If you want the beaches and the ocean views, but you’re also a passionate foodie who loves to try new flavours, cinnamon-scented Grenada could well be the place for you. Twelve degrees north of the equator, this is a sugar and spice island on which to spend lazy days in hammocks, munching juicy mango and fresh banana. Life here is mellow, unrushed and fragrantly seasoned.
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Less developed than many of the other Caribbean islands, Grenada bewitches with low rise boutique hotels, laid-back living and a lush rainforest interior that opens out onto beautiful white beaches and the indigo waters of the Atlantic and the Caribbean. It's home to heady hot springs, vividly scented markets, spice plantations, volcanic crater lakes and the striking Seven Sisters Waterfall (look out for local character the Butterfly Man’s aerial leaps!). Grenada is also the site of the world’s first underwater sculpture park, where British artist Jason deCaires Taylor has carved a series of haunting cement and steel sculptures that lay at the bottom of the shallow waters of a marine park just off Moliniere Bay. Above water you’ll taste organically grown cocoa, strong local rum and a medley of cuisine infused with nutmeg, bay leaves and ginger. The restaurant scene is low key, mostly made up of informal eateries with fantastic views, the menus augmented by the mouthwatering spices and fresh fruit available at every market.
If you’re simply looking to while away days on beautiful sun-soaked beaches, the iconic bay at Grand Anse is a huge draw, lying on the western side and perfectly sheltered from high waves and strong winds. The lesser known but equally beautiful Morne Rouge, lined with sea grape and almond trees, is a great place to swim and sunbathe. And if you’re after a true slice of isolated Caribbean life, charter a yacht to nearby Carriacou and play shipwreck for the day on Paradise Beach.
Around the island...
Seven Sisters Falls
Take a rewarding hike to the Seven Sisters Falls, set high in Grenada’s Central Mountain Range. The trails take you through beautiful rainforest scenery where you’ll see plentiful bird life, and you may even spot an occasional monkey. The hike is well worth the effort, as you’ll get to enjoy a refreshing swim in the natural pools at the base of the falls.
George and Frederick
Visit historic Fort George and Fort Frederick, where you’ll not only get a glimpse of Grenada’s colourful past, but also a panoramic view of St George’s, the island’s capital. Carry on to the Grenada National Museum and Parliament House, and end your day at the Westerhall Rum Distillery, with ample time to sample the delicious rum!
Take the hydrofoil to Carriacou
Many people won’t know that two smaller islands (Carriacou and Petit Martinique) near Grenada make up this spicy trio. Take a day trip over to beautiful Carriacou and enjoy some snorkelling off Paradise Beach and lunch in a local restaurant.
Shopping for souvenirs and spices in the vibrant Saturday market in St George’s is a must. Experience a typical Grenadian ‘Market Morning’, meet the people and get a real feel for the island’s culture.
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Flights to Grenada are with British Airways via Antigua or Saint Lucia, or with Virgin Atlantic via Tobago in both directions. Total journey time is 10 hrs 30 minutes. British Airways Twice weekly departures from Gatwick. Virgin Atlantic Twice weekly departures from Gatwick between January – March; weekly departures from April onwards.
4 hours behind GMT and 5 hours behind BST.
The Eastern Caribbean Dollar. American Express, Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted at the hotels.
A full British passport is required for Grenada and it should be valid for 6 months after the return date of your holiday. Visas are not required for British citizens. No special health documentation is necessary for residents of the UK who have not recently visited parts of the world where cholera or yellow fever is a problem.
It is illegal to wear any camouflage clothing anywhere on the island. Any camouflage clothing found by customs will be confiscated and not returned.