When planning our travels to visit all of the island nations in the Caribbean, everybody told us that we were going to love Grenada. After spending some time discovering this island, I get it. It’s got that something special. Often referred to as ‘The Spice Island’, Grenada’s location is far enough south to avoid the hordes of tourists that the islands in the north receive, yet it’s still easily reached on many cruise ship itineraries or the very affordable and direct flights from North America found on Skyscanner.
The gorgeous Grand Anse Beach – One of the things you shouldn’t miss in Grenada
This is the largest beach in Grenada, and many say this is the best one. Enjoy soft white sand with calm and turquoise water. You can go swimming, kayaking, diving, snorkelling, or just relax with a book. There are small trees lining the back of this beach which is great if you need some shade from the sun.
Find some small beach shacks along Grand Anse beach selling cold beers and sometimes beach BBQ food. Spending some time here is one of the things you shouldn’t miss when visiting Grenada.
The bar you shouldn’t miss in Grenada:
Our favourite place was ‘Cummin Up’. Beers are 5 EC each (less than $2) and they play some great music while you chill on the beach. A great spot to watch the sunset.
2. Join a Food Tour
Marty and I enjoyed a taste of Grenada on our culinary food tour. Yum!
Foodies, listen up! This food experience is a must! We had such a great morning exploring the hidden food spots that you’d likely miss on your own.
Your passionate food guide will tell you more about this colourful city and the history of this island nation too. It’s on the top of the list you shouldn’t miss in Grenada!
A food tour you shouldn’t miss in Grenada:
This 5-hour Guided Food and City Tour around St George’s includes many tastings from all the best parts of this delicious cuisine. Aside from the tasty food, we enjoyed learning about the food as we met friendly locals who were proud to showcase their Caribbean flavours to us.
Our favourite part was indulging in a typical Grenadian breakfast and a visit to the chocolate museum and tasting some of the finished products! This is definitely one of the best things to do in Grenada.
Saltfish and bake. A typical Grenadian breakfast. This was surprisingly delicious!
The best part of this Grenada Culinary Experience is that it gives you the knowledge of the best local spots to return to later on. If you’re short on time or just have a day in Grenada as part of your Caribbean cruise itinerary, this is the perfect tour.
The tour begins at the entrance of the cruise port and you’ll still have half a day to go and relax on the gorgeous beaches here before you return to the ship.
3. Royal Mt. Carmel Waterfalls (St. Andrew)
Visit the tallest waterfalls in Grenada which are located only 3km from Grenville, one of the best things to do in Grenada. Also known as Marquis Falls, there are two falls cascading over 70 feet into the pools below. It’s an easy 20 – 30 min walk to reach the waterfalls through a private plantation and the owners charge a small fee to visit. Make a day of it and pack a picnic to enjoy when you’re there. Don’t forget your swimsuit!
We highly recommend this Full-Day Grenada Island Tour which includes Concord Waterfall, Rum Distillery, Grand Etang and the chocolate factory.
4. Drive around the Island
Hire a car for around $44 /day and explore the island. You might get lost a few times as road signs are almost absent here, but just ask anyone for directions along the way. Grenadians are a friendly bunch.
If your time on the island is brief, hiring a car for the day will allow you to do many experiences on your list of things to do in Grenada.
5. Explore the colourful city of St George
A view of the colourful capital, St George.
Once you take a walk along the seaside carenage of St.George, you’ll soon see why it is said to be one of the most beautiful cities in the Caribbean. And the setting alone makes St George one of the things you shouldn’t miss in Grenada,
Historical buildings and colourful houses sit around a glass shaped, calm bay. Fort George sits above the town centre, originally built for strategic fortification to guard the harbour entrance.
This is a great spot for a fantastic view and to capture the best pictures of St George. Afterwards, explore the small cobblestoned streets below and chat with the market vendors selling tropical fruits and fresh spices.
6. Experience Fish Friday!
We didn’t get to try this but we heard that it’s always lots of fun. Every Friday in the town of Gouyave, a small village on Grenada’s west coast, Fish Friday happens. The town is well known for its seafood and is known as the fishing hub of Grenada. So if you are here on Friday, put this on the list – the fish Friday is one of the things you shouldn’t miss in Grenada according to locals.
Catch one of the minivans for a couple of dollars to reach Gouyave. There’s a street festival here where you can wander the food stalls and listen to live Caribbean reggae music. This weekly event is a Grenadian tradition so it’s a great way to experience the local culture and relax with great seafood including lobster, shrimp, fish cakes, marlin and a few drinks.
Freshly caught seafood like lobster, conch and shrimp, jerked marlin, fish cakes and a few refreshing beers. A must-do in Grenada.
7. Take a Sunset & Champagne Cruise on Grand Anse Bay
The perfect way to end another perfect day spent in paradise! Sail just offshore the coast of Grenada and enjoy a glass of champagne, fresh appetisers from the onboard chef and cold drinks from the open bar. It doesn’t get any better than this! Book this Sunset & Champagne Cruise.
If you enjoyed reading this, you may be interested in learning more about island hopping in the Caribbean Islands? This post explains the logistics of how you can do it and what to expect from each of the 13 island nations in total.
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Rach is a self-confessed travelling foodie. Her passion for food and culture has seen her eat her way through 190 countries. She's currently on a big food adventure to visit EVERY country in the world!
When Rach isn't travelling, you can find her at the beach, drinking coffee or wine with friends or chowing down on the best eats around her home city of Melbourne, Australia.