Sailing into the Crater of a Volcano, Lounging on a Fabled Beach
This postcard-perfect horseshoe-shaped port—actually the crater of an inactive volcano—is one of the most scenic in the Caribbean, flanked by early 18th-century forts and hugged by one of the area’s most authentic and raffishly charming West Indian cities, St. George’s.
Rainbow-colored homes with “fish scale” roofs climb the steep green hills behind. The crescent-shaped waterfront district, the Carenage, is the colorful commercial hub of the naturally landlocked inner harbor, whose pedestrian walkways still belong to the Grenadians, even when the cruise ships are in town.
Stop by the daily open-air market (especially on busy Saturday mornings) to listen to the turbaned ladies sell their fragrant cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon, and nutmeg— there’s a reason Grenada is called the Isle of Spice. If the vibrant aroma makes your head swim, grab a chair and a Carib beer by the large open windows on the second floor of the Nutmeg—an informal restaurant that is the city’s most popular meeting spot— where you can watch the harbor traffic.
The curried Iambi (conch) is a longtime specialty, and the nutmeg ice cream is remarkable. St. George’s is not recommended for action-seekers or casino devotees, but beach lovers need look no further than nearby Grand Anse, south of town. This 2-mile curve of fine white sand is the most famous of the island’s forty-five beaches, with a gentle surf that’s perfect for a wide variety of water sports—which is where the sixty-six stylish beach suites of Spice Island Beach Resort come in handy.
As an alternative, you can opt for one of the ultra-secluded suites with private freshwater pools. For some of the island’s most creative cuisine, the Blue Horizons Cottage Hotel just across the road steals the show. Here, from the airy terrace of La Belle Creole restaurant, sunset views accompany family-recipe classics like chilled lobster mousse, cream of tannia soup, or veal a la Creole. For dessert, there’s nothing sweeter than a stroll under the stars along Grenada’s prettiest beach.