Top 10 Things to See and Do
1. The beaches of Grenada are truly spectacular, boasting endless sweeps of pristine white sand, calm topaz waters and unrivalled views. Grand Anse is possibly the islands most highly lauded, with its mile and a half stretch of powdery blond sand and beautifully warm waters, ideal for swimming and a whole host of water sports. Others across the island are hotspots for family picnics, stunning snorkelling spots or adjacent to natural beauty spots – all you need to do is take your pick!
2. Although many of Grenada’s volcanic peaks are now dormant, a submerged volcano that lies beneath the sea between Grenada and Carricou (known as Kick ‘em Jenny) is certainly still active. Its geological activity has created the River Sallee Boiling Springs; go for a soak in the six natural, bubbling waterholes, with temperatures of around 35 degrees!
3. The River Antoine Rum Distillery, which has produced rum since 1785, boasts what is allegedly the oldest working water wheel in the entire Caribbean. A comprehensive tour takes you through the entire rum-making process, from the cane crushing to the fermentation and distillation, before offering you the chance to buy reduced price bottles of the finished product.
4. Since Hurricane Ivan destroyed many of Grenada’s nutmeg trees, cocoa has taken precedence as the islands major crop. Be sure to visit the picturesque Belmont Estate on a Wednesday, when guided tours explaining the cocoa production are available and many farmers arrive to sell their crops of raw cocoa pods.
5. Be sure to head to the fishing village of Gouyave on a Friday night for their ebullient Friday Fish Fry. The sea-food cook up is nothing short of delicious, and the barbeque evolves seamlessly into a lively street fete with dancing that lasts well into the small hours of the morning.
6. Make a beeline for the Grand Etang National park to explore the mysteries of Grenada’s ethereal, mist-shrouded rainforest. Keep an eye out for Grenada’s national bird (the Grenada dove) as well as rare Mona monkeys, armadillo and opossums, and stop to admire the forests gleaming centrepiece, the Lake Grand Etang.
7. For keen hikers in search of a challenge, there are plenty to be found across the diverse terrain of all three of Grenada’s islands. Follow the serene shoreline of the lakes or head into the rugged wilderness along paths carved out by the islands very first settlers, immersing yourselves in the islands endless flora and fauna along the way.
8. With its crystalline turquoise waters, several atmospheric shipwrecks and the Caribbean’s first underwater sculpture park to its name, it is no surprise that diving and snorkelling are immensely popular in Grenada. Professional diving companies offer excellent service and access to a wide variety of reefs and dive sites for those at all levels of ability.
9. Be sure to explore each of Grenada’s islands; Carricou and Petit Martinique are each just a short boat ride away, and well worth the effort to explore their intriguing villages which feel endearingly like they are caught in a time warp – a throwback to the unhurried pace of life that almost all of the Caribbean once personified.
10. With a generous smattering of picturesque old buildings dotted along jumbled streets, a majestic fort, an elegant marina and one of the most beautiful harbours in the Caribbean, at least a day spent exploring Grenada’s charming capital of St George is prerequisite for any holiday to the island.
Culture in Grenada
Grenadian culture encompasses a mixture of East Indian, African, French and British influences, which all impact in various ways on their customs and way of life. The island is largely rural (with around 60 percent of the population living in rural areas) and local communities across the island maintain a strong sense of tradition, generosity and pride – despite the political turbulence the island underwent in the early 1980s and the more recent devastation from Hurricane Ivan in 2004, the people of Grenada remain inspiringly resilient and friendly.