- Coastline Verdant spice island
- Coast life It's a rum do
Our tip – get to Grenada before the rest of the world does. Somehow, this nutmeg-scented island has remained untouched by major tourism and has the real-deal kick-back Caribbean vibe.
With no OTT heritage trail spoiling the island, visitors are free to explore the lush rainforest and waterfalls of the interior, 45 heavenly beaches and buzzing harbour city of St George’s. The community feel is the stuff of nostalgic fantasy for Brits, with schoolchildren in pristine pressed uniforms walking home together along the side of the road in the afternoons.
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The average year-round temperature is around 25˚C, so it’s lovely all year, with tropical breezes to keep you cool. The rainy season lasts from June to December, but showers are brief and don’t fall every day.
- Planes There are weekly direct flights from London to Point Salines International Airport (11kms away from St George's) with British Airways (www.britishairways.com) | Golden Caribbean (www.goldencaribbean.co.uk) | XL Airways (www.xl.com) and Virgin Atlantic (www.virgin-atlantic.com). LIAT (www.liatairline.com) is your best bet if you’re island-hopping; it offers daily flights to Grenada from 22 Caribbean destinations. There's a local departure tax of $20.
- Boats Osprey Lines ferries (+1 473 440 8126; www.ospreylines.com) takes 90 minutes to reach the neighbouring island of Carriacou; there are also services to Petite Martinique.
- Automobiles There are many small rental companies on Grenada. The easiest thing is to have the hotel organise a hire car whenever you want to go exploring; that way it’ll be delivered to and picked up from the hotel. If you get lost | stop and ask a local – it’s no generalisation to say that everyone here's extremely friendly.
- Taxis Ask the hotel to arrange an airport pick-up. The ride to the hotel will give you a feel for how bumpy the roads can be. Brightly coloured water taxis can shuttle you between St George's and Grand Anse Beach for about EC$10 a couple.