The “Spice of the Caribbean”
By Janice Temple
Grenada, a part of the Windward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, is a popular year-round destination for Canadian travellers.
Known as ‘the Spice of the Caribbean,’ Grenada is one of the world’s largest producers of nutmeg. This aromatic spice features heavily in many mouth-watering Grenadian dishes.
The island is home to 45 white sand and nine black sand beaches, perfect for enjoying the warm Caribbean sun. Visitors can explore one of the 50+ dive sites, including the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean, the Bianca C. Yachting is also a favorite activity and the island offers some of the best sailing conditions in the Eastern Caribbean.
Days in Grenada can also be spent hiking in the Grand Etang National Park, or exploring historical sites. Grenada offers an authentic Caribbean experience, one that keeps visitors returning year after year.
Easy Getaways from Canada Grenada can be reached via Air Canada Vacations that operates a seasonal non-stop flight from Toronto to Grenada (Saturday departure with easy connections from 65 Canadian gateways available at www.aircanadavacations.com ) from December 2011 until April 2012.
Caribbean Airlines recently launched their year-round twice-weekly direct flight from Toronto to Grenada. AC operates year-round daily flights from Toronto to Barbados (Saturday & Sunday departure from Montreal) with connections on LIAT to Grenada year-round. West Jet operates a flight from Toronto to Barbados with connections on LIAT to Grenada year-round. Sunwing offers charter flights at select times of the year. Alitours is also offering year-round land arrangements (www.alitours.com).
Canadians love to travel to Grenada all year long, as the latest figures show a significant boost from 2010 to 2011. During the 2011 calendar year, the Canadian market grew by 3.74 per cent, with a total of 9,718 overnight visitors. Canada is the fourth largest market for Grenada, next to the UK, USA and CARICOM, attracting eight per cent of total visitors.
“We are excited by the growing numbers coming out of the Canadian market,” said Simon Stiell, director of tourism worldwide for the Grenada Board of Tourism. “Canadian visitors are extremely important to Grenada. With the addition of new twice-weekly direct flights with Caribbean Airlines, we are certain these numbers will only continue to increase throughout 2012.”
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