This article was originally published in September 2013, and updated in April 2018.
Looking for relaxation, brilliant white sand beaches, stunning blue water and a bit of culture? Then look no further than Grenada. The small Caribbean island in the West Indies is somewhat off the beaten track as one of the last stops before South America, and has plenty to offer travellers including luxury resorts, spectacular waterfalls and even underwater sculptures. Carriacou and Petite Martinique are also just a ferry ride away, making it easy to island hop.
Grenada’s capital St. George’s is considered one of the most scenic in the Caribbean, as tiny pastel houses are built into the hillside overlooking the picturesque harbour, and maintained its historical charm thanks to treasures like Fort George and the picturesque Carneage. Here’s an overview of some of the best things to do in Grenada.
The brilliant, white sand beaches are the best places to visit in Grenada- that is why visitors come all the way to the Caribbean, after all. A standout spot is Grand Anse beach, which spans about three kilometers along the southwest coastline. Parts of it are lined with hotels and restaurants, and there are a number of vendors on hand offering everything from cold drinks to water sports. The water is warm, the views are spectacular and the sand is soft and rock-free. If you’re visiting as part of a cruise to Grenada and only have a day in the country, it’s safe to say you’ll want to spend at least half of it here.
Other great beaches in Grenada are Morne Rouge just one bay west of Grand Anse, the aptly-named Magazine Beach, and palm-fringed La Sagesse.
Many of the top Grenada excursions include a hike to see some of the island’s picture-perfect waterfalls, which is a great option for those looking to work up a sweat in lieu of bronzing their bod on the beach. A popular pick is the Seven Sister waterfalls, a trail which boasts—you guessed it—seven waterfalls. It takes about 45 minutes to walk through the rainforest, at which point you get to reward yourself with a dip in the cool water. Concord Falls is also a good choice, featuring three falls on the edge of a forest reserve. Guides can also be hired for some of the longer hikes.
Here are a few guided tours you can book to explore Grenada’s waterfalls:
The Grenada underwater sculpture park
One of the island’s best attractions is actually found below the surface, in the Grenada underwater sculpture park. In 2006, about 100 statues were installed as a gallery in the Molinere Beausejour Marine Protected Area. Since they’re found only about 16 feet below the surface, they can easily be seen on a snorkelling trip, or while scuba diving. Check out this guide for everything you need to know about visiting the underwater sculpture park.
Click here to book a scuba diving tour in the Grenada underwater sculpture park.
Where to shop in Grenada
While you’re wise to spend your time on the island soaking up the scenery, it’s worth heading to a street market to pick up some Grenada spices, which are the island’s claim to fame. The country is nicknamed the ‘Spice Island’ as it’s one of the world’s largest importers of spices. You can pick up combo packs that include a number of spices, including cinnamon cloves, black pepper and saffron, which make for nice gifts or souvenirs. The larger markets are located near Grand Anse Beach and the cruise port, and you can try bartering to save some cash.
Places to visit in Grenada: Fort George
If you’re not content to lounge on the sun-soaked beach all day and would prefer to take in some history, you’ll want to head up to Fort George. The imposing fortress was built back in the 1700s and is perched 175 feet above the harbour. The grounds are all but deserted, and visitors have open rein to explore all the nooks and crannies—and get a photo of themselves ‘loading up’ the cannons! One of the best parts of a trip to the fort is the incredible views it affords, of the island below. Keep in mind there are a lot of stairs to get all the way up. Admission is free.
Where to stay in Grenada
For those lucky enough to have more than a day to visit, here are some ideas for where to stay in Grenada, including luxury resorts and spots perfect for honeymooners:
- Sandals La Source Grenada– One of the most popular all inclusive resorts in Grenada, this hotel is one of the best in the Sandals chain. Click here to book
- Spice Island Beach Resort– Located right on Grand Anse beach, this is one of the top-rated properties on the island. Click here to book
- Mount Cinnamon Resort and Beach Club– This resort boasts pristine beachfront and incredible views. Click here to book
How to get there: Fly into Maurice Bishop International Airport, or cruise to Grenada—whether it’s onboard a Caribbean cruise or a yacht trip through the Grenadines.
Currency: The East Caribbean Dollar (EC) is the local currency, but US dollars are also accepted.
Must buy: Grenada spices, obviously! Hit the markets, and stock up on things like nutmeg and cinnamon.
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