Experience the spicy culture of the island of Grenada


While on a cruise with Princess in the Caribbean, passengers will be treated to dozens of varieties of spice and adventure in Grenada. As one of the world's largest producers of nutmeg, mace, cocoa, cinnamon and clove, this minuscule island boasts endless beaches and historic sugar distilleries. While the area's Carnival celebration attracts visitors from around the world at the end of each summer, this tropical hot spot is warm and inviting year-round.

Nicknamed "Spice Island," Grenada has plantations that still process spices the same way they did generations ago and scents of turmeric, vanilla and cinnamon permeate the humid air. Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1498, the island was already inhabited by Caribbean Indians who had migrated from the South American mainland. Once the island was colonized, it soon became a tourism hub because of its perfect climate, as the average temperatures range from 75 to 87 degrees Fahrenheit.

Along the coastline, tourists can walk around Grand Anse, which stretches for more than two miles on the west side of the island. Because of its leeward location, this pristine beach is sheltered from high waves, strong currents and winds. Individuals who want to try their hand at jet-skiing will have a blast in this tropical setting. Vendors are just steps away on the streets near the beach where hungry sunbathers can grab a snack or pick up some souvenirs.

Snorkelers can swim to Sugar Loaf Island in Levara, which boasts soft moss and a beautiful underwater world. Because few people make the swim just a couple hundred yards off shore, the secluded beach on the island is sparsely occupied and a perfect getaway for romance or solitude.

The Grand Etang Lake and National Park is one of the most popular hiking destinations on the island. Set in the middle of a lush rainforest, the park boasts several cascading waterfalls that flow all year, especially during the wet seasons, and hikers can dip their feet in numerous hot springs found in the area. The crater lake is surrounded by steep green hills, providing truly breathtaking scenery.

While Grenada offers fun activities throughout the day, passengers on a cruise with Princess should have a cup of coffee after dinner so they can listen to live local music at the Dodgy Dock Lounge Bar in True Blue. On Wednesdays, diners can dance to Calypso rhythms or take it easy on Fridays while listening to live jazz at sunset.