Experience the Caribbean: Grenada

Glorious bays, volcanic lakes and a small tourist population make this lush island one of the Caribbean’s most romantic retreats

Grenada’s small tourist industry, diminutive scale and tiny population set it apart from many Caribbean islands, but it doesn’t stint on luxury and makes a wonderfully romantic and tranquil retreat. It’s packed with glorious bays and beaches, as well as dramatic mountain ranges, rainforests and volcanic lakes to discover – like Lake Antoine, so perfectly nestled inside a volcanic crater it feels likes something out of a James Bond epic. Grand Etang National Park and the pretty capital St George are unmissable, and that’s before you discover there are two other islands to explore...

Grenada hotspots

  • A perfect beach day

    Two-mile-long Grand Anse is the big daddy of Grenada's beaches, but there are plenty of others to choose from – it all depends on what you look for in a perfect beach. If it’s solitude, head for Bathway and Levera in the north, while near Grand Anse, the snow white sands of Mourne Rouge and the gently lapping waves of the shallow bay Lance Aux Epines are as close to perfection as possible.

    A perfect beach day
  • Hash things out

    © Pawel Kazmierczak/Shutterstock

    It may not sound like much of a holiday to some, but hashing – walking or running along a two to three-mile trail marked with the ‘HHH’ of the Hash House Harriers – is a pretty unusual tale to take home (and a good way of working off  the chicken and bakes that form part of the event). Hashes take place every Saturday at a different location, but start and end points are always a rum shop, food and soca are an integral part of the mix, and people of all shapes and ages take part. See grenadahash.com for details.

    Hash things out
  • Bucolic hikes

    If a hash sounds a bit too rowdy, or easy, try the hike to the Seven Sisters Falls in the lush hills of the Grand Etang National Park, but be warned, it’s a strenuous one. If you want the beauty without the workout, a more moderate day walk takes in Concord Falls, the River Antoine rum distillery, the cute fishing village of Gouyave and Belmont Estate, where you can see chocolate go from bean to bar.

    Bucolic hikes
  • Underwater sculptures

    Grenada has its fair share of wrecks, reefs and wondrous marine life, including nesting turtles on the north coast, but ten minutes from Grand Anse beach, in just seven feet of water, the underwater Sculpture Park is a pretty unusual marine attraction. An artificial marine habitat created by Briton Jason deCaires Taylor and added to by local artists, the full-size representational sculptures teem with fish and look for all the world like they’re about to come to life, à la ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. Eerie, magical and unmissable.

    Underwater sculptures
  • A rum time

    In operation since the 1780s, the River Antoine Rum Distillery is the last one in the Caribbean still powered by water wheel. The site is atmospherically rough and ready and it feels like little has changed as the 90 employees produce eye-watering hooch that’s too strong to take on a plane. Luckily (or not) for the folks back home, there are lower strengths you can happily buy as gifts.

    A rum time
  • Local food served with a smile

    © Steve Dunlop Photography

    Set right on the waterfront, BB’s Crabback in St George is a must for trying local food at its best. Brian and Anna Benjamin serve great local dishes like fried crab backs, grilled snapper and curried goat with just the right amount of refinement. The cocktails are hot stuff too, so even if you’re not hungry, come to watch life on the Carenage and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the big Saturday market.

    Local food served with a smile
  • Gouyave Friday fish fry

    Every Friday, starting at 4pm and going on till the wee small hours, the pretty fishing town of Gouyave parties as stalls line up along the main street to sell delicious freshly caught fish and seafood, including lobster, cooked on open fires. Drinks flow, musicians and DJs pump out sounds, and the ambience captures the very essence of the Caribbean.

    Gouyave Friday fish fry
  • Liming with the locals

    Magazine Beach at Point Salines is a lovely 500 yard stretch of sand, so close to the airport that you could check in then head to Aquarium Beach Bar for a farewell drink or three. But it’s even nicer to come for a evening of liming with locals, tourists and American students from the nearby St Geroge’s Medical School – trust us, it works.

    Liming with the locals
  • Time your trip for...

    August carnival. It’s by far the island’s biggest party, but Carriacou, undeterred, gamely offers a range of alternatives, including its own carnival in February and two music festivals, the Amerindian-influenced Parang festival in December and the African-influenced Maroon and String Band Music Festival in April.

    Time your trip for...

A perfect beach day

Two-mile-long Grand Anse is the big daddy of Grenada's beaches, but there are plenty of others to choose from – it all depends on what you look for in a perfect beach. If it’s solitude, head for Bathway and Levera in the north, while near Grand Anse, the snow white sands of Mourne Rouge and the gently lapping waves of the shallow bay Lance Aux Epines are as close to perfection as possible.

Grenada liveblog

We've sent blogger David Hamilton, editor of The Gentleman Traveller, to experience everything Grenada has to offer – follow him live as he gets to grips with Grenadian culture...


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