11 of the Best Things to Do In Grenada


Visiting Grenada in the Caribbean


Last month, I had the pleasure of visiting Grenada for the first time. Grenada and the Grenadines is a small trio of islands in the Caribbean, near the West Indies and quite far south nearer to South America than Florida. I spent a total of five days on the island, staying right on Grand Anse beach and filled the days with sun, sand and relaxation.

While researching for the trip, I didn’t find much out there. I’m not quite sure why Grenada doesn’t seem to receive much traffic (it also gets often confused for Granada, Spain) but now having been, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

The island is perfect for diving and sailing while on the interior, Grenada boasts a lush national park and rain forest so you get a great mix of beach and jungle – which was fascinating to me. Most people seem to do a quick day stopover aboard a Caribbean cruise ship but I also noticed lots of British expats with homes on the island.

Keep reading for all the best things to do in Grenada!



When to Visit Grenada

The steamy tropical climate is tempered by northeast trade winds for a year round balmy climate. I spoke to locals who recommended January to April as the driest and best time to visit (rainy season occurs from June to November). Though if you’re looking to experience a Caribbean party like no other, the raucous August Carnival is a brilliant time to be in Grenada.


Where to Stay in Grenada

Grand Anse | The center of the hotel island is on Grand Anse beach and there are a number of prime resorts. We stayed at the Radisson Grenada. The hotel grounds were extensive, absolutely breathtaking and ideally located at the tip of the beach, closest to Saint Georges. Coyaba was the next resort over and had the EcoDive scuba shop on site.

Morne Rouge | Just south of Grand Anse this beach is secluded and quieter but equally gorgeous. Sandals La Source is the popular resort of choice on this strip of the coast.



11 Fun Things to Do in Grenada



1. Swim on Grand Anse Beach

Most of the luxury hotels in Grenada are located along Grand Anse, a beautiful beach with lush palm trees, soft white sand and gentle waves. Our hotel, the Radisson Grand Anse, had some of the most beautiful landscaping that I’ve ever seen and lots of waterfall pools, swim up pools, bridges and hammocks. Truly a paradise I didn’t want to leave! My full review of the property was covered in my earlier blog post here.

Beaches in Grenada are public so you’ll find lots of locals relaxing, tanning and swimming! It’s such a fun atmosphere and you can even walk into some of the other hotel properties if you want to snorkel, rent a boat or scuba dive.


2. Eat Authentic Jerk Chicken

For the best local food, head to ‘Wall Street’ a small strip of restaurants and stores. There you’ll find a Caribbean Grill Master restaurant with amazing jerk chicken, kebabs, Carib beer and ice cream smoothies!

My advice? Ask for an ice cream milkshake combining chocolate and nutmeg. Grenada is known as the ‘Spice Island’ since it exports so many rich spices, including rich dark chocolate cacao beans and nutmeg. The shake is delicious!!



3. Explore St. George, Grenada’s Colorful Harbor Capital

The bustling capital of St. George is a great spot to have lunch and do a short walking tour. Walk uphill (bring sturdy travel shoes) to see the Carenage, fort, market and churches. From the Radisson (or any hotel on Grand Anse beach), it’s a short 15 minute drive into town.

Sher’s Tip: You can take a taxi but we thought it was more fun to hop on the crazy, loud and fun local minibuses (bus #1) to get to Saint George’s. The minivans stop right outside the hotel on the main road every couple minutes.



4. Try Local Fruits like Soursup

In St. George, there’s a small mall near the cruise dock where you can pick up some souvenirs. Don’t miss the delicious frozen fruit smoothie stand where they whip up fruit smoothies of every kind. Try the soursup smoothie if you’re adventurous (it is supposed to help fight cancer!)


5. Climb a Waterfall

In Grenada’s center, you’ll find Grand Etang volcanic lake and rainforest trails. We took a hike to see Seven Sisters waterfall which was a challenging uphill climb and also a second visit to Concord Falls, which is much more easily accessible by car. If you have time it’s fun to do both – Seven Sisters is more remote and feels like you’ve stumbled on a local hideout while Concord is a larger singular fall with some tourist infrastructure.



6. Visit the River Antoine Rum Factory

Grenada has a really interesting topography, unlike most other Caribbean islands. The outskirts feature beautiful beaches but the interior is a lush rainforest. There’s no better way to discover the true depths of Grenada than by hiring a driver to take you around the island.

Ours made pit stops at the River Antoine rum factory (on the east coast) and Concord Falls (on the west coast) in a full circular loop. It’s about a full day excursion!


7. Tour a Nutmeg Plant

I really enjoyed the island drive as you get to see how diverse and lush Grenada is – mangoes and banana trees sprout right on the side of the road, footpaths are overgrown with tiny pineapple shrubs and beautiful inland mansions and old shells of houses remain from Hurricane Ivan.

Don’t leave the Spice Island without a proper spice tour. We visited a nutmeg plant, all locally operated, and learned about all of the island’s main agricultural exports.


8. Stop by the Chocolate Museum

Come here to learn about the island’s most delicious dark chocolate export. There’s artisan chocolate pieces for sale and ice cream shakes as well. We bought a ton of chocolate bars to take home – my favorites are the salty-licious 71% dark chocolate and the nib-a-licious 60% dark bars!


9. Go Scuba Diving

You definitely have to take advantage of the island’s pristine diving waters and spend a morning or two underneath the sea. We dove for three straight days with EcoDive visiting a number of different reefs and couldn’t get enough! We saw turtles, lots of local reef fish and the world’s only underwater sculpture park, all of which were a treat.

