Ask Chris: What hotel on Grenada is best for honeymooners?

I’ve received a couple of travel questions that might be helpful for other people planning similar itineraries, so I’m going to repost them here occasionally. Q: Deciding where to stay on Grenada for honeymoon. Unfortunately, only have a week and some budget concerns. Would like to split the week on Grand Anse and another location. […]


5 Reasons to visit Grenada right now…

by Chris on January 25, 2010

5 reasons to visit Grenada, the Caribbean Spice Island, right now.
Grenada sunset, from boutique hotel LaLuna, Grenada Caribbean

Five Reasons is a regular feature, where I outline the reasons why a destination is hot right now. If you’d like to run Five Reasons in your publication or on your website, contact me at This week, I’m taking a look at Grenada. I was here for USA TODAY back in November and I was […]


Aboard the Diamant…

by Chris on January 12, 2010

A few first photos from my Island Windjammer cruise aboard the Diamant, a 101-foot schooner.
Diamant, Island Windjammers

My internet access has been sketchy at best for the past few days (and will continue to be so throughout the week). I’m on the Diamant, a 101-foot schooner operated by Island Windjammers, on an assignment for We boarded the ship in Grenada on Friday night and took off early Saturday morning. So far we’ve stopped […]


6 Tips for Surviving LIAT Airlines

by Chris on January 10, 2010

Tips for surviving a trip on the unreliable LIAT Airlines

For those unfamiliar with LIAT Airlines, the Caribbean carrier has a less-than-stellar reputation. Nicknames for its incompetence are legion – Leave Island Anytime, Luggage In Another Town, Lost In between Antigua and Trinidad. Yet the flight prices are cheap and the destinations – LIAT has hubs in Antigua and Barbados, and flies to almost all of the Caribbean’s smaller islands – […]


2009 Travel in Review: Best Bargain

by Chris on December 28, 2009

My best bargain of 2009? A $159 rate at Maca Bana Villas in Grenada through
Maca Bana, Grenada

It’s the last week of the year – which means it’s time to look back on the highlights of 2009 travel and perhaps plot out a few trips for 2010. (The Travel staff at USA TODAY made this an annual tradition. Even though I’m no longer there, I see no reason why I can’t continue!)  Despite […]


How many flights would you endure to get to your destination? Grenada’s abyssmal airlift.
Grenada - great beaches but hard to get to

My final USA Today story, on my trip to Grenada last month,  is out today. Read it here, or you can also buy it at your local newstand (doesn’t that sound quaint these days?)  You can also read my chattier trip report on the island here and my visit to a rum distillery here. I really […]


Caribbean Trip Report: Grenada

by Chris on December 1, 2009

Planning a trip to Grenada, in the Caribbean? Check out this trip report, from my 2009 and 2010 trips to the island, first.
Man with iguana, Grenada

At long last, my report and photos from Grenada is up. I enjoyed Grenada and felt that it was a good island for people with diverse interests. You can be hiking in the rainforest in the morning and enjoying a beautiful beach in the afternoon. I was also impressed with the diversity of cuisine (although […]


Bus drivers of the Caribbean

by Chris on November 20, 2009

Taking the bus in the Caribbean can be quite an adventure
Grenada bus

Why are all the vans honking so much? That’s what I wondered, that first day in Grenada. With winding roads and roadside drainage ditches the depth of a  small canal, I had elected not to rent a car.  Buses into St. Georges from Grand Anse beach were plentiful, I read. But where were they? The […]


Rivers Rum (and its punch) in Grenada

by Chris on November 17, 2009

A visit to the River Antoine rum distillery, maker of Rivers Rum in Grenada
Rum punch, Grenada

The things I do for research… In October, I drank tequila in Tequila. And earlier this month, I had the opportunity to taste some serious rum during a tour of Grenada’s oldest distillery, River Antoine Estates. Before I get into the nitty-gritty, some background. Grenadans are crazy about their rum. There are “rum shacks” throughout the […]

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Desert Island Dreaming: Tobago Cays

by Chris on November 13, 2009

Trip report from a daysail on the Friendship Rose to Tobago Cays Marine Park, islands in the St. Vincent & Grenadines chain.
Tobago Cay, the Grenadines

The perfect desert islands do exist! The Tobago Cays, in the Grenadines, are now my happy place, where I’m going to escape in my head whenever things get too stressful. Accessible from both Grenada and the Grenadines,  these uninhabited islands – five in all – served as the lonely spit of sand where Capt. Jack Sparrow […]