The Caribbean has always been a bucket list item for travelers all over the world, and the paradisic beaches that dot the region seem to only get more popular as time goes on.
However, there’s one tiny island that has managed to go under the radar even as neighboring destinations explode in popularity.
The gorgeous country that will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this upcoming February has recently revealed itself as the Caribbean’s best-hidden gem, boasting sunny shores, idyllic landscapes, and an exceptional culinary scene.
If you’re still unsure about where to embark on your next trip, here are 6 reasons why you should consider this underrated destination:
An Escape From Reality
Dubbed the “Spice Isle,” Grenada is one of the Caribbean’s most stunning countries.
The tiny island is especially popular among American travelers, who account for 60% of the tourism in the area.
If you take a closer look at the demographic of the tourists who travel thousands of miles to get to Grenada, you’ll see that most of them are full-time workers looking for a brief escape from reality – and the country offers just that.
Whatever your idea of a dream vacation might be, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for within the island’s 133 mi² (344 km²).
Those who want to just lay back and relax will have the time of their lives in one of the many luxury, all-inclusive resorts near Grenada’s most coveted beaches.
Most of them also offer world-class spa treatments, yoga sessions, and wellness retreats.
If you ever get the chance, I’d highly recommend enjoying a nutmeg-infused massage – after all, Grenada is one of the world’s largest exporters of the spice.
Thrill-seekers, on the other hand, might prefer a hike through the gorgeous rainforests.
I can’t recommend the Seven Sisters Waterfall trail enough. Though there’s a $2 entrance fee, the views that reward you at the end are more than worth it.
Those fortunate enough to have experienced Grenada for themselves can attest that the views here are all postcard-worthy.
The pristine yet vividly-colored beaches, cascading waterfalls, and lush rainforests make for the perfect backdrop for some of the most jaw-dropping pictures you’ll ever capture in your life, so remember to take your camera with you whenever you go sightseeing.
Must-see attractions include the Grand Etang National Park and Annandale Falls.
The former is home to the Grand Etang Lake, a volcanic crater lake surrounded by dense forests, and yes, the views are just as majestic as they sound.
The latter is a majestic waterfall that seems like it has jumped right out of a fairytale.
I won’t even delve into the pristine beaches that surround the island (e.g. Pink Gin, Gouyave, Grand Anse) since chances are they’re what’s drawing you to Grenada in the first place.
Vibrant Cultural Heritage
The mix of African, Caribbean, and European influences is apparent in Grenada’s unique, vibrant cultural heritage.
Spend a day away from the beach to explore historic sites like Fort George or the Grenada National Museum. I’d also recommend timing your visit to make it to at least one of the country’s lively festivals.
When on an island renowned for its vast spice production, bland, boring food is the last thing you have to worry about.
Locally sourced nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon are incorporated into almost all traditional delicacies, like oil down, lambie souse, and callaloo soup.
Make sure to end your meals with a decadent dessert, like nutmeg ice cream or fudge made with locally produced chocolate.
If adventurers are yet to be convinced that Grenada is the perfect destination for them, just take a look at the abundance of outdoor activities that take place on the island.
Visit the iconic underwater sculpture park, go diving, and explore one of the 15 shipwrecks that lie in the waters of the local beaches, book a sunset sail, and hike through the scenic trails of Grand Etang National Park.
One thing’s for sure – you’ll never get bored thrill-seeking your way through Grenada.
The last piece of the mosaic that is Grenada’s undeniable allure is the warmth and friendliness of Grenada locals, who create a welcoming atmosphere that makes travelers feel at home.
It’s easy to immerse yourself in the island’s captivating culture when you encounter the kind of genuine warmth and friendliness that Grenadians are best known for.
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