Monday through Friday seemed to be the touristy days, and frequent stops are made to the Underwater Marine Sculpture Park (the only one in the world!) where you can see sunken sculptures and local reef life intertwined. Advanced divers probably want to dive on the weekend, where the expats and locals take diving seriously and head to deeper waters. For my full diving experience, you can read my earlier post here.


10. Go Sailing

There are many charter options in Grenada available for hire and most opt for a one way cruise southward starting from St Lucia and ending in Grenada, in order to travel windward.


11. Hop over to Carriacou Island and Petite Martinique

If you have a week or longer, budget some time to hop over to neighboring Carriacou island to explore for a couple days. The easiest way to is fly (flights are offered daily from the main island to Carriacou and Petite Martinique) but there are also daily ferry options and the slower mail boats, which can go to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Is Grenada on your Caribbean bucket list?


Visiting St George, Grenada – Travel Checklist

We took a direct flight from New York into Maurice Bishop International airport (GND) via Jet Blue. For any Caribbean destination, Jet Blue is pretty handy and offers competitive fares – you can check for flight deals and routes here.

Once we landed, we took a local taxi to our hotel on Grand Anse beach. All the airport taxis are government regulated and charge 40 EC or Eastern Caribbean dollars. Try to take out currency in advance if you can (we forgot to do this!)

If you’re visiting Grenada for the beach, stay right on Grand Anse Beach. This is also where all the hotels tend to concentrate. You can spend all day at the resort and beach, or head into town. Just call a taxi or hop on the local minibus #1, a bumpy but fun ride the local way for just a couple EC. Taxis for the same route are about $10-20 EC and air conditioned, but you’ll have to call in advance. Check here for great deals on accommodation.

Lastly, be sure to visit Grenada with travel insurance. Whether you get injured and need to be hospitalized, or your phone gets stolen, or an injury forces you to cancel all or part of your vacation, travel insurance will help when you need it most. I use and recommend World Nomads travel insurance.


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JoyceMay 25, 2016 - 11:38 am

How gorgeous! I love all these photos and love your outfits! Especially the off the shoulder dress and the eyelet dress. Thanks for the helpful travel tips too, I can’t want to go back to the Caribbean!

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JuliaMay 27, 2016 - 11:42 am

That water is beautiful! :) I’m definitely adding this to my bucket list!


Ashley VoicuMay 29, 2016 - 12:57 pm

This will be in my list. I like to travel on new places. Great that you mentioned… Its good to travel in april as its my birthday month.

Thanks for the inspiration
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JulianMay 29, 2016 - 1:20 pm

Nice pics and guide, thanks for the inspiration!

SherMay 29, 2016 - 1:32 pm

Thanks Julian! Glad you enjoyed

SherMay 29, 2016 - 1:33 pm

Hi Ashley, so glad you liked it! Hope you get to do something fun for your birthday :)

AishaMay 29, 2016 - 10:22 pm

I like your list of things to do.

KirstieMay 30, 2016 - 7:00 am

I had never given Grenada much thought, but it looks beautiful! Added to my bucket list!

JessicaMay 30, 2016 - 2:17 pm

Well spent days in a lovely place. Each shot you have is stunning.

TomMay 30, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Grenada looks great. I think the Caribbean is somewhere that could do with being visited!

NathanMay 30, 2016 - 9:11 pm

Grenada looks amazing! I’ve been to the Caribbean but never here before. These pics make me really want to go.

SherMay 30, 2016 - 11:32 pm

Thanks Nathan! I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos enough to consider a trip

SherMay 30, 2016 - 11:36 pm

Totally Tom! Especially if you enjoy water sports, Grenada is pristine

melody pittmanMay 31, 2016 - 8:48 am

I absolutely LOVE Grenada but have only been there by cruise ship. I have been thinking about going back for about a year now so this article is timely and gave me good advice about where to stay. I loved the spice tour but unfortunately after a stop to the rum factory with 110-180 proof rums, I don’t remember much about the rest of the stop. ;)

AlexMay 31, 2016 - 4:23 pm

I have been to quite a few Caribbean islands, but not to Grenada, so I really enjoyed your detailed report and all the useful suggestions.

travelling chingritaMay 31, 2016 - 9:34 pm

holy cow, i think i need to take a trip to grenada. looks like paradise and not too intense with the resorts like cuba and domincan. looks like you had a phenomenal time and the food looks super yummy.

Grenada Seafaris Powerboat AdventureJune 1, 2016 - 10:40 pm

yay you visited the underwater sculptures with our besties at Eco – Dive – great call ? Worth mentioning for those that can’t dive that you can snorkel the site too with Eco – Dive or combination it with a powerboat adventure with us. Hope we see you next time you visit our beautiful spicetastic island.

Marge GavanJune 2, 2016 - 3:32 pm

Oh my god you went to paradise! That place looks amazing, especially that falls by the pool in your hotel, gorgeous! But the real life falls, Concord is much more beautiful. I’m sold, I am going to visualize myself in the Caribbean so I can go there too.

TiffJune 3, 2016 - 2:17 am

I’m excited this post is out as I wonder how Grenada is from your instagram photos :)
Such a haven in paradise, a great getaway from the US!
And love how your dresses match up the tropical weather and island.


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Leopoldo E. PirelaFebruary 27, 2018 - 1:15 pm

Wow this is awesome. We’d love for you to visit the resort whenever you are back in Grenada.

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