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Last Updated: Friday, 27 February, 2004, 17:49 GMT
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Phil Long, BBC Sport's man with the Barmy Army, takes an alternative look at the cities where England will play on their tour of the West Indies.

Here, Phil casts his eye over Grenada and the island's capital, St George's, home of the Queen's Park ground.


The one-day bandwagon rolls on to Grenada (Gra-nay-da is the right way to pronounce it) as England visit the 'Isle Of Spice' for an international for the first time.

The first one-day international on Grenada took place as recently as April 1999 with the Windies losing to World Champions Australia by 46 runs.

Since then, there have been a further six one-dayers, and in June 2002 the island hosted its first Test match when New Zealand were the visitors.

If you are taking in the whole one-day series and are not in Grenada for long, then you can still tour most of the island within the day.

QUEEN'S PARK, ST GEORGE'S
Population: 90,000 (Grenada)
Airport: Port Salines International, five miles from city centre
Money: 1 = 4.83 East Caribbean dollars
Time: five hours behind GMT
Average Temperature: 24-30C in April
Rainfall: seven days on average in April
British High Commission: 14 Church Street, St George's
Matches: 4th ODI (28 April)

The most common itinerary takes in the scenic Grand Etang Road, Pearls Beach, Bathways Beach and the west-coast road back to St. George's and the cricket.

St George's itself is a picturesque place with the hillside town surrounding a horseshoe-shaped bay.

Throw in a frenetic waterfront, a couple of forts offering terrific views and a vibrant public market and you could spend the best part of a day soaking up the 'real' Caribbean.

England might only be on the island for one day's cricket, but if you are on the island longer then Grenada comes up trumps.

Locals reckon there are 45 beaches on the island, with the best arguably being to the south of St George's at Grande Anse Bay. Musquetta Beach, Horseshoe Bay and Levera Beach also come highly recommended.

The island's tourist-friendly slogan of being the 'Isle of Spice' is well justified.

Nutmeg, introduced by the Dutch in the mid-19th century, thrived so well that Grenada now produces a third of the world's output.

If you fancy taking some of the local spice home then plenty of places on the island will oblige.

Like the rest of the Caribbean, normal safety precautions apply.

Tourists have been mugged in the Grand Anse area and on the south side of St George's in the Lagoon area.

Make sure you find out the latest places to be wary of when you arrive.





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