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

Introduction

PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography, Climate 4, Natural history and conservation, A brief history, Government and politics, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Education, Culture
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, Travelling with a disability, Travelling with children, Gay travellers, What to take, Money and budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays and events, Shopping, Arts and entertainment, Media and 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 TWO GRENADA
Chapter 4 St George's
A brief history, Getting there and away, 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 and away, 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 and away, 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 and away, 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 and away, Getting around, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Shopping,
Other practicalities, What to see and do
PART THREE 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 and away, Getting around, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Shopping,
Other practicalities, What to see and do
Appendix 1 Accommodation at a Glance
Appendix 2 Restaurants at a Glance
Appendix 3 Further Information
Index