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Grenada: Still Beautiful After the Storms  by Marcia Niles

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On the Caribbean island of Grenada, the balmy tropical air is filled with the aromatic scents of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Known as the Spice Isle, the island has been the world's second largest producer of nutmeg. Centuries-old spice farms and plantations are found throughout Grenada. 

The capital city of St. George's is often described as the most beautiful and picturesque in the Caribbean.

Its horseshoe-shaped natural harbor is surrounded by pastel-colored buildings with red tile roofs and hillside houses overlooking the bay. 

Hillsborough Bay from Princess Royal Hospital, Grenada
Hillsborough Bay from Princess Royal Hospital, Grenada
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Known as the Carenage, the harbor is home to colorful fishing boats, yachts and cruise ships. Here, local fishermen announce the day's catch with the traditional blowing of a conch shell. Along the waterfront are shops and restaurants. Experience the pulse of the island with a visit to Market Square -- located in the heart of the city, this vibrant and bustling market is where you'll see the bounty of the land as local vendors display and sell their colorful produce of fruits, vegetables and spices. Here you can also find a variety of locally made handicrafts .

Grenada has a pristine coastline of white sandy beaches and a mountainous interior of lush tropical rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and volcanic crater lakes. An abundance of beautiful flowers and plants, including many rare species, grow on the island. Grenada has been a participant at the world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show and has received both gold and silver awards for its stunning displays. 

The Arawak Indians inhabited Grenada before they were displaced by the warlike Caribs. In 1498, on his third voyage, Christopher Columbus caught sight of the island, and named it Concepcion, Spanish sailors later renamed it Granada because of its resemblance to the lush, verdant hills of Spain. The Caribs strongly resisted the Europeans in their attempts to settle and colonize the island. It wasn't until 1651, that the French eventually took control and established a colony; they called it Le Grenade. It is believed that the last remaining Caribs jumped from a cliff to their death rather than surrender. The French named the spot "Le Mourne de Sauteers," or "Leapers Hill."

The French colony existed for more than a century until Britain seized possession. The Treaty of Paris formally ceded the island to Britain in 1763. In a series of "tug of wars," the island reverted to French rule for four years. Britain regained power in 1783 under the Treaty of Versailles and Grenade became Grenada. 

Girls in Front of Mural, Paradise Beach, Carriacou and Petit Martinique, Grenada
Girls in Front of Mural, Paradise Beach, Carriacou and Petit Martinique, Grenada
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Grenada became an independent nation in 1974 and Sir Eric Gairy became the first Prime Minister. In 1979, the government was overthrown by a Marxist coup while the PM was out of the country and the new party leadership headed by Maurice Bishop took office. In 1983, the small island nation of Grenada became the focus of international attention, when factions within the ruling regime led to another coup d'etat, with severe consequences. Maurice Bishop was placed under house arrest, but freed by his supporters. Within hours, he and several members of his administration, along with some civilians lost their lives. Just days following the unrest, USA and Caribbean forces invaded Grenada and handed power over to the Governor General. Elections resumed in 1984 and the country functions today as a democratic society. 

In 2004, hurricane Ivan made landfall on Grenada and caused enormous and widespread devastation. Several people died, and many others lost their homes and businesses. About 90% of the nutmeg trees were destroyed. 

With a determination to weather the storms, and the outpouring of international support, the island is making steady progress in its recovery efforts. Despite the turbulent years, Grenada has produced many remarkable men and women who have made significant contributions throughout the Caribbean and the world. It has emerged as an island that still captivates visitors to its beautiful shores. 

