This “spice island,” famous for producing huge quantities of nutmeg, has become a vacationer’s idyll in recent years, offering a trifecta of beach, rainforest and rich culture. In Grenada you can sail, scuba dive or sunbathe one day, hike to the top of a foliage-covered mountain the next, and then spend some time soaking up French and English colonial culture by strolling the streets of capitol city St. George’s.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Language: English
Entry requirements: Passport
Currency: East Caribbean dollar
Flight time: 8 hours from New York City
Getting around: Taxi and rental car

When to Go: Grenada at its best

Best weather: Temperatures average a balmy 80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. June through December is considered the rainy season (though it rains on and off all year), and January through May is typically warm and dry with a pleasant breeze.
Best prices: As with any Caribbean island, you’re most likely to find deals during the “off-season” of summer and early fall.

What to Do

Set sail: After spending the requisite time sacked out on Grenada’s gorgeous beaches, try seeing the water from the vantage point of a yacht — the island is known for its great sailing conditions. (If you’re a sailing newbie, you can take lessons or go the pampered route and charter a boat that comes with a crew.)

Take a hike: At the island’s center, you’ll find the Grand Etang National Park, which is filled with verdant rainforests surrounding a crater lake. Whether you’re up for just a mellow stroll or a heart-pumping hike, you’ll find a trail suited perfectly for you.

Island-hop: Take a 90-minute ferry ride to the nearby island of Carriacou, where you can do more basking on the beach, relax at a laid-back seaside bar or spy exotic flora and fauna at the local botanical garden.

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