Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Laura Cooper
Known as The Spice of the Caribbean, Grenada offers a pure experience, combining the beauty of the Caribbean with an authenticity uncommercialized and unspoiled by mass tourism. The Spice Islands are comprised of Grenada and its sister islands, Carriacou and Petit Martinique. Now is the time to get there — and meet some of the friendliest people, see some of the most unique features, and experience some of the most stunning beaches in the Caribbean.
Who Should Go?
The biggest draw to this Eastern Caribbean island is its pristine landscape and loads of beaches that surround Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique. The islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique are known for their reefs. Carriacou (the larger of the two) is referred to as the “Land of Reefs” and is ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving.
Grenada’s landscape is made of up an excellent mix of waterfalls, sulphur springs, rivers, lakes, beaches, and mountains. There are great hiking trails like those at the beautiful Grand Etang National Park and fantastic birdwatching at La Sagesse Nature Center.
Grand Anse Beach is the most famous stretch of white sand and turquoise waters, spanning two miles. It’s the most popular, but large enough that it doesn’t feel crowded. If seclusion is what you’re after, head to La Sagesse, Bathway, or Levera Beach.
If you want to go chasing waterfalls, Annandale Falls is a short drive from the capital city of St George’s and has a paved pathway. For more hidden treasures, visit the Concord, Mount Carmel, or Seven Sisters Waterfalls. Concord Falls has three separate streams to visit and natural pools to go for a swim.
Sun seekers come to unwind in paradise, but Grenada also has a fascinating history of British and French control. Tour the island’s forts (Fort George, Fort Matthew, Fort Frederick) or make a stop at the Grenada National Museum, Carriacou Museum, and Rome Museum.
The River Antoine Rum Distillery is the oldest functioning water propelled distillery in the Caribbean. Westerhall Estate is another spot to see the rum making process and taste some samples.
Famous for its spices, Grenada is a major source of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and cocoa – earning itself the nickname “Spice Isle.” Visit the Belmont Estate on the northeastern coast (an hour’s drive from St George’s) to discover the spice plantation, dating back to the 1600s. (The Grenada Chocolate Company is next door!) Grenada also boasts the De La Grenade Nutmeg Garden and Gouyave Nutmeg Station, plus various other spice, herbs, and botanical gardens throughout the islands.
Grenada is home to the oldest operating rum distillery in the Western Hemisphere, the River Antoine Rum Distillery (est 1785) where you can learn about its production.
Grenada also has one of the Caribbean’s most picturesque capital city, St George’s. The waterfront promenade is called Carenage, lined with colonial-era buildings, duty-free shops, restaurants, and cafes. Take a visit to the nearby Fort George while you’re there, dating back to 1705.
A visit to Grenada is not complete without a visit to Carriacou where archaeological discoveries and rich traditions are abundant. Enjoy snorkeling at Sandy Island, a marine protected area known for clear blue waters and stunning coral reefs. Hike to High North National Park with the highest elevation on the island (at 955 ft) for amazing panoramic views and wildlife like iguanas and many bird species such as hummingbirds.
For the most scenic beach on the island, take a half mile hike to reach Anse La Roche Beach. If you enjoy water sports, kayaking in the Oyster Bed, a pristine ecosystem accessible by a short boat ride from Tyrell Bay, is a great experience. Plus, you’ll find the Carriacou Museum with amazing relics and artefacts dating back to 500 A.D. in a charming historical building.
Grenada has all sorts of accommodation options, from resorts and hotels to apartments, villas and homestays. Grenada’s central resort area is Grand Anse.
When to go and for how long
Average temperatures in Grenada are fairly consistent year round, with lows of 25C and highs of 30C. Rainy season is June to November. If you want to experience a party, visit during Carnival in August for the last, best and safest Carnival in the Caribbean. Most people visit for a week or two in the sun.
Our all-inclusive Grenada vacations include flights, hotel, airport transfers, and meals and entertainment. If all-inclusive style isn’t for you, there are “no meals” or “some meal” options (which typically include breakfast only).
Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND) is ten minutes from the capital of St. George’s.
Getting around Grenada is easy with taxis, public buses, rental cars, and organized day trips and excursions.
Grenada vacation packages range from $950-3000+ per person, depending on time of year and hotel star rating.