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Make your #NextStopGrenada

Explore, relax and experience the best of Caribbean living while enjoying amazing savings in Pure Grenada for the summer. Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, the three-island destination best known as the Spice Island of the Caribbean has launched its Summer Campaign.


#NextStopGrenada offering travellers true value for money and the chance to experience all the destination has to offer.


From May 1 to October 31, Grenada’s extended Summer season will provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy up to a 50% discount on hotel rates, take advantage of room upgrades, complimentary massages, children discounts, complimentary yoga classes, tour discounts and so much more. The value proposition for people booking in the summer period is tremendous and they get to enjoy quality accommodation offerings, and excellent customer service that brings visitors back year after year.

Increased air access to Grenada is an added bonus for Summer as airline partners announced a number of additional flights to the destination from John F. Kennedy International in New York, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International in the USA and Toronto Pearson International in Canada.

During the Summer, Pure Grenada offers unique and authentic festivals and cultural events to keep visitors entertained. One of these festivals is the Carriacou Regatta from August 3-6. Running unbroken since 1965, Carriacou Regatta is one of the longest running in the region. The event features boats from across the region, keen racing, entertaining shore side activities and much more. Carriacou, the sister isle of Grenada is well known for its deep boat building traditions and its skillfully built sloops will again be on display. More than 40 boats are registered this year.

Grenada Sailing Festival Westerhall White Jack Workboat Regatta


On the heels of the Carriacou Regatta is Grenada’s ultimate sizzling summer experience, Spicemas Carnival. The Summer Festival offers an amazing mix of island music, food, culture and tradition with a host of activities leading up to the culmination on August 13-14. The festival boasts many authentic aspects which cannot be experienced anywhere else. Your Carnival Monday experience is not complete without seeing the spectacle of j’ouvert with Grenada’s signature ‘Jab Jab’ which are masqueraders covered in black oil who chant and dance in the street. Then it’s on to Monday Night Mas in which masqueraders wearing brightly coloured t-shirts and armed with glow sticks light up the night. The festival ends with the beauty and splendor of fancy mas which features revelers parading through the streets wearing beautifully made, colourful costumes.

Spicemas 2017 Arthur Daniel Pretty Mas 32 (1)

You can also join us from October 3-6 for our 2nd annual dive fest. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver, the festival has something for everyone. Pure Grenada boasts a diverse range of wreck and reef dives that are located just minutes offshore. Our world famous Underwater Sculpture Park awaits with 14 installations which intrigue and tell a story.


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The Queen of Soca will reign at the Pure Grenada Music Festival

The Pure Grenada Music Festival is thrilled to announce Alison Hinds as the headline act on Sunday 15th April, 2018, the final night of the festival activities presented by Grenada Cooperative Bank Limited.

Alison’s musical journey began over 20 years ago and tells a success story of 40 singles, over 75 concerts throughout the Caribbean Islands and the diaspora worldwide and 2 albums which spawned hit classics like “Roll It Gal”, “Togetherness” and “Faluma”.  This raw talent and dynamism extends to her latest hits such as “Born Wit It”, “A Ladies Anthem”,  “No Way”, “Brace and Wine”, “Baddy” and “Gals want more Iron”.

Through her powerful emotional vocals and energetic performances, Alison continues to positively impact the Caribbean music industry through a varied selection of soca tunes loved by her fans worldwide for their pulsating, rhythm oriented anthems.

She is recognized as an icon of the “girl power” movement and one of the driving forces behind the eruption of “innovative urban-influenced Caribbean based artistes changing the face of music all over the world”. Her collaborations with renowned artistes such as Kevin Lyttle, Machael Montano, Shaggy, Richie Spice, Mr. Vegas and Jah Cure, among others keep her sound fresh and always relevant.  Her awards are equally bountiful including 2009 Best Female Vocalist and Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer; for 2010, Caribbean American Heritage Award, Female Entertainer of the Year, Caribbean American Heritage Award; and for 2012 and 2013 ‘Outstanding work in Calypso, Zouk, Chutney and Soca Art Form’.

In true trailblazer fashion, Alison maintains that live performance is the best way of “exposing people to the music in its entirety and its purity”.  The Pure Grenada Music Festival and Presenting Sponsor, Grenada Cooperative Bank, promises a Caribbean Night that will be nothing less than legendary, inspired by the “infectious rhythms and spirited spicy lyrics” of the undisputed SOCA Queen.

Pure Grenada Wins Expedia Caribbean Destination of the Year 2017 Award

Announced on Jan. 31, 2018 at the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association’s Travel Marketplace in Puerto Rico, Expedia named Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean, as the Caribbean Destination of the Year 2017. The coveted prize was presented to members of the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) at a press luncheon held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center during the two-day industry event. Those in attendance to accept the award were; Patricia Maher, CEO of the GTA; Francine Stewart, Marketing Manager, GTA; Christine Noel, Director of Sales US Market, GTA and delegates representing the destination’s various hotel and tourism products.

