An island country comprising Grenada, and it’s six smaller islands, is another strong contender for being the most beautiful Caribbean destination. Its natural beauty is everything you would want – bold island scenery, idyllic golden beaches where the coconut palms sway ever so casually in the gentle breeze, and the colonial charm of the capital, St Georges. Divers can enjoy the lure of coral reefs and sunken wrecks, and there is every chance you will see pods of whales while you cruise between the islands. Grenada’s airport provides easy access to the USA and Europe.
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Trimmed with 45 beaches and countless secluded coves, Grenada’s popularity has grown as travelers increasingly seek exotic, friendly vacation destinations. Crisscrossed by nature trails and dotted with fragrant spice plantations, Grenada is home to one of the Caribbean’s most picturesque capital cities and one of the region’s finest beaches, Grand Anse.
Carriacou, the land of many reefs, is a hilly island with neither lakes nor rivers, so its drinking water comes from rainwater caught in cisterns. It gets quite arid during the dry season (January through May). Nevertheless, pigeon peas, corn, and fruit are grown here, and the climate seems to suit the mahogany trees used for furniture making and the white cedar that's critical to the island’s famed boatbuilding industry. Hillsborough is Carriacou's main town. Just offshore, Sandy Island is a tiny spit of land and one of the nicest beaches around. Rolling hills cut a wide swath through the middle of Carriacou, from Gun Point in the north to Tyrell Bay in the south. Despite its tiny size, Carriacou has several distinct cultures. Hillsborough is decidedly English; the southern region, around L'Esterre, reflects French roots; and the northern town of Windward has Scottish ties. African culture, though, is the overarching influence.
Ten minutes north of Carriacou by boat lies the tiny residential island of Petite Martinique. There's a guesthouse or two but no tourist facilities or attractions—just peace and quiet. Meander along the beachfront and watch boatbuilders at work. If by chance there's a boat launching, sailboat race, traditional wedding, holiday, or festival taking place while you're there, you're in for a treat. The music is infectious, the food bountiful, and the spirit lively.
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