While the likes of Barbados and St Lucia dominate the headlines, many smaller Caribbean islands remain overlooked. One of these is Grenada, known for its spices but with many other worthy attributes. Explore the possibility of making this gorgeous island the focus of your next trip to the region as you work out a plan to visit Grenada with Mundana. Here are just a few of the reasons you should come.
Relax at the beach
The Caribbean’s hot, sunny climate makes it the ideal place for a beach holiday. There are more than 40 beaches on the island of Grenada. One of the most famous is Morne Rouge Beach. You might hear the locals call it BBC Beach after a beach club that was once here. Boasting a broad strip of sand and backed by lush vegetation, it’s a pretty spot to relax for the day. Grand Anse is longer and livelier, with a clutch of bars and restaurants within easy reach. Both of these are conveniently close to the island’s capital St George. Meanwhile, in the north of the island, pretty Duquesne Bay promises the usual palm-backed panorama with the added bonus of some Amerindian petroglyphs.
Go turtle watching
Leatherbacks haul up onto Levera Beach in the north east of the island. If you are in Grenada between March or April to June or July, you’ve timed your trip just right for a turtle tour. Each year these endangered creatures come here to nest. Access into the national park is via a bumpy track. Under controlled conditions, visitors are permitted to visit the beach after a briefing at the Turtle Centre at Bathway Beach. Marine biologists constantly monitor the turtles and a guide accompanies all groups to Levera Beach where tourists are permitted to remain until midnight. Catching a glimpse of one of these turtles as she lays her eggs is very special indeed. The odds, however, aren’t good: only one in a hundred baby turtles will make it to adulthood.
Take to the water
Water sports are a fun way to keep cool and explore the island’s offshore and underwater gems. Grenada is home to one of the world’s underwater sculpture parks. Created by Jason deCaires Taylor, the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park in Grenada is essential viewing for divers and snokellers. There’s a range of sculptures including Grace Reef, The Lost Correspondent, The Unstill Life and The Fall from Grace. It forms part of a protected area and is carefully designed so that it doesn’t have a negative impact on the marine ecosystem. Other popular options include fishing, sailing and sea kayaking. Choose the clear canoes if you really want to get the full impact of what’s beneath the surface as you paddle.
Explore the island’s history
Explore the island’s history for context and general interest. A good place to begin is at the Grenada National Museum, where exhibits cover a range of themes including slavery, Grenada’s first inhabitants, its plantation economy, whaling and fishing. Tour the island’s centuries-old forts. Fort Frederick occupies a commanding position on the top of Richmond Hill, where you’ll overlook St George’s and the sea. It’s also possible to take a look around Fort Matthew, the island’s largest fort. Learn about cocoa (and much more) on the Belmont Estate or visit the Westerhall Estate, now a rum distillery, home to the oldest working waterway in the western hemisphere.
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Learn about spices
The World Food Travel Association designated Grenada as a Culinary Capital in 2021, recognising its contribution to global cuisine. Part of the reason is the use of many spices in Grenadian dishes. Nutmeg, turmeric, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and cocoa are all grown here, thanks to the fertile soils and ideal climate. Book a spot on a foodie tour or head to a local restaurant to try some of the country’s most iconic dishes. One such dish is called oil down. This tasty stew contains salted meat, breadfruit, callaloo, coconut and turmeric. A flavoursome alternative is a plate of curry, another dish that relies heavily on spices. Round off any meal with a slice of delicious Grenadian spice cake, madewith nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice.
Indulge in a spa treatment
Nature provides abundant ingredients that form the basis of spa treatments. Embrace the fragrance of Grenadian nutmeg, zesty orange and sweet coconut. Utilise the calming properties of seaweed harvested from the ocean or soothe your skin with aloe vera. Numerous spas can be found across the island where you can book treatments and emerge rejuvenated and refreshed. Wellness activities such as yoga are also easy to arrange on the island, both inside and outdoors.
Getting to Grenada
Grenada, like much of the Caribbean, is particularly well-connected to North America. Throughout the season, cruise ships dock at the Grenada Port Authority Cruise Ship Terminal in the centre of St George’s. Flights land regularly from US and Canadian cities, as well as destinations such as London. You’ll easily find connecting flights to the rest of the world. Caribbean Airlines, InterCaribbean and LIAT all offer regional connections, making it straightforward to combine Grenada with another island in the Caribbean should you wish. Ferries connect Grenada with neighbouring Carriacou and Petit Martinique. Get in touch to discuss your needs with a Mundana representative and we will help you finalise an itinerary.
Where to stay
Most of the top resorts on Grenada cluster along the shoreline of the south western tip of the island. It’s here you’ll find five star resorts such as Royalton Grenada and Silversands, as well as popular four star properties such as the Radisson and Mount Cinnamon Hotel and Beach Club Grenada. They capitalise on their beachfront location and offer an array of facilities, including drivers and day tours for when you’re keen to see the rest of the island. Grenada also boasts plenty of luxury apartments and villas to rent should you prefer more privacy without compromising on amenities.
Get started on your Grenada vacation planning today by giving Mundana a call. Paradise is waiting.