ROL Cruise recommends…
1. Savour sublime St. George’s
Seldom can the capital of a country genuinely be called either quaint or cute, but super-chilled St. George’s is a wonderful exception. The surrounding hillsides – the product of an ancient volcano – are covered in lush greenery and colourful houses, best viewed from the inner harbour, the Carenage. As you meander along the horseshoe-shaped inlet, also enjoy watching the bustling fishing boats bobbing on the perfectly clear water. Several narrow streets lead up to Fort George, which stands proudly on a clifftop overlooking the town. Investigate the tunnels and courtyard of the 18th-century stone structure, then head to the viewing point for rustic (and rusting) old cannons and beautiful vistas.
2. Dive into an unforgettable experience
Whether you’re a scuba ace with the certificates to prove it, or you have never so much as glanced through a snorkelling mask, exploring the island’s perfectly blue water will prove hard to resist. So don’t – instead, hop aboard a catamaran leaving for your pick of more than 50 glorious diving sites around Grenada, many within 10 minutes of the shore. Whether you’re simply snorkelling or fancy suiting up for some scuba action, all the equipment is provided for you to enjoy vibrant reefs and marine life, including seahorses, stingrays and turtles. Drop anchor at Flamingo Bay to experience colourful tropical fish; go diving at Whibbles Reef to explore the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean – the Bianca C; and attend the most unique art exhibition you’re ever likely to see at the Underwater Sculpture Park, off Moliniere Point.
3. Take it easier than you ever have
Grenada is truly the place to live out your Caribbean dreams: relaxing on beaches of pure white sand, soaking up the sun and taking a dip in the calm, pure sea. Throw in a glass of rum and you’re there – paradise. Just around the bay from St. George’s is Grand Anse Beach, a two-mile stretch of delightfulness, where you’re sure to find a spot to call your own. Or for an even more secluded experience, a short walk south takes you to Morne Rouge. The beach has shallow, warm water which is perfect for both children to play in, and romantics to stroll along.
4. Get a real flavour of Grenadian cuisine
Growing more spices per square mile than anywhere else in the world, a delightful mingle of pleasing scents pervades inland Grenada, from the likes of mace, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla. But the principle reason it’s dubbed the ‘Spice Isle’ is due to the numerous nutmeg plantations. At a vast facility in Gouyave, 20km up the coast from St. George’s, workers sort the fragrant pods at the Nutmeg Processing Station, and on a bargain-priced tour, you can learn all about the valuable crop. Just as important to Grenada’s economy is the cocoa bean, a fact celebrated at a 300-year-old working plantation near the top of the island, the Belmont Estate. Guides explain how chocolate is produced there, plus you can walk around the landscaped gardens and enjoy those all-important samples. There are also a number of rum distilleries across Grenada, with tours explaining how raw sugar cane is turned into a tropical tipple.