Active Caribbean Grenada Bradt Travel Guide book review – travel guidebook covering Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique
Grenada Bradt Travel Guide written by Paul Crask
Published by Bradt Travel Guides Ltd
Let’s start this Grenada Bradt Travel Guide book review by saying we do like the fact that there are maps of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique right at the beginning of Grenada- the Bradt Travel Guide. This gives the reader chance to study and get a feel for the island’s layout before delving into the detailed pages. These map pages are followed by a collection of colourful photos – enticing enough to make you want to know much more about Grenada – also known as the Spice Island.
The guidebook is well structured with chapters on Grenada’s key areas, and sections on history, geography and heritage. It also contains interesting background information on the economy and the spice trade, even pirates, and gives a really good insight into the island. It’s good to learn about the fruits and vegetables if you haven’t been to the Caribbean before, and to look through the enticing photographs of wildlife and geographical features (the wildlife and landscape scenery is covered particularly well).
The Bradt travel guides are always good value for money as the editorial covers a huge range of topics… history, geography, conservation, festivals, art, literature, folklore, population, rum shops, “snackettes”, tourism – to name but a few – as well as plenty of practical information.
Definitely buy and read the book before you go as there’s lots of information, suggestions, and day trips and activities which might need consideration and decisions before you’re on your way. Don’t wait until you are on the plane! It’s nice to have a travel or activities “plan” before you arrive on the island especially if your holiday is quite short, and also as there is so much to do on the island. Grenada – the Bradt Travel Guide is an excellent detailed travel guidebook to help you make the very most of your stay, particularly if you are interested in exploring Grenada’s hinterland.
It goes without saying that Active Caribbean loves the “Activities and Special Interests” section which suggests many different ways that you can enjoy the natural environment and culture of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Adventures and activities information is included on many interests, including birdwatching, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, hiking, boat charter, off road jeep tours, scuba diving, plus lots more.
Important information, which we should make mention of in this Grenada Bradt Travel Guide book review, that is included in the book are the valuable tips about scuba diving in Grenada and exploring the island. There are tips on where to eat, where to find nice views, how to drive to various districts and attractions, and how to get around if you want to travel by bus. There’s also a great “don’t miss” list – so useful if your time on the island is limited.
The author, Paul Crask, specialises in the eastern Caribbean – life, nature and travel – and in fact lives in Dominica so knows the Caribbean exceptionally well. Of course, like all travel guides, it includes information on what to see and do, the best beaches, local crafts and souvenirs, and where to go shopping, but somehow Grenada – the Bradt Travel Guide takes you just that little bit further than other guidebooks. Grenada – the Bradt Travel Guide is a worthwhile buy… it’s a “must have” travel guidebook when you are planning your holiday, especially for those adventurers amongst us who want to delve deeper than the beaches and discover Grenada behind the scenes.
About the Author
UK born writer and life-long traveler, Paul Crask writes for Bradt Travel Guides. He also pens articles and takes photographs for magazines and newspapers about his new home, Dominica, and the islands he has now come to know well and love: Grenada, Carriacou and the Grenadines. Paul is also author of Dominica – the Bradt Travel Guide
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