This article originally appeared in the June 2019 issue of ESSENCE.

Located in the Eastern Caribbean, just 100 miles north of Venezuela, lies a relatively unspoiled paradise: Grenada. The tri-island state (composed of Grenada and sister territories Carriacou and Petite Martinique), which is two times the size of Washington, D.C., has a population of 108,000 and boasts a vibrant culture infused with Amerindian, French, English, African, East Indian, and Caribbean influences.

Grenadian native Yvette Noel-Schure gives us an insider’s guide to some of the local hot spots.