Tropical Resort Just Steps from Popular Grand Anse Beach
Crashing waterfalls, sprawling cinnamon and nutmeg groves, and nearly 50 white sand beaches make up the West Indian island of Grenada, located deep in the South Caribbean. With so much beautiful scenery in one place, it's worth noting that Frommer's deemed Grand Anse Beach "reason enough to go to Grenada;” the travel publication ranked the 2.5-mile stretch among the Caribbean's best beaches. Coyaba Beach Resort is situated just footsteps from Grand Anse Beach. At the resort, you can rent kayaks and snorkeling gear to scope out the crystalline waters.
Locals in Grenada often talk about “liming,” or relaxing, and Coyaba Beach Resort is set up for guests to do just that. After you spend a day playing tennis or the local favorite, cricket, head to your room's private balcony to lounge on teak furniture and look out at the ocean. More than 5 acres of tropical plants accentuate the atmosphere throughout Coyaba Beach Resort; the guest rooms are trimmed with bold yellow and green floral prints, too.
The resort also aims to help guests to get in touch with Grenada's rich heritage. Coyaba's resident historian, Mandoo, tells lively stories about Grenada's past. For a taste of the local cuisine, dine at the open-air restaurant, Arawakabana, which serves up fresh shrimp and swordfish. On select nights, calypso and steel-band music fills the air at the seaside Cacique Bar & Lounge.
Southwestern Grenada: Pristine Beaches and Vibrant Marketplaces
Although it's made up of three islands in the West Indies, Grenada is best known for its southernmost island, which is dominated by a number of postcard-ready beaches. Many tourists chill at Grande Anse Beach on the southwestern peninsula of the island, which is lined with shore-side bars that serve Grenadian rum.
At Grand Anse Bay's nearby dive sites, you can explore more than a dozen shipwrecks and swim alongside seahorses and manta rays. If you've got kids in tow, Morne Rouge Beach is a safe bet. A short trek south of Grand Anse, Morne Rouge's shallow waters are free of noisy watercrafts, and the beach is relatively secluded.
Grenada’s capital city, St. George's, wraps around a horseshoe-shaped harbor. Bright and early every Saturday, the city's Market Square comes to life with native farmers who hock fresh fruit, vegetables, handcrafted wares, and jars of nutmeg, saffron, and cinnamon (Grenada has often been nicknamed "spice island"). Brightly dressed folk dancers and locals carry baskets of fresh bananas and papayas on their heads throughout the market.
Another must-see is the Grenada National Museum, a former army barrack that houses Josephine Bonaparte's marble bathtub and her granite bathrobe.
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