Into the Blue – Exotic Destinations For Every Kind of Pocket
Wallet friendly: Run with the locals
When seeing a Caribbean island from the back of a mini bus just won’t cut it, try sprinting around the place instead. The Grenada Hash Harriers are a local running group who show visitors the sites of the island on a jog around rainforest and beach trails. It’s not as hard as it sounds, either — being a little fit will help, but teens to tourists in their seventies take part — the focus is on having fun and seeing cool stuff as opposed to a sprint to the finish line. Every Saturday at 4pm they meet outside a pre-designated rum shop; the group’s mantra is ‘drinkers with a running problem’, so you’ll be pleased to know that the tour ends with a well-deserved beer-fuelled knees up down at a local beach shack. It’s exercise just as we like it. And it’s free.
DETAILS: Petit Anse is a pretty guesthouse run by a couple who grow their own fruit and veg and make their own ice cream. Nightly rates from £45 per room. petiteanse.com. Flights from £600 return, check cheapflights.co.uk
Splash the cash: Try deep-sea fishing
Fancy trying something new? The Caribbean may not be the most obvious extreme sports destination, but if you’re talking sport fishing then it offers it by the boatload. Grenada is known as one of the best deep-sea fishing venues in the Caribbean, with marlin and yellowfin tuna fishing (with an average size of over 100lb). There’s a conservation aspect to this, too — all marlin and sailfish are released back into the sea. If the fishing’s not your bag, have a snooze on the deck while someone else gets on with it. As well as big fish you’re in dolphin- and whale-spotting, territory too.
DETAILS: Book half-day trips from £90, yesaye.com; Laluna is a design-led hotel with nightly rates from £400, Ialuna.com; Virgin Atlantic offers return flights from £474, virgin-attantic.com