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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Pure Grenada, Just For You

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Missing those tropical island vibes? The tri-island paradise of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique is ready with a big warm welcome and plenty to see, hear, taste and do – all with safety paramount.

The islands have implemented a comprehensive range of safety measures across the tourism experience, from the airport to accommodation, marinas to water sports, restaurants and bars to hotels and villas. A new ‘Pure Safe Travel’ Seal of Accreditation must be displayed once an establishment has been inspected and certified, and staff have been trained in Covid-19 -related protocols.

Grenada is a treat for all the senses. Head into the verdant rainforest interior peppered with waterfalls and punctuated with gloriously exotic blooms. This is tropical to a ‘T’. Amble, walk or hike, the choice is there – just take deep breaths to feel cleansed. Then cool off in a waterfall pool.

Over on Carriacou the pace is decidedly slower – not that Grenada is in a rush! Check out traditional beach boatbuilding at Windward and ‘lime’ with the locals over a Jack Iron rum or some fresh island fruit juices. Hop over to Petite Martinique by ferry for a sense of life on a tiny tropical island, cossetted by the blue sea and skies; a real ‘off-grid’ experience.

In Grenada there’s no chance to go hungry, given the range of mouthwatering fresh food. From oceanfront fine dining to informal roadside stops and casual family-run eateries, there’s a common thread: fresh, quality food made with love.

Spices such as nutmeg, turmeric and cinnamon grow in abundance, giving the islands their ‘Spice of the Caribbean’ moniker. Don’t forget to indulge in chocolate: the island boasts five independent cocoa growers who create delicious ‘tree-to-bar’ chocolate (mostly vegetarian, and dairy-free).

Live music is a way of life here and joining in the dancing is part of the deal! Mr Killa and Tallpree are just the tip of the talent iceberg, so explore the island to find live performers who bring the night alive. And there are three rum distilleries and a microbrewery, in addition to a vodka and gin distillery, just to get the party started.

Grenada has glorious beaches – over 30 of them on the leeward cast – each with an allure of its own. And don’t miss the chance to get under the water: check out the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park, or dive Grenada’s reefs and wrecks – all located close to shore.

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