“On behalf of destination Pure Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, it is an honor and privilege to be presented with such a prestigious award from our industry partner, Expedia,” said Patricia Maher, CEO of the GTA. “This represents the hard work and dedication put in by the entire team at the GTA and our international offices as well as the continued drive and collaborative efforts from all our on-island partners, whose combined tireless efforts continue to attract visitors to our shores. We are looking forward to another year as a partner of Expedia with the many benefits it provides.”

The annual awards recognize original and groundbreaking partner campaigns that demonstrate exemplary innovation, creativity and success in digital travel marketing and advertising. Grenada’s 2017 campaigns exemplify innovative and collaborative ways to engage travel audiences and drive impactful results. Expedia Inc works with 85 properties in Grenada and Carriacou.

2017 proved to be fruitful for Pure Grenada as it experienced an overall increase of more than 8.14 percent in stayover arrivals. This, coupled with the island’s many tourism developments and hotel renovations, allowed the destination to flourish and stand out amongst the rest. The destination expects a strong upcoming year with additional developments, vigorous marketing efforts and increased airlift to match demand.

Team Grenada accepting the Award from Expedia Representative


Explore beneath the surface of Grenada’s pristine blue waters during the first ever Pure Dive Fest taking place from October 11 –14. From free beach dives and beginner lessons to charity dives and a closing party, this four-day festival appeals to divers, visitors and spectators wishing to support Grenada’s diving industry. In addition to the robust schedule of activities, the event is also designed to increase awareness of the island’s marine environment and sustainable tourism efforts.


The festival commences with the launch of an underwater photography competition at Coconut Beach Restaurant. The competition will run for the duration of the festival and prizes will be distributed for the most creative selfie, best reef picture, best wreck picture, and many more categories at the closing party. The second day of the festival is divided into either a wreck diving day for experienced divers or a local diving day for those who are ready to make the plunge for the first time with professional instructors.

Credit True Blue Bay Boutique Resort scuba yoga 1

One of the unique events is an Environmental Day with Marine Protected Area Diving on October 13 in collaboration with Project AWARE—a campaign that focuses on global ocean protection and conservation through sustainable, eco-friendly, and conservation-conscious dive practices. In the morning, dive centers will participate in community and school outreach sessions in order to share information on scuba diving and freediving in Grenada as well as details on marine biology and conservation. Afternoon activities will include dive centers participating in a “Dive Against Debris” event to collect as much ocean trash as possible.


The festival concludes on Saturday, October 14, also designated “Invasive Caribbean Lionfish Day” with a boat parade and send off at the Morne Rouge Bay/BBC Beach. In the evening, there will be a final party at Coconut Beach Restaurant, where Lionfish will be served and photos from the underwater photography competition will be on display, along with a few surprises throughout the night.

For more information about the Pure Dive Fest and to stay updated, visit http://www.facebook.com/grenadadiving and be sure to follow the Instagram and Twitter pages.|P

The Hidden Gem of Caribbean Music Festivals is A Must See!

The Pure Grenada Music Festival is the hidden gem of the Caribbean’s Jazz and Music Festivals. The picturesque venue of Port Louis was the perfect setting for this intimate music experience which delivered a truly world class festival. Many a music festivals across the region have grown so big that some argue they have lost their vision. However, Pure Grenada Music Festival distinguishes itself from the pack with a keen focus on the purity of live music. From Roots & Culture, to Love & Soul and Pure Spice rhythm and beats, this festival is a melting pot of different genres of music perfectly blending local and international acts.

A Musical Experience Not To Be Missed

This year’s lineup featured three days of “Great Music…Naturally”. Staged May 5th-7th, the first night shone the spotlight on Roots & Culture with top acts Sabrina Francis, Queen Ifrica and Third World. The musical flow continued the following evening with a night of Love & Soul which featured Tarrus Riley, Dean Fraser & the Black Soil Band as well as Malika Tirolien. The final night encompassed a thrilling performance from Mr. Killa, Loxton Mitchell & All Anointed and Ajamu & Gospel Chorale. In between sets on the main stage, the Coca-Cola Village stage delivered a plethora of live bands that ensured the music flowed nonstop. The audience danced, rocked and enjoyed the musical stylings of the Sensation Band, Quiet Fire, Pan Wizards featuring Angelo Signore and more.

World class talents of Sabrina Francis and Mr. Killa

On the opening night of the music festival, Sabrina Francis was simply mesmerizing. With her pulsating melodies, she held the crowd’s undivided attention from start to finish. Her beautiful voice and range is a perfect complement to her passionate music that is a blend of Caribbean and African influences and takes you on a beautiful escape. At the young age of 23, her lyrics convey a longing to control her own destiny. PANACHE believed she’ll achieve those dreams…as for us she is one of the Caribbean’s Next Breakthrough Artiste.

