Located at most southerly end of the Windward Islands, the island of Grenada is the epitome of a paradisiacal Caribbean island. An emerald and mountainous interior, which is ideal for exploration, makes way for a coast that boasts mangrove forests, talcum-white beaches, turquoise seas and coral reefs seething with flamboyant marine life. Combine these natural marvels with an interesting history, diverse culture, a kind and hospitable population and the fact that the island is less frequently visited than its more recognised neighbours, and you have an authentic Caribbean paradise.
Backed by informal restaurants, bars and luxuriously relaxed resorts that are built no higher than the palm trees that line the sands, Grand Anse is the most popular of the island’s beaches . Just beyond the headland at the southern end of Grand Anse is the serene and less-frequented Morne Rouge Bay which is backed by tropical vegetation and blessed with shallow, calm waters that are perfect for family holidays.
In St George’s, the nation’s capital, both colonial British and colourful Caribbean buildings line narrow streets that rise up steeply from the natural horseshoe harbour to create one of the Caribbean’s most picturesque cities. Each Saturday morning St George’s vibrant market livens up the sleepy city with the bustle of local farmers selling fruit, vegetables and the island’s famous spices. The air is infused with the aroma of nutmeg, cocoa and vanilla while the shouts of the vendors add to a unique ambience that is undoubtedly Grenadian. Admire the beautiful city and its harbour from a different perspective while discovering a slice of the island’s history at the 18th Century Fort George.
Grand Etang National Park
High up in the verdant mountains of the island’s interior is the Great Etang National Park which boasts landscapes that are so beautiful they are sure to tempt you away from the wonderful beaches for at least one day. Traversing the park on foot visitors will spot a wide variety of flora and possibly Mona monkeys, possums, armadillos, lizards and an array of tropical birds.
The island’s spice plantations and rum distilleries were, and still are, integral to its heritage and culture. Discover enduring traditions with a tour of either the Belmont Estate or Dougladston Estate, a historic working plantation, before witnessing the antiquated processes at the rustic River Antoine Estate, which is Grenada’s oldest rum distillery.
With its beautiful white-sand beaches and blue skies that stretch for miles is the perfect place to rest during a luxurious, romantic honeymoon. Discover hidden beaches and bays that play the perfect host to watersports, snorkelling and scuba diving – visit the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park. The interior of the island is a never-ending display of rocky, mountainous scenery, covered in rainforest dotted with hidden waterfalls. Enjoy a honeymoon in this blissfully tranquil part of the world by staying in the immaculate surroundings of one of our idyllic resorts, right on the beach.
Grenada is famous for more than just spices and you will catch a distinct scent of nutmeg and cinnamon in the air. The cuisine you will sample on the island will only further stimulate your senses. For a festival of flavours, try the national dish, oildown. This stew of meat, bread, fruit, vegetables and dumplings is steamed in coconut milk until all the liquid has been absorbed. There’s also a wealth of interesting fruits to try as you relax by the ocean, including breadfruit, callalou and plantain. Pick up food from the markets, or sample dishes in one of the high-end restaurants at your disposal including the Caribbean’s only Gary Rhodes restaurant, at the Calabash hotel.
GMT -4 hours
Eastern Caribbean dollar. US dollars are also widely accepted.
English, Grenadian Creole and French Patois.
Visitors should be aware that it is an offence for anyone, including children, to dress in camouflage clothing, which is reserved for military personnel only. Further, guests may be asked to remove any such items, at the airport on arrival and such items, including any items found by Customs in guests’ luggage are subject to confiscation.
If a service charge isn’t included in the bill, tip 15-20%.
Your resort may offer scuba diving, snorkeling, sunfish sailing, deep-sea fishing, kayaking, sailing, waterskiing, windsurfing, hobie cat sailing, wake- and knee- boarding and water volleyball.
You might be able to try fencing, archery, tennis, beach volleyball, table tennis, croquet, horse-riding, cycling and billiards. Some of our resorts also boast their own golf courses, or visit a local one.