Travel By Fingertip...Grenada

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Grenada
Temperature
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Grenada Profile

A domain of supremely fertile forests and fields, of soft breezes perfumed with frangipani and nutmeg, of sheltered beaches white as new satin, Grenada is a modern-day Garden of Eden. Many foreigners associate the island with strife - namely, the 1983 U.S. invasion - but life here in the last decade has regained the sweetly confident, welcoming air of centuries past, and if political debate on the matter continues, it does so in a moderate tone.

On Grenada (Gre-NAY-da), hospitality comes in all flavors - from the growing bevy of luxury hotels on Grande Anse Beach (a two-mile stretch of sunstruck perfection) to comely gingerbread inns with romantic views and such genteel forms of recreation as croquet and billiards. Tennis and many aquasports are widely available, though golf and gambling are not. St. George's, the capital, has earned virtually unananimous praise as one of the Caribbean's most handsome harbor town. Tucked in a lush volcanic valley, it appears from the water as a crazy-quilt of orange-tiled roofs fronted by a dockside parade of elegant yachts. Grenada is, in fact, a sailing and boatbuilding mecca; its gorgeous profile and sheltered west coast attract wealthy sailors from all over the globe. (If honeymooning clients yearn for an intimate chartered cruise, this island may be the perfect choice.)

Grenada, a member of the British commonwealth, is one of the world's top spice growers; cinnamon, mace, allspice, cocoa, vanilla, and nutmeg fill the lowland fields that give way to the richly jungled mountains of the interior. Perhaps because of all that fertility - with a nod to the island's early French heritage - local chefs serve up an exceptionally fresh and lively version of West Indies cuisine, from callaloo to grilled armadillo. The pervasive greenery also makes Grenada an attractive destination for travelers who want a sampling of tropical nature without having to negotiate the daunting outback of Jamaica or Dominica. In the Grand Etang Forest Reserve, gentle trails wend their way among mammoth mahogany trees and cascading waterfalls - all just a short drive from the coast (on the left side of the road, of course).

If you  want scenic seclusion, you might try Carriacou, one of Grenada's two tiny northern outposts. Here, native-built sloops drift serenely past luminous beaches, where guests sip the local (and lethal) "jackiron" potion, read, snooze, and sizzle.

Grenada is not as easily reached as other islands - from the U.S., one must usually fly via Trinidad - but its natural beauties and manmade luxuries more than make up for the trip.  

Month

Degrees (F)

Inches

January 80-82 4.0
February 80-82 4.0
March 80-84 1.8
April 81-85 2.1
May 83-84 4.0
June 82-85 6.5
July 83-84 6.4
August 83-85 6.6
September 83-86 6.9
October 83-85 9.9
November 82-84 11.5
December 81-83 6.3