Nestled in the south-eastern Caribbean Sea, where worry and stress are just a distant memory, Grenada offers a blissful retreat for those seeking relaxation, sun and endless charm. Known as the ‘Spice Island’ for its nutmeg and mace, Grenada mixes stunning landscapes with spectacular beaches and turquoise seas. Spend your days enjoying the tranquillity of the island, then sip on a delicious Caribbean rum as you watch a magical sunset on Grand Anse beach. And tomorrow? Let’s do it all again. Welcome to Grenada.
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Flights: You can fly to Grenada from London Gatwick.
Passport/visa requirements: Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date you enter the country.
Packing essentials: June to December is rainy season in Grenada, so if you’re travelling at this time of year, taking a waterproof jacket is advisable. It is very hot and humid so light cool clothing is a must too. Grenada has some of the hottest temperatures in the whole of the Caribbean, so don’t forget sun protection, sun glasses and a wide brim hat.
Grenada captivates from the moment you arrive. Home to the world’s first underwater sculpture park and more than 40 white sand beaches, its idyllic and unspoilt nature provides the perfect place to rest and unwind.
The two-mile-long Grand Anse beach is the island’s most famous coastal stretch. It lies just south of the capital St George’s, where a horseshoe-shaped harbour welcomes visitors to a world of heritage and colonial architecture. Colourful Caribbean buildings line the narrow streets, and the city’s market stalls fill the air with the aroma of the island’s local spices.
For those seeking adventure, a range of hiking trails in the Grand Etang National Park explore the breath-taking rainforest and some of its most beautiful waterfalls. Treks are available for a range of fitness levels, and offer a fantastic glimpse into the wildlife of the island as well as its fascinating flora and majestic views.
Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park is one of the world’s most unusual art galleries. Located two metres under the surface of the Caribbean Sea, local scuba companies offer diving and snorkelling excursions that are among the most popular of the island’s tourist activities.
And a trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the island’s rum distilleries or spice plantations. Both are hugely integral to Grenada’s history and working life, and tours of the Belmont Estate or the River Antoine Estate offer revealing insights into the island’s economy.
Grenada represents an opportunity to experience a Caribbean island that remains slightly off the tourist trail. The charm and hospitality of the locals, combined with the lack of crowds, results in a culture and environment still true to itself.
Visitors to the island will discover a range of coastal resorts and towns complementing the undisturbed and secluded beaches. So if you’re looking for a relaxed and laid-back treasure, you’ve just found it.
The weather in Grenada is subtropical, with temperatures maintaining an average between the mid-20s and low-30s throughout the year. Expect drier, cooler weather in the tourist highseason between January and April, while downpours are more common from June to November.
You want warm weather, welcoming culture and the chance to get away from your everyday stresses and strains.
The most popular beach in Grenada is easily Grand Anse… and with 2.5 miles of soft, blonde sand and crystal-clear water, it is definitely a case of grand by name, grand by nature,
Many of the island’s main resorts are based here, but they are far from eyesores. A host of bars and restaurants can also be found alongside the beach, while you can seek shade beneath any of the large almond trees that line this stunning stretch of sand.
Grand Anse also offers one amazing view of the sunset.
The lesser known Morne Rouge (or BBC Beach as it is sometimes known) is equally as pretty, but often gets overlooked, with visitors instead heading to Grand Anse.
This, however, is one of the most laid-back locations on the island, while the tranquil waters of the cove make it perfect for swimming.
The calm sea also means it an ideal spot for children, who can get the most out of the beach,
Locals like to head here on the weekend, so it can get busy. It is also a popular destination for day-trips, so be your visit may not be completely uninterrupted.
Anyone seeking a picture-perfect setting should head south-west to discover a spot that could well be straight out of a magazine.
The aptly named Magazine Beach is a great place for snorkelling and also home to the popular Aquarium restaurant.
This secluded spot is almost empty through the week, with locals heading here for BBQs and more come the weekend.
When you grow some of the best quality cocoa, it’s only right you get the chance to showcase it and Grenada does just that at the Grenada Chocolate Festival.
This week-long festival highlights the great work done by the local farmers and their effort to make the best chocolate, with all the products on show being organic and ethically produced.
The festival features interesting events such as chocolate yoga, beauty product applications and tours to see the process of making chocolate, from tree all the way to the finished bar.
The festival usually takes place between May and June. Anyone else hungry all of a sudden?
An internationally recognised event, Grenada Sailing Week features four days of top-quality racing, combined with six days of partying.
Crews and captains come from afar to experience the boating extravaganza on the isle of spice, with the already electric party atmosphere stepping up a notch during sailing week.
Dates for the festival are usually between late January and early February.
Grenada is famous for its spices, with nutmeg and mace being two of the country’s main exports.
Therefore it’s perhaps unsurprising that Grenada’s Carnival is dubbed ‘Spicemas’.
Of course, all the usual features of a Caribbean carnival are present, but Grenada does a few things a bit differently.
The most intriguing part is known as ‘Jab Jab’ where locals cover themselves in black, sometimes with helmets and chains as they march through the country with a ‘ole mas’ band. The band’s job is to highlight problems both locally and internationally through the use of music, humour and messages.
Spicemas is well worth experiencing if you’re in and around the Island in the summer months. After all, it’s like Christmas to the locals.