Island Profile: Grenada
By Daniel Santos | Published on February 20, 2017
Island Profile: Grenada

Formed from an underwater volcano two million years ago, this island came under European rule after Christopher Columbus discovered it in 1498 during his third voyage to the new world. This island was later known as Grenada after the city of Granada, and remained uncolonized for over 100 years due to the local Caribs. Today, Grenada is home to over 110,000 people, and is an island of pure adventure filled with wonders. From the world’s first underwater sculpture park to the rugged trails of the island’s interior, Grenada is perfect for the thrill seekers looking for a challenge.

The climate of Grenada is tropical: hot and humid in the rainy season and cooled by the dry season’s trade winds. Grenada “The Island of Spice”, a place where untouched beauty meets warm people content with a simple way of life, offers a lifestyle so pure and authentic that you will feel instantly renewed. Its silky stretches of white sand beaches, coral reefs and unspoilt landscapes undiscovered by the masses breath paradise. Take a journey unlike no other, one that’s pure and good for the soul.

While you’re there, be sure to check yourself into the Maca Bana. Nestled on the beach, this St. George’s hotel is within a 15-minute walk from the Aquarium Beach and Pink Gin Beach. At the Maca Bana, you can relax by the outdoor pool or hit the beach and enjoy some snorkeling. When you’re not enjoying the sun, you can enjoy the Maca Bana’s Aquarium Restaurant, specializing in international cuisine serving lunch, dinner and light fare. Be sure to stop by the bar and lounge and enjoy a drink to the view of the gorgeous ocean. The Maca Bana is a small resort, featuring only seven rooms, but its amenities are well worth it.

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St. George is an excellent vacation spot to enjoy in Grenada. Both the capital and number one vacation spot, St. George is the place to be in Grenada. Home to numerous lovely beaches, top quality restaurants, historic sites and museums, you really can’t go here.

In addition, it has its own underwater sculptures. These can only be seen on a snorkeling trip, so while you’re there be sure to make it a point to experience these majestic creations. Another great historic site is Fort George, an old fortress built by the French in 1705. While the fortress has clearly been touched by the passage of time, visitors can still view its legacy and even get a great view of the capital itself. Lastly, be sure to check out the Grenada National Museum, built using Grenada’s very first hotel. The museum displays several old Carib artifacts, sugar processing machines, and whaling equipment. If historic sites aren’t your thing, be sure to explore the Carenage, a beautiful picturesque shot of the bay that truly gives life to Grenada.

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As for food, a great place to eat is BB’s Crabback. There is plenty of Caribbean, seafood and Jamaican food to eat and specialties giving an authentic Grenadian experience. Be sure to get a seat near the window to get a view of the ocean. If you’re interested in the familiar, the Umbrella Beach Bar features both American and Caribbean meals, and it’s affordable pricing makes dining on a budget a breeze.

When the day finally comes to an end, visit the Carenage again for an even better look at the bay.
Grenada isn’t as big as the other Caribbean Islands, but it shouldn’t be left out of your vacation list. Let the spirit of Grenada take you away to an adventure unlike anything other.

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Cover photo © Andrew Moore

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By: Daniel Santos | Published on February 20, 2017

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