Grenada is known as the island of spice (not to be confused with the spice island). It’s made up of three main islands – Grenada, Petit Martinique and Carriacou. Grenada is the main island and receives the bulk of tourists and there’s a good reason for that – it has so many unique tourist attractions and activities available for visitors to enjoy as well as some of the best beaches in this Caribbean island nation. Carriacou island is not as popular when compared to the main island but still receives a good amount of visitors each year. Petit Martinique is not that visited because it lays quite a distance from the other islands and also because it doesn’t have proper tourist infrastructure. It’s still a good place to explore if you do not mind giving up on some luxuries for a little while and going through the extra bit of effort to get to Petit Martinique island.
Grenada island is the main island and home to the majority of citizens. It’s also the most visited of the Grenada islands thanks to its wide variety of attractions and tourist activities. There are no shortage of world class hotels, resorts and restaurants. Some of the attractions here includes visiting the Grand Etang Nature Reserve where you can visit a huge lake crater and climb Mount Qua Qua. There are numerous rum distilleries and waterfalls which you can visit and needless to say, the beaches are incredible.
Carriacou island is the second largest of the three but is still considerably smaller when compared to the main island. There is a good tourist infrastructure in place and is often visited for its beaches, beautiful marine park, the Belair National Park where numerous festivals are held throughout the year and lots more.
Petite Martinique is the smallest of the three and is home to less than 1000 residents. It’s not often visited by tourists since it’s quite far from the other two islands and because of the lack of tourist infrastructure. There isn’t much to do here and you could easily explore Petite Martinique on foot in a few hours. It would make for a good day trip.
Anytime of the year is a good time to visit Grenada – even during the rainy season which lasts from June through to December. The islands don’t receive a whole lot of rain during this period although it does rain most days but showers never last for more than an hour at a time. The rest of the year is the dry season and is the most popular time for tourists.
Grenadaexplorer.com has information on dive sites, accommodation and loads more.
Lonely Planet is an excellent source of information on these Caribbean islands.
PureGrenada.com is a great website for those interested in finding out more about the various tourist activities on Grenada.