Just over 21 miles long and a little over 11 miles wide, of volcanic origin and the most southerly of the Windward Islands, Grenada is a mountainous island which sits between St Vincent and the Grenadines to the north and Trinidad and Tobago to the south. The mountainous interior is covered in rainforest, a lot of the coastline is rugged, and there are both black sand beaches and white sand beaches on the island. Grand Anse Beach at the southwest end of the island is the most popular beach on Granada: it is 1.8 miles long and offers beautiful distant views across the water of St George’s, the capital, which enjoys a mountainous backdrop. Grenada, the biggest of the islands in the Grenadines, is part of a tri-island nation – the sisters being Carriacou (23 miles from Grenada measuring around 7 miles by 3 miles) and Petite Martinique (five miles north from Carriacou and measuring less than one square mile).
Why visit Grenada
Grenada is not as built up as other Caribbean islands such as Barbados or St Martin-Sint Maarten, but is more mountainous, has a huge rainforest and is very scenic. There are some excellent chic hotels with luxury spas, superb restaurants, and some gorgeous white sand beaches in the south. The Grand Etang National Park offers a range of rainforest hiking trails.
While you’re in Grenada
If you’re staying on the island of Grenada take a boat trip to Carriacou – there’s a fast ferry service (90 minutes) between Grenada and Carriacou islands. If you are on a cruise ship and plan taking an excursion consider getting a water taxi from the cruise terminal to spend time on Grenada’s best beach – Grand Anse. Explore the rainforest with a hiking guide, there are short and easy hikes as well as long and strenuous rainforest hikes in Grenada. For a bit of fun, depending on river conditions, try a river tubing adventure on the Balthazar Estate, or sign up for a whale watching and dolphin spotting expedition.
Eating out, restaurants, and cuisine in Grenada
There is a Gary Rhodes restaurant in Grenada which offers elegant dining in a lovely setting. There are some really good restaurants in high-end hotels, a good choice of restaurants with a variety of different cuisines, as well as little ‘snackettes’ found in small villages and roadside if you like to meet and mix with the locals and enjoy bargain-priced snacks. You can eat out at a price to suit your budget – from tasty local dishes to amazingly sophisticated cuisine. Don’t miss out on tasting Callaloo, it’s the local equivalent to spinach.
Grenada is made up of three islands, Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique and they make up the southern-most islands in the Windward Islands chain, or the Southern Grenadines.
“Pure Grenada” is known as “The Spice Isle” due to the production of many spices which flourish on the rich soil and tropical climate. Nutmeg, cinnamon, mace, cloves, and ginger to name a few. It boasts sandy white beaches, tropical rain forests, natural waterfalls and plenty to see and do. Grenada has a rich and colourful history, and this is reflected in the character of the island and its people.
Carriacou is located around 15 miles to the north of Grenada and is a small, quiet, relaxed island with magnificent coral reefs. The name actually means “Island of Reefs”. Carriacou has a long-standing history with sailing and it continues its centuries old tradition of boat building which has passed from generation to generation from the original Scottish settlers in the 17th and 18thcentury. You can still see these wooden cargo and fishing boats being built and plying their trade today.
Petit Martinique is a tiny, circular island with a population of only a few hundred. Like Carriacou, the island also has a long association with seafaring. But as well as fishing and trading, Petit Martinique also has an interesting history of smuggling! The Pirate’s Cave Bar reminds you that you are on an island where the real pirates of the Caribbean were active.
It is certainly worth extending your vacation by staying in Grenada for a few days. If you need information about Grenada hotels or about Grenada accommodations during your stay, please visit our Grenada accommodation page.
We look forward to welcoming you to the wonderful spice islands – the best way to find out about Grenada is to come and visit! Take a look at this fun video from one of our many delighted charter clients…