Jody Victor Visits Grenada

Grenada is a rolling, mountainous island, covered with fragrant spice trees and rare tropical flowers.

Our first trip to Grenada was part of a Caribbean cruise. As we approached the island we could see the stunning beaches, and picturesque towns. The horseshoe-shaped harbor is surrounded by a pastel rainbow of dockside warehouses and the red-tiled roofs of traditional shops and homes.

We were immediately able to shop under the cool shade of the straw market filled with local treats, treasures, and crafts. Our tour bus roamed over modern roads and took us to centuries-old spice plantations and rum distilleries where they still use traditional methods, emphasizing quality rather than quantity. This verdant island has long been a major source of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and cocoa – hence the nickname, “The Spice of the Caribbean.” As we continued along the mountainous roads the views were fabulous – blue water, white beaches, and miles of tropical green forests.

If we had more time we could have done a variety of things – strolled along miles of beautiful beaches, snorkeled around the many coral reefs, fished, and much more. The average temperatures range from 75F to 87F, tempered by the steady and cooling trade winds.

Grenada’s physical beauty is complemented by its rich history and vibrant, living cultural heritage. Local festivals, fairs, and markets remain an integral part of life on Grenada. Although the tourist industry has become more substantial in recent years, the island’s easy rhythms and the friendly openness of its residents evoke an atmosphere that has long since vanished elsewhere.