Not long ago, the Island Runaways had barely even heard of Carriacou, one of Grenada's three islands. Then we read stories about this unspoiled isle with a distinctive culture and uncrowded beaches. So on our island getaway to Grenada, it didn't take much convincing for us to hop a ferry from the capital, St. George's, for a 90 minute ride north to this tropical destination with the unusual name. We've written about Tyrrel Bay beach and we've even posted about a bar named Joe
One of the best decisions we made on our trip to Grenada was to take the ferry from the capital, St. George's, to one of the nation's other islands, Carriacou. Zickie and I had heard that this 90 minute boat ride would transport you to a place that was unspoiled and authentic, much like the Caribbean of 50 fifty years ago. From the moment we stepped onto the pier in Carriacou's small capital town, Hillsborough, it was clear we'd come to an isle where tourism hadn't subsumed t
In the classic Humphrey Bogart-Ingrid Bergman film, Casablanca, everyone sooner or later winds up at Rick's bar, but on the Caribbean island of Grenada, it seems like everybody eventually winds up at Grande Anse beach. In fact, some visitors barely ever leave this curving crescent of shorefront -- choosing to spend most of their "Spice Island" time at a Grande Anse resort such as Coyaba. Why, you may ask, is this beach so popular? This is certainly one reason: (In Grenada Gra
Sometimes the Island Runaways hunt hard for island bargains, whether it's an inexpensive but excellent apartment in Guadeloupe, off-season, or a great deal on a car rental on St. Maarten. But once in a while we can't resist treating ourselves to a fabulous boutique hotel...which is exactly what happened this last January in Grenada. You see, it was our wedding anniversary and for this particular tropical island getaway we decided to celebrate in style. That meant three blissf
Zickie and I weren't sure what to expect on our recent Caribbean getaway to Grenada. Yes, we thought there would be pretty beaches and I'd been told the people were very friendly, but beyond that, this tropical island was something of a mystery. So, we read guidebooks and blog posts in preparation. One thing I (Laura) took note of? In or nearby the capital city, St. George's, you'll find impressive forts. According to source, Fort Frederick has been the best preserved and was
We discovered many reasons to vacation in the Caribbean country of Grenada: gorgeous beaches, delicious, fresh seafood, welcoming people, and spectacular tropical flowers and scenery. But our official Island Runaways “Reason to Visit Grenada #3”? It’s simple: for one plane fare, you almost get three islands for the price of one. Let me explain what I’m talking about. The country of Grenada consists of three islands: Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique. From Grenada’s ca
Did a wise person once say, “the best things in life aren’t easy to reach?” Maybe this dictum only applies to the best Caribbean beaches. Or perhaps the statement’s not always true, but in the case of Tyrrel Bay beach, I think it is. Your effort to reach this crescent of sand and sea will be rewarded with beauty and serenity. (Tyrrel Bay beach on Carriacou. Photo by Zickie Allgrove.) First, some background: Zickie and I discovered Tyrrel Bay on the small island of Carriacou,
Do you drive in the islands? By that I mean, do you brave sometimes narrow roads, occasional sinkhole-sized potholes, and possibly driving on a different side of the road, all in the name of island exploration? Maybe...yes? No? Granted, it's not fair to generalize, but Caribbean island driving can feel like you've been inserted into a daring video game (if that game included wandering goats and random chickens). (A steep section of street in Grenada. Photo (c) Zickie Allgrove
When Zickie and I announced we were celebrating our wedding anniversary on the Spice Island, a.k.a., Grenada, more than one person asked, "Why Grenada?" In other words, out of all the islands to choose from, out of all the Caribbean getaways we might plan, what in the world led you to pick this one? To answer, I could give the practical reason: the daily direct flight from Miami to Maurice Bishop International minimizes hassle, and a low-hassle-factor tops our list when we're
The story that I (Zickie) want to tell here is not about a Caribbean beach -- although it's certainly about that, too -- but about a connection to a person and a place. After our arrival on Grenada's smaller sister isle, Carriacou, we stepped off of the ferry, quickly got our rental car (that's a story in its own right), checked into where we were staying, and jumped back into the car in search of a spot called Paradise Beach. After a couple of wrong forays onto one-way stree
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