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PURE GRENADA


Grenada is in the Eastern Caribbean 100 miles north of South America, south of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The nation of Grenada is made up of three islands - Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique - home to around 100,000 people.  Grenada is the largest island, only 12 by 21 miles, 133 square miles. The capital, St. Georges, is considered to be the prettiest city in the Caribbean. Its horseshoe shaped harbour is surrounded by pastel coloured warehouses and brightly painted shops and homes. Grenada is a "classic" tropical island - golden beaches with tall palm trees, sparkling bright blue ocean and lush, deep green countryside.
The contrasting colours represent the different characteristics this wonderful island offers you. Relax on the beaches. Take on the challenge of exploring the dense rain forest in the heart of the island. Enjoy the spectacular diving and snorkelling.  


    
                                      A bright blue ocean - 45 superb beaches and fantastic reefs and wrecks –
                                    waterfalls, hot springs, rain forests, lakes and a breathtaking natural world.
                                              A huge diversity of natural features on a small beautiful island.  
                           Welcoming and peaceful. Hard to see what more Pure Grenada could offer you. 


        


Grenada was formed by a volcanic eruption many thousands of years ago and its geography is the most varied in the Caribbean, both interesting and unique.  The island has a stunning coastline with 45 wonderful beaches and is surrounded by a bright blue ocean. Grand Anse Beach is, "officially" one of the best beaches in the world, a smooth expanse of soft sand stretching for two miles around the gentle curve of the bay. Some of the beaches are great for water sports, diving and snorkelling. Other beaches are secluded and very quiet - like the superb Morne Rouge beach (my favourite). There is a beach to suit everyone here.

The long extinct volcano at the heart of the island is covered by a dense rain forest. The scenic, rugged countryside has cascading rivers and waterfalls, hot spring and a beautiful mountain lake. Fragrant spice trees, fruit trees and rare tropical flowers are everywhere.  A fantastic variety of habitats, interesting and beautiful, home to a diverse and thriving wildlife. Grenada is known as "The Isle of Spice" - there are more spices here per square mile than any other place in the world. Cloves, mace, cocoa, cinnamon, ginger, and others. Grenada produces a third of the world's supply of nutmeg. (You must try nutmeg ice cream). The rich fragrance of spices pervades the entire island and you can smell nutmeg miles out to sea. Grenada produces some of the best chocolate and rum in the world often using traditional production methods.


PURE GRENADA

Grenadians are determined to protect their culture and their environment. Islanders are working hard - and urging others - to protect the natural environment. This commitment has prevented the manufactured tourist attractions that blight so many parts of the world. Many people will have heard of this delightful Caribbean island but, due to the island's resistance to over development, it is still quiet and relaxed. Tourism is Grenada's main source of income, but the international airport was only opened in 1985, and due to strict controls on development, visitor numbers are still only 25,000 from the UK each year. The majority of visitors to Grenada are from the UK. No mass tourism, no fun fairs or theme parks, no large resorts or high rise hotels - no hotel on the island can exceed the third floor or the height of the palm trees. There are several small hotels and resorts mainly in the south west of the island and all the accommodation we visited was a very high standard.
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History

Christopher Columbus arrived on Grenada in 1498 which was already inhabited by the Carib Indians, who had migrated from South America displacing the peaceful Arawaks. The Amerindians called their island Camerhogue, but Columbus renamed it Concepción. However, Spanish sailors thought it reminded them of Andalusia and called it Granada.  Although control of the island passed from France to Britain over the years, the name stuck with a slight change from "Granada" to "La Grenade" to "Grenada". Exploited first for indigo (hence the name of an area "True Blue"), and later for sugar production, the island prospered. The British Admiral George Rodney captured Grenada in 1762 and the island gained independence in 1974. The island remains an English speaking Commonwealth country.