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About the Author: - Copyright 2007. Island Living Digest Magazine. Marcia Niles is the Editor/Publisher of Island Living Digest Magazine, an online publication that celebrates the beauty and charm of the Caribbean. 
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Allamanda Beach Resort, St Georges, Grenada
The Allamanda Beach Resort has been designed with the highest standards in mind. Situated on the Grand Anse beach, the resort is only minutes away from a swim in the tranquil waters of the Caribbean. Guests can also bask in the sun on the lounge chairs set alongside the swimming pool. Enjoy cold drinks at the bar or for delicious food throughout the day. What could be better than a gourmet dinner under the stars? Feeling active? Choose day or night tennis, snorkeling, volleyball, or a work out in the gym. Afterwards enjoy a relaxing massage. These are some of the available options at this resort.  All of the fifty 1st and 2nd floor units are exquisitely decorated with a private balcony facing the Caribbean Sea.
Coyaba Beach Resort, St Georges, Grenada
The Coyaba Beach Resort, surrounded by tropical gardens, is located in Grenada, West Indies. The resort is located directly on the Grand Anse beach, and is only five miles from the Point Salines airport and eight miles from Crator lake. An outdoor pool and large spa tub provide areas of relaxation after a full day of activity. For the ultimate in pampering, a small health spa and massages are available. Gourmet cuisine, including popular seafood items, is offered at the on-site Arawakabana restaurant, while the terrace is an alfresco poolside café with a convenient a la carte menu. The guestrooms feature elegant décor, walls adorned with native Caribbean artwork and a private patio or balcony.
Flamboyant Hotel, St Georges, Grenada
The Flamboyant Hotel is located on Grand Anse Beach, the most picturesque spot on the isle of Granada. this casual, 60-room hotel is situated only 4 miles from St. George's and is convenient to area attractions like the colonial forts and the Annadale Waterfalls. The Flamboyant Hotel features a friendly staff, and great food from the onsite restaurant. this hotel also offers luxurious, tropical gardens and a magnificent view from every guest room. Point Salines Airport is only three miles away, and a mini-bus stops near the hotel, offering inexpensive transport into the city. The guest rooms are all light, airy and elegantly appointed. Each room has a balcony or a patio, and features a great view of the ocean, the mountains or the city.
Grenadian By Rex Resorts, St Georges, Grenada
The Grenadian By Rex Resort in St. Georges, Grenada, is a beach-front property with a majestic palladian style. Overlooking the soft, white sands of Tamarind bay, the resort is one mile from Port Salines Airport and seven miles from the capital. With grand Georgian architecture, the hotel boasts spectacular views across its garden, lake and turquoise Caribbean waters. A raised promontory separates the shoreline into two private beaches, which offer a wide range of water sports. Guests can snorkel through sheltered coves, sail on aquamarine waters or cool off in the resort's Grecian-style pool.  The Grenadian By Rex Resort features three restaurants and three bars, as well as a drink service by the pool and beach. 
Spice Island Beach Resort, St Georges, Grenada
Located on Grenada's renowned Grand Anse Beach, the Spice Island Beach Resort is a Spanish-style, 5,500-square-foot courtyard hotel located seven miles from the city of St. George's and 10 miles from Point Salines International Airport. Guests at the Spice Island Beach Resort can enjoy the 3,500-square-foot Janissa's spa that features aromatherapy and spice-scented massages with fragrances such as nutmeg and coconut. The hotel also contains a fitness center, pool with hot tub and poolside bar, high-speed internet access, laundry facilities, children's activity center and complimentary valet and self-parking.  The Resort houses Oliver's Restaurant, a seaside dining area that serves breakfast and dinner. Open-air poolside and seaside dining is available for lunch.
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Appartment (Ref: 69010), Self catering apartment in Belmont, Grenada
This 2 bed apartment is part of a larger property called "Joyce and Bullens" and is situated slightly inland from the small community of Harvey Vale and the beaches at Tyrrel Bay. This is a spacious apartment with a fully fitted kitchen and dining area with an outside terrace and barbeque. The apartment has a large family bathroom with shower and a spacious lounge. The views from the terrace are spectacular, with mountains in the distance and tropical plants and flowers nearby, filling the air with beautiful scents.  The local beaches are white sands and have a scattering of small fishing boats along the shore line. Boats can be hired out, to take you to your own secluded private island, such as Sandy Island.   Sleeps 4.
Bel Air Plantation Villa Resort, St Georges, Grenada
This property is located in St. George's. La Sagesse Beach, St. George's Harbor, and Fort George are area attractions. Bel Air Plantation Villa Resort has a private beach and an outdoor pool. This 4.0-star St. George's property features massage and treatment rooms. Bel Air Plantation Villa Resort has a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/café. Room service is available during limited hours. This property is self-catering. Amenities featured in guestrooms include DVD players, air conditioning, and coffee/tea makers. Business-friendly amenities include desks. All guestrooms provide microwaves and refrigerators.
Southwinds Holiday Cottages, St Georges, Grenada
South Winds is a small family operated business and we offer you spacious and simply furnished Apartments & Cottages in Grenada - good value for your money.  You don't like to stay in a luxury hotel and pay lots of money, but you would love to be independent and have all the comfort of a home - then you should consider us. Excellent location for the convenient traveller, we are situated right in the tourism belt of Grenada. Approximately 500 yards from the famous Grand Anse Beach, 3 miles from the capital, St.George's, 5 minutes drive from Point Saline International Airport, and within 500 yards of banks and supermarkets.
True Blue Bay Resort, St Georges, Granada
This St. George's condo property is close to St. George's University, Prickly Bay Beach, and Grand Anse Beach. Area attractions include Fort George. True Blue Bay Resort has an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. Business amenities at this 3.0-star property include business services and audio-visual equipment. True Blue Bay Resort has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Business amenities at this 3.0-star property consist of conference rooms and banquet facilities. The staff can arrange event catering, tour assistance, and car rentals on site. Additional amenities include a garden, gift shops/newsstands, and barbecue grills. This property is self-catering. 
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