Sabrina Francis Sabrina Francis

Crowd-pulling, musically versatile artiste, Grenada Cultural Ambassador, Rebel Dancer, and Child of God… Mr. Killa brought the house down on the final night! There were stories about this young energetic entertainer in Grenada… leading up to the Music Festival- so the intrigue and expectations were high for when he would take the stage. Once he did, his presence and energy was simply phenomenal and was equally balanced with the amazing dancers that surrounded him on stage. Mr. Killa was simply hypnotic and brought a light-hearted fun to the performance intertwined with his cheeky jabs at current affairs. A fusion of soca, reggae, dancehall, African and more, this former Soca Monarch is poised for huge international success and Mr. Killa can deliver on any stage in the world…He is simply the best. On his Facebook Page, post his high energy performance, he shared: “I want to say BIG up to all the people that came out and supported the Grenada Music Festival. It was an amazing weekend thank you so much, and a special love and thanks to all the fans that came out on Sunday you made my performance an amazing experience… you guys gave me and the Rebel1 Band the chance to show them what we’re made of!”

Mr. Killa Mr. Killa

All in all, Pure Grenada is a must-do music experience in the Caribbean and rounded out its weekend with stellar performances from Third World, Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica, Malika Tirolien, Quiet Fire, Loxton Mitchel & All Anointed, Pan Wizards and more.

Beyond The Music

Beyond the music, kudos are in order for the festival’s strong commitment to the environment. From the setup to the vendors, this music festival is entirely eco-friendly and innovative with green seating made out of recycled materials; the “Keep your cup” drive is commendable; and the art installation entitled “Plastic Ocean: Want All, Loose All” focused on the impact of litter on the marine environment. Given the stunningly beautiful location of the festival village, we want to keep it clean for many years to come.

Lastly, there was the cuisine! Shoutout to Andy’s Soup House which had the best-selling Lobster Soup that was a top seller or if you want something jerked check out JAMDOWN Restaurant- BIGUP to Kenneth Powell, a Jamaican living in Grenada over 20years and started this business. The festival has several food stands to offer a range of culinary delights to satisfy your tastes and experience all the sweet, savoury and spicey-ness Grenada has to offer. Be sure to check out the Westerhall Rum Cellar, Grenada Breweries Beer Garden, North South Wine Lounge and of course the 60 Foot Sundance Bar to quench your thirst all night.

So book your place early, grab your friends and escape to Grenada where great music can be found at the Pure Grenada Music Festival. For more information on the festival including ticket prices, travel tips and more, visit: http://www.grenadamusicfestival.com |P

8 Cool Things To Do in Grenada


Number one on our list of cool things to do is exploring the famed Underwater Sculpture Park. Something special and an adventure with a difference, hop on the Seafaris and experience the beauty and diversity of Grenada’s aquatic life on this exciting sea adventure tour. Whether you are a new to snorkeling or an expert this is not to be missed!


Hands down… Patrick’s Local Homestyle Restaurant is the best place to get real Grenadian cooking on the island. Be sure to experience the best local food, tapas-style in a traditional open-air restaurant. From “lambie” in creole sauce; gingered pork; manicou; tannia fritters to cou-cou and so much more- bring your appetite!


Be sure to visit the oldest continuously operating rum distillery in the Western Hemisphere and learn about the rum-making process. When you are done with the tour, do not leave without trying the Chocolate Grenadine Rum- it is smoother than Michael Jackson’s moon walk. Enjoy!


Set right on Grand Anse Beach, this West Indian-themed French Creole restaurant is an ultimate dining destination while in Grenada. While you await your creole fish, take a cool dip in the Caribbean sea or relax with a rum punch on the beach. It’s a great place to gather with family and friends.


One of the largest nutmeg processing stations on the island, Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station, is well worth the visit. Before you set foot in the factory the smell of nutmeg fills the air of the streets. Once inside you walk back in time through years of tradition and history that continues to this day producing the world’s best nutmegs.


A visit to the Grand Etang National Park, which encompasses the Nature Park and Grand Etang Lake (the crater of an extinct volcano), provides an element of fun for all visitors.

This 30-acre lake, located 1,740 ft above sea level is perfect for meditation, yoga, and picnics with family and friends.


Named one of the ten most romantic sites in the entire Caribbean, La Sagesse is a small, intimate boutique hotel situated in a secluded, black-sand beach bay, with lush tropical gardens to explore. Don’t forget to bring your swimwear for a quick dip after your meal.


Steeped in rich history, Grenada’s centuries-old forts, such as Fort Fredrick, offer stunning views of the island. Once mainstays of the island’s defence and centres of political action these forts are connected by underground tunnels that we hope will be opened to the public soon for a different view of the island.|P