booked a private half-day venture with Savvy Tours, including snorkeling around Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park and Flamingo Bay. For our return trip to the harbor, we headed to the cushions at the bow. Reclining there, watching the Grenadian coast glide by as we sipped rum punch, it was hard to imagine wanting to be anywhere else.
Eastern Caribbean dollar (XCD). Set rate valued at XCD2.7 = US$1.00 as of April 2020. Note: Our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.
St. George’s, Tel. (473) 444-1174.