ABOUT This is the 'Spice Isle' of the Caribbean; a geographical gem where visitors can sink into the serenity of warm breezes and soft moonlight; feel history in centuries old forts; touch the floor of the rain forest and swim among coral reefs. This is the land of spices, exotic flowers and rare fruits; the three island nation of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique and the gateway to the Grenadines. If you are looking for a tropical paradise with lush green vegetation, panoramic views, beaches, waterfalls, opportunities for whale watching, sailing, diving, scuba and other water sports then Grenada offers it all. Grenada is popularly known as "The Spice Isle" because of the abundance of locally grown spices and a culture of music, dance and food. In Grenada offers it all. Grenada is popularly known as "The Spice Isle" because of the abundance of locally grown spices and a culture of music, dance and food. For many visitors, of course, the measure of any island is taken by its beaches and coral reefs, and Grenada offers plenty of both. The island is ringed with miles of picture-perfect strands, including both entrancing black and sugar-fine white sand beaches. Grand Anse Beach, a smooth expanse stretching for two miles around the curve of a gentle bay, is world famous.

CLIMATE Weather in Grenada varies according to altitude. The island has very remarkable topography, with several mountainous regions. Around the coastline, weather tends to be more hot and humid, but as you travel toward the interior of the island, temperatures change drastically. The rainforests of Grenada are shrouded in thick mists, and temperatures in the forests are considerably cooler than on the outer edges of the island. No matter the season, light rains often fall in the mountainous and forested areas of Grenada. The average year-round temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Daily highs usually climb to 86 degrees Fahrenheit, and low temperatures, which usually occur at night, stay near 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The hottest months are from June through August. Cooler temperatures characterize the region's winter season, from November to February. Northeast trade winds provide cool, comfortable relief from sultry summer temperatures, so if you travel during the summer, you shouldn't be overwhelmed by the tropical heat.

BEWARE Despite the relaxed atmosphere, however, there have been incidents of violent crime including murder. These tend to occur within the local community but can sometimes affect tourists. You should maintain at least the same level of security awareness as you would in your own country and ensure that your living accommodation is secure. Apply the same measures if you are staying on a yacht. Avoid walking alone in isolated areas, including beaches, after dark. Do not carry large amounts of cash or jewellery. Valuables and travel documents should be left, where possible, in safety deposit boxes and hotel safes. Driving standards in Grenada are not as high as perhaps you would like and you need to be tolerant of the more relaxed attitude to the rules of the road of many Grenadian drivers. In some areas, there are open drains at the side of roads; extra care is needed to negotiate potential hazards to tyres and bodywork. Take particular care at pedestrian crossings, traffic lights and roundabouts even if you think you have the right of way. Use only designated bus stops to ride the local mini buses; the practice of flagging down buses on busy roads is responsible for many accidents. Many roads are steep, with hairpin bends and potholes in places; drive slowly and vigilantly. Mini bus services are operating throughout the island, which provide relatively cheap and fast (often dangerously so) travel within Grenada. Water taxi and ferry services are alternative forms of travel. Standard taxi fares exist for most destinations but it is sensible to clarify the fare with the driver before beginning a journey.