If you want the beaches and the ocean views, but you’re also a passionate foodie who loves to try new flavours, cinnamon-scented Grenada could well be the place for you. Twelve degrees north of the equator, this is a sugar and spice island on which to spend lazy days in a hammock sipping on a nutmeg-infused rum punch. Life here is mellow, unrushed and fragrantly seasoned.
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Less developed than many of the other Caribbean islands, Grenada bewitches with low rise boutique hotels, laid-back living and a lush rainforest interior that opens out onto beautiful white beaches and the indigo waters of the Atlantic and the Caribbean. It’s home to heady hot springs, vividly scented markets, spice plantations, volcanic crater lakes and the striking Seven Sisters Falls.
You’ll taste organically grown cocoa, strong local rum and a medley of cuisine infused with nutmeg, bay leaves and ginger. And whilst the resort restaurants offer elegant fine dining, the local restaurant scene is low key, mostly made up of informal eateries with fantastic views, the menus augmented by the mouthwatering spices and fresh fruit available at every market.
If you’re simply looking to while away days on beautiful sun-soaked beaches, the iconic bay at Grand Anse is a huge draw, lying on the western side and perfectly sheltered from high waves and strong winds. The lesser known but equally beautiful Morne Rouge, lined with sea grape and almond trees, is a great place to swim and sunbathe. And if you’re after a true slice of isolated Caribbean life, charter a yacht to nearby Carriacou and play shipwreck for the day on Paradise Beach.
Around the island...
Seven Sisters Falls
Take a rewarding hike to the Seven Sisters Falls, set high in Grenada’s Central Mountain Range. The trails take you through beautiful rainforest scenery where you’ll see plentiful bird life, and you may even spot an occasional monkey. The hike is well worth the effort, as you’ll get to enjoy a refreshing swim in the natural pools at the base of the falls.
George and Frederick
Visit historic Fort George and Fort Frederick, where you’ll get a glimpse of Grenada’s colourful past, as well as a panoramic view of St George’s, the island’s capital. Carry on to the National Museum and Parliament House, and end your day at the Westerhall Rum Distillery, with ample time to sample the delicious rum!
Take the hydrofoil to Carriacou
Many people won’t know that two smaller islands (Carriacou and Petit Martinique) near Grenada make up this spicy trio. Take a day trip over to beautiful Carriacou and enjoy some snorkelling off Paradise Beach and lunch in a local restaurant.
Shopping for souvenirs and spices in the vibrant Saturday market in St George’s is a must. Experience a typical Grenadian ‘Market Morning’, meet the people and get a real feel for the island’s culture.
Dive the Bianca C
Grenada is the wreck diving capital of the Caribbean and the Bianca C is the largest diveable shipwreck in the region. Known as the ‘Titanic of the Caribbean’ due to her sheer size and presence, this enormous cruise liner sank in 1961 and sits in 50 metres of water, looming eerily out of the gloom.
Grenada is also the site of the world’s first underwater sculpture park, where British artist Jason deCaires Taylor has carved a series of haunting cement and steel sculptures that lie at the bottom of the shallow waters of a marine park just off Moliniere Bay.
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Flights to Grenada are with British Airways (via Antigua or Saint Lucia) or Virgin Atlantic (via Saint Lucia). Total journey time is 10 hrs 45 minutes.
British Airways Twice weekly departures from Gatwick.
Virgin Atlantic Twice weekly departures from Gatwick.
Note: All our inclusive holiday prices are based on flights to Dublin and then British Airways World Traveller or Virgin Atlantic Economy flights.
4 hours behind GMT and 5 hours behind BST.
The Eastern Caribbean Dollar. American Express, Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted at the hotels.
A full Irish passport is required for Grenada and it should be valid for 6 months after the return date of your holiday. Visas are not required for Irish citizens. No special health documentation is necessary for residents of Ireland who have not recently visited parts of the world where cholera or yellow fever is a problem.
It is illegal to wear any camouflage clothing anywhere on the island. Any camouflage clothing found by customs will be confiscated and not returned.