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The southernmost of the Windward Islands,
is known as "The Isle of Spice", producing one third of the world's supply of
along with quantities of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, turmeric and mace. While largely dependent on agriculture, the tiny nation of Grenada - which includes neighbouring
as well as other smaller Grenadine islands - is steadily earning a reputation as a holiday destination, but it remains relatively unspoiled compared to other more popular Caribbean islands.
All three of the main islands offer excellent
opportunities, while Grenada in particular has its share of stunning black- and white-sand beaches, ranging from the resort-lined
Grand Anse Beach
on the southwest tip to the ruggedly spectacular
in the northeast. But what makes Grenada truly spectacular is the dense tropical
of its mountainous interior, rich in birdlife and laced with a network of hiking trails that provide magnificent views of the surrounding peaks.
Ringing the island are a variety of communities, chief among them the elegant capital of
, as well as the charming fishing village of
on the west coast and, on the east coast,
, the country's agricultural heart. The country's inhabitants, 90 percent of whom live on the island of Grenada, are descended from British, French, African and West Indians settlers, and their inviting and friendly nature belies the country's turbulent history.
Much smaller and far less visited are the islands of
, appealing for their slow pace and a welcome respite from the tourist crowds on Grenada.
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