GEORGE'S, Grenada â Grenada is truly experiencing a banner year for marketplace recognition, adding top awards for its tourism product to Kirani James' Olympic Gold medal. From premier publications and their readers to their 10th Gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show, Grenada was celebrated throughout the course of 2012.
The most recent accolade came from National Geographic Traveler, which listed Grenada among the âBest of the World 2013â as one of the New Year's 20 Must-See Places, in the December 2012/January 2013 issue. Calling the island's capital, St. George's, âone of the prettiest towns in the Caribbean,â with Grenada's traditions, weekly âFish Fridayâ festival in Gouyave, spices present in products made at attractions such as Belmont Estate and the Grenada Chocolate Factory, and nature from Mount Hartman to the mangrove-fringed coastlines and coral reefs just offshore, as just a few of the reasons for the island's inclusion on this prestigious list.
âWe are extremely honored to receive these coveted tributes from such respected outlets as Scuba Diving, National Geographic, and National Geographic Traveler magazines and from the Royal Horticulture Society,â said Dr. George Vincent, Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture, âGrenada is continuously striving to preserve and improve upon its distinctive tourism product both above and below the water, and these ongoing designations are a testament to the success of our efforts.â
In January 2012, Grenada was cited for having both the âBest Wreck Divingâ and the âBest Advanced Divingâ in the Caribbean/Atlantic region by Scuba Diving magazine in its 2012 Reader's Choice Awards, which appeared in the January/February 2012 issue. The article states that, âGrenada should be high on any wreck lover's list,â noting the Shakem as a popular wreck with advanced divers and the Bianca C. as the island's premiere wreck. The muscular currents, fast-moving reef drifts, blue-water descents, and fish-swarmed pinnacles and sunken vessels just offshore are listed as among the many reasons for divers to explore Grenada.