Grenada

by Paul Crask

Grenada

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Written by Caribbean-based writer and photographer Paul Crask, this new, thoroughly updated third edition of Bradt's Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique is the only standalone guide available to this alluring Caribbean destination. With insider knowledge of the islands, from luxurious villas and resorts to pastoral villages and mountain trails, Bradt's Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique is rich in detail, local colour and practical information, and offers detailed accommodation, dining and activities listings as well as the author's own take on how to maximise your stay.
Whether you are into sailing, scuba diving wrecks and reefs, kayaking through mangrove forests, hiking mountain trails, 'jumping-up' at carnival, or sampling vintage rums at historic distilleries and luxurious beachside resorts, Bradt's Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique is ideal for travellers of all kinds.
This new edition covers the many developments on the islands in the past few years. Investment in accommodation on Grenada continues and the diversity of options is impressive: from the new Sandals resort to the Rumboat Retreat, a lodge that welcomes independent travellers as well as rum enthusiasts. More airlines now fly directly to Grenada's Maurice Bishop International Airport and the annual sailing regattas continue to attract a large international gathering. With easy access to and from North America and Europe, and with plenty of great accommodation and dining options, scenic Grenada offers a perfect blend of traditional island life with modern Caribbean living.
Grenada is a tri-island nation famed for its nutmeg and cocoa, sailing regattas, jaw-dropping beaches and strong cultural traditions. The main island, Grenada, has a tall spine of forested mountain ridges surrounded by rivers, waterfalls and farmlands, and the scenic coastline is replete with secluded bays and anchorages. To the north, at the southern tip of the Grenadines island chain, Carriacou and Petite Martinique are tranquil and beautiful. Noted for traditions of Big Drum Dance and boat building, both islands enjoy deserted beaches and coral reefs and offer a warm and friendly welcome.

About the author

Paul Crask is a writer, photographer and independent magazine publisher who has lived in the eastern Caribbean for over ten years. Based on Dominica, where he lives with his wife in their self-built home, he is a frequent visitor to Grenada and the Grenadines. His freelance travel articles and photographs have featured in international and regional publications. He is also the author of Bradt's Dominica.

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Contents

PART 1 GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography, Climate, Natural history & conservation, History, Government & politics, Economy, People & culture (inc Religion, Language, Education)
Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tour operators, Tourist Offices, Red tape, Consulates and embassies, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, Women travellers, Disabled travellers, Travelling with children, Gay & lesbian travellers, What to take, Money, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating & drinking, Public holidays & events, Shopping, Arts & entertainment, Media & communications, Business, Cultural etiquette, Travelling positively
Chapter 3 Activities and Special Interests
Beaches, Birdwatching, Bus tours, Cycling and mountain biking, Fishing, Garden tours, Golf, Hashing, Hiking, Kayaking, Off-roading and jeep tours, River tubing, Sailing boat charters, day cruising and water taxis, Scuba-diving, Snorkelling, Turtle-watching, Whale- and dolphin-watching

PART 2 GRENADA
Chapter 4 St George's
History, Getting there, Getting around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 5 The Southwest Peninsula
Getting there, Getting around, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 6 Gouyave, Grand Etang and the West
Getting there, Getting around, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 7 Grenville, Grand Etang and the Southeast
Getting there, Getting around, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 8 Sauteurs, Mt St Catherine and the North
Getting there, Getting around, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do

Part 3 CARRIACOU AND PETITE MARTINIQUE
Chapter 9 Background Information
Geography, Climate, Natural history and conservation, History, Carriacou and Petite Martinique today, People, Culture
Chapter 10 The Islands
Getting there, Getting around, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do

Appendices
Accommodation at a Glance
Restaurants at a Glance
Further info
Index