If variety is the spice of life, then the life of spice is in the captivating Caribbean island country of Grenada. Tiny but mighty, it’s the second largest producer of nutmeg behind Indonesia. Mace, cloves, cinnamon and ginger are Grenada’s other major exports. The island is adorned with bushy evergreen trees of cinnamon, where the spice actually comes from the bark.

The vibrant port of Grenada is a menagerie of architecture, perfectly positioned among the pastel-ladden landscape. This color scheme sets Grenada apart from the typical jewel-toned palettes of the Caribbean. While there are various excursions available, one can customize a tour of Grenada by selecting a taxi tour guide who can show you highlights of your specific interests. After all, combining nature with culture is a smart way to understand a destination.

Photos by Gina Michalopulos Kingsley

Annandale Waterfall is a 30-foot spectacle nestled within a forest park grotto. At the entrance, local women sell their handicrafts of fragrant garland necklaces with local spices. The pungent aromas of the potpourri souvenir will freshen any space while reminding you of the magical island. Wind your way through the ascent of lush trails; the climax of this is the stunning waterfall. Tourists can watch brave locals jump into the waterfall. Exiting the park, there are families of musicians greeting you with genuine, hospitable charm.

Drive through the delightful neighborhoods of this spice island and visit the agricultural shops for demonstrations. Imagine balls of nutmeg that can be grated into fresh flakes to garnish your foods or beverages. Spices can be purchased for souvenirs, as well as in tincture form – nutmeg makes a potent pain relief when made into cream. On your way through the hilly neighborhoods, you’ll see children playing in the schoolyard. Colorful homes with tropical trees decorate the hillsides where farming takes place.

The Fort Frederick Castle, cresting atop a hill overlooking the sea, has a unique distinction. It’s one of the few forts in history which never fired its cannons in anger. It was built by the French and taken from the British in 1779. The French flabbergasted the British – who expected an inland naval attack. Hoping to avoid being surprised in the same way, the French constructed Fort Frederick as a “backward facing fort,” with its cannons facing inland against the hills rather than towards the sea.

The vistas from the fort make you fall in love with Grenada. It’s no wonder several celebrities reportedly own homes there.

Another feature of the town is the Sendall Tunnel. This narrow, 340-foot passageway, created in 1894, burrows through the street and was originally designed for horse carriages.  However, nowadays, people walk through it for fun and a sense of history.

Carenage is the inlet promenade perfect for strolling along the charming waterfront. Carenage, a French word meaning “safe anchorage,” exudes the pride of Grenada’s capital city of St. George. The caldera views of this volcanic island are part of the breathtaking features of this blissful destination which dates back to 1650.

Spend time strolling through the city center of cafes, stores, museums and the utterly relaxing Sails restaurant extending onto the waterfront. Specialty drinks and unique margaritas are enjoyed while gazing at the colorful architectural scenery of the island. 

The boats in the marina reflect the personality of their owners, with clever boat names and colorful designs. Contemporary and abstract artistic nuances are found along the way – which add a dimension of appreciation for this enigmatic island. 

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