5 August 2013 by Bert Hyett
Made up of one large island and two smaller ones, this Caribbean gem is known as the 'spice' island. Aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves envelop your senses and beauty surrounds you. Cascading waterfalls, crater lakes and spice plantations are unique to this island, which also has tranquil beaches, tropical rainforests and quaint little harbours. Make sure you explore this island's extraordinary diversity and make your holiday to Grenada one to remember.
Festivals and Events
Like many of the Caribbean Islands, Grenada has a carnival, taking place in August it's an important date in the calendar. If you're around at this time you'll see vibrant colours, calypso music and steel bands.
Don't miss the Regatta over on Carraicou if you're travelling in July or August.
October hosts the Grenada Cricket Classics featuring cricketing legends from England and the West Indies.
Best beaches in Grenada
The main resort on the island is Grande Anse Beach; this beautiful stretch of white sand and turquoise blue waters is fairly low-key. It's the perfect place to snorkel and is the starting point for many diving tours. You might also see beach vendors selling t-shirts, spice baskets, and braiding hair.
La Sagasse Bay in the East is a secluded, sheltered bay. With its shallow coastline its always calm and therefore a perfect destination for families.
Essential experiences in Grenada
- The picturesque hillside capital St George's, situated in a horseshoe harbour with a backdrop of 18th Century warehouses and restaurants, has lots to offer. With two forts dating back to the 16th century, a museum, botanical gardens and even a zoo, there's something to please everyone here. If you want to pick up some spices or souvenirs make sure to go to the market.
- Make sure you visit Grenada's smaller islands, Carraicou and Petit Martinique. Carraicou is a laid-back rural island to the North East of Grenada; uncrowded and peaceful it makes for a great escape from Grenada's busier resorts. It hosts a regatta in the summer months and is a great location for diving and snorkelling. Petit Martinique is smaller and quieter still and is dominated by a large mountain; travel here for some great views of all the Grenadian islands.
- Explore Grand Etang National Park on many of the walking trails that crisscross it. The hike to the Seven Sisters Falls is especially rewarding.
- If you're in to diving and want to see something different, check out the under water sculpture park. Sculptures such as the 'Circle of Children' aim to represent Grenadian culture.
- Indulge your senses on a spice plantation tour and see how a number of different spices are harvested, processed and transformed.
Food and drink in Grenada
Food in Grenada is mainly French Creole in style. If you want to try something authentic then look out for local dishes such as curried lambi (conches), callallo soup and avocado ice cream. Similar to other Caribbean islands, rum is the drink of choice; here they sometimes serve it with a sprinkling of nutmeg. Quench your thirst with a Mauby juice, bittersweet in flavour and made from the bark of the rhamnaceous tree; or if beer is your tipple then make sure to try the local version, Carib.
- Head to The Cabalash Hotel and there's a choice of two fantastic restaurants. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes mixes elegant cuisine with spices and flavours of the island at Rhodes Restaurant, and Bash Restaurant by Mark B offers the perfect lunchtime setting.
- If you would like a unique experience eating in a restored Swedish lighthouse ship then try Le Phare Bleu, located in Petite Calivigny Bay in St George's.
- Set amidst tropical gardens is the Aquarium Beachclub, head over on a Sunday for a lobster barbeque flamed in the nearby coal-pit.