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.
Here are 10 of the best things you shouldn’t miss in Grenada
1. Relax and swim on Grand Anse Beach
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’d 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 enjoying 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 3-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!
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
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. Explore Grenada’s countryside on a day tour
Want to get off the beaten path? Reserve a spot on a Country Tour and explore Grenada’s countryside and Falls.
A 6-hour tour by bus through the country where you’ll visit local estates and gardens and travel through the rainforest to see where the local spices and fruits come from. Learn the techniques used to make Grenada’s National Dish “Oil Down” so you can make it once your return home.
8. Visit Petite Martinique & Carriacou
Did you know that the island nation of Grenada consists of 6 smaller islands, as well as the largest island, Grenada? Petite Martinique and Carriacou are the only other two islands that people visit. Exploring the other islands is one of the things you shouldn’t miss in Grenada.
The Osprey Ferry operates daily round-trip service between Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique. Take the 90-minute journey on a fast catamaran from St George’s. The ferry departs in the morning and tickets cost EC $80 one-way or EC $160 return per person.
There is also an option to fly to Carriacou with SVG Air: The 20-minute flight costs EC $124 one-way or EC $245 return. With 2 morning and 2-afternoon departures (except on Thursdays), you can choose whether to just take a day trip or stay a few nights and then return.
9. Visit River Antoine Rum Factory
Almost every Caribbean island produces great rum, and Grenada is no exception. Naturally, visiting a rum distillery is one of the things you shouldn’t miss in Grenada.
River Antoine Rum Distillery dates back to 1785. It gets its name from the River Antoine and is the oldest functioning water-powered distillery left in the Caribbean. Reserve your space here for a tour of the Rum Distillery, which includes pick-up and drop-off from your hotel or the cruise port terminal.
10. Go Scuba Diving
Grenada has pristine diving waters, just perfect for exploring the underwater world.
Many different reefs to discover, and you’re almost certain to meet turtles and lots of local reef fish and marine life. Grenada is also home to the world’s only underwater sculpture park where you can see sunken sculptures. How cool is that? Definitely one of the things you shouldn’t miss in Grenada if you love scuba diving. Many diving companies offer tours to explore this cool experience.
Remember that Mon-Fri seemed to be the busiest days for tourists exploring the Underwater Sculpture Park, so perhaps try to visit on a weekend if possible. The weekend is definitely better for more experienced divers who are keen to explore deeper waters and wreck sites in Grenada.
Grenada’s most popular dive sites include:
- Hema Wreck
- Purple Rain
- Flamingo Bay
- Bianca C Wreck
We stayed in St George during our stay in Grenada. Find the best range of affordable accommodation options here.
We liked the location as we enjoyed being close to the markets. It’s easy to take public transport/minivans around the island for only 2.50 EC ($1 per ride) to beaches and other parts of the island.
Grenada really is an enjoyable Caribbean island and there are so many things to do here. Our food tour of Grenada was a highlight of this delicious island.
These are the 10 things you shouldn’t miss in Grenada, let us know if there is anything else we should add.
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