Grenada, not so long ago named as one of the twenty must-visit locations in the world for 2013 by National Geographic Traveler, has now added yet a second claim to fame with its capital city St. George’s, being recognized as one of the Top 25 Best Destinations in the Caribbean. This esteemed honour was recently bestowed by the 2012 Travelers’ Choice awards based on the millions of reviews posted on Trip Advisor by travelers from around the globe.
In its description of St. George’s, Grenada, Trip Advisor highlighted, “…the city of cricket, calypso and carnival. Everything you love about the Caribbean is here in St. George’s, from tropical sun to scuba diving and delicious seafood. Grenada is the “Island of Spice,” and St. George’s is a fantastic place to stock up on local cocoa, nutmeg, and mace… or book a tour of nearby plantations to see how they’re produced.”
Grenada is truly the unspoilt Caribbean island – not yet overwhelmed by great infrastructural development and cruise ship passengers. The tri island of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique appears almost hardly noticeable on the world map. Washed by two bodies of water- the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Caribbean Sea to the west, the island is known for its abundance of spices, unspoilt beauty and friendly people
The three islands give you the opportunity to travel to one destination but 3 different authentic experiences. Our traditions are an amiable mix of African, East Indian, French and British practices. These influences have impacted in Grenada’s folklore, dialect, music and general way of Life.
Much of our culture and traditions are celebrated in our festivals and activities. The tri-island state is the only one in this region to celebrate 2 carnivals per year. Carriacou Carnival this year will be celebrated on Feb 11th and 12th, the two days before Ash Wednesday which is the start of the Christian fasting period of Lent. While the main island, Grenada, will hold its Carnival on August 12th and 13th.
Carnival is only a taste of the many festivals waiting to be experienced by visitors to our shores two of which are the Carriacou Maroon & String Band Festival in April and the Grenada Drum Festival in May.
Our foods too are a influenced by our cultural heritage and this can be experienced at the weekly Fish Friday Festival in Gouyave (home of gold medalist Kirani James), fishing capital of the island, where the blend of flavours are a delight to the palate. As written by National geographic Travelers, “The weekly “Fish Friday” festival in Gouyave, Grenada’s seafood town, offers a marine taste of true Caribbean. Vendors fill the air with scents of fish cakes, shrimp, conch, and beer. Street music makes it a party, with visitors welcome. For most Grenadians, tourists are guests, not sales targets.”
Grenada may be small, but its geographical statue makes many fun and exciting activities possible. For the energetic, hiking, especially in our national parks is a must, while yachting and diving is among the best in the Caribbean and Grenada can justifiably bill itself as the ‘Wreck Capital of the Southern Caribbean’ . In addition the underwater world beckons both novice and expert to a splendid array of corals and our ‘first in the world’ sculpture park all of which is waiting to be explored. Our warm, calm waters make indulging in an array of other water-sports a delight and a mere dip in the ocean a joy.
We are proud to accept the accolade bestowed on St. George’s, Grenada as one of the Best Destinations in the Caribbean because it shows us that our visitors have indulged in what we have to offer and would be happy to return and advise others to do the same. For this we thank all those who took the time to visit the Trip Advisor website and sang our praises.