Island Culture

The island culture is an interesting fusion of old traditions - from Africa, France, England and the local culture. There is a regular "procession" of carnivals and events - celebrated with enthusiasm by all islanders. I was amazed at the friendliness of the local people - who regularly welcome you to their island with the inevitable Grenadian smile !  I lost count of the number of times people called out "enjoy your stay on the island". This friendly attitude atmosphere cannot be underestimated or overemphasised. Being able to relax and enjoy the beaches, activities, wonderful food and the lively nightlife makes it a proper holiday - a refreshing experience. Although very open and friendly in the street - at work Grenadians are well dressed and a little more conservative than people from other Caribbean islands - but this just underlines the comfortable feeling visitors get. Carefree - but never careless.


Weather

Wonderful weather !  Temperatures from 24°c (75°f) to 30°c (87°f) cooled by a steady breeze from the Atlantic, which keeps you comfortable and fresh. Whatever you choose to do you can do it in comfort. The cooler temperatures are between November and February.  The dry season is between January and May - rainy season in June to December.  Even during the rainy season, from June to December, it rarely rains for more than an hour at a time and certainly not every day. Tropical rain comes down fast - but clears very quickly - and it's warm and sunny again. The weather does not vary a great deal – and so, any time is a good time to go. 


Nightlife

Grenada's nightlife is easy going, sometimes lively, often quirky, but never intense, as it can be in some holiday destinations. One very pleasing aspect is that locals and visitors mix quite freely. Fish Friday - a weekly street festival, to celebrate "the fisherman", St. Peter, is a prime example. Locals and visitors all enjoy the music and the atmosphere together - very relaxed and comfortable. There are lots of restaurants, to suit all tastes - from ordinary cafes serving local food to the Gary Rhodes restaurant serving international cuisine. Grenada has a few bars and clubs with live music and dancing, calypso and reggae are the favourites.  Lots of fun - with that typical Caribbean joie de vivre.  Easy and relaxed you can enjoy the nightlife as a guest and not as a tourist. Hotels offer entertainment - and some work hard to provide an extensive choice of entertainment to their guests. Please select the link to Nightlife under Things to Do for more information


Activities

Lots to see and do on Grenada ..... you can visit historic forts, lakes, waterfalls, spice estates, spice gardens, floral gardens, rum distilleries (with generous samples), plantation houses, Amerindian petroglyphs, etc. You can enjoy lots of fun activities like river tubing, hiking, mountain biking and kayaking, sailing and much more, not least the wonderful diving and snorkelling. 
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Scuba Diving / Snorkelling

The Caribbean sea is famous for its diversity and abundance of marine life and the diving in Grenada is some of the best in the Caribbean. The underwater scenery in Grenada is every bit as breathtaking as it is on land. There are more than 50 sites around Grenada with 15 wrecks in varying depths and locations around the island. Grenada Marine Park is a strictly protected are north of St.Georges, easy ocean conditions in protected bays, for divers and snorkellers who will see nearly every kind of coral imaginable, along with an abundance of marine fish life, pelagic and coastal. No crowds on Grenada   the diving easy and hassle free. Please select the Diving and Snorkelling page links above for more information 


PURE GRENADA - PURE ENJOYMENT

On Grenada you can enjoy yourself – no fuss, no hassle - at your own pace. A great holiday island - lots to see and do - with a friendly atmosphere. The island's easy rhythm and the welcoming, friendly people give the island a special atmosphere that has disappeared in other tourist destinations. A warm welcome, rum, chocolate, wonderful beaches, good food and lots of things to do ! Sounds good to us !
Having enjoyed much of what Grenada can offer we are able to advise you about your holiday to this wonderful island. We are a Caribbean travel specialist. We would be delighted to discuss any plans you have for a holiday to this wonderful part of the world. We can tailor your holiday to your requirements and wishes. Not just flights and accommodation we can include activities, vehicle hire and excursions etc., if you wish. We have a wide choice of accommodation and services and we have the best prices and offers.

Please see the links to information about Grenada and our company - above. Quotes for holidays are given with no